July 10, 2019 – Under the Radar Hitters of the Day

*Top Hitter of the Day*

  • Cal Raleigh, DH – Modesto Nuts – Seattle Mariners –– 3-3, 2 HR (19, 20), 2R, 4RBi, BB –– There may not be a hotter hitter in the California League over the last seven days than the switch-hitting Raleigh. Seattle’s 2018 third-rounder out of Florida State clubbed his nineteenth, then his (now) Cal League leading twentieth homer of the year to lead Modesto to a 5-2 win over Lake Elsinore. Last night was the second time in four games that the 6’3″- 215 lb. 22-year-old cleared the fence twice in a game, and the fourth time this season he’s belted two home runs twice in one contest. The Nuts three-hole hitter has seven home runs in his last seven games, is riding an eight-game hit streak and has a hit in 13 out of his last 16 games where he’s slashing .377/.451/.951/.1.402. Raleigh has also posted a .985 fielding percentage in 53 games behind the plate and has caught 38 percent of would be base-stealers. Raleigh is a near lock to make several prominent top 10 overall minor league catcher lists this coming off season.

California League: 

  • Lazaro Armenteros, LF – Stockton Ports – Oakland A’s –– 2-5, 2 HR (12,13), 2R, 5RBi, K –
  • Luis Campusano, C – Lake Elsinore Storm – San Diego Padres –– 2-4, 3B, 2RBi –
  • Heliot Ramos, CF – San Jose Giants – San Francisco Giants –– 2-5, HR (10), R, RBi, K –

Carolina League:

  • Brewer Hicklen, CF – Wilmington Blue Rocks – Kansas City Royals –– 2-4, SB (31) –– Hicklen had a rather quiet two hits in Wilmington’s 3-1 loss to Salem last night. However, whatever you do, don’t tell the Royals organization that the art of the stolen base is fading. Four Kansas City Royals prospects sit inside the minors overall top ten stolen base list. Hicklen, who carries. 283 batting average with a .408 on-base percentage, stole his Carolina League leading thirty-first base yesterday, ranking him sixth in the entire minors, one below organizational mate Michael Gigliotti (32), who recently received a promotion from LoA Lexington and is now teammates with Hicklen in Wilmington. But Wilmington isn’t the only Kansas City affiliate that holds a premiere stolen base tandem. Double-A Texas League’s Northwest Arkansas roster possesses the minor’s number one and number two overall ranked stolen base leaders in Nick Heath, who has 46 steals heading into Thursday’s games, and the Royals number three overall ranked prospect Khalil Lee, who sits on 36 heading into the Naturals next game versus Tulsa.
  • Curtis Terry, 1B – Down East Wood Ducks – Texas Rangers – – 3-4, 2B, 2RBi – 

Florida State League: 

  • Royce Lewis, SS – Fort Myers Miracle – Minnesota Twins – – 2-5, HR (8), 3R, 2RBi, BB, SB (14) – 
  • Cal Stevenson, LF – Dunedin Blue Jays – Toronto Blue Jays – – 3-4, 3R, 2RBi, BB, K – 
  • Ryan Noda, 1B – Dunedin Blue Jays – Toronto Blue Jays – – 2-5, HR (7), R, 4RBi, 2K, SB (8) – 
  • Drew Lugbauer, 1B – Florida Fire Frogs – Atlanta Braves – – 1-3, HR (11), R, RBi, K – In spite of his .182 batting average coming out of Wednesday’s contest against Charlotte, Lugbauer has cleared the outfield fence four times over his last seven games, and currently possesses a .509 extra-base percentage. If only he could calm down the strikeouts, as he sits on 108 (with only 23 walks) in 80 games so far this season. 

Midwest League: 

  • Dayton Dugas, RF – West Michigan Whitecaps – Detroit Tigers – – 2-4, HR (1/1), 2B, 2R, 5RBi, K – 
  • Evan Edwards, 1B – Clinton Lumberkings – Miami Marlins – – 2-4, HR (1/2), R, 3RBi –
  • Christopher Torres, SS – Clinton Lumberkings – Miami Marlins – – 3-5, 2B, 3R, RBi, 2K –
  •  Griffin Conine, RF – Lansing Lugnuts – Toronto Blue Jays – – 1-4, HR (11), 2R, 2RBi, BB, K – 
  • Dillon Paulson, 1B – Great Lakes Loons – Los Angeles Dodgers – – 1-4, HR (12), R, 2RBi, 2K –

