Under the Radar Hitters of the Day – May 30, 2018

National League – Top Hitter of the Day: 

  • Rylan Bannon, 3B – HiA Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (LAD) – Cal League3-4, HR (12), 2B, 2R, 2RBi, K 
    • Despite taking a fact-based approach to our reporting, even we sometimes look at the “what could have been”, or the “on-pace” projection if you will on a player by using the law of (factual) averages. Bannon, a 2017 – 8th rounder out of Xavier University, registered quite a season in his pro debut with Rookie Ogden (Pioneer League) despite playing in only 40 games. The 5’10” – 180 lb. righty batted .336 with 10 home runs and 30 RBi. But, using the law of Bannon’s per-game averages, let’s look at what he could have produced had he played a full Pioneer League season (77 games) Bannon was on pace to collect 96 hits, which would have ranked second in the league, hit 15 doubles, belt 20 home runs, which would have tied him for first with Colorado prospect Casey Golden, score 75 runs scored (first overall), collect 58 RBi (tied for fourth), and steal 10 bases. The Dodgers felt confident enough for Bannon to leap frog LoA Great Lakes and assign him to HiA Rancho Cucamonga in 2018, and he hasn’t missed a beat. He came out of Xavier with above-average power and speed and so far he’s lived up to his scouting report. He currently ranks second in the Cal League in homers, RBi (35) and second in total bases (107) behind San Diego prospect Buddy Reed (107), who ranks third in the minors (overall) with 24 stolen bases. 

American League – Top Hitter of the Day: 

  • Jose Miranda, 3B – LoA Cedar Rapids Kernels (MIN) – Midwest League3-5, HR (4), 2 2B, R, 6RBi, K 
    • The bottom third (top 30) prospect for the Twins (BA #24; MLB Pipeline #28), has been incredibly streaky this season. He’s batting .471 in his last four games, registering his first two 3-hit games of the season, but his six RBi’s last night vs. Wisconsin equalled what he collected in his previous 15 games. 

National League: 

Drew Waters, CF – LoA Rome Braves (ATL) – Sally League 2-5, 2 2B, 2R, 2RBi 

    • I love Waters. Already a 7-time UTR Hitter of the Day selection this season and UTR Organizational All-Star from 2017, Waters is rapidly climbing up prospect rankings and sits within my top 40 overall minor league hitters. In the month of May, Waters has failed to collect a hit in only three matchups, and has batted .325 for the month after a horrid month of April where he produced a .237 batting average. 
  • Jefrey Ramos, LF – LoA Rome Braves (ATL) – Sally League 3-4, 2 2B, R, RBi, BB
  • Drew Lugbauer, DH – LoA Rome Braves (ATL) – Sally League 2-4, HR (6), R, 2RBi, K
  • Weston Wilson, RF – HiA Carolina Mudcats (MIL) – Carolina League2-5, HR (6), 2B, R, 2RBi, 2K 
  • Ryan McCarvel, C – HiA Palm Beach Cardinals (STL) – Florida State League1-3, HR (3), R, 3RBi, 2K 
  • Cristian Santana, 1B – HiA Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (LAD) – Cal League2-3, HR (6), R, 2RBi, K 
  • Hudson Potts, 3B – HiA Lake Elsinore Storm (SD) – Cal League2-4, HR (8), R, 2RBi, K 
  • John Riley, 1B – LoA Augusta Greenjackets (SF) – Sally League2-4, HR (3), R, 4RBi

American League:

  • Ryan McKenna, CF – HiA Frederick Keys (BAL) – Carolina League3-5, HR (5), 3B, 2R, RBi, 2K 
  • Zach Jarrett, CF – LoA Delmarva Shorebirds (BAL) – Sally League2-5, HR (10), 2R, RBi, BB
  • Seamus Curran, 1B – LoA Delmarva Shorebirds (BAL) – Sally League1-4, HR (10), 3R, RBi, BB
  • Trevor Craport, 3B – LoA Delmarva Shorebirds (BAL) – Sally League1-3, HR (7), 2R, RBi, 2BB
  • Ryan Ripken, DH – LoA Delmarva Shorebirds (BAL) – Sally League2-5, HR (2), R, 5RBi, K 
  • Marino Campana, DH – LoA Greenville Drive (BOS) – Sally League1-2, HR (9), 2R, RBi, 2BB, K 
  • Victor Acosta, RF – LoA Greenville Drive (BOS) – Sally League2-3, HR (5), R, 2RBi
  • Craig Dedelow, LF – LoA Kannapolis Intimidators (CWS) – Sally League2-3, 2 2B, 2R, 2RBi, BB
  • Tyler Frost, RF – LoA Kannapolis Intimidators (CWS) – Sally League1-3, HR (7), R, 3RBi, BB, K 
  • Jimmy Kerrigan, CF – HiA Fort Myers Miracle (MIN) – Florida State League2-5, HR (6), R, 2RBi, 2K
  • Akil Baddoo, CF – LoA Cedar Rapids Kernels (MIN) – Midwest League1-3, HR (3), 4R, 2RBi, 3BB, 2K, SB (12) 
  • Royce Lewis, SS – LoA Cedar Rapids Kernels (MIN) – Midwest League2-5, 2B, 3R, 2RBi, 2 SB (14,15) 
  • Robby Rinn, 1B – LoA Cedar Rapids Kernels (MIN) – Midwest League3-5, HR (1), 2R, RBi, K 
  • Ben Rortvedt, C – LoA Cedar Rapids Kernels (MIN) – Midwest League3-4, 2 2B, R, RBi, BB, K 
  • Jake Adams, DH – LoA Quad Cities River Bandits (HOU) – Midwest League1-4, HR (7), R, 2RBi, BB, K 
  • David MacKinnon, 1B – HiA Inland Empire 66ers (LAA) – Cal League2-3, HR (1), 2R, 4RBi, BB
  • Nick Allen, SS – LoA Beloit Snappers (OAK) – Midwest League3-4, 3B, 2B, R, RBi, K 
  • Joe Rizzo, 3B – HiA Modesto Nuts (SEA) – Cal League4-4, HR (1), 2B, 2R, RBi
  • Jack Larsen, RF – LoA Clinton LumberKings (SEA) – Midwest League2-4, 2B, 3R, 3RBi, BB, K
  • Ryan Costello, 1B – LoA Clinton LumberKings (SEA) – Midwest League2-4, 2B, 4RBi, BB, K 
  • Preston Scott, RF – LoA Hickory Crawdads (TEX) – Sally League2-3, 2 2B, 2R, RBi, BB
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