Under the Radar Hitters of the Day – May 17, 2018

National League – Top Hitter of the Day:  

  • Joey Rose, 3B – LoA Kane County Cougars (ARI) – Midwest League3-5, HR (1), 2 2B, 3R, 3RBi, BB, K 

American League – Top Hitter of the Day: 

  • Blaine Prescott, LF – HiA Down East Wood Ducks (TEX) – Carolina League2-5, 2 HR (5,6), 3R, 2RBi, 3K 

*Notes on Diamondbacks Varsho, Dodger’s Heredia

National League: 

Jean Carlos Encarnacion, 3B – LoA Rome Braves (ATL) – Sally League 3-4, HR (3), R, RBi 

  • Pat McInerney, 1B – LoA Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (MIL) – Midwest League1-3, HR (7), R, 2RBi, 2BB, 2K 
  • Devin Hairston, SS – LoA Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (MIL) – Midwest League2-4, 3B, 3R, RBi, BB, K 
  • Calvin Mitchell, RF – LoA West Virginia Power (PIT) – Sally League1-2, HR (5), R, RBi, 2BB, K 
  • Juan Yepez, 1B – HiA Palm Beach Cardinals (STL) – Florida State League2-4, HR (2), 2B, 2R, 4RBi, K
  • Daulton Varsho, C – HiA Visalia Rawhide (ARI) – Cal League3-4, HR (5), 3R, 2RBi, BB, K, SB (11) 
    • When it comes to what organizations look for in a catcher, Varsho checks all the boxes. He’s an above average fielder (.989 Fld%), he hits (.298 in 84 career minor league games), has plus arm strength (registering 1.9 pop times) and he’s dispalyed power with five home runs so far this season, seven in his pro debut last year with SS Hillsboro and has the potential to easily reach double digits. But it’s his speed, (the least of what catchers should bring to their game), that sets him apart from others at his position. The 5’10”- 190 lb. lefty stole his eleventh base last night in Visalia’s 34th game (vs. Lancaster). He stole seven in SS Hillsboro’s 50 games last season. So, let’s do some math: 11 stolen bases, 34 games, 164 games in the Cal League season. If Varsho keeps up this pace, he will steal 53 bases this season. The major league record for most stolen bases by a catcher in a single season was Kansas City Royals John Wathan, who stole 36 bases in 1982. Varsho is an absolute must-watch prospect moving forward. 
  • Drew Ellis, 3B – HiA Visalia Rawhide (ARI) – Cal League3-4, HR (5), 2B, R, 4RBi, BB
  • Renae Martinez, DH – LoA Kane County Cougars (ARI) – Midwest League4-5, 2 2B, 3R, 5RBi
  • Starling Heredia, LF – LoA Great Lakes Loons (LAD) – Midwest League2-4, 2 HR (4,5), 2R, 4RBi, K 
    • After starting the season 9-26 (.346), the Dodgers top 20 prospect (BA #17; MLB Pipeline#17) went on a tailspin failing to collect a multi-hit game from April 11 to May 2, a span in which he batted a putrid .131 (8-61). However, the the 6’2″- 200 lb. Santo Domingo, DR native has picked things up lately collecting seven hits in his last 18 at-bats (.389) including four of his season’s five home runs in his last four games. The 19-year old has a canon arm, but strikes out a ton. However, they don’t call him “Pit Bull” for nothing and one cannot deny his overall potential. 
  • Forrest Wall, CF – HiA Lancaster Jethawks (COL) – Cal League3-4, 2R, RBi, BB, 2 SB (17,18) 
  • Vince Fernandez, DH – HiA Lancaster Jethawks (COL) – Cal League3-5, 2 2B, 2R, RBi, 2K
  • Tyler Nevin, 3B/1B – HiA Lancaster Jethawks (COL) – Cal League3-4, HR (3), 2R, 4RBi

American League: 

  • Isiah Gilliam, DH – HiA Tampa Tarpons (NYY) – Florida State League1-3, HR (6), 3R, 2RBi, BB, K 
  • Oscar Gonzalez, LF – LoA Lake County Captains (CLE) – Midwest League3-4, HR (4), 2R, 3RBi
  • Ulysses Cantu, 1B – LoA Lake County Captains (CLE) – Midwest League2-4, HR (2), R, 2RBi 
  • Luke Burch, CF – LoA West Michigan Whitecaps (DET) – Midwest League4-4, 3B, R, RBi, SB (7) 
  • Jahmai Jones, 2B – HiA Inland Empire 66ers (LAA) – Cal League3-4, 2R, 3RBi, BB, 2 SB (5,6) 
  • Brandon Marsh, CF – LoA Burlington Bees (LAA) – Midwest League3-5, 2B, 2R, 2RBi
  • Jo Adell, RF – LoA Burlington Bees (LAA) – Midwest League2-4, HR (4), R, 3RBi, BB, SB (4) 
  • Ariel Sandoval, DH – LoA Clinton LumberKings (SEA) – Midwest League3-5, 3B, 2 2B, 2R
  • Franklin Rollin, RF – LoA Hickory Crawdads (TEX) – Sally League3-5, HR (1/2), 2R, 2RBi, K 

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