South Atlantic League:

  • Tyreque Reed, 1B – Hickory Crawdads – Texas Rangers – – 2-4, HR (5), R, 3RBi, BB, K – 
  • Kyle Mottice, DH – Greensboro Grasshoppers – Pittsburgh Pirates – – 2-3, R, RBi, BB, K, 2 SB (11,12) – 
  • Adam Hall, 2B – Delmarva Shorebirds – Baltimore Orioles – – 3-6, R, RBi, 2K, SB (18) – 
  • Eric Cole, RF – Lexington Legends – Kansas City Royals – – 1-2, HR (6), R, 3RBi, 2BB – 

New York-Penn League: 

  • Branden Fryman, SS – Brooklyn Cyclones – New York Mets –– 4-5, 2B, 2R, 2RBi, 2 SB (3,4) –
  • Korey Lee, DH – Tri-City ValleyCats – Houston Astros –– 3-3, 4R, 3RBi, BB –
  • Sean Reynolds, 1B – Batavia Muckdogs – Miami Marlins –– 3-4, 2 HR (1,2/11), 2R, 5RBi –– I think it’s fair that for a daily performance list, a guy who clubs two home runs in a game needs mentioned. Such is the case with Reynolds, who hit his first two 2019 New York-Penn League home runs (and his tenth and eleventh overall on the season). However, I couldn’t resist placing another minor league leader on today’s list. While the Kansas City Royals clog the stolen base list, Stockton’s Lazaro Armenteros (listed above) leads the entire minors in strikeouts with 155, and trailing directly behind him is the 6’7″- 240 lb. WWE’ish sized Reynolds, who in only 69 combined games this season had racked up a whopping 145 K’s. That’s a firm 2.10 strikeouts per game.
  • Jordan Diaz, 3B – Vermont Lake Monsters – Oakland Athletics –– 2-5, HR (4), 2B, 2R, 3RBi, K –– A three-run homer in the sixth and double in the second helped the 18-year-old Venezuelan maintain his NYPL lead in total bases (51).

Northwest League: 

  • Chase Strumpf, 2B – Eugene Emeralds – Chicago Cubs – – 2-4, 2 2B, R, RBi, BB – 
  • Sean Roby, 1B – Salem-Keizer Volcanoes – San Francisco Giants – – 3-3, 2R, RBi, 2BB – 
  • Ricardo Genoves, C – Salem-Keizer Volcanoes – San Francisco Giants – – 1-4, HR (6), R, 4RBi, K – 

Appalachian League:

  • Andres Regnault, DH – Kingsport Mets – New York Mets – – 3-5, HR (3), 2B, R, 3RBi – 
  • PK Morris, 1B – Bluefield Blue Jays – Toronto Blue Jays – – 1-4, HR (3), 3R, 4RBi, K – 
  • Ryan Sloniger, C – Bluefield Blue Jays – Toronto Blue Jays – – 4-5, HR (2), 2R, 2RBi – 
  • Roberto Chirinos, 2B – Pulaski Yankees – New York Yankees – – 1-4, HR (2), R, 4RBi – 
  • Terry Fuller, RF – Johnson City Cardinals – St. Louis Cardinals – – 2-3, HR (1), 2R, 2RBi, 2BB, SB (3) – 
  • Aaron Shackelford, 3B – Bristol Pirates – Pittsburgh Pirates – – 2-4, HR (3), 2B, R, 2RBi – 
  • Carlos Reina, C – Greenville Reds – Cincinnati Reds – – 3-4, 2 2B, 2R, 2RBi, K – 
  • Albee Weiss, 1B – Elizabethton Twins – Minnesota Twins – – 2-4, 2 HR (5,6), 2R, 5RBi, K – 

Pioneer League: 

  • Christian Koss, DH – Grand Junction Rockies – Colorado Rockies – – 2-3, 4RBi, BB, K – 
  • Leonardo Seminati, 1B/3B – Billings Mustangs – Cincinnati Reds – – 3-5, 2 HR (4,5), 2B, 2R, 4RBi, K – 
  • Spencer Brickhouse, 1B – Missoula Osprey – Arizona Diamondbacks – – 3-4, HR (1), 2B, R, 5RBi – 
  • Sauryn Lao, 3B – Ogden Raptors – Los Angeles Dodgers – – 4-4, 2 2B, 2R, 3RBi – 

