Minor league baseball weekly cultivation for week ending May 29, 2021
As part of our 2021 minor league baseball season on Baseball Farm, we’ll offer 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 29)
AVG – Rangel Ravelo, Oklahoma City (LAD), .418
OBP – Abraham Almonte, Gwinnett (Atl), .538
SLG – Taylor Trammell, Tacoma (Sea), .810
HR – Jo Adell, Salt Lake (LAA), 10
SB – Yonny Hernandez, Round Rock (Tex) and Vidal Brujan, Durham (TB), 9
IP – Kirk McCarty, Columbus (Cle), 28 2/3
ERA – Alek Manoah, Buffalo (Tor), 0.50
WHIP – Alek Manoah, Buffalo (Tor), 0.56
SV – Luis Garcia, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (NYY), 7
K – Jackson Kowar, Omaha (KC), 36
AVG – Jacob Robson, Erie (Det), .424
OBP – Jacob Robson, Erie (Det), .531
SLG – Johan Mieses, Portland (Bos), .737
HR – Johan Mieses, Portland (Bos), 11
SB – Samad Taylor, New Hampshire (Tor), 10
IP – Hunter Greene, Chattanooga (Cin), 28 1/3
ERA – Nick Lodolo, Chattanooga (Cin), 0.40
WHIP – Matt Frisbee, Richmond (SF), 0.50
SV – Jose Adames, Portland (Bos), 6
K – Tylor Megill, Binghamton (NYM), 42
AVG – Michael Harris, Rome (Atl), .360
OBP – Spencer Horwitz, Vancouver (Tor), .511
SLG – Tyreque Reed, Greenville (Bos), .662
HR – Vinnie Pasquantino, Quad Cities (KC), 9
SB – Delvin Zinn, South Bend (ChC), 18
IP – Chris McMahon, Spokane (Col), 28
ERA – Ken Waldichuk, Hudson Valley (NYY), 0.00
WHIP – Caleb Kilian, Eugene (SF), 0.46
SV – Four with 4
K – Cade Cavalli, Wilmington (Was), 45
AVG – Lazaro Armenteros, Stockton (Oak), .431
OBP – Francisco Alvarez, St. Lucie (NYM), .567
SLG – Jhonkensy Noel, Lynchburg (Cle), .672
HR – Joe Gray, Jr, Carolina (Mil), 6
SB – Braulio Vasquez, Augusta (Atl), 17
IP – Mike Ruff, Fresno (Col), 27
ERA – Julio Goff, Inland Empire (LAA), 2.01
WHIP – Ryan Murphy, San Jose (SF), 0.93
SV – Juan Mejia, Fresno (Col), 6
K – Mitchell Parker, Fredericksburg (Was), 43
Sorting through the weeds:
Edward Olivares, OF – The Royals acquired Olivares from the Padres as part of the return for Trevor Rosenthal last summer, and Olivares has been tremendous to open the season with the Royals’ AAA club, earning him a promotion to the big league club this weekend. The Venezuelan is on his third organization after originally being signed by the Padres. Olivares has been playing primarily center field in Omaha, but he has shown excellent plate discipline and could be valuable anywhere in the outfield. Season line: .395/.473/.654, 81 AB, 5 HR, 7 SB, 11/13 BB/K.
Cal Raleigh, C – After a strong career at Florida State, Raleigh was a third-round selection of the Mariners in 2018. After a year working on his skills behind the plate in his first full season in the minors in 2019, reaching Double-A. Opening the season in Triple-A Tacoma in 2021, Raleigh has excelled at the plate and behind the plate as well. With the Mariners going through catchers at the big league level like most farmers go through corn seed in the spring, Raleigh could be making a trip to Seattle in the near future. Season line: .347/.412/.667, 72 AB, 4 HR, 7/11 BB/K.
Cal Raleigh went oppo for his HR today: pic.twitter.com/DEUjxCxxbs
— Jason A. Churchill (@ProspectInsider) May 30, 2021
Griffin Jax, RHP – The Twins drafted Jax out of the Air Force, knowing that his military commitment would limit his time with the team for his first few years with the team. Now able to pitch with the team for the full season, Jax struggled out of the gate this year, but he’s been excellent for St. Paul in his past two starts. He’s tallied 12 innings, 1 run allowed, and struck out 18 hitters over the last two starts. Jax projects as a backend starter, and with the struggles the Twins have seen in their rotation this year, Jax could find himself on the other side of the Twin Cities this year. Season line: 27 IP, 3.33 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 10/29 BB/K.
