The Baseballist: All-Prospect Team For August

Andrew Benintendi (Photo by Tom Priddy)

Andrew Benintendi (photo by Tom Priddy)

 

An all-star team comprised of prospects, based on their performance in the minors during the month of August. Monthly all-prospect team archives available here.


Philadelphia PhilliesC Andrew Knapp • Phillies
Double-A Reading (Eastern)

The 2013 second-rounder from California reached Double-A at the end of June and has absolutely crushed the Eastern League ever since, batting .367/.422/.643 and throwing out 35 percent of basestealers through 51 games. Not only did the switch-hitting Knapp outproduce all other catchers in August, he also was the the only batter in the high minors (min. 75 plate appearances) to hit .400 or better for the month.

AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
99 23 40 9 1 8 28 12 18 1 0 .404 .469 .758

1B Bobby Bradley • Indians
Low Class A Lake County (Midwest)

Bradley led the Rookie-level Arizona League in home runs and RBIs in 2014, and he will lead the Midwest League in those same categories this season, when he will be the circuit’s first teenage home run champ since Miguel Sano in 2012. Bradley, a 2014 third-rounder from high school in Gulfport, Miss., finished the month with a total of 27 bombs and 90 RBIs after driving in a minor league-best 38 runs in August.

AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
104 21 35 6 1 11 38 18 37 1 0 .337 .432 .731

Red Sox2B Yoan Moncada • Red Sox
Low Class A Greenville (South Atlantic)

The 20-year-old Cuban sensation looked rusty in the first half, batting .200 in 25 games and spending time on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. Moncada has been a different player in the second half, batting .328 with 30 walks, 41 steals and 47 runs scored in 49 games since the South Atlantic League all-star game. Note the improved strike-zone command in August with a near 1-to-1 walk-to-strikeout ratio.

AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
75 18 25 7 1 3 12 15 16 22 3 .333 .451 .573

3B Kevin Padlo • Rockies
Short-season Boise (Northwest)

The 2014 fifth-round pick played so well at Rookie-level Grand Junction last season that the Rockies jumped him to low Class A Asheville this spring. Padlo wasn’t ready. The 19-year-old hit just .145 through 27 games and effectively hit reset when assigned to the Northwest League in June. Padlo’s time in Boise has been a rousing success, for he leads the league in five categories, including doubles (21), extra-base hits (31), slugging (.508) and walks (42). He also has has swiped 32 bases despite a thick, 6-foot-2 frame.

AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
93 13 29 10 0 3 16 19 17 10 2 .312 .422 .516

AstrosSS Alex Bregman • Astros
High Class A Lancaster (California)

The No. 2 overall pick out of Louisiana State in June, Bregman has had no trouble adjusting to pro ball at two Class A stops, hitting a cumulative .302/.377/.420 with as many walks (29) as strikeouts (29) through 60 games. In addition to Bregman’s big month, a pair of teen shortstops in Rookie ball hit for huge power in August: the Diamondbacks’ Isan Diaz slugged .692 at Missoula (Pioneer) and the Cardinals’ Edmundo Sosa slugged .597 at Johnson City (Appalachian).

AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
114 16 43 6 4 2 20 12 10 8 4 .377 .426 .553

Red SoxOF Andrew Benintendi • Red Sox
Low Class A Greenville (South Atlantic)

The Red Sox bumped Benintendi, the BA College Player of the Year, to Greenville on Aug. 17 after he hit .290/.408/.540 in 35 games at short-season Lowell. South Atlantic League pitchers have done little to slow the former Arkansas star. The seventh overall pick in June, Benintendi continues to show advanced feel to hit, plus power and advanced strike-zone management, all while playing center field every day in low Class A.

AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
102 18 36 2 2 6 17 14 7 6 0 .353 .424 .588

Tampa Bay RaysOF Tyler Goeddel • Rays
Double-A Montgomery (Southern)

Goeddel signed as a supplemental first-round pick out of high school in 2011, so the Rays face a 40-man roster decision on the 22-year-old this fall. The converted third baseman has increased his odds of being part of Tampa Bay’s future with a loud August in which his 75 total bases ranked second in the minors only to Bobby Bradley (76). Clouding the issue is the fact that Goeddel, in his first Double-A action, hit .227 from May through July but book-ended his Southern League season with a .969 OPS in April and a .990 mark in August.

AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
128 26 44 10 3 5 22 11 24 8 4 .344 .404 .586

OF Jesse Winker • Reds
Double-A Pensacola (Southern)

Winker hit .248 with 14 extra-base hits, including just three home runs, in the first half at Pensacola before rebounding in the second with a .930 OPS. He nearly matched his first-half power output in August alone, when he smoked 12 long hits. Even during his rough stretches, Winker shows a refined feel for the strike zone that allows him to get back in a count—and back into a groove at the plate.

AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
93 21 32 6 0 6 19 20 20 0 0 .344 .465 .602

RHP Jose Berrios • Twins
Triple-A Rochester (International)

Berrios finished August as the overall minor league leader for strikeouts with 170, and the 21-year-old’s strikeout-to-walk ratio in 11 Triple-A starts registers at 6-to-1. He was around the plate so much in August, issuing just three walks in six starts, that he served up five home runs. Building confidence in his changeup this season has allowed Berrios to become one of the top pitching performers in the minors.

W L ERA GS IP H R ER HR BB SO BB/9 SO/9 WHIP
3 2 2.03 6 40 30 10 9 5 3 48 0.7 10.8 0.83

AstrosRHP Michael Feliz • Astros
Double-A Corpus Christi (Texas)

Feliz kicked off August with three consecutive scoreless appearances and allowed just three runs all month. Sharper control this season has made a big difference for the 22-year-old, for he’s working around fewer baserunners, throwing fewer stressful pitches and working deeper into games, which is evident by the fact that Feliz has thrown at least six innings in each August start.

W L ERA GS IP H R ER HR BB SO BB/9 SO/9 WHIP
1 1 0.87 5 31 19 3 3 0 9 33 2.6 9.6 0.90

RHP Braden Shipley • Diamondbacks
Double-A Mobile (Southern)

While Shipley, a 2013 first-rounder from Nevada, took more than a season to find his footing at Double-A, he has emerged as a front-line prospect at Mobile in the second half. Cutting his walk rate from 4.6 per nine innings in the first half to 1.9 in the second has allowed all of Shipley’s pitches to play up to maximum potential—and those pitches are plenty good without the extra help.

W L ERA GS IP H R ER HR BB SO BB/9 SO/9 WHIP
1 2 1.15 6 39 23 8 5 0 9 35 2.1 8.1 0.82

Tampa Bay RaysLHP Blake Snell • Rays
Triple-A Durham (International)

While ERA may not be the most telling statistic over small samples, Snell now has carried a 1.33 ERA over 24 appearances and 129 innings this season. If that’s where his ERA rests, Snell would rank second only to 2005 Justin Verlander and his 1.29 mark among qualified starters since 1993, which is as far back as the Baseball America Almanac traces the overall minor league leaders. Scouts have warmed to Snell’s pitch mix this season, and his improved control could make him a front-line starter.

W L ERA GS IP H R ER HR BB SO BB/9 SO/9 WHIP
4 1 1.50 6 30.1 17 7 5 1 8 38 2.4 11.3 0.82

RHP Jesus Tinoco • Rockies
Low Class A Asheville (South Atlantic)

The Blue Jays signed Tinoco out of Venezuela in 2011, and he reminded the organization of a young Henderson Alvarez, whom Toronto also signed, as a tall, slender righthander with a power sinker and a nice changeup. He made a full-season club for the first time in 2015, then joined the Rockies in July as the third prospect pitcher—along with the more heralded Jeff Hoffman and Miguel Castro—acquired for Troy Tulowitzki. All Tinoco has done since the trade is go 5-0 and allow three runs in six starts while not allowing a home run, not even in two starts at homer-haven Asheville.

W L ERA GS IP H R ER HR BB SO BB/9 SO/9 WHIP
5 0 0.77 6 35 26 3 3 0 7 29 1.8 7.5 0.94

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