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Baseball America Prospect Report—September 20, 2021

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Sunday brought to an end the regular season for all Double-A, Class-A and U.S. complex leagues. There will be postseason series this week and Triple-A and the Dominican Summer League will continue to play for a couple of more weeks, but for most of the minors their seasons ended this weekend.

After the completely lost 2020 season, it’s hard to think of a minor league season more anticipated and more needed than this one. MiLB teams are still suffering financially, but they have now cleared the books of any make-goods they faced and can go into the 2022 season hoping that next year will be the first “normal” season in three years.

For the players, 2021 was the chance to make up for lost time or get a start as a professional. There will be a significant number of players whose careers came to an end this weekend—the churn of minor league rosters is unrelenting. But unlike those whose careers finished during the pandemic in 2020, these players got a final memory and a final chance to be part of a team competing for something.

On to the games:

Owen White, RHP, Rangers: In White’s final three starts of the season he struck out 12, 10 and 11 batters. He ended up striking out 33 of the 69 batters he faced this month, capping the month by allowing two runs in 7.2 innings on a two-run Patrick Merino home run. White actually carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning—the only baserunner who reached in the first seven innings was on an error.

Hans Crouse, RHP, Phillies: Crouse has been quite reliable since the Phillies acquired him at the trade deadline. His sixth and final start of the season as part of Double-A Reading’s rotation was the best—he held Binghamton to four hits and a walk in six scoreless innings while striking out nine.

Eduardo Diaz, CF, D-Backs: When Diaz was at High-A Hillsboro, he hit .227/.278/.463. Despite that, the 24-year-old was promoted to Double-A Amarillo. It’s only been a month and a half, but Diaz has hit .316/.387/.633 for the Sod Poodles, capped by Sunday’s 4-for-5 day with two home runs. Diaz had seven home runs and 15 extra-base hits in 26 games with Amarillo. He had only 22 extra-base hits in 56 games with Hillsboro.

Parker Meadows, CF, Tigers: Meadows likely will get to play somewhere other than the very pitching-friendly environment of West Michigan next year, which is some very good news for the younger brother of Austin Meadows. Right now 220 of the 251 pro games Meadows has played have been with West Michigan. He finished a .208/.290/.330 season with an excellent final game, going 3-for-5 with three runs scored, two doubles and a home run.

Bubba Thompson, RF, Rangers: Thompson went 3-for-6 with a triple and a home run in the final game of the regular season. Thompson didn’t have a dominating season, but it was solid and very consistent. Thompson hit no worse than .256 in any month and never hit better in .289 in any month.

Naswell Paulino, RHP, Blue Jays: Paulino never touched 90 mph with his fastball on Sunday, but a heavy dose of quality low-80s sliders kept Clearwater hitless for five innings as he walked three and struck out eight. Dunedin two-hit the Threshers in the season finale for both teams. This is the second time this year where Paulino left with a no-hitter. He worked six hitless innings in early August, but just like today, the first reliever to replace him quickly gave up a hit.

Kyle Wright, RHP, Braves: Wright is stuck in a nether-world of the 4A player for now. He got two starts in the majors this year and allowed seven runs in just 6.1 innings. That raised his MLB ERA to 6.56 in 70 innings. But at the same time, he’s proven he’s capable of getting outs at Triple-A Gwinnett. Wright carried a perfect game into the seventh inning, losing it on a Tyrone Taylor double. He also gave up a Christian Kelly single in the ninth, but those were the only two hitters to reach on him all day. Wright’s complete game shutout gave him his 22nd career win for Gwinnett, lowering his Triple-A ERA for this season to 3.34.

Tyler Black, 2B, Brewers: Black was one of several draftees who put up outstanding numbers with Wright State this season. His introduction to pro ball saw him post similar on-base percentages thanks to plenty of walks, but also saw very little else. But needing a big day in the season finale to finish the year above .200 at Low-A Carolina, Black went 4-for-5 to raise his average from .184 to .222. He finished the year hitting .241/.426/.322 between Carolina and the Brewers complex team.

