Farmhands of the Week: 7/30 thru 8/5

Continuing with our new format, here are Baseball Farm’s Farmhands of the Week for the eighteenth week of the season, July 30 thru August 5, 2018.

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.

Pitchers
AAA

Kopech put together a very nice 2-start week this week. He’s made improvements in his delivery and it looks like his command is starting to click. Here’s his stats from his last 4 starts: 24 IP, 7 R, 6 ER (2.25 ERA), 32 K, 4 BB, 19 hits. He should be pitching on the South Side within a month.

Name Age League Team W L SV IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
Michael Kopech 22 AAA CHA 1 0 0 14 12 4 4 2 2 17 2.571 1
Josh James 25 AAA FRE 1 0 0 12.1 7 6 6 1 2 15 4.462 0.743
J.T. Brubaker 24 AAA IND 1 0 0 15 10 1 1 0 0 14 0.6 0.666
Fernando Romero 23 AAA ROC 2 0 0 14.2 9 3 3 1 2 12 1.901 0.774
Michael King 23 AAA SWB 1 0 0 14 8 3 3 2 2 12 1.928 0.714
Touki Toussaint 22 AAA GWN 0 0 0 11 11 4 3 0 4 11 2.454 1.363
Tom Eshelman 24 AAA LHV 1 1 0 14 11 3 3 2 2 10 1.928 0.928

Pitchers
AA

What a dominant start for Neidert this week, who struck out 13 batters in an 8-inning outing against Biloxi on August 4. Neidert, 21, is putting together a fantastic season at AA this year. He’s 10-6 with a 2.95 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and a 131:26 K:BB ratio in 125 innings. Neidert’s change-up is a weapon, and he’s got a ton of deception in his delivery. He layers in 2-seam and 4-seam fastballs to further mess with hitters. If he can improve his slider to a true 3rd offering, he could be something more than a backend starter.

Name Age League Team W L SV IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
Dylan Cease 22 AA BIR 0 0 0 12 6 0 0 0 2 16 0.00 0.67
Framber Valdez 24 AA CC 1 1 0 8.4 6 4 4 1 1 16 4.29 0.83
Tony Santillan 21 AA PNS 1 0 0 11.2 8 2 1 0 3 15 0.80 0.98
Evan Kruczynski 23 AA SPR 1 1 0 14 8 1 1 0 3 14 0.64 0.79
Enderson Franco 25 AA MIS 1 0 0 14 6 2 2 2 1 13 1.29 0.50
Robert Dugger 23 AA JAX 2 0 0 13.1 8 3 3 2 2 13 2.06 0.76
Corbin Martin 22 AA CC 0 1 0 13 8 5 5 1 2 13 3.46 0.77
Nick Neidert 21 AA JAX 1 0 0 8 5 1 1 1 0 13 1.13 0.63
Ryan Hartman 24 AA CC 0 0 0 7 3 2 2 1 0 11 2.57 0.43

Pitchers
A-Advanced

Llovera, out of El Tigre, Venezuela, took a no-hitter into the 7th inning against Yankees affiliate Tampa this week. He finished his outing with 10 Ks, 2 BBs, and 1 H, topping Yankees top pitching prospect Garrett Whitlock to secure the win for the Threshers. It was Llovera’s longest outing of the season. He’s struggled this year by giving up too many hard hit balls and posting a 4.40 ERA. But his K:BB ratio in 90.0 innings is 99:29, and his xFIP is a more palatable 3.71.

Name Age League Team W L SV IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
Joe Cavallaro 23 A-Adv STL 1 0 0 11.1 8 4 3 0 5 17 2.43 1.17
Riley Smith 23 A-Adv VIS 2 0 0 11.1 13 1 0 0 3 13 0.00 1.44
Joan Baez 23 A-Adv POT 2 0 0 12 5 1 1 0 6 10 0.75 0.92
Mauricio Llovera 22 A-Adv CLR 1 0 0 6.2 1 2 2 0 2 10 2.90 0.48
Ben Braymer 24 A-Adv POT 0 0 0 5 2 0 0 0 2 10 0.00 0.80

Pitchers
A-Full Season

Dhuran just came over to the Twins in the Eduardo Escobar trade, and it looks like he might just make the Diamondbacks regret trading him away. This week, he posted a 7-inning no-hitter in his Twins organizational debut, and then followed that up with a 9-strikeout performance against Beloit on August 5. The kid throws hard, touching 96 in his outing on 8/5, and he’s flashed a plus slider and plus change at times. He’s still only 20, so his next step will be improving command.

