Under the Radar Hitters of the Day – June 14, 2018

National League – Top Hitter of the Day: 

  • Steven Fana, DH – DSL Colorado (COL) – Dominican Summer League3-6, 2 HR (2,3), 3R, 2RBi, 3K 
    • The 18-year-old Dominican native is repeating the DSL this season after batting .236 with only 10 extra base hits and seven stolen bases last year. So far in nine games this season, the 6’1″ – 180 lb. righty has doubled his per-game output based on his 2017 debut statistics. It took 43 games to drive in 11 runs last year, but he’s raised his average 50 points and Fana has five RBI’s in nine games on the season so far. Plus, he’s cut his BB:K ratio from 2017 (10:44) in half (4:9). 

American League – Top Hitter of the Day: 

  • Alex Kirilloff, RF – LoA Cedar Rapids Kernels (MIN) – Midwest League4-6, 2 HR (12,13), 2R, 4RBi
    • If you’re a fan of the Midwest League, you’ve enjoyed what is one of the more exciting crops of prospects the league has seen in a long time with Kirilloff leading the way. In 2018, the 2016 – 1st rounder out of Plum HS in Pittsburgh (PA) is giving Twins fans and the Midwest League an absolute show, as he took sole possession of the league home run lead last night with his 12th and 13th homers of the season. The 6’2″- 215 lb. lefty also leads the MWL in hits (79), RBi’s (55) and total bases (146). All this after he lost the entire 2017 season to Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow. But this was to be expected. After all, Kirilloff won Appalacian League MVP honors in his rookie season with Elizabethton back in 2016; and if Kirilloff stays in the MWL for the entire year, I expect him to run away with another MVP trophy, but only because Toronto prospect Kevin Smith (a 2017 – 4th rounder) packed his bags for HiA Dunedin a little over two weeks ago. 

Notes on LAD’s Morales, Rockies Diaz, Angels Adell…

National League: 

  • John Silviano, DH – HiA Jupiter Hammerheads (MIA) – Florida State League2-5, HR (11), 3B, 2R, 2RBi, K
  • Matt Winaker, LF – LoA Columbia Fireflies (NYM) – Sally League2-4, 2B, 2R, 3RBi 
  • Andres Regnault, C – DSL Mets1 (NYM) – Dominican Summer League2-4, HR (2), 2B, 2R, RBi, BB
  • Mickey Moniak, CF – HiA Clearwater Threshers (PHI) – Florida State League3-4, 2B, 2R, 3RBi, K 
  • Yasel Antuna, SS – LoA Hagerstown Suns (WAS) – Carolina League3-4, 2B, 2R, 3RBi, SB (6) 
  • Rodolfo Castro, 2B – LoA West Virginia Power (PIT) – Sally League1-5, HR (6), R, 3RBi, 3K 
  • Ryan Peurifoy, CF – LoA West Virginia Power (PIT) – Sally League2-3, 3B, 2R, RBi, BB
  • Chase Pinder, CF – HiA Palm Beach Cardinals (STL) – Florida State League2-5, HR (2), 2R, RBi, K 
  • Pablo Gomez, 3B – DSL Cardinals Blue (STL) – Dominican Summer League3-5, HR (1), 2B, 3R, 3RBi, K 
  • Jean Selmo, DH – DSL Cardinals Blue (STL) – Dominican Summer League3-4, 2B, 4R, 2RBi, 2BB
  • Yowelfy Rosario, SS – DSL Cardinals Blue (STL) – Dominican Summer League2-5, 3B, 2B, 2R, 3RBi, 2K 
  • Ismael Jaime, RF – DSL D-backs1 (ARI) – Dominican Summer League3-3, HR (1), 2 2B, R, 4RBi, BB
  • Brayan Morales, CF – LoA Great Lakes Loons (LAD) – Midwest League3-5, 2 2B, 2R, K, SB (30) 
    • Morales’ 30th stolen base last night pulls him into a tie with Padres prospect Buddy Reed for second in all the minors. Both N.L. West prospects are still looking up at Houston’s Myles Straw who’s swiped 35 bags for Double-A Corpus Christi of the Texas League. 
  • Jared Walker, 1B – LoA Great Lakes Loons (LAD) – Midwest League3-5, 3B, 2B, 2R, K
  • Eddy Diaz, SS – DSL Colorado (COL) – Dominican Summer League1-5, 3R, BB, K,4 SB (12,13,14,15) 
    • Diaz’ 15 stolen bases leads the DSL by a wide margin (with second place – Alvaro Montero/MIA – having nine) but the DSL Rockies as a team trail the DSL Cubs in team steals (34 to 33). Despite the 5’11” – 170 lb. repeating the DSL this season, Diaz is a sneaky under-the-radar prospect in the Rockies organization and could be a nice add to a low-level prospect watch list. In 46 career games, Diaz owns a .314 batting average, averages nearly a stolen base per game, has a .417 on-base-percentage and has posted one more strikeout than career walks (28:27). Keep an eye on him.  

