July 26, 2019 – Under the Radar Hitters of the Day

*Top Hitter of the Day*

  • David Fry, 3B – Wisconsin Timber Rattlers – Milwaukee Brewers – – 3-4, 2 HR (13,14), 2R, 3RBi, BB – – Despite only one year under his professional belt heading into 2019, you could say that the Brewers 2018 seventh rounder out of Northwestern State (LA) is having a breakout season. His two home run blasts in last night’s 10-5 win over Cedar Rapids (MIN) helped him eclipse his home run total from all of 2018, where he hit 12 for Rookie Helena of the Pioneer League. And in spite of knocking only four doubles over his last 15 games (59 at-bats) the 6’0″- 215 pound righty heads into Saturday’s games with a minor league leading 35. Not bad for a guy who’s a utility dynamo, spending time at every single defensive position on the diamond this year besides pitcher. 

California League: 

  • Gabriel Arias, 3B – Lake Elsinore Storm – San Diego Padres –– 2-4, HR (10), R, 2RBi, BB –
  • Sean Bouchard, 1B – Lancaster Jethawks – Colorado Rockies – – 3-5, HR (13), R, 4RBi, SB (8) – 
  • Joey Bart, C – San Jose Giants – San Francisco Giants – – 2-4, 2B, 2R, RBi, BB, SB (4) – 
  • Jeren Kendall, CF – Rancho Cucamonga Quakes – Los Angeles Dodgers – – 2-4, HR (12), R, 4RBi, K – 

Carolina League:

  • Julio Pablo Martinez, LF – Down East Wood Ducks – Texas Rangers – – 2-4, 2B, 3RBi, K – 
  • Aldrem Corredor, LF – Potomac Nationals – Washington Nationals – – 2-4, 2 2B, 2R, RBi, K – 
  • Patrick Dorrian, 3B – Frederick Keys – Baltimore Orioles – – 1-4, HR (3), R, 2RBi, K – 
  • JJ Muno, LF – Winston-Salem Dash – Chicago White Sox – – 3-5, 2R, RBi – 
  • Will Benson, LF – Lynchburg Hillcats – Cleveland Indians – – 2-4, 2 3B, RBi – – Heading into Saturday’s games, the Indians number one overall draft pick in 2016 out of Westminster HS in Atlanta sits on 21 combined homers and 21 combined steals on the season between two levels. With 38 games to go in the Carolina League regular season, Benson would have to go on a power and speed tear to reach the rare 30-30 plateau, but no matter how you slice it, the 6’5″- 225 lb. lefty had a helluva of a season, and should sustain his standing as one of Cleveland’s top outfield prospects heading into the off-season, especially in a system that needs as many as they can get. *However, I’ll go out on a limb and make a bold prediction. If Cleveland makes a major league trade deadline deal this coming Wednesday, it wouldn’t surprise me to see Benson pack his bags and call a new organization home. 

Florida State League: 

  • Alexander Palma, DH – Tampa Tarpons – New York Yankees – – 1-3, HR (1/5), R, 2RBi, K – 
  • Estevan Florial, CF – Tampa Tarpons – New York Yankees – – 2-2, 3B, R, 2RBi, BB – – Sticking with the bold trade prediction theme, I’ll go even further out on a limb. If the Yankees make a deadline deal for much-needed pitching, New York’s current number two overall prospect Estevan Florial will be a top target and could be on the move. It would take a lot, however, but Yankee GM Brian Cashman is one of the more coy and savvy in the game. He could get it done, and if I could play GM for a moment and the Mets would offer starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard, I’m pulling the trigger and I’m sending the 21-year-old Dominican Republic native Florial to a new part of town. With injuries curtailing his season, we have yet to see Florial flash his true potential, but he has impact player written all over him. 
  • Mason Martin, 1B – Bradenton Marauders – Pittsburgh Pirates – – 2-4, 2 HR (4,5/27,28), 2R, 2RBi, 2K – 
  • Moises Gomez, RF – Charlotte Stone Crabs – Tampa Bay Rays – – 2-4, HR (12), R, RBi – 

Midwest League: 

  • Peyton Burdick, LF – Clinton Lumberkings – Miami Marlins –– 1-5, HR (4), R. 2RBi, K – 
  • Jose Fermin, SS – Lake County Captains – Cleveland Indians – – 2-3, HR (5), 2B, 2R, 3RBi, 2BB – 
  • Bo Naylor, C – Lake County Captains – Cleveland Indians – – 3-4, 3B, 2B, R, 2RBi, BB, K – 
  • D.J. Artis, LF – South Bend Cubs – Chicago Cubs – – 3-5, 2 2B, 2R, RBi, K – 

South Atlantic League:

