Prospects of the Week: June 25 – July 1

Each week we pick the hitting and pitching prospects from each level (AAA, AA, A+, A, Short Season-A and Rookie league) who, in our opinion, had the best week. We’re always on the lookout for candidates, so tweet us (@Prospects1500@PaulTheMartin and @Scotty_Ballgame) when you see a great performance.

Martin picks his POTW hitters and pitchers for each level, while Greene presents other names at each level that are just as deserving of POTW honors. Enjoy, and make sure you’re keeping an eye out for these prospects in your dynasty leagues.

AAA

Hitter: Kevin Cron, 1B (Arizona Diamondbacks, #29)
Reno Aces (6 G, .462/.483/1.115, 12 H, 5 HR, 2 2B, 15 RBI)

Welcome back to the list Mr. Cron! The younger brother of C.J., and all-around masher put together a week of 5 homers, 15 RBI, and a deadly slash-line. Here we have another big first baseman putting up BIGGER numbers this week to take home the trophy for his team. All 5 of his home runs this week came in just 2 games, including a 3 HR performance against the Salt Lake Bees. Interestingly enough those three big flies were hit off of three different pitchers on that one day. Cron was able to achieve the baseball version of a hat trick, and it helped him bring home Prospect of the Week honors for the second time this season.

Scott Greene’s AAA Hitter: Francisco Mejia, C (Cleveland Indians, #2)
Columbus Clippers (7 G, .593/.645/.926, 16 H, HR, 6 2B)

Honorable Mention: Brandon Lowe, 2B (Tampa Bay Rays, #15)
Durham Bulls (8 G, .484/.590/.935, 15 H, 3 HR, 5 2B)


Pitcher: Michael Kopech, RHP (Chicago White Sox, #3)
Charlotte Knights (2 GS, 0-1, 12 IP, 17:6 K:BB, 7 H, ER, 13% SwStr%)

It is refreshing to be able to highlight a positive Kopech performance for one of the first times this year. The hyped right-handed fireballer finally got around to playing up to all of the hullaballoo. You never love to see 6 walks in 2 starts or a loss, but 16 strikeouts and 13% SwStr% showcase everything fantastic about Kopech as a prospect. Let’s hope this is the beginning of a stretch that allows him to pop-up on this list a few more times by the end of the year, and possibly up with the White Sox at some point.

Greene’s AAA Pitcher: Sean Reid-Foley, RHP (Toronto Blue Jays, #4)
Buffalo Bisons (2 GS, 2-0, 12.2 IP, 13:3 K:BB, 8 H, ER, 11% SwStr%)

Honorable Mention: Evan Phillips, RHP (Atlanta Braves, #N/A)
Gwinnett Stripers (3 G, Save, 3.2 IP, 8:0 K:BB, H, 0 ER, 15% SwStr%)

Phillips has been up and down to the major leagues twice this week, but yet to make his MLB debut.

AA

Hitter: Bobby Bradley, 1B (Cleveland Indians, #3)
Akron RubberDucks (6 G, .308/.379/.846, 8 H, 4 HR, 2 2B, 10 RBI)

It is the week of the first baseman over here on Prospects1500. As you scroll down this list, you will find a plethora of large, right-side infielders hitting for massive power. Bradley is easily the most well-known in prospect circles at the moment. This week’s performance was impressive, and on the year he is mashing regardless of the low batting average. The strikeout rate will always be a bit poor, but he has a way of making up for it by doing things like hitting 16 homers over his first 71 games. Bradley is creeping back up to earth with his batting average finally eclipsing .200 after this week’s heat.

Greene’s AA Hitter: Austin Listi, 1B (Philadelphia Phillies, #N/A)
Reading Fightin Phils (7 G, .423/.452/.808, 11 H, 3 HR, 2B, 10 RBI)


Pitcher: Mike King, RHP (New York Yankees, #N/A)
Trenton Thunder (1 GS, 1-0, 9 IP, 11:0 K:BB, 3 H, 0 ER, 12% SwStr%)

Another New York Yankees pitching prospect performing in the minors. King is one more in a line of unknown, underrated arms that can move a fastball around the zone at mid-90s velocity with a decent breaker and a developing changeup. This week he was able to piece everything together for a complete game shutout that included 11 strikeouts and no walks whatsoever. He is beginning to creep closer and closer to the major league level but still hasn’t made a real name for himself within the system. More weeks like this will see the sinker-baller rising into the Yankees hype machine in no time.