In Case You Missed It

On Saturday, Indians RHP Daniel Espino held High-A Beloit to two hits in 6.2 scoreless innings. He struck out 10. Opposing hitters are hitting only .170 against him . . . Giants RHP Ryan Murphy has found no issues jumping up to High-A. Murphy’s final start of the regular season saw him only one hit while striking out eight in four scoreless innings. Between Low-A and High-A he’s struck out 164 and walked 26 in 107.1 innings while holding hitters to a .189 average . . . Royals OF Seuly Matias homered twice for Double-A Northwest Arkansas. . . Red Sox LF Devlin Granberg doubled twice and homered for Double-A Portland.

On Friday, Rays C/SS Ford Proctor homered twice with Double-A Montgomery. That gave Proctor 12 home runs in a season in which he has 57 starts at catcher, 24 at shortstop, five at third base and three at second base . . . Brewers 2B Keston Hiura homered twice for Triple-A Nashville and then went 3-for-4 on Saturday with a double. While that’s encouraging, his 45 total games at Nashville are disconcerting. He’s hitting .184 this month despite his great weekend and was hitting .266/.374/.474 overall for Nashville . . . Twins 1B Aaron Sabato homered twice on Friday and once more on Saturday . . . Brewers OF Joey Wiemer homered twice on Friday for High-A Wisconsin. Since Aug. 1, Weimer has 18 home runs in just 39 games . . . The Mets promoted 3B Mark Vientos to Triple-A Syracuse on Thursday, which gives him another 10 games before the season ends. Vientos homered and doubled on Friday in his second game with Syracuse . . . D-Backs SS Ryan Bliss hit for the cycle on Friday with Low-A Visalia.

Over the course of both games of a doubleheader with Low-A Daytona, Reds SS Jose Torres singled, doubled, tripled and homered as he went 4-for-5 between the two games . . . Mariners RHP Jimmy Kingsbury threw the first seven innings and Kelvin Nunez finished off the final two innings of a no-hitter against Stockton. Kingsbury, the M’s 17th-round pick this year out of Villanova, struck out 10 and walked one . . . Mariners LHP Brandon Williamson struck out 10 and walked one for Double-A Arkansas. Williamson allowed six hits and one run . . . Padres LHP MacKenzie Gore’s second start with Double-A San Antonio was another solid outing. He did walk three in four innings, but he struck out eight. He allowed three hits and one earned run . . . Orioles LHP Drew Rom threw five perfect innings against Double-A Altoona.

