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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Alek Thomas, OF (Arizona Diamondbacks #5)
Reno Aces (6 G, .385/.448/.923, 10 H, 4 HR, 4 RBI, 7 R)
They were all solo shots, but Thomas was privy to the long ball last week with four dingers.
Juniel Querecuto, INF (Arizona Diamondbacks NR)
Reno Aces (6 G, .462/.500/.846, 12 H, 2 HR, 1 3B, 2 2B, 10 RBI, 10 R, 2 SB)
Brennen Davis, OF (Chicago Cubs #1)
Iowa Cubs (6 G, .417/.481/.833, 10 H, 3 HR, 1 3B, 2B, 6 RBI, 6 R)
Jonathan Bermudez, LHP (Houston Astros #27)
Sugar Land Skeeters (W, 6 IP, 8 K, 1 BB, 1 H, 0 R)
Not a ton of jaw-dropping performances from Triple-A pitchers last week, but Bermudez’s quality start and win certainly stood out.
JP Sears, LHP (New York Yankees NR)
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Rail Riders (2 W, 12 IP, 17 K, 0 BB, 10 H, 2 ER)
HITTER: Pedro Castellanos, OF (Boston Red Sox #44)
Portland Sea Dogs (6 G, .480/.517/.880, 12 H, 2 HR, 1 3B, 1 2B, 5 RBI, 9 R)
The Red Sox prospect beat up on Hartford with four consecutive multi-hit games.
Stone Garrett, OF (Arizona Diamondbacks NR)
Amarillo Sod Poodles (7 G, .276/.300/.724, 8 H, 4 HR, 2 SB, 8 RBI, 7 R)
Cristopher Molina, RHP (Los Angeles Angels NR)
Rocket City Trash Pandas (W, 8 IP, 11 K, 2 BB, 1 H, 0 R)
Molina started the season as a reliever but has really impressed as a starter since his promotion to Double-A. This eight inning outing was his longest of the season.
Hans Crouse, RHP (Philadelphia Phillies #6)
Reading Fightin’ Phils (W, 6 IP, 9 K, 1 BB, 4 H, 0 R)
Lawrence Butler, 1B/OF (Oakland A’s #30)
Lansing Lugnuts (6 G, .500/.542/.773, 11 H, 3 2B, 1 HR, 7 R, 2 RBI, 3 SB)
Butler led all of High-A in hits and added three steals.
Yainer Diaz, C (Houston Astros NR – Listed in “Next 15”)
Asheville Tourists (6 G, .435/458/.609, 10 H, 1 HR, 13 RBI, 10 R, 2 2B)
Brandon Young, RHP (Baltimore Orioles NR)
Aberdeen IronBirds (W, 8 IP, 13 K, 0 BB, 1 H, 0 R)
The 6’6 righty dominated opposing hitters across two outings last week and struck out half of the hitters he faced.
Kai-Wei Teng, RHP (San Francisco Giants NR)
Eugene Emeralds (7 IP, 12 K, 1 BB, 3 H, 1 R)
James Parker, 3B/SS (Seattle Mariners NR)
Modesto Nuts (6 G, .467/.484/.833, 14 H, 1 HR, 8 2B, 9 RBI, 6 R)
Parker had more doubles last week than most players had hits.
Jimmy Glowenke, INF (San Francisco Giants #49)
San Jose Giants (6 G, .478/.556/.970, 11 H, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 6 R)
Jimmy Kingsbury, RHP (Seattle Mariners NR)
Modesto Nuts (W, 7 IP, 10 K, 1 BB, 0 H, 0 R)
Bierman posted five hitless innings on his way to the win.
Ryan Cusick, RHP (Atlanta Braves #10)
Augusta GreenJackets (4 IP, 10 K, 1 BB, 3 H, 0 R)
James Wood, OF (San Diego Padres #6)
ACL Padres (5 G, .550/.625/.950, 11 H, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 8 R, 2 2B, 2 SB)
It was an outstanding week for Wood who led all of Rookie ball in hits.
James Triantos, OF (Chicago Cubs NR)
ACL Cubs (4 G, .600/.647/1.400, 9 H, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 9 R, 3 2B)
Josh Gessner, RHP (Texas Rangers #28)
ACL Rangers (W, 7 IP, 11 K, 1 BB, 1 H, 0 R)
Gessner struck out half of the batters he faced in his win.
Aaron Holiday, RHP (Oakland A’s NR)
ACL Athletics (W, 4 IP, 7 K, 1 BB, 3 H, 0 R)