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Baseball America Prospect Report—September 9, 2021

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Dax Fulton, LHP, High-A Beloit (Marlins)—It hasn't always been easy for Fulton in his first year pitching since having Tommy John surgery in September 2019, but he's looked more comfortable since receiving a promotion to High-A on Aug. 17. On Wednesday he struck out seven and walked two over four one-hit innings, giving him 16 strikeouts and six walks in 18 innings at Beloit.

Nolan Gorman, 2B/3B, Triple-A Memphis (Cardinals)—After a promotion to Triple-A in late June it took Gorman some time to get going at the new level, as he hit .245 in July. He began to heat up in August, hitting .316, and he's been even better to start September, with 11 hits in 29 at-bats (.379). On Wednesday he hit a homer in his second consecutive game to give him 23 on the season to go with a .289/.341/.501 slash line between Double-A and Triple-A.

Kyle Harrison, LHP, Low-A San Jose (Giants)—Harrison, a 2020 third-rounder, added another strong start on Wednesday to what has been an encouraging debut season. The 20-year-old lefthander struck out eight and walked one over six innings of one-run ball. Harrison, who is 3-3, 3.36 in 93.2 innings, ranks sixth in the minor leagues with 149 strikeouts.

Luis Medina, RHP, Double-A Somerset (Yankees)—There's no question that Medina has an impressive arsenal, with a fastball that hits triple digits, a plus-plus curveball and a plus changeup, but he's struggled at times due to poor command and control. His outing on Wednesday was not one of those times, as he dominated Hartford hitters over seven scoreless innings. The 22-year-old struck out five, walked one and allowed six hits to pick up the win. Medina is 6-4, 3.59 with 123 strikeouts and 53 walks in 95.1 innings between High-A and Double-A.

Jose Miranda, 3B, Triple-A St. Paul (Twins)—Miranda worked on his approach at the plate during the 2020 shutdown and it's paid off in a big way in 2021. The 23-year-old is having his best season to date, and hit his 26th homer, a solo shot, in a win over Omaha. Miranda has posted career bests in all three slash line categories, home runs, runs scored (86) and walks (39) between Double-A and Triple-A.

Miguel Vargas, 3B, Double-A Tulsa (Dodgers)—Vargas has impressive bat-to-ball skills, but before this season his power lagged behind. He added strength during the 2020 shutdown and this season has shown a dramatic uptick in power, surpassing his previous season high in homers by June 19. On Wednesday he collected three hits, including his 22nd homer of the season, in a loss to Amarillo.

Anthony Volpe, 2B/SS, High-A Hudson Valley (Yankees)—Volpe has been one of the best players in the minor leagues all season long and he turned in another impressive day in the team's doubleheader against Brooklyn. Volpe collected two hits in each game, finishing with four hits in seven at-bats, two runs scored and a homer. He's hitting .298/.423/.617 with 25 homers and 30 stolen bases between the Class A levels.

Nick Yorke, 2B, High-A Greenville (Red Sox)—Yorke only collected one hit on Wednesday, but it was the biggest hit of the night. He stepped to the plate with the bases loaded in a 2-2 game in the ninth inning and after taking a ball and a called strike, he crushed a go-ahead grand slam to right field in the eventual 6-2 win.

HITTERS

ORGCLASSRANKPLAYERABRHRBIAVGNOTES
ARIAA#8Geraldo Perdomo, SS50100.2122B (8),
ATLAAA#1Cristian Pache, OF41100.240BB (31),
ATLAAA#2Drew Waters, OF50100.2332B (19), CS (8),
ATLHiA#3Michael Harris, OF51100.297
ATLAA#4Shea Langeliers, C41210.256
ATLAA#7Braden Shewmake, SS31000.227
ATLHiA#12Jesse Franklin, OF50100.2452B (23),
ATLHiA#15Vaughn Grissom, SS32210.3232B (17), BB (35),
ATLAA#26Justin Dean, OF40000.240
ATLAA#28Luke Waddell, SS40000.282
BALAAA#1Adley Rutschman, C30110.2882B (24),
BALHiA#4Gunnar Henderson, SS51110.263HR (16),
BALLoA#5Colton Cowser, OF41300.375
BALAA#7Jordan Westburg, SS20010.274
BALLoA#10Connor Norby, 2B41110.275HR (3),
BALMAJ#14Jahmai Jones, 2B40000.232
BALLoA#15Coby Mayo, 3B41200.324E (7),
BALAAA#17Kyle Stowers, OF40000.275
BALAAA#19Yusniel Diaz, OF40000.165
BALLoA#20Reed Trimble, OF40000.211
BALHiA#25Adam Hall, SS41320.258BB (22), SB (25),
BALLoA#26John Rhodes, OF20010.2662 BB (9),
BOSAAA#4Jeter Downs, 2B30000.175
BOSHiA#8Nick Yorke, 2B51140.327HR (13),
BOSLoA#10Gilberto Jimenez, OF31000.306BB (19),
BOSLoA#17Brainer Bonaci, SS40100.2332B (11),
BOSLoA#18Matthew Lugo, SS30110.257BB (33), SB (15), CS (4),
BOSAAA#19Connor Wong, C40000.256
BOSHiA#23Brandon Howlett, 3B41300.2542B (19),
BOSLoA#25Ceddanne Rafaela, SS40000.249
CHCAA#1Brennen Davis, OF53110.265HR (15),
CHCHiA#8Yohendrick Pinango, OF30000.277BