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Baseball America Prospect Report—September 22, 2021

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Peyton Battenfield, RHP, Double-A Akron (Indians)—Battenfield, who was acquired by the Indians in a trade deadline deal from the Rays for outfielder Jordan Luplow and righthander DJ Johnson, has excelled in his first year of full-season ball between High-A and Double-A, but he saved his best start for Game 1 of the Double-A Northeast playoffs. The 24-year-old righthander pitched a season-high seven innings while allowing one run on one hit, a solo home run by Jordan Westburg, and striking out 10 to earn the win.

Drew Ellis, 3B, Triple-A Reno (Diamondbacks)—The 25-year-old third baseman made his big league debut this season, collecting nine hits in 69 at-bats before a demotion to Triple-A on Sept. 10. Ellis has been on fire since returning to Reno, with 18 hits in 45 at-bats (.400), six home runs and 20 RBIs. On Tuesday he collected five hits in five at-bats, including three doubles and a triple, scored four times and drove in five.

Kyle Harrison, LHP, Low-A San Jose (Giants)—The 20-year-old lefthander struck out six over 6.1 innings of one-run ball while allowing four hits and a walk to earn the win over Fresno in Game 1 of the Low-A West playoffs. Harrison, a 2020 third-rounder, turned in a stellar pro debut, with a 4-3, 3.19 mark and 157 strikeouts and 52 walks in 98.2 innings.

Jeremy Pena, SS, Triple-A Sugar Land (Astros)—The 2018 third-rounder from Maine missed the majority of the 2021 season after having surgery on his left wrist, but he's impressed since returning to the field in mid August. On Tuesday he turned in his first three-homer game, driving in five in a win over Albuquerque. The 24-year-old shortstop is hitting .341/.393/.683 with a career-high eight home runs in just 20 games at Triple-A.

Alek Thomas, OF, Triple-A Reno (D-backs)—Thomas hit his way out of Double-A by mid August and has been even better since arriving in Triple-A, with a .371/.431/.685 slash line and 21 extra-base hits in 28 games. On Tuesday the 21-year-old outfielder turned in his second consecutive four-hit game, extending his hit streak to seven games.

HITTERS

ORGCLASSRANKPLAYERABRHRBIAVGNOTES
ARIAAA#3Alek Thomas, OF54400.3103B (12),
ARIAAA#8Geraldo Perdomo, SS41110.226BB (51), E (15),
ARIAAA#18Drew Ellis, 3B54550.2673 2B (30), 3B (2),
ARIMAJ#22Jake McCarthy, OF40000.249
ARIR#25Manuel Pena, SS50110.259
ARIAAA#27Stuart Fairchild, OF52200.2922 3B (4),
BALR#11Maikol Hernandez, SS40100.2092 E (4),
BALR#16Samuel Basallo, C30100.2872B (6),
BOSR#20Miguel Bleis, OF43110.263HR (4),
CINMAJ#1Jose Barrero, SS10000.291
CINR#17Ariel Almonte, OF40110.274
CINR#18Malvin Valdez, OF40000.216
CINMAJ#22T.J. Friedl, OF10010.267
CLEMAJ#15Owen Miller, SS30100.246
COLAAA#5Elehuris Montero, 3B31000.2712 BB (49),
COLMAJ#10Ryan Vilade, OF20000.285
COLMAJ#23Colton Welker, 3B10000.245
COLR#27Yanquiel Fernandez, OF31100.3092B (10),
DETMAJ#11Daz Cameron, OF32300.254BB (26), SB (13),
DETR#21Abel Bastidas, SS30000.167BB (18),
HOUAAA#2Jeremy Pena, SS53450.3563 HR (8),
HOUAAA#3Pedro Leon, SS32000.2412 BB (33), CS (9),
HOUMAJ#8Jake Meyers, OF40000.322
KCMAJ#7Kyle Isbel, OF30100.2692B (21), BB (49),
LAAMAJ#23Kean Wong, UTL30000.298
LAAAAA#27Michael Stefanic, OF31120.346HR (17), BB (47), E (11),
LADMAJ#15Luke Raley, OF41100.270
LADAAA#23Zach Reks, OF20000.267BB (43),
MIAMAJ#3Jesus Sanchez, OF40000.284
MIAMAJ#11Lewin Diaz, 1B40100.240
MIAAAA#16Peyton Burdick, OF31000.229BB (77),
MIAAAA#17Monte Harrison, OF30000.235
MIAMAJ#30Bryan De La Cruz, OF30000.323BB (33),
MINMAJ#11Nick Gordon, OF51320.265HR (6), SB (16),
MINMAJ#19Brent Rooker, OF10000.231
OAKAAA#3Nick Allen, SS40110.2742 E (12),
OAKAAA#7Luis Barrera, OF40210.2612B (16), E (10),
PHIMAJ#10Matt Vierling, OF10000.281
PHIMAJ#14Luke Williams, 2B10000.274
SEAR#14Starlin Aguilar, 3B20000.238BB (17),
SEAAAA#25Luis Liberato, OF10010.261BB (30),
SEAAAA#27Donnie Walton, UTL31100.2872 BB (36),
SEAR#30Gabriel Gonzalez, OF30000.280E (2),
SFAAA#2Joey Bart, C20000.295BB (21),
STLAAA#3Nolan Gorman, 2B40000.286BB (35),
STLAAA#13Justin Williams, OF40000.180
STLAAA#15Brendan Donovan, 2B50200.314
STLAAA#18Alec Burleson, OF41220.269HR (22),
STLR#26Carlos Carmona, OF41100.178
STLAAA#27Nick Plummer, OF10000.278
TEXAAA#2Josh Jung, 3B40100.312BB (26),
TEXAAA#27Steele Walker, OF40000.253
TORMAJ#5Alejandro Kirk, C40000.271
TORR#10Manuel Beltre, SS30000.257
TORR#13Yhoangel Aponte, OF41200.2053B (3), BB (11),
WASMAJ#1Keibert Ruiz, C51210.301
Dbacks

Alek Thomas: D-backs 2021 Minor League Player Of The Year

The 21-year-old outfielder answered an important question in the upper minors this season.

PITCHERS

ORGCLASSRANKPLAYERIPHRERBBKERANOTES
ARIAAA#26Ryan Weiss, RHP1.2222024.54
CINMAJ#9Tony Santillan, RHP1.0000022.44
COLAAA#17Ryan Feltner, RHP2.2455223.40
COLAAA#30Ben Bowden, LHP1.0000015.40
HOUAAA#24Brett Conine, RHP4.0452245.36
KCMAJ#2Daniel Lynch, LHP6.0444355.66L (8-8)
LAAMAJ#16Packy Naughton, LHP4.0444314.98L (2-5)
LAAAAA#18Davis Daniel, RHP3.1111110223.81L (4-6)
LAAMAJ#28Kyle Tyler, RHP2.2333333.57
LAAMAJ#30Austin Warren, RHP1.0000014.85
MIAAAA#21Nick Neidert, RHP4.0733153.90
SEAAAA#11Andres Munoz, RHP1.0000010.00
STLAAA#10Zack Thompson, LHP2.2244337.36L (2-10)
STLAAA#23Jake Walsh, RHP1.0000031.42
WASMAJ#10Mason Thompson, RHP1.0000014.53
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