April 11, 2019 – Under the Radar Hitters of the Day

*Top Hitter of the Day*

  • Luis Robert, CF – Winston-Salem Dash – Chicago White Sox – – 3-5, HR (5), 3B, 3R, 2RBi, K – – Ok, this is getting a bit insane. Robert earns another Top Hitter of the Day honor and who can blame us for choosing him. The guy has been absolute fire since opening pitch of opening day, and last night was no exception, as he rapped out another three hits versus Potomac (WAS) pitching. Robert hit his first triple of the year along with his fifth homer, which ties him with Houston Triple-A prospect Yordan Alvarez and Padres AA slugger Brad Zunica for the overal minor league lead. He leads the Carolina League in homers, total bases and slugging percentage; and it’s only a matter of time until the organization promotes him to Double-A. Not only because of what Robert is doing at the plate, but what Birmingham hitters aren’t. The Barons currently sit at 3-4 on the season, have a .179 team batting average and the entire roster has one solitary home run, which belongs to 26-year-old journeyman catcher Yermin Mercedes

California League: 

  • Jack Suwinski, LF – Lake Elsinore Storm – San Diego Padres – – 2-4, 2B, R, 3RBi, BB, K – – The 2016 – 15th round draft choice pulled into a tie for the overall Cal League lead in total bases (23) last night with Lake Elsinore teammate, catcher Luis Campusano.
  • Joey Bart, C – San Jose Giants – San Francisco Giants – – 3-4, HR (2), 2R, 3RBi– San Francisco’s #1 prospect registered his first three-hit game of the season, which included his second home run on the season, a 2-run shot in the bottom of the 7th. 
  • Casey Golden, RF – Lancaster Jethawks – Colorado Rockies – – 2-3, 2 HR (3,4), 3R, 2RBi, BB – – This will be Golden’s last hurrah on the site, as he’ll turn 25 years old on September 1. But he isn’t there yet, and the  2017 – 20th rounder out of UNC Wilmington blasted his way onto another THOD list after clubbing his third and fourth home runs on the season last night. The Greensboro, NC native led off the third inning with a solo home, and did the same in the ninth, leading off the inning with a solo shot, which ended up being the difference in the game. Golden’s homer gave the JetHawks a 9-4 lead, but JetHawk reliever Austin Moore gave up a grand slam to fellow 24-year-old Nick Yarnall in the bottom of the ninth, cutting the Lancaster lead to one, but he closed out the game earning his first save on the year. 

Carolina League: 

  • Telmito Agustin, LF – Potomac Nationals – Washington Nationals  – – 4-5, 2 2B, 2R, RBi, SB (2) 
  • Sebastian Rivero, C – Wilmington Blue Rocks – Kansas City Royals – – 4-5, HR (1), R, 3RBi
  • Jodd Carter, RF – Lynchburg Hillcats – Cleveland Indians – – 3-3, 2 2B, R, 2BB
  • Jake Adams, 1B – Fayetteville Woodpeckers – Houston Astros – – 1-4, HR (2), R, 2RBi, K
  • Aramis Ademan, SS – Myrtle Beach Pelicans – Chicago Cubs – – 1-3, HR (1), R, 2RBi, BB, K – Despite popping his first home run last night, the Cubs #6 prospect (Pipeline) is batting a putrid .130 on the season. 

Florida State League: 

  • Quinn Brodey, RF – St. Lucie Mets – New York Mets – – 3-4, 2B, R, 2RBi, BB, SB (1) – – The Mets unranked prospect posted his first three-hit game of 2019 last night, and has only one hitless game on the year (April 7 vs Bradenton) thus far. 
  • Ryan Noda, 1B – Dunedin Blue Jays – Toronto Blue Jays – – 2-4, HR (1), R, 2RBi, K 
  • Luken Baker, 1B – Palm Beach Cardinals – St. Louis Cardinals – – 2-4, 2 2B, 2RBi

Midwest League: 

  • Ulrich Bojarski, RF – West Michigan Whitecaps – Detroit Tigers – – 1-4, HR (2), R, 2RBi, K – – The 20-year-old East London, South Africa native has a home run in consecutive games, after starting the season with two hits in his first 12 at-bats (.167). Since then, the 6’3″- 200 lb. righty has 6 hits in his last 13 at-bats (.462). 

South Atlantic League: 

  • Willie MacIver, C – Asheville Tourists – Colorado Rockies – – 2-3, 2B, 2RBi, K – The Rockies catcher solidifies his hold on the South Atlantic League total bases lead (26) with his third consecutive (and fifth) two-hit performance on the season. 
  • Samuel Huff, C – Hickory Crawdads – Texas Rangers – – 1-4, HR (3), 2R, RBi, 2K – The Texas Rangers unranked prospect hit his third home run on last night, pulling him into an early season three-way tie with the aforementioned MacIver and Asheville outfielder Will Golsan
  • Chase Vallot, C – Lexington Legends – Kansas City Royals – –  2-5, HR (2), 3B, 2R, 3RBi, 2K – After going 2-3 with a home run and a triple on Opening day, the Royals unranked prospect went on a 1-for14 slump (.071) until last night, when registered another triple and his second home run, helping lead the Legends to a 14-3 drubbing of Columbia. 
  • Michael Gigliotti, CF – Lexington Legends – Kansas City Royals – – 4-5, 2 2B, 5R, BB, 2 SB (5) 
  • Nathan Eaton, 2B – Lexington Legends – Kansas City Royals – – 3-5, 3B, 2B, R, 2RBi – – The 2018 UTR OAS choice logged his first three-hit game last night. 
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