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.
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HITTER: Jose Miranda, UTL (Minnesota Twins #9)
St. Paul Saints (6 G, .462/.517/.808, 12 H, 3 2B, 3 BB)
The Triple-A hits leader padded his POTW case with five extra base knocks while striking out just two times on the week.
Jose Miranda doubled and homered today for the @StPaulSaints.
OPS is 1.028.
Do it #MNTwins
— Ted (@tlschwerz) August 15, 2021
Michael Stefanic, 2B/3B (Los Angeles Angels NR)
Salt Lake Bees (6 G, .370/.433/.852, 10 H, 4 HR, 6 RBI)
PITCHER: Adam Oller, RHP (New York Mets NR)
Syracuse Mets (1 GS, W, 6.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 13 K)
Oller had put together a string of impressive outings in Double-A before making his Triple-A debut last week. The former Indy baller showed well by striking out 13 of the 23 batters he faced. Oller was in our Double-A honorable mentions last week.
Adam Oller’s Triple-A debut was one for the ages.
— Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) August 14, 2021
Kyle Bradish, RHP (Baltimore Orioles #12)
Norfolk Tides (2 G, W, 8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 12 K)
HITTER: BJ Boyd, OF (Minnesota Twins NR)
Wichita Wind Surge (6 G, .385/.407/1.077, 10 H, 6 HR, 12 RBI, 2 SB)
Boyd is a 27 year old in Double-A, but if you launch six dingers and still somehow find a way to swipe two bags, I don’t care what people say, you’re getting POTW.
Max Schuemann, 2B/SS (Oakland A’s NR)
Midland RockHounds (6 G, .583/.643/.583, 14 H, 3 SB, 7 R)
PITCHER: Victor Vodnik, RHP (Atlanta Braves #22)
Mississippi Braves (1 GS, W, 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K)
There were some very similar stat lines produced from Double-A pitchers this week, many of which came from the Braves Double-A affiliate and all of which came from NL East farm teams.
— Mississippi Braves (@mbraves) August 14, 2021
Alan Rangel, RHP (Atlanta Braves NR)
Mississippi Braves (1 GS, W, 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K)
Bryce Elder, RHP (Atlanta Braves #17)
Mississippi Braves (1 GS, W, 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K)
Cole Gordon, RHP (New York Mets NR)
Binghamton Rumble Ponies(1 GS, W, 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 10 K)
HITTER: Sebastian Espino, OF/3B (Toronto Blue Jays NR)
Vancouver Canadians (5 G, .526/.609/1.211, 10 H, 2 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 8 R)
If you guessed that Espino’s 1.819 OPS would lead all of High-A, you’d be correct. By a long shot. It was truly an impressive week for the 21 year old who has been showcasing some potential as of late.
MID 7 | and that’s the 2nd HOME RUN of the day for Sebastian Espino! @HagenDanner comes in from the bullpen how to face the 🐸
VAN 6 – 3 EVE
— Vancouver Canadians (Home Games in Hillsboro, OR) (@vancanadians) August 16, 2021
Armond Upshaw, OF (Washington Nationals NR)
Wilmington Blue Rocks (6 G, .458/.481/.708, 11 H, 4 2B, 1 3B, 4 SB, 11 R)
PITCHER: Daniel Espino, RHP (Cleveland Indians #4)
Lake County Captains (1 GS, W, 5 IP, 11 K, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 R)
Clean sweep for the Espinos in High-A.
Quinn Priester, RHP (Pittsburgh Pirates #4)
Greensboro Grasshoppers (1 GS, W, 7 IP, 10 K, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 H)
HITTER: Felix Valerio, SS (Milwaukee Brewers #33)
Carolina Mudcats (6 G, .458/.581/.708, 11 H, 3 2B, 11 R, 7 BB, 6 SB)
Carolina has put quite a few guys on this list so far this season and Valerio continues to carry the torch. His 11 hits tied for the Low-A lead and he also managed to draw seven walks. Valerio lived on base last week, and it paid off with six steals and 11 runs scored.
Jorbit Vivas, 2B (Los Angeles Dodgers #35)
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (7 G, .407/.433/.778, 11 H, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR)
PITCHER: Ian Seymour, LHP (Tampa Bay Rays #28)
Charleston RiverDogs (2 GS, 9 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 18 K)
31 batters faced and 18 strike outs is impressive enough. When you factor in just one run allowed on three hits and a walk over nine innings, that is POTW worthy.
Gavin Stone, RHP (Los Angeles Dodgers NR)
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (1 G, 6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 12 K)
HITTER: Manuel Sequera, SS (Detroit Tigers NR)
FCL Tigers East (3 G, .600/.600/1.400, 9 H, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 5 R)
Well, I guess if you are only going to play in three games on the week one way to make the most of it is to collect nine hits and three dingers.
Alexander Suarez, OF (San Francisco Giants NR. “Other Players to Note” Section)
ACL Giants Black (5 G, .444/.474/.833, 8 H, 2 HR)
PITCHER: Daniel Juarez, LHP (New York Mets NR)
FCL Mets(2 G, W, 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 11 K)
Yeury Tatiz, RHP (Seattle Mariners NR)
ACL Mariners (1 GS, W, 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 11 K)