May 15, 2019 – Under the Radar Hitters of the Day

*Top Hitter of the Day*

  • KJ Harrison, 1B – Potomac Nationals – Washington Nationals –– 3-5, HR (2), 2B, R, 4RBi, K – – It’s the intrigue of guys like Harrison that keep us going each day. Along with infielder Gilbert Lara, Harrison was a part of the late-August 2018 trade with the Nationals that sent veteran starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez to Milwaukee.   What Washington got was a career .253 hitter with who averaged 42 RBi, 42 runs scored and a 3.26 K:BB ratio over his first two seasons (with Rookie Helena and LoA Wisconsin). Harrison began 2019 back in LoA with Hagerstown and it’s like a switch went off. In his first 16 games of the season he batted .404 with 11 runs scored, 16 RBi and 10 of his 23 hits went for extra bases. The organization promoted the 6’0″- 205 lb. Hawaii native to HiA Potomac April 26 and he’s barely slowed down, as he’s batted .381 with 15 runs scored and 14 runs batted in. When you add it all up, you get a guy who ranks third in all the minors in hitting (.392), and sits among the overall leaders in hits (47), and OPS (1.051). Now, I’m not saying to rush out, grab Harrison and add him to your deep, dynasty league roster. But, he’s certainly someone to keep a peripheral eye on now that he’s been overly successful in a new organization thus far.

California League: 

  • Luis Liberato, CF – Modesto Nuts – Seattle Mariners – – 4-4, RBi
  • Jeter Downs, SS – Rancho Cucamonga Quakes – Los Angeles Dodgers – – 4-5, HR (6), 2B, 3R, 4RBi, BB – – The 5’11”- 180 lb. Colombia native led the Quakes hit parade last night, led by his sixth home run of the season, a double and four runs batted in in Rancho Cucamonga’s 18-8 drubbing of Lancaster. Downs, the former Reds CBB draft pick from 2017, has been on a hot streak logging 14 hits in his last seven games (14-for-30; .467). 
  • Drew Avans, LF – Rancho Cucamonga Quakes – Los Angeles Dodgers –– 3-4, 3B, 5R, RBi, 2BB – 
  • Nick Yarnall, 1B – Rancho Cucamonga Quakes – Los Angeles Dodgers –– 2-4, HR (4), 2R, RBi, 2BB, K – 
  • Devin Mann, 2B – Rancho Cucamonga Quakes – Los Angeles Dodgers –– 4-6, 3B, 2B, R, 4RBi – 
  • Marcus Chiu, 3B – Rancho Cucamonga Quakes – Los Angeles Dodgers –– 1-3, HR (5), 2R, 3RBi, 2BB, K – 

Carolina League: 

  • Joantgel Segovia, LF – Carolina Mudcats – Milwaukee Brewers – – 3-5, R, RBi, SB (8) – 
  • Steven Kwan, CF – Lynchburg Hillcats – Cleveland Indians – – 3-4, R – 
  • Oscar Gonzalez, LF – Lynchburg Hillcats – Cleveland Indians –– 3-4, 2 2B – – Gonzalez’ three hits last night versus Carolina helped pull him into a tie for second in the Carolina League in total bases (74) with Boston’s Jarren Duran, who went 1-4 with two strikeouts last night versus Fayetteville.
  • Scott Manea, DH – Fayetteville Woodpeckers – Houston Astros – – 2-3, HR (3), 2R, 2RBi – 
  • Aldrem Corredor, DH – Potomac Nationals – Washington Nationals – – 4-5, 2B, 2R, 2RBi – 

Florida State League: 

