Under the Radar Hitters of the Day – June 9, 2018

As seen in yesterday’s Pitcher Performancepost, Jim will be taking some much deserved travel time, so I’ll be towing the line over the next few days. We hope you stick with us in his absence. Although he will be away, trust me, he never stops looking at pitching stats, so I guarantee he will catch everyone up quickly on all the top performers upon his arrival back to daily posting. 

National League – Top Hitter of the Day: 

  • Jean Pena, DH – DSL Giants (SF) – Dominican Summer League3-5, 2 HR (2,3), 2R, 4RBi, K
    • The pencil-thin Dominican belted his second and third home runs of the season (vs. DSL Mariners) and third in his last three games, which places him in a four-way tie for the lead in the DSL with the Cubs Carlos Morfa, fellow Giant Luis Toribio and Pittsburgh’s Matthew Mercedes. It’s still early in the DSL season, but five of Pena’s 7 hits are extra-base hits. Pena has a lot of upside. Signed by the Giants in 2017 for 300K, scouts say he has “steady tools” with solid bat-to-ball skills. Pena is more apt to hit line drives than homers, but at 6’0″ – 150 lbs. he should grow into more power as he ages, and scouts say he has the defensive tools to stick at shortstop. 

American League – Top Hitter of the Day: 

  • Randy Florentino, C – DSL Rangers2 (TEX) – Dominican Summer League3-4, 2 HR (1,2), 2B, 3R, 4RBi, BB
    • Heading into the 2018 season, the Rangers had four catchers listed inside Baseball America’s Top 30 prospect list: Matt Whatley (12), David Garcia (16), Josh Morgan (22), and Jose Trevino (28), while Pipeline had Trevino, Whatley, Garcia and Sam Huff all clumped inside the 20-25 range. If Florentino continues his success this season, the aforementioned catching corp will have company. Signed in July 2017 for 25K, Florentino is batting .333, is one of the DS League leaders in total bases (20) and is out producing Rangers 2017 prize International signees, shortstop Keyber Rodriguez (for $1 million, who’s batting .250 with one extra-base hit in 32 at-bats) and outfielder Wildred Patino ($1.3 million), who’s yet to record a professional at-bat. 

National League: 

Jared James, LF – HiA Florida FireFrogs (ATL) – Florida State League2-4, HR (4), 2B, 2R, 2RBi

  • Braxton Davidson, DH – HiA Florida FireFrogs (ATL) – Florida State League3-3, 2 HR (6,7), 3R, 4RBi
    • It’s sad to see such a highly lauded number one draft pick struggle. Davidson was the Braves #1 pick out of  T.C. Roberson HS (NC) in 2014. He came to the Braves as a Baylor commit and a scouting report of a good athlete with average speed, average arm, but a special bat with easy plus raw power. He’s failed to exceed 10 home runs in a single season (although he’s on pace to long surpass that this year) and has only 34 homers in 1521 minor league at-bats. Hopefully last night is a glimpse of Davidson turning things around. 
  • Drew Lugbauer, DH – LoA Rome Braves (ATL) – Sally League 2-4, HR (7), 2R, 3RBi 
  • Thomas Jones, CF – LoA Greensboro Grasshoppers (MIA) – Sally League2-5, HR (6), 2R, 2RBi, 3K 
  • Luke Williams, LF – HiA Clearwater Threshers (PHI) – Florida State League2-3, HR (2), R, 2RBi, BB, K 
  • Rodolfo Duran, C – LoA Lakewood BlueClaws (PHI) – Sally League3-4, HR (5), 2B, R, RBi 
  • Viandel Pena, 2B – DSL Nationals (WAS) – Dominican Summer League4-6, 2B, 3R, 2RBi, K
  • Braian Fernandez, CF – DSL Nationals (WAS) – Dominican Summer League5-7, 2B, R, 4RBi, SB (2) 
  • Jorge Hurtado, RF – DSL Nationals (WAS) – Dominican Summer League4-5, 3B, 2R, 4RBi 
    • After starting the season 2-12 (.167), the 17-year-old Venezuelan has six hits in his last nine at-bats including seven RBi’s, three runs scored and his first career home run on June 8 versus the Mets1 squad.
  • Kevonte Mitchell, LF – HiA Myrtle Beach Pelicans (CHC) – Carolina League3-4, HR (3), 2 2B, 2R, 2RBi, BB
  • Pedro Martinez, 3B – DSL Cubs2 (CHC) – Dominican Summer League2-4, HR (1), 2R, 3RBi, K, SB (5) 
  • Kelvin Hidalgo, DH – DSL Cubs2 (CHC) – Dominican Summer League2-2, HR (1), 2R, 2RBi, BB
  • Trever Morrison, SS – LoA Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (MIL) – Midwest League2-3, 2B, R, 3RBi, BB
  • Daniel Rivero, CF – DSL Pirates1 (PIT) – Dominican Summer League4-5, 2R, 3RBi, BB
  • Emilson Rosado, 3B – DSL Pirates1 (PIT) – Dominican Summer League2-4, HR (1), 2R, 4RBi, 2BB, 2K 
  • Marcus Wilson, CF – HiA Visalia Rawhide (ARI) – Cal League2-4, HR (5), 2B, R, RBi
  • Carmelo Paulino, RF – DSL D-backs1 (ARI) – Dominican Summer League1-2, HR (1), 2R, RBi, BB, K, SB (4) 
  • Jaime Perez, RF/CF – DSL Dodgers Guerrero (LAD) – Dominican Summer League3-5, HR (1), 2B, 2R, 3RBi, K 
  • Roberto Ramos, 1B – HiA Lancaster Jethawks (COL) – Cal League2-4, 2 HR (15,16), 2R, 2RBi, 2K 
  • Bret Boswell, 2B – LoA Asheville Tourists (COL) – Sally League3-4, HR (9), 2B, 3R, RBi
  • Chad Spanberger, 1B – LoA Asheville Tourists (COL) – Sally League2-2, HR (15), 2B, 2R, 2RBi, BB (Game 2) 
  • Bernnie Alaniz, PH/C – DSL Colorado (COL) – Dominican Summer League3-3, HR (1), R, 5RBi
  • Edward Olivares, CF – HiA Lake Elsinore Storm (SD) – Cal League3-5, 2B, 3R, RBi, K 

