July 2, 2019 – Under the Radar Hitters of the Day

*Top Hitter of the Day* 

  • Marco Luciano, SS – AZL Giants Orange – San Francisco Giants –
    • – 3-4, 2 HR (5,6), 3R, 3RBi, BB, K – 
      • There are two things about Luciano I’d like to point out. Now, this is strictly a matter of opinion, as I’m no expert. I simply go by the numbers, the talk I see and hear around the minor league game. The first thing is I don’t think the righty-swinging 17-year-old is long for the Arizona League; and two, if Luciano continues this level of production and all the hype over him is real, he could very well find himself in Tampa Bay super-prospect “Wander Franco” type territory sooner rather than later. So far, the 6’2″- 175 lb. Dominican Republic native has proven he’s on that path. Please for the love of all fantasy FAAB, if Luciano is available in your minor league-allowable leagues, Roster. Him. Immediately. 

California League: 

  • Orlando Martinez, CF – Inland Empire 66ers – Los Angeles Angels –
    • – 3-5, 2 2B, R, RBi –
  • Sean Bouchard, LF – Lancaster Jethawks – Colorado Rockies –
    • – 2-4, HR (11), 2R, 2RBi, K –
  • James Hannah, CF – Stockton Ports – Oakland A’s –
    • – 3-5, 2 2B, 2R, RBi, 2K –
  • Alfonso Rivas, 1B – Stockton Ports – Oakland A’s –
    • – 3-5, 2B, 2RBi, K –
  • Jerred Kelenic, CF – Modesto Nuts – Seattle Mariners –
    • – 3-3, HR (3/14), 2B, 2R, RBi, BB –
  • Miguel Vargas, 3B – Rancho Cucamonga Quakes – Los Angeles Dodgers –
    • – 2-4, 2B, 2RBi, 2K –
      • – The 19-year-old Vargas cracked a single in the bottom of the third for his first ever hit in HiA after receiving a much deserved promotion from LoA Great Lakes. However, the Dodgers number 27 ranked prospect saved the best for last. With the Quakes down 1-0 headed to the bottom of the ninth, the Cuba native lined a one-out,  two-run double scoring first baseman Marcus Chu and shortstop Deacon Liput to lead the Quakes to a walk-off 2-1 victory over Cal League South division rival Lake Elsinore. Vargas received a promotion after  a 70 game set with Great Lakes of the Midwest League, where he batted .325 with 20 doubles, nine stolen bases and five homers, four of which came in his previous two games. The 6’3″- 205 lb. righty is also riding a 10 game hit streak and has collected a hit in 27 out of his last 31 games.

Carolina League: 

  • Tyler Frost, RF – Winston-Salem Dash – Chicago White Sox –
    • – 1-4, HR (8), R, RBi, K – 
  • Craig Dedelow, DH – Winston-Salem Dash – Chicago White Sox –
    • – 2-4, 3B, 3RBi, K – 
  • Keith Curcio, RF – Salem Red Sox – Boston Red Sox –
    • – 4-4, 2 2B, 2R, 2RBi – 

Florida State League: 

  • Calvin Mitchell, RF – Bradenton Marauders – Pittsburgh Pirates –
    • – 1-2, HR (10), 2R, 2RBi – 
  • Wander Franco, SS – Charlotte Stone Crabs – Tampa Bay Rays –
    • – 2-4, 2 2B, R, 2RBi, BB – 
  • Garrett Whitley, RF – Charlotte Stone Crabs – Tampa Bay Rays –
    • – 1-4, 2B, 3R, BB, K, 2 SB (8,9) – 
  • Michael Smith, LF – Charlotte Stone Crabs – Tampa Bay Rays –
    • – 3-4, 2 2B, 2R, 3RBi – 
  • Ryan Noda, 1B – Dunedin Blue Jays – Toronto Blue Jays –
    • – 2-4, 3B, 2B, R, 4RBi, 2K – 
  • Gabriel Maciel, CF – Fort Myers Miracle – Minnesota Twins –
    • – 3-5, HR (1/1), 2R, RBi – 
  • Trevor Larnach, RF – Fort Myers Miracle – Minnesota Twins –
    • – 2-3, R, RBi, BB, SB (4) – 
  • Estevan Florial, CF – Tampa Tarpons – New York Yankees –
    • – 2-6, HR (4), R, 5RBi, 2K – 
  • Alejo Lopez, DH – Daytona Tortugas – Cincinnati Reds –
    • 1-2, HR (2), R, 2RBi, 2BB – 

