June 4, 2019 – Under the Radar Hitters of the Day

*Top Hitter of the Day*

  • Joey Bart, C – San Jose Giants – San Francisco Giants –
    • – 2-3, HR (3), 3R, 3RBi, BB – 
      • – The Giants number one overall prospect came into HiA San Jose’s April 15 game versus Stockton batting .270 with two home runs, eight RBi and seven runs scored, but he left it with a broken hand, after getting hit by a pitch in the bottom of the fourth inning that fractured the second metacarpal in his left hand. After the game, which the Ports won by a score of 6-1, Giants Farm Director Kyle Haines said losing Bart was a setback, but, “it sets him up for a great comeback.” And boy, he wasn’t kidding. The 6’2″- 235 lb. first rounder (2018) out of Georgia Tech returned last night after an eight week absence and picked up right where he left off blasting a two-out, two run shot over the left field wall scoring Giants number two overall prospect Heliot Ramos, giving Bart his third homer on the season and San Jose a 4-1 lead. Bart lined a single to center in the fifth, scoring Ramos, who before Bart came to the plate, hit his second double on the night. This gave the Giants a commanding 7-1 lead. The Nuts tacked on a run in the top of the sixth via a Jack Larsen single that scored fellow top prospect Jarred Kelenic from first, but San Jose answered with two more runs in the bottom of the seventh. With Ramos and Bart at the center of the action once again. Ramos laced a one-out single to center and took second after a Bart walk. Left fielder Courtney Hawkins laced a single to pitcher Matthew Willrodt, loading the bases. San Jose designated hitter Peter Maris came to the plate and lined his only hit of the night to center, which scored both Ramos and Bart, giving San Jose a 9-2 lead. Giants reliever Trenton Toplikar came on in the seventh and, despite Modesto adding two runs in the top of the eighth, earned his first save of the season closing out the Nuts and 9-4 San Jose victory. 

California League: 

  • Heliot Ramos, CF – San Jose Giants – San Francisco Giants –
    • – 4-4. 2 2B, 3R, 2RBi – 
  • Carlos Herrera, 2B – Lancaster Jethawks – Colorado Rockies –
    • – 1-3, HR (7), R, 2RBi, BB, K – 
  • Jeter Downs, SS – Rancho Cucamonga Quakes – Los Angeles Dodgers –
    • – 3-4, HR (9), 2B, 2R, 2RBi, K – 
  • Devin Mann, 3B – Rancho Cucamonga Quakes – Los Angeles Dodgers –
    • – 2-4, HR (9), R, 2RBi – 

Carolina League: 

  • Ryan Dorow, 3B – Down East Wood Ducks – Texas Rangers –
    • – 2-4, 2B, R, 3RBi, BB, K – 
  • Yonny Hernandez, SS – Down East Wood Ducks – Texas Rangers –
    • – 3-4, 2R, BB, K, SB (16) – 
  • Marty Costes, LF – Fayetteville Woodpeckers – Houston Astros –
    • – 2-4, HR (1), 2R, 3RBi, BB, 2K – 
  • Tristen Lutz, RF/CF – Carolina Mudcats – Milwaukee Brewers –
    • – 2-4, 2 HR (6,7), 3R, 4RBi – 
  • Mario Feliciano, C – Carolina Mudcats – Milwaukee Brewers –
    • – 2-4, HR (12), 3B, 2R, 2RBi – 

Florida State League: 

  • Estevan Florial, DH – Tampa Tarpons – New York Yankees –
    • – 2-4, 2B, 2R, BB – 
  • Dermis Garcia, 1B – Tampa Tarpons – New York Yankees –
    • – 3-5, 2RBi, 2K, SB (4) – 
      • – The Yankees unranked prospect and Florida State League home run leader posted his fourth three-hit game on the season last night helping  Tampa take down St. Lucie by a 6-4 score. 
  • Blake Tiberi, 3B – St. Lucie Mets – New York Mets –
    • – 3-4, 2 2B, 2R, RBi, BB – 
  • Trey Harris, RF – Florida Fire Frogs – Atlanta Braves –
    • – 2-4, 3R – 
      • – After the LoA Rome Braves’ June 3 matchup versus Columbia, Harris, Atlanta’s 2018 – 32nd round draft pick out of the University of Missouri, was leading the South Atlantic League in batting (.366), OPS (1.031), slugging percentage (.594) and on-base percentage (.437). So, how did Harris celebrate a much deserved promotion to HiA on Tuesday? Two more hits and three runs scored, helping Florida to an 8-2 win over Fort Myers. 
  • Stuart Fairchild, DH – Daytona Tortugas – Cincinnati Reds –
    • – 3-4, HR (4), 2R, RBi, K – 
      • – Fairchild logged another three hits last night and has registered at least one hit in 14 out of his last 16 games, where he’s raised his batting average 62 points. 

Midwest League: 

  • Kaleo Johnson, 1B – Bowling Green Hot Rods – Tampa Bay Rays –
    • – 3-4, HR (7), R, RBi – 
      • – Johnson registered his third consecutive multi-hit game and is batting .438 (14-32) over his last eight games. 
  • Brennen Davis, LF – South Bend Cubs – Chicago Cubs –
    • – 2-4, HR (2), R, 3RBi, K – 
      • – The son of former NBA great Reggie Theus, Davis made his 2019 season debut May 25 and since then has been one of the most productive hitters in the Midwest League, batting .382 with two home runs over his last three games, and an even 5:5 BB:K ratio. Keep a close eye on the Cubs second-rounder from 2018 (Basha HS, AZ) and currently ranked #7 prospect. He has the overall skill-set to rocket up prospect boards now that he’s back in action. 
  • Will Benson, LF – Lake County Captains – Cleveland Indians –
    • – 2-4, 3B, 3RBi, K –
      • With two more hits last night, a Midwest League leading 16 homers and 18 steals on the season, it’s only a matter of time before Benson becomes the next top bat to see a promotion to HiA.  
  • Griffin Conine, RF – Lansing Lugnuts – Toronto Blue Jays –
    • – 2-5, HR (3), 3B, 2R, 2RBi, K – 
      • – Not sure if it’s Conine’s bloodlines (father and major league veteran Jeff) or that his alma mater Duke surprised many by sweeping their way through the NCAA Morgantown Regional with victories over Texas A&M (twice) and West Virginia, but Conine has been white hot since his season debut May 29. The 2018 – second rounder racked up another two hits last night after a mini 0-for-5 slump his last two games. The lefty slugger is batting .435 on the season with eight of his 10 hits coming as extra-base hits. 
  • Wander Javier, SS – Cedar Rapids Kernels – Minnesota Twins –
    • – 2-5, HR (1), R, 3RBi, 2K – 
  • Juan Yepez, DH – Peoria Chiefs – St. Louis Cardinals –
    • – 4-4. 2 HR (1,2), 2R, 7RBI, BB – 

South Atlantic League: 

  • Jack Herman, LF – Greensboro Grasshoppers – Pittsburgh Pirates –
    • – 2-4, HR (1), R, 4RBi – 
  • Niko Decolati, RF – Asheville Tourists – Colorado Rockies –
    • – 3-6, R, K, 2 SB (2,3) – 
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