Prospects of the Week: September 6 – September 12

Yainer Diaz, Lynchburg Hillcats, June 19, 2021 - photo credit @garystreiffer on Instagram

Each week during the Minor League Baseball season we pick the hitting and pitching prospects from each level (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A, Low-A, and Rookie ball) who, in our opinion, had the best week. Jake Berry and Scott Greene award their Prospects of the Week hitters and pitchers for each level, while also presenting other names at each level that are just as deserving of POTW honors. Feel free to reply in the comments with any player who deserves to be mentioned that may not have made our cut.

Any issues with this week’s POTW? Did we miss anyone deserving? Hit us up and set us straight!

As always, tweet us (@Prospects1500, @BerrysBraves, and @Scotty_Ballgame) when you see a great performance that warrants consideration for Prospect of the Week. Enjoy, and make sure you’re keeping an eye out for these prospects in your dynasty leagues.


HITTER: Gilberto Celestino, OF (Minnesota Twins #11)
St. Paul Saints (6 G, .444/.500/.630, 12 H, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 7 R)
Celestino paced the way in Triple-A with a level leading 12 hits. The 22-year-old also added a dinger and a couple of doubles.

Honorable Mention:
Cristian Santana, 3B (Los Angeles Dodgers #29)
Oklahoma City Dodgers (5 G, .556/.550/1.056, 10 H, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 6 R)

Brendan Donovan, 3B (St. Louis Cardinals #23)
Memphis Redbirds (6 G, .474/.583/.842, 9 H, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 8 R)

PITCHER: Tommy Romero, RHP (Tampa Bay Rays #39)
Durham Bulls (W, 7.2 IP, 13 K, 1 BB, 2 H, 0 R)
Romero tossed a gem in his lone start last week as he struck out half of the batters he faced and didn’t allow a run en route to the W.

Honorable Mention:
Bryce Elder, RHP (Atlanta Braves #14)
Gwinnett Stripers (W, 7 IP, 13 K, 2 BB, 1 H, 0 R)


HITTER: Devin Mann, 2B (Los Angeles Dodgers #39)
Tulsa Drillers (6 G, .318/.385/1.136, 7 H, 6 HR, 12 RBI, 7 R)
Oh Mann! Seven hits usually doesn’t get you to POTW, but when six of them are homers leading to 12 RBI it sure does. He launched 2 homers in 3 consecutive games!

Honorable Mention:
Dominic Fletcher, OF (Arizona Diamondbacks #9)
Amarillo Sod Poodles (6 G, .458/.481/1.167, 11 H, 4 HR, 2 3B, 8 RBI, 9 R)

PITCHER: Hayden Wesneski, RHP (New York Yankees #30)
Somerset Patriots (W, 7 IP, 14 K, 1 BB, 1 H, 1 R)
Wesneski faced just one over the minimum which happened to be a solo homer, but he blew away everyone. His 14 K’s are made even more impressive by his 31% swinging-strike rate in this one.

Honorable Mentions:
Jeff Lindgren, RHP (Miami Marlins NR)
Pensacola Blue Wahoos (W, 7 IP, 10 K, 0 BB, 1 H, 0 R)

Jose Quezada, RHP (San Diego Padres NR)
San Antonio Missions (3 SV, 4 IP, 8 K, 0 BB, 0 H, 0 R)

Chris Murphy, RHP (Boston Red Sox #24)
Portland Sea Dogs (W, 6 IP, 11 K, 0 BB, 2 H, 0 R)

Jordan Balazovic, RHP (Minnesota Twins #2)
Wichita Wind Surge (W, 6 IP, 5 K, 2 BB, 1 H, 0 R)


HITTER: Yainer Diaz, C (Houston Astros NR – Listed in “Next 15”)
Asheville Tourists (6 G, .480/.536/1.160, 12 H, 5 HR, 13 RBI, 10 R, 2 2B)
Diaz stuffed the stat sheet as he led all of High-A in R, RBI, and tied for the level lead in homers last week.

Honorable Mentions:
Eduardo Torrealba, SS (New York Yankees NR)
Hudson Valley Renegades (6 G, .650/.667/.900, 13 H, 1 HR, 1 3B, 1 SB)

Tyler Dearden, OF (Boston Red Sox NR)
Greenville Drive (6 G, .407/.448/1.000, 11 H, 5 HR, 10 RBI, 9 R)

Jordan Walker, 3B (St. Louis Cardinals #5)
Peoria Chiefs (5 G, .381/.458/1.000, 8 H, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 6 R, 1 SB)

PITCHER: James Marinan, RHP (Cincinnati Reds NR)
Dayton Dragons (W, 6 IP, 11 K, 2 BB, 1 H, 0 R)
This was Marinan’s High-A debut and the 6’5 righty shoved against Lake County.

Honorable Mentions:
Kai-Wei Teng, RHP (Chicago Cubs NR)
Eugene Emeralds (6 IP, 13 K, 2 BB, 3 H, 1 R)

Gavin Stone, RHP (Los Angeles Dodgers NR)
Great Lakes Loons (7 IP, 14 K, 3 BB, 3 H, 1 R)


HITTER: Alex Binelas, 3B (Milwaukee Brewers #17)
Carolina Mudcats (6 G, .458/.500/.917, 11 H, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 7 R, 2 2B)
Binelas has been hitting extremely well since his promotion to Low-A and he continued to stand out last week with two four-hit games.

Honorable Mentions:
Jordan Brewer, OF (Houston Astros #21)
Fayetteville Woodpeckers (6 G, .480/.536/1.160, 12 H, 5 HR, 13 RBI, 10 R, 2 2B)

Aaron Zavala, OF (Texas Rangers #12)
Down East Wood Ducks (6 G, .391/.517/.652, 9 H, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 7 R, 3 2B)

PITCHER: Gabe Bierman, RHP (Miami Marlins NR)
Jupiter Hammerheads (W, 5 IP, 10 K, 1 BB, 0 H, 0 R)
Bierman posted five hitless innings on his way to the win.

Honorable Mention:
Emmet Sheehan, RHP (Los Angeles Dodgers #40)
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (2 G, W, 6 IP, 14 K, 2 BB, 5 H, 1 R)


HITTER: Bobby Seymour, 1B (Tampa Bay Rays NR)
FCL Rays (4 G, .538/.533/1.154, 7 H, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 4 R, 2 2B, SB)
Seymour was the Rookie Ball RBI leader last week.

Honorable Mention:
Davis Tavarez, OF (Baltimore Orioles NR)
FCL Orioles Black (4 G, .526/.571/.789, 10 H, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 8 R, 2 2B, SB)

PITCHER: Will Dion, LHP (Cleveland Indians )
Lynchburg Hillcats (2 G, W, 6 IP, 14 K, 2 BB, 5 H, 1 R)
Promoted to High-A Lynchburg Monday following these two outings.

Honorable Mention:
Henry Nunez, RHP (Boston Red Sox NR)
FCL Red Sox (1 GS, W, 4 IP, 7 K, 1 BB, 0 H, 0 R)

I reside in Carrollton, Georgia and love everything baseball. I graduated from the University of West Georgia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Management. I have a passion for the minor leagues and have high hopes of visiting as many minor league parks as I can. I enjoy the statistical side of the game, especially sabermetrics. I am also an avid baseball card collector and fantasy baseball player.

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