Name Age League Team W L SV IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
Jhoan Duran 20 A-Full CR 1 0 0 13.1 5 3 3 0 2 17 2.06 0.53
Jean Carlos Mejia 21 A-Full LC 0 1 0 13.2 7 3 3 0 4 15 2.05 0.83
Angel Rondon 20 A-Full PEO 0 0 0 12 7 2 1 0 4 15 0.75 0.92
Enmanuel De Jesus 21 A-Full GVL 2 0 0 13 11 2 2 0 3 12 1.38 1.08
Oliver Ortega 21 A-Full BUR 0 0 0 9.1 6 3 2 1 4 12 1.98 1.10
Andrew Lee 24 A-Full HAG 0 0 0 6 3 0 0 0 1 12 0.00 0.67
Christian Taugner 23 A-Full WIS 1 0 0 12.1 10 3 3 0 1 11 2.23 0.91
Daniel Lynch 21 A-Full LEX 1 0 0 10 8 2 1 0 3 11 0.90 1.10
Bryan Warzek 21 A-Full GL 0 0 0 4.4 4 1 1 1 1 11 2.05 1.14
Tony Dibrell 22 A-Full COL 0 0 0 6 1 1 1 0 2 10 1.50 0.50

Pitchers
A-Short Season

Corry was the Giants 3rd round pick in 2017 out of Lone Peak High School in Highland, Utah. The 6’2″ lefty made 2 starts this week, the first in rookie ball, and the second being his Short Season debut. Focusing on the debut, Corry went 5 strong innings, allowing 1 hit while striking out 5 and giving up 0 earned runs. Friend of the Farm Kim Contreras (@Cu_As) summed up Corry’s time in AZ well:

 

Name Age League Team W L SV IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
Jacob Schlesener 21 A-Short SC 1 0 0 11.1 9 2 2 0 3 14 1.62 1.08
Chase Cohen 21 A-Short VER 0 0 0 6 4 0 0 0 3 12 0.00 1.17
Seth Corry 19 A-Short SK 2 0 0 10 6 2 1 0 4 11 0.90 1.00
Hunter Haworth 21 A-Short LOW 1 0 0 9 5 1 1 0 2 11 1.00 0.78
Mark Moclair 21 A-Short TRI 1 0 0 5.2 0 1 1 0 5 11 1.73 0.96
Clarke Schmidt 22 A-Short SI 0 1 0 8.1 4 1 1 0 2 10 1.11 0.74
Noah Zavolas 22 A-Short EVE 1 0 0 6.1 6 1 1 1 0 10 1.48 0.98

Pitchers
Rookie

The Royals signed Marcelo Martinez out of the Mexican League this past March, and he’s worked his way up to the team’s Appy League affiliate. Marcelo has made 6 starts for the Burlington Royals, posting a 2.73 ERA and 0.97 WHIP. This week, he posted 6 innings of 1 hit ball, striking out 12 batters in the process.

Name Age League Team W L SV IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
Marcelo Martinez 21 Rookie BUR 1 0 0 6 1 0 0 0 0 12 0.00 0.17
Kris Bubic 20 Rookie IDF 1 0 0 5 3 2 0 1 0 10 0.00 0.60
Aneudy Duarte 20 Rookie GJ 1 0 0 4.1 3 1 1 0 2 10 2.20 1.22
Yordi Rosario 19 Rookie WSX 0 0 0 6.1 3 0 0 0 1 8 0.00 0.66

Hitters
AAA

You’ve all heard of the exploits of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. this season. But what about his cousin, Gabriel? This week, Gabriel launched 5 bombs and slugged .862 for the Louisville Bats. He’s posted a .805 OPS between AA and AAA this year. Looks like attending his uncle’s HOF induction ceremony got the kid extra pumped up to perform this week.

Name Age Level Parent Rank Team Pos H AB TB HR RBI R BB K SB Avg SLG
Gabriel Guerrero 24 AAA CIN NA LOU RF 9 25 29 5 8 7 1 8 0 0.310 0.862
Joey Meneses 26 AAA PHI NA LHV 1B 12 25 30 4 11 7 3 7 0 0.400 0.833
Pablo Reyes 24 AAA PIT NA IND 2B 10 24 28 3 4 7 2 3 2 0.357 0.857
Frank Schwindel 26 AAA KAN NA OMA 1B 11 21 25 1 4 5 0 6 0 0.440 0.840
Lane Thomas 22 AAA STL NA MEM CF 10 20 27 2 5 4 0 8 0 0.370 0.740
Peter Alonso 23 AAA NYM 2 LV 1B 9 19 25 2 7 5 3 10 0 0.360 0.760
Josh Ockimey 22 AAA BOS 10 PAW 1B 7 18 24 3 7 5 1 11 0 0.291 0.750

Hitters
AA

The dude with the 80-grade name did a little bit of everything for the Midland RockHounds this week. Bolt hit 3 home runs and swiped 3 bags, scored 9 runs, and drove in 12! He also posted combo-meals (HR+SB) in 2 of the games he played in this week. I love these stat-sheet stuffer guys, but Bolt’s hit tool is preventing him from having fantasy relevance at this point in his career. Still, a great week for a player with an even better name.

