Each week during the Minor League Baseball season we pick the hitting and pitching prospects from each level (AAA, AA, A+, A, A- (Short Season) 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.
Scotty Ballgame is on vacation this week, so Jarrod (@jvickery55) is filling in along with Jake.
As always, tweet us (@Prospects1500, @berrys_baseball and @Scotty_Ballgame) when you see a great performance that warrants a consider for Prospect of the Week . Enjoy, and make sure you’re keeping an eye out for these prospects in your dynasty leagues.
HITTER: Zack Collins, C (Chicago White Sox #8)
Charlotte Knights (7 G, .538/.586/1.115, 14 H, 3 2B, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 3 BB)
There were a lot of good offensive games this week in Triple-A, but Collins’ league leading 14 hits, with half of them going for extra bases, made him the number one candidate for POTW. The White Sox catcher struggled during his 2019 cup of coffee with the big club, but has given the South Siders reason to give him another shot as of late.
Zack Collins is banging on the gates of Guaranteed Rate Field, trying to get the front office’s attention. pic.twitter.com/4i2JpZK8ho
— Sox On 35th (@SoxOn35th) August 16, 2019
Nick Solak, 2B/OF (Texas Rangers #16)
Nashville Sounds (6 G, .481/.517/.778, 13 H, 2 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 2 BB)
Austin Allen, C (San Diego Padres #19)
El Paso Chihuahuas (6 G, .462/.462/.962, 12 H, 7 2B, 2 HR, 9 RBI)
PITCHER: Joe Palumbo, LHP (Texas Rangers #13)
Nashville Sounds (1 GS, W, 6 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K)
Most of the top pitching performances in Triple-A this week came from players I wouldn’t necessarily classify as “prospects”, but Palumbo had one of the better outings of the unofficial qualifiers. The 24 year old bounced back and forth between Nashville and Texas, and even Frisco, during June and July, but has settled in at Triple-A this last month and it is really showing in his pitching.
Joe Palumbo pitched 6 no-hit innings for AAA Nashville tonight. That’s how you finish off your time in the minors.
Rangers intend to add him to rotation for Tuesday DH vs. LAA. Would expect he replaces Payano from there on out.
— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) August 16, 2019
Brandon Bielak, RHP (Houston Astros #25 – Preseason)
Round Rock Express (1 GS, W, 6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K)
HITTER: Jake Adams, INF (Houston Astros NR – Preseason)
Corpus Christi Hooks (6 G, .476/.500/1.048, 10 H, 3 2B, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 1 SB)
The race for Double-A hitter of the week was much closer than Triple-A and ultimately Adams edged out the honorable mention, and a couple of other players, with his six extra base hits and a steal.
Logan Hill, OF (Pittsburgh Pirates NR – Preseason)
Altoona Curve (6 G, .458/.480/.958, 11 H, 3 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI)
Cody Thomas, OF (Los Angeles Dodgers #36 – Preseason)
Tulsa Drillers (7 G, .300/.364/.767, 9 H, 4 HR, 1 SB)
PITCHER: Trevor Rogers, LHP (Miami Marlins #6)
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (1 GS, W, 7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K)
It is the second week in a row that a Jumbo Shrimp pitcher takes home the Double-A pitcher of the week honors. Rogers has pitched well in his first three Double-A starts since his promotion, but last week’s outing is the gem of the season so far for the 6’6 lefty.
Final Line for @Marlins No. 9 prospect LHP Trevor Rogers tonight in Tennessee:
— Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (@JaxShrimp) August 18, 2019
Cory Abbott, RHP (Chicago Cubs #29)
Tennessee Smokies (1 GS, 6.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 12 K)
Logan Gilbert, RHP (Seattle Mariners #2)
Arkansas Travelers (2 GS, 2 W, 11 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 16 K)
HITTER: Gabriel Arias, INF (San Diego Padres #21)
Lake Elsinore Storm (6 G, .462/.481/.962, 12 H, 3 HR, 2 3B, 9 RBI, 1 SB)
Another tough call this week and ultimately Arias’s two triples gave him enough of a bump over the honorable mention, albeit a very slight bump. Arias has been tearing the cover off the ball since the All-Star break.
