Under the Radar Hitter of the Day – May 16, 2018

*The South Atlantic (Sally) League had a scheduled day off on Wednesday*

National League – Top Hitter of the Day: 

  • Vince Fernandez, LF – HiA Lancaster Jethawks (COL) – Cal League 2-4, 2 HR (6,7), 2R, 2RBi, 2K 

American League – Top Hitter of the Day: 

  • Kevin Smith, SS – LoA Lansing Lugnuts (TOR) – Midwest League 2-5, HR (6), 2B, 2R, 5RBi, K 
    • The 6’1″- 188 lb. Troy, NY native continues his assault on Midwest League pitching.   Smith currently leads the league in hits (55), doubles (20), RBi (38), total bases – (97), SLG (669) and OPS (1.101).  There have been only five games of Smith’s 36 game season where he’s gone hitless. After starting out the year 3-for-14 (.214), Smith logged 9 hits in his next four games, then posted a 16-game hitting streak from April 20 through May 5 where he batted .403 (25-62). He went hitless May 6 vs. Quad Cities), but rapped out 15 more hits in his following six games (.536). There may not be a tier 2 or tier 3 prospect who’s upped his stock this season more than Smith. Add him immediately to any minor league fantasy roster. 

National League: 

Tyler Alamo, DH – HiA Myrtle Beach Pelicans (CHC) – Carolina League 3-4, 2 2B, 2R, 2RBi, K  

  • Narciso Crook, RF – HiA Daytona Tortugas (CIN) – Florida State League 3-3, HR (1/4), 2B, R, 2RBi
  • Jeter Downs, SS – LoA Dayton Dragons (CIN) – Midwest League 2-4, HR (5), 2B, R, RBi 
  • Tristen Lutz, RF – LoA Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (MIL) – Midwest League 2-3, HR (4), 2B, R, RBi, BB, K 
  • J.B. Woodman, RF – HiA Palm Beach Cardinals (STL) – Florida State League 2-3, HR (3), 2B, R, 2RBi, BB
  • Ernie De La Trinidad, LF – LoA Kane County Cougars (ARI) – Midwest League 1-3, HR (2), R, RBi, 2BB, K 
  • Max George, 2B – HiA Lancaster Jethawks (COL) – Cal League 2-3, HR (4), 2B, R, RBi 

American League: 

  • Carl Chester, CF – LoA Bowling Green Hot Rods (TB) – Midwest League 1-3, HR (1), 2R, 2RBi, BB 
  • Brock Lundquist, RF – LoA Lansing Lugnuts (TOR) – Midwest League 2-4, HR (8), R, 3RBi, K
  • Cam Gibson, LF – HiA Lakeland Flying Tigers (DET) – Florida State League 3-5, 2B, R, 2RBi 
  • Luis Rengifo, SS – HiA Inland Empire 66ers (LAA) – Cal League 2-5, 2B, 2R, RBi, SB (19) 
    • The former Mariner and Tampa Bay Rays prospect was dealt to the Angels in the late March 2018 trade that brought first baseman C.J. Cron to Tampa. All the 21-year-old (PTBNL) Player-To-Be-Named-Later has done is reward the organization with .301 batting average and 19 stolen bases, which ties him for second in all the minors with LoA’s Brayan Morales (Great Lakes – LAD) and AA’s Garrett Hampson (Hartford – COL). All three prospects rank behind and Astros AA prospect Myles Straw who’s swiped 23 bags on the season. 

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