With only about a month left in the Minor League Baseball season, we take a look at who the top prospects are in the league down the stretch. We aren’t likely to see too many more players moved around with just a month left to go in the Double-A South 2021 schedule.
You also don’t have a lot of time left to get out to your local Double-A South ballpark to see those top prospects. Here is who you should be keeping an eye on the rest of the way.
Max Meyer, RHP — Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Miami Marlins): I’m honestly still surprised he’s in Double-A South, but the Marlins have no reason to push the third overall pick from 2020. However, he’s more than proven himself at this level pretty much already locking up Double-A South Pitcher of the Year. The righty is 6-1 with a 2.00 ERA in 16 starts with 89 strikeouts in 81 innings and a WHIP of 1.17.
Best ERA in the game of baseball:
1. Max Meyer 1.97
2. Walker Buehler 2.09
3. Corbin Burnes 2.18
4. Lance Lynn 2.20
5. Adrian Martinez 2.34 pic.twitter.com/e5YbyaUyvZ
— Pensacola Blue Wahoos (@BlueWahoosBBall) August 19, 2021
Brennen Davis, OF — Tennessee Smokies (Chicago Cubs): He had a bit of a delayed start to the season and began in High-A where he played just 8 games before joining the Smokies where he’s hit .270 in 200 at-bats with 10 home runs. The 70 strikeouts are a concern. He also blasted 2 home runs in the Futures Game where he was named the MVP.
Brennen Davis’ 11th Home Run of the year is CRUSHED! 💪🏼
(📸: @OutOfTheVines) @BrennenDavis__ pic.twitter.com/7qA4TEMgp7
— Cubs Zone ™️ (@CubsZone) August 18, 2021
Shea Langeliers, C — Mississippi Braves (Atlanta Braves): The ninth overall pick in 2019 has been really good for the M-Braves this season. He’s tied for second in Double-A South with 19 home runs, first in slugging at .527, and third in OPS at .871. Not only that, he might be the best defensive catcher in Minor League Baseball. He’s thrown out 26 baserunners this year.
Xavier Edwards, 2B/3B — Montgomery Biscuits (Tampa Bay Rays): If he qualified, he’d be third in Double-A South with a .297 average. He’d also be fourth in OBP at .376. He doesn’t give you much power, but he’s one of the best hitters in Double-A South.
Garrett Mitchell, OF — Biloxi Shuckers (Milwaukee Brewers): Things haven’t gone swimmingly since being promoted from High-A Wisconsin, but I still think you’re going to see Mitchell rise up a lot of prospect rankings this offseason.
Others to keep an eye on at Double-A South:
If Miguel Amaya and Brailyn Marquez make their returns this year, make sure you go watch them with the Smokies.
I’m hopeful Yoelqui Cespedes gets a late-season promotion to my hometown Birmingham Barons. If so, I’ll definitely make a trip or two to see him. He’s hitting .278 at High-A with 7 home runs and 17 doubles in 45 games.
JJ Bleday might be the most disappointing prospect in Double-A South this year, but it’s still worth giving him a watch to see if the former fourth overall pick can get it going.
Brendan McKay is currently rehabbing with Montgomery but might not be there too much longer.
The season is already winding down, so make sure you head out to your local minor league ballpark to see these stars of the future!
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