  • Braden Shewmake, DH – Rome Braves – Atlanta Braves – – 2-5, 3B, R, 2RBi, K –
  • Shea Langeliers, C – Rome Braves – Atlanta Braves –– 3-4, HR (2), R, 3RBi –
  • Jonah Davis, CF – Greensboro Grasshoppers – Pittsburgh Pirates –– 2-5, 2 2B, 2R, K –
  • Jack Herman, DH – Greensboro Grasshoppers – Pittsburgh Pirates –– 3-4, HR (10), 2R, 4RBi, SB (4) –
  • Niko Decolati, CF – Asheville Tourists – Colorado Rockies – – 3-4, R, BB, 2 SB (8,9) – 
  • Kyle Datres, 3B – Asheville Tourists – Colorado Rockies – – 1-3, HR (9), 2R, RBi, BB – 
  • Drew Mendoza, 1B – Hagerstown Suns – Washington Nationals – – 3-5, HR (1), R, 5RBi, K – 
  • Jaylen Ferguson, DH – Delmarva Shorebirds – Baltimore Orioles – – 1-3, 3B, R, 2RBi, BB, K, SB (7) – 

New York-Penn League: 

  • Bryan Lavastida, C – Mahoning Valley Scrappers – Cleveland Indians – – 3-6, 2R, RBi, K – 
  • Onix Vega, C – Auburn Doubledays – Washington Nationals – – 4-5, BB – 
  • Logan O’Hoppe, C – Williamsport Crosscutters – Philadelphia Phillies – – 2-4, 2 2B, 2R, 2RBi, K – – O’Hoppe extended his hitting streak to nine games, where so far he’s batting .457 in 35 at-bats with 11 extra base hits and 13 runs batted in. If the 6’2″- 185 pounder’s bat catches up to his already supremely polished defense, he could be one of the bigger or maybe biggest late-round steals (23rd) of the 2018 draft class. 
  • Shayne Fontana, CF – Aberdeen IronBirds – Baltimore Orioles – – 3-4, 2 2B, R, RBi, BB – 

Northwest League: 

  • Aaron Schunk, 3B – Boise Hawks – Colorado Rockies –– 3-5, R –
  • Yorman Rodriguez, C – Vancouver Canadians – Toronto Blue Jays –– 1-4, 3B, 2RBi, K
  • Nelson Maldonado, DH – Eugene Emeralds – Chicago Cubs –– 2-3, 2B, R, BB –
  • Tyler Fitzgerald, SS – Salem-Keizer Volcanoes – San Francisco Giants –– 2-4, 2 2B, R, 2RBi –
  • Patrick Frick, SS – Everett AquaSox – Seattle Mariners –– 2-5, 3R, 2 SB (2,3) –

Appalachian League:

  • Brandon Purcell, C – Johnson City Cardinals – St. Louis Cardinals – – 1-3, HR (1), R, 2RBi – 
  • Chad Bell, DH – Pulaski Yankees – New York Yankees – – 1-4, HR (5), R, 2RBi, 2K – 
  • Jake Means, 3B – Burlington Royals – Kansas City Royals – – 1-5, HR (4), R, 2RBi, K – 
  • Logan Porter, 1B – Burlington Royals – Kansas City Royals – – 3-6, 2 2B, K – 
  • Luis Leon, C – Princeton Rays – Tampa Bay Rays – – 2-4, HR (3), 2R, 3RBi – 
  • Diego Infante, RF – Princeton Rays – Tampa Bay Rays – – 2-4, 2 HR (9,10), 2R, 4RBi, 2K – 
  • Matt Wallner, RF – Elizabethton Twins – Minnesota Twins – – 3-5, 2 2B, RBi – 

Pioneer League: 

  • Brandon Lewis, 1B – Ogden Raptors – Los Angeles Dodgers – – 3-5, HR (6), 2R, 2RBi
  • Andrew Shaps, DH – Ogden Raptors – Los Angeles Dodgers – – 3-4, 2B, 2R, 2RBi – 
  • Zac Ching, SS – Ogden Raptors – Los Angeles Dodgers – – 1-3, HR (2), R, 3RBi, BB, 2K – 
  • Colin Simpson, C – Grand Junction Rockies – Colorado Rockies – – 3-5, 2 HR (9,10), 3R, 3RBi, K – 
  • Todd Isaacs, LF – Grand Junction Rockies – Colorado Rockies – – 3-5, HR (1), 2 2B, 2R, 4RBi, K – 

Arizona League:

