July 8, 2019 – Under the Radar Hitters of the Day

*Top Hitter of the Day*

  • Jacob Amaya, 2B – Great Lakes Loons – Los Angeles Dodgers – – 1-3, 2B, RBi, BB, K – – There really isn’t anything to dislike about the 20-year-old California native. Amaya’s walk in the first inning of the Loons 3-0 win over Fort Wayne gave him 55 on the year, which ties him for fourth in all the minors with Cubs star/AAA Iowa’s Ian Happ. His double in the fifth pulled him into second place in the Midwest League behind Wisconsin Timber Rattler catcher David Fry, who’s 32 two-baggers leads all the minors. Amaya is hitting .260, has budding power and defensively, scouts say he has “a nose for the ball” with great energy and work ethic. Amaya, our 2018 UTR Organizational All-Star selection at shortstop, has overachiever written all over him, and I wouldn’t be shocked to see him rocket up LA Dodgers off-season prospect boards, and potentially into some top five’s. 

California League: 

  • Connor Wong, C – Rancho Cucamonga Quakes – Los Angeles Dodgers –– 2-4, HR (15), R, 3RBi, 2K –
  • Cal Raleigh, C – Modesto Nuts – Seattle Mariners –– 1-4, HR (18), 2R, 2RBi, BB –– It’s one thing as a hitter to be one home run shy of your respective league lead. But it’s another to be doing it as a catcher. That’s exactly where the third round draft pick out of Florida State (2018) has found himself. Raleigh clubbed his 18th homer of the season with one on in the fourth inning in Modesto’s (40-49) 7-3 victory last night versus San Jose (38-50). The 6’3″- 215 lb. switch-hitter went yard for the third time in three games and eight of his eighteen homers on the year have come over his last 12. If he up keeps this pace, Raleigh will surely find himself entrenched deep within the Mariners 2020 Top 10 and quite possibly inside the minors top 10 overall catcher list.
  • Sandro Fabian, RF – San Jose Giants – San Francisco Giants –– 1-4, HR (1/3), R, 3RBi –

Carolina League:

  • Edgar Corcino, RF – Salem Red Sox – Boston Red Sox – – 2-3, HR (5), 2B, 2R, 2RBi – 
  • Mario Feliciano, C – Carolina Mudcats – Milwaukee Brewers – – 3-4, 3B, 2 2B, 3RBi –
  • Curtis Terry, DH – Down East Wood Ducks – Texas Rangers – – 3-3, HR (4/19), 2R, RBi –  

Florida State League: 

  • Jose Garcia, DH – Daytona Tortugas – Cincinnati Reds – – 2-4, 2B, 3RBi, K – 
  • Juan Yepez, RF – Palm Beach Cardinals – St. Louis Cardinals – – 2-3, HR (1/5), 2R, 3RBi, BB, K – 
  • Rodolfo Duran, C – Clearwater Threshers – Philadelphia Phillies – – 2-4, HR (4), R, RBi – 

Midwest League: 

  • Izzy Wilson, CF – Bowling Green Hot Rods – Tampa Bay Rays – – 1-4, HR (3), R, 3RBi, K – 
  • Nick Ward, 1B – Beloit Snappers – Oakland A’s – – 5-6, 2B, 2R, 2RBi, K – 
  • John Jones, C – Beloit Snappers – Oakland A’s – – 5-6, R, RBi, K – – Beloit’s one and three hitters (Ward and Jones) were responsible for ten of the Snappers 20 hits in last night’s 11-2 lathering of Wisconsin. 
  • Ivan Herrera, C – Peoria Chiefs – St. Louis Cardinals – – 3-4, 2B, R, 2RBi, BB, K – 
  • Alex McKenna, RF – Quad Cities River Bandits – Houston Astros – – 2-4, HR (1), R, RBi, 2K –

South Atlantic League:

  •  The Sally League had a scheduled day off Monday. 

