Under the Radar Hitters of the Day – July 1, 2018

National League – Top Hitter of the Day: 

  • Grant Lavigne, 1B – Rookie Grand Junction Rockies (COL) – Pioneer League4-5, HR (3), 2B, 2R, 5RBi, SB (1) 
    • Originally a Wake Forest commit, the Rockies CBA pick from the 2018 draft has begun the year on fire. In games where’s he’s collected a hit, it’s been two (or more). He’s had two hitless games (June 25 and June 28) and last night the 6’4″ – 220 lb. lefty recorded his first career 4-hit game. The Bedford HS (NH) alum has played only played eight games so far in the Pioneer League season, but pound-for-pound, he’s one of the biggest producers at the plate. Pretty impressive for an 18-year-old right out of high school. 

American League – Top Hitter of the Day: 

  • Chris Williams, 1B – Rookie Elizabethton Twins (MIN) – Appy League3-5, 2 HR (3,4), 2R, 5RBi 
    • After beginning his collegiate career at Golden West (Junior) College (CA) – where he batted .319 with 4 home runs and 32 RBi in 42 games – Williams transferred to Division I powerhouse Clemson in his sophomore season, and in three seasons with the Tigers (169 games), he batted .264 with 40 homers and 161 RBi. Intriguing though is that Williams spent four years of college ball as a catcher, even drawing Mike Napoli comparisons. But when Twins chose the 6’1″ – 225 pounder in the 8th round (2018), they announced him as a first baseman. Regardless of the position though, he hasn’t stopped hitting, as he’s  batting .286, is one of the early league leaders in homers, total bases and currently leads the league in RBi (15) and walks (8). 

National League: 

  • William Contreras, DH – LoA Rome Braves (ATL) – Sally League 1-3, HR (7), 2R, 3RBi
  • Justin Twine, SS – HiA Jupiter Hammerheads (MIA) – Florida State League3-3, 3B, 3RBi, SB (6) 
  • Brayan Hernandez, CF – SS Batavia Muckdogs (MIA) – New York-Penn League3-5, HR (1), 2B, 2R, 4RBi, SB (2) 
  • Anthony Dirocie, CF – Rookie Kingsport (NYM) – Appy League2-4, HR (3), R, 3RBi, K 
  • Yasel Antuna, SS – LoA Hagerstown Suns (WAS) – Carolina League2-4, HR (4), 2R, 2RBi, BB
  • Luis Garcia, 3B – LoA Hagerstown Suns (WAS) – Carolina League4-5, 2B, 3R, RBi, SB (8) 
  • Ibandel Isabel, 1B – HiA Daytona Tortugas (CIN) – Florida State League3-4, HR (18), R, 3RBi
  • Rylan Thomas, 1B – Rookie Greenville Reds (CIN) – Appy League 2-3, HR (1), 2B, R, 3RBi, BB
  • Je’Von Ward, LF – Rookie Helena Brewers (MIL) – Pioneer League2-4, HR (1), 2R, RBi, 2K, SB (2) 
  • Casey Hughston, RF – HiA Bradenton Marauders (PIT) – Florida State League2-5, HR (3), 2R, 3RBi, K 
  • Arden Pabst, C – HiA Bradenton Marauders (PIT) – Florida State League2-3, HR (7), 2R, RBi, 2BB
  • Michael De La Cruz, RF – SS West Virginia Black Bears (PIT) – New York-Penn League2-4, HR (1), R, 3RBi, BB, SB (5) 
  • Dariel Gomez, 1B – Rookie Johnson City Cardinals (STL) – Appy League2-3, HR (3), 2R, RBi, BB
  • Luis Flores, LF – Rookie Johnson City Cardinals (STL) – Appy League2-3, HR (1), 2B, R, RBi, BB
  • Drew Ellis, 3B – HiA Visalia Rawhide (ARI) – Cal League2-4, 2 2B, 2R, 3RBi, BB
  • Ramon Hernandez, 1B – HiA Visalia Rawhide (ARI) – Cal League2-4, 3B, R, 4RBi, BB, K 
  • Zachery Almond, C – Rookie Missoula Osprey (ARI) – Pioneer League3-4, HR (2), 2B, R, 5RBi, BB
  • Blaze Alexander, 3B – AZL D-backs (ARI) – Arizona League2-3, 2B, R, 3RBi, 2BB, K, 2 SB (2,3) 
  • Cristian Santana, 3B – HiA Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (LAD) – Cal League3-5, 2B, R, 4RBi, 2K
  • Nick Yarnall, 1B – HiA Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (LAD) – Cal League3-4, HR (2), 2B, 2R, RBI, BB, K 
  • Kyle Datres, 2B – SS Boise Hawks (COL) – Northwest League2-5, HR (1), 3B, 2R, RBi
  • Coco Montes, 2B – Rookie Grand Junction Rockies (COL) – Pioneer League4-5, 2B, 3R, 3RBi, BB, K 
    • Montes, his two teammates below and today’s THOD Grant Lavigne helped Grand Junction lay an 18-6 beating on the Orem Owls (LAA) last night. 
  • Niko Decolati, RF – Rookie Grand Junction Rockies (COL) – Pioneer League3-3, 2B, 5R, 3RBi, 2BB
  • Daniel Montano, CF – Rookie Grand Junction Rockies (COL) – Pioneer League3-5, 3B, 2B, R, 2RBi, BB
  • Edward Olivares, CF – HiA Lake Elsinore Storm (SD) – Cal League3-5, HR (6), 2R, RBi 
  • Tirso Ornelas, DH – LoA Fort Wayne TinCaps (SD) – Midwest League2-4, HR (8), 2B, R, 3RBi, 2K 
  • Lee Solomon, 3B – AZL Padres1 (SD) – Arizona League2-2, HR (2), R, 3RBi, 2BB, 2 SB (1,2) 
  • Jacob Heyward, DH – HiA San Jose Giants (SF) – Cal League3-5, HR (6), 2B, 3R, RBi, K 
  • Robinson Medrano, RF – SS Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (SF) – Northwest League2-5, HR (5), R, 3RBi, K 

