We’ve used scouting reports, our proprietary roto scoring method, and our Prospect of the Week lists to create our Prospect Team of the Month for April, 2018:
C Connor Wong (A-Adv) (Dodgers A-Adv C 21 yr)
Blueberry (avg|obp|slg|sb|ab): 9|8|9|8|5
68 ab | 18 r | 8 hr | 4 sb |
.338 avg | .416 obp | .750 slg |
The Dodgers are replete with catching prospects (Keibert Ruiz, Will Smith), but it was 2017 draft pick Connor Wong left his stamp on MiLB in April, combining a strong hit tool with the ability to hit for power and the speed to steal 4 bases.
1B Josh Naylor (AA) (Padres AA 1B 20 yr)
Blueberry (avg|obp|slg|sb|ab): 9|9|9|4|9
91 ab | 18 r | 7 hr | 1 sb |
.374 avg | .448 obp | .681 slg |
20 year-old Canadian prospect is finding his stride in the Padres system, managed to overtake Mets prospect Peter Alonso (72 ab | 18 r | 7 hr | 0 sb|.403 avg |.500 obp |.778 slg) for the 1B spot on our team.
2B Cavan Biggio (AA) (BlueJays AA 2B 23 yr)
Blueberry (avg|obp|slg|sb|ab): 6|8|9|7|4
61 ab | 12 r | 4 hr | 3 sb |
.279 avg | .395 obp | .607 slg |
Is it the new stadium in AA? The swing changes? The other legacy prospect teammates in New Hampshire? (Vlad Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette). Whatever’s going on, it is working. Biggio did a little bit of everything in April.
SS David Fletcher (AAA) (Angels AAA SS 23 yr)
Blueberry (avg|obp|slg|sb|ab): 9|8|9|6|9
94 ab | 20 r | 2 hr | 2 sb |
.362 avg | .394 obp | .574 slg |
The straw stirring the drink for a potent Salt Lake Bees offense. He’s only struck out 4 times in 100 ABs so far this season.
3B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (AA) (BlueJays AA 3B 19 yr)
Blueberry (avg|obp|slg|sb|ab): 9|9|9|3|7
75 ab | 13 r | 2 hr | 0 sb |
.373 avg | .433 obp | .560 slg |
Joins teammate Cavan Biggio on our April POTM team. Vlad Jr. looks head and shoulders above the competition in the AA Eastern League as a 19 year-old. With Acuna’s call-up, he’s baseball’s new #1 prospect.
LF Drew Ferguson (AAA) (Astros AAA LF 25 yr)
Blueberry (avg|obp|slg|sb|ab): 9|9|9|8|9
89 ab | 13 r | 2 hr | 3 sb |
.360 avg | .452 obp | .551 slg |
He’s probably not the Astros OF prospect you were expecting to see on this list, but Ferguson has done everything in Fresno so far this season (6 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, 3 SB).
CF Luis Alexander Basabe (A-Adv) (WhiteSox A-Adv CF 21 yr)
Blueberry (avg|obp|slg|sb|ab): 8|8|9|7|8
83 ab | 16 r | 4 hr | 3 sb |
.313 avg | .400 obp | .614 slg |
The third piece in the Chris Sale trade looks like a potential future leadoff man. He’s bounced back extremely well from offseason knee surgery.
RF Juan Soto (A-Adv) (Nats A-Adv RF 19 yr)
Blueberry (avg|obp|slg|sb|ab): 9|9|9|6|9
85 ab | 17 r | 6 hr | 2 sb |
.341 avg | .457 obp | .718 slg |
Arguably the best hitter in all of the minors in April, Soto has already advanced the first of several levels for him in 2018.
SP Shane Bieber (AAA) (Indians AA P 22 yr)
Blueberry (era|whip|k9|hr|ip): 9|9|4|4|9
31.0 ip | 1.16 era | 0.87 whip | 8.1 k9 |
30 so | 1 hr |
Just called up to AAA Columbus. Bieber has been a quality-start machine while also maintaining a pristine 30:1 K:BB ratio in 31 innings.
SP Elijah Morgan (A-Full) (Indians A-Full P 21 yr)
Blueberry (era|whip|k9|hr|ip): 9|9|8|8|8
26.1 ip | 1.37 era | 0.91 whip | 11.7 k9 |
35 so | 0 hr |
An 8th-round pick out of Gonzaga, Morgan is dominating hitters in the Midwest League so far this season. Dominating with a 11.7 K/9 ratio.
SP Jesus Luzardo (AA) (A’s AA P 20 yr)
Blueberry (era|whip|k9|hr|ip): 8|9|9|8|3
19.2 ip | 1.83 era | 0.76 whip | 13.5 k9 |
30 so | 0 hr |
20 year-old lefty is already pitching in the AA Texas League. Punched out 25 batters in 14.2 innings in the High-A California League.
SP Zac Lowther (A-Full) (Orioles A-Full P 22 yr)
Blueberry (era|whip|k9|hr|ip): 9|9|9|3|6
22.0 ip | 1.23 era | 0.55 whip | 15.3 k9 |
39 so | 2 hr |
Lefty has been dealing in the Sally League this season. Doesn’t throw as hard as some other top prospects, but he’s got plenty of run, movement, and deception, as evidenced by his insane 15.3 K/9 rate.