American League: 

  • Ryan McKenna, CF – HiA Frederick Keys (BAL) – Carolina League2-3, 3B, 2R, RBi, 2BB
  • Collin Woody, 1B – HiA Frederick Keys (BAL) – Carolina League2-4, HR (5), 2R, 3RBi, K
  • Chris Clare, SS – HiA Frederick Keys (BAL) – Carolina League3-3, 3B, 2 2B, 2R
  • Tyler Hill, RF – HiA Salem Sox (BOS) – Carolina League3-5, 2B, 2R, RBi, K, SB (15) 
  • Ceddanne Rafaela, 3B/SS – DSL Red Sox1 (BOS) – Dominican Summer League4-6, 2 2B, 2R, RBi, K, SB (3) 
  • Lewis Baez, LF – DSL Red Sox1 (BOS) – Dominican Summer League3-3, 3B, 2R, RBi, 2 SB (3,4) 
  • Brandon Rincones, 2B – DSL Red Sox1 (BOS) – Dominican Summer League4-5, 2B, 4R, 3RBi 
  • Brandon Wagner, 1B – HiA Tampa Tarpons (NYY) – Florida State League2-4, HR (13), R, 3RBi 
  • Juan Crisp, C – DSL Yankees (NYY) – Dominican Summer League4-4, 2B, 2R, 3RBi
  • Tristan Gray, 3B – HiA Charlotte Stone Crabs (TB) – Florida State League3-5, HR (6), 2R, RBi
  • Yermin Mercedes, C – HiA Winston Salem Dash (CHW) – Carolina League2-3, HR (5), 2B, R, 3RBi, BB
  • Oscar Gonzalez, RF – LoA Lake County Captains (CLE) – Midwest League2-4, HR (10), R, 2RBi, 2K 
  • Jose Azocar, CF – LoA West Michigan Whitecaps (DET) – Midwest League2-5, 3B, 2R, 2RBi
  • Reynaldo Rivera, 1B – LoA West Michigan Whitecaps (DET) – Midwest League3-5, 3B, 2B, 2R, 3RBi, K 
  • Brady Policelli, C – LoA West Michigan Whitecaps (DET) – Midwest League2-2, R, RBi, 2BB, 3 SB (7,8, 9) 
  • Taylor Grzelakowski, LF – HiA Fort Myers Miracle (MIN) – Florida State League1-3, HR (6), R, RBi, 2BB, K 
  • Royce Lewis, SS – LoA Cedar Rapids Kernels (MIN) – Midwest League2-5, 2 2B, 2R, RBi, BB
  • Robby Rinn, 1B – LoA Cedar Rapids Kernels (MIN) – Midwest League3-4, 2B, 2R, RBi, BB
  • Francisco Martinez, DH – DSL Twins (MIN) – Dominican Summer League/South 4-5, HR (1), 3B, 3R, 5RBi, K 
  • Jo Adell, CF – HiA Inland Empire 66ers (LAA) – Cal League1-2, HR (7), 2R, 2RBi, BB, SB (6) 
    • The season Adell is having for the Angels is one for the ages. Aside from the strikeouts (54 in 47 games) I’d put him in the tier directly below that of Juan Soto and Vlad Guerrero Jr. As a 19 year old, he tore apart Midwest League pitching (.326/398/.611/.1.009) and in competition nearly four years his elder in the Cal League, he’s working on a .538 extra-base percentage with six doubles and seven home runs in 22 games so far for the 66ers. A true stud in the making and easy top five overall hitting prospect in the minors based on production alone. 
  • Julio De La Cruz, 2B – DSL Angels (LAA) – Dominican Summer League2-4, 2B, 2R, 3RBi, 2BB, K 
  • Raider Uceta, DH – DSL Angels (LAA) – Dominican Summer League4-6, 3B, 2B, R, 3RBi, K 
  • William Toffey, 3B – HiA Stockton Ports (OAK) – Cal League1-3, HR (2), R, 2RBi, BB, K 
  • Kyle Lewis, CF – HiA Modesto Nuts (SEA) – Cal League2-4, HR (3), R, 2RBi, K 
  • Daniel Santos, C – DSL Mariners (SEA) – Dominican Summer League3-4, 2B, 2R, 3RBi, BB, K 
  • Robert Perez, LF – DSL Mariners (SEA) – Dominican Summer League3-5, HR (3), 2B, R, 3RBi, 2K 
  • Preston Scott, LF – LoA Hickory Crawdads (TEX) – Sally League3-4, HR (2), 2B, 2R, RBi, K, SB (3) 
  • Tyler Ratliff, RF – LoA Hickory Crawdads (TEX) – Sally League3-5, HR (4), 3R, RBi, K 

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