  • Madison Stokes, 1B – Clearwater Threshers – Philadelphia Phillies – – 2-4, HR (5), 2R, RBi, K – 
  • Jonathan India, 3B – Daytona Tortugas – Cincinnati Reds – – 2-3, 2B, 2R, RBi, 2BB, K – 
  • Jose Devers, SS – Jupiter Hammerheads – Miami Marlins –  – 4-8, 2B, 4R, BB, K, SB (4) – Doubleheader line score – 
  • Ryan Noda, DH – Dunedin Blue Jays – Toronto Blue Jays – – 1-4, HR (4), R, 5RBi – – Noda came into yesterday with only five hits in his previous ten games (5-for-33; .152), but hopefully the second game of last night’s twin bill versus Jupiter gets him on track, as he broke a 4-4 tie, blasting a walk-off grand slam to lead Dunedin to an 8-4 victory over the Hammerheads. 
  • Travis Swaggerty, CF – Bradenton Marauders – Pittsburgh Pirates – – 3-5, 3R, RBi, BB, SB (7) – The Pirates number one draft pick in 2018 (South Alabama) logged his second three-hit performance of the year, and it counted in a big way, as the 5’11” – 180 lb. lefty lined a single to second base, scoring infielder Jesse Medrano in the bottom of the tenth inning, giving the Marauders a come-from-behind 7-6 win over Florida State League South Division leader Fort Myers (24-14).

Midwest League: 

  • Ulrich Bojarski, DH – West Michigan Whitecaps – Detroit Tigers – – 3-4, 2 2B, R, RBi, K – 
  • Gabriel Moreno, C – Lansing Lugnuts – Toronto Blue Jays – – 3-5, HR (1), 3B, R, 3RBi, K – – The Blue Jays current #18 prospect made a huge splash against West Michigan last night, logging three hits, including his first home run and a triple in his first game of the 2019 season. 
  • Michael Siani, CF – Dayton Dragons – Cincinnati Reds – – 3-5, HR (2), 2R, RBi, SB (9) – 
  • Luke Heyer, 3B – Great Lakes Loons – Los Angeles Dodgers – – 3-4, 2 HR (3,4), 2R, 6RBi – 
  • Will Benson, LF – Lake County Captains – Cleveland Indians – – 3-5, HR (7), 3R, 3RBi, 2K, SB (11) – – Benson collected three hits, scored three runs and drove in three, leading the Captains to a 10-6 win over Fort Wayne. Benson’s two-run blast in the second was his first home run since April 18, where on that day, he registered one of the more memorable games in recent minor league history with four home runs, eight RBi and four runs scored in a 12-6 rout over South Bend. 
  • Ford Proctor, DH – Bowling Green Hot Rods – Tampa Bay Rays – – 3-5, HR (3), 3R, 2RBi, BB – – Speaking of South Bend routs, Proctor, the Rays 2018 – 3rd rounder out of Rice University, recorded his second three-hit game of the season, highlighted by his third homer, leading Bowling Green to a 17-0 thrashing of the Cubs. 
  • Wander Franco, SS – Bowling Green Hot Rods – Tampa Bay Rays –– 2-3, 2B, 2R, 2RBi, 2BB – 
  • Chris Betts, C – Bowling Green Hot Rods – Tampa Bay Rays –– 2-6, HR (5), 2R, 4RBi – 
  • Tony Pena, RF – Bowling Green Hot Rods – Tampa Bay Rays –– 3-5, 2B, R, 2RBi, K – 
  • Connor Fitzsimons, 1B – Burlington Bees – Los Angeles Angels – – 2-3, 2 HR (2,3), 3R, 3RBi, BB, K  – 
  • Sean Reynolds, 1B – Clinton Lumberkings – Miami Marlins – – 1-2, HR (6), 2R, 2RBi, BB, SB (3) – 
  • Buddy Kennedy, 3B – Kane County Cougars – Arizona Diamondbacks – – 4-5, 3B, 2B, 3R, RBi – – Our 2018 UTR OAS choice has been on a tear lately logging nine hits over his last four games (9-for-18; .500) and is 12-for-his-last-26 (.462). 
  • Jesus Lujano, RF – Wisconsin Timber Rattlers – Milwaukee Brewers – – 4-5, RBi – – Another Midwest League hitter on a tear, the July 2015 international signee out of Venezuela is 10-for-14 in his last three games and has 16 hits over his last eight (16-for-31; .516). 

South Atlantic League: 

  • Hansel Moreno, CF – Columbia Fireflies – New York Mets – – 3-5, HR (1), 2R, RBi, SB (1) – 
  • Josh Stowers, CF – Charleston RiverDogs – New York Yankees – – 1-3, 2R, RBi, 2BB, K, 4 SB (9,10,11,12)
  • Jonathan Ornelas, LF – Hickory Crawdads – Texas Rangers – – 1-4, HR (4), R, 2RBi, 2K –
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