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Baseball America Prospect Report — July 13, 2021

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Reggie Preciado (Photo by Bill Mitchell)

Brandon Marsh, Triple-A Salt Lake (Angels) — After a long layoff while rehabbing from injuries, Marsh is back on the road to Los Angeles. Facing Sacramento on Monday, Marsh slapped a double and a triple (his third three-bagger of the year). Marsh's return gives Salt Lake a dynamic 1-2 combo with Jo Adell at the top of their lineup. Marsh's triple juuuuust missed leaving the park, as you can see below.

 


Mason Thompson, Triple-A El Paso (Padres) —
The righthander, who made his big league debut earlier this season, closed out an El Paso win during its doubleheader with Oklahoma City. He fired two hitless innings, striking out one. It's been a rough go for Thompson, who sports a 6.33 ERA in the hitter-friendly Triple-A West, but he does have 19 strikeouts in 21.1 innings with the Chihuahuas.

Luis Campusano, Triple-A El Paso (Padres) — For most players, the Monday after participating in the Futures Game would be a day off. That's especially true this year, when all leagues except Triple-A West and the complex leagues in Arizona, Florida and the Dominican Republic are off anyway. But Campusano plays in the Triple-A West, and was back behind the plate in one half of his team's doubleheader with Oklahoma City. All he did was go 3-for-3 with a trio of singles, upping his average to .289. 

Aeverson Arteaga and Adrian Sugastey, Rookie-level ACL Giants — Arteaga and Sugastey were each part of the Giants' 2019 international signing class and are making their professional debuts this season in the ACL. Each has started out quite nicely in the first two weeks.  On Monday, Sugastey went 3-for-3, marking his second three-hit game of his young career. Arteaga went hitless but drew a pair of walks. It was the first hitless game of his career, but his on-base streak lives on at 11 games.

Blaze Jordan, Rookie-level FCL Red Sox — The legend grows. Jordan, the Red Sox's third-round pick in 2020, swatted a walkoff home run to help his club topple the staunch-rival FCL Rays. The blast was the first of Jordan's career and assuredly the most notable home run in the sport on Monday.

Ian Lewis, Rookie-level FCL Marlins — Lewis is one of the latest in the line of Bahamian prospects, and hopes to follow Jazz Chisholm to Miami one day. On Monday, Lewis collected three hits (all singles) and stole a bag against the Astros' FCL club. The 18-year-old Lewis is hitting a crisp .303/.361/.515 in his pro debut.

Bayron Lora, DSL Rangers — Lora was known for having the biggest raw power in the 2019-20 international class, and the Rangers bought that power for $3.9 million. On Monday, Lora slammed his first professional home run in his team's 8-4 win over the DSL Phillies. Lora also added three walks in the game, which ended after seven innings, keeping his on-base percentage at a perfect 1.000 through one career game.

Cristian Hernandez, DSL Cubs Blue — Hernandez drew incredible praise as an amateur, and opened his career by getting on base twice, with a single and a walk. For more on Hernandez, read this feature from over the summer.

George Feliz, DSL Mariners — The Mariners gave their top bonus in the 2019-20 international class to Feliz, whose present tools and projectable body gave teams plenty upon which to dream. Feliz opened his pro career on Monday in the DSL, going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, a walk and two runs scored. As if the Mariners' farm system weren't bright enough.

Jose Pena, DSL Rays — Peña, an outfielder from the Dominican Republic, got the Rays' second-highest bonus of the 2019-20 class, just behind Jhon Diaz. On DSL Opening Day, Peña went 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI. At the time of his signing, Peña had loud tools and room to grow. On Monday, he opened his career on a strong note.

Victor Acosta, DSL Padres — The Padres topped their most recent international class with the signing of Acosta, who was the best true shortstop available. He earns plaudits for his defensive work, but also is a switch-hitter with quick hands. On DSL Opening Day, Acosta notched a double and a home run, stole two bases and drew a walk. That's one very nice start for one of the newest members of the Padres' farm system.

Yiddi Cappe, DSL Marlins — Cappe was eligible to sign in the 2019 class but bided his time before choosing the Marlins and inking a deal with a $3.5 million bonus. He started his career on Monday in the DSL, where he went 2-for-6 with a stolen base and a pair of runs scored. Evaluators believe he could one day hit 20-plus homers a season in the big leagues.

Reggie Preciado, ACL Cubs — One of the prizes pried from the Padres in the Yu Darvish deal, Preciado has started his pro career on a hot streak. On Monday, the 18-year-old Preciado slapped three hits and stole a base against the Brewers. The big day moved Preciado's early line to .410/.500/.615.

Jeferson Quero, ACL Brewers — Quero is off to a scorching start (can there be any other adjective in Arizona?) in the ACL. He went 2-for-4 with a double against the Cubs—giving him four hits in his first eight at-bats— and caught a runner trying to steal. He earned strong reviews for his work in extended spring training as well.

Erick Peña, ACL Royals — Peña's pedigree earned him the No. 7 spot among the Royals' Top 30 prospects entering the season. After the pandemic wiped out the 2020 season, Peña is using 2021 to make his official pro debut. So far, so good. On Monday, Peña swatted his first professional home run, as part of a 3-for-3 effort against the ACL Reds. He also added a double, scored a run,  walked twice and was caught trying to steal second. The homer was the first of his career.

*Please note we are aware that ACL, FCL and DSL stats are not loading this morning and are working diligently to surface them. 

ORGCLASSRANKPLAYERABRHRBIAVGNOTES
ARIAAA#14Seth Beer, 1B50230.2892B (22),
LAAAAA#1Jo Adell, OF30110.2742B (13), BB (16),
LAAAAA#2Brandon Marsh, OF51210.2282B (5), 3B (3),
LADAAA#1Keibert Ruiz, C10000.288
LADAAA#11Sheldon Neuse, 3B31100.235
LADAAA#26Luke Raley, OF30100.2882B (10),
OAKAAA#7Luis Barrera, OF30000.224
OAKAAA#9Greg Deichmann, OF50010.305
OAKAAA#17Austin Allen, C41100.278
SDAAA#3Luis Campusano, C30300.257
SDAAA#25Ivan Castillo, 2B30000.284
TEXAAA#3Leody Taveras, OF31110.2132B (12),
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ORGCLASSRANKPLAYERIPHRERBBKERANOTES
COLAAA#17Ben Bowden, LHP1.0000025.96
HOUAAA#11Enoli Paredes, RHP1.0100113.57
LADAAA#16Mitch White, RHP6.0600022.78W (1-0)
SDAAA#17Sam McWilliams, RHP2.0100029.70
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