Name Age Level Parent Rank Team Pos H AB TB HR RBI R BB K SB Avg SLG
Kort Peterson 24 AA KAN NA NWA RF 11 24 24 2 8 5 3 9 1 0.458 1.000
Skye Bolt 24 AA OAK NA MID CF 11 24 29 3 12 9 4 5 3 0.379 0.827
Mandy Alvarez 24 AA NYY NA TRN 3B 10 21 24 3 7 3 1 2 0 0.416 0.875
Jose Pujols 22 AA PHI NA REA RF 10 20 23 2 11 3 1 7 0 0.434 0.869
Nathaniel Lowe 23 AA TB 12 MTG 1B 10 19 22 2 6 4 7 3 0 0.454 0.863
Sam Haggerty 24 AA CLE NA AKR 2B 8 18 19 1 5 7 6 2 2 0.421 0.947

Hitters
A-Advanced

It was a light week for A-Advanced level hitters this week, but 2 Dodgers prospects enjoyed the excellent hitting conditions in the California League. Flip a coin to pick between Walker and Wong. They are 2 excellent mid-round draft finds (Walker 5th round 2014, Wong 3rd round 2017), a trick that the Dodgers organization seems to excel at. Walker has put together a solid performance this season, posting a .266/.368/.557 slash line with 19 HR, 23 2B, and a surprising 6 3B.

Name Age Level Parent Rank Team Pos H AB TB HR RBI R BB K SB Avg SLG
Jared Walker 22 A-Adv LAD NA RC 3B 9 24 22 4 7 8 4 6 0 0.409 1.090
Connor Wong 22 A-Adv LAD 16 RC C 11 21 21 3 5 10 1 5 0 0.523 1.000

Hitters
A-Full Season

Jeffers was probably the top hitter in all of the minors this week, slugging a robust 1.115 for the Cedar Rapids Kernels. Jeffers was the Twins 2nd round pick out of UNC Wilmington in this year’s draft. He’s a big dude, listed at 6’4″, 228, and the Twins have pushed him up to full-season ball after posting a 1.121 OPS in 28 Appy league games to start his professional career. He’s slugging .603 across both levels.

Name Age Level Parent Rank Team Pos H AB TB HR RBI R BB K SB Avg SLG
Ryan Jeffers 21 A-Full MIN NA CR C 14 29 26 3 8 5 4 1 0 0.538 1.115
Jose Caballero 21 A-Full ARI NA KC SS 12 24 28 2 6 6 2 2 1 0.428 0.857
Dylan Rosa 22 A-Full DET NA WM LF 13 23 26 1 6 4 0 6 0 0.500 0.884
Jack Suwinski 20 A-Full SD NA FW CF 9 20 25 2 6 5 1 4 0 0.360 0.800
Ryan Noda 22 A-Full TOR NA LAN 1B 7 19 21 4 14 6 5 6 0 0.333 0.904
Tyreque Reed 21 A-Full TEX NA HIC 1B 9 19 24 2 4 5 2 6 0 0.375 0.791

Hitters

A-Short Season

Young Klay Thompson lookalike out of Santo Domingo, DR. Pujols brought his batting average up from .194 to .259 after a hot week for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. He was the NYPL batter of the week this week as well.

Name Age Level Parent Rank Team Pos H TB AB HR RBI R BB K SB Avg SLG
Henry Pujols 19 A-Short CLE NA MV 3B 15 25 27 2 8 3 1 5 0 0.555 0.925
Bobby Honeyman 22 A-Short SEA NA EVE SS 17 24 33 1 7 10 1 2 0 0.515 0.727
J.C. Escarra 23 A-Short BAL NA ABD 3B 10 21 28 2 6 5 2 4 0 0.357 0.750
Nick Rodriguez 22 A-Short SEA NA EVE SS 14 21 28 1 7 3 1 4 0 0.500 0.750
Jake Holmes 20 A-Short PHI NA WIL SS 12 21 26 2 7 5 2 5 1 0.461 0.807
Cal Raleigh 21 A-Short SEA 13 EVE C 10 20 27 2 8 9 2 2 0 0.370 0.740
Tyler Freeman 19 A-Short CLE 19 MV SS 12 19 25 1 5 5 1 2 2 0.480 0.760
William Gorman 23 A-Short ARI NA HIL OF 9 19 25 2 8 6 1 5 2 0.360 0.760

Hitters

Rookie

Welp, I might as well sink any chance that I once had at being able to draft Gorman in my dynasty league first-year player drafts this offseason. I was of the opinion that Gorman was the most advanced power bat in the 2018 draft. His OPS in 34 rookie league games this year is 1.115. He was born in this millennium.

Name Age Level Parent Rank Team Pos H TB AB HR RBI R BB K SB Avg SLG
Mariel Bautista 20 Rookie CIN NA BIL CF 16 26 34 2 5 7 1 6 3 0.470 0.764
Nolan Gorman 18 Rookie STL 3 JC 3B 12 24 23 3 8 7 2 3 0 0.521 1.043
Zachery Almond 22 Rookie ARI NA MIS C 11 23 25 2 9 5 1 2 0 0.440 0.920
Brandon Leyton 19 Rookie ARI NA MIS SS 11 22 28 2 8 4 0 3 2 0.392 0.785
Niko Decolati 20 Rookie COL NA GJ OF 13 21 25 1 5 4 2 3 2 0.520 0.840
Mark Vientos 18 Rookie NYM 10 KNG SS 11 21 23 3 8 4 2 4 1 0.478 0.913

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