July 22, 2019 – Under the Radar Hitters of the Day

*Top Hitter of the Day*

  • CJ Abrams, SS – AZL Padres 1 – San Diego Padres – – 3-4, 2R, RBi, BB, K – (Game 2) – – When an organization makes a player their number one overall draft pick, with that distinction comes a lot of expectations. However, I don’t think the Padres expected what the 18 year old lefty out of Blessed Trinity HS (GA) was going to do over his first 25 games. The Padres 1 game versus the Rangers on July 8 is the only game this season that Abrams has not registered a hit. In other words, Abrams has collected a hit in 24 out of his first 25 games to start his career; and even more impressive is that he’s collected only one hit in eight of those 24 contests. The 6’2″- 185 pound shortstop heads into Tuesday leading the AZL in hits (48) and runs scored (35) and total bases (75); while ranking second in batting (.425) and steals (13). 

California League: 

  • Gareth Morgan, LF – Inland Empire 66ers – Los Angeles Angels – – 2-5, HR (18/19), R, 3RBi, K – – Is Morgan beginning to prove mortal? Morgan blasted his eighteenth homer as a 66er and nineteenth overall on the season, but this time it was 12 at-bats between home runs, which is below his seasonal average of one home run every 10.60 at-bats. Either way it’s insane and incredibly fun to watch/track. 
  • Matt Hearn, CF – Lancaster Jethawks – Colorado Rockies –  – 3-5, 2B, R, 2RBi, K – 
  • Casey Golden, LF – Lancaster Jethawks – Colorado Rockies – – 3-5, HR (15), 2R, RBi – 
  • Luis Campusano, DH – Lake Elsinore Storm – San Diego Padres – – 3-4, R, 2RBi, BB – 
  • Eguy Rosario, SS – Lake Elsinore Storm – San Diego Padres – – 3-4, 2B, R, 2RBi, K – 
  • Trace Loehr, 2B – Stockton Ports – Oakland A’s – – 4-4, HR (3), 2R, 4RBi, BB – – Loehr set a season high mark for runs batted in and matched his year long high in hits with four, however, it was four more than Stockton pitchers allowed last night, as three hurlers combined to walk five batters, strike out 13 and give up zero hits in the fifteenth no-hitter in Stockton Ports history, blanking a Rancho Cucamonga team who came into the game leading the Cal League in home runs,  runs scored, RBi, walks and stolen bases. 

Carolina League:

  • Brewer Hicklen, CF – Wilmington Blue Rocks – Kansas City Royals – – 1-3, HR (6), R, RBi, BB, K, SB (34) – – The 2017 – seventh rounder out of the University of Alabama-Birmingham continues to pace the Carolina League in stolen bases and is one of four Kansas City Royals prospects who clog the overall minor league top ten in the category. Both Hicklen and Lexington’s Michael Gigliotti sit at 34 stolen bases each, while Double-A Texas League’s Northwest Arkansas Naturals house the number one and number two ranked steals leaders in all the minors: Royals number three overall ranked prospect, outfielder Khalil Lee has 40 while fellow outfielder and 2016 – sixteenth round draft pick out of Northwestern State (LA) Nick Heath leads all the minors with 48 heading into Tuesday’s games. 
  • Jeremy Pena, SS – Fayetteville Woodpeckers – Houston Astros – – 2-4, HR (1/6), 2R, 3RBi – The 6’0″- 175 pound righty cracked his first HiA home run leading Fayetteville to a 7-5 win over Potomac. After beginning his stint in HiA with only four hits in his first 22 at-bats (.182), Pena has collected a hit in three straight games and in 13 out of his last 14 games where he’s batting .382 (21-55) with ten extra-base hits. 

Florida State League: 

  • Calvin Mitchell, RF – Bradenton Marauders – Pittsburgh Pirates –– 3-4, HR (14), R, 2RBi –– Mitchell extended his hit streak to ten games and the Pirates number six overall prospect’s fifth inning two-run shot in last night’s 7-3 victory over Clearwater was the 6’0″- 205 lb.  lefty’s fourth home run in his last six games. In other words, he’s been on fire registering eight hits over his last three and 13 runs batted in over his last five.

