Minor league baseball weekly cultivation for week ending May 15, 2021
As we open coverage of the 2021 minor league baseball season on Baseball Farm, we’ll do such by opening a weekly column that will highlight the statistical leaders around the minors as well as mentioning a few top performers in the past week. Be on the lookout for potential scouting reports to come on highlight players throughout the week!
Statistical Leaders (stats through May 14)
AVG – Jesus Sanchez, Jacksonville (Mia), .548
OBP – Max Moroff, Memphis (StL), .647
SLG – Jesus Sanchez, Jacksonville (Mia), 1.194
HR – Orlando Arcia, Gwinnett (Atl), 6
SB – Yonny Hernandez, Round Rock (Tex), 5
IP – Andrew Albers, St. Paul (Min); Tucker Davidson, Gwinnett (Atl), 14
ERA – Four with 0.00
WHIP – Alek Manoah, Buffalo (Tor), 0.42
SV – Five with 3
K – Alek Manoah, Buffalo (Tor), 17
AVG – Gabriel Moreno, New Hampshire (Tor), .500
OBP – Jacob Robson, Erie (Phi), .578
SLG – Patrick Dorrian, Bowie (Bal), 1.071
HR – Patrick Dorrian, Bowie (Bal); Johan Mieses, Portland (Bos), 5
SB – Dairon Blanco, Northwest Arkansas (KC); Brewer Hicklen, Northwest Arkansas (KC), 5
IP – Humberto Mejia, Amarillo (Ari), 16 2/3
ERA – Ten with 0.00
WHIP – Matt Frisbee, Richmond (SF), 0.18
SV – Junior Garcia, Amarillo (Ari), 4
K – Roansy Contreras, Altoona (Pit), 22
AVG – Corbin Carroll, Hillsboro (Ari), .435
OBP – Corbin Carroll, Hillsboro (Ari), .552
SLG – Brian Rey, Dayton (Cin), .938
HR – Brian Rey, Dayton (Cin); Michael Toglia, Spokane (Col), 5
SB – Nathan Eaton, Quad Cities (KC); Oswald Peraza, Hudson Valley (NYY), 9
IP – Luis Medina, Hudson Valley (NYY), 13
ERA – Ten with 0.00
WHIP – Kyle Brnovich, Aberdeen (Bal), 0.19
SV – Eight with 2
K – Luis Medina, Hudson Valley (NYY), 21
AVG – Francisco Alvarez, St. Lucie (NYM), .545
OBP – Francisco Alvarez, St. Lucie (NYM), .656
SLG – Chase Krogman, Kannapolis (ChW); Spencer Henson, Tampa (NYY), 1.000
HR – Trevor Hauver, Tampa (NYY), 6
SB – Nasim Nunez, Jupiter (Mia), 10
IP – John Beller, Palm Beach (StL), 11 2/3
ERA – Three with 0.00
WHIP – John Beller, Palm Beach (StL), 0.60
SV – Reyson Santos, St. Lucie (NYM); Juan Mejia, Fresno (Col), 3
K – Justin Bullock, Carolina (Mil); Taylor Dollard, Modesto (Sea), 18
Sorting through the weeds:
Orlando Arcia, 3B/SS – The Braves acquired the former top-10 overall prospect from the Brewers in April. Arcia had gone from a 15-homer season in his first full MLB season to losing his starting job before he was 27. The Braves gave him another shot, and he’s taken advantage of the second chance, showing off his smooth fielding and strong arm on the left side of the infield while tying for the minor league lead in home runs. How Atlanta will utilize Arcia in the near-term is a question yet to be answered, but with starting shortstop Dansby Swanson will likely draw an $8-10M salary in his final year of arbitration this winter, so Arcia could be a cheaper alternative. Season line: .383/.455/.830, 47 AB, 6 HR, 7/4 BB/K.
Jesus Sanchez, OF – Sanchez has long been known for his raw talent, and when the Marlins acquired the outfielder from Tampa Bay, many assumed the shrewd Rays had assessed that the toolsy outfielder wouldn’t be able to turn those raw tools into on-field production long-term. His pro debut in 2020 didn’t show a lot of positive things, as he had a negative OPS+ and struck out nearly 38% of his plate appearances. Sanchez has opened 2021 in AAA with a better showing, however, with a strikeout rate under 20%. Notoriously streaky in his pro career, this could be the peak before a significant valley, but if he can sustain this improvement, the Marlins may have found one of their corner outfielders of the future. Season line: .486/.526/1.057, 35 AB, 5 HR.