American League: 

  • Ryan McKenna, CF – HiA Frederick Keys (BAL) – Carolina League4-5, HR (6), 2B, 2R, 2RBi
    • This could be McKenna’s breakout season. The 11-time UTR Hitter of the Day selection (this year) and 2015 – 4th rounder out of St. Thomas Aquinas HS (NH) came into 2018 with a career .255 batting average in 198 pro games. This season he ranks fourth in Carolina League batting (.366), ranks second in doubles (16), first in runs scored (49) and leads the Carolina League with 119 total bases. 
  • Preston Palmeiro, 2B – HiA Frederick Keys (BAL) – Carolina League2-5, HR (9), R, 2RBi, K 
  • Victor Acosta, 1B/RF – LoA Greenville Drive (BOS) – Sally League2-3, 3B, 2B, R, 4RBi, K 
  • Ronaldo Pulgar, 2B – DSL Red Sox2 (BOS) – Dominican Summer League3-5, 2 2B, 3R, RBi, SB (6) 
  • Diego Castillo, 2B – HiA Tampa Tarpons (NYY) – Florida State League3-3, 2B, 2R, 5RBi, 2BB, SB (3) 
  • Dom Thompson-Williams, DH – HiA Tampa Tarpons (NYY) – Florida State League1-4, HR (5), 2R, RBi, BB, 2K 
  • Antonio Cabello, LF – DSL Yankees (NYY) – Dominican Summer League2-4, 3B, 2R, RBi, BB, K, 2 SB (4,5) 
  • Dahiandy Johnson, RF – DSL Rays2 (TB) – Dominican Summer League3-5, HR (2), 2B, 2R, 2RBi, SB (1) 
  • Johampher Arrendoll, CF – DSL Rays2 (TB) – Dominican Summer League3-5, HR (2), 3B, 2R, 3RBi, K 
  • Ryan Noda, 1B – LoA Lansing Lugnuts (TOR) – Midwest League1-2, HR (5), R, 2RBi, 2BB, K
  • Micker Adolfo, DH – HiA Winston Salem Dash (CHW) – Carolina League2-5, HR (7), 2R, 3RBi, 2K 
  • Zach Remillard, 3B – HiA Winston Salem Dash (CHW) – Carolina League1-5, HR (7), R, 3RBi, K 
  • Tate Blackman, 2B – LoA Kannapolis Intimidators (CWS) – Sally League3-5, HR (8), 2B, 2R, 2RBi, 2K 
  • Eliezer Alfonzo, 1B – DSL Tigers2 (DET) – Dominican Summer League2-2, 4R, RBi, 2BB, SB (2) 
  • Gabriel Cancel, 2B – HiA Wilmington Blue Rocks (KC) – Carolina League3-5, 2B, 2R, 3RBi
  • Seuly Matias, DH – LoA Lexington Legends (KC) – Sally League1-2, HR (20), R, RBi, BB, K 
    • Another day, another home run for Matias. He’s averaging a home run every 12 at-bats this season. He had 15 homers in two seasons prior to 2018. 
  • Jake Adams, 1B – HiA Buies Creek Astros (HOU) – Carolina League2-4, 2 HR (1,2/10), 2R, 4RBi
  • Bryan De La Cruz, RF – LoA Quad Cities River Bandits (HOU) – Midwest League3-5, HR (2), 2R, 2RBi
  • Cody Bohanek, 2B – LoA Quad Cities River Bandits (HOU) – Midwest League2-4, HR (3), R, 3RBi, K 
  • Arturo Guerrero, LF – DSL Mariners (SEA) – Dominican Summer League2-4, HR (1), 3B, 2R, RBi 
  • Pedro Gonzalez, LF – LoA Hickory Crawdads (TEX) – Sally League2-4, HR (6), 2B, 2R, 2RBi
  • Julio Pablo Martinez, RF – DSL Rangers1 (TEX) – Dominican Summer League2-4, HR (1), 2B, R, 2RBi
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