Midwest League: 

  • Xavier Edwards, SS – Fort Wayne TinCaps – San Diego Padres –
    • – 2-4, 3B, R, 3RBi, BB, SB (20) – 
  • Bo Naylor, C – Lake County Captains – Cleveland Indians –
    • – 1-4, HR (6), R, 2RBi, BB – 
  • Ruben Cardenas, RF – Lake County Captains – Cleveland Indians –
    • – 2-4, 2 2B, 2R, RBi, K – 
  • Jonathan Aranda, 2B – Bowling Green Hot Rods – Tampa Bay Rays –
    • – 1-4, HR (1/1), 2R, RBi, BB – 
  • Griffin Conine, RF – Lansing Lugnuts – Toronto Blue Jays –
    • – 3-4, HR (9), R, RBi, K – 
  • Alek Thomas, CF – Kane County Cougars – Arizona Diamondbacks –
    • – 5-6, 3B, 2B, 2R, 2RBi, K – 
      • The Diamondbacks number seven overall ranked prospect logged his first five-hit game as a pro, leading Kane County to a convincing 11-3 win over Peoria. His previous high was four hits, which he’d achieved twice; August 5 last season as a member of the Missoula Osprey, and this season, in a May 22 victory over Quad Cities. 
  • Buddy Kennedy, 3B – Kane County Cougars – Arizona Diamondbacks –
    • – 2-4, HR (5), 2R, RBi, BB – 
  • Blaze Alexander, 2B – Kane County Cougars – Arizona Diamondbacks –
    • – 4-5, 3B, R, RBi – 

South Atlantic League: 

  • Jaylen Ferguson, CF – Delmarva Shorebirds – Baltimore Orioles –
    • – 3-5, 2 2B, R, 2RBi, K – 
  • Diego Rincones, RF – Augusta GreenJackets – San Francisco Giants –
    • – 3-5, 2 2B, 2R, RBi – 
  • Jack Herman, OF – Greensboro Grasshoppers – Pittsburgh Pirates –
    • – 2-5, HR (7), 3B, R, 2RBi, K

New York – Penn League:

  • Will Matthiessen, LF – West Virginia Black Bears – Pittsburgh Pirates –
    • – 2-4, 2 HR (1,2), 2R, 3RBi, K – 
      • Pittsburgh’s gargantuan (6’7″- 220 lb.) sixth round draft pick out of Stanford University (2019) clubbed his first two home runs as a pro last night, but the Black Bears fell short, falling to Auburn (WAS) by a 6-4 score. 
  • Joe Genord, 1B – Brooklyn Cyclones – New York Mets –
    • – 2-4, HR (4), 2B, R, 5RBi, K –
  • Brayan Rocchio, SS – Mahoning Valley Scrappers – Cleveland Indians –
    • – 2-3, 2B, 3R, RBi, BB, SB (4) – 

Northwest League: 

  • Franklin Labour, RF – Salem-Keizer Volcanoes – San Francisco Giants –
    • – 2-5, 2 HR (8,9), 2R, 3RBi, K – 
  • Isaac Collins, CF – Boise Hawks – Colorado Rockies –
    • – 2-5, 3B, 2B, R, 3RBi, K – 
  • Steven Leyton, SS – Hillsboro Hops – Arizona Diamonsbacks –
    • – 4-5, HR (2), 2R, 3RBi – 

Appalachian League: 

