Prospects of the Week: August 12 – August 18

CC-SA License: Marshall Dunlap

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.

Triple-A

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.


Honorable Mentions:

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.


Honorable Mentions:

Brandon Bielak, RHP
 (Houston Astros #25 – Preseason)
Round Rock Express (1 GS, W, 6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K)

Double-A

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.

Honorable Mentions:

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.


Honorable Mentions:

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)

High-A

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.


Honorable Mention:

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.


Honorable Mentions:

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)

Single-A

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.


Honorable Mentions:

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.


Honorable Mentions:
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)

Short Season-A

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)

Honorable Mention:

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, 10BB, 9 K)

Honorable Mention:

Brian Eichhorn, RHP (Cleveland Indians #43)
Mahoning Valley Scrappers (11.1 IP, 8 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 16 K)

Rookie

HITTERJeremiah 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)

Honorable Mention:
Brenton Doyle, OF (Colorado Rockies NR)
Grand Junction Rockies (6 G, .545/.583/.909, 12 H, 2 2B, 2 HR, 2 SB)

CO-PITCHER: Carlos Luna, RHP (Milwaukee Brewers NR)
Rocky Mountain Vibes (6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 11 K)

CO-PITCHER: Andriu Marin, RHP (Minnesota Twins NR)
Elizabethton Twins (6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 11 K)




About Jake Berry 39 Articles
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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