END 7: PORTS 4 | STORM 1
Storm get on the board for the first time today with a Solo-HR by Gabriel Arias… his 15th HR of the season #TheLake
— Lake Elsinore Storm (@Storm_Baseball) August 19, 2019
Travis Swaggerty, OF (Pittsburgh Pirates #4 – Preseason)
Bradenton Marauders (8 G, .483/.515/.828, 14 H, 2 HR, 4 2B, 2 SB)
PITCHER: Kris Bubic, LHP (Kansas City Royals #8)
Wilmington Blue Rocks (1 GS, 9 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 11 K)
Bubic tossed his second complete game in a row. He struck out 11 and walked one in both of those starts.
.@KrisBubic has now thrown back-to-back complete game victories.
– Has allowed just 1 run & 4 hits in those last 18 innings.
– 11 Ks tonight – leads all of @MiLB with 174 strikeouts.
— Wilmington Blue Rocks (@WilmBlueRocks) August 16, 2019
— Scott Greene (@Scotty_Ballgame) August 16, 2019
Josh Advocate, RHP (Texas Rangers NR)
Down East Wood Ducks (6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 11 K)
Diomar Lopez, RHP (Cincinnati Reds NR)
Daytona Tortugas (6.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K)
HITTER: Clark Scolamiero, OF (Cleveland Indians NR)
Lake County Captains (5 G, .375/.524/1.125 6 H, 3 2B, 3 HR, 4 BB, 4 SO)
Six hits in five games with each of them going for extra bases? Then throw in four walks to just four strikeouts over that same span? Quite a week for Scolamiero who led all of Single-A in OPS.
That was quick!
— Lake County Captains (@LCCaptains) August 17, 2019
Jonah Davis, OF (Pittsburgh Pirates #35 – Preseason)
Greensboro Grasshoppers (6 G, .435/.500/.826, 10 H, 3 2B, 2 HR)
PITCHER: Luis Medina, RHP (New York Yankees #9 – Preseason)
Charleston RiverDogs (1 GS, 7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K)
It was another incredibly tough choice here and honestly, you could make a case for each of the guys listed here to be the Single-A pitcher of the week. Ultimately I went with Medina due to the one walk combined with the 62% GB/FB rate.
Luis Medina (@ChasRiverDogs): 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K. 91 pitches/58 strikes. Longest outing of his career. Last six starts: 35 IP, 22 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 12 BB, 51 K. 7+ Ks in each start. #Yankees #milb #PinstripePride
— Tom Kosensky (@mryclept) August 14, 2019
Luis Rijo, RHP (Minnesota Twins #42)
Cedar Rapids Kernles (1 GS, 7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 43% GB/FB)
Freisis Adames, RHP (Milwaukee Brewers NR)
Wisconsin Timer Rattlers (1 GS, 6.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K)
HITTER: Reinaldo Ilarraza, INF (San Diego Padres NR)
Tri-City Dust Devils (7 G, .333/.400/.630, 9 H, 1 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 4 SB)
Robert Perez, 1B (Seattle Mariners NR)
Everett AquaSox (7 G, .462/.533/.769, 12 H, 2 2B, 2 HR, 2 BB)
PITCHER: Tyler Holton, LHP (Arizona Diamondbacks NR)
Hillsboro Hops (5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K)
Brian Eichhorn, RHP (Cleveland Indians #43)
Mahoning Valley Scrappers (11.1 IP, 8 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 16 K)
HITTER: Jeremiah Jackson, SS (Los Angeles Angels #10 – Preseason)
Orem Owls (6 G, .375/.478/1.208, 9 H, 6 HR, 2 2B, 1 SB, 3 BB)
CO-PITCHER: Carlos Luna, RHP (Milwaukee Brewers NR)
Rocky Mountain Vibes (6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 11 K)