June 19, 2019 – Under the Radar Hitters of the Day

*Top Hitter of the Day* 

  • Jhailyn Ortiz, DH – Clearwater Threshers – Philadelphia Phillies – – 2-4, 2 HR (9,10), 2R, 4RBi, BB – – Ortiz is another top prospect (see Lewis below) playing in the FSL who’s struggled to get things going all season. The eleventh ranked prospect in the Phillies system (Pipeline), the 6’3″- 215 lb. righty clubbed two home runs in a game for the first time in his career. Ortiz’ two blasts drove in four runs, while leadoff hitter, shortstop Nick Maton drove in four of his own, knocking his fourth home run on the year, a grand slam over the right field wall in the second inning, helping lead Clearwater to a 12-7 win over Bradenton.
  • The Cal League, Carolina League, Midwest and South Atlantic Leagues are off for their All-Star festivities and all resume play on June 20.

Florida State League: 

  • Trey Harris, RF – Florida Fire Frogs – Atlanta Braves –– 2-5, HR (2), 2B, R, 3RBi, K – – It took Harris eleven games to hit first HiA home run after belting eight for LoA Rome. But the former Missouri Tiger went back-to-back for the first time this season clubbing his second home run for the Fire Frogs, and tenth home run on the year, a fourth inning, two-run shot. Florida scored two runs in the fourth and added two more in the seventh, but Daytona came out the winner, improving to 37-31 with a 5-4 victory. 
  • Royce Lewis, SS – Fort Myers Miracle – Minnesota Twins – – 2-4, 2 HR (3,4), 2R, 2RBi, K – – In what has also been a tough season for the Twins number one overall prospect, maybe hitting two home runs in a game for the first time in his pro career (like Ortiz above) is a sign that Lewis, Minnesota’s number one draft pick in 2017 out of JSerra HS (CA) is breaking out of his season long slump. 
  • Ryan Jeffers, DH – Fort Myers Miracle – Minnesota Twins –– 1-3, HR (9), R, 2RBi – 
  • Jim Haley, 2B – Charlotte Stone Crabs – Tampa Bay Rays – – 3-4, R, 2RBi, SB (10) – 
  • Nick Maton, SS – Clearwater Threshers – Philadelphia Phillies –– 1-5, HR (4), 2R, 4RBi, K – 
  • Danny Mayer, RF – Clearwater Threshers – Philadelphia Phillies –– 3-5, HR (6), 2R, 2RBi, K – 
  • Calvin Mitchell, RF – Bradenton Marauders – Pittsburgh Pirates – – 2-5, HR (9), 2B, 2R, 3RBi, K – 

New York – Penn League:

  • Michael Cooper, 1B – Mahoning Valley Scrappers – Cleveland Indians – – 2-4, HR (1), R, 3RBi, K – 
  • Jean Carmona, 2B – Aberdeen IronBirds – Baltimore Orioles – – 3-5, 2 2B, 2R – 
  • Johnny Rizer, CF – Aberdeen IronBirds – Baltimore Orioles –– 1-3, 2B, 2R, 2RBi, 2BB, K – 

Northwest League: 

  • Isaac Collins, CF – Boise Hawks – Colorado Rockies – – 2-4, 3B, 2B, 2R, 2RBi, BB, SB (1) – 
  • Aaron Schunk, 3B – Boise Hawks – Colorado Rockies –– 2-4, 3B, 3R, RBi, BB, SB (1) – 
  • Simon Whiteman, SS – Salem-Keizer Volcanoes – San Francisco Giants – – 3-4, 2B, BB – 

Appalachian League: 

  • Cody Milligan, 2B – Danville Braves – Atlanta Braves – – 1-3, HR (1), R, 2RBi, BB, K, SB (1) – 
  • Kevin Melendez, C – Princeton Rays – Tampa Bay Rays – – 2-2, R, 4RBi, BB, 2 SB (1,2) – 
  • Ray Hernandez, 3B – Danville Braves – Atlanta Braves – – 2-4, HR (1), 2B, 2R, 6RBi, K – 
  • Bryce Ball, 1B – Danville Braves – Atlanta Braves – – 2-4, HR (1), 2B, 2R, RBi – 
  • Spencer Horwitz, DH – Bluefield Blue Jays – Toronto Blue Jays – – 3-4, 2 2B, R, 2RBi – 
  • PK Morris, 1B – Bluefield Blue Jays – Toronto Blue Jays –– 2-4, HR (1), R, 2RBi – 

Pioneer League: 

