June 21, 2019 – Under the Radar Hitters of the Day

*Top Hitter of the Day* 

  • Sean Bouchard, LF – Lancaster Jethawks – Colorado Rockies – – 3-3, 2 HR (7,8), 3R, 3RBi, 2BB – – The 2017 – ninth rounder out of UCLA has collected a hit in eight out of his last nine games and has nine hits over his last four, highlighted by the first two-home run game of his career last night in Lancaster’s 13-7 win over Rancho Cucamonga. The 6’3″- 215 lb. cleanup hitter got things started with a solo home run to lead off the bottom half of the second inning. The Jethawks batted around, as Bouchard took a two-out walk before shortstop Ryan Vilade ended Lancaster’s five-run inning with a pop out to Quakes first baseman Nick Yarnall.   Rancho Cucamonga added three runs of their own in the top half of the third to bring the score to 5-3. In the fourth, Bouchard took a two-out walk, then scored  on a double by right fielder Casey Golden. Designated hitter Todd Czinege ended the inning with a strikeout, but not before Lancaster plated four more runs, and leaving with a 9-3 lead. Bouchard had a single in a scoreless sixth, Lancaster scored two more in the seventh, but Bouchard found pay dirt once again in the eighth, clubbing a 2-0 pitch over the center field wall for his second leadoff homer of the night and eighth on the year giving Lancaster a 13-6 lead. Ryan Vilade decided they weren’t done, making it back-to-back homers, as he sent an 0-1 pitch over the right center wall giving him his third home run on the year, extending Lancaster’s lead. Reliever Tommy Doyle came on in the ninth to secure the Jethawk’s 13-7 win. 

California League: 

  • Donovan Casey, DH – Rancho Cucamonga Quakes – Los Angeles Dodgers – – 2-4, 2 HR (10.11), 2R, 3RBi, BB – 
  • Devin Mann, 3B – Rancho Cucamonga Quakes – Los Angeles Dodgers –– 3-4, HR (13), 2 2B, 2R, RBi, K – 
  • Orlando Martinez, CF – Inland Empire 66ers – Los Angeles Angels – – 4-5, HR (3), R, 3RBi, SB (3) – 
  • Cal Raleigh, C – Modesto Nuts – Seattle Mariners – – 2-4, HR (9), R, 2RBi, K – 
  • Yoel Yanqui, 1B – Visalia Rawhide – Arizona Diamondbacks – – 2-4, HR (4), 2B, 2R, RBi – 
  • Alfonso Rivas, 1B – Stockton Ports – Oakland A’s – – 2-2, 3B, RBi, 2BB – 

Carolina League: 

  • Yonny Hernandez, SS – Down East Wood Ducks – Texas Rangers – – 4-5, 2B, 2R, 2RBi, SB (17) – – The Rangers unranked prospect may have only seven extra-base hits this season, but the switch-hitter is batting .306, carries a .430 on-base percentage, ranks fifth in the Carolina League with 17 stolen bases and brings a perfect 44:44 BB:K ratio into Saturday’s games. 
  • Marcus Wilson, CF – Salem Red Sox – Boston Red Sox – – 2-2, HR (4/7), 2R, 2RBi, BB, SB (2/6) – 
  • Will Benson, RF – Lynchburg Hillcats – Cleveland Indians – – 1-5, HR (1/19), R, 2RBi, 2K – In his second game in HiA, Benson belted his first home run for the Hillcats  helping lead Lynchburg to lastnight’s 6-3 victory over Wintson-Salem. 
  • Steele Walker, CF – Winston-Salem Dash – Chicago White Sox – – 4-5, 2B, R, K – 
  • Jacob Meyers, CF – Fayetteville Woodpeckers – Houston Astros – – 2-4, HR (6), 2B, 2R, RBi, BB, SB (6) – 

Florida State League: 

  • Brock Deatherage, CF – Lakeland Flying Tigers – Detroit Tigers – – 3-5, 3B, 2r, 2RBi, SB (22) – 
  • Trevor Larnach, DH – Fort Myers Miracle – Minnesota Twins – – 2-4, 2B, 2RBi – – Larnach’s two-out, two-run double in the top of the eighth padded his Florida State League lead in doubles (23) and helped him retain his FSL total bases lead at 120. 
  • Jerar Encarnacion, RF – Jupiter Hammerheads – Miami Marlins – – 3-5, HR (2/12), 2B, 2R, 2RBi, K – – For those who may be new to UTRMinors and our brand of reporting, we put together an off-season Organizational All-Star feature highlighting the best at each position per organization. If I were to put that together today, there might not be a more deserving outfield candidate in not only the Marlins system, but all the minors than Encarnacion. The 21-year-old Dominican Republic native is the poster boy for under-the-radar, as the unranked prospect laid waste to LoA South Atlantic League pitching, and so far in the Florida State. In two games thus far with the Hammerheads, the 6’4″- 215 lb. right is batting .444 with home runs in consecutive games, three runs scored and three runs batted in. Do we expect an eventual slow down, of course. The FSL has tamed many a top prospect, and Encarnacion is no exception, but with his performance thus far in 2019, he’s cemented himself a legitimate prospect in the Marlins system moving forward. 
  • Stuart Fairchild, CF – Daytona Tortugas – Cincinnati Reds – – 2-3, HR (6), R, 2RBi, BB – 

