April 24, 2019 – Under the Radar Hitters of the Day

*Top Hitter of the Day* 

  • Connor Kopach, 2B/SS – Modesto Nuts – Seattle Mariners – – 4-5, HR (2), 2B, 3R, 4RBi, K, 2 SB (6,7) – – The soon-to-be unqualified UTR prospect (turns 25 on August 4) had a night for the ages registering his first four-hit game as a pro and leading Modesto to an 8-7 victory over San Jose. Kopach hit a leadoff homer in the top of the first, then slapped a double to left in the top of the second, scoring catcher Nick Thurman, who led off the inning with a double, and shortstop Johnny Adams, who moved Thurman to third after a single, then stole second on reliever Joey Marciano. Kopach was at it again in the third poking a single to center, which scored right fielder Ariel Sandoval. Kopach rapped a single and stole second in the fifth, and ended his night with a strikeout in the top of the seventh. 

California League: 

  • Torii Hunter Jr., CF – Inland Empire 66ers – Los Angeles Angels – – 1-3, HR (1), R, RBi, BB, K 
  • Kelvin Melean, 3B – Lake Elsinore Storm – San Diego Padres – – 3-4, HR (1), 2B, R, 3RBi, K 
  • Ryan Vilade, SS – Lancaster JetHawks – Colorado Rockies – – 2-5, 2B, R, 2RBi, K – 
  • Jose Caballero, 2B – Visalia Rawhide – Arizona Diamondbacks – – 2-5, HR (1), R, 2RBi, K, 2 SB (12,13) – The 22-year-old Chipola Junior College (FL) draftee from 2017 hit his first home run on the season, but his two stolen bases last night versus Stockton helped pad his overall minor league stolen base lead.

Carolina League: 

  • Craig Dedelow, CF – Winston-Salem Dash – Chicago White Sox – – 2-5, HR (4), 2B, R, 3RBi, K – 
  • Nick Madrigal, 2B – Winston-Salem Dash – Chicago White Sox – – 1-2, 2B, R, 2RBi, 3BB, IBB, SB (5) 
  • Seth Beer, LF – Fayetteville Woodpeckers – Houston Astros – – 2-4, 2B, R, RBi, BB – – The Astros number one draft choice out of Clemson last season has gone hitless in only one game dating back to April 11, when he went 0-3 April 20 against Carolina. He’s batting .391 in his last 13 games (18-for-46) and is now tied for second in the Carolina League in total bases with Lynchburg’s Oscar Gonzalez (39) behind Chicago’s Luis Robert, who’s been out of action since Winston-Salem’s April 20 double-header versus Potomac due to left hand contusion.  
  • Steven Kwan, CF – Lynchburg HillCats – Cleveland Indians – – 2-5, 3B, 2B, R, 4 RBi – 
  • Jodd Carter, RF – Lynchburg HillCats – Cleveland Indians – – 2-4, HR (4), 2B, 2R, RBi, K – 
  • Ryan Aguilar, 1B – Carolina Mudcats – Milwaukee Brewers – – 3-4, 2B, 2R, K, SB (2) 
  • Jarren Duran, CF – Salem Red Sox – Boston Red Sox – – 3-5, 2R – – The Red Sox 2018 – 7th round draft choice out of Long Beach State has 13 hits in his last 33 at-bats (.394) over his last eight games. 

Florida State League: 

  • Dalton Guthrie, 3B – Clearwater Threshers – Philadelphia Phillies – – 3-4, HR (1), 2B, 2R, 2RBi – 
  • Simon Muzziotti, CF – Clearwater Threshers – Philadelphia Phillies – – 2-4, 3B, 2R, RBi, BB – 
  • Isiah Gilliam, LF – Tampa Tarpons – New York Yankees – – 3-3, R, RBi, BB, SB (3) – – The fellow Chipola Junior College draftee (see Caballero above), is batting .524 over (11-for-21) over his last six games, pulling him into second (38) behind teammate Dermis Garcia for the FSL lead in total bases (46). 
  • Dylan Busby, 3B – Bradenton Marauders – Pittsburgh Pirates – – 2-3, HR (5), R, 2RBi –
  • Brady Policelli, C – Lakeland Flying Tigers – Detroit Tigers – – 2-4, 2 3B, 2R, RBi, BB, K –

Midwest League: 

  • Kaleo Johnson, 1B – Bowling Green Hit Rods – Tampa Bay Rays- – 3-4, 2 HR (2,3), 2R, 4RBi, BB, K –
  • Wander Franco, SS – Bowling Green Hit Rods – Tampa Bay Rays- – 1-2, HR (1), 2R, 2RBi, 2BB, SB (4) – 
  • D.J. Artis, LF – South Bend Cubs – Chicago Cubs – – 2-4, 2B, 2R, RBi, BB, K – 
  • Delvin Zinn, 2B – South Bend Cubs – Chicago Cubs – – 5-5, 3B, 2 2B, 2R, 2RBi – 
  • Alejandro Kirk, C – Lansing Lugnuts – Toronto Blue Jays – – 2-4, HR (3), 2B, 2R, 2RBi, BB – Our 2018 Blue Jays OAS choice at catcher has two hits in three consecutive contests and now leads all Midwest League backstops in total bases (36), batting (.350), on-base percentage (.467) and OPS (1.067).  
  • Reggie Pruitt, CF – Lansing Lugnuts – Toronto Blue Jays – – 2-2, 2B, 2R, RBi, 3 BB, SB (6) – 
  • Brice Turang, SS – Wisconsin Timber Rattlers – Milwaukee Brewers – – 2-4, 2 2B, 2R, BB, IBB, K – – Milwaukee’s number one draft selection in 2018 started out the season with eight hits in his first eleven games (.211), but has 11 hits in his last six (12-for-24; .500) and carries a near perfect BB:K ratio thus far (11:12). 

South Atlantic League: 

  • Mason Martin, 1B – Greensboro Grasshoppers – Pittsburgh Pirates – – 1-4, HR (5), R, 2RBi, K – Not only has the 2017 – 17th rounder collected eight hits in his last four games, but is also riding a four game home run streak, and has hit all five of this season’s homers in his last seven contests.  
  • Shane Matheny, SS – Augusta Greenjackets – San Francisco Giants – – 2-4, HR (4), 2B, 2R, RBi, BB – – The former Washington State Husky has two home runs in his last three games, has registered two hits in four out of his last five contests and leads all Sally League second basemen in total bases (36). 
  • Pedro Gonzalez, CF – Hickory Crawdads – Texas Rangers –  – 3-3, 2 HR (4,5), 2R, 2RBi, BB – 
  • Doran Turchin, CF – Delmarva Shorebirds – Baltimore Orioles – – 3-4, 2B, 3R, 2RBi, BB – 
  • Adam Hall, 2B – Delmarva Shorebirds – Baltimore Orioles – – 5-6, 2B, 4R, 2RBi, K, SB (7) –
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