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Baseball America Prospect Report — September 28, 2021

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Curtis Mead (Photo by Brian Westerholt/Four Seam)

Jordan Qsar, RF, High-A Bowling Green (Rays) — Qsar’s two-run home run proved the biggest blow in Bowling Green’s 7-5 win over Greensboro in Game 4 of the High-A East championship series. The Hot Rods win forces a deciding Game 5 tonight. With all of Triple-A off today, that means the Bowling Green-Greensboro decider will be the only minor league game in the U.S. today--there are 25 Dominican Summer League games also on tap.

Curtis Mead, 1B, High-A Bowling Green (Rays) — Mead went 3-for-4 with a triple for High-A Bowling Green. Back from his brief stint at Triple-A Durham, Mead is hitting .375 (6-for-16) in the postseason.

Jeremy Peña, SS, Triple-A Sugar Land (Astros) — Peña singled on Monday. That’s the good news. The bad news is he also struck out in his other four at-bats. Peña has been exceptional for Triple-A Sugar Land since he returned from a wrist injury in late August, but the only slightly concerning issue about his .333/.393/.676 stint with Sugar Land has been his extreme aggressiveness at the plate. He’s walked five times (4.4%) and struck out 29 times (25.9%) in 112 plate appearances. That’s a reasonable rate for a hitter who is providing the power he’s shown—nine home runs in just 112 PAs. But it’s also something worth monitoring.

Kevin Padlo, 3B, Triple-A Tacoma (Mariners) — Padlo tripled and hit his eighth home run for Triple-A Tacoma. Picked up off waivers from the Rays, Padlo has turned his season around since he became a Mariner. He’s hitting .337/.437/.674 for the Rainiers in 103 plate appearances. He was hitting .194/.270/.379 for Triple-A Durham before he was designated for assignment.

Alek Thomas, CF, Triple-A Reno (D-backs) — Thomas led off for Reno by hitting his eighth home run of the season for the Aces. Thomas now has 18 home runs overall between Double-A Amarillo and Reno. He’s hitting .375/.441/.674 since his promotion to Reno.


ARIAAA#3Alek Thomas, OF21110.314HR (18), 2 BB (52),
ARIAAA#18Drew Ellis, 3B30100.2622B (31), BB (56),
ARIR#25Manuel Pena, SS41220.2582B (3), BB (16),
ARIAAA#27Stuart Fairchild, OF30000.282
BALR#16Samuel Basallo, C30000.274E (8),
CINMAJ#1Jose Barrero, SS11000.293
CINR#17Ariel Almonte, OF10110.2862B (8), SB (5),
CINR#18Malvin Valdez, OF32200.2252B (6), SB (14),
CINMAJ#22T.J. Friedl, OF10100.273
COLAAA#5Elehuris Montero, 3B31120.276HR (26), BB (50), E (22),
COLAAA#10Ryan Vilade, OF41100.283
COLR#27Yanquiel Fernandez, OF30000.309
DETMAJ#19Zack Short, SS11000.193
DETR#21Abel Bastidas, SS40000.167
HOUAAA#1Korey Lee, C40100.2772B (17), BB (31),
HOUAAA#2Jeremy Pena, SS50100.347
HOUAAA#3Pedro Leon, SS40100.227CS (10),
KCMAJ#7Kyle Isbel, OF31100.2702B (23),
LAAAAA#27Michael Stefanic, OF41000.340BB (50),
LADAAA#15Luke Raley, OF41000.267BB (27),
LADAAA#23Zach Reks, OF51330.276HR (18),
OAKAAA#3Nick Allen, SS41000.287BB (29),
OAKAAA#12Zack Gelof, 3B40350.3232B (9),
SEAR#14Starlin Aguilar, 3B41100.248BB (19),
SEAAAA#25Luis Liberato, OF30000.265
SEAAAA#27Donnie Walton, UTL41110.289HR (14),
SEAR#30Gabriel Gonzalez, OF41110.282
SFAAA#3Heliot Ramos, OF51200.2522B (25),
SFAAA#15Ricardo Genoves, C40210.2702B (25),
STLR#26Carlos Carmona, OF31000.195BB (6),
TEXAAA#2Josh Jung, 3B41100.3132B (21),
TEXAAA#9Sam Huff, C41120.240HR (13),
TEXR#13Bayron Lora, OF50000.271
TEXAAA#27Steele Walker, OF42100.2512B (17),
TORR#10Manuel Beltre, SS31000.235
WASMAJ#1Keibert Ruiz, C30010.302BB (34),
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ARIAAA#26Ryan Weiss, RHP1.0322214.60
COLAAA#30Ben Bowden, LHP1.0000015.05Sv (2)
DETMAJ#3Matt Manning, RHP3.1466536.71L (5-10)
DETMAJ#17Alex Lange, RHP1.0100004.37
HOUAAA#13Shawn Dubin, RHP2.0000123.74
HOUAAA#24Brett Conine, RHP2.0100115.25W (8-3)
KCMAJ#5Jackson Kowar, RHP4.1755145.21L (9-9)
LAAAAA#1Reid Detmers, LHP2.0411124.11
LAAAAA#18Davis Daniel, RHP4.0533173.92
SDR#25Brayan Medina, RHP3.0200033.58
SEAMAJ#26Yohan Ramirez, RHP1.0000014.12
SEAAAA#29Penn Murfee, RHP1.0000024.36
SFAAA#17Sam Long, LHP1.1000033.70
WASMAJ#3Josiah Gray, RHP5.1433345.27W (3-3)
WASMAJ#10Mason Thompson, RHP1.0100114.38
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