June 10, 2019 – Under the Radar Hitters of the Day

*Top Hitter of the Day*

  • Ruben Cardenas, RF – Lake County Captains – Cleveland Indians – – 3-5, HR (9), 3B, 3R, 3RBi, K –– The 21-year-old Los Angeles native fell a double shy of hitting for the cycle, but registered his sixth three-hit performance of the season, highlighted by his ninth homer and Midwest League leading fifth triple in Lake County’s 10-4 victory over the Lansing Lugnuts. Cardenas, Cleveland’s sixteenth round draft choice last year out of Cal State Fullerton (CA) is currently riding a 23 game on-base streak, and the unranked prospect ranks third in the MWL with 108 total bases behind teammate Will Benson (123) and Milwaukee catcher David Fry (114). 

California League: 

  • Luis Castro, 1B – Lancaster Jethawks – Colorado Rockies – – 3-4, 2 2B – 
  • Ramon Marcelino, RF – Lancaster Jethawks – Colorado Rockies –– 1-4, HR (10), R, 2RBi, 2K – 
  • L.T. Tolbert, 2B – Visalia Rawhide – Arizona Diamondbacks – – 1-4, HR (1), R, 2RBi – – The Diamondbacks round thirteen pick in 2018 out of the University of South Carolina extended his hit streak to 20 games with his first High A home run last night, and third overall on the season, helping lead the Cal League North Division leading Rawhide (40-19) to a 3-1 win over Modesto. The 6’2″- 200 lb. lefty has also reached base in 29 out of his last 30 games dating back to April 16, his final game in LoA Midwest League with Kane County. 
  • Jeren Kendall, CF – Rancho Cucamonga Quakes – Los Angeles Dodgers – – 2-4, HR (3), 3B, 2R, RBi, BB, K – 

Carolina League: 

  • Jake Adams, 1B – Fayetteville Woodpeckers – Houston Astros – – 2-4, HR (10), R, 3RBi, K – 
  • Colton Shaver, C – Fayetteville Woodpeckers – Houston Astros – – 1-4, HR (6), R, 2RBi, K – – Despite clubbing his sixth home run last night, the 39th round draft choice out of Brigham Young leads the Carolina League with 22 doubles. 
  • Jakson Reetz, DH – Potomac Nationals – Washington Nationals – – 1-3, HR (1), 2R, 2RBi, K – 

Florida State League: 

  • Taylor Walls, SS – Charlotte Stone Crabs – Tampa Bay Rays – – 2-5, 2B, R, 2RBi – 
  • Ryan Jeffers, C – Fort Myers Miracle – Minnesota Twins – – 1-3, HR (6), R, RBi, BB, K – 
  • Rodolfo Duran, C – Clearwater Threshers – Philadelphia Phillies – – 3-4, 2B, 2R, 2RBi, K – – Philadelphia’s  nineteenth ranked prospect (Pipeline) reeled off three straight hits, highlighted by a two-run double in a six run fourth, leading Clearwater to a 7-2 win over St. Lucie. Duran has struggled all season. He sits on a .237 batting average, but has shown signs of life collecting seven hits over his last three games with a home run, two doubles and seven runs batted in. 

Midwest League: 

  • Jared Akins, RF – Cedar Rapids Kernels – Minnesota Twins –– 1-5, HR (6), R, 3RBi, K –
  • Roberto Alvarez, DH – Bowling Green Hot Rods – Tampa Bay Rays –– 3-3, HR (3), 2R, RBi –
  • Jacob Amaya, SS – Great Lakes Loons – Los Angeles Dodgers – – 2-3, 2B, R, RBi, 2BB – 
  • Will Banfield, C – Clinton Lumberkings – Miami Marlins – – 2-4, HR (6), 2B, R, 2RBi – 
  • Harrison Wenson, C – Burlington Bees – Los Angeles Angels – – 3-4, HR (6), 2R, RBi – 
  • Blaze Alexander, SS – Kane County Cougars – Arizona Diamondbacks – – 3-4, HR (4), 3R, RBi, K, SB (7) – – The idea of Alexander hitting is a scary thought given that the 2018 – 11th rounder out of IMG Academy (FL) already possesses a 70 arm on the 20-80 scouting scale. The now 20-year-old (- today is his birthday -) has posted three consecutive multi-hit performances after suffering a 2-27 slump (.074) in his previous 10 games. Alexander got the Cougars on the board with a solo shot over the left field wall in the top of the second.  He struck out swinging in his next at-bat in the fourth, then scored on an Eddie Hernandez triple in the fifth after reaching base via a hit-by-pitch. The 6’0″- 160 lb. righty singled and stole second in the seventh, then singled again, drove in Alek Thomas (after his walk) and scored and in the ninth to pace Kane County to a 9-3 win over Quad Cities. 