HITTERS

ORGCLASSRANKPLAYERABRHRBIAVGNOTES
ARIAAA#3Alek Thomas, OF51300.2982B (27), CS (7),
ARIHiA#9AJ Vukovich, 3B42210.275HR (13), SB (16),
ARIAAA#18Drew Ellis, 3B52220.2572B (27),
ARILoA#23Wilderd Patino, OF51100.218
ARIAAA#27Stuart Fairchild, OF30000.289SB (7),
ARILoA#30Ryan Bliss, 2B51300.2612B (10), BB (13),
ATLAAA#2Drew Waters, OF51300.2442B (22), SB (27),
ATLLoA#22Cal Conley, SS40100.214SB (8),
BALAAA#1Adley Rutschman, C31120.283HR (22), BB (73),
BALAA#4Gunnar Henderson, SS41200.261
BALAA#7Jordan Westburg, SS51100.284SB (17),
BALLoA#10Connor Norby, 2B51300.277CS (3), E (6),
BALLoA#15Coby Mayo, 3B51010.315
BALAAA#17Kyle Stowers, OF40100.2772B (22),
BALAAA#19Yusniel Diaz, OF40000.165
BALLoA#20Reed Trimble, OF51120.194
BALLoA#24Darell Hernaiz, SS51320.2802B (12),
BALHiA#25Adam Hall, SS50300.248SB (26),
BALLoA#26John Rhodes, OF41000.252BB (11),
BOSAA#1Triston Casas, 1B40110.284
BOSAAA#2Jarren Duran, CF41100.2522B (13),
BOSAAA#4Jeter Downs, 2B40100.178
BOSHiA#8Nick Yorke, 2B40100.321
BOSLoA#17Brainer Bonaci, SS50000.235
BOSLoA#18Matthew Lugo, SS41100.2662B (19), BB (38),
BOSAA#24Hudson Potts, 3B41110.217HR (11),
BOSLoA#25Ceddanne Rafaela, SS41210.252BB (25), SB (23),
CHCAAA#1Brennen Davis, OF41100.267E (3),
CHCHiA#8Yohendrick Pinango, OF31210.278HR (5), E (4),
CHCLoA#9Ed Howard, SS40100.227
CHCAAA#11Greg Deichmann, OF50000.270
CHCHiA#14Alexander Canario, OF40010.230
CHCAA#21Christopher Morel, SS30000.222
CHCLoA#23Owen Caissie, OF30100.295BB (38),
CHCAA#24Nelson Velazquez, OF40000.273
CINMAJ#1Jose Barrero, SS30000.294
CINHiA#4Matt McLain, SS32120.283HR (3), BB (17),
CINLoA#6Rece Hinds, 3B42100.255
CINLoA#10Elly De La Cruz, 3B51210.3002B (16),
CINAAA#21Alejo Lopez, SS52320.3302B (27),
CINMAJ#22T.J. Friedl, OF22210.267HR (13),
CINHiA#24Allan Cerda, OF41100.248
CINLoA#26Jose Torres, SS51310.333CS (2),
CINLoA#30JT Thompson, OF51120.233
CLEAA#4George Valera, OF30110.259BB (64), SB (11),
CLEAA#5Bo Naylor, C40000.187
CLEAAA#6Gabriel Arias, SS43310.2832B (29), 3B (3), BB (37), SB (5),
CLEAA#7Brayan Rocchio, SS41100.277
CLELoA#14Gabriel Rodriguez, SS50100.236
CLEAAA#16Richard Palacios, 2B30100.2932 BB (52), SB (19),
CLEHiA#20Jose Tena, IF51300.283
CLEAA#23Bryan Lavastida, C32100.2893B (1), BB (40),
CLEHiA#25Jhonkensy Noel, 1B50000.345
CLEAAA#29Oscar Gonzalez, OF50000.295
COLLoA#1Zac Veen, OF51100.304
COLAA#3Michael Toglia, 1B30110.2262B (20), BB (65),
COLAAA#5Elehuris Montero, 3B32110.276HR (25), 2 BB (47),
COLLoA#16Drew Romo, C40010.312
COLAA#19Willie MacIver, C40000.225SB (20),
COLAA#21Jameson Hannah, OF50100.258
COLMAJ#23Colton Welker, 3B10000.246
COLLoA#26Eddy Diaz, SS41220.273SB (59),
COLLoA#28Julio Carreras, 3B30220.257
CWSMAJ#8Gavin Sheets, 1B21100.2732B (23), 2 BB (40),
CWSAAA#9Jake Burger, 3B40100.278
CWSLoA#14Bryan Ramos, 3B40000.245
CWSMAJ#17Romy Gonzalez, SS40000.272
CWSAAA#20Blake Rutherford, OF40000.243
CWSLoA#26Wilber Sanchez, SS10010.211BB (10),
CWSLoA#27Misael Gonzalez, OF30100.2522B (10),
DETAAA#2Riley Greene, OF52210.300HR (23),
DETAA#5Dillon Dingler, C40100.242
DETHiA#6Gage Workman, SS52130.248HR (12), BB (53),
DETAAA#12Ryan Kreidler, IF30120.2752 BB (50),
DETAA#14Daniel Cabrera, OF40100.2292B (21),
