May 30, 2019 – Under the Radar Hitters of the Day

*Top Hitter of the Day*

  • Griffin Conine, RF – Lansing Lugnuts – Toronto Blue Jays –
    • – 4-5, 2 HR (1,2), 2 2B, 3R, 3RBi, K – 
      • – The son of former MLB star Jeff Conine went 1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBi in his 2019 season debut Wednesday. Obviously that wasn’t enough as the 2018 – second rounder out of Duke knocked two late-inning homers to lead Lansing over Dayton last night. The 6’1″- 200 lb. lefty led off the seventh with his first home run of the season over the left field wall, then after Hunter Steinmetz and Reggie Pruitt strikeouts to start the eighth, shortstop Otto Lopez and Conine clubbed back-to-back homers, giving the Lugnuts two more runs and a 9-2 lead. Lansing reliever Mike Pascoe surrendered two earned runs on two hits in the bottom of the ninth, but Lansing had done enough to earn a 9-4 win. 

California League: 

  • Heliot Ramos, CF – San Jose Giants – San Francisco Giants –
    • – 1-3, HR (7), R, RBi, K – (Game 1) – 
  • Jeisson Rosario, CF – Lake Elsinore Storm – San Diego Padres –
    • – 2-4, 3B, R, 3RBi – (Game 1) – 
  • Luis Campusano, DH – Lake Elsinore Storm – San Diego Padres –
    • – 1-2, HR (6), R, 2RBi – (Game 2) –
  • Austin Beck, RF – Stockton Ports – Oakland A’s –
    • – 3-4, HR (6), 2B, 2R, 3RBi, K – 
      • – Although the Athletics first round draft choice in 2017 and teammate, left fielder Lazaro Armenteros (85) rank one and two in Cal League with an astounding 156 combined strikeouts, Beck is still having himself a solid season, registering his third three-hit performance in his has six games. Last night Stockton headed into the top of the ninth down by two runs against Lancaster. Beck was the sixth hitter to come to the plate and proceeded to blast a two-run shot, his sixth homer on the season, to cap off a five-run inning, completing an 8-5 comeback victory over the Jethawks.  
  • Nick Allen, 2B – Stockton Ports – Oakland A’s –
    • – 3-5, 2R, RBi – 
  • Luis Castro, DH – Lancaster Jethawks – Colorado Rockies –
    • – 2-3, 2 HR (10,11), 2R, 2RBi, BB – 
      • – What a week the Venezuela native Castro is having. On May 26, the 6’1″- 185 lb. righty clubbed his seventh, eighth and ninth home runs on the season in a 13-12 extra-inning slugfest victory over Rancho Cucamonga. Last night he was at it again, posting another multi-homer game, this time against Stockton. Castro knocked his tenth on the season over the left field wall to lead off the fourth, and did it again to lead off the sixth. Despite the two-home run effort, Lancaster fell short, as you saw in Beck’s blurb above. Although the Jethawks fell in defeat, Castro’s five home runs, eight runs scored along with his nine runs driven in have vaulted him into the Cal League lead in total bases (97), homers (11), runs scored (43), RBi (41), OPS (.980), slugging percentage (.551) and on-base percentage (.429). 
  • Jarred Kelenic, CF – Modesto Nuts – Seattle Mariners –
    • – 1-4, HR (1), R, 2RBi, K – 
      • – Not a bad HiA debut for the former Mets number one draft choice (2018) turned Mariner in the deal that sent Robbie Cano and Edwin Diaz to New York and Kelenic to an already outfielder heavy system in Seattle. However, it’s apparent that no matter who was in Seattle’s system before Kelenic’s arrival, he’s proven that he’s the king of the outfield mountain posting a 2019 slash line of .302/.388/.573/.961 with 13 doubles, 11 home runs and seven stolen bases. Now that he’s in the high octane Cal League, it’s exciting to think that the 19-year-old’s numbers could actually improve. 
  • Connor Wong, C – Rancho Cucamonga Quakes – Los Angeles Dodgers –
    • – 3-4, HR (9), 3B, 3R, 2RBi – 
  • Jeren Kendall, CF – Rancho Cucamonga Quakes – Los Angeles Dodgers –
    • – 3-5, HR (1), 2B, 2R, 4RBi, K –

Carolina League: 

  • Ramiro Rodriguez, LF – Fayetteville Woodpeckers – Houston Astros –
    • – 1-3, HR (1), R, 2RBi, K – 
  • Tristen Lutz, CF – Carolina Mudcats – Milwaukee Brewers –
    • – 1-2, 2B, R, RBi, 3BB, K – 
  • Eddie Silva, 2B – Carolina Mudcats – Milwaukee Brewers –
    • – 2-4, HR (3), R, 3RBi, BB – 
  • Tyler Frost, RF – Winston-Salem Dash – Chicago White Sox –
    • – 2-5, HR (5), 2R, RBi, 2K – 
      • – Frost may be older for the level and considered a non-prospect inside the recently re-stocked White Sox farm system, but you can’t ignore that he’s ripped the cover off the ball lately. Heading into Winston-Salem’s May 25 gave versus Salem (BOS), Frost was ice cold going 5-for-58 in his previous 15 games, but the 2017 – fifteenth rounder out of Gonzaga logged his first four-hit game May 25 against Salem and has reeled of 12 hits over his last five games (12-for-25; .480).  Last night against Carolina was his third consecutive multi-hit contest and also the third game in a row that he’s belted a home run. 
  • Nick Madrigal, 2B – Winston-Salem Dash – Chicago White Sox –
    • – 2-4, 2R, BB, 2 SB (17) – 
  • Kevonte Mitchell, DH – Myrtle Beach Pelicans – Chicago Cubs –
    • – 3-4, HR (8), 2B, R, 2RBi – 

