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Baseball America Prospect Report — July 6, 2021

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Jarred Kelenic, OF, Triple-A Tacoma (Mariners) — Kelenic has quickly put to rest any worries that his rough major league debut would sidetrack him. The 21-year-old outfielder went 4 for 5 with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBIs to lead Triple-A Tacoma to a 15-7 rout of Reno on Monday night. After going 8-for-83 (.096) in his first stint in the majors, Kelenic went 0-for-8 in his first two games back with Tacoma. Since then, he’s batting .333 with seven doubles, seven home runs, 22 RBIs and as many walks (12) as strikeouts in his last 21 games.

Ryan Hartman, LHP, Triple-A Sugar Land (Astros) — The soft-tossing Hartman made his major league debut last week with 2.1 innings of relief against the Orioles. He returned to Triple-A Sugar Land and shined in his first outing back with the Skeeters, tossing five innings with one hit and one run allowed, one walk and five strikeouts to pick up the win against Round Rock. The 27-year-old won’t light up a radar gun with a fastball that sits in the upper-80s and tops out at 91, but he throws strikes, effectively works the edges of the zone and knows how to set hitters up. Despite his lack of velocity, he’s averaged 9.3 K/9 in his minor league career and has already shown he’s a major league option for the Astros.

Jake McCarthy, OF, Triple-A Reno (D-backs) — It’s been a tough year for McCarthy, but the former supplemental first-rounder at least had a good day Monday. The 23-year-old went 3 for 5 with a double, a home run and two runs scored for Triple-A Reno. The big day snapped an 0-for-11 slump and raised his average 54 points in one game. McCarthy is batting just .227/.319/.453 between Double-A Amarillo and Triple-A Reno this year—two hitter-friendly parks—and still has a ways to go to become a major leaguer, but his latest effort was at least a step in the right direction.

Michael Stefanic, 2B/3B, Triple-A Salt Lake (Angels) — A nondrafted free agent signing in 2018 out of Division III Westmont (Calif.), Stefanic is the stereotypical good ballplayer who keeps outperforming—and ultimately has a better career—than many toolsier, athletic types. Stefanic went 2 for 4 with a double, a home run, two runs scored and three RBIs to lead Triple-A Salt Lake to a 5-4 win over Oklahoma City on Monday. The 25-year-old is now batting .315/.396/.470 on the season between Double-A Mobile and Triple-A. Stefanic is capable of playing both second base and third base and can stand in at shortstop as needed. Between his defensive versatility, knack for contact and advanced baseball instincts, he has a legitimate chance to find himself in the majors in the near future.

HITTERS

ORGCLASSRANKPLAYERABRHRBIAVGNOTES
ARIAAA#14Seth Beer, 1B40100.281
ARIAAA#19Jake McCarthy, OF52310.2272B (10), HR (7), CS (2),
ARIAAA#29Stuart Fairchild, OF51220.328HR (6),
ATLMAJ#6William Contreras, C40000.204
BOSMAJ#3Bobby Dalbec, 1B40100.217
CINMAJ#4Tyler Stephenson, C32100.2722B (13), BB (25),
CLEMAJ#22Bobby Bradley, 1B40100.215
COLAAA#10Ryan Vilade, OF21210.272BB (18), 2 SB (8),
CWSMAJ#1Andrew Vaughn, 1B41100.2462B (17),
CWSMAJ#10Gavin Sheets, OF30100.2962B (11),
CWSMAJ#17Jake Burger, 3B10000.322
CWSMAJ#27Zack Collins, C10000.225
DETMAJ#17Akil Baddoo, OF50000.274
DETMAJ#30Zack Short, SS31130.234HR (8),
LAAAAA#1Jo Adell, OF41100.2622B (11),
LADAAA#1Keibert Ruiz, C40100.282BB (19),
LADMAJ#11Zach McKinstry, UTL30000.256E (4),
LADAAA#11Sheldon Neuse, 3B41110.241BB (16),
LADAAA#19Omar Estevez, 2B40100.184BB (14),
LADAAA#30Zach Reks, OF41110.3162B (16), BB (23),
MIAMAJ#4Jazz Chisholm, SS40210.263CS (6),
MIAMAJ#8Jesus Sanchez, OF40000.307
MINMAJ#1Alex Kirilloff, OF32100.2712B (11),
MINMAJ#3Trevor Larnach, OF40110.260BB (21), SB (1),
MINMAJ#26Ben Rortvedt, C30100.175BB (5),
OAKAAA#13Austin Beck, OF41120.147HR (3),
OAKAAA#17Austin Allen, C40100.2842B (9),
PITMAJ#1Ke'Bryan Hayes, 3B51220.252HR (6),
PITMAJ#26Jared Oliva, OF10000.150
PITMAJ#30John Nogowski, 1B43210.187BB (17),
SDAAA#3Luis Campusano, C20000.243E (5),
SDMAJ#5Ha-Seong Kim, SS40120.2082B (7),
SDAAA#8Tucupita Marcano, 3B20000.272
SDAAA#25Ivan Castillo, 2B21000.263
SEAAAA#2Jarred Kelenic, OF52420.2292 2B (10),
SFAAA#2Joey Bart, C30110.3412B (9), BB (10),
SFMAJ#16LaMonte Wade, OF20000.256
STLMAJ#1Dylan Carlson, OF31000.2562 BB (36),
STLMAJ#27Edmundo Sosa, SS30000.241
TBMAJ#1Wander Franco, SS50110.295E (7),
TBMAJ#2Randy Arozarena, OF51100.252
TEXAAA#3Leody Taveras, OF41120.215HR (11),
TEXMAJ#8Jonah Heim, C41110.220HR (4),
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PITCHERS

ORGCLASSRANKPLAYERIPHRERBBKERANOTES
CHCMAJ#27Keegan Thompson, RHP1.2100001.74
CINMAJ#14Vladimir Gutierrez, RHP6.0522264.11W (6-3)
CLEMAJ#14Logan Allen, LHP3.17552010.49
CLEMAJ#15Emmanuel Clase, RHP0.032210L (3-4)
CWSMAJ#4Garrett Crochet, LHP1.0100012.81
HOUAAA#11Enoli Paredes, RHP1.0000124.02
HOUAAA#30Austin Hansen, RHP1.0122335.40
LAAAAA#30Austin Warren, RHP1.2200137.66
LADMAJ#15Victor Gonzalez, LHP1.0111122.57L (3-1)
LADMAJ#23Edwin Uceta, RHP1.0100105.46
MIAMAJ#6Trevor Rogers, LHP5.0622082.22
NYMMAJ#28Tylor Megill, RHP5.0211273.46
OAKAAA#28Miguel Romero, RHP4.0433448.10
PHIMAJ#23Connor Brogdon, RHP2.0000014.13W (5-2)
SFAAA#22Kervin Castro, RHP2.1300033.22
STLMAJ#7Kwang-Hyun Kim, LHP7.0300223.39W (3-5)
TBMAJ#13Drew Rasmussen, RHP1.0544013.60
TEXMAJ#18Dennis Santana, RHP1.2211105.88
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