American League: 

  • Preston Palmeiro, 1B – HiA Frederick Keys (BAL) – Carolina League2-4, HR (11), 2R, 2RBi, 2K 
  • Randolph Gassaway, LF – HiA Frederick Keys (BAL) – Carolina League3-4, HR (3), 2B, R, 3RBi 
  • Nelson Gomez, DH – Rookie Pulaski Yankees (NYY) – Appy League2-5, 2 HR (2,3), 2R, 4RBi, 2K 
  • Jordan Qsar, RF – Rookie Princeton Rays (TB) – Appy League4-5, 2B, 2R, RBi 
  • Joshua Palacios, CF – HiA Dunedin Blue Jays (TOR) – Florida State League3-4, HR (5), R, 4RBi, BB
  • Samad Taylor, 2B – LoA Lansing Lugnuts (TOR) – Midwest League0-3, R, 2RBi, BB, 4 SB (23,24,25,26) 
  • Luis De Los Santos, SS – Rookie Bluefield Blue Jays (TOR) – Appy League2-5, 2 3B, 2R, 3RBi, 2K 
  • Li-Jen Chu, DH – HiA Lynchburg Hillcats (CLE) – Carolina League2-4, 2 HR (5,6), 2R, 3RBi, K 
  • Michael Cooper, 1B – AZL Indians1 (CLE) – Arizona League4-5, 2B, 2R, 3RBi, K, SB (1) 
  • Austin Athmann, C – HiA Lakeland Flying Tigers (DET) – Florida State League4-5, 2B, 3R, 4RBi
  • Brock Deatherage, DH – LoA West Michigan Whitecaps (DET) – Midwest League2-3, HR (1), 2B, R, 2RBi, BB, K 
  • D.J. Burt, 3B – HiA Wilmington Blue Rocks (KC) – Carolina League3-3, 2B, R, 2RBi, BB, 2 SB (21,22) 
  • Jose Miranda, 2B – LoA Cedar Rapids Kernels (MIN) – Midwest League2-4, HR (8), 2B, R, 3RBi, BB
  • Osvaldo Duarte, 2B – HiA Buies Creek Astros (HOU) – Carolina League3-4, HR (4), 2R, 2RBi, 2 SB (13,14) 
  • Erven Roper, DH – Rookie Orem Owls (LAA) – Pioneer League1-4, HR (1), R, 4RBi
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