May 25, 2019 – Under the Radar Hitters of the Day

*Top Hitter of the Day*

  • Mason Martin, 1B – Greensboro Grasshoppers – Pittsburgh Pirates – – 2-5, HR (13), 3B, 2R, 2RBi, K – It looks like we have ourselves a little friendly competition inside the Grasshopper clubhouse, as the 6’0″- 200 lb. Martin’s sixth inning, two-run blast pulled him into (another) tie for the active home run lead in the South Atlantic League with teammate Rodolfo Castro, who clubbed his thirteenth on the year (a two-run shot) two innings earlier. But despite both homers, it wasn’t enough offense as Greensboro starter Osvaldo Bido gave up nine hits and seven earned runs in only four innings of work, taking a 10-7 loss, and dropping him to 6-3 on the year. 

California League: 

  • Lazaro Armenteros, LF – Stockton Ports – Oakland A’s –– 2-4, 3B, 2B, RBi, 2K –
  • Starling Heredia, LF – Rancho Cucamonga Quakes – Los Angeles Dodgers –– 3-4, 2 2B, 2RBi –
  • Luis Campusano, C – Lake Elsinore Storm – San Diego Padres –– 1-4, HR (5), R, RBi –

Carolina League: 

  • Julio Pablo Martinez, RF – Down East Wood Ducks – Texas Rangers –– 2-4, HR (5), 2B, 2R, 3RBi, SB (4) –
  • Samuel Huff, C – Down East Wood Ducks – Texas Rangers –– 2-4, 3B, 2R –
  • Mario Feliciano, C – Carolina Mudcats – Milwaukee Brewers –– 1-4, HR (9), R, 3RBi, 2K –
  • Tristen Lutz, RF – Carolina Mudcats – Milwaukee Brewers –– 2-3, HR (5), R, RBi, BB, K –
  • Enmanuel Valdez, 2B – Fayetteville Woodpeckers – Houston Astros –– 3-4, 3B, R, 3RBi, K, SB (2) –
  • Tyler Frost, DH – Winston-Salem Dash – Chicago White Sox – – 4-6, 2R, RBi, K – 

Florida State League: 

  • Danny Mayer, RF – Clearwater Threshers – Philadelphia Phillies – – 2-3, HR (3), 2B, R, 2RBi, BB – 
  • Cal Stevenson, CF – Dunedin Blue Jays – Toronto Blue Jays – – 2-4, 3B, 2R, 2RBi, BB, K – 
  • Dermis Garcia, 1B – Tampa Tarpons – New York Yankees – – 1-4, HR (11), R, RBi – Garcia’s solo knock in the top of the fifth inning last night lifted him into the Florida State League home run lead over Bradenton third baseman Dylan Busby, who’s gone homer-less in his last 17 games dating back to May 5 versus Lakeland. On top of that, since that game, Busby, the Pirates third-rounder out of Florida State (2017) is 7-for-52 (.135) with zero extra-base hits.
  • Lewin Diaz, 1B – Fort Myers Miracle – Minnesota Twins – – 2-4, HR (9), R, RBi – 
  • Aaron Whitefield, CF – Fort Myers Miracle – Minnesota Twins –– 2-3, R, BB, K, 4 SB (9,10,11,12) –

Midwest League: 

  • Nick Podkul, 3B – Lansing Lugnuts – Toronto Blue Jays – – 3-4, 2 2B, 2R, 2RBi, BB, K – – The Blue Jays seventh round draft choice in 2018 out of Notre Dame kept his walk-to-strikeout ratio at a perfect 1-to-1 last night. His two-out walk in the third and strikeout in the fifth gave him 27 walks to 27 strikeouts on the season. 
  • Andy Weber, SS – South Bend Cubs – Chicago Cubs – – 3-5, HR (2), 3B, 2R, 4RBi – 
  • Justin Lopez, SS – Fort Wayne TinCaps – San Diego Padres – – 3-5, HR (5), 2R, 3RBi, K – 
  • Xavier Edwards, 2B – Fort Wayne TinCaps – San Diego Padres –– 2-4, R, BB, 2 SB (13,14) – – The Padres #11 overall ranked prospect registered two hits last night and remains as the Midwest League leader in batting (.355). Edwards two stolen bases also pulled into a second-place tie with (14) with Lake County’s (CLE) Will Benson and Astros prospect Jeremy Pena (seen below) 
  • Jerar Encarnacion, RF – Clinton Lumberkings – Miami Marlins – – 3-4, 3R, K – 
  • Alek Thomas, CF – Kane County Cougars – Arizona Diamondbacks – – 2-5, HR (4), 2R, RBi – 
  • Buddy Kennedy, 3B – Kane County Cougars – Arizona Diamondbacks – – 3-5, 3B, 3R, 3RBi, K, SB (3) – 
  • Eddie Hernandez, 2B – Kane County Cougars – Arizona Diamondbacks – – 3-5, 2 2B, R, RBi – 
  • Nolan Gorman, 3B – Peoria Chiefs – St. Louis Cardinals – – 3-5, 2B, 2RBi – 
  • Jared Akins, RF – Cedar Rapids Kernels – Minnesota Twins – – 2-5, 2 2B, 2R – – Akins went hitless (0-for-3) with a strikeout his first game of action in 2019, May 14 versus Quad Cities, but since then, the 2017 – thirteenth rounder out of Fresno State has been hot at the plate. He’s riding a 10-game hit streak, collected another two hits last night against Peoria, and scored the game tying run in the bottom of the eighth after lacing a two-out double to left, knotting both teams at eight runs a piece. Akins has two or more hits in three out of his last four games and leads the Kernels in batting with a .381 average. 
  • Jeremy Pena, SS – Quad Cities River Bandits – Houston Astros – – 3-4, R, RBi, K – 

South Atlantic League: 

  • Devlin Granberg, 1B/RF – Greenville Drive – Boston Red Sox – – 4-6, 3 2B, 3R, RBi, 2K – 
  • Jordan Wren, LF – Greenville Drive – Boston Red Sox –– 3-5, 2 2B, R, 4RBi, BB, K, 2 SB (9,10) – 
  • Diego Rincones, LF/RF – Augusta GreenJackets – San Francisco Giants – – 3-3, HR (1), 2R, 4RBi, BB – 
  • Josh Stowers, DH – Charleston RiverDogs – New York Yankees – – 2-4, R, RBi, BB, K, SB (13) – 
  • Rodolfo Castro, 2B – Greensboro Grasshoppers – Pittsburgh Pirates –– 1-5, HR (13), R, 2RBi, K – 
  • Miguel Aparicio, CF – Hickory Crawdads – Texas Rangers – – 2-4, 2 HR (3,4), 2R, 2RBi – 
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