Midwest League: 

  • Chris Roller, CF – Great Lakes Loons – Los Angeles Dodgers –– 2-3, 2 3B, R, RBi –
  • Geraldo Perdomo, SS – Kane County Cougars – Arizona Diamondbacks – – 3-5, 2B, 2R, RBi – 
  • Dominic Fletcher, CF – Kane County Cougars – Arizona Diamondbacks – – 3-5, 2B, 2RBi – 
  • Bo Naylor, C – Lake County Captains – Cleveland Indians – – 3-5, 2RBi – 
  • Tucupita Marcano, 2B – Fort Wayne TinCaps – San Diego Padres – – 3-5, 2B, R, 4RBi, BB, SB (7) – 

South Atlantic League:

  •  The Sally League had a scheduled day off Monday. 

New York-Penn League: 

  • Toby Welk, 3B – Aberdeen IronBirds – Baltimore Orioles –– 1-4, 2B, 2RBi, BB, K –
  • Ezequiel Duran, 2B – Staten Island Yankees – New York Yankees –– 2-4, HR (7), R, RBi, 2K –
  • Nic Ready, 3B – Batavia Muckdogs – Miami Marlins –– 3-4, HR (2), 2B, 2R, RBi –– The son of former 13-year major league veteran Randy Ready, Nic belted his second pro home run and knocked his league leading nineteenth double in New York-Penn Pinckney Division leading Batavia’s 4-1 win over Williamsport.
  • Johan Rojas, CF – Williamsport Crosscutters – Philadelphia Phillies –– 3-4, HR (1), 3B, R, 2RBi –
  • Andrew Warner, RF – State College Spikes – St. Louis Cardinals –– 2-4, HR (6), 2R, 3RBi, K –
  • Jordan Diaz, 3B – Vermont Lake Monsters – Oakland Athletics –– 1-2, 2B, RBi, 2BB –– Despite logging only four hits over his last 30 at-bats (.133), the 18-year-old Colombia native still leads the NYPL in total bases (70), hits (39) and RBi’s (29).

Northwest League: 

  • Alexander Canario, RF – Salem-Keizer Volcanoes – San Francisco Giants – – 4-5, 2 2B, R, 2RBi, K – 
  • Kenen Irizarry, 2B – Spokane Indians – Seattle Mariners – – 3-5, 2 HR (1,2), 3R, 6RBi, 2K, SB (2) – 

Appalachian League:

  • Bryce Ball, 1B – Danville Braves – Atlanta Braves – – 1-4, HR (11), R, RBi, 2K – – Ball continues his statistical dominance of the Appy League, clubbing his league leading eleventh home run despite Danville’s 7-4 loss to Johnson City last night. Ball sits tied with Pulaski’s Ryder Green with 26 runs scored, but is pacing the league in RBi (30), slugging percentage (.743) and OPS (1.154).  
  • Chad Bell, 3B – Pulaski Yankees – New York Yankees – – 1-3, HR (4), R, 3RBi, BB, 2K – 

Pioneer League: 

  • Eric Yang, DH – Billings Mustangs – Cincinnati Reds –– 1-3, R, RBi, K –
  • Colin Simpson, DH – Grand Junction Rockies – Colorado Rockies –– 3-4, HR (8), 2R, RBi, K –
  • Sam McWilliams, DH – Ogden Raptors – Los Angeles Dodgers –– 2-3, HR (10), 2R, RBi, BB, SB (6) –
  • Andy Pages, CF – Ogden Raptors – Los Angeles Dodgers –– 1-4, HR (10), R, RBi, K –
  • Spencer Brickhouse, 1B – Missoula Osprey – Arizona Diamondbacks –– 2-5, HR (2), R, RBi, K –
  • Tristen Carranza, RF – Missoula Osprey – Arizona Diamondbacks –– 4-5, HR (4), 2B, 2R, 4RBi, K –
  • Dominic Canzone, CF – Missoula Osprey – Arizona Diamondbacks –– 3-5, 2 HR (2,3), 3R, 3RBi –
  • Jeremiah Jackson, SS – Orem Owlz – Los Angeles Angels –– 2-5, HR (12), R, 2RBi, 2K –– The 19-year-old righty clubbed his Pioneer League leading twelfth homer in last night’s contest versus Rocky Mountain. Even more impressive is that 21 of Jackson’s 34 hits have gone for extra-bases (.618), however, with the extra-bases and power come the strikeouts. He sits on 54 K’s next to 16 walks, which ranks second in the PIO to Rocky Mountain center fielder Michael Wilson, who heads into Tuesday’s games with 55 offensive punch outs.