Josh Green, RHP – A 14th round selection out of Southeastern Louisiana, Green has a strong sinker/slider combination that gives him a high ceiling as a potential bullpen option for the Diamondbacks if he doesn’t work in the rotation, but he’s been a solid inning-eater in the rotation to this point in his pro career. The strikeout numbers won’t ever be tremendously high with Green, but if he’s got a good defense behind him, he’ll generally induce plenty of ground balls, giving him a chance to work quickly. Season line: 22 IP, 2.45 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 6/14 BB/K.
CJ Abrams, SS – One of the youngest players to open the season in Double-A, Abrams has played the significant majority of his time at shortstop this season and thrived. He’s played just a few games at second base, and his defensive work there has been absolutely elite. Whether he remains at short as he moves up to the majors or moves to second or even center field is yet to be seen, but he’s shown himself to be one of the absolute elite prospects in the entire game at just 20 years old. Season line: .303/.387/.470, 66 AB, 2 HR, 3 SB, 8/18 BB/K.
Tyler Phillips generates weak contact, but CJ Abrams hits it where they ain’t to get a seeing eye single for the Missions first hit of the night pic.twitter.com/lkjbAI3xl8
— Walker Adams (@YMBPatLSB) May 20, 2021
Miles Mastrobuoni, IF/OF – The Rays love to use players in a flexible way defensively on their roster, and Mastrobuoni has already begun to show his skills in handling exactly that playing schedule while with Montgomery this season. He’s played every outfield position and three infield positions as well this season while maintaining a high level of play at the plate. He could be the type of guy that surprises in the Rays system. Season line: .337/.400/.539, 89 AB, 3 HR, 2 SB, 10/17 BB/K.
Johan Mieses, OF – Mieses has had a well-traveled path to leading the minor leagues in home runs at this moment in the Boston organization. He was originally signed out of the Dominican by the Dodgers and played in the Dodgers organization until 2018 when he was traded to the Cardinals. He worked all the way up to the Triple-A level in the St. Louis organization in 2019 before signing with the Red Sox as a minor league free agent that offseason. His arm is a bit light for right field in the major leagues, so he’ll need to continue his strong work with the bat. Though he’s in his ninth pro season and his third organization, Mieses is 25 until July. Season line: .289/.379/.737, 76 AB, 11 HR, 9/16 BB/K.
Zach Logue, LHP – Logue didn’t have a lot of starting experience in college, so the Blue Jays have brought him along slowly since drafting him in the ninth round out of Kentucky. He’s seen velocity upticks each season to where he can sit in the low-90s consistently now deep into starts with excellent movement. His best pitch is a plus slider, and he uses that as a strikeout pitch, allowing him to rack up the K’s this season. Season line: 27 1/3 IP, 2.96 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, 3/39 BB/K.
Hunter Greene, RHP – Drafted with a blazing fastball and the potential to be a first-round pick as a shortstop, Greene focused on the mound, and he has only had short spurts to show off his stuff. Following a dominant showing at the 2018 Futures Game, he had Tommy John surgery and is now back on the mound, showing plenty more control of his pitches and his triple-digit fastball that make him an enticing prospect. Season line: 28 1/3 IP, 1.91 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 9/41 BB/K.
— Joey Votto Stan Account (@EvilJoeyVotto) May 30, 2021
Jonathan Bermudez, LHP – The Astros have a history of developing arms, but Bermudez could be the definition of a guy that fits the Houston mold of an unknown guy, drafted in the 23rd round out of Southeastern University. He’s developed himself into a strong-throwing lefty with a fastball into the mid-90s with a curve that stuns hitters. He’s worked on locating his pitches to the point that he’s been nearly impossible to draw a free pass from this season. Season line: 19 IP, 3.32 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, 2/33 BB/K.
Michael Guldberg, OF – After Guldberg struggled to get on the field during college at Georgia Tech, the A’s were still impressed enough with what they saw to pluck him in the third round last summer. He’s been playing in center field this summer, and he absolutely has the raw athleticism to handle center, though his arm may struggle in a corner if he has to move off center. Guldberg swings a strong bat and offers plus speed as well. He should move quickly to the upper minors. Season line: .286/.349/.481, 77 AB, 3 HR, 6 SB, 6/18 BB/K.
Michael Harris, OF – Word got out this spring about Harris as the Braves gave the 2019 third-round selection as much spring training time with the major league club as any 2019 prep pick not named Bobby Witt, Jr. Harris has not exactly been patient at the plate to open the season, but he’s not needed to as he’s been making excellent contact, driving the ball throughout the field. Harris has an incredible amount of raw talent and could actually do even more as he pushes toward the upper minors. Season line: .360/.376/.494, 89 AB, 2 HR, 5 SB, 3/20 BB/K.