Greene’s AA Pitcher: Touki Toussaint, RHP (Atlanta Braves, #12)
Mississippi Braves (1 GS, 1-0, 7 IP, 11:3 K:BB, 2 H, 0 ER, 19% SwStr%)

Honorable Mention: Logan Allen, LHP (San Diego Padres, #10
San Antonio Missions (1 GS, 7 IP, 10:1 K:BB, 4 H, ER, 23% SwStr%)

A+

Hitter: Gavin Sheets, 1B (Chicago White Sox, #13)
Winston-Salem Dash (7 G, .485/.486/.758, 16 H, 2 HR, 3 2B, SB)

Sheets displayed his natural hitting abilities this week with this beautiful performance. He was able to accumulate a massive 16 hits over the course of only 7 games with 2 homers, a stolen base, and a host of help for the Winston-Salem Dash. It would be something special if the future 1st baseman started to hit for a bit more power, but the plate discipline has been nearly elite. This week was all about swinging the bat and showing off a whole bunch of barreling skills. Sheets’ bat is one of the more intriguing at this level as a 2017 draft pick, and it will be exciting to see him move up through the system to test those tools.

Greene’s A+ Hitter: Wilson Garcia, 1B (Baltimore Orioles, #N/A)
Frederick Keys (7 G, .321/.367/.893, 9 H, 5 HR, 2B, 12 RBI)


Pitcher: Ramon Rosso, RHP (Philadelphia Phillies, #N/A)
Clearwater Threshers (2 GS, 2-0, 12 IP, 13:1 K:BB, 6 H, 0 ER, 11% SwStr%)

Rosso continues to put up an interesting season. His Sally stats upon promotion were a 1.33 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 81:20 K:BB in 67.2 IP. He surprised a lot of people following the Phillies system. The 22-year-old threw his first start for the Threshers this week and had no problems with the adjustment. He was able to rack up 9 K in 6 IP to go along with only 2 hits and 1 walk. Rosso doesn’t bring much velocity or bite to the table, but just enough to make people worry about what pitch is coming next. The fastball has some cut in on right-handers and fades off the plate to lefties. He’s a big arm that’s finally moving up the ranks to see if his fastball/slider repertoire will hold at the higher levels. If this week is any sign of what’s to come, I’m on board.

Greene’s A+ Pitcher: Phillip Diehl, LHP (New York Yankees, #31)
Tampa Tarpons (2 G, 4 IP, 10:1 K:BB, H, 0 ER, 24% SwStr%)

Honorable Mention: Matt Milburn, RHP (Oakland A’s, #N/A)
Stockton Ports (2 GS, 16 IP, 15:1 K:BB, 10 H, 0 ER, 18% SwStr%)

A

Hitter: Rodolfo Duran, C (Philadelphia Phillies, #N/A)
Lakewood BlueClaws (5 G, .643/.737/1.357, 9 H, 3 HR, 2B)

Duran is a little catcher with a big bat that displayed a ton of barrel ability this week. The 20-year-old, listed at 5’9″, 181 lbs., mashed 3 homers to go along with a ridiculous slash-line that included a .737 OBP in 5 games. Duran’s electric hands and incredible bat speed coming out of the Dominican Republic are finally developing into more power this season. This week was not the first in which he has shown more muscle. The young catcher now has 11 HR on the year. He is a short, scrappy gamer that needs a bit more attention, and where else do you go for those types of players than our piece of course!!

Greene’s A Hitter: Kirvin Moesquit, 2B (Baltimore Orioles, #N/A)
Delmarva Shorebirds (7 G, .375/.429/.594, 12 H, HR, 4 2B, 3 SB)

Pitcher: Brian Shaffer, RHP (Arizona Diamondbacks, #32)
Kane County Cougars (2 GS, 1-0, 13 IP, 14:0 K:BB, 8 H, ER, 12% SwStr%)

Shaffer continues to dazzle with an incredible command to start his professional career. So far in 2018, he had 18 BB in 15 starts after only 1 BB in his debut 24 IP last season. This week was no different as Shaffer allowed zero free passes compared to 14 K and only 1 ER. The properly built right-hander was a big name in college and has not given any reason to doubt his talents in the majors thus far. His mid-90s fastball, command, and breaking ball were all on point this week to give him the award he so well-deserved.