Midwest League: 

  • Ivan Herrera, C – Peoria Chiefs – St. Louis Cardinals – – 1-4, HR (6), R, RBi, BB, K –  
  • David Fry, 1B – Wisconsin Timber Rattlers – Milwaukee Brewers – – 1-4, HR (10), R, RBi – – Fry’s tenth homer on the season was his second home run in as many days, as the super-utility fielder heads into Saturday’s contest with Clinton the Midwest League leader in doubles (28) and total bases (135).  

South Atlantic League: 

  • Corey Zangari, 1B – Kannapolis Intimidators – Chicago White Sox – – 3-3, 3 2B, R, RBi, BB – 
  • Niko Decolati,  CF – Asheville Tourists – Colorado Rockies – – 2-3, 2B, BB, K – – Decolati, a native of Boulder, Colo, grew up watching the Rockies, and being drafted by his boyhood favorite team was a dream come true. So far, he’s making good progress on the goal of making it to Coors Field. He led Grand Junction last year in RBi (56), stolen bases (17) and tied for the team lead with 11 home runs. He heads into Saturday’s matchup versus Colombia one of Asheville’s most productive per-game hitters, even on a team that houses top shortstop prospect Terrin Vavra. Do not sleep on Decolati.  

New York – Penn League:

  • Miguel Flames, 1B – Staten Island Yankees – New York Yankees – – 2-4, HR (1), 2R, 4RBi, BB – 
  • Korey Lee, DH – Tri-City ValleyCats – Houston Astros – – 3-4, 2B, RBi, SB (4) – 
  • Irving Ortega, 3B – Aberdeen IronBirds – Baltimore Orioles – – 2-3, 3B, R, RBi, 2BB, K – 
  • Nic Ready, 3B – Batavia Muckdogs – Miami Marlins – – 2-4, HR (1), 2B, R, RBi, K – – Miami’s 23rd round pick in the 2019 draft out of the United States Air Force Academy left Friday’s 3-1 victory over Williamsport with his first pro home run and the early season New York-Penn League lead in total bases (18).  
  • Carlos Soto, DH – State College Spikes – St. Louis Cardinals – – 2-4, HR (1), R, 2RBi, BB, K – 

Northwest League: 

  • Michael Toglia, 1B – Boise Hawks – Colorado Rockies – – 2-4, HR (1), R, RBi, K – 
  • Starling Joseph, CF – Spokane Indians – Seattle Mariners – – 3-4, HR (1), 2B, 3R, 2RBi, K – 
  • David Garcia, C – Spokane Indians – Seattle Mariners – – 2-4, HR (1), 2B, R, 4RBi – 
  • Franklin Labour, RF – Salem-Keizer Volcanoes – San Francisco Giants – – 1-5, HR (4), 2R, 3RBi, 2K – –  Other than June 18 versus Spokane, the 6’1″- 190 lb. righty has collected a hit in every game this season, but has reached base in every game thus far, and sits at the top of the Northwest League leaderboard in home runs and total bases (23). 
  • Miguel Perez, CF – Everett AquaSox – Seattle Mariners – – 1-4, HR (2), R, RBi, BB, 2K – 

Appalachian League: 

  • Jaylen Palmer, 3B – Kingsport Mets – New York Mets – – 1-4, HR (2), R, 2RBi, BB, 3K – 
  • Gregory Guerrero, 2B – Kingsport Mets – New York Mets –– 2-4, HR (2), 2R, 2RBi, K – 
  • Ryan Sloniger, C – Bluefield Blue Jays – Toronto Blue Jays – – 2-4, HR (1), R, 2RBi, BB, K – 
  • Saul Torres, C – Pulaski Yankees – New York Yankees – – 2-3, HR (1), 2B, 2R, 3RBi, BB, K – 

Pioneer League: 

  • Brenton Doyle, CF – Grand Junction Rockies – Colorado Rockies – – 3-3, HR (2), 3B, 4R, 2RBi, BB, SB (2) – 
  • Julio Carreras, 3B – Grand Junction Rockies – Colorado Rockies –– 2-5, HR (1), 2B, 2R, 2RBi, K – 
  • Anthony Mulrine, DH – Orem Owlz – Los Angeles Angels – – 3-4, 2 2B, 2R, K – 
  • Sam McWilliams, 2B – Ogden Raptors – Los Angeles Dodgers – – 3-5, 2R, RBi, 2K – 
  • Kevin Watson Jr., CF – Missoula Osprey – Arizona Diamondbacks – – 3-4, HR (2), 3B, 3R, 3RBi, K – 

Arizona League: 

