Prospects of the Week: 7/23 thru 7/29

Continuing with our new format, here are Baseball Farm’s Prospects of the Week for the seventeenth week of the season, July 23 thru July 29, 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

This is James’s 4th PotW award this season. He’s been the brightest pop-up pitching prospect in baseball in 2018. After eating his spinach in the offseason, James is posting a 13.98 K/9 rate in 12 AAA starts. At the worst, he’s an intriguing bullpen piece for the Astros. At his best, he’s an intriguing middle-of-the-rotation starter for the best team in baseball.

Name Age Class Team W L SV IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
Luiz Gohara 21 AAA GWN 1 0 0 11.2 7 6 6 3 1 16 4.821 0.714
Austin Warner 24 AAA MEM 1 0 0 10 9 5 2 0 4 12 1.8 1.3
Josh James 25 AAA FRE 1 0 0 6 2 1 0 0 4 11 0 1
Stephen Gonsalves 24 AAA ROC 1 0 0 13 9 2 2 0 1 10 1.384 0.769
Cody Reed 25 AAA LOU 1 0 0 7.2 4 2 2 0 0 9 2.5 0.555
Touki Toussaint 22 AAA GWN 1 0 0 8 2 0 0 0 4 8 0 0.75

Pitchers
AA

The White Sox bulldog squared off against his former organization (Cubs) this week and made Theo Epstein and Co. seriously regret trading him away. His FIP in 5 AA starts as a 22 year-old is now a shiny 3.03.

Name Age Class Team W L SV IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
Jacob Nix 22 AA SA 1 1 0 14.1 11 4 4 1 1 16 2.553 0.851
Chase De Jong 24 AA ARK 0 1 0 14 9 3 3 0 3 15 1.928 0.857
Brian Keller 24 AA TRN 2 0 0 11.2 13 1 1 1 0 15 0.803 1.16
Taylor Widener 23 AA JXN 0 0 0 12.2 7 3 3 1 4 14 2.213 0.901
Trey Supak 22 AA BLX 1 0 0 13 8 4 2 2 3 12 1.384 0.846
Dylan Cease 22 AA BIR 1 0 0 7 1 0 0 0 1 12 0 0.285
Tony Gonsolin 24 AA TUL 1 0 0 7 3 2 2 1 2 11 2.571 0.714
Hector Perez 22 AA CC 0 0 0 10 4 2 2 0 4 10 1.8 0.8
Brock Burke 21 AA MTG 1 0 0 6 4 0 0 0 1 10 0 0.833
Conner Menez 23 AA RIC 0 0 0 5.2 4 0 0 0 1 10 0 0.961

Pitchers
A-Advanced

Wells put in a fantastic start for the Ft. Myers Miracle on the road against Jupiter this week. He’s got his 2018 ERA down to 2.80 with a 0.89 WHIP and is probably a good candidate for a brief promotion to AA to see how he handles it.

Name Age Class Team W L SV IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
Jesus Cruz 23 A-Adv PMB 1 0 0 12 9 2 2 1 3 15 1.5 1
Justin Steele 23 A-Adv MB 0 0 0 9.1 4 3 2 0 3 13 1.978 0.769
Zach Logue 22 A-Adv DUN 0 0 0 12.2 12 3 3 0 2 12 2.213 1.147
Tanner Houck 22 A-Adv SAL 2 0 0 12 7 2 1 0 1 12 0.75 0.666
Logan Webb 21 A-Adv SJ 0 1 0 9.1 7 2 0 0 5 12 0 1.318
Erick Leal 23 A-Adv MB 1 0 0 8.1 2 0 0 0 0 11 0 0.246
Tyler Wells 23 A-Adv FTM 1 0 0 8 3 1 1 0 1 10 1.125 0.5
Zach Plesac 23 A-Adv LYN 1 0 0 7 6 1 1 0 0 10 1.285 0.857
Cory Abbott 22 A-Adv MB 0 0 0 6.2 4 1 1 0 1 10 1.451 0.806
Brusdar Graterol 19 A-Adv FTM 1 0 0 5.2 2 1 1 0 3 10 1.73 0.961

Pitchers
A-Full Season

There were a pile of strong pitching performances in A-Full Season ball this week, but PotW is Mr. Rogers neighborhood for the time being. Rogers, 20, was Miami’s 1st round pick in the 2017 draft. He made 2 strong starts this week, punching out 19 batters in 13.2 total innings.

