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Baseball America Prospect Report – September 24, 2018

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Brad Keller (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

Sunday's Stars

Brad Keller, RHP, Royals. Keller's final start of the season was another excellent one as he allowed one run over seven innings on only three hits and three walks. But he also struck out only two batters. Keller has walked 3.2 batters per nine innings (a little worse than average as 3 BB/9 is average for a starter) and he's struck out 6.2 per nine innings, which is well below average (8.2 K/9 this season for starters). Those would not seem to be the peripheral numbers for a very successful starter, but Keller's 9-6, 3.08 season has been a bright spot in a very rough one for the Royals. He does an excellent job of keeping the ball in the park (0.45 home runs per nine innings, where the average starter gives up 1.2 HR/9) and he pitches with a plus fastball, so there are reasons to believe he can sustain success.

Victor Robles, CF, Nationals. Robles went 2-for-6 with a triple and a home run for his best day as a big leaguer. He's still hitting only .227/.286/.432 in 49 big league plate appearances, but his combination of speed, defense and potential at the plate make him a viable option to be the Nationals everyday center fielder in 2019, even after an injury-plagued 2018. With Robles, Soto and Adam Eaton (plus Michael Taylor) the Nationals are equipped to handle losing Bryce Harper in free agency, especially with Soto establishing himself as a star at the plate.

Scott Kingery, SS, Phillies. The Phillies are collapsing like a supernova as the season ends with a 6-15 September so far. Philadelphia has gone from battling for the NL East crown to battling to finish above .500 (they are currently 78-77) and to finish second, as they are only a half game ahead of the Nationals. As the Phillies head into the offseason, they also have to figure out what role Kingery will play in 2019 both in the field (where he's primarily played shortstop after never playing that position at any time in the minors or college) and at the plate, where he's failed to post a OPS better than .660 in any month this season. But Kingery did hit his eighth homer run of the season yesterday.

— BATTERS —
TEAMCLASSPLAYER, POSABRHBIAVG
ARIMAJWalker, Christian PH1000.174
ATLMAJAcuna, Ronald PH1000.289
ATLMAJFried, Max P0000.125
BALMAJMullins, Cedric CF5000.268
BALMAJNunez, Renato 3B4121.2482B (13), HR (7)
BALMAJStewart, DJ PH-RF1012.2802B (3)
BALMAJWilkerson, Steve 2B2000.231
BALMAJWynns, Austin C4010.245
BOSMAJLin, Tzu-Wei PH-SS1010.2362B (4), BB (6)
BOSMAJTravis, Sam LF0000.192
CHCMAJBote, David 3B4111.237
CINMAJErvin, Phillip RF3000.252
CLEMAJAllen, Greg PR-RF-CF2011.243CS (4)
CLEMAJGonzalez, Erik 3B1000.273
CLEMAJHaase, Eric PH-C3010.222
COLMAJHampson, Garrett SS4020.2702B (2)
DETMAJGreiner, Grayson C2010.2392 BB (16)
DETMAJReyes, Victor CF3001.228
DETMAJStewart, Christin DH3010.240BB (7)
HOUMAJStraw, Myles PR-RF0100.000
KCMAJDozier, Hunter 1B4000.227
KCMAJGallagher, Cam C4012.211
LAAMAJHermosillo, Michael CF2000.204BB (2)
LAAMAJOhtani, Shohei DH4000.281
LAAMAJWard, Taylor 3B1000.165
LADMAJFarmer, Kyle PH-3B1001.242
LADMAJVerdugo, Alex PH1110.274
MIAMAJAnderson, Brian 3B4230.271
MIAMAJBrinson, Lewis CF4121.203
MIAMAJRichards, Trevor P3000.069
MIAMAJSierra, Magneuris RF3021.198BB (5)
NYYMAJAndujar, Miguel 3B4021.2982B (43)
NYYMAJTorres, Gleyber 2B-SS3001.275
NYYMAJVoit, Luke DH3100.306BB (12)
OAKMAJBarreto, Franklin 2B0000.229
OAKMAJLaureano, Ramon CF4020.3012B (11)
PHIMAJAlfaro, Jorge C3010.262
PHIMAJKingery, Scott SS3121.227HR (8)
PHIMAJQuinn, Roman PR0000.278SB (9)
PITMAJKingham, Nick P0000.091
PITMAJKramer, Kevin PH-3B2000.120
PITMAJLuplow, Jordan LF-CF4110.188
PITMAJMoran, Colin PH0000.278
PITMAJNewman, Kevin SS1000.188
SDMAJLucchesi, Joey P1000.063
SDMAJMejia, Francisco C4010.220
SEAMAJVogelbach, Daniel PH1000.213
SFMAJGarcia, Aramis 1B3000.341
SFMAJShaw, Chris LF4010.222
SFMAJSuarez, Andrew P1000.064
STLMAJBader, Harrison CF3221.2722B (19)
STLMAJGarcia, Adolis LF0000.125
STLMAJMunoz, Yairo 2B4122.277
STLMAJO'Neill, Tyler PR-RF0100.252
TBMAJBauers, Jake 1B4000.198
TBMAJLowe, Brandon 2B4112.233HR (6)
TBMAJMeadows, Austin PH-RF1000.333
TEXMAJGuzman, Ronald 1B4020.233
TEXMAJTocci, Carlos CF2021.228
TORMAJAlford, Anthony PR0000.125
TORMAJGurriel, Lourdes SS4001.282
TORMAJJansen, Danny C2120.267BB (8)
TORMAJTellez, Rowdy 1B4000.373
TORMAJUrena, Richard 2B4120.266
WASMAJFedde, Erick P2000.067
WASMAJRobles, Victor LF6223.2273B (1), HR (2)
WASMAJRodriguez, Jefry P0000.188
WASMAJSoto, Juan PH1000.293
WASMAJStevenson, Andrew PH1010.260
— PITCHERS —
TEAMCLASSCARD CODEIPHRERBBK
ARIMAJLopez, Yoan1.000013
ATLMAJFried, Max2.020012
BALMAJCarroll, Cody1.010001
BALMAJScott, Tanner1.000013
BOSMAJVelazquez, Hector3.142203
CWSMAJVieira, Thyago2.030002
HOUMAJValdez, Framber6.031129
KCMAJKeller, Brad7.031132
LAAMAJAlmonte, Miguel1.010001
LAAMAJJerez, Williams0.100011
MIAMAJRichards, Trevor7.030019
MILMAJBurnes, Corbin1.000001
NYMMAJSmith, Drew1.053301
PHIMAJArano, Victor1.000002
PITMAJBurdi, Nick1.010012
PITMAJKingham, Nick1.176522
PITMAJNeverauskas, Dovydas1.011100
SDMAJLucchesi, Joey3.277726
SDMAJWingenter, Trey0.121111
SEAMAJFesta, Matt1.100002
SFMAJSuarez, Andrew5.062215
TORMAJBorucki, Ryan7.032247
TORMAJPaulino, David1.000000
WASMAJFedde, Erick3.153342
WASMAJRodriguez, Jefry1.000012
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Prospect Pad Retrospective: Nationals OF Victor Robles

Robles was quickly rising through the minor league system when he talked at the Baseball America Prospect Pad in 2017.

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