Arizona League:

  • Dustin Harris, 3B – AZL Athletics Green – Oakland Athletics – – 3-5, 2R, RBi, 2 SB (7,8) – 
  • Cristopher Cespedes, RF – AZL Indians Blue – Clevelend Indians – – 3-3, 2 2B, 2R, RBi, BB – 

Gulf Coast League:

  • Carlos Baez, 2B – GCL Orioles – Baltimore Orioles – – 1-4, HR (2), R, 2RBi, K – 
  • Wander Valdez, 1B – GCL Twins – Minnesota Twins – – 1-4, HR (4), 2R, 3RBi, BB, K – 
  • Lorenzo Hampton, DH – GCL Marlins – Miami Marlins – – 1-4, HR (2), R, 3RBi, BB, 2K – 
  • Dominic D’Alessandro, 1B – GCL Red Sox – Boston Red Sox – – 2-4, HR (3), R, RBi, K – 
  • Justin Ammons, CF – GCL Blue Jays – Toronto Blue Jays – – 3-3, 2B, R – 

Dominican Summer League:

  • Natanael Santana, CF – DSL Angels – Los Angeles Angels –– 2-3, 2B, 3R, BB, K –
  • Carlos Dominguez, DH – DSL Mets1 – New York Mets –– 2-4, 3R, K –
  • Guillermo Quintana, DH – DSL Royals1 – Kansas City Royals –– 2-3, 2 2B, R, 3RBi –
  • Juan Frias, RF – DSL Brewers – Milwaukee Brewers –– 3-5, 2 2B, 4RBi, BB, K –
  • Jesus Parra, 3B – DSL Brewers – Milwaukee Brewers –– 3-4, HR (4), 2B, 4R, 3RBi, 2BB, K –
  • Alejandro Marte, DH – DSL Brewers – Milwaukee Brewers –– 2-5, 2R, 4RBi, K –
  • Luis Andujar, 1B – DSL Cardinals Red – St. Louis Cardinals –– 2-3, 5RBi, 2BB –
  • Alexander Pena, 3B – DSL Twins – Minnesota Twins –– 3-3, HR (3), 2B, R, 4RBi, BB –
  • Jean Perez, 2B – DSL Colorado – Colorado Rockies –– 2-4, 2 2B, R, 2RBi –
  • Felix Stevens, RF – DSL Cubs2 – Chicago Cubs –– 2-4, HR (3), R, 3RBi, 2K –
  • Darel Belen, DH – DSL Red Sox1 – Boston Red Sox –– 2-3, 2 3B, 2R, 2RBi, BB –
  • Johendry Vasquez, DH – DSL Rockies – Colorado Rockies – – 2-3, 2B, R, 4RBi, 2BB – 
  • Jember Gutierrez, 1B – DSL Rangers2 – Texas Rangers – – 2-5, 2B, 3RBi – 
  • Yonathan Pierre, LF – DSL Rays2 – Tampa Bay Rays – – 4-5, 3B, 2 2B, R, 2RBi, K – 
  • Neyfi Marinez, LF – DSL Royals2 – Kansas City Royals – – 2-4, 3B, 4RBi, K, SB (3) – 
  • Luis Matos, CF – DSL Giants – San Francisco Giants – – 2-4, 2 2B, R, RBi, BB – – The 17-year-old Matos has been on fire lately and now holds the DSL total bases lead (103) over Cardinals Red right fielder Diowill Burgos (95) thanks mostly to his current nine game hit streak. The 5’11”- 160 pound Venezuelan has collected 20 hits in his last 43 at bats (.465), but the righty swinger has also registered a hit in 20 out of his last 21 contests and leads the DSL in hits (62), doubles (19) while ranking within the league’s top five in runs scored (38), runs batted in (37), slugging percentage (.620) and batting (.373).  
  • Iverson Leonardo, LF – DSL Tigers2 – Detroit Tigers – – 1-4, 3B, 2R, 3RBi, 2BB, K – 
  • Randy Romero, RF – DSL Pirates2 – Pittsburgh Pirates – 5-5, 3R, RBi, 2BB – 
  • Jommer Hernandez, C – DSL Pirates2 – Pittsburgh Pirates – – 4-6, 2R, RBi, BB – 

 

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