Under the Radar Hitters of the Day – May 21, 2018

*The California League had a scheduled day off Monday*

National League – Top Hitter of the Day: 

  • Rhett Wiseman, RF – HiA Potomac Nationals (WAS) – Carolina League3-4, 2 HR (8,9), 2R, 3RBi 

American League – Top Hitter of the Day: 

  • MJ Melendez, DH – LoA Lexington Legends (KC) – Sally League3-6, HR (8), 2 2B, 2R, 6RBi
    • The Kansas City Royals not only sit in last place in the A.L. Central, but their 14-33 win-loss record is currently the worst in all of major league baseball. However, upon scanning their minor league levels, a lot of help is on the way. Despite 2017 – 1st rounder Nick Pratto and outfielders Khalil Lee and Seuly Matias receiving most of the press, it’s their  2017 second rounder that deserves equal praise. Melendez, an ultra-toolsy catcher, comes with a defense-first profile (good footwork and lateral movement with soft hands and a strong arm; posting pop times below 2.0), but his bat has taken a big step forward this season.  In his 2017 pro debut with the AZL Royals, the Daytona Beach, FL native batted .262 with four home runs and 30 RBi’s. The 6’1″- 185 lb. lefty is hitting .271 so far this season, but in 16 less games against much tougher pitching this season, Melendez has nearly doubled his 2017 extra-base percentage (.341 in 2017), as 21 of his 32 hits on the year have gone for extra-bases (.656). 

National League: 

  • John Silviano, 1B – HiA Jupiter Hammerheads (MIA) – Florida State League1-4, HR (6), R, 3RBi, K 
  • Jhonny Santos, CF – LoA Greensboro Grasshoppers (MIA) – Sally League3-4, 2 HR (2,3), 2R, 3RBi, K 
  • Jhonny Pereda, C – HiA Myrtle Beach Pelicans (CHC) – Carolina League1-3, HR (4), R, RBi, 2BB
  • Albert Baur, 1B – HiA Bradenton Marauders (PIT) – Florida State League2-5, HR (5), R, 3RBi, K 
  • Renae Martinez, C – LoA Kane County Cougars (ARI) – Midwest League3-5, HR (4), 2B, R, RBi, K 
  • Chad Spanberger, 1B – LoA Asheville Tourists (COL) – Sally League2-5, HR (10), R, 4RBi, K 
  • Ramon Marcelino, RF – LoA Asheville Tourists (COL) – Sally League2-5, HR (8), 2R, RBi, 2K 

American League: 

  • Santiago Espinal, SS – HiA Salem Sox (BOS) – Carolina League3-5, HR (6), 2R, 2RBi, K 
  • Kervin Suarez, 2B – LoA Greenville Drive (BOS) – Sally League2-5, HR (2), R, 2RBi, K 
  • Timmy Robinson, DH – HiA Tampa Tarpons (NYY) – Florida State League2-3, HR (2), 2B, 2R, 4RBi, BB
  • Nathaniel Lowe, 1B – HiA Charlotte Stone Crabs (TB) – Florida State League2-4, HR (9), 2B, 3R, 2RBi, BB, 2K 
    • The 11-time 2018 UTR HOD selection and 2017 UTR OAS continues his onslaught on Florida State League pitching. Aside from Lowe siting two behind Darick Hall‘s (Clearwater) league leading 11 home runs’s, Lowe leads the FSL in hits (58), batting (.379), runs scored (34), doubles (12), RBI (39), on-base percentage (.463), SLG (.634) and OPS (1.097). 
  • Jesus Sanchez, RF – HiA Charlotte Stone Crabs (TB) – Florida State League2-5, HR (6), 2R, 2RBi, 2K 
  • Kevin Padlo, DH – HiA Charlotte Stone Crabs (TB) – Florida State League2-4, HR (1), 3R, 2RBi, BB, K 
  • Rene Pinto, C – HiA Charlotte Stone Crabs (TB) – Florida State League3-5, HR (1), 2B, R, 2RBi 
  • Laz Rivera, SS – LoA Kannapolis Intimidators (CWS) – Sally League2-3, HR (5), 2B, 2R, RBi, K, SB (6) 
  • Craig Dedelow, LF – LoA Kannapolis Intimidators (CWS) – Sally League2-4, HR (3), R, 2RBi, K 
  • Mitch Longo, LF – HiA Lynchburg Hillcats (CLE) – Carolina League2-4, HR (2), 2B, R, RBi, BB
  • Travis Jones, RF – LoA Lexington Legends (KC) – Sally League2-4, 2B, 3R, 2BB, K 
  • Nick Pratto, 1B – LoA Lexington Legends (KC) – Sally League3-5, 2B, 3R, 3RBi, BB, K, SB (5)
  • Dennicher Carrasco, 3B – LoA Lexington Legends (KC) – Sally League5-6, R, 2RBi, K 
  • Ricky Aracena, 2B – LoA Lexington Legends (KC) – Sally League1-4, HR (2), 3R, RBi, BB, K 
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