  • Mateo Gil, SS – Johnson City Cardinals – St. Louis Cardinals –
    • – 2-4, HR (2), R, 2RBi – 
  • Raul Juarez, 3B – Greenville Reds – Cincinnati Reds –
    • – 1-3, HR (3), 2R, 2RBi – 
  • Spencer Steer, SS – Elizabethton Twins – Minnesota Twins –
    • – 1-3, HR (2), 2R, 2RBi, 2BB – 
  • Spencer Henson, 1B – Pulaski Yankees – New York Yankees –
    • – 2-4, HR (2), 2B, 2R, 2RBi – 
  • Spencer Horwitz, 1B – Bluefield Blue Jays – Toronto Blue Jays –
    • – 2-4, 2B, R, 4RBi, 2BB – 
  • Michael Mateja, LF – Danville Braves – Atlanta Braves –
    • – 2-4, HR (1), R, 4RBi – 

Pioneer League: 

  • Matt Lloyd, 1B – Billings Mustangs – Cincinnati Reds –
    • – 2-4, HR (3), 2B, R, RBi – 
  • James Free, C – Billings Mustangs – Cincinnati Reds –
    • – 1-3, 3B, R, 3RBi, BB, K – 
  • Nick Kahle, DH – Rocky Mountain Vibes – Milwaukee Brewers –
    • – 2-3, HR (1), R, RBi, BB, K – 

Arizona League: 

  • Grayson Byrd, 1B – AZL Cubs 2 – Chicago Cubs –
    • – 2-4, HR (1), R, RBi, K – 
  • Jairo Pomares, RF – AZL Giants Black – San Francisco Giants –
    • – 2-4, 2B, 3RBi – 
  • Aaron Bracho, 2B – AZL Indians Blue – Clevelend Indians –
    • – 2-4, HR (2), 2R, 2RBi, BB, SB (3) – 
  • Will Brennan, RF – AZL Indians Blue – Clevelend Indians –
    • – 2-3, 2B, 3R, RBi, 2BB – 
  • Michael Amditis, C – AZL Indians Blue – Clevelend Indians –
    • – 3-5, 3B, R, 2RBi, K – 
  • Cristopher Cespedes, DH – AZL Indians Blue – Clevelend Indians –
    • – 2-5, HR (2), 3B, R, 2RBi – 
  • Andrew Vaughn, 1B – AZL White Sox – Chicago White Sox –
    • – 4-5, HR (1), 2 2B, 2R, RBi, K – 
      • – Vaughn was considered the best bat in the 2019 draft class and he’s proving that those scouting reports were no joke. While at the University of California, he batted .377, clubbed 50 homers, struck out 72 times and took 116 walks in 156 games as a three year starter. In only two games as a pro, it hasn’t taken him long to establish himself as one of the more premiere hitters in the AZL, registering his first four-hit game, including his first home run of what should be many more to come. 
  • DJ Gladney, DH – AZL White Sox – Chicago White Sox –
    • – 3-5, HR (3), R, 2RBi, 2K – 
  • Caleb Van Blake, 1B – AZL Reds – Cincinnati Reds –
    • – 3-3, HR (1), 2B, 3R, 2RBi, BB – 
  • Cam Devanney, SS – AZL Brewers Blue – Milwaukee Brewers –
    • – 3-3, 2R, BB, 3 SB (7,8,9) – 
  • Angel Aponte, LF – AZL Rangers – Texas Rangers –
    • – 2-4, HR (2), 2B, 2R, 4RBi – 
  • Heriberto Hernandez, 1B/RF – AZL Rangers – Texas Rangers –
    • – 3-5, 3B, 2B, 2R, 2RBi, BB – 

Gulf Coast League: 

  • Parker Phillips, LF – GCL Twins – Minnesota Twins –
    • – 6-7, HR (1), 3B, 2B, 4R, 3RBi – 
      • The Twins 27th round draft pick last month was known for his huge power coming out of Austin Peay University (TN). In three years, the 6’5″- 240 lb, righty clubbed a total of 56 home runs in 164 games as a three-year starting first baseman, and blasted 25 homers his junior (and final) year before being drafted. However, one of the more standout career stats was the lone triple he registered as a freshman. Now that he’s a first year pro, you could technically call him a freshman, and it took him only six games to add another to his resume. He lined what some call the most difficult hit, a triple to right in the fourth inning versus the Rays, but Phillips opened his stat line with a home run in the first inning, collected a single in the fifth, the seventh, then completed his first career cycle with an eighth inning double in what ended up as a Twins 18-14 knock-em-out-drag-em-out slugfest win over the Tampa Bay. 

