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Baseball America Prospect Report — September 24, 2021

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Adley Rutschman, Triple-A Norfolk (Orioles) — Rutschman hit his 23rd home run of the year and fifth since being promoted to Triple-A in his team's game with Charlotte. The minor leagues' top prospect put a ribbon on his first official full season as a pro by bumping his overall average .283 and overall OPS to .912 in a year played exclusively at the upper levels.

M.J. Melendez, Triple-A Omaha (Royals) — Melendez pushed his MiLB-leading home run total to 39, furthering one of the best comeback seasons in the game. After a dismal 2019 campaign, Melendez emerged renewed and has placed himself not only among the best prospects in Kansas City's system, but in the game overall. His home run total this season is seven more than his career total entering the year.

Josh Jung, Triple-A (Rangers) — Jung, the Rangers' best position-player prospect and No. 2 in the system behind first-rounder Jack Leiter, went deep on Thursday night. His three-run blast in the eighth inning against Tacoma halved what had been a six-run deficit. That proved crucial an inning later, when Round Rock struck for three more runs to walk off winners.

Jeremy Peña, Triple-A Sugar Land (Astros) — It's fitting that Peña plays for Sugar Land, because his tenure in Triple-A has been sweet. Injured for most of the season, he's hit five home runs in the last three games. That total includes a blast on Thursday as part of a three-hit game in which Peña finished a single shy of the cycle.

HITTERS

ORGCLASSRANKPLAYERABRHRBIAVGNOTES
ARIAAA#3Alek Thomas, OF31100.3102B (29), 2 BB (50), CS (8),
ARIAAA#18Drew Ellis, 3B51110.266HR (21),
ARIMAJ#22Jake McCarthy, OF21100.2492B (17),
ARIR#25Manuel Pena, SS31100.256SB (10), E (10),
ARIAAA#27Stuart Fairchild, OF40210.2972B (9),
ATLAAA#1Cristian Pache, OF20000.241BB (32),
ATLAAA#2Drew Waters, OF30100.245SB (28),
ATLAAA#2Drew Waters, OF40100.245
BALAAA#1Adley Rutschman, C41130.283HR (23),
BALAAA#1Adley Rutschman, C32100.283BB (74),
BALMAJ#14Jahmai Jones, 2B30100.236
BALAAA#17Kyle Stowers, OF31000.279BB (67),
BALAAA#17Kyle Stowers, OF42310.2792B (23),
BALAAA#19Yusniel Diaz, OF30000.163
BOSAAA#1Triston Casas, 1B42130.2833B (3), BB (50), SB (7),
BOSAAA#2Jarren Duran, CF32100.2522B (14), BB (35), 2 SB (20),
BOSAAA#4Jeter Downs, 2B40210.186
BOSR#20Miguel Bleis, OF10000.260
CHCAAA#1Brennen Davis, OF41000.267BB (44),
CHCAAA#21Christopher Morel, SS31210.224BB (43), SB (18),
CINMAJ#1Jose Barrero, SS30100.292
CINR#17Ariel Almonte, OF10010.271BB (15),
CINR#18Malvin Valdez, OF30100.219SB (13),
CINAAA#20Mark Kolozsvary, C30000.221
CINAAA#21Alejo Lopez, SS40000.322
CINAAA#21Alejo Lopez, SS41000.322
CINMAJ#22T.J. Friedl, OF10000.266
CLEAAA#6Gabriel Arias, SS40000.283
CLEMAJ#15Owen Miller, SS30220.2492B (19),
CLEAAA#16Richard Palacios, 2B40100.2963B (4),
CLEAAA#29Oscar Gonzalez, OF40000.294
COLAAA#5Elehuris Montero, 3B51110.2702B (16),
COLR#27Yanquiel Fernandez, OF20100.313
CWSMAJ#8Gavin Sheets, 1B31100.271
CWSMAJ#8Gavin Sheets, 1B20000.271
CWSAAA#9Jake Burger, 3B32130.277HR (19), BB (25),
CWSAAA#9Jake Burger, 3B21000.277BB (25),
CWSAAA#18Micker Adolfo, OF31210.2552B (24), SB (4),
CWSAAA#18Micker Adolfo, OF31130.255HR (25), BB (29),
CWSAAA#20Blake Rutherford, OF30200.249BB (21),
CWSAAA#20Blake Rutherford, OF30220.249
DETAAA#1Spencer Torkelson, 3B30000.259BB (71),
DETAAA#1Spencer Torkelson, 3B41100.2592B (24),
DETAAA#2Riley Greene, OF30110.2972B (22), BB (58),
DETAAA#2Riley Greene, OF40000.297
DETAAA#12Ryan Kreidler, IF32210.279HR (22),
DETAAA#12Ryan Kreidler, IF41220.279HR (22), E (14),
DETAAA#19Zack Short, SS21000.191BB (51),
DETAAA#19Zack Short, SS30000.191
DETR#21Abel Bastidas, SS40000.161
DETAAA#22Kody Clemens, SS40100.249
DETAAA#22Kody Clemens, SS41100.249
DETAAA#27Jacob Robson, OF30000.292BB (58),
HOUAAA#1Korey Lee, C51210.2842 2B (16),
HOUAAA#2Jeremy Pena, SS41310.3712B (4), 3B (3), HR (9), BB (7),
HOUAAA#3Pedro Leon, SS41000.237BB (34),
HOUMAJ#8Jake Meyers, OF20000.319BB (34), SB (13),
KCAAA#1Bobby Witt, SS41200.2992B (35),
KCAAA#4Nick Pratto, 1B30020.261
KCAAA#6M.J. Melendez, C31210.280HR (38),
KCAAA#24Lucius Fox, SS33200.2232B (11), BB (33), SB (18),
LAAMAJ#2Brandon Marsh, OF31100.267BB (36),
LAAAAA#27Michael Stefanic, OF51000.342
LADAAA#23Zach Reks, OF51430.2762 2B (24), HR (17),
MIAAAA#16Peyton Burdick, OF51210.2312B (19),
MIAAAA#17Monte Harrison, OF31110.2372 BB (32), SB (25),
MILAAA#2Brice Turang, SS32100.2572 BB (55),
MILAAA#12Mario Feliciano, SS42230.233HR (3),
MINAAA#8Jose Miranda, 3B31100.337E (12),
MINMAJ#11Nick Gordon, OF41340.273HR (7),
MINAAA#15Gilberto Celestino, OF30000.255
MINMAJ#19Brent Rooker, OF32100.2302B (18), BB (52),
OAKAAA#3Nick Allen, SS40310.2802B (14),
OAKAAA#7Luis Barrera, OF41210.264HR (4), BB (37),
PHIAAA#3Bryson Stott, SS31100.304BB (60),
PHIAAA#8Rafael Marchan, C20110.2162 BB (26),
PHIMAJ#10Matt Vierling, OF11000.282BB (39),
PHIAAA#11Simon Muzziotti, OF30000.314
PHIAAA#13Mickey Moniak, OF30000.237BB (34),
PITAAA#1Oneil Cruz, SS40000.290
PITAAA#20Cal Mitchell, OF40100.278
PITAAA#23Rodolfo Castro, 2B42220.2372 HR (19),
PITAAA#29Canaan Smith-Njigba, OF40100.269
SEAMAJ#5Cal Raleigh, C41220.2612B (32), HR (11),
SEAR#14Starlin Aguilar, 3B31100.2412B (7), BB (18),
SEAAAA#25Luis Liberato, OF41210.2653B (4), SB (3),
SEAAAA#27Donnie Walton, UTL41110.287BB (37),
SEAR#30Gabriel Gonzalez, OF20010.275CS (1),
SFAAA#3Heliot Ramos, OF50000.247
STLAAA#3Nolan Gorman, 2B30110.2852B (19),
STLAAA#13Justin Williams, OF41140.181HR (8),
STLAAA#15Brendan Donovan, 2B31000.312BB (49),
STLAAA#18Alec Burleson, OF11100.273
STLAAA#27Nick Plummer, OF40100.276
TBAAA#2Vidal Brujan, 2B30000.254
TBAAA#2Vidal Brujan, 2B30000.254E (10),
TBAAA#5Josh Lowe, OF31100.2962B (27),
TBAAA#5Josh Lowe, OF10000.2962 BB (56),
TBAAA#28Miles Mastrobuoni, UTL20220.3072 2B (24),
TEXAAA#2Josh Jung, 3B21130.314HR (16), 2 BB (28),
TEXAAA#9Sam Huff, C10110.2432B (8),
TEXR#13Bayron Lora, OF40000.284
TEXAAA#27Steele Walker, OF41000.250
TORAAA#7Otto Lopez, 2B30000.317E (10),
TORR#10Manuel Beltre, SS30100.260
TORR#13Yhoangel Aponte, OF10000.2032 BB (13),
WASMAJ#1Keibert Ruiz, C40100.3012B (27),
WASAAA#14Donovan Casey, OF40010.279
WASAAA#23Tres Barrera, C41110.224
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PITCHERS

