*Top Hitter of the Day*
- Luis Campusano, C – Lake Elsinore Storm – San Diego Padres – – 4-5, HR (1), 2B, 4R, 4RBi (Game 1) – Although catchers Austin Hedges, Francisco Mejia and Austin Allen may get the lion’s share of attention, Campusano’s performance so far in the Cal League is turning that spotlight a bit more in his direction. The 20-year-old Augusta, Georgia native leads the Cal League in hits (14), total bases (20), on-base percentage (.594) and has posted one more walk than strikeouts this far (5:4). What has the organization and prospect hounds most excited is the raw power and arm strength Campusano brings to the table, but he possesses much more, and he has the overall skills to rocket up catching prospect boards. Place him on all UTR catcher watch lists.
- Franklin Torres, 2B – Inland Empire 66ers – Los Angeles Angels – – 3-5, 3B, R, RBi, BB, K
- Gabriel Arias, SS – Lake Elsinore Storm – San Diego Padres – – 3-3, HR (1), 2B, R, 4RBi – (Game 2) – – The Padres #25 prospect, clubbed his first extra base hits of the season (a solo home run in the top of the 2nd, and a two-run double in the 4th).
- Heliot Ramos, CF – San Jose Giants – San Francisco Giants – – 2-3, 2 HR (2,3), 3R, 3RBi, 2BB – – After blasting his first home run of the season, April 9, the Giants #2 prospect stayed on the home train with two more last night. Ramos began the season 1-15 (.067) with a run scored and an RBi, but has recovered nicely over his last two games (3-7; .429) with three homers, four runs scored and five RBi.
- Yanio Perez, 1B – Down East Wood Ducks – Texas Rangers – – 2-3, HR (1), 2R, 2RBi, BB
- Gavin Collins, C – Lynchburg Hillcats – Cleveland Indians – – 2-3, HR (1), R, 4RBi, 2BB
- Chandler Taylor, RF – Fayetteville Woodpeckers – Houston – Astros- – 1-3, HR (2), 2R, 5RBi, 2BB, 2K – – Houston’s 10th round draft pick from 2018 has a homer, three runs scored and seven RBi in his last two games.
- Jomar Reyes, 3B – Frederick Keys – Baltimore Orioles – – 2-6, HR (1), 2B, R, 3RBi, 2K – Hits are coming in waves for the Orioles unranked prospect. The 6’3″ – 220 lb. Dominican native started off the year with a 3-5 performance, then went hitless in his next two games. On April 7, Reyes collected five hits in the series finale versus Winston-Salem, but opened the next series against Fayetteville (HOU) going 0-5. You see above what he did last night, and amongst this vicious cycle, he’s still batting .357 on the season.
- Joantgel Segovia, LF – Carolina Mudcats – Milwaukee Brewers – – 1-4, HR (2), R, RBi – Segovia is slowing climbing up the Carolina League leaderboard. Let’s face it, Chicago’s Luis Robert seems to be in a league of his own, yet underneath him is Segovia, who with 18 total bases, ranks third in the league behind Robert (25), and Ryan Fitzgerald (Salem) and Oscar Gonzalez (Lynchburg), who both sit at 19.
Florida State League:
- Jefrey Ramos, LF – Florida Fire Frogs – Atlanta Braves – – 2-5, 3B, 2RBi – – My 2018 Braves UTR OAS is currently tied for the Florida State League lead in total bases (16) with Pirates #7 overall prospect Calvin Mitchell.
- Alejo Lopez, 3B – Daytona Tortugas – Cincinnati Reds – – 3-5, HR (1), 2R, 3RBi
- Agustin Ruiz, RF – Fort Wayne TinCaps – San Diego Padres – – 2-5, 2B, R, 2RBi, 3K– It might not look fancy, but the Padres unranked prospect is quietly putting together a real nice season for Fort Wayne. The 6’2″ – 175 lb. 19-year-old has collected two hits in each of his six games this season with the exception of April 8, where he went 1-4 in the opening game of the TinCaps current series versus Dayton (CIN). Ruiz has also registered a double in four consecutive games, which currently leads the Midwest League.
- Hunter Feduccia, C – Great Lakes Loons – Los Angeles Dodgers – – 3-4, 2 2B, R, 3RBi, K
- Jose Fermin, 2B – Lake County Captains – Cleveland Indians – – 1-3, HR (1), 3R, 2RBi, 2BB
- Jerar Encarnacion, RF – Clinton Lumberkings – Miami Marlins – – 1-4, HR (1), R, RBi, 2K – – Much like fellow Midwest League prospect Agustin Ruiz above, 21-year-old Encarnacion is quietly and methodically sitting among the top bats in the league. He started the season with six hits in his first nine at-bats (.667), went hitless April 6 vs. Kane County, and follwed up with another five hits in his next four games. All this equates to a .423 batting average, which ranks third among Midwest league everyday regulars.
South Atlantic League:
- Jose Almonte, RF – Hickory Crawdads – Texas Rangers – – 2-4, HR (1), 2B, 2R, 2RBi, K – – The 22-year-old Dominican native has collected seven hits on the season thus far, with five of them going for extra bases (.714).
- KJ Harrison, 1B – Hagerstown Suns – Washington Nationals – – 3-5, 2 2B, R, RBi
- Frankie Tostado, 1B – Augusta GreenJackets – San Francisco Giants – – 4-5, HR (1), 2B, 2R, 2RBi
- Willie MacIver, C – Asheville Tourists – Colorado Rockies – – 2-3, HR (3), R, 3RBi, BB, K – The 2018 UTR OAS has a home run in three consecutive games and now sits atop the South Atlantic League leaderboard with three homers and 23 total bases.