DETHiA#15Parker Meadows, OF53350.2072 2B (16), HR (8),
DETAAA#19Zack Short, SS40000.195BB (50),
DETAAA#22Kody Clemens, SS51100.249
DETAA#23Andre Lipcius, IF40100.243
DETAAA#27Jacob Robson, OF10000.2953 BB (57),
HOUAAA#2Jeremy Pena, SS31000.323
HOUAA#6Joe Perez, 3B42200.2912 BB (43),
HOUMAJ#8Jake Meyers, OF30000.326BB (33),
HOUAA#16Matthew Barefoot, OF50000.256
HOUAA#17Alex McKenna, OF41110.2612B (13),
KCAAA#6M.J. Melendez, C50210.2782B (19),
KCMAJ#7Kyle Isbel, OF10000.269
KCAAA#24Lucius Fox, SS42220.2162B (10), HR (3), BB (32), E (7),
KCAA#29Vinnie Pasquantino, 1B50120.303SB (6),
LAAMAJ#2Brandon Marsh, OF50100.2662B (15),
LAAHiA#5Jordyn Adams, OF51100.219
LAAHiA#6Kyren Paris, 2B51110.266SB (22),
LAALoA#7Jeremiah Jackson, SS30110.277BB (25), CS (3),
LAALoA#8Arol Vera, SS40100.297
LAALoA#17Alexander Ramirez, OF30000.170BB (23),
LAAMAJ#23Kean Wong, UTL10000.302
LAAAAA#27Michael Stefanic, OF41300.343
LADAA#5Miguel Vargas, 3B21110.317HR (23),
LADAA#11Kody Hoese, 3B40000.194
LADAAA#15Luke Raley, OF50000.270
LADAA#19Jacob Amaya, SS20100.214BB (52), E (20),
LADAAA#23Zach Reks, OF31100.269
LADHiA#27Eddys Leonard, SS40000.295
LADHiA#28Ryan Ward, OF40000.280
LADHiA#30Jorbit Vivas, 2B30100.311BB (39), SB (8),
MIAMAJ#3Jesus Sanchez, OF42210.2842B (12),
MIAMAJ#11Lewin Diaz, 1B42220.239HR (26), BB (30),
MIAAAA#17Monte Harrison, OF51130.237HR (15),
MIALoA#25Jose Salas, SS40000.309BB (20),
MIALoA#27Cody Morissette, SS50000.204
MIAMAJ#30Bryan De La Cruz, OF50210.329CS (5),
MILAAA#2Brice Turang, SS20000.257
MILLoA#4Tyler Black, 2B50410.2242 SB (3),
MILLoA#5Hedbert Perez, OF41100.259
MILHiA#9Joe Gray, OF40200.2522B (22),
MILHiA#11Freddy Zamora, SS30000.300BB (57), E (15),
MILHiA#13Zavier Warren, C31110.257HR (13), BB (50),
MILLoA#14Eduardo Garcia, SS22000.2742 BB (13), SB (2),
MILAA#15David Hamilton, SS42200.251BB (50), SB (52),
MILLoA#20Alex Binelas, 3B51120.309HR (9),
MILHiA#27Joey Wiemer, OF50110.296
MINAA#1Austin Martin, OF23200.2702 2B (18), 3 BB (60),
MINAAA#8Jose Miranda, 3B40000.334
MINMAJ#11Nick Gordon, OF30120.2582B (8),
MINAAA#15Gilberto Celestino, OF41100.257
MINLoA#22Misael Urbina, OF41000.191
MINHiA#24Aaron Sabato, 1B42200.202BB (92),
MINLoA#26Alerick Soularie, OF40000.240E (6),
MINAA#27Spencer Steer, 2B41250.2562B (18), HR (24), E (12),
MINHiA#28Edouard Julien, 2B52220.2652B (27), HR (17), BB (110),
MINHiA#29Matt Wallner, OF32220.2672B (14), HR (15),
NYMAA#2Brett Baty, 3B30100.292E (16),
NYMAA#3Ronny Mauricio, SS40200.245E (20),
NYMAAA#4Mark Vientos, 3B51100.2902B (18),
NYMAA#10Carlos Cortes, OF40000.274
NYMAAA#11Khalil Lee, OF42100.2542B (19), BB (63),
NYMHiA#14Jaylen Palmer, UTL20000.2442 BB (64),
NYMAAA#21Travis Blankenhorn, 2B41320.2292B (12), HR (10),
NYMAA#22Hayden Senger, C30000.262
NYMHiA#25Luke Ritter, 2B40000.232
NYMAA#28Jake Mangum, OF30000.285BB (19), CS (7),
NYMAA#29Nick Meyer, C30000.251
NYYLoA#1Jasson Dominguez, OF50000.253
NYYHiA#2Anthony Volpe, SS40100.291BB (78), SB (32),
NYYAA#3Oswald Peraza, SS41300.301SB (36), CS (9),
NYYHiA#10Austin Wells, C51200.2672B (23), SB (16),
NYYAA#16Oswaldo Cabrera, SS41120.256HR (24),
NYYAAA#24Donny Sands, C30110.264