  • Angel Solarte, CF – AZL Padres 2 – San Diego Padres – – 2-5, 3B, R, 5RBi, K –
  • Jhonkensy Noel, 1B – AZL Indians Blue – Clevelend Indians – – 3-3, 2 HR (1,2), 3R, 6RBi, 2BB – 
  • Jose Tena, DH – AZL Indians Blue – Clevelend Indians –– 3-4, 2B, 4R, RBi, BB – 
  • Alex De Jesus, SS – AZL Dodgers Mota – Los Angeles Dodgers – – 2-3, HR (1), 2B, 2R, 2RBi, BB – 
  • Oswel Leones, RF – AZL Brewers Gold – Milwaukee Brewers – – 3-5, 2B, R, RBi, K – 
  • Michael Woodworth, 2B – AZL Athletics Gold – Oakland Athletics – – 1-3, HR (2), 2R, 4RBi, BB – 
  • Marty Bechina, 3B – AZL Athletics Gold – Oakland Athletics –– 3-5, 2 2B, 3R, BB, K – 
  • Rafael Rincones, RF – AZL Athletics Gold – Oakland Athletics –– 3-5, 2 2B, 3RBi – 
  • Marco Luciano, SS – AZL Giants Orange – San Francisco Giants – – 4-4, HR (2), 3R, 3RBi, SB (1) – 
  • Alexander Canario, CF – AZL Giants Orange – San Francisco Giants –– 2-5, HR (2), 2B, 2R, 3RBi, 2K – 

Gulf Coast League: 

  • The GCL begins play on Monday, June 24. 

Dominican Summer League: 

  • Ysaac Pena, C – DSL Angels – Los Angeles Angels – – 2-4, 2 2B, 2R, 2RBi, BB – 
  • Wilkin Grullon, DH – DSL Orioles2 – Baltimore Orioles – – 4-5, 2 2B, R, 4RBi – 
  • Jeremy Jimenez, C – DSL Tigers1 – Detroit Tigers – – 1-3, 3B, R, 3RBi, BB – 
  • Cesar Calderon, SS – DSL Tigers1 – Detroit Tigers –– 2-4, 2 3B, 2R, RBi – 
  • Juan Mora, 3B – DSL Cubs1 – Chicago Cubs – – 3-6, HR (2) 2B, 2R, 3RBi – 
  • Yohendrick Pinango, LF – DSL Cubs1 – Chicago Cubs –– 3-5, 2B, 3R, BB, SB (8) – 
  • Angel Martinez, DH – DSL Indians – Cleveland Indians – – 2-4, 2B, R, 2RBi, BB –
  • Jose Ramos, CF – DSL Dodgers Bautista – Los Angeles Dodgers – – 2-5, HR (2), 3R, RBi, K, SB (2) –
  • Elian Gonzalez, 1B – DSL Indians/Brewers – Milwaukee Brewers –– 2-5, 3B, 2R, 2RBi, 2K – 
  • Luisangel Acuna, SS – DSL Rangers1 – Texas Rangers – – 3-4, 2B, R, RBi, BB – – The Rangers1 shortstop collected another three hits yesterday, and it’s the fifth time this season he’s achieved the feat. Yet, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that with the name “Acuna” he’s tearing the cover off the ball. He’s not only leading the Dominican Summer League with 28 hits, he’s on a current 14-game hitting streak and also the younger brother of Braves outfield phenom Ronald Acuna Jr. So, act accordingly and place Luisangel on any and every prospect “Watch” list you can. If bloodlines mean anything, Texas could have another mega-star on their hands. 
  • Junior Gonzalez, DH/LF – DSL Mariners – Seattle Mariners – 3-5, 3B, 2R, 3RBi, BB – 
  • Daniel Vellojin, C – DSL Reds – Cincinnati Reds – – 3-4, HR (2), 3R, RBi, SB (3) – 
  • Jose Acosta, 3B – DSL Reds – Cincinnati Reds –– 2-2, 2B, 3R, 2BB, SB (8) – 
  • Juan Herrera, 1B – DSL Phillies White – Philadelphia Phillies – – 3-5, 2 HR (3,4), 3R, 5RBi, K – 
  • Victor Diaz, DH – DSL Phillies White – Philadelphia Phillies –– 3-5, HR (1), 2B, 2R, 2RBi, K – 
  • Flemin Bautista, SS – DSL Cubs2 – Chicago Cubs – – 3-4, HR (3), 2B, R, 3RBi, BB –
  • Randy Romero, RF – DSL Pirates2 – Pittsburgh Pirates – – 3-4, HR (1), 2B, R, RBi, K, SB (9) – 
  • Freddvil Chevez, DH – DSL Rays2 – Tampa Bay Rays – – 3-4, HR (3), 2B, 3R, 3RBi, 2BB – 
  • Darwin Baez, C – DSL Pirates1 – Pittsburgh Pirates – – 3-5, HR (3), 2 2B, R, 3RBi – 
  • Marcos Cabrera, 3B – DSL Yankees – New York Yankees – – 2-5, 2B, R, 3RBi, BB, SB (3) – 
  • Alexeis Azuaje, 3B – DSL Phillies Red – Philadelphia Phillies – – 3-5, 2 3B, 2R, K – 

 

 

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