June 29, 2019 – Under the Radar Hitters of the Day

*Top Hitter of the Day* 

  • Jerar Encarnacion, RF – Jupiter Hammerheads – Miami Marlins – – 3-5, HR (3/13), 2 2B, 2R, 3RBi, K – Yesterday I mentioned in fellow Miami prospect JD Orr’s (Batavia Muckdogs) write-up that its guys like him that are the reason Jim and I do what I do. Orr, a tenth round draft pick (2019 – Wright State) is tearing up the New York-Penn League early on this season. Encarnacion, a 6’4″- 220 lb. righty from the Dominican Republic has been a fixture of our daily feature this season. He’s made the HOD list 18 times this season to be exact (19 counting today) and I honestly expected upon his promotion to the pitcher-friendly Florida State League for Jupiter’s June 20 game versus Fort Myers that he’d slow down considerably.  The FSL has tamed many a blue-chip prospect. Not the case here. Encarnacion’s first two games with the Hammerheads: 4-9, 2 home runs, 3 runs scored, 3 runs batted in. In his nine games with Jupiter he’s batting .359 with three home runs, six runs scored, seven runs batted in. I don’t think anyone expected this, and just like organizational mate Orr, Encarnacion is the quintessential UTR prospect in 2019 thus far. If he’s available in your league, add him immediately. 

California League: 

  • Alonso Rivas, 1B – Stockton Ports – Oakland A’s – – 3-6, 2 2B, 2R, 2RBi, K – 
  • Luis Campusano, C – Lake Elsinore Storm – San Diego Padres – – 2-4, HR (9), 2R, 2RBi, 2BB – 
  • Casey Golden, LF – Lancaster Jethawks – Colorado Rockies – – 1-6, HR (11), R, RBi, 5K – 
  • Sean Bouchard, 3B – Lancaster Jethawks – Colorado Rockies –– 2-5, 2B, RBi, BB, K, SB (6) – 
  • Jeter Downs, SS – Rancho Cucamonga Quakes – Los Angeles Dodgers – – 2-5, HR (14), 2B, 2R, 2RBi, 2K – 

Carolina League: 

  • KJ Harrison, 1B – Potomac Nationals – Washington Nationals – 1-4, HR (4/6), R, 2RBi, K – 
  • Ryan Aguilar, 1B – Carolina Mudcats – Milwaukee Brewers – – 3-5, 2B, 2RBi, 2K – 
  • Miguel Amaya, C – Myrtle Beach Pelicans – Chicago Cubs – – 1-4, HR (6), R, 4RBi, K – 
  • Jonathan Arauz, 3B – Fayetteville Woodpeckers – Houston Astros – – 2-4, HR (5), 2R, 2RBi, K – 
  • Dennicher Carrasco, 3B – Wilmington Blue Rocks – Kansas City Royals – – 3-5, HR (6), 2B, 2R, 4RBi – 

Florida State League: 

  • Wander Franco, SS – Charlotte Stone Crabs – Tampa Bay Rays – – 1-3, R, RBi, BB – 
  • Brady Policelli, C – Lakeland Flying Tigers – Detroit Tigers – – 2-4, HR (9), R, 3RBi – 
  • Luke Miller, 1B – Clearwater Threshers – Philadelphia Phillies – – 1-4, HR (1/4), 2R, RBi, BB – 
  • Trey Harris, DH – Florida Fire Frogs – Atlanta Braves – – 3-5, R, 3RB, K – 
  • Cal Stevenson, LF – Dunedin Blue Jays – Toronto Blue Jays – – 2-3, 3R, 2BB – 

Midwest League: 