ORGCLASSRANKPLAYERIPHRERBBKERANOTES
ATLAAA#14Bryce Elder, RHP5.0211252.76L (11-5)
ATLAAA#20Daysbel Hernandez, RHP1.0011213.66
BALMAJ#9Michael Baumann, RHP1.1100204.28
BALAAA#13Kevin Smith, LHP2.1355634.57
BALMAJ#27Zac Lowther, LHP5.0300276.57W (1-8)
BOSAAA#22Kutter Crawford, RHP5.0533194.55W (6-7)
CINAAA#28Riley O'Brien, RHP5.0311254.55
COLAAA#30Ben Bowden, LHP1.0100115.28
LAAMAJ#30Austin Warren, RHP1.1000114.73W (4-3)
MILMAJ#8Aaron Ashby, LHP2.0232134.04L (8-5)
OAKAAA#24Brady Feigl, RHP2.1566224.71L (8-9)
PHIMAJ#24Bailey Falter, LHP1.0000003.47
SEAAAA#19Wyatt Mills, RHP0.1331105.01L (4-2)
SEAMAJ#26Yohan Ramirez, RHP0.1111213.89
SFAAA#17Sam Long, LHP1.1100003.76
STLAAA#12Angel Rondon, RHP1.0000034.46
TBAAA#19Tommy Romero, RHP5.0200252.23W (7-1)
TEXAAA#3Cole Winn, RHP3.0433142.61
TEXMAJ#12Glenn Otto, RHP5.0522174.08L (9-7)
TORMAJ#21Thomas Hatch, RHP1.2133314.38L (2-7)
WASMAJ#10Mason Thompson, RHP0.1000014.50
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