Alek Manoah is dealing for the #Bisons
— Sportsnet 590 The FAN (@FAN590) May 13, 2021
Alek Manoah, RHP – A giant of a man on the mound, Manoah was the 11th overall selection in the 2019 draft by the Blue Jays. After not pitching in any full-season league in his draft year, he was assigned all the way to AAA to open 2021, and he’s shown that to be a wise decision. Manoah’s raw stuff is among the absolute elite in the game – a fastball that touches the upper 90s and sits 94-96, an average change, and a plus slider that he’s shown the ability to shape. With a bulldog mentality on the mound and his raw stuff, Manoah’s ceiling could be very high, indeed. Season line: 12 IP, 0.00 ERA, 0.42 WHIP, 2 BB, 17 K
Patrick Dorrian, 3B – Dorrian has had a roundabout trip to the upper minor leagues. He was originally drafted by the Atlanta Braves out of high school in 2014 in the 12th round, but he instead went to college and was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Pirates after two seasons at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. The Orioles acquired Dorrian midway through 2019, and he has shown well in his first exposure to upper minor league pitching, displaying excellent patience at the plate along with both power and speed. Dorrian has been working around the infield before this year when he’s focused exclusively at third base and showed well at the position. Season line: .367/.513/1.000, 30 AB, 5 HR, 3 SB, 8/8 BB/K.
Matt Frisbee, RHP – One of the most simple and easy deliveries that you’ll see, Frisbee simply attacks the zone with a low-90s fastball and slider that he can vary the shape of to keep hitters off base. Frisbee has a high floor as a middle reliever, but if he can develop a strong third pitch to mix in with the fastball and slider, he could work as a back-end starter. Season line: 11 IP, 0.00 ERA, 0.18 WHIP, 0 BB, 11 K.
Oswald Peraza, SS – The Venezuelan had only a partial season at full-season ball in 2019 as an 18-year-old. Now, as a 20-year-old in High-A, Peraza is flashing excellent power and speed, ranking among the minor league leaders in home runs and stolen bases both. He’s also flashed excellent glovework at shortstop. His hands are excellent and he should definitely stick up the middle, and if the power he’s showing early can blend with his plus speed. Season line: .349/.429/.744, 43 AB, 5 HR, 9 SB, 5/10 BB/K.
Oswald Peraza does it again!
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) May 15, 2021
Kyle Brnovich, RHP – The Angels drafted Brnovich out of Elon in 2019 in the eighth round, but before he threw a professional pitch, Brnovich was part of the deal the Angels made with the Orioles to acquire Dylan Bundy. He has now made two starts for Aberdeen and shown an impressive ability to locate the ball, something that was considered a potential issue coming into pro ball. Brnovich doesn’t blow anyone away with his fastball, but he has a plus slider and he’s shown feel for sequencing his stuff thus far. He will face more challenges as he moves to upper minors, likely mid-season given his advanced age (23) for a pitcher in A-ball. Season line: 10 2/3 IP, 0.84 ERA, 0.19 WHIP, 0 BB, 11 K.
Francisco Alvarez, C – The late John Calvagno was a huge fan of Alvarez after seeing him in Kingsport in 2019 at just 17. Alvarez is an advanced defensive catcher who is displaying an advanced eye at the plate as a teenager in full-season ball. Alvarez also has legit power. There’s a good chance you see Alvarez rocket up prospect lists this year, and he very well could be right along Adley Rutschman for top catching prospect in the game if he continues the early growth he’s shown. Season line: .520/.639/.760, 25 AB, 1 HR, 10/3 BB/K.
Trevor Hauver, 2B – The Yankees plucked Hauver out of Arizona State with their third round pick last summer. He hit home runs in the first five games he played this season, giving him a share of the minor league home run lead. Hauver is likely a future second baseman as he is fertilized and pruned in the Yankees system, but his eye should carry him, regardless of whether his early power was a mirage or a sign of things to come, as he has walked in more than a quarter of his plate appearances thus far, something that is consistent to his college days. Season line: .355/.523/.968, 31 AB, 6 HR, 12/11 BB/K.
John Beller, LHP – The St. Louis Cardinals signed Beller as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Southern California after the shortened 2020 draft. Beller is a small-frame, crafty lefty touching low-90s with his fastball that he mixes with three offspeed offerings that he can put into the zone with consistency. He generates deception in his delivery, but whether his stuff will be enough to see consistent growth when he’s moved to the fields of high-A and especially the upper minors remains to be seen. Season line: 11 2/3 IP, 0.77 ERA, 0.60 WHIP, 1 BB, 16 K.