The Baseballist: All-Prospect Team For July

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Tyler Glasnow (photo by Carl Kline)

 

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


YankeesC Gary Sanchez • Yankees
Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (International)

The Yankees promoted Sanchez from Double-A Trenton to Triple-A on July 18, the change in scenery doing nothing to interrupt the 22-year-old backstop’s breakthrough season. His plus raw power has begun to manifest with more regularity, and to this point in 2015 Sanchez leads all full-season minor league catchers with 16 home runs and ranks second only to the Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber with a .230 isolated slugging percentage.

AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
83 16 26 9 0 6 19 13 10 2 1 .313 .402 .639

Astros1B A.J. Reed • Astros
Double-A Corpus Christi (Texas)

That Reed, a second-round pick from Kentucky in 2014, has continued to mash following a July 12 promotion from high Class A Lancaster to Double-A speaks well for his potential. Also speaking well on his behalf: this spray chart at MLBfarm.com that indicates Reed’s power is indeed to all fields. On the season, he leads all minor league batters with a 1.060 OPS, 28 homers, 101 RBIs and a .438 on-base percentage.

AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
99 28 35 5 2 9 29 18 25 0 0 .354 .446 .717

2B Micah Johnson • White Sox
Triple-A Charlotte (International)

The Opening Day starter for the White Sox this season, Johnson hit an empty .270 through 27 games and 74 at-bats for Chicago to punch his ticket back to Charlotte. While the big club has received even worse offensive production from successor Carlos Sanchez, Johnson has rebuilt his prospect stock in the International League, culminating in a July performance that showcased his power-speed potential with 15 extra-base hits and 11 steals.

AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
111 26 42 8 3 4 14 11 23 11 3 .378 .427 .613

3B Matt Chapman • Athletics
High Class A Stockton (California)

The 2014 first-rounder missed all of April with a knee injury but has hammered the ball since his Stockton debut on May 7. Chapman hit 10 home runs in July, which tied him with the Giants’ Adam Duvall for most in the minors that month and pushed his season total to 23. Regarded as more of a gap hitter coming out of Cal State Fullerton, Chapman actually leads all minor league batters with a .328 isolated slugging percentage.

AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
107 18 30 10 1 10 22 15 28 0 1 .280 .376 .673

New York MetsSS Gavin Cecchini • Mets
Double-A Binghamton (Eastern)

With his fine play this season, Cecchini has begun to win over skeptical evaluators from other organizations. Improved timing at the plate and natural physical maturity have enabled the 21-year-old shortstop to hit .315 at Double-A this season, and his 48 hits in July led all minor league batters, while his .453 on-base percentage led all full-season shortstops.

AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
124 21 48 6 3 2 18 15 17 0 0 .387 .453 .532

OF Lewis Brinson • Rangers
High Class A High Desert (California)

All but forgotten after an uninspiring second half in the high Class A Carolina League in 2014, Brinson returned to the same classification this season, only this time in the more favorable conditions of the California League. Even acknowledging the extreme hitting conditions at High Desert, Brinson turned in a stunning performance in July, when he led all minor league batters with 23 extra-base hits. In fact, the 2012 first-rounder now leads the minors with a .626 slugging percentage.

AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
101 24 40 12 4 7 23 13 27 4 0 .396 .466 .802

OF Clint Frazier • Indians
High Class A Lynchburg (Carolina)

After Bradley Zimmer moved up to Double-A in mid-July, Frazier assumed the full-time share of center field responsibilities at Lynchburg. Coincidentally or not, the fifth overall pick in the 2013 draft proceeded to turn in his most productive month as a pro. The High School Player of the Year his senior year at Loganville (Ga.) High, Frazier logged a 1.000 OPS, smashed 12 extra-base hits, drew 16 walks and stole six bags in 28 games last month.

AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
102 21 37 7 2 3 17 16 22 6 3 .363 .442 .559

Washington NationalsOF Victor Robles • Nationals
Rookie-level GCL Nationals (Gulf Coast)

Robles has done nothing but hit since signing out of the Dominican Republic for $225,000 in 2013. He batted .313 with power (and 22 steals) in the Dominican Summer League last year before terrorizing GCL pitchers for 23 games this year in his U.S. debut to earn a quick promotion to short-season Auburn on July 19—where he continues to hit. Still just 18, Robles is a sleeper target for deep keeper leagues based on his pitch recognition (14 walks, 19 strikeouts this year) and quality raw tools, including good speed, range, arm strength and bat speed.

AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
97 14 32 6 3 2 12 12 14 11 2 .330 .427 .515

RHP Michael Fulmer • Tigers
Double-A Binghamton (Eastern)

The key prospect acquired by the Tigers when they dealt Yoenis Cespedes to the Mets at the trade deadline, Fulmer has showcased two plus pitches (fastball, slider) and improved control this season to approach the ceiling projected for him as a supplemental first-round pick out of high school in 2011. After allowing three earned runs in five July starts and none in his Tigers organization debut at Double-A Erie on Aug. 4, Fulmer ranks fourth in the minors with a 1.90 ERA.

W L ERA GS IP H R ER HR BB SO BB/9 SO/9 WHIP
4 1 0.93 5 29 24 6 3 0 5 35 1.6 10.9 1.00

RHP Tyler Glasnow • Pirates
Double-A Altoona (Eastern)

As the organization did with Gerrit Cole in 2012 and Jameson Taillon in 2013, the Pirates promoted Glasnow, their latest prized pitching prospect, to Triple-A Indianapolis in August after a strong Double-A campaign. In Glasnow’s case, he returned in July from a one-month hiatus caused by an ankle injury to absolutely annihilate Eastern League competition. He led all minor league pitchers with 46 strikeouts and 13.8 whiffs per nine innings last month.

W L ERA GS IP H R ER HR BB SO BB/9 SO/9 WHIP
3 1 2.40 5 30 19 9 8 1 7 46 2.1 13.8 0.87

RHP Jon Gray • Rockies
Triple-A Albuquerque (Pacific Coast)

A 2.70 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and walk rate of 3.9 per nine innings don’t typically earn one passage on an all-star team, but context is everything in Gray’s case. The third overall pick in the 2013 draft navigated one of the most rigorous pitching assignments in full-season ball in July, making four starts at home in Albuquerque (94th percentile for runs scored in 2014), one at Las Vegas (96th percentile) and one at El Paso (92nd percentile). That he allowed 10 runs (and no home runs) in six starts under those conditions is impressive—impressive enough to earn him a callup to the Rockies in August.

W L ERA GS IP H R ER HR BB SO BB/9 SO/9 WHIP
3 1 2.70 6 30 29 10 9 0 13 43 3.9 12.9 1.40

RHP Frankie Montas • White Sox
Double-A Birmingham (Southern)

After a rocky introduction to Double-A in April and May, Montas turned a corner in June and continued to pitch effectively through July. In those two months combined, he made 10 starts and logged a 1.69 ERA and 0.98 WHIP while striking out 9.6 batters per nine innings and holding opponents to a .186 average. Montas even earned a brief mid-July callup to Chicago to serve as 26th man during a doubleheader, but he didn’t see action before returning to Birmingham.

W L ERA GS IP H R ER HR BB SO BB/9 SO/9 WHIP
2 1 1.96 5 23 18 9 5 1 5 28 2.0 11.0 1.00

YankeesRHP Luis Severino • Yankees
Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (International)

The Yankees did not trade for a starting pitcher at the July 31 deadline in part because they planned to promote Severino, the system’s top prospect, in August. The 21-year-old Dominican righty earned the organization’s confidence by missing more bats at Triple-A. Severino upped his strikeout rate from 5.9 batters per nine innings in June to 9.4 in July. Remarkably, he did not allow a home run in his last 13 minor league starts prior to his callup.

W L ERA GS IP H R ER HR BB SO BB/9 SO/9 WHIP
4 0 2.16 5 25 16 9 6 0 7 26 2.5 9.4 0.92

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