New York-Penn League: 

  • Onix Vega, C – Auburn Doubledays – Washington Nationals –– 2-3, 2B, R, 2RBi, 2BB –
  • Cory Wood, 2B – West Virginia Black Bears – Pittsburgh Pirates –– 3-3, 2B, R, RBi, 2BB –
  • Yoel Romero, 3B – Brooklyn Cyclones – New York Mets –– 3-4, 2B, R, K –
  • Troy Johnston, RF – Batavia Muckdogs – Miami Marlins – – 4-5, 2 2B, 3R, 3RBi, K, SB (1) – 
  • Milton Smith II, CF – Batavia Muckdogs – Miami Marlins – – 5-6, 3R, RBi, K – 
  • Nick Decker, RF – Lowell Spinners – Boston Red Sox – – 3-4, HR (1), 2R, 2RBi – 

Northwest League: 

  • Luis Asuncion, LF – Spokane Indians – Seattle Mariners – – 3-4, 3B, 2B, R, 2RBi – 
  • Alexander Canario, CF – Salem-Keizer Volcanoes – San Francisco Giants – – 2-4, HR (1/1), 2B, R, 4RBi, BB, 2K – 
  • Chase Strumpf, 2B – Eugene Emeralds – Chicago Cubs – – 2-4, HR (1/1), 3R, 2RBi, K – 
  • Philip Clarke, C – Vancouver Canadians – Toronto Blue Jays – – 3-5, 2B, R – 

Appalachian League:

  • Spencer Henson, 1B – Pulaski Yankees – New York Yankees – – 2-4, 3B, 2B, 2RBi, BB – 
  • Jake Means, 3B – Burlington Royals – Kansas City Royals – – 2-4, 2B, 2R, BB – 
  • Bryce Ball, 1B – Danville Braves – Atlanta Braves – – 2-3, 2 HR (6,7), 3R, 3RBi, BB – – A home run in the second and another in the eighth vaulted the Braves 24th round draft pick out of Dallas Baptist (2019) into the Appy League home run lead, and also helped pad his lead in total bases (49). The huge 6’6″- 235 lb. lefty is also pacing the league in runs scored (20), RBi (21), slugging percentage (.831), batting (.373) and OPS (1.303). 
  • Cameron Warren, DH – Greenville Reds – Cincinnati Reds – – 3-3, 2R, 2RBi, BB, SB (3) – 

Pioneer League: 

  • Nate Scantlin, DH – Billings Mustangs – Cincinnati Reds – – 2-4, HR (1), 2B, R, RBi – 
  • Justin Yurchak, DH – Ogden Raptors – Los Angeles Dodgers – – 1-3, HR (7), R, RBi, BB, K – 
  • Christian Koss, 2B – Grand Junction Rockies – Colorado Rockies – – 2-3, 2B, R, 2RBi, BB – 
  • Will Wilson, SS – Orem Owlz – Los Angeles Angels – – 1-4, HR (3), 2R, 2RBi, BB – 
  • Jeremiah Jackson, DH – Orem Owlz – Los Angeles Angels – – 2-4, 2 HR (7,8), 2R, 4RBi – – Los Angeles’ 19-year-old shortstop prospect overtook the Pioneer League home run lead last night with two blasts, helping lead the Owls to a 12-5 win over Grand Junction. In fact, it was the second time the Angels second round draft pick out of St. Luke’s HS (AL; 2018) went yard twice in his last five games. 

Arizona League:

  • Julian Escobedo, LF – AZL Indians Blue – Clevelend Indians –– 3-5, B, 2R –
  • Luis Toribio, 3B – AZL Giants Orange – San Francisco Giants –– 2-4, HR (1), R, 3RBi, K –
  • DJ Gladney, DH – AZL White Sox – Chicago White Sox –– 1-3, 2B, 2R, 2RBi, K –
  • Emmanuel Guerra, 1B – AZL Padres 2 – San Diego Padres –– 2-3, HR (2), 2R, RBi, BB, K –
  • Yainer Diaz, C – AZL Indians Red – Cleveland Indians –– 2-4, HR (4), R, 3RBi, BB, K –
  • Jeremiah Vison, LF – AZL Dodgers Mota – Los Angeles Dodgers –– 3-5, HR (1), 3R, RBi –
  • Danny Sinatro, RF – AZL Dodgers Mota – Los Angeles Dodgers –– 2-3, 3B, R, RBi, BB, K, 2 SB (4,5) –

