Prospects of the Week – July 10 thru July 16

Each week we pick the hitting prospect and pitching prospect from each level (AAA, AA, High-A, Low-A, and Rookie ball) who, in our opinion, had the best week. We are always on the lookout for candidates, so tweet us (@Prospects1500 or @PhilOfSports) when you see a great performance.

We’d also like to give a shout-out to Chip Bourne (@ccbournejr) who compiles weekly MiLB stats on his site, which we use to help compile our POTW list: Hitters and Pitchers.

Here are our Prospects of the Week for the week of July 10 – July 16, 2017:

AAA

Hitter: Jordan Patterson (Rockies #19)

RF – Albuquerque Isotopes

Another POTW award for this power hitting Rockies prospect, part of a stacked Rox farm system. Patterson blasted 4 home runs this week for the ‘Topes, driving in 9 runs. His PCL slugging % is now up to .595 on the season. Patterson has shown that he’s ready for a call-up to the bigs for the stretch run, if the Rockies have a spot for him.

Pitcher: Reynaldo Lopez (Prospects1500 overall #43, White Sox #4)

RHP – Charlotte Knights

The White Sox fan base, sick of watching Mike Pelfrey take the mound for the Pale Hose every fifth game, is clamoring to get Reynaldo called up to the Show. His last start shows why. Against the Gwinnett Braves on Sunday, Lopez was dominant despite not earning the win. He pitched 7 strong innings, fanning 12 batters while only walking 2 and giving up 2 hits. He used a strong changeup effectively, and his fastball was lively with plenty of movement. He’s now racked up 101 Ks in 100 innings of work for Charlotte this season. Count me among the White Sox fans clamoring for a call-up. He is ready.

AA

Hitter: Nick Senzel (Prospects1500 overall #24, Reds #1)

3B – Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Make it 16 straight games with a hit for one of the hottest hitters in the minors at the moment. Senzel, the Reds #1 pick out of Tennessee in the 2016 draft, hit safely in every game this week, just like last week. He looks like a polished hitter, and his AA batting average is now up to a stellar .325, with a fantastic .393 OBP. Yesterday, he hit a walk-off single against the Mississippi Braves, his first walk-off for the Blue Wahoos.

Pitcher: Grayson Long (Angels #12)

RHP – Mobile BayBears

2 starts, 2 wins, 0 earned runs for this Southern League ace this week. Long is a 2015 3rd round draftee of the Angels, and now has to be considered one of the top pitching arms in their system. On July 11 at Birmingham, Long went 6 innings, giving up 3 hits, 1 walk, and striking out 8 batters. On July 16 at Tennessee, it was a near carbon copy, going another 6 innings, giving up 4 hits, 1 walk, and striking out 7. His control at AA has been excellent this season, only allowing 23 walks in 84.2 innings en route to a 5-5 record and 2.76 ERA.

High-A

Hitter: Austin Allen (Padres #34)

C – Lake Elsinore Storm

Allen was scorching this week, going 10-for-21 en route to earning POTW honors. Allen hit safely in every game for the Storm, driving in 5 runs and scoring 6. Not one to take a walk (31 BB in 296 ABs this season), Allen’s high-contact approach has worked well in the California League this season. His slash line is now .274/.348/.476.

Pitcher: Triston McKenzie (Prospects1500 overall #56, Indians #2)

RHP – Lynchburg Hillcats

Back-to-back POTW honors for one of the most impressive pitchers in the Carolina League this season. McKenzie went another 7 strong innings in picking up a win at Wilmington on July 15. Wilmington hitters have to be sick of seeing this guy. He struck out 9 batters while walking 2 and allowing 3 hits and 2 earned runs, picking up the victory. McKenzie has now racked up 124 strikeouts in 96.2 innings.

Low-A

Hitter: Taylor Trammell (Reds #8)

LF – Dayton Dragons

This 19 year-old 5-tool prospect had a great week for Dayton in the Midwest League. Trammell went 9-for-21 on the week, driving in 8 runs and scoring 5. He also flashed his power/speed potential, blasting two home runs while swiping 3 bags on the week. He’s a stat sheet stuffer. He now has 8 HR, 9 3B, 18 2B, and 26 SBs on the year while posting a .287/.359/.466 slash line.

Pitcher: Mike O’Reilly (Cardinals – unranked)

RHP – Peoria Chiefs

2016’s 27th-round pick out of prestigious Flagler College is a deep dynasty gem that you should grab if he’s still available. This week in 2 starts for the Chiefs, O’Reilly punched out 22 batters en route to picking up 2 wins. On July 10th at Cedar Rapids, O’Reilly was absolutely dominant, pitching a 9-inning, 1 hit shutout while striking out 12. Season line at Low-A: 9-2, 1.75 ERA, 0.68 WHIP, 89:11 K/BB in 87.2 innings. He should definitely be moved up the ladder, and he should definitely be on your dynasty team roster if he’s still out there.

Rookie

Hitter: Delvin Perez (Prospects1500 overall #91, Cardinals #6)

SS – GCL Cardinals

This 18 year-old Puerto Rican shortstop swung a hot stick in the Gulf Coast League this week. Perez hit safely in 5 of 6 games this week for the Cards, scoring 4 runs and swiping 2 bags. He also batted in a run in 4 straight games. This 2016 1st rounder is hopefully turning it around after a rough start to his 2017 campaign (.190 batting average between the Appalachian and Gulf Coast League).

Pitcher: Packy Naughton (Reds – unranked)

LHP – Billings Mustangs

The Pioneer League pitcher of the week had a strong outing on July 14 against the Grand Junction Rockies. Naughton picked up the win after 6 innings of shutout ball. Naughton only allowed 1 walk and 2 hits while striking out 6 batters. Nice work for the Reds 2017 9th round draft pick.

Article featured image of Nick Senzel – courtesy Scott Greene/Futures Game

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