Each week, we search the boxscores and use our own proprietary roto weighting system to pick one hitter and one pitcher who had the best week at each minor league level.
Here are Baseball Farm’s Prospects of the Week for the sixth week of the season, May 7 thru May 13, 2018:
Dereck Rodriguez – Sacramento River Cats (Giants)
A very effective 2-start week for the son of Baseball Hall of Famer Ivan Rodriguez. Dereck, 25, pitched effectively at Fresno on May 7, scattering 7 baserunners (4 hits, 3 walks), allowing no runs and striking out 6 batters. Then on May 12 at home to Tacmoa, Dereck dominated, striking out 11 batters while allowing 1 earned run on 2 hits. Rodriguez was originally drafted by the Twins as an outfielder but has worked on a transition to pitching after hitting .216 in his minor league career. With 2 strong outings this week, Dereck dropped his 2018 ERA from 4.26 to 3.13.
Pablo Lopez – Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Marlins)
Lopez edged out Jumbo Shrimp teammate Nick Neidert for PotW honors this week in spite of the fact that he gave up his first earned run of the year! Both pitchers had a 2-start week and punched out a bunch of batters (Neidert 15, Lopez 13), but Pablo limited the damage much better this week, allowing only 1 earned run in 12 innings of work. Lopez is a good sized (6-3, 200) righty out of Venezuela, whose season line now stands at 0-1 with a silly 0.35 ERA and a nice 0.69 WHIP. The 22-year-old has been untouchable so far at AA.
Kit Scheetz – Buies Creek Astros (Astros)
Relief pitcher for the Buies Creek Astros and the Minor League Baseball All-Name team, Kit Scheetz racked up PotW honors for 2 dominant relief performances in the Carolina League this week. Sheetz made 2 appearances, pitching a total of 7.2 innings and striking out a ridiculous 13 batters. In his outing against the Carolina Mudcats on May 8, Scheetz was filthy, punching out 8 batters in 4 perfect innings of work. Scheetz was awarded with 2 3-inning saves this week. Usually, dynasty owners don’t follow the work of relievers in the minors, but with Kit, maybe you could give a shit and get a Scheetz.
Eudis Idrogo – West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers)
This lefty Venezuelan buzzsaw has destroyed hitters in the Midwest League so far this season. This week, Eudis pitched 7 scoreless frames against a strong Burlington Bees lineup (Brandon Marsh, Jo Adell) on May 12. He punched out 11 batters, walked none, and scattered three hits. His 2018 line is obscene. He’s 2-2 in 6 starts with a 0.49 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, 34:8 K:BB ratio, and has also pitched 2 complete games.
Idrogo to the Midwest League this season:
Ryan Lillie (MIA)
2 GS, 1 W, 13.1 IP, 16 K, 1 BB, 9 H, 1 ER
Daniel Vogelbach – 1B – Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners)
This guy just can’t stick in the Majors for some reason, but Vogelbach routinely has shown that he has the ability to destroy the pitching in the AAA Pacific Coast League. This week, Vogelbach hit safely in 7 of the 8 games he played in, racking up 31 total bases. He hit for a ton of power too, banging out 5 homers and racking up 8 RBI, slugging a whopping 1.107 on the week. Also, Vogelbach displayed excellent plate control skills this week, finishing with a 7:1 BB:K ratio. His 2018 OPS at AAA is 1.238. At some point, the Mariners will have to let him struggle in the Majors to give him a shot to figure out his stroke. Keeping him at AAA is unlikely to do anything additional for his development.
Christin Stewart (DET)
3 multi-hit games, 26 TB, 5 HR, 8 RBI, 6 R, .962 SLG
Jose Rojas – 1B/DH – Mobile BayBears (Angels)
As a 25-year-old playing at AA, we were initially a little hesitant to award our PotW to Rojas this week. However, Jose accomplished an incredible feat on May 11 against the Mississippi Braves. Not only did he hit for the cycle that evening, but he capped off the cycle with a grand slam in the 8th inning. This 26th round pick out of Vanguard University in 2016, Rojas grew up just a couple of miles away from the Angels in Anaheim. He had 4 multi-hit games in total on the week, knocking in 11 runs, slugging .962, and even stealing 3 bags for good measure. A worthy PotW winner.
Myles Straw (HOU)
5 multi-hit games, 13 TB, 6 R, 3:2 BB:K ratio, 6 SB, .461 AVG
Erick Mejia (KC)
4 multi-hit games, 21 TB, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 6 R, 4:4 BB:K, 2 SB, .840 SLG
Ryan Boldt (TB)
20 TB, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 8 R, 1 SB, .909 SLG
Carter Kieboom – SS – Potomac Nationals (Nationals)
In a week which saw his older brother Spencer called-up to the Nationals to replace an injured Matt Wieters, Carter Kieboom stood head and shoulders above the rest of the batters at the A-Advanced level. Carter, still only 20, hit safely in all 7 games he played in this week, racking up 6 multi-hit efforts along the way. He hit for power, grabbing 22 total bases, 1 home run, 6 RBI, and slugging .814. He got on base by displaying great patience, posting a 7:2 BB:K ratio. And he flashed some speed, stealing 3 bags. Nationals fans are rightly excited about top prospects Victor Robles and Juan Soto, but Carter Kieboom is another prospect that’s looking like he can put all his tools together.
Logan Baldwin – RF – Augusta GreenJackets (Giants)
A 21st round pick out of Georgia Southern in 2017, Baldwin was excellent in the Sally League this week. He hit safely in all 7 games he appeared in this week, racking up 4 multi-hit efforts, logging 26 total bases, hitting a home run, driving in 7, scoring 7, and stealing 2 bags.
Baldwin beat out the Asheville Bash Brothers, Casey Golden and Chad Spanberger, who combined for 6 home runs and 18 RBIs this week. Last season, Golden edged out Spanberger for the Pioneer League HR title with 20 home runs to Spanberger’s 19. This season, Casey has hit 10 long balls to Chad’s 8. It looks like we might have another home run race this summer between the minor league equivalent of Canseco and McGwire.
Casey Golden (COL)
Hit safely in all 6, 3 multi-hit games, 22 TB, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 7 R, 1 SB, .880 SLG
Chad Spanberger (COL)
3 multi-hit games, 21 TB, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 7 R, 3 SB, 1.105 SLG