Gulf Coast League:

  • Dominic D’Alessandro, 1B – GCL Red Sox – Boston Red Sox –– 2-3, HR (2), 2R, 3RBi, 2BB, K –
  • Daniel Bakst, 2B – GCL Red Sox – Boston Red Sox –– 1-4, R, 3RBi, BB –
  • Vinnie Esposito, LF – GCL Tigers West – Detroit Tigers – – 2-3, HR (1), 3R, RBi, 2BB, K, SB (1) – 
  • Matthew Jarecki, DH – GCL Tigers West – Detroit Tigers – – 1-3, HR (1), 2R, 3RBi, 2BB –Yesterday’s Gulf Coast League matchup between Tiger farmhands, Tigers East and Tigers West, can best be described with the term “kissing your sister.” While West hitters enjoyed an 12-run, 11-hit outing, three Tigers West pitchers enjoyed tossing a combined no-hitter against their own organizational mates. Take a look.
  • Ronny Rojas, 3B – GCL Yankees West – New York Yankees – – 3-3, 2 2B, 3RBi, BB – 

Dominican Summer League:

  • Reidy Mercado, RF – DSL Brewers – Mulwaukee Brewers – – 2-4, HR (2), R, RBi, BB, SB (24) – – With his 24th steal in the third inning yesterday vs. Rangers2, the 18-year-old switch-hitter took sole possession of the DSL stolen base lead over Tampa Bay shortstop prospect Johan Lopez, who has 23, while also ranking second in the league with 66 total bases. Mercado has actually been on a stolen base tear, swiping a base in three straight games and six over his last six contests.
  • Alisson Del Orbe, 3B – DSL Rangers2 – Texas Rangers – – 2-4, HR (2), 2R, 4RBi, 2K – 
  • Luis Matos, CF – DSL Giants – San Francisco Giants – – 2-4, 2B, 2R, 3RBi, BB, K – – As Johan Lopez (mentioned above) sits in second base with 66 total bases, the Giants  unranked prospect from Venezuela is the only one looking down at him. The 17-year-old righty-swinger collected another two hits yesterday, including his eleventh double. In fact, Matos is on a six-game multi-hit streak, has a hit in his last ten games and has registered a hit in 21 out of his last 23 games.  
  • Miguel Fabrizio, 1B/C – DSL Cubs1 – Chicago Cubs – – 4-5, HR (1), 3B, 2R, 3RBi – 
  • Carlos Dominguez, CF – DSL Mets1 – New York Mets – – 2-4, 2 2B, R, 4RBi – 
  • Federico Polanco, 2B – DSL Mets1 – New York Mets –– 3-4, 2R, RBi, BB – 
  • Jefferson Encamacion, RF – DSL Phillies Red – Philadelphia Phillies – – 2-4, HR (1), 3B, 2R, RBi, K – 
  • Luisangel Jose Acuna, 2B – DSL Rangers1 – Texas Rangers – – 2-4, 3B, 2R, BB, SB (10) – 
  • Omar Rodriguez, DH – DSL Royals1 – Kansas City Royals – – 4-5, 2B, RBi – 
  • Jose De La Cruz, DH – DSL Tigers2 – Detroit Tigers – – 2-4, HR (4), 3R, 2RBi – 
  • Lazaro Benitez, RF – DSL Tigers2 – Detroit Tigers – – 2-5, HR (3), 2B, 3R, 3RBi, BB – 
  • Julio Herrera, C – DSL Orioles2 – Baltimore Orioles – – 2-4, HR (1), 2B, R, 5RBi, K – 
  • Jorge Jimenez, 3B – DSL Angels – Los Angeles Angels – – 3-4, 2B, 2R, RBi, 2 SB (5,6) – 

 

 

 

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