Under the Radar Hitters of the Day – May 29, 2018

National League – Top Hitter of the Day: 

  • Starling Heredia, DH – LoA Great Lakes Loons (LAD) – Midwest League
    • 3-5, HR (6), 2 2B, R, 6RBi
    • In this day of the minor league prospect, as baseball fans, we are inundated with the future of the game. And rightfully so. Take the Nationals Juan Soto for example, the Blue Jays Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Both are only 19 years of age, (19!!!), absolutely killing baseballs. They’re playing the game and, as hitters, being treated by opposing pitchers as if they’ve been playing at the highest level for a decade. It’s an exciting time to be a fan. However, where there are the 19-year-old Soto’s and Guerrero’s, there’s also a downside to being a teenager trying to fight through (and learn) the game. After going 3-for-45 with 16 strikeouts in his previous 12 games (.067), Heredia, a 19-year-old native of the Dominican Republic, showed what he’s capable of last night vs South Bend. After grounding into a double play in his first at-bat (2nd inning), Heredia laced a double to left in the 4th, smacked a 3-run double to right in the 6th, then capped off his night with a 2-run homer in the 8th. This is what Heredia is capable of. Could he give you fits as a fan/fantasy owner? Yes, but again, he’s 19. The expectations have to tempered in the light of the Sotos, the Vlad Jr’s for those who are being overshadowed and struggling, but still dripping with tools. 

American League – Top Hitter of the Day:

  • Bubba Thompson, LF – LoA Hickory Crawdads (TEX) – Sally League
    • 4-5, HR (2), 2B, 3R, 2RBi, SB (5) 
    • The Rangers #1 pick in 2017 out of McGill-Toolen HS (AL) is holding his own as a (ready??) 19-year-old in LoA. The 6’2″-190 lb. righty is batting .279 and despite the low stolen base total, Thompson is considered the fastest, most athletic player in the entire Texas organization, who also provides plus-plus defense. 

National League: 

  • Drew Waters, CF – LoA Rome Braves (ATL) – Sally League
    • 2-5, 3B, 2R, 2RBi, K
  • Jefrey Ramos, LF – LoA Rome Braves (ATL) – Sally League
    • 3-5, 3B, 2B, 2R, RBi
  • Jean Carlos Encarnacion, 3B – LoA Rome Braves (ATL) – Sally League
    • 3-5, 3B, 2R, 2RBi, K 
  • Drew Lugbauer, C – LoA Rome Braves (ATL) – Sally League
    • 4-5, 2B, R, 2RBi, K 
  • Quincy Nieporte, 1B – LoA Lakewood BlueClaws (PHI) – Sally League
    • 3-4, HR (4), R, RBi, K 
  • Rodolfo Duran, C – LoA Lakewood BlueClaws (PHI) – Sally League
    • 2-4, HR (4), R, 2RBi, K 
  • Tyler Alamo, 1B – HiA Myrtle Beach Pelicans (CHC) – Carolina League
    • 1-4, HR (8), 2R, 4RBi, BB, K 
  • Ronnie Gideon, DH – HiA Carolina Mudcats (MIL) – Carolina League
    • 3-4, HR (5), 2 2B, 2R, 3RBi, BB, K 
  • Demi Orimoloye, LF – LoA Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (MIL) – Midwest League
    • 2-4, HR (5), 3B, R, 3RBi, K 
  • Lolo Sanchez, CF – LoA West Virginia Power (PIT) – Sally League
    • 2-3, HR (2), R, 2RBi, BB
  • Julio Rodriguez, C – HiA Palm Beach Cardinals (STL) – Florida State League
    • 2-3, 2B, 2R, 2RBi, BB
  • Yoel Yanqui, 1B – LoA Kane County Cougars (ARI) – Midwest League
    • 2-4, HR (1), 2B, R, 2RBi
  • Rylan Bannon, 3B – HiA Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (LAD) – Cal League
    • 2-5, HR (11), R, 2RBi
  • Jeren Kendall, CF – HiA Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (LAD) – Cal League
    • 1-2, HR (4), 2R, RBi, BB, K 
  • Logan Landon, RF – HiA Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (LAD) – Cal League
    • 2-3, HR (5), 2B, 2R, 3RBi, BB
  • Brandon Montgomery, 3B – LoA Great Lakes Loons (LAD) – Midwest League
    • 4-5, 2R, 2RBi
  • Carlos Rincon, RF – LoA Great Lakes Loons (LAD) – Midwest League
    • 2-4, 2B, 2R, 2RBi, BB, K 
  • Colton Welker, 3B – HiA Lancaster Jethawks (COL) – Cal League
    • 3-4, HR (5), R, RBi
  • Joel Diaz, C – HiA Lancaster Jethawks (COL) – Cal League
    • 3-3, 2 2B, 2R, 2RBi
  • Esteury Ruiz, DH – HiA Lake Elsinore Storm (SD) – Cal League
    • 2-4, 2R, BB, 2K, 3 SB (14,15,16) 
  • Justin Lopez, 2B – HiA Lake Elsinore Storm (SD) – Cal League
    • 2-3, HR (2), 2B, R, 2RBi, BB