South Atlantic League: 

  • Jack Herman, RF – Greensboro Grasshoppers – Pittsburgh Pirates – – 2-3, HR (2), R, 2RBi, K – 
  • Frankie Tostado, 1B – Augusta GreenJackets – San Francisco Giants – – 3-5, R, 3RBi – – San Francisco’s nineteenth rounder out of Oxnard College (CA) in 2017 is batting .278 on the season and has registered a hit in 12 out of his last 13 games (20-55; .364). 
  • Corey Zangari, 1B – Kannapolis Intimidators – Chicago White Sox – – 2-4, 2 HR (3,4), 2R, 2RBi – – Zangari may be batting .169 in 21 games so far this season, but his two home runs last night versus Greenville combined with his history are why he made today’s list. 
  • Triston Casas, 1B – Greenville Drive – Boston Red Sox – – 4-5, HR (11), 2B, 2R, 4RBi, K – – Boston’s number one draft pick last year out of American Heritage HS (FL) logged his first four-hit game of the season and his career last night against Kannapolis, leading Greenville to a 9-5 win. 

Dominican Summer League:

  • Christhian Espinal, 1B – DSL Cubs2 – Chicago Cubs – – 1-3, HR (2), R, RBi, BB – 
  • Omar De Los Santos, RF – DSL Mets2 – New York Mets – – 1-3, HR (1), 2R, RBi, BB, K, SB (2) 
  • Yohander Martinez, SS – DSL Astros – Houston Astros – – 2-3, R, RBi, 2BB, 3 SB (4,5,6) – 
  • Albert Feliz, LF – DSL Red Sox1 – Boston Red Sox – – 1-4, HR (4), R, 2RBi, K – – On International Signing Day last July, the Boston Red Sox gave then-16-year-old a $400K signing bonus out of the Dominican Republic. The now 17-year-old finally took the field in 2019 and has been near or at the top of the DSL leaderboard since games kicked off June 1.  The 6’2″- 200 lb. righty cranked his fourth homer yesterday versus the DSL Athletics, a seventh inning two-run shot in what was a three-run inning. But it wasn’t enough as the A’s defeated RD1 by a score of 6-3. Feliz is tied for second (with eight other hitters) with four homers, but leads the league with 28 total bases and ranks second in slugging percentage (.903). 
  • Daniel Oliva, LF – DSL Blue Jays – Toronto Blue Jays – – 3-5, 3B, RBi, K – 
  • Jeferson Espinal, CF – DSL D-backs1 – Arizona Diamondbacks – – 4-5, 2B, 2R, K – 
  • Jesus Parra, 2B – DSL Brewers – Mulwaukee Brewers – – 2-5, 2B, R, 3RBi, K – 
  • Bladimir De La Rosa, DH – DSL Dodgers Shoemaker – Los Angeles Dodgers – – 2-5, HR (2), R, RBi, K – 
  • Gabriel Rodriguez, 3B – DSL Indians – Cleveland Indians – – 2-5, HR (2), R, 3RBi, 2K – – Other than a two game hitless streak June 7-8, the 18-year-old signee out of Venezuela (2018) has driven in no less than two runs in each of his seven games this season, vaulting him to the top of the DSL leaderboard in RBi’s with 14. 
  • Jonatan Clase, CF – DSL Mariners – Seattle Mariners – – 3-5, HR (1), R, 2RBi, K, SB (2) – 
  • Adolfo Valdez, LF – DSL Giants – San Francisco Giants – – 2-5, 3B, 2R, 2RBi, SB (3) – 
  • Raul Campos, 2B – DSL Marlins – Miami Marlins – – 2-4, 2 2B, 2R, 3RBi, BB – 
  • Xionel Garcia, RF – DSL Royals1 – Kansas City Royals – – 2-4, 2B, 2R, RBi, BB – 
  • Albert Fabian, DH – DSL Padres – San Diego Padres– 1-3, HR (1), 2R, RBi, BB, 2K – 
  • Darlin Guzman, RF – DSL Reds – Cincinnati Reds – – 3-4, 2 HR (1,2), 2R, 2RBi –
  • Juan Jerez, 2B – DSL Pirates1 – Pittsburgh Pirates – – 2-3, 2B, 2RBi, BB, SB (1) – 
  • Luis Tello, DH – DSL Pirates1 – Pittsburgh Pirates –– 2-3, HR (1), 2R, 2RBi, SB (1) – 
  • Bryan Gonzalez, RF – DSL Red Sox2 – Boston Red Sox– 3-5, 3B, 2R, 2RBi – – The Red Sox second international free agent signing in July 2018 (for $500K), 17 year old Gonzalez ranks second behind fellow Red Sox prospect Albert Feliz (seen above) in total bases (27). 
  • Adinso Reyes, SS – DSL Tigers1 – Detroit Tigers – – 4-5, HR (1), 2B, 3R, 2RBi – 
  • Pedro Garcia, 1B – DSL Tigers1 – Detroit Tigers – – 3-5, 2B, 2R, 2RBi, SB (1) – 

 

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