Jack Blomgren, SS – The Rockies drafted Blomgren out of Michigan in the final round of the 2020 draft. Blomgren missed a bit of time already, but he’s continued to hit once he got back healthy. While he’s going to have to prove himself against upper-level pitching, Blomgren could be a find for the Rockies system. Season line: .323/.462/.548, 31 AB, 1 HR, 6 SB, 6/7 BB/K.
Kyle Nicolas, RHP – After a big showing in the 2019 Cape Cod league, Nicolas had the eyes of scouts in 2020. While Nicolas has premium stuff, with a fastball in the upper 90s, a hard slider that works into the upper 80s, and a change that’s a work in progress, control is not quite there for Nicolas quite yet. He’s got a high floor as a potential backend reliever but the Marlins will continue using him as a starter until he shows that he’s not got a long-term future in the rotation. Season line: 19 1/3 IP, 2.79 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 10/28 BB/K.
Kyle Nicolas gets his third K on this filthy late-breaking curveball.
— Fish On The Farm (@marlinsminors) May 21, 2021
Ken Waldichuk, LHP – Waldichuk comes from a low arm slot from the left side, which allows his low-90s fastball, sweeping slider, and curve to all play up as he’s able to get on top of the ball from the low 3/4 slot, which is often difficult for a pitcher to do. Waldichuk has been able to dominate high-A hitters thus far, and he likely will earn a move to the upper minors soon. Season line: 18 2/3 IP, 0.00 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, 8/38 BB/K.
Caleb Kilian, RHP – The Giants snagged Kilian in the eighth round out of Texas Tech in 2019. He’s worked a four-pitch mix, headlined by a low-90s fastball with premium control to tremendous success this year. Kilian was promoted to AA Richmond and made his first start Saturday after his promotion. He may not have dominating stuff, but Kilian knows what he’s doing on the mound and keeps extra baserunners off the basepaths, which is a good combination. Season line: 25 2/3 IP, 1.40 ERA, 0.62 WHIP, 1/35 BB/K.
Ernesto Martinez, 1B – Signed from Cuba, Martinez has worked his way up the Brewers farm system ever since. Long and lean at 6’6″ and 225-235 pounds, Martinez is more athletic than a typical first baseman, so his 8 steals this year is not an aberration. He is striking out at a high rate, but if he can continue to produce power and walk at this rate, Martinez won’t be at low-A much longer. Season line: .300/.424/.600, 70 AB, 5 HR, 8 SB, 12/25 BB/K.
Gage Workman, SS – Workman was an excellent prospect coming out of the same infield as top overall selection Spencer Torkelson in the 2020 draft. Workman at third base is an elite defensive player, but the Tigers are working him at short to open his pro career. Workman’s bat may not translate as well as his glove in pro ball, but he’s shown well thus far offensively as well. Season line: .274/.364/.474, 95 AB, 2 HR, 10 SB, 14/28 BB/K.
Gage Workman, showcasing the Dave Littlefield development plan. Drops down a bunt and it’s a beauty! pic.twitter.com/Bc481vI2W4
— Detroit Tigers Minor League Tracker (@Tiger_Lifer) May 27, 2021
Brandon Lewis, 3B – The Dodgers’ fourth-round selection out of UC-Irvine in 2019 has hit well wherever he’s been as a pro. Whether Lewis will be able to handle third long-term is yet to be seen, but he’s got a strong right-handed bat that should be able to work across the diamond at first base if he has to move off the hot corner. Season line: .286/.386/.476, 84 AB, 3 HR, 14/30 BB/K.
Mitchell Parker, LHP – Long and lean from the left side, Parker was the Nationals’ fifth-round pick in the 2020 draft out of San Jacinto Junior College. He’s got a low-90s fastball and a wicked curve that he can spin well. His split-finger has shown very well this year to generate swing and miss. Parker very well could earn himself a promotion up the line in a hurry with his raw stuff and funky delivery by the end of the season. Season line: 24 2/3 IP, 2.92 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 11/43 BB/K.
Santiago Florez, RHP – In his first full-season assignment, the 6’5″ Colombian Florez has been dominating hitters. Most impressively, he’s put together control of his fastball, something that has plagued Florez in the past. He works into the mid-90s consistently with his fastball and has a hard slider that he pairs with his impressive fastball. He’ll likely be spending most of the year at Bradenton to work on his slider and change, but the end result could be very exciting. Season line: 17 2/3 IP, 2.04 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, 5/27 BB/K.
Julio Goff, RHP – The Panamanian righty spent 2019 between the Dominican and Arizona Rookie League after being a late signee at 19. He has handled the jump straight to full-season ball well, with an excellent handle on mixing his array of average pitches. His mature approach on the mound could allow him to move quickly. Season line: 22 1/3 IP, 2.01 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 6/25 BB/K.