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

National League – Top Hitter of the Day: 

  • Casey Golden, LF – LoA Asheville Tourists (COL) – Sally League4-5, 2 HR (15,16), 3R, 5RBi
    • I wouldn’t call it being in the wrong place at the wrong time, but Golden, the Rockies 2017 – 20th round pick out of UNC Wilmington, is having himself quite a season: a .283 batting average, 16 home runs, 59 RBis and 55 runs scored in Grand Junction’s 54 games. But he’s doing this in the same year that teammate and Rockies 2018 “Ones to Watch” selection, Chad Spanberger and Kansas City Royals uber-prospect Seuly Matias decide to go off. Spanberger has belted 18 homers of his own, one shy of his personal (season) high, while the 19-year-old Matias, despite batting .231, leads the minors with 24 homers, 17 more than he hit all last season. So, while Golden and Spanberger are doing their part on the offensive side of the ball, Asheville pitching hasn’t held up their end of the bargain. Tourist pitching sits at the bottom of the Sally League leaderboard with an overall 4.91 ERA and ranks third to last in both team wins (33) and saves (17).

American League – Top Hitter of the Day: 

  • Trey Dawson, SS – SS Tri-City Valley Cats (HOU) – New York-Penn League4-4, 2 2B, 3R, 2RBi, 2 SB (1,2) 
    • Dawson carved quite a path before landing with the Astros in the 15th round of the 2018 draft. Drafted as a junior out of the University of Kentucky, the 6’0″ – 175 lb. righty started his collegiate career at LSU, where he batted .111 with nine strikeouts and one run scored in 27 games. He transferred to Chipola Junior College (FL) for his sophomore season, became a starter and batted .276 with nine home runs and 38 RBi in 59 games, but it was Dawson’s defense that garnered several post season awards including Panhandle Conference Defensive Player of the Year and the NJCAA World Series’ top defensive player. After one season with Chipola JC, he packed his bags once again, this time heading to the University of Kentucky, and for the Wildcats, Dawson logged a .280 batting average with three homers and 19 RBi in 55 games. Dawson came to the Astros with a glove-first profile, a strong arm, great range, but also a strong hit tool. So far, Dawson has been the complete player. In four games (14 at-bats) he has a .429 average with three doubles, while posting a pristine 1.000 fielding percentage in 11 chances. 

Notes on Colorado’s Diaz, Blue Jays Espinal, Twins Lewis…

National League: 

