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Baseball America Prospect Report — August 24, 2021

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Alek Thomas (Photo by Mary DeCicco)

(Editor's Note: This post has been corrected to reflect that Steele Walker came to the Rangers in the Nomar Mazara trade, not the Lance Lynn trade.)

Steele Walker, Triple-A Round Rock (Rangers) — The Rangers got Walker, an outfielder who grew up in Texas and was selected by Chicago in the second round of the 2018 draft out of Oklahoma, from the White Sox in the deal that brought outfielder Nomar Mazara to Chicago. Walker has shown plenty of flashes of his potential as a pro, including Monday night, when he slammed two home runs for his first multi-homer game of the season.

Alek Thomas, Triple-A Reno (D-backs) — Very quietly, Thomas has put together an excellent season. The 21-year-old plays superb defense in center field, and this season put together an .881 OPS at Double-A Amarillo. Yes, the line was buoyed a bit by Amarillo's home park, which is a Shangri-La for hitters, but he also had an .831 OPS in the rest of the Double-A Central parks before his promotion to Reno. He's one of just five 21-year-olds this season with 15 or more doubles, five or more triples and 10 or more home runs.

Yaifer Perdomo, FCL Blue Jays — Usually, if a team has a collective wish, it would be centered around winning a championship or perhaps adding a key player in trade. If you asked the FCL Tigers West, their fondest fantasy would be to never see Blue Jays lefty Yaifer Perdomo again. In his last two starts, Perdomo has stripped the Tigers of their stripes and sent them back to their den looking less like Shere Khan and more like Garfield (yesterday was a Monday, after all). Combining those two outings, Perdomo has gone nine shutout innings, allowed two hits and walked four while striking out 22.

But that's not all. Perdomo has faced the Tigers West two other times this season. If you add up all four outings, he's thrown 18 innings, allowed three runs, walked six and whiffed 35. Perdomo gets his outs by commanding a 90-94 mph fastball with excellent life which gets hitters to swing and miss quite frequently—he boasts a 43% swinging-strike rate—as well as a curveball and changeup. The curveball is further along than the changeup and could project to average.

Fifty-nine percent of Perdomo's strikeouts this year have come against the Tigers West, whose members I assume have pleaded with Toronto officials to move him to Low-A and end his reign over them. 