Arizona League:

  • Abdiel Layer, 2B – AZL Giants Orange – San Francisco Giants – – 4-5, HR (2), 2B, 3R, 3BB, K, SB (1) – 
  • Connor Cannon, 1B – AZL Giants Orange – San Francisco Giants – – 1-5, HR (7), 2R, 2RBi, BB, K – 
  • CJ Abrams, SS – AZL Padres 1 – San Diego Padres – – 3-4, 3B, 2 2B, R, BB, K, SB (11) – 
  • Jimmy Govern, 3B – AZL Royals – Kansas City Royals – – 3-5, 2B, 2R, RBi, K – 
  • Angel Aponte, LF – AZL Rangers – Texas Rangers – – 1-2, 2B, 3R, RBi, 4BB – 
  • Josh Jung, 3B – AZL Rangers – Texas Rangers – – 3-4, HR (1), 3R, 3RBi – 

Gulf Coast League:

  • Alberto Rodriguez, RF – GCL Blue Jays – Toronto Blue Jays – – 3-4, HR (1), 2R, 3RBi, BB – 
  • Viandel Pena, SS – GCL Nationals – Washington Nationals – – 2-4, 3B, 2R, 3RBi, BB, K, SB (3) – 
  • Jamari Baylor, DH – GCL Phillies West – Philadelphia Phillies – – 2-4, 2B, 3R, BB – 

Dominican Summer League:

  • Jeferson Espinal, CF – DSL D-backs1 – Arizona Diamondbacks –– 3-5, 2R, RBi, BB, 2K, SB (9)
  • Juan Batista, RF – DSL D-backs1 – Arizona Diamondbacks – – 3-5, 2R, RBi, BB, K, SB (16) – 
  • Marlon Cairo, RF – DSL Dodgers Shoemaker – Los Angeles Dodgers – – 2-5, 3B, 2B, 2R – 
  • Gabriel Rodriguez, SS – DSL Indians – Cleveland Indians – – 2-5, 2B, R, 3RBi – 
  • Darwin Baez, C – DSL Pirates1 – Pittsburgh Pirates – – 3-3, 3R, RBi, BB – 
  • Shendrik Apostel, 1B – DSL Pirates1 – Pittsburgh Pirates – – 2-4, HR (5), 2R, 3RBi – 
  • Alexander Ramirez, CF – DSL Angels – Los Angeles Angels – – 2-5, HR (3), 3B, 2R, 2RBi, 2K – 
  • Starlin Gill, 2B – DSL Angels – Los Angeles Angels – – 4-4, 3B, 2 2B, 2R, RBi – 
  • Isan Castillo, 2B – DSL Nationals – Washington Nationals – – 4-6, 2B, 2R, 2RBi – 
  • Carlos Verdecia, 2B – DSL Yankees – New York Yankees – – 3-3, 2 2B, R, RBi, 2BB, SB (3) – 
  • Jose Berroa, CF – DSL Pirates2 – Pittsburgh Pirates – – 3-5, 2B, R, RBi, BB, 2K, 2 SB (4,5) –  
  • Dariel Lopez, SS – DSL Pirates2 – Pittsburgh Pirates – – 2-5, 3B, 2B, R, 2RBi – 
  • Geovanny Planchart, C – DSL Pirates2 – Pittsburgh Pirates – – 3-4, 3B, 2R, 2RBi – 
  • Patrick Merino, CF – DSL Rays2 – Tampa Bay Rays – – 2-4, HR (5), 2R, RBi, BB – 
  • Alejandro Marte, RF – DSL Brewers – Mulwaukee Brewers – – 1-3, HR (4), 2R, 3RBi, 2BB, 2K – 
  • Alexander Pena, 3B – DSL Twins – Minnesota Twins – – 2-4, HR (2), 2R, 3RBi – 
  • Junior Melo, 1B – DSL Reds – Cincinnati Reds – – 3-5, 3B, R, 2RBi – 
  • Julio Machado, SS – DSL Marlins – Miami Marlins – – 3-5, HR (1), R, 3RBi – 
  • Carlos Goris, LF – DSL D-backs2 – Arizona Diamondbacks – – 3-4, 3B, 2B, 3R, BB, K – 

 

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