Under the Radar Hitters of the Day – May 12, 2018

National League – Top Hitter of the Day: 

  • Jared Oliva, CF – HiA Bradenton Marauders (PIT) – Florida State League
  • 3-4, HR (3), 2B, 2R, 2RBi, BB, K, 2 SB (5,6) 

American League – Top Hitter of the Day:

  • Ryan McKenna, CF – HiA Frederick Keys (BAL) – Carolina League2-4, 2 HR (3,4), 2R, 4RBi, 2K 

Notes on TOR’s Kevin Smith, KC’s Matias…

National League: 

  • Lazaro Alonso, DH – LoA Greensboro Grasshoppers (MIA) – Sally League4-5, 2 2B, 2RBi, K, SB (1) 
  • Ali Sanchez, DH – LoA Columbia Fireflies (NYM) – Sally League2-4, 3B, 2R, 2RBi
  • Quincy Nieporte, 1B – LoA Lakewood BlueClaws (PHI) – Sally League3-4, HR (3), 2B, R, RBi 
  • Bryan Mejia, 2B/3B – HiA Potomac Nationals (WAS) – Carolina League’3-4, HR (2), 2B, R, 3RBi
  • Nick Banks, RF – LoA Hagerstown Suns (WAS) – Sally League2-3, 2B, 2R, RBi, BB, SB (5) 
  • Jake Scudder, 1B – LoA Hagerstown Suns (WAS) – Sally League3-4, 2 2B, R, 2RBi
  • Andy Sugilio, DH – LoA South Bend SilverHawks (CHC) – Midwest League1-3, HR (1), R, 2RBi, BB, K 
  • Johan Mieses, CF – HiA Palm Beach Cardinals (STL) – Florida State League3-4, HR (5), R, 4RBi 
  • Vince Fernandez, LF – HiA Lancaster Jethawks (COL) – Cal League2-3, HR (4), 3B, R, 4RBi 
  • Willie Abreu, RF – HiA Lancaster Jethawks (COL) – Cal League2-3, HR (5), 2R, RBi, BB, K, 2 SB (11,12) 
  • Sean Bouchard, LF – LoA Asheville Tourists (COL) – Sally League1-3, HR (4), 2R, 3RBi, BB

American League:

  • Oswaldo Cabrera, 2B – LoA Charleston RiverDogs (NYY) – Sally League2-3, HR (1), 2R, 2RBi, SB (1) 
  • Pablo Olivares, DH – LoA Charleston RiverDogs (NYY) – Sally League3-3, HR (1), 2R, 3RBi
  • Kevin Smith, SS – LoA Lansing Lugnuts (TOR) – Midwest League3-5, 2 2B, R, RBi, K, SB (9) 
    • It’s crystal clear that Bo Bichette is the future at shortstop for the Blue Jays. The 20-year-old is more than holding his own for Double-A New Hampshire batting .272 with nine stolen bases and 25 runs scored in 30 games. But, there may not be a player in the Toronto system who’s improved their stock more than 2017 -4th rounder Kevin Smith. He came into 2018 ranked #28 (Baseball America) and #19 (MLB Pipeline) respectively after batting .271 with 25 doubles and nine stolen bases for Rookie Bluefield (Appy League). Smith came out of the University of Maryland as a defense-first player with holes in his swing and in his pro debut he whiffed 70 times to only 16 walks (an over 4:1 ratio), but he’s closed that gap considerably this season drawing nearly as many walks in 33 games (11) as he did all last season (61). In short, he’s cut his K rate nearly in half while raising his batting average 105 points. Could be time to add Smith to your minor league (deep?) sleeper list.  
  • Ti’Quan Forbes, 2B – HiA Winston Salem Dash (CHW) – Carolina League2-4, HR (1), 2R, RBi, 2K
  • Luis Gonzalez, CF – LoA Kannapolis Intimidators (CWS) – Sally League2-6, HR (4), 2B, 2R, 2RBi, 2K
  •  Laz Rivera, 2B – LoA Kannapolis Intimidators (CWS) – Sally League2-5, HR (3), 2B, 2R, 2RBi, K 
  • Craig Dedelow, LF – LoA Kannapolis Intimidators (CWS) – Sally League4-5, 2 2B, 2R, RBi, L 
  • Johan Cruz, SS – LoA Kannapolis Intimidators (CWS) – Sally League3-5, 2 2B, R, 2RBi, K 
  • Mitch Longo, LF – HiA Lynchburg Hillcats (CLE) – Carolina League2-6, HR (1), 3R, 4RBi, BB
  • Conner Capel, CF – HiA Lynchburg Hillcats (CLE) – Carolina League2-3, 3B, 2B, R, 2RBi, 2BB
  • Anthony Miller, 1B – HiA Lynchburg Hillcats (CLE) – Carolina League2-3, 2B, 3R, 2BB
  • Jodd Carter, RF – HiA Lynchburg Hillcats (CLE) – Carolina League 2-4, 2B, 4R, RBi, BB
  • Dillon Persinger, 2B – HiA Lynchburg Hillcats (CLE) – Carolina League2-5, HR (1), 2R, 3RBi
  • Alexis Pantoja, 3B – HiA Lynchburg Hillcats (CLE) – Carolina League3-5, 2B, 2R, 3RBi, K 
  • Seuly Matias, RF – LoA Lexington Legends (KC) – Sally League1-3, HR (11), 2R, RBi, 2BB, K 
    • The 19-year-old Dominican adds to his Sally League leading home run total with a lead-off shot in 7th inning. He currently sits two behind Nationals uber-prospect Juan Soto (AA) and three behind Padres Franmil Reyes (AAA) for the overall minor league lead. 
  • Sebastian Rivero, C – LoA Lexington Legends (KC) – Sally League2-4, HR (3), R, 2RBi, K 
  • Ronnie Dawson, CF – HiA Buies Creek Astros (HOU) – Carolina League2-3, 2B, 3R, RBi, BB, SB (12) 
  • Colton Shaver, DH – LoA Quad Cities River Bandits (HOU) – Midwest League2-4, HR (2), R, 2RBi
  • Jo Adell, CF – LoA Burlington Bees (LAA) – Midwest League2-4, 2 2B, 2R, 3RBi 
  • Eric Jenkins, CF – HiA Down East Wood Ducks (TEX) – Carolina League2-4, 2B, 2R, RBi, BB, SB (1/17) 
  • Brendon Davis, SS – HiA Down East Wood Ducks (TEX) – Carolina League2-4, 2B, R, 2RBi, BB, K, SB (1) 

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