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Baseball America Prospect Report—September 21, 2021

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Shane Baz, RHP, Rays - Baz made his major league debut Monday night and pitched five sharp innings against one of baseball’s best offenses to lead Tampa Bay to a 6-4 win over the Blue Jays. Baz allowed two hits and two runs, walked none and struck out five to outduel AL Cy Young candidate Robbie Ray and earn his first career victory. He struck out George Springer as the first career batter he faced and finished his first career inning by striking out Vladimir Guerrero Jr. He allowed a solo home run to Teoscar Hernandez in the second inning and another solo shot to Lourdes Gurriel in the fifth, but otherwise kept Toronto under wraps to help Tampa move one game closer to clinching the American League East.

Josh Jung, 3B, Triple-A Round Rock (Rangers) – The Rangers promoted Jung to Triple-A in mid-August, and the bump in competition hasn’t slowed the third baseman down at all. Jung went 4 for 5 with a double, a run scored and two RBIs in Round Rock’s 10-1 win over Oklahoma City. He now has multiple hits in seven of his last eight games and has reached base in 10 straight. Overall Jung has hit .333/.416/.544 while showing advanced instincts defensively at third base, cementing his place as the Rangers’ best position player prospect since Joey Gallo.

Alek Thomas, OF, Triple-A (Reno) – Speaking of recent callups crushing in the Triple-A West, Thomas continued his scorching debut with Triple-A Reno by going 4 for 6 with a double and two triples in the Aces’ 10-8 loss to Salt Lake. The 21-year-old speedster is now batting. 353/.417/.664 with 10 doubles, three triples and seven home runs in 27 games since joining Reno and is currently working on a six-game hitting streak.

Jeremy Peña, 3B, Triple-A Sugar Land (Astros) – Peña was a popular pick among scouts for a breakout candidate this year before a wrist injury cost him most of the season. He returned in time to play the final month and has made the most of it with Triple-A Sugar Land. Peña went 2 for 3 with a double and a home run to lead the Skeeters to a 5-3 win over Albuquerque, his sixth time recording multiple hits in his last eight games. Overall Peña is batting .312/.369/.558 with five home runs in 19 games for Sugar Land, an encouraging sign that his wrist injury hasn’t sapped the ability that made him so highly-regarded.

Kevin Padlo, 3B, Triple-A Tacoma (Mariners) – Padlo continued his weeks-long tear for Tacoma, going 3 for 4 with a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored in a 7-2 over El Paso. It was Padlo’s second straight three-hit night and raised his slash line to .379/.488/.742 in 17 games since the Mariners claimed him off waivers from the Rays.

Michael Stefanic, 2B, Triple-A Salt Lake (Angels) – The minor league batting title is Stefanic’s to lose at this point, and it doesn’t look like he’ll be losing it anytime soon. The Angels prospect went 3 for 5 to raise his batting average to .349 on the year. He is now six points ahead of second-place Euribiel Angeles (.343), whose season is finished. As long as Stefanic avoids a slump, the batting crown will be his.

HITTERS

ORGCLASSRANKPLAYERABRHRBIAVGNOTES
ARIAAA#3Alek Thomas, OF61410.3042B (28), 2 3B (11),
ARIAAA#8Geraldo Perdomo, SS50110.226
ARIAAA#18Drew Ellis, 3B42110.257HR (20), BB (55),
ARIMAJ#22Jake McCarthy, OF11110.252HR (16),
ARIR#25Manuel Pena, SS30200.261SB (9),
ARIAAA#27Stuart Fairchild, OF41100.288BB (20),
BALR#11Maikol Hernandez, SS40000.207
BALR#16Samuel Basallo, C20000.286BB (14),
BOSR#20Miguel Bleis, OF52100.2642B (6), CS (3),
CINMAJ#1Jose Barrero, SS20000.292
CINR#17Ariel Almonte, OF31100.2752B (6),
CINR#18Malvin Valdez, OF31110.2242B (5), BB (21), SB (12),
CLEMAJ#15Owen Miller, SS30000.245
COLAAA#5Elehuris Montero, 3B40000.273
COLR#27Yanquiel Fernandez, OF20000.3092 BB (15),
CWSMAJ#8Gavin Sheets, 1B40100.272
DETMAJ#11Daz Cameron, OF20000.245BB (25),
DETR#21Abel Bastidas, SS51120.171HR (2),
HOUAAA#1Korey Lee, C40100.282
HOUAAA#2Jeremy Pena, SS32210.3332B (3), HR (5), CS (1),
HOUAAA#3Pedro Leon, SS31000.244BB (31), SB (17),
KCMAJ#7Kyle Isbel, OF32100.2692B (20),
LAAMAJ#2Brandon Marsh, OF30100.267BB (34),
LAAAAA#27Michael Stefanic, OF52300.346
LADAAA#23Zach Reks, OF40110.2692B (22),
MIAMAJ#3Jesus Sanchez, OF41220.287HR (23), BB (29),
MIAMAJ#11Lewin Diaz, 1B40100.239
MIAMAJ#29Payton Henry, C20000.263
MIAMAJ#30Bryan De La Cruz, OF42000.326BB (32),
OAKAAA#3Nick Allen, SS41100.274
OAKAAA#7Luis Barrera, OF40220.258
PHIMAJ#10Matt Vierling, OF30100.281
PHIMAJ#14Luke Williams, 2B10000.275
SEAR#14Starlin Aguilar, 3B30000.243BB (16),
SEAAAA#25Luis Liberato, OF40220.2622B (12),
SEAR#30Gabriel Gonzalez, OF31100.2882B (10),
SFAAA#2Joey Bart, C30110.297BB (20),
STLR#26Carlos Carmona, OF40100.174
TBMAJ#8Taylor Walls, SS41100.231E (9),
TEXAAA#2Josh Jung, 3B51420.3132B (19),
TEXR#13Bayron Lora, OF21010.2982 BB (26),
TORMAJ#5Alejandro Kirk, C30000.276
TORR#10Manuel Beltre, SS20010.265
TORR#13Yhoangel Aponte, OF30000.188
WASMAJ#1Keibert Ruiz, C51340.300
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PITCHERS

ORGCLASSRANKPLAYERIPHRERBBKERANOTES
CLEMAJ#30Sam Hentges, LHP1.0000016.72
DETMAJ#3Matt Manning, RHP5.0433326.42
DETMAJ#17Alex Lange, RHP1.0000004.39Sv (2)
HOUAAA#13Shawn Dubin, RHP3.0100143.92
LAAAAA#20Ryan Smith, LHP4.2544534.33
LAAMAJ#29Andrew Wantz, RHP1.0444003.81
LADAAA#7Andre Jackson, RHP5.0822143.35L (5-5)
OAKAAA#28Brian Howard, RHP5.0322256.14W (6-3)
PHIMAJ#24Bailey Falter, LHP1.0100013.52
SDAAA#11Reiss Knehr, RHP3.0200023.86
SDR#25Brayan Medina, RHP4.0022464.01L (0-1)
SDAAA#30Steven Wilson, RHP1.0344223.55
SEAAAA#29Penn Murfee, RHP1.0100014.42
SFAAA#11Sean Hjelle, RHP6.0751334.06L (4-7)
TBMAJ#1Shane Baz, RHP5.0222052.15W (6-4)
TEXMAJ#30A.J. Alexy, RHP3.1444612.39L (5-2)
TORMAJ#2Nate Pearson, RHP0.2211014.99
WASMAJ#23Patrick Murphy, RHP0.1222003.70
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