Prospects of the Week – June 12 thru June 18

Each week we pick the hitting prospect and pitching prospect from each level (AAA, AA, High-A, Low-A) 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: ultrad.dyndns-ip.com/MiLB/MiLBStatsHittersThisWeek.html

Here are our Prospects of the Week for the week of June 12 – June 18, 2017:

AAA

Hitter: Ryan McMahon (Prospects 1500 overall #40, Rockies #6)

3B – Albuquerque Isotopes

Is it just me, or are the Rox sitting on a plethora of hitting talent in their minors system? Top prospect Brendan Rodgers was our POTW last week, and now Ryan McMahon is filling up the scoresheets. McMahon blitzed through the PCL this week, and was easily the top hitter in all of the minors. McMahon was 15-for-23, hitting 5 home runs, slugging 1.434, and driving in a phenomenal 14 runs. Against Fresno on the 16th, McMahon went 5-for-6 with 2 home runs and 7 RBI! Just 22 years-old, McMahon was promoted from AA earlier in the season. If he continues ripping up AAA, a call-up to Coors might be in order.

Pitcher: Shawn Morimando (Indians #15)

LHP – Columbus Clippers

The crafty left-hander racked his first career shutout on June 15 against Durham in the International League. Morimando worked a complete game gem to pick up the win, scattering 5 hits and 3 walks while striking out 2 batters. Morimando racked up 12 groundouts on the night, showing that he’s not afraid to pitch to contact when necessary. It was Morimando’s third straight quality start in a row.


AA

Hitter: J.D. Davis (Astros #10)

3B – Corpus Christi Hooks

Davis racked up 4 multi-hit games this week en route to racking up POTW honors. Viewed as one of the better pure hitting prospects in the Astros system, Davis improved his yearly slash line up to an excellent .294/.358/.555. Davis hit .440 on the week, while driving in 5 runs and scoring 4. He’s a little old for his level (24), but he’s shown lots of promise for Corpus Christi this season, handling Texas League pitching with ease.

Pitcher: Justus Sheffield (Prospects 1500 overall #93, Yankees #5)

LHP – Trenton Thunder

This former top pick of the Cleveland Indians is making a name for himself in the Yankees farm system. Sheffield went 2-0 in 2 starts this week for Trenton, and earned the win in a different fashion each game. On June 13 at Hartford, Sheffield went 6 strong innings, striking out 8 while spreading out 5 hits and 2 walks, allowing only 1 earned run. On June 18 at home against Erie, Sheffield went the ‘pitch to contact route’ in a 7-inning three hitter, allowing no earned runs. He’s now 6-4 with a 2.99 ERA for Trenton this season.


High-A

Hitter: Trent Giambrone (Cubs # 44)

2B – Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Giambrone is the type of MiLB story that I love. He was picked by the Cubs in the 25th round last year, checking in at 5-8 and 175 lbs. But he had a hot week swinging the bat for the Pelicans. Giambrone hit safely in every game, and flashed some good raw power racking up 3 home runs as well. Giambrone knocked in 6 runs, slugging .944 on the week. He hasn’t had the greatest season so far, but maybe this week’s performance will help him find his groove.

Pitcher: Dane Dunning (White Sox #9)

RHP – Winston-Salem Dash

Dane Dunning was DEALING for the Dash this week. Against Buies Creek on June 17, Dunning pitched 7 shutout innings, only allowing three hits and 1 walk while also striking out 7 batters. Dunning appears to be settling in at High-A after his promotion from Low-A Kannapolis earlier this season. He now boasts a 3-2 record and 3.29 ERA for the Dash, with an excellent 45:15 K:BB ratio in 38.1 innings of work.


Low-A

Hitter: Brandon Dulin (White Sox – unranked)

1B – Kannapolis Intimidators

Dulin slipped under my prospect radar heading into the season (being a 24 year-old 1B at Low-A Kannapolis will do that). However, if Dulin keeps swinging the bat like he did this past week in the Sally League, he might work his way into the organizational top-50 list. The Intimidators as a whole had an awesome week, running to first place in the Sally League North. Dulin hit home runs in 4 games this week, driving in 9 runs and slugging an incredible 1.100. Dulin has now hit 12 home runs on the season, putting him 1 behind teammate Seby Zavala for the Sally League lead.

Pitcher: Kyle Cody (Rangers #35)

RHP – Hickory Crawdads

A 2016 6th round pick out of the University of Kentucky, Cody had a wonderful outing this week for the Crawdads. Cody pitched 8-innings of 1-hit ball against Lakewood on June 17. Cody struck out 8 batters and only walked 1, but he wasn’t able to pick-up the win as the Crawdads wound up losing the game in the 10th inning. Cody threw an impressive 71 of 96 pitches for strikes in a fantastic outing. Cody used both his slider and change-up to get swinging strikeouts, a good barometer of future success for this prospect.

Article featured image of Ryan McMahon – courtesy MiLB.com

Check out previous weeks:

May 15 – May 21

May 22 – May 28

May 29 – June 4

June 5 – June 11

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