 

  • Francisco Alvarez, DH – GCL Mets – New York Mets –
    • – 2-4, HR (2), R, 2RBi, K – 
  • Wiston Cerrato, C – GCL Braves – Atlanta Braves –
    • – 3-4, HR (1), 2B, 2R, 4RBi – 
  • Davis Tavarez, RF – GCL Orioles – Baltimore Orioles –
    • – 3-5, HR (1), 2B, R, 5RBi, SB (4) – 

Dominican Summer League: 

  • Juan Mora, 3B – DSL Cubs1 – Chicago Cubs –
    • – 2-3, HR (3), 2R, RBi –
  • Noelberth Romero, 3B – DSL Red Sox2 – Boston Red Sox –
    • – 2-2, HR (2), R, RBi, BB –
  • Jeferson Espinal, LF – DSL D-backs1 – Arizona Diamondbacks –
    • – 4-4, HR (2), 3R, RBi, BB, SB (6) –
  • Deivi Estrada, CF – DSL Braves – Atlanta Braves –
    • – 4-4, HR (1), 3R, 2RBi, BB –
  • Leudy Pena, LF – DSL Cardinals Blue – St. Louis Cardinals
    • – 1-3, 2B, 2R, RBi, 3BB, K –
  • Rehybell Perozo, 3B – DSL Rangers1 – Texas Rangers –
    • – 2-4, HR (2), R, 2RBi –
  • Jonatan Clase, CF – DSL Mariners – Seattle Mariners –
    • – 1-3, 3B, 2R, RBi, BB, K, SB (12) –
  • Jorge Burgos, CF – DSL Indians – Cleveland Indians –
    • – 3-5, 3B, R, 2RBi, K –
  • Juan Jerez, SS – DSL Pirates1 – Pittsburgh Pirates –
    • – 2-5, HR (4), 2R, 3RBi, K –
  • Matthew Mercedes, 1B – DSL White Sox – Chicago White Sox –
    • – 2-3, 2 2B, RBi, BB –
  • Alexeis Azuaje, SS – DSL Phillies Red – Philadelphia Phillies –
    • – 2-5, 2B, 3R, 2K, 2 SB (4,5) –
  • Carlos Arroyo, PR/2B – DSL Pirates2 – Pittsburgh Pirates –
    • – 2-3, 2B, 2R, 3RBi –
  • Junior Guerrero, RF – DSL Colorado – Colorado Rockies –
    • – 4-5, R, 3RBi, K, SB (6) –
  • Diowill Burgos, RF – DSL Cardinals Red – St. Louis Cardinals –
    • – 2-4, HR (7), 3B, R, RBi, K –
  • Freddvil Chevez, 1B – DSL Rays2 – Tampa Bay Rays –
    • – 2-5, HR (4), 2B, 2R, 4RBi, K –
  • Henyer Gomez, 2B – DSL Indians/Brewers – Milwaukee Brewers –
    • – 4-5, 2B, 3R, 2 SB (4,5) –
  • Nerwilian Cedeno, SS – DSL Padres – San Diego Padres –
    • – 3-5, 2B, 4RBi, 2BB –
  • Iverson Leonardo, CF – DSL Tigers2 – Detroit Tigers –
    • – 2-4, HR (2), R, 2RBi –
  • Luis Baez, LF – DSL Twins – Minnesota Twins –
    • – 3-4, HR (3), 2R, RBi, BB, K –
  • Rainier Rivas, RF – DSL Angels – Los Angeles Angels –
    • – 2-2, 3B, 2R, 2RBi, 3BB, SB (3) –

 

 

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