  • Griffin Conine, RF – Lansing Lugnuts – Toronto Blue Jays – – 1-4, HR (8), R, 2RBi, K – 
  • Dillon Paulson, 1B – Great Lakes Loons – Los Angeles Dodgers – – 3-4, 2 HR (9,10), 2R, 3RBi, BB – – The Dodgers thirteenth round pick in 2018 out of Southern Cal registered his first career two-homer game in Great Lakes 7-6 extra-inning victory over Fort Wayne. Paulson went yard in the top of the first to give the Loons an early 2-0 lead. With the score 3-2, Paulson led off the fifth with his second of the night, knotting the score at 3-3, but Great Lakes exited the inning having tacked on another run via third baseman Jair Camargo‘s single, which scored catcher Hunter Feduccia, who reached base previously on a double to right. Fort Wayne pitching held the Loons scoreless for the next four innings, while adding three runs of their own in their half of the fourth, then two more in each the seventh and eighth innings. With the score tied at five a piece, Paulson reached base in the tenth, but was left stranded at third, but not before Great Lakes added two runs in the inning thanks to a leadoff hitter, Chris Roller‘s triple, which scored infielder/pitcher Luke Heyer, who started the inning on second base. Roller scored on a two-out single by Camargo to center, and the Loons exited the inning with a one-run lead. Heyer, mentioned above, pitched the final two innings for Great Lakes, giving up one run on two hits, striking out three and walking two, but locking down his first win of 2019. 
  • Christopher Torres, SS – Clinton Lumberkings – Miami Marlins – – 1-3, HR (3), 3R, 2RBi, 2BB, SB (9) – 

South Atlantic League: 

  • Daniel Montano, RF – Asheville Tourists – Colorado Rockies – – 3-4, HR (5), 3B, 2B, 3R, RBi, BB, SB (9) – 
  • Alex Destino, LF – Kannapolis Intimidators – Chicago White Sox – – 3-4, 2 HR (7,8), 3R, 2RBi, BB, K – 
  • Abraham Guitierrez, DH – Lakewood BlueClaws – Philadelphia Phillies – – 3-4, HR (2), 2R, 2RBi – 
  • Justin Dean, CF – Rome Braves – Atlanta Braves – – 2-5, HR (4), 2R, RBi, 3K – 

New York – Penn League:

  • C.J. Stubbs, LF – Tri-City ValleyCats – Houston Astros – – 3-4, HR (1), 3B, R, RBi – 
  • J.D. Orr, LF – Batavia Muckdogs – Miami Marlins – – 1-4, 2B, R, RBi, BB, SB (8) – 
  • Matt Duce, DH – State College Spikes – St. Louis Cardinals – – 3-4, 2B, 3R – 
  • Cory Wood, 2B – West Virginia Black Bears – Pittsburgh Pirates – – 2-5, 3B, 2B, 2R, RBi – 

Northwest League: 

  • Andy Yerzy, 1B – Hillsboro Hops – Arizona Diamonsbacks – – 0-1, 2R, 4BB, K –
  • Harrison Freed, LF – Salem-Keizer Volcanoes – San Francisco Giants – – 2-4, 2 2B, K – 
  • Ricardo Genoves, C – Salem-Keizer Volcanoes – San Francisco Giants –– 2-4, 2B, RBi – 
  • Joe Aeilts, LF – Boise Hawks – Colorado Rockies – – 3-3, 2B, R – 
  • Tyler Plantier, 1B – Boise Hawks – Colorado Rockies –– 1-3, HR (1), R, RBi, K – 

Appalachian League: 

  • Cole Kleszcz, RF – Kingsport Mets – New York Mets – – 3-5, HR (1), 2B, R, 2RBi, 2K – 
  • Mateo Gil, SS – Johnson City Cardinals – St. Louis Cardinals – – 3-5, 2B, 2R, 2RBi, K – 
  • Chandler Redmond, DH – Johnson City Cardinals – St. Louis Cardinals –– 3-5, HR (3), 2 2B, 2R, 4RBi, K – – Seven of Redmond’s eight hits on the season (8-23; .348) have gone for extra-base hits, including his third home run and two doubles he clubbed in Johnson City’s 9-4 win over Kingsport last night. Not a bad start to the season for the (2019) 32nd rounder out of Gardner-Webb University (NC). 
  • Aaron Shackelford, 3B – Bristol Pirates – Pittsburgh Pirates – – 3-5, 2B, R, 2RBi, K – 
  • Ernny Ordonez, 1B – Bristol Pirates – Pittsburgh Pirates –– 2-3, HR (1), R, 2RBi, BB, K – 
  • Albee Weiss, 1B – Elizabethton Twins – Minnesota Twins – – 2-5, 2 HR (2,3), 2R, 3RBi, 3K – 

Pioneer League: 