  • Jefrey Ramos, LF – LoA Rome Braves (ATL) – Sally League
    • 2-4, 2 HR (6,7), 2R, 4RBi, K
  • Dionis Paulino, DH – LoA Columbia Fireflies (NYM) – Sally League
    • 4-4, HR (1), 2 2B, R, RBi
  • Luis Santana, 2B – Rookie Kingsport (NYM) – Appy League
    • 2-3, HR (1), 3R, RBi
  • Jonathan Guzman, SS – SS Williamsport Crosscutters (PHI) – New York-Penn League
    • 2-3, 3B, 2B, 2R, 2RBi, BB
  • Jared Young, 1B – LoA South Bend SilverHawks (CHC) – Midwest League
    • 1-5, HR (9), 2R, 2RBi, BB, 2K
  • Austin Filiere, DH/3B – LoA South Bend SilverHawks (CHC) – Midwest League
    • 2-3, HR (6), 3R, 4RBi, 2BB
  • Christian Donahue, 2B – LoA South Bend SilverHawks (CHC) – Midwest League
    • 3-4, HR (2), 2 2B, 2R, 3RBi, BB
  • Pedro Martinez, 3B – DSL Cubs2 (CHC) – Dominican Summer League
    • 3-4, R, 2RBi, BB, 2 SB (17,18)
  • Jeter Downs, 2B – LoA Dayton Dragons (CIN) – Midwest League
    • 2-5, HR (10) , R, 4RBi, K
  • Leandro Santana, 1B/3B – LoA Dayton Dragons (CIN) – Midwest League
    • 4-5, 2 2B, 2R, RBi
  • Chad McClanahan, 1B – Rookie Helena Brewers (MIL) – Pioneer League
    • 2-3, HR (2), 2R, 2RBi, BB
  • David Fry, C – Rookie Helena Brewers (MIL) – Pioneer League
    • 2-4, HR (2), 2B, R, 3RBi
  • Oneil Cruz, SS – LoA West Virginia Power (PIT) – Sally League
    • 4-6, 2B, 2R, 2RBi, K
  • Jonatan Machado, LF – Rookie Johnson City Cardinals (STL) – Appy League
    • 3-5, HR (1), R, 3RBi, K
  • Nolan Gorman, 3B – Rookie Johnson City Cardinals (STL) – Appy League
    • 2-5, 2 HR (2,3), 2R, 4RBi
  • Kevin Woodall, 1B – Rookie Johnson City Cardinals (STL) – Appy League
    • 3-5, HR (2), 2R, RBi
  • Ramon Mendoza, 3B – DSL Cardinals Blue (STL) – Dominican Summer League
    • 3-4, 3B, 2B, 3R, 3RBi, BB
  • Jose Curpa, 2B – DSL D-backs1 (ARI) – Dominican Summer League
    • 1-3, 2B, 2R, RBi, 2BB, 2 SB (10,11)
  • Jose Reyes, SS – DSL D-backs1 (ARI) – Dominican Summer League
    • 3-5, 3B, 2R, 2RBi, K, SB (5)
  • Carlos Rincon, DH – LoA Great Lakes Loons (LAD) – Midwest League
    • 1-2, HR (7), 2R, 2RBi, 3BB
  • Brock Carpenter, 1B – LoA Great Lakes Loons (LAD) – Midwest League
    • 2-5, HR (2), 2B, 2R, 4RBi, K
  • Drew Avans, DH – AZL Dodgers (LAD) – Arizona League
    • 3-4, 3B, R, 2RBi, SB (3)
  • Eddys Leonard, SS – DSL Dodgers Guerrero (LAD) – Dominican Summer League
    • 2-4, HR (2), R, RBi, BB, SB (6)
  • Danny Edgeworth, 3B – SS Boise Hawks (COL) – Northwest League
    • 3-4, 2 2B, 2R, 2RBi
  • Grant Lavigne, 1B – Rookie Grand Junction Rockies (COL) – Pioneer League
    • 2-4, HR (2), 2B, R, 3RBi, K
  • Eddy Diaz, SS – DSL Colorado (COL) – Dominican Summer League
    • 1-4, 2R, BB, 4 SB (28,29,30,31)
    • After a stretch of nine games where he stole only four bases, the 18-year-old Cuban is back to his old self: stealing multiple bags in one game. As you see in bold in the above line score, Diaz stole four more bases last night and it’s the seventh time this season where he’s stolen more than one base in a game. The 5’11” – 170 lb. shortstop now joins four others (including fellow Rockie Garrett Hampson ) in the 30+ stolen base club this season; while Houston prospect, and 2018 “One to Watch” selection, Myles Straw is the only player with 40+ steals, registering a combined 43 steals for Double-A Corpus Christi (35) and Triple-A Fresno (8). 
  • Steven Fana, RF – DSL Colorado (COL) – Dominican Summer League
    • 2-5, HR (4), R, 3RBi
  • Hudson Potts, 3B – HiA Lake Elsinore Storm (SD) – Cal League
    • 2-4, 2 HR (12,13), 2R, 4RBi
  • Robbie Podorsky, LF – LoA Fort Wayne TinCaps (SD) – Midwest League
    • 4-5, 2B, 2R, RBi, K, SB (17)
  • Tyler Flores, DH – AZL Giants Orange (SF) – Arizona League
    • 2-3, HR (1), R, 3RBi, BB

American League: 