Florida State League: 

  • Lewin Diaz, 1B – Fort Myers Miracle – Minnesota Twins –
    • – 3-5, HR (10), R, 2RBi, 2K – 
      • – The 6’4″- 225 lb. Diaz posted his second consecutive three-hit game against Florida Fire Frogs pitching, and clubbed his tenth home run on the season, pulling him into second second on the Florida State League leaderboard). The Dominican Republic native is tied for third in the FSL in RBi (30), recently surpassed Bradenton’s Calvin Mitchell and Lakeland catcher Brady Policelli for the overall lead in total bases (94), and also leads the league in slugging percentage (.577) and OPS (.925). 
  • Jhailyn Ortiz, LF – Clearwater Threshers – Philadelphia Phillies –
    • – 3-5, HR (7), 2R, 3RBi – 
  • Nick Maton, SS – Clearwater Threshers – Philadelphia Phillies –
    • 4-5, 2B, R, 2RBi, K – 
  • Alec Bohm, 3B – Clearwater Threshers – Philadelphia Phillies –
    • – 2-4, 3B, 2R, BB – 
  • Moises Gomez, LF – Charlotte Stone Crabs – Tampa Bay Rays –
    • – 1-3, HR (6), R, 2RBi, BB, K – 
  • Calvin Mitchell, RF – Bradenton Marauders – Pittsburgh Pirates –
    • – 2-4, HR (6), R, RBi, 2K – 
  • Logan Warmoth, 2B – Dunedin Blue Jays – Toronto Blue Jays –
    • – 3-5, HR (3), 3B, 2B, 3R, 2RBi, K – 
      • – Fell a single shy of the cycle. 
  • Lazaro Alonso, 1B – Jupiter Hammerheads – Miami Marlins –
    • – 2-5, HR (6), R, 2RBi, K – 

Midwest League: 

  • Jared Akins, DH – Cedar Rapids Kernels – Minnesota Twins –
    • – 1-4, HR (4), R, RBi, 3K – 
      • – You won’t find him at or near the top of the leaderboard, but since his return to action on May 14, the 2017 – thirteenth round draft pick out of Fresno State has been one of the league’s most potent per-game producers in the Midwest League. Sure, his 22:2 K:BB ratio isn’t too attractive, but his five home runs, 18 runs scored and 13 RBi in 15 games is, and he’s gone hitless in only two games this season (May 14 vs. Quad Cities; and May 29 against Burlington). 
  • Will Benson, CF – Lake County Captains – Cleveland Indians –
    • – 1-3, HR (14), R, 2RBi, 2K – 
      • – Benson continues his assault on Midwest League pitching, slamming his MWL leading fourteenth home run last night (a third inning solo shot), helping lead Lake County (32-21) to an important (5-1) victory over Eastern division foe South Bend (29-23). Both the Captains and Cubs are looking up at division leader Great Lakes (32-19). 
  • Jair Camargo, C – Great Lakes Loons – Los Angeles Dodgers –
    • – 3-5, 2 2B, 4RBi, K – 
  • Freudis Nova, 3B – Quad Cities River Bandits – Houston Astros –
    • – 2-4, HR (2), 2R, RBi – 

South Atlantic League: 

  • Miguel Aparicio, CF – Hickory Crawdads – Texas Rangers –
    • 3-4, HR (6), 2R, 2RBi, K – 
  • Curtis Terry, 1B – Hickory Crawdads – Texas Rangers –
    • – 1-3, HR (13), R, RBi, BB – 
  • Cole Stobbe, 3B – Lakewood BlueClaws – Philadelphia Phillies –
    • – 2-5, 2 HR (3,4), 2R, 5RBi, 3K – 
  • Connor Kaiser, SS – Greensboro Grasshoppers – Pittsburgh Pirates –
    • – 4-5, HR (1), 3B, 2 2B, R, 5RBi, SB (1)
      • – The Pirates round three draft pick out of Vanderbilt last season fell a single shy of hitting for the cycle in Greensboro’s 11-10 win over Lakewood last night. Kaiser started his night with a one-out double in the second, but was left stranded after catcher Grant Koch flied out to center and left fielder Justin Harrer grounded out to third. Kaiser came up again the next inning, and proceeded to blast a three-run homer over the centerfield wall, giving the Grasshoppers their final three runs of a six run inning. Kaiser poked his second double of the game with two outs in the fourth, then stole third, but failed to score after a Koch ground out to short. With one out in the eighth, Kaiser laced a triple to center, but was left stranded once again after a Koch flew out again and third baseman Patrick Dorrian lined out to right.
  • Brandon Lockridge, CF – Charleston RiverDogs – New York Yankees –
    • – 1-5, HR (7), R, 4RBi, 2K – 
  • Frankie Tostado, 1B – Augusta GreenJackets – San Francisco Giants –
    • – 3-4, 2 HR (8,9), 2R, 2RBi, K – 
  • Adam Hall, 2B – Delmarva Shorebirds – Baltimore Orioles –
    • – 3-5, 2B, 2R, 2RBi
  • JC Encarnacion, 3B – Delmarva Shorebirds – Baltimore Orioles –
    • – 3-5, 2 HR (3,4), 3R, 3RBi, K – 
  • Pedro Gonzalez, RF – Hickory Crawdads – Texas Rangers –
    • – 3-3, HR (10), 3B, R, RBi
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