Under the Radar Hitters of the Day – May 24, 2018

National League – Top Hitter of the Day: 

  • Jared Oliva, CF – HiA Bradenton Marauders (PIT) – Florida State League4-5, HR (5), 3R, 3RBi, 2 SB (10,11) 
    • The 2017 – 7th rounder out of the University of Arizona skipped directly over LoA  and into the pitcher-friendly Florida State League this season after posting a respectable debut for the Short Season West Virginia in 2017. The 6’3″- 187 lb. came out of AU with plus-plus speed, great range in center field and above average power upside. He batted .266 with 30 runs scored, 17 RBi and 15 stolen bases for the Black Bears, but went homerless. This season, Oliva has shown improvement in all facets of this game. In 16 less games, Oliva has already equalled his doubles total from last season, has his first five home runs of his career and is on pace to steal 37 bases. A very under-the-radar prospect who failed to make any mainstream top prospect lists last off-season. 

American League – Top Hitter of the Day:

  • Jo Adell, CF – HiA Inland Empire 66ers (LAA) – Cal League2-4, HR (1/7), 2B, 2R, 2RBi, BB, 2K 

Notes on Wall, Reed….

National League: 

  • Ray-Patrick Didder, SS – HiA Florida FireFrogs (ATL) – Florida State League1-3, HR (2), 2R, 2RBi, BB
  • Garvis Lara, 3B – LoA Greensboro Grasshoppers (MIA) – Sally League2-2, HR (2), 2B, R, RBi, BB, SB (4) 
  • Andres Gimenez, SS – HiA St. Lucie Mets (NYM) – Florida State League3-3, 2B, 2R, BB, 3 SB (13,14,15) 
  • Tres Barrera, C – HiA Potomac Nationals (WAS) – Carolina League2-3, HR (2), 2R, 2RBi, BB
  • Edwin Lora, 2B – HiA Potomac Nationals (WAS) – Carolina League2-3, 2B, 2R, RBi, BB, SB (3) 
  • Luis Garcia, 2B – LoA Hagerstown Suns (WAS) – Sally League3-4, HR (2), 2R, 2RBi
  • Jake Scudder, 1B – LoA Hagerstown Suns (WAS) – Sally League1-3, HR (1), R, 3RBi
  • Taylor Trammell, LF – HiA Daytona Tortugas (CIN) – Florida State League1-3, HR (6), 2R, RBi, BB
  • Weston Wilson, 1B – HiA Carolina Mudcats (MIL) – Carolina League3-5, HR (5), 2B, 2R, 4RBi 
  • Luis Aviles Jr., SS – HiA Carolina Mudcats (MIL) – Carolina League2-5, HR (2), 2R, 2RBi, SB (13) 
  • KJ Harrison, 1B/C – LoA Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (MIL) – Midwest League2-5, HR (2), 2B, 2R, 4RBi, 2K 
  • Tyler Gaffney, LF – HiA Bradenton Marauders (PIT) – Florida State League2-5, 2 3B, 3RBi, 3K 
  • Jason Delay, C – HiA Bradenton Marauders (PIT) – Florida State League3-5, 2 2B, 2R, 2RBi, K 
  • Johan Mieses, RF – HiA Palm Beach Cardinals (STL) – Florida State League1-3, HR (6), 2R, RBi, BB, K 
  • Luis Silverio, RF – HiA Visalia Rawhide (ARI) – Cal League3-5, 2 2B, 2R, 2RBi
  • Forrest Wall, CF – HiA Lancaster Jethawks (COL) – Cal League1-5, 2R, 2K, SB (20) 
    • Normally I wouldn’t place a line such as Wall’s on my daily list, but the Jethawks vs. Lake Elsinore matchup from last night featured two of the top base stealers in not only the Cal League, but in all the minors. Wall stole his 20th base last night and it’s a testament to a kid who never stopped hitting after making a full position shift from second base to centerfield after the 2016 season. This move helped open up his natural speed and as a fairly new defender in center, he’s actually posting a better fielding percentage (.974) than previously at second base (.948). Wall’s 25 steals in 2015 is a personal high, but this year he’s on pace to steal over 60.  
  • Manuel Melendez, LF – HiA Lancaster Jethawks (COL) – Cal League4-5, 2B, R, 3RBi, K
  • Ryan Vilade, SS – LoA Asheville Tourists (COL) – Sally League2-3, HR (1), R, 3RBi, BB, K 
  • Buddy Reed, LF – HiA Lake Elsinore Storm (SD) – Cal League1-3, 3B, 2R, RBi, 2BB, K, 2 SB (20,21) 
    • In the aforementioned blurb on Rockie center fielder Forrest Wall, Reed was/is the fellow top-base stealer in Lake Elsinore’s matchup with Lancaster (in which the Jethawks won 10-7). The 2016 – 2nd rounder out of Florida has already eclipsed his personal season high in steals of 15 (in his debut season with Tri-City of the Northwest League) and is on pace to steal 70, which would match Colorado’s Wes Rogers Cal League total from 2017, one below Travis Jankowski‘s 71 from the 2013 season, yet far from the record-setting 104 bags the Reds Billy Hamilton stole in 2012. 
  • Tirso Ornelas, RF – LoA Fort Wayne TinCaps (SD) – Midwest League3-4, 3B, 2 2B, R, RBi 
  • Sandro Fabian, RF – HiA San Jose Giants (SF) – Cal League3-4, HR (4), 2 2B, 3R, RBi 

American League: 

  • Preston Palmeiro, 2B – HiA Frederick Keys (BAL) – Carolina League2-4, HR (8), R, 3RBi, K 
  • Seamus Curran, DH – LoA Delmarva Shorebirds (BAL) – Sally League2-5, HR (8), 2R, 3RBi, 2K 
  • Jean Carrillo, C – LoA Delmarva Shorebirds (BAL) – Sally League3-4, 2B, 4RBi, K 
  • Charlie Madden, C – LoA Greenville Drive (BOS) – Sally League1-2, HR (1), R, RBi, 2BB
  • Ronaldo Hernandez, DH – LoA Bowling Green Hot Rods (TB) – Midwest League2-3, HR (3), R, RBi, BB
  • Chris Betts, C – LoA Bowling Green Hot Rods (TB) – Midwest League2-3, HR (1), R, 2RBi, BB, K 
  • Tyler Friis, 2B – LoA Lake County Captains (CLE) – Midwest League1-3, HR (2), R, RBi, 2BB
  • Oliver Nunez, 2B – HiA Wilmington Blue Rocks (KC) – Carolina League3-4, HR (1/1), 2R, RBi
  • Travis Jones, LF – LoA Lexington Legends (KC) – Sally League2-5, 2B, 2R, 2RBi, 2K 
  • Nick Pratto, 1B – LoA Lexington Legends (KC) – Sally League1-5, HR (7), R, 3RBi 
  • Shane Carrier, DH – LoA Cedar Rapids Kernels (MIN) – Midwest League1-3, HR (4), R, 2RBi, BB, 2K 
  • Dairon Blanco, LF – HiA Stockton Ports (OAK) – Cal League2-4, 3B, 2RBi, BB, 2 SB (15,16) 
  • Ariel Sandoval, DH – LoA Clinton LumberKings (SEA) – Midwest League2-4, 2 2B, R, 2RBi, BB, K 
  • Austin O’Banion, LF – LoA Hickory Crawdads (TEX) – Sally League2-4, HR (4/5), R, 2RBi, BB, 2K 
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