Welcome to Baseball Farm’s first Prospects of the Week article of 2018! This spring, we will compile the top prospect performances in spring training, selecting 1 hitter and 1 pitcher for both the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues. Once the minor league season begins, we will expand the article to include a hitting and pitching Prospect of the Week for each MiLB level.
Here are your Prospects of the Week from February 23 thru March 3, 2018:
3B – Miguel Andujar – New York Yankees
This young Yankees team has another potential contributor rising up the ranks in Miguel Andujar. Andujar might be playing his way into the starting 3B spot this spring. He came out of the gates absolutely raking, going 8-for-19, launching 4 bombs, and driving in 8 runs in 7 games during spring training week 1. His OPS sits at a ridiculous 1.579. Andujar looks poised to contribute at the big league level in 2018.
RHP – Enyel De Los Santos – Philadelphia Phillies
A 22 year-old righty from the baseball capital of the universe, San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, Enyel earned a non-roster invite from the Phillies for spring training. Enyel has displayed dominant stuff in 2.2 innings of ‘B’ game work with the Phillies. He’s struck out 4 batters, allowed 0 earned runs, and has recorded a WHIP of 0.37. He’s bounced around thus far in his professional career, but Enyel has a plus fastball, an effective change-up, and a curveball that he can get over for strikes or bury in the dirt as a strikeout pitch. He merits your attention this spring.
LF – Willie Calhoun – Texas Rangers
Calhoun was the Rangers prize from the Yu Darvish trade, and he opened up this spring hitting the ball well against MLB competition for the Rangers. Calhoun, 23, went 7-for-14 across 6 games for the Rangers this week, recording a hit in 6 of the 7 games. On March 1 against Oakland, Calhoun turned in his best performance of the young season, going 3-for-6, launching a solo home run, and scoring another run. There are questions regarding his defense and defensive position going forward, but Texas seems to be plugging Calhoun in LF to see if he can win the starting LF job out of spring training. Regardless of his defensive position, Calhoun’s bat makes him a potential stat-sheet stuffer for fantasy owners in both dynasty and redraft leagues this summer.
RHP/DH – Shohei Ohtani – Los Angeles Angels
Still technically a ‘prospect’, Ohtani flashed some of what made him baseball’s most exciting international signing ever. Ohtani’s looked dominant in his start in a ‘B’ game against the Milwaukee Brewers on March 2. Ohtani struck out 8 of the 12 batters he faced in 2 2/3 innings against the Brewers, flashing his fastball, splitter, curveball, and nasty slider:
Here's a supercut of the prettiest pitches thrown by Shohei Ohtani in his three inning outing today against the Brewers.
His slider is looking so good. pic.twitter.com/Y9RZP6YKXO
— Pitcher List (@PitcherList) March 2, 2018
Oh, by the way, Mike Scioscia is now saying that the Angels are going to be ‘flexible’ with Ohtani’s bat as well. This might result in more starts at DH for Ohtani, who walked twice and drove in a run in his hitting debut on 2/26.