  • Will Wilson, SS – Orem Owlz – Los Angeles Angels – – 2-4, HR (1), 2B, R, 4RBi, BB, K – 
  • Ernesto Martinez, 1B – Rocky Mountain Vibes – Milwaukee Brewers – – 1-4, HR (3), R, RBi, K – 
  • Antony Pinero, SS – Rocky Mountain Vibes – Milwaukee Brewers –– 3-4, R, 3RBi – 
  • Cesar Garcia, 3B – Missoula Osprey – Arizona Diamondbacks – – 2-4, HR (1), 2B, R, 5RBi – 
  • Eric Yang, C – Billings Mustangs – Cincinnati Reds – – 3-4, HR (1), 2B, 3R, 2RBi, BB – 
  • Sam McWilliams, 2B – Ogden Raptors – Los Angeles Dodgers – – 2-4, 2 HR (3,4), 4R, 7 RBi, 2BB – 
  • Marco Hernandez, C – Ogden Raptors – Los Angeles Dodgers –– 3-4, 2B, 4R, 2RBi – 
  • Clay Dungan, 2B – Idaho Falls Chukars – Kansas City Royals – – 3-4, HR (1), 2R, 2RBi, BB, SB (1) – 

Arizona League: 

  • Aldo Espinoza, 2B – AZL Dodgers Lasorda – Los Angeles Dodgers – – 3-4, R, 2RBi – 
  • Nolan Perez, 3B – AZL Mariners – Seattle Mariners – – 2-5, HR (2), 3B, 2R, 4RBi, 2K – 
  • Marco Luciano, SS – AZL Giants Orange – San Francisco Giants – – 2-5, HR (4), 2R, 2RBi, 2K – 

Gulf Coast League: 

  • Johan Rojas, CF – GCL Phillies West – Philadelphia Phillies – – 3-3, 3B, 2B, R, BB – 
  • Caleb Ramsey, CF – GCL Red Sox – Boston Red Sox – – 2-2, BB, 3 SB (1,2,3) – 
  • Orelvis Martinez, SS – GCL Blue Jays – Toronto Blue Jays – – 3-5, HR (1), 3B, R, 5RBi – 

Dominican Summer League: 

  • Rainer Rivas, DH – DSL Angels – Los Angeles Angels – – 3-4, R, RBi – 
  • Frederico Polanco, 2B – DSL Mets1 – New York Mets – – 1-4, 3B, 4RBi, BB, K, SB (2) – 
  • Kenedy Corona, C – DSL Mets2 – New York Mets –– 2-4, 3B, 2B, 2R, 2RBi, BB, SB (8) – 
  • Darlyn Del Villar, SS – DSL Cardinals Blue – St. Louis Cardinals – 4-6, 2B, R, 3RBi, 2K – 
  • Nelson Roberto, RF – DSL Twins – Minnesota Twins – – 1-6, HR (3), R, 2RBi, K – 
  • Flemin Bautista, DH – DSL Cubs2 – Chicago Cubs – – 1-4, HR (5), R, RBi – 
  • Deivis Nadal, SS – DSL Pirates2 – Pittsburgh Pirates – – 2-4, 3B, 2R, RBi, K, SB (7) – 
  • Bladimir De La Rosa, SS – DSL Dodgers Shoemaker – Los Angeles Dodgers – – 3-5, 3B, 2 2B, 2R, 3RBi, K – 
  • Bryan Gonzalez, DH – DSL Red Sox2 – Boston Red Sox – – 2-3, 2R, RBi, BB – 
  • Oneill Manzueta, CF – DSL Rays2 – Tampa Bay Rays – – 3-5, 3B, 2R, RBi – 
  • Jeferson Espinal, CF – DSL D-backs1 – Arizona Diamondbacks – – 3-4, RBi, K – 
  • Jose Cordova, 1B – DSL Rockies – Colorado Rockies – – 3-4, 2B, R, 2RBi, SB (8) – 
  • Jhoneiker Betancourt, 3B – DSL White Sox – Chicago White Sox – – 2-5, HR (1), 2B, 3R, RBi, K – 
  • Matthew Mercedes, 1B – DSL White Sox – Chicago White Sox –– 4-5, 3B, 2B, 2R, 3RBi – 
  • Christopher De La Cruz, 1B – DSL Nationals – Washington Nationals – – 3-5, R, RBi, 3 SB (7,8,9) – 
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