Greene’s A Pitcher: Demarcus Evans, RHP (Texas Rangers, #N/A)
Hickory Crawdads (2 G, 1-0, Save, 3.2 IP, 10:0 K:BB, 0 H, 0 ER, 26% SwStr%)


A-

Hitter: Curtis Terry, 1B (Texas Rangers, #N/A)
Spokane Indians (6 G, .333/.360/.917, 8 H, 4 HR, 2 2B, 10 RBI)

Terry is a BIG prospect with massive raw power, which was on display this week. The 21-year-old mashed 4 homers and 10 RBI in only 6 games. The 2017 Home Run Derby champion showcased exactly why his bat is so coveted. His profile still leaves one worrying about the strikeouts and lack of walks, but the muscle is all there. This week’s performance is an example of a low-level prospect catapulting onto people’s radars by producing what was perceived as only raw ability. The more he shows this in the game, the more Curtis Terry will become a household name.

Greene’s A- Hitter: Chris Betts, C (Tampa Bay Rays, #39)
Hudson Valley Renegades (5 G, .471/.609/.882, 8 H, 2 HR, 2B)


Pitcher: Luis Oviedo, RHP (Cleveland Indians, #N/A)
Mahoning Valley Scrappers (1 GS, 6 IP, 12:1 K:BB, 2 H, 0 ER, 19% SwStr%)

Oviedo made a big impression this week in his third start above rookie ball. The 19-year-old Venezuelan product harnessed the raw tools within his 6’4″ frame and tossed 6 shutout innings. He had no problem spinning the breaker this week when judging by the 12 strikeouts and 19% SwStr%. Oviedo has a decent fastball and a curveball/slider combination that devastates hitters when it’s on like it was the last start. This young international prospect is one to keep an eye on as he works his way through the ranks after two seasons of rookie league.

Greene’s A- Pitcher: Alex Mauricio, RHP (New York Yankees, #N/A)
Staten Island Yankees (1 GS, 5 IP, 10:2 K:BB, 3 H, 0 ER, 14% SwStr%)


Rookie

Hitter: Grant Lavigne, 1B (Colorado Rockies, #N/A)
Grand Junction Rockies (6 G, .400/.483/.840, 10 H, 3 HR, 2 2B, SB, 11 RBI)

The large high school product out of Bedford, NH took no time assimilating to professional baseball. The Colorado Rockies 2018 draft pick blasted 3 homers, 2 doubles, and even stole a base this week even though he the listed frame is 6’4″, 220 lbs. This power display included a 3-run-homer on Sunday which was part of a 5 RBI day for Lavigne. He is extremely intriguing as a prospect, especially after the performance this week. Look forward to more gaudy power pops from this youngster.

Greene’s Rookie Hitter: Jhon Solarte, OF (Toronto Blue Jays, #N/A)
DSL Blue Jays (6 G, .400/.483/.480, 10 H, 6 SB, 2 2B)


Pitcher: Marcelo Martinez, LHP (Kansas City Royals, #N/A)
Burlington Royals (2 G, 1 GS, 0-2, 9 IP, 19:2 K:BB, 5 H, 2 ER, 31% SwStr%)

Despite taking two losses, Martinez did more than enough to achieve Prospect of the Week status. All he did was strike out 19 batters in 9 innings. If that wasn’t enough, he had batters swinging and missing nearly one-third of the time. It was truly dominant to see this 21-year-old obliterating his opponents in rookie ball. It will be very intriguing to follow this prospect as he moves up the ranks and accumulates more minor league sample. These were 9 of his first 11 innings of professional baseball, so the sky is the limit as far as I’m concerned.

Greene’s Rookie Pitcher: Alfredo Silva, LHP (Detroit Tigers, #N/A)
GCL Tigers West (1 GS, 1-0, 6 IP, 7:3 K:BB, 0 H, 0 ER)

 

Featured image of Bobby Bradley – via Jeffrey Hyde on Flickr
Find him on Twitter @jeffhyde and Instagram @milbgrammer.

About Paul Martin 15 Articles
Paul Martin graduated from the University of Connecticut with a double degree in Political Science and American Studies. After college the drive to become a baseball writer became real when Lenny Melnick asked for a podcast substitute. Ever since late-2017, Paul has been providing content for LennyMelnickFantasySports.com, Razzball, Pitcher List, and now Prospects1500. Living in the Connecticut area there are plenty of options for minor league coverage with the closest team being the Hartford Yard Goats. This die-hard Yankees fan has transitioned into a well-rounded cover of all things fantasy baseball and prospects.

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


*