  • Cabrera Weaver, CF – Great Falls Voyagers – Chicago White Sox – – 3-3, 3B, 2R, RBi, 2BB – 
  • Harvin Mendoza, 1B – Great Falls Voyagers – Chicago White Sox –– 2-3, HR (2), R, 3RBi, 2BB, K – 
  • Sam Abbott, DH – Great Falls Voyagers – Chicago White Sox –– 3-5, HR (1), 2B, 2R, 3RBi, K – 
  • Quincy McAfee, 2B – Billings Mustangs – Cincinnati Reds – – 3-4, 2B, 2R, RBi – 
  • Micah Bello, RF/CF – Rocky Mountain Vibes – Milwaukee Brewers – – 1-5, HR (4), R, 3RBi, K – – The 18-year-old CBB round pick last year out of Hilo HS (HI) pulled into the PIO League lead with his fourth homer on the year, tying Ogden’s Justin Yurchak, who’s 2-11 over his last three games after starting the season 6-8 in his first two games where he hit three home runs.
  • Brenton Doyle, CF – Grand Junction Rockies – Colorado Rockies – – 3-5, HR (1), R, 4RBi – 
  • Eddy Diaz, SS – Grand Junction Rockies – Colorado Rockies –– 2-4, 2B, 3R, BB, SB (4) – 
  • Rhett Aplin, 1B – Idaho Falls Chukars – Kansas City Royals – – 2-5, HR (2), 2R, 3RBi, 3K – 

Arizona League: 

  • Marshawn Taylor, 2B – AZL D-backs – Arizona Diamondbacks – – 3-4, 3B, 2R, RBi, BB – 
  • Wilderd Patino, CF – AZL D-backs – Arizona Diamondbacks –– 3-5, 2B, 2R, RBi
  • Jose Gutierrez, CF – AZL Cubs 2 – Chicago Cubs – – 2-3, 2 2B, 4R, RBi, 3BB – 
  • Edwin Mateo, CF – AZL Dodgers Lasorda – Los Angeles Dodgers – – 1-3, 2R, 2RBi, 2BB, SB (1) – 
  • Chandler Seagle, C – AZL Padres 1 – San Diego Padres – – 2-2, 2B, R, 2RBi, 3BB – 
  • C.J. Abrams, SS – AZL Padres 1 – San Diego Padres –– 3-6, 2R, SB (1) – 
  • Alexander Canario, CF – AZL Giants Orange – San Francisco Giants – – 3-5, HR (1), 3B, 3R, RBi, BB, K – 
  • Marco Luciano, SS – AZL Giants Orange – San Francisco Giants –– 3-5, HR (1), 3B, 2B, 2R, 2RBi, BB, K – 
  • Kyle McCann, C – AZL Athletics Gold – Oakland Athletics – – 2-3, HR (1), 3B, 2R, RBi, BB – 
  • Kellen Strahm, RF/CF – AZL Rangers – Texas Rangers – – 3-4, 2R, 4RBi, BB, SB (1) – 

Gulf Coast League: 

  • The GCL begins play on Monday June 24. 

Dominican Summer League: 

  • Darlyn Del Villar, SS – DSL Cardinals Blue – St. Louis Cardinals – – 1-4, 3B, 3R, 2RBi, BB, SB (2) –
  • Gustavo A. Rodriguez, RF – DSL Cardinals Blue – St. Louis Cardinals – – 3-4, 2 2B, 3R, RBi –
  • Francis Grullon, 2B – DSL Royals1 – Kansas City Royals –– 2-4, HR (2), R, RBi –
  • Stir Candelario, RF – DSL Rays1 – Tampa Bay Rays –– 2-3, HR (1), 2R, RBi, BB –
  • Adrian Montero, 2B – DSL Blue Jays – Toronto Blue Jays –– 1-2, 3R, 3BB, 2 SB (5,6) –
  • Jeremy Celedonio, LF – DSL Braves – Atlanta Braves –– 2-4, HR (3), 2B, R, 3RBi, BB, K –– The 6’0″ – 185 lb. 17-year-old sits in a nine-way tie for third in home runs belting his third of the season versus DSL Bautista, yesterday, but he does rank first in one category: strikeouts, as the Dominican native has 25 Ks in 15 games thus far.
  • Diowill Burgos, RF – DSL Cardinals Red – St. Louis Cardinals –– 4-4– Short and sweet stat line from Wednesday’s matchup against DSL Brewers, but it’s effective, as the 18-year-old lefty’s 23 hits on the season rank him third in the DSL, tied with shortstops Angel Martinez (Indians) and Luisangel Acuna (Rangers/seen below).
  • Ysaac Pena, C – DSL Angels – Los Angeles Angels –– 4-5, R, 3RBi –
  • Anthony Valenzuela, LF – DSL Yankees – New York Yankees –– 2-5, HR (1), 2R, 3RBi, 3K, SB (1) –
  • Oscar Olivares, 1B – DSL Orioles2 – Baltimore Orioles –– 3-5, HR (3), 3R, 4RBi –
  • Jose Velez, RF – DSL Padres – San Diego Padres– 1-4, HR (1), R, 3RBi, BB –
  • Dariel Lopez, SS – DSL Pirates2 – Pittsburgh Pirates –– 5-6, R, 4RBi, K –
  • Johan Lopez. SS – DSL Rays2 – Tampa Bay Rays –– 3-5, 2B –
  • Luisangel Acuna, 2B – DSL Rangers1 – Texas Rangers –– 2-3, 2B, 4R, 2RBi, 2BB –
  • Geury Estevez, 2B/3B – DSL Tigers1 – Detroit Tigers –– 4-6, 2 3B, R, 2RBi, K –
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