  • Kirvin Moesquit, CF – LoA Delmarva Shorebirds (BAL) – Sally League
    • 4-5, 2 2B, R, RBi, BB
  • Lewis Baez, RF – DSL Red Sox1 (BOS) – Dominican Summer League
    • 4-4, 3B, 2B, 2R, 2RBi
  • Alexander Palma, RF – HiA Tampa Tarpons (NYY) – Florida State League
    • 2-5, HR (7), R, 3RBi, K
  • Angel Rojas, SS – DSL Yankees (NYY) – Dominican Summer League
    • 2-3, 3B, 2B, R, 2RBi, 2BB
  • Jordan Qsar, RF – Rookie Princeton Rays (TB) – Appy League
    • 3-4, HR (3), 2R, 3RBi
  • Osmy Gregorio, DH – Rookie Princeton Rays (TB) – Appy League
    • 2-4, HR (2), 2R, 3RBi
  • Joshua Palacios, CF – HiA Dunedin Blue Jays (TOR) – Florida State League
    • 1-4, 2B, 2R, 3RBi, BB
  • Santiago Espinal, 2B – HiA Dunedin Blue Jays (TOR) – Florida State League
    • 2-4, 3B, 3R, RBi, BB
    • Different team, same result. Espinal was the player Boston sent to Toronto in the June 28th trade that sent veteran outfielder Steven Pearce (and $1.66M cash) to the Red Sox. Espinal, albiet a 23-year-old who most likely profiles as organizational depth, posted his first multi-hit game as a Blue Jay last night, which is something he’s done 20 times already this season as a Red Sock. 
  • Micker Adolfo, DH – HiA Winston Salem Dash (CHW) – Carolina League
    • 3-4, HR (10), 2R, 2RBi, BB
  • Maiker Feliz, 3B – Rookie Great Falls Voyagers (CWS) – Pioneer League
    • 1-2, HR (2), 2R, 3RBi, BB
  • Adam McGinnis, C – Rookie Great Falls Voyagers (CWS) – Pioneer League
    • 2-3, HR (2), 2R, 2RBi, BB
  • Nick Pratto, 1B – LoA Lexington Legends (KC) – Sally League
    • 3-4, 3 2B, 3R, 2RBi, BB
  • Dennicher Carrasco, 3B – LoA Lexington Legends (KC) – Sally League
    • 3-5, HR (10), R, 3RBi
  • Cal Jones, RF – LoA Lexington Legends (KC) – Sally League
    • 2-5, HR (4), 2B, R, 2RBi, K
  • Royce Lewis, DH – LoA Cedar Rapids Kernels (MIN) – Midwest League
    • 3-4, HR (8), 2R, 3RBi, BB
    • The Twins first round draft pick in 2017 out of JSerra HS (CA) is living up to the billing as one of the top offensive forces available in the entire draft last year. Lewis has has collected at least one hit in 16 of his last 19 games including 10 multi-hit games. Last night was his third consecutive multi-hit game, and second 3-hit game in a row. He’s an easy top 50 overall prospect in the game and it wouldn’t shock me to see him reach Minnesota as early as late 2019 or Opening Day 2020. 
  • Trey Cabbage, RF – LoA Cedar Rapids Kernels (MIN) – Midwest League
    • 2-4, HR (6), 2R, 4RBi, BB, 2K
  • Gilberto Celestino, RF – SS Tri-City Valley Cats (HOU) – New York-Penn League
    • 3-5, 2 2B, 2R, 2RBi, K, SB (5)
  • John Jones, C – AZL Athletics (OAK) – Arizona League
    • 2-2, 2B, 3R, RBi, 3BB
  • Eugene Helder, 3B – LoA Clinton LumberKings (SEA) – Midwest League
    • 2-5, HR (5), 3B, 2R, 2RBi, K
  • Anderson Tejeda, SS – HiA Down East Wood Ducks (TEX) – Carolina League
    • 2-3, HR (12), 2B, 2R, RBi, BB
  • Yaniery Guzman, 1B – DSL Rangers1 (TEX) – Dominican Summer League
    • 3-4, HR (2), 3B, 3R, RBi, K
  • Angel Aponte, LF – DSL Rangers2 (TEX) – Dominican Summer League
    • 2-6, HR (2), 2R, 3RBi, 2K , SB (14)
  • Robert Gonzalez, CF – DSL Rangers2 (TEX) – Dominican Summer League
    • 1-4, HR (2), R, 4RBi, BB, K

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