OAKAAA#3Nick Allen, SS40100.275
OAKAAA#7Luis Barrera, OF40000.255
OAKLoA#8Brayan Buelvas, OF40000.219
OAKAA#9Logan Davidson, SS40000.214
OAKLoA#11Robert Puason, SS40400.211
OAKLoA#12Zack Gelof, 3B40000.310E (8),
OAKAA#17Kyle McCann, C20000.168BB (47),
OAKHiA#25Lawrence Butler, 1B40200.2672B (22), CS (4), E (7),
PHIHiA#4Johan Rojas, OF41220.2622 2B (18),
PHILoA#5Ethan Wilson, OF30000.215BB (10),
PHIAA#7Logan O'Hoppe, C51110.273
PHIAAA#8Rafael Marchan, C40000.213
PHIMAJ#10Matt Vierling, OF40200.281
PHILoA#12Casey Martin, SS40100.198
PHIAAA#14Luke Williams, 2B40110.276SB (11),
PHIAAA#15Nick Maton, 2B30000.223
PHIHiA#18Luis Garcia, SS40000.243
PHILoA#27Logan Cerny, OF30000.200
PITHiA#4Nick Gonzales, 2B32210.301HR (18), BB (40),
PITAAA#7Tucupita Marcano, UTL41220.247BB (57), SB (11),
PITLoA#18Maikol Escotto, SS40100.2372B (13), 3 E (25),
PITAA#19Ji-Hwan Bae, SS40100.286BB (38), E (17),
PITAA#23Rodolfo Castro, 2B50110.234
PITAA#26Matt Fraizer, OF50100.3062B (25),
SDHiA#3Robert Hassell, OF40000.303
SDHiA#14Euribiel Angeles, 2B40100.327
SDAA#19Eguy Rosario, 2B40000.283
SDHiA#21Brandon Valenzuela, C41110.297HR (7),
SDHiA#22Jonny Homza, C40100.215
SDLoA#23Max Ferguson, 2B41000.202BB (31),
SDHiA#24Tirso Ornelas, OF40200.247CS (1),
SEAAA#1Julio Rodriguez, OF51310.3472B (19), CS (5),
SEAMAJ#5Cal Raleigh, C40000.258
SEAAA#8Zach DeLoach, OF41000.273BB (60),
SEALoA#17Milkar Perez, 3B51200.3052B (10), E (9),
SEAAA#22Kaden Polcovich, UTL10000.219
SEAAAA#25Luis Liberato, OF42300.259
SEAAAA#27Donnie Walton, UTL41100.287BB (34),
SFHiA#1Marco Luciano, SS41110.258
SFHiA#8Jairo Pomares, OF40120.338
SFLoA#9Aeverson Arteaga, SS30000.282
SFAA#10Will Wilson, SS40000.222
SFLoA#12Luis Toribio, 3B41110.2332B (20),
SFHiA#15Ricardo Genoves, C41110.265HR (13),
SFLoA#21Jimmy Glowenke, SS41120.252HR (13), E (9),
SFAA#24Diego Rincones, OF30000.293BB (24),
STLHiA#2Jordan Walker, 3B30000.318
STLAAA#3Nolan Gorman, 2B40100.2892B (18),
STLAA#5Ivan Herrera, C51110.228HR (16), E (9),
STLAA#9Malcom Nunez, OF21200.2682 BB (32),
STLLoA#13Justin Williams, OF20100.184CS (2),
STLAAA#15Brendan Donovan, 2B50320.313
STLAAA#18Alec Burleson, OF31110.267HR (21), BB (40),
STLAAA#27Nick Plummer, OF22000.279BB (70), SB (13), E (6),
STLAA#30Luken Baker, 1B51110.245HR (24), 2 E (7),
TBAAA#5Josh Lowe, OF42300.296BB (54), SB (26),
TBLoA#22Osleivis Basabe, SS40100.281E (14),
TBAAA#28Miles Mastrobuoni, UTL51200.3032B (22),
TEXAAA#2Josh Jung, 3B51200.304
TEXAA#6Josh Smith, SS42310.3092 2B (20), BB (42),
TEXLoA#7Luisangel Acuna, SS31000.266BB (48),
TEXLoA#11Aaron Zavala, OF21000.293BB (13),
TEXAA#25Davis Wendzel, SS42330.247HR (7), 2 BB (23),
TEXAAA#27Steele Walker, OF50000.255
TORMAJ#5Alejandro Kirk, C10000.281
TORLoA#8Miguel Hiraldo, 2B30120.248BB (48), SB (29),
TORLoA#12Victor Mesia, C41100.2302B (6),
TORHiA#26Tanner Morris, SS32210.285HR (7),
TORHiA#29Will Robertson, OF40100.240
TORLoA#30Dasan Brown, OF31000.2052 BB (17), 2 SB (22),
WASMAJ#1Keibert Ruiz, C20000.296
WASAAA#14Donovan Casey, OF31000.280BB (33),
WASMAJ#18Riley Adams, C10000.237
WASLoA#30Branden Boissiere, 1B32240.2002B (5), HR (1), BB (10),
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PITCHERS