HITTERS

ORGCLASSRANKPLAYERABRHRBIAVGNOTES
ARIR#2Jordan Lawlar, SS30100.400
ARIAAA#3Alek Thomas, OF32200.2823B (9), BB (41),
ARIAAA#3Alek Thomas, OF40200.2822B (19),
ARIAAA#17Seth Beer, 1B40110.2872B (29),
ARIAAA#22Jake McCarthy, OF30000.254
ARIAAA#22Jake McCarthy, OF32250.2542 HR (15),
ARIR#23Wilderd Patino, OF51200.182
ARIR#24Alberto Ciprian, 3B20000.290BB (5),
ARIR#25Manuel Pena, SS40230.205SB (4), 2 E (4),
ARIAAA#27Stuart Fairchild, OF30200.298
ARIR#28Jose Fernandez, SS40100.2502B (4), E (8),
ARIR#29Juan Corniel, SS30100.289BB (6), E (10),
BALR#11Maikol Hernandez, SS51110.1672B (2),
BALR#16Samuel Basallo, C41110.278HR (1),
BOSMAJ#2Jarren Duran, CF10000.260
BOSR#3Marcelo Mayer, SS33110.226HR (2), 2 BB (3), SB (1),
BOSR#17Brainer Bonaci, SS31000.245BB (16), E (5),
BOSR#20Miguel Bleis, OF40000.269
CHCR#7Reggie Preciado, SS40000.355
CHCR#26James Triantos, 3B40110.429
CINR#7Jay Allen, OF31000.286SB (5),
CINR#17Ariel Almonte, OF40100.2352B (2), SB (1),
CINR#18Malvin Valdez, OF20000.1882 BB (10), SB (5),
CINR#30JT Thompson, OF31100.313
CLER#22Isaiah Greene, OF51200.2712B (5),
COLAAA#10Ryan Vilade, OF51410.289
COLAAA#23Colton Welker, 3B50100.276
COLR#27Yanquiel Fernandez, OF30000.250BB (4), E (1),
CWSR#1Colson Montgomery, SS51100.2502B (3),
CWSR#3Wes Kath, 3B52210.318E (2),
DETR#8Izaac Pacheco, IF40000.209
DETR#10Roberto Campos, OF10000.207
DETR#21Abel Bastidas, SS10000.1483 BB (9), SB (2),
DETR#26Adinso Reyes, IF40000.141
DETR#30Jose De La Cruz, OF30000.197BB (24),
HOUR#2Jeremy Pena, SS50200.333
HOUMAJ#8Jake Meyers, OF40000.339
HOUR#11Tyler Whitaker, OF41100.2063B (1), BB (5),
HOUR#21Dauri Lorenzo, SS50100.238
KCR#23Carter Jensen, C20110.500
LAAR#8Arol Vera, SS31000.321BB (8), SB (2),
LAAR#11Adrian Placencia, 2B30000.154BB (17),
LAAR#17Alexander Ramirez, OF21100.2402B (3), 2 BB (15), SB (3), CS (3),
LAAR#19Werner Blakely, SS40100.143
LAAAAA#27Michael Stefanic, OF30100.336
LAAAAA#27Michael Stefanic, OF10000.3362 BB (35),
LADAAA#15Luke Raley, OF51210.277HR (14),
LADAAA#23Zach Reks, OF41110.282
MIAR#6Kahlil Watson, SS30100.364
MIAR#8Joe Mack, C30000.045
MIAR#28Jordan McCants, SS40100.217SB (1),
MILR#5Hedbert Perez, OF32000.300BB (5),
MILR#7Jeferson Quero, C20000.294
MILR#14Eduardo Garcia, SS42210.2662B (8), BB (7), SB (1), E (4),
MILR#16Jheremy Vargas, UTL40000.247
MILR#26Jesus Parra, 3B50130.2462B (2),
OAKR#2Max Muncy, SS30000.200
OAKAAA#3Nick Allen, SS20100.291BB (21), E (8),
OAKAAA#7Luis Barrera, OF10120.251
PHIR#27Logan Cerny, OF30000.000BB (3), SB (3),
PHIR#30Kendall Simmons, OF20100.203SB (7),
SDR#6Jackson Merrill, SS40300.3172B (5), E (1),
SDR#7James Wood, OF40000.314
SDR#23Max Ferguson, 2B40110.2132B (3), E (1),
SEAMAJ#5Cal Raleigh, C40000.277
SEAR#6Harry Ford, C21000.000BB (2),
SEAR#13Edwin Arroyo, SS21110.250BB (1), SB (1), E (1),
SEAR#14Starlin Aguilar, 3B30100.262BB (4),
SEAR#17Milkar Perez, 3B31000.292BB (28),
SEAAAA#27Donnie Walton, UTL50420.2872 2B (16), 2 E (9),
SEAR#30Gabriel Gonzalez, OF20110.250BB (5),
SFAAA#3Heliot Ramos, OF50200.2472B (22),
SFR#9Aeverson Arteaga, SS32100.298BB (14),
SFR#26Adrian Sugastey, C40110.312
STLR#7Joshua Baez, OF31000.1822 BB (6),
STLR#26Carlos Carmona, OF51200.200SB (3),
TEXAAA#2Josh Jung, 3B51210.2962B (9), HR (10),
TEXR#11Aaron Zavala, OF30000.000
TEXR#13Bayron Lora, OF41210.3142B (3), HR (2), SB (3),
TEXR#22Cameron Cauley, SS51330.2863B (1),
TEXAAA#23Sherten Apostel, 1B30200.2492B (12),
TEXAAA#27Steele Walker, OF53330.2472 HR (15),
TORR#10Manuel Beltre, SS22000.3062 BB (11),
TORR#14Luis Garcia, SS51100.233
TORR#25Leonardo Jimenez, SS11000.291BB (23),
WASR#4Brady House, SS30210.667
WASR#17Daylen Lile, OF21110.333BB (1), SB (1),
WASR#17Daylen Lile, OF41110.333
WASR#19Sammy Infante, SS20000.172
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PITCHERS

ORGCLASSRANKPLAYERIPHRERBBKERANOTES
ARIR#5Bryce Jarvis, RHP3.0100074.00
ATLR#29AJ Smith-Shawver, RHP2.0211234.50L (0-1)
BOSR#15Wilkelman Gonzalez, RHP5.0511154.20W (4-2)
CHCMAJ#30Manuel Rodriguez, RHP1.0000011.82W (3-3)
HOUAAA#19Peter Solomon, RHP5.0411414.57
KCMAJ#2Daniel Lynch, LHP5.0611355.42W (8-5)
SDR#10Victor Lizarraga, RHP2.0100137.13
SDR#25Brayan Medina, RHP2.1443325.40
SDAAA#26Adrian Martinez, RHP5.01155153.56
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