April 27, 2019 – Under the Radar Hitters of the Day

*Top Hitter of the Day* 

  • After a much longer trip out of state than originally anticipated yesterday and several visits to the ER for a family member, the HOD is back in action after a missed post yesterday. My sincerest of apologies. 
  • Payton Henry, C – Carolina Mudcats – Milwaukee Brewers – – 3-5, 2 HR (4,5), 3R, 5RBi, K – – The Brewers number ten prospect clubbed his fourth and fifth homers last night as the Mudcats (13-10) slugged their way to a 13-6 victory over Potomac (9-14). After a clean top of the first by Carolina starter Nelson Hernandez (who improved to 3-0 on the season) Henry led off his night with his fourth homer on the season in the bottom of the first, two-out solo shot to right field, giving the Mudcats a 1-0 lead. Henry kept things rolling with a one-out single in the bottom of the second scoring left fielder Joantgel Segovia, in what ended up being a seven-run inning. Henry grounded out to lead off the fourth, Carolina headed to the fifth with an 8-0 lead and Henry made up for the ground-out with his third hit, a two-out three-run homer, in the fifth.  

California League: 

  • Lazaro Armenteros, LF – Stockton Ports – Oakland A’s –– 2-3, HR (4), 2B, 3R, 2RBi, BB, K –
  • Leonardo Rivas, SS – – Inland Empire 66ers – Los Angeles Angels – – 2-3, HR (2), 2R, RBi, BB, SB (2) – 
  • Luis Alejandro Basabe, DH – Visalia Rawhide – Arizona Diamondbacks –2-4, 2B, R, RBi, BB, K, SB (3) – 
  • Ramon Marcelino, RF – Lancaster Jethawks – Colorado Rockies – – 2-4, 2B, 2RBi, K – 
  • Connor Wong, C – Rancho Cucamonga Quakes – Los Angeles Dodgers –– 3-4, HR (5), 2 2B, 2R, 2RBi, K – 

Carolina League: 

  • Steven Kwan, CF – Lynchburg Hillcats – Cleveland Indians – – 2-4, 3B, R, BB, K – 
  • Jarren Duran, CF – Salem Red Sox – Boston Red Sox – – 2-3, 2R, BB, 2 SB (8,9) – – The Red Sox number ten prospect has registered 10 hits in his last four games (10-17; .588), leads the Carolina League in stolen bases (9) and now sits second in batting (.407) and in total bases (44) behind Chicago’s Luis Robert.

Florida State League: 

  • Ben Rortvedt, C – Fort Myers Miracle – Minnesota Twins – – 1-3, HR (2), 2R, 3RBi, BB, K – 
  • Brady Policelli, C – Lakeland Flying Tigers – Detroit Tigers – – 4-4, HR (2), 2R, RBi – 
  • William Contreras, C – Florida Fire Frogs – Atlanta Braves – – 3-5, 2B, 2R, 2RBi, BB, K – 
  • Cody Bohanek, 3B – St. Lucie Mets – New York Mets – – 4-5, 2B, 2R, 4RBi –

Midwest League: 

  • Dillon Paulson, 1B – Great Lakes Loons – Los Angeles Dodgers –– 2-3, HR (2), 2B, R, 6RBi, 2BB –– The Dodgers thirteenth round draft pick out of Southern Cal (2018) has a homer in consecutive games and has posted two hits in three out of his last five contests. 
  • Kaleo Johnson, 1B – Bowling Green Hit Rods – Tampa Bay Rays – – 2-3, HR (4), 2R, RBi, 2BB – 
  • Connor Hollis, 3B – Bowling Green Hot Rods – Tampa Bay Rays – – 3-4, 2 HR (2,3), 2R, 3RBi, K – 

South Atlantic League: 

  • Jarred Kelenic, CF – West Virginia Power – Seattle Mariners – – 2-4, 2 HR (3,4), 2R, 3RBi –The former Mets first round draft choice turned Mariner (after the off-season blockbuster trade that sent closer Edwin Diaz and veteran second baseman Robinson Cano to New York) has three home runs in his last two games and is currently riding a 13-game hitting streak; and since April 11 has lifted his batting average 157 points to .329. 
  • Connor Kaiser, SS – Greensboro Grasshoppers – Pittsburgh Pirates – – 2-5, 2 HR (2,3), 2R, 4RBi, K – 
  • Fabio Macias, LF – Greensboro Grasshoppers – Pittsburgh Pirates – – 2-4, 2 HR (1,2), 2R, 4RBi – – Seven of Greensboro’s ten hits against the Suns were home runs, as the Grasshoppers defeated Hagerstown 13-2, scoring 10 of their 13 runs in the final three innings. 
  • Alec Bohm, DH – Lakewood BlueClaws – Philadelphia Phillies – – 1-4, HR (3), R, 2RBi– The 6’5″- 225 lb. righty hit his third home run on the season last night and the number one draft pick out of Wichita State (2018) has 15 hits in his last 31 at-bats (.484) over his last eight games. 
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