  • Neyfy Castillo, 1B – AZL D-backs – Arizona Diamondbacks – – 2-4, 2B, R, 2RBi, SB (3) – 
  • DJ Gladney, 3B – AZL White Sox – Chicago White Sox – – 2-4, HR (8), R, 2RBi, BB, K – – The 18-year-old sixteenth round draft pick out of Illiana Christian HS (IL) this past June has collected a hit in 10 out of his last 11 games, batting .388 with three of his eight homers and 10 runs scored, which has vaulted him into second place in the AZL in total bases (76) behind Padres 2019 number one draft pick in shortstop CJ Abrams, who has 86 heading into Saturday’s games. 
  • CJ Abrams, SS – AZL Padres 1 – San Diego Padres – – 3-5, 2B, R, RBi – 
  • Hudson Head, CF – AZL Padres 1 – San Diego Padres – – 3-4, HR (1), 2B, R, 2RBi – 
  • Ricky Aracena, 2B – AZL Royals – Kansas City Royals – – 2-5, HR (2), 2B, 2R, RBi –
  •  Bobby Witt Jr., DH – AZL Royals – Kansas City Royals – – 3-4, 3B, R, BB, K – 
  • Trent Deveaux, CF – AZL Angels – Los Angeles Angels – 2-3, HR (3), 2R, 3RBi, BB, K, 2 SB (8,9) – 
  • Brayan Buelvas, DH – AZL Athletics Green – Oakland Athletics – – 3-5, 3B, 2 2B, R, 3RBi, K – 
  • Ervis Marchan, 1B – AZL Cubs 1 – Chicago Cubs – – 3-4, 2 2B, R, 5RBi, K – 
  • Yeison Santana, SS – AZL Padres 2 – San Diego Padres – – 3-5, 2 HR (1,2), 2R, 4RBi, K – 
  • Heriberto Hernandez, RF – AZL Rangers – Texas Rangers – – 3-4, 3B, 2B, 2R, 3RBi, BB, K – 

Gulf Coast League:

  • Luis Arcaya, C – GCL Marlins – Miami Marlins – – 2-4, HR (1), 2B, R, 4RBi – 
  • Christopher Burgess, C – GCL Orioles – Baltimore Orioles – – 1-2, HR (2), R, 2RBi, K – 
  • Jasiah Dixon, RF – GCL Pirates – Pittsburgh Pirates – – 1-3, 3R, 2RBi – 
  • Oscar Rangel, C – GCL Red Sox – Boston Red Sox – 3-3, 2 2B, 2R, 4RBi – 
  • Matthew Lugo, SS – GCL Red Sox – Boston Red Sox –– 2-4, 3B, 2B, 3R, RBi, K – 

Dominican Summer League:

  • Natanael Santana, CF – DSL Angels – Los Angeles Angels –– 2-3, 2B, R, RBi, 2BB, K –
  • Brandon Hernandez, 3B – DSL Cardinals Blue – St. Louis Cardinals– 1-2, 2B, 2R, RBi, 2BB –
  • Yohander Martinez, 3B – DSL Astros – Houston Astros –– 3-5, 3R, 2RBi, BB, 2K –
  • Eduarqui Fernandez, CF – DSL Brewers – Milwaukee Brewers –– 3-5, HR (9), 2R, 3RBi, K –
  • Juan Batista, RF – DSL D-backs2 – Arizona Diamondbacks –– 2-5, 3B, 2B, R, BB, SB (22) –
  • Flemin Bautista, 2B – DSL Cubs2 – Chicago Cubs –– 2-4, HR (6), R, 3RBi, K –
  • Glenn Santiago, SS – DSL Blue Jays – Toronto Blue Jays –– 3-5, 2 2B, 3R, 2RBi, SB (7) –
  • Francisco Fajardo, 2B – DSL Blue Jays – Toronto Blue Jays –– 2-3, 3R, RBi, BB, 3 SB (14,15,16) –
  • Miguel Droz, 2B – DSL Dodgers Shoemaker – Los Angeles Dodgers –– 2-3, 2B, 2RBi, 2BB –
  • Kelvin Pena, 1B – DSL Braves – Atlanta Braves –– 3-4, HR (5), R, 3RBi –
  • Rodolfo Nolasco, RF – DSL Pirates2 – Pittsburgh Pirates –– 2-5, HR (3), 2B, R, 3RBi –
  • Randy Romero, CF – DSL Pirates2 – Pittsburgh Pirates –– 5-5, 2B, 2R, RBi, SB (22) –
  • Luisangel Jose Acuna, SS – DSL Rangers1 – Texas Rangers –– 3-5, 3B, 2R, RBi, SB (14) –
  • Daniel Mateo, DH – DSL Rangers1 – Texas Rangers –– 3-4, 3B, 2R, 4RBi, BB –
  • Yonathan Pierre, LF – DSL Rays2 – Tampa Bay Rays –– 2-4, 2 2B, R, RBi –
  • Jose Acosta, 3B – DSL Reds – Cincinnati Reds –– 2-4, 3B, 2R, 3RBi, K –
  • Warming Bernabel, 3B – DSL Rockies – Colorado Rockies –– 4-6, 2 2B, 2R, 3RBi, K –
  • Marcos Cabrera, 3B – DSL Yankees – New York Yankees –– 3-5, HR (2), 2B, 2R, 3RBi, K –
  • Lazaro Benitez, RF – DSL Tigers2 – Detroit Tigers –– 3-5, 2 2B, R, 3RBi –
  • Misael Urbina, RF – DSL Twins – Minnesota Twins –– 3-4, 2 3B, 2B, 2R, 3RBi, BB –
  • Rhodery Diaz, LF – DSL Twins – Minnesota Twins –– 3-5, 3B, 2B, R, K –
  • Raymi Gomez, LF – DSL Nationals – Washington Nationals –– 4-5, HR (5), 2 2B, R, 3RBi –

 

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