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.
Here are our Prospects of the Week for the week of May 29 – June 4, 2017:
Hitter: Derek Fisher (Prospects1500 overall #80, Astros #5)
RF – Fresno Grizzlies
A prospect with nice power/speed upside, Derek Fisher had a nice week for Fresno. Fisher was swinging a hot bat this week, going 10-for-19 and driving in 9 runs in the process. Fisher went on a 4-game home run streak which overlapped with this week as well, flashing plenty of power during the Grizzlies’ home stand. On May 30, Fisher got on base 5 times in the course of a 10-3 win against Albuquerque. Fisher noted in an interview after that game that he had tweaked his swing to add more of an uppercut motion. He’s purposefully swinging for the fences this year, and it seems like it is paying off, as Fisher now boasts 14 home runs and a .618 slugging percentage on the season after his big week.
Pitcher: Tom Eshelman (Phillies #17)
RHP – Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs
Eshelman is a control-artist right hander who has pitched really well for Lehigh Valley this season, posting a 1.40 ERA in 5 starts. Eshelman earns our AAA POTW honors this week on the back of a gem he pitched at Indianapolis on May 31. Eshelman threw a complete-game shutout against the Indy Indians, recording 7 strikeouts against 1 walk, and scattering 5 hits. Eshelman has impressed in 2017 so far, and should be on every dynasty owners’ radar as someone who might be undervalued.
Hitter: Mitch Walding (unranked – Phillies)
3B – Reading Fightin’ Phils
Mitch Walding, an unheralded journeyman prospect now playing for the Phillies AA-affiliate, had a fantastic week and earned POTW honors. On Thursday, Walding recorded the first 2-HR game of his career. Then, on Friday, Walding posted another 2-HR game! He finished the week with 5 total HR. Walding is batting .282 over his last 10 games, pushing his season average above the Mendoza-line to a robust .201. Walding added 9 RBI on the week as well.
Pitcher: Ryan Castellani (Prospects1500 overall #187, Rockies #15)
RHP – Hartford Yard Goats
The Rockies 2014 2nd-round pick had a brilliant start on June 2 at home against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Castellani gave up 5 hits while striking out 8 batters in the 8 inning win. The win was Castellani’s fourth straight for the Goats. Castellani relied on his fastball/changeup combo throwing 73 of his 104 pitches for strikes. Castellani hit a rough patch in early May, but it seems that he’s rounding back into form. He’s a potential buy-low candidate.
Hitter: Michael Gettys (Prospects1500 overall #191, Padres #10)
CF – Lake Elsinore Storm
The San Jose Giants have had their fill of Michael Gettys this season. Gettys punished San Jose en route to earning POTW honors. On Friday night, Gettys mashed 3 solo home runs in a 3-for-4 night at the plate. Then, on Saturday, Gettys hit another home run as part of a 3-for-5 outburst against the Giants. The 2014 2nd-round pick seems to be hitting his stride in AA.
Pitcher: Nick Hernandez (Astros #40)
RHP – Buies Creek Astros
I might take some heat for including a reliever on this list, but Hernandez has been great all year for Buies Creek, and he had a wonderful week lighting up the Carolina League last week. Hernandez made 3 relief appearances last week, striking out 7 batters while only walking 2 in 3.0 innings of work. Hernandez struck out the side in each of his last 2 appearances this week. He brought his season totals to a 1.74 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, a 32:6 K:BB ratio, and 7 saves in 7 opportunities.
Hitter: Bo Bichette (Blue Jays #9)
SS – Lansing Lugnuts
The 19 year-old Toronto prospect has been absolutely raking for the Lugnuts this season. Bichette has now hit safely in his last 10 games. He batted .461 for Lansing this week, also adding 2 home runs, scoring 6 runs, driving in 5, and stealing 2 bags. Bichette’s 2017 slash line is now .385/.456/.621. It is probably time for Bo to move up a level, and he should be moving up your prospect boards too.
Pitcher: JoJo Romero (Phillies #22)
LHP – Lakewood BlueClaws
The Phillies put 3 prospects on the list this week, with Romero having arguably the best week of any prospect. Romero made 2 strong Sally League starts for the BlueClaws this week. He went 2-0, giving up only 2 earned runs, and posting a 15:1 K:BB ratio over 12.1 innings of work. Romero is still young (20) and has shown a ton of potential for Lakewood, pushing his season ERA down to 2.04 with a 1.15 WHIP in 10 starts.
Article featured image of Ryan Castellani (Hartford Yard Goats) – courtesy of Kevin Pataky/MiLB.com