American League: 

  • Ben Ruta, LF – HiA Tampa Tarpons (NYY) – Florida State League
    • 3-3, HR (1), R, RBi
  • Taylor Walls, SS – HiA Charlotte Stone Crabs (TB) – Florida State League
    • 4-5, 3B, 2 2B, 3R, 2RBi
  • Chavez Young, RF – LoA Lansing Lugnuts (TOR) – Midwest League
    • 3-4, 2R, RBi, BB, SB (12) 
  • Todd Isaacs, CF – LoA Lake County Captains (CLE) – Midwest League
    • 3-4, HR (2), R, RBi, K
  • Cam Gibson, DH – HiA Lakeland Flying Tigers (DET) – Florida State League
    • 1-3, HR (2), R, 4RBi, BB
  • Travis Jones, 3B – LoA Lexington Legends (KC) – Sally League
    • 2-5, HR (3), R, 4RBi, K
  • Seuly Matias, RF – LoA Lexington Legends (KC) – Sally League
    • 2-4, HR (14), 2B, 2R, RBi, K 
  • Jimmy Kerrigan, CF – HiA Fort Myers Miracle (MIN) – Florida State League
    • 2-5, HR (5), 2R, 2RBi
  • Alex Kirilloff, RF – LoA Cedar Rapids Kernels (MIN) – Midwest League
    • 3-4, 2B, 3RBi 
  • Ronnie Dawson, CF – HiA Buies Creek Astros (HOU) – Carolina League
    • 1-4, HR (6), 2R, 2RBi, BB, K, SB (17) 
  • Miguelangel Sierra, SS – LoA Quad Cities River Bandits (HOU) – Midwest League
    • 2-4, HR (3), R, 3RBi, 2K 
  • Nate Mondou, DH – HiA Stockton Ports (OAK) – Cal League
    • 2-4, HR (4), 2R, RBi 
  • Luis Barrera, CF – HiA Stockton Ports (OAK) – Cal League
    • 3-4, HR (2), 2B, 2R, 3RBi 
  • Logan Farrar, DH – LoA Beloit Snappers (OAK) – Midwest League
    • 1-2, HR (6), R, 2RBi, BB
  • Charles Leblanc, 2B – HiA Down East Wood Ducks (TEX) – Carolina League
    • 1-3, HR (9), 2R, RBi, BB, K 
  • Andretty Cordero, 1B – HiA Down East Wood Ducks (TEX) – Carolina League
    • 2-3, HR (6), 2R, RBi, BB, K 
  • Brendon Davis, 3B – HiA Down East Wood Ducks (TEX) – Carolina League
    • 1-4, HR (1), R, 3RBi, K 

 

 

 

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