May 7, 2015 – Under the Radar Hitters of the Day (Tossing Some Numbers)

National League: 

  • Carlos Franco, 3B – HiA Carolina Mud Cats (ATL) – Carolina League – 23 yo;
    •  2-4, HR(3), 2R, 4RBi, BB, 2K
  • Ozhaino Albies, SS – LoA Rome Braves (ATL) – South Atlantic League – 18 yo;  (2014 Org. All-Star)
    • 3-4, 3B(3), 2B, 2R, RBi, BB, SB(10)
  • Eudor Garcia, 3B – LoA Savannah Sand Gnats (NYM) – South Atlantic League – 20 yo; 
    • 4-5, 2 2B, R, RBi 
  • Jose Marmolejos-Diaz, 1B – LoA Hagerstown Suns (WAS) – South Atlantic League – 22 yo;   (*The 6’1″ – 185 lb. Dominican lefty fell a single shy of hitting for the cycle after a triple in the 2nd, a double in the 4th and a 2-run homer in the 6th inning.*) 
    • 3-5, HR(4), 3B(2), 2B, 2R, 3RBi, K 
  • Billy McKinney, LF – HiA Myrtle Beach Pelicans (CHC) – Carolina League – 20 yo;  (*Not only did the left handed Plano, TX native add to his superb BB:K ratio (16:11) with four walks, his lone hit last night?  A walk-off solo shot in the bottom of the 10th to seal a 2-1 victory over Salem (BOS).*) 
    • 1-1, HR(4), 2R, RBi, 4 BB 
  • Daniel Palka, RF – HiA Visalia Rawhide (ARI) – California League – 23 yo;  (*When the Diamondbacks chose Palka in the 3rd round out of Georgia Tech (2013), power was the name of Palka’s game. He hit 41 homers in his collegiate career and followed with another 31 in his first two years as a pro. Yet, what has me writing about the 6’2″ – 220 lb. first baseman isn’t his power. It’s his eight stolen bases. He’s one shy of matching the nine he stole all of last year and (on a humorous note) is on pace to steal 41 bases and slug 11 home runs.*) 
    • 2-3, 2B – R, 3BB, K, 2 SB(8) 
  • Johneshwy Fargas, CF – LoA Augusta Green Jackets (SF) – South Atlantic League – 20 yo;   (*A lot of my ‘stolen base” talk this UTR season has surrounded Charleston (NYY) SS Jorge Mateo and Asheville OF Wes Rogers (COL). Both sit atop the Sally League leaderboard with 21 (Mateo) and 20 (Rogers) respectively. However, on their heels (no pun intended) is another speedster. An 11th rounder in 2013 out of the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, the righty hitting Fargas is closing in fast (currently sitting 4th in the league) having swiped six bases in his last eight games after having stalled on 9 SB’s after Augusta’s first 18 games of the season.*)
    • 3-5, 2R, RBi, 2 SB(15) 

American League: 

  • J.D. Davis, RF – LoA Lansing Lugnuts (TOR) – Midwest League – 22 yo;
    • 2-4, 3B(1), 2R, 2RBi, BB, SB(2) 
  • Adam Engel, CF – HiA Winston-Salem Dash (CWS) – Carolina League – 23 yo;  (2014 Org. All-Star)
    • (*Combined line score in double-header split vs. Frederick (BAL)*)
    • 3-7, HR(1), 3R, 3RBi, 2BB, 3K, 2 SB(16) 
  • Grayson Greiner, C – LoA Lakeland Flying Tigers (DET) – Florida State League – 22 yo;
    • 2-5, HR(1), 2B, 2R, 2RBi, K 
  • Corey Toups, 2B – LoA Lexington Legends (KC) – South Atlantic League – 22 yo;  (2015 “One to Watch”)
    • 2-3, 2B, 3R, 3 SB(4) 
  • Pat Kelly, 2B – LoA Cedar Rapids Kernels (MIN) – Midwest League – 22 yo;
    • 3-4, HR(2), 2 2B, 2R, 3RBi, K 
  • Zach Granite, LF-CF – HiA Fort Myers Miracle (MIN) – Florida State League – 22 yo;
    • 3-5, HR(1), 2R, RBi 
  • Andrew Daniel, 2B – LoA Burlington Bees (LAA) – Midwest League – 22 yo;
    • 2-5, HR(2), R, 4RBi
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