ORGCLASSRANKPLAYERIPHRERBBKERANOTES
ARIMAJ#13Luis Frias, RHP0.2000314.90
ARIAA#14Brandon Pfaadt, RHP6.01154153.21
BALMAJ#28Alex Wells, LHP5.0655135.00
BOSHiA#28Brendan Cellucci, LHP1.0100205.30W (2-3)
CHCHiA#6Jordan Wicks, LHP3.0311225.14
CHCMAJ#12Keegan Thompson, RHP2.0100202.63
CINMAJ#9Tony Santillan, RHP2.0000132.48
CINHiA#14Christian Roa, RHP2.0422003.53
CLEAA#10Logan Allen, LHP5.0410072.29W (9-0)
CLEMAJ#30Sam Hentges, LHP1.0000036.82
COLAAA#4Ryan Rolison, LHP5.2544065.89W (4-3)
COLAAA#30Ben Bowden, LHP1.0000025.53
CWSLoA#11Sean Burke, RHP3.0000233.00
HOUAAA#4Hunter Brown, RHP3.0533334.40L (6-5)
HOULoA#18Chayce McDermott, RHP2.0222122.95
HOUMAJ#19Peter Solomon, RHP4.0111334.65W (8-1)
HOUAA#26Jimmy Endersby, RHP3.0300033.90
HOUAA#30Michael Horrell, RHP1.0100012.21
KCMAJ#5Jackson Kowar, RHP4.0755335.00L (9-8)
KCAA#20Angel Zerpa, LHP3.2522244.34
KCAAA#29Ronald Bolanos, RHP4.0433326.60
LADAA#1Bobby Miller, RHP3.2211082.40
LADAAA#14Mitch White, RHP4.0310162.85
LADHiA#26Hyun-il Choi, RHP5.0311133.55L (8-6)
MIALoA#24Jordan Holloway, RHP1.0333124.67
MINAA#6Simeon Woods Richardson, RHP2.0100215.91W (3-5)
MINAAA#12Drew Strotman, RHP4.0877325.13L (9-4)
NYMHiA#6J.T. Ginn, RHP6.0432163.00L (5-4)
NYMHiA#23Michel Otanez, RHP1.0100015.13
NYYAA#5Luis Medina, RHP6.0111443.44
NYYMAJ#8Clarke Schmidt, RHP2.0432243.48
OAKAAA#5A.J. Puk, LHP2.2121326.05L (2-7)
PHIAA#6Hans Crouse, RHP6.0400193.28W (5-4)
PITHiA#8Carmen Mlodzinski, RHP1.0444113.93
PITMAJ#25Max Kranick, RHP5.0433465.06
SDAAA#26Adrian Martinez, RHP4.2533343.64
SDAA#27Matt Waldron, RHP0.035520L (3-8)
SEAMAJ#26Yohan Ramirez, RHP1.0000003.70
SFAAA#17Sam Long, LHP2.0300113.83
STLAAA#1Matthew Liberatore, LHP5.0511364.33
STLLoA#4Michael McGreevy, RHP1.0322009.39
STLLoA#20Austin Love, RHP1.0000021.13
TEXLoA#21Owen White, RHP7.22220113.06W (4-1)
WASAA#7Gerardo Carrillo, RHP4.0564264.76L (3-7)
WASMAJ#10Mason Thompson, RHP0.2200004.62
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