Name Age Class Team W L SV IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
Trevor Rogers 20 A-Full GBO 0 0 0 13.2 4 2 2 0 6 19 1.363 0.757
Alex Fagalde 24 A-Full PEO 1 0 0 12 2 0 0 0 2 15 0 0.333
Mac Sceroler 23 A-Full DAY 2 0 0 12 6 1 0 0 4 14 0 0.833
Gustavo Armas 22 A-Full LWD 0 0 0 13 11 4 4 2 3 13 2.769 1.076
Deivi Garcia 19 A-Full CSC 1 0 0 6 2 0 0 0 0 12 0 0.333
Edwin Uceta 20 A-Full GL 1 0 0 7 3 2 2 2 2 11 2.571 0.714
Bryan Abreu 21 A-Full QC 1 0 0 5 6 2 1 0 2 11 1.8 1.6
Wyatt Marks 23 A-Full BEL 1 0 0 7 2 0 0 0 0 10 0 0.285
Jean Carlos Mejia 21 A-Full LC 1 0 0 7 3 0 0 0 1 10 0 0.571

Pitchers
A-Short Season

Crouse pitched 7 excellent innings on July 25th to pick up our PotW award this week. The Rangers 2017 2nd-round draft pick is now 4-1 with a 2.45 ERA and a 41:9 K:BB ratio in 33.0 innings of work this season.

Hans Crouse 19 A-Short SPO 1 0 0 7 6 1 1 0 0 12 1.285 0.857
Luis Frias 20 A-Short HIL 0 1 0 9.1 5 1 1 0 5 10 0.989 1.098
Eury Ramos 20 A-Short EUG 1 0 0 9 7 1 1 0 3 10 1 1.111
Jaison Vilera 21 A-Short BRK 1 0 0 7 2 0 0 0 2 8 0 0.571

Pitchers
Rookie

Wow, this kid put up an insane line this week, striking out 16 batters in a 6-inning against the GCL Tigers East on July 24th. Brown was a 33rd round pick out of Ward Melville HS in East Setauket, NY and is a 6’6″ righty. He’s still really young, and the Phillies are going slow with his development, as he’s just stretched out to start games this year.

Name Age Class Team W L SV IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
Maikel Aguiar 21 Rookie CUB1 1 0 0 7 6 4 3 0 2 16 3.857 1.142
Ben Brown 18 Rookie PHW 1 0 0 6 2 0 0 0 1 16 0 0.5
Yerry Rodriguez 20 Rookie RAN 0 0 0 9 8 2 2 0 1 15 2 1
Miguel Jerez 20 Rookie BRA 2 0 0 12 10 3 1 1 1 14 0.75 0.916
Daison Acosta 19 Rookie KNG 1 1 0 10 6 4 4 2 2 11 3.6 0.8
Victor Santos 18 Rookie PHE 0 0 0 6 2 0 0 0 0 11 0 0.333
Christian Fernandez 18 Rookie RAY 0 0 0 8.3 4 0 0 0 7 10 0 1.325
Gilmael Troya 21 Rookie PUL 0 0 1 7 2 0 0 0 4 9 0 0.857

Batters
AAA

Adolis Garcia is a Cuban OF who is allergic to walks (13 in 326 ABs) but digs the long ball. He hit 6 bombs this week, including a 3 HR, 8 RBI outburst against the Salt Lake Bees on July 26th.

Name Age Class Team Rank DELETE POS H TB AB HR RBI R BB SO SB AVG SLG
Adolis Garcia 25 AAA STL NA MEM OF 12 36 29 6 14 9 1 7 0 0.413 1.241
Ramon Laureano 24 AAA OAK 21 NAS RF 14 30 25 4 7 9 4 6 2 0.560 1.200
Lane Thomas 22 AAA STL NA MEM CF 10 26 29 3 7 8 3 7 2 0.344 0.896
Dylan Cozens 24 AAA PHI 16 LHV RF 10 26 21 4 13 6 5 5 1 0.476 1.238
Frank Schwindel 26 AAA KAN NA OMA 1B 11 23 29 3 9 6 2 4 0 0.379 0.793
Andrew Velazquez 24 AAA TB NA DUR SS 12 20 21 1 6 3 2 1 2 0.571 0.952
Eloy Jimenez 21 AAA CWS 1 CHA LF 10 19 20 2 6 4 1 3 0 0.500 0.950
Nicky Lopez 23 AAA KAN 7 OMA SS 15 19 25 0 5 6 3 2 1 0.600 0.760

Batters

AA

It was a bumper week for St. Louis farmhands, and the kid from West Fargo, ND earned our PotW honors by hitting 5 bombs and driving in 12 runs. Young was a 37th round pick in 2017 out of Indiana State, and has posted a .876 OPS while playing a solid 2B between A-Advanced and AA ball this year.

Name Age Class Team Rank Team POS H TB AB HR RBI R BB SO SB AVG SLG
Andy Young 24 AA STL NA SPR 2B 11 26 26 5 12 8 1 8 0 0.423 1.000
Brent Rooker 23 AA MIN 7 CHA OF 13 24 26 3 7 5 7 3 0 0.500 0.923
Ka’ai Tom 24 AA CLE NA AKR LF 11 22 28 2 5 2 1 10 0 0.392 0.785
Bo Bichette 20 AA TOR 2 NH SS 10 22 32 2 6 5 2 6 0 0.312 0.687
Alex Call 23 AA CWS NA BIR CF 10 21 21 2 8 4 3 6 0 0.476 1.000
Kelvin Gutierrez 23 AA KAN 18 NWA 3B 12 20 33 1 15 2 0 3 3 0.363 0.606

Batters

A-Advanced

Right-handed hitting Dominican outfielder is no relation to Albert, but he’s hit a little bit like him this year. Pujols is repeating A-Advanced ball after posting a .552 OPS in the Florida State League in 2017. He’s shown a ton of improvement. His 2018 OPS is up to .880 after this fantastic week, and he’s hit 18 HR and is slugging .516 for the Clearwater Threshers.

Name Age Class Team Rank Team POS H TB AB HR RBI R BB SO SB AVG SLG
Jose Pujols 22 A-Adv PHI NA CLR RF 10 26 24 4 10 10 2 8 0 0.416 1.083
Luis Castro 22 A-Adv COL NA LAN 3B 12 24 26 3 7 10 2 4 0 0.461 0.923
Cody Thomas 23 A-Adv LAD NA RC CF 10 24 28 4 15 8 4 6 1 0.357 0.857
Alex Kirilloff 20 A-Adv MIN 2 FTM RF 15 24 27 1 8 9 3 4 0 0.555 0.888
Vince Fernandez 23 A-Adv COL 23 LAN DH 9 23 26 4 10 8 0 7 1 0.346 0.884

Batters

A-Full Season

Pompey stood out among the crowd this week by hitting 2 HR, stealing 3 bags, and posting an excellent 6:7 BB:K ratio. Tristan is the younger brother of Toronto prospect Dalton Pompey. He’s  a toolsy 6’4″ switch-hitting outfielder who was Miami’s 3rd round draft pick in this year’s draft. He’s posted an .826 OPS so far in professional ball this season.

Name Age Class Team Rank Team POS H TB AB HR RBI R BB SO SB AVG SLG
Yariel Gonzalez 24 A-Full STL NA PEO 3B 10 20 20 3 8 6 2 0 0 0.500 1.000
Sam Huff 20 A-Full TEX 21 HIC C 7 19 25 3 6 4 2 12 2 0.280 0.760
William Contreras 20 A-Full ATL 12 ROM C 9 19 22 1 7 6 3 3 0 0.409 0.863
Tristan Pompey 21 A-Full MIA 16 GBO OF 11 19 21 2 4 5 6 7 3 0.523 0.904
Jean Carlos Encarnacion 20 A-Full ATL 14 ROM 3B 11 16 27 1 4 6 0 4 1 0.407 0.592

Batters

A-Short Season

Venezuelan LF prospect is playing in A-Short Season ball as a 19 year-old this season. The Blue Jays signed him as a J2 way back in 2015, but 2018 is his first taste of action outside of Rookie ball. Mc Gregory has handled himself well thus far, putting up an .877 OPS in 32 games for the Vancouver Canadians.

Name Age Class Team Rank Team POS H TB AB HR RBI R BB SO SB AVG SLG
Mc Gregory Contreras 19 A-Short TOR NA VAN CF 9 24 20 3 7 7 0 4 1 0.450 1.200
Francisco Ventura 19 A-Short TEX NA SPO C 9 19 24 3 6 4 2 8 0 0.375 0.791
Luis Asuncion 21 A-Short SD NA TRI RF 11 19 25 1 4 7 2 6 0 0.440 0.760
Joey Bart 21 A-Short SF 1 SK C 8 18 18 2 6 5 3 0 0 0.444 1.000
Bobby Honeyman 22 A-Short SEA NA EVE SS 10 17 20 1 3 3 0 2 1 0.500 0.850

Batters

Rookie

Cincinnati’s 26th round draft pick in this year’s draft is built like me (5’11”, 235) and unleashed his power potential on the Appy League this week, hitting 4 HR and slugging an obscene 1.315. He’s only 28 games into his professional career, so proceed with caution, but he is slugging .651.

Name Age Class Team Rank Team POS H TB AB HR RBI R BB SO SB AVG SLG
Rylan Thomas 21 Rookie CIN NA GRN 1B 10 25 19 4 8 8 7 3 0 0.526 1.315
Jeremiah Jackson 18 Rookie LAA 15 ANG SS 10 25 23 4 8 8 4 5 1 0.434 1.086
Jose Caraballo 21 Rookie KAN NA IDF RF 11 23 29 2 12 8 0 7 1 0.379 0.793
Kaleo Johnson 21 Rookie TB NA RAY 3B 8 22 26 4 8 5 0 6 0 0.307 0.846
Niko Hulsizer 21 Rookie LAD NA OGD OF 10 21 22 3 6 5 3 6 2 0.454 0.954
Mark Vientos 18 Rookie NYM 10 KNG SS 9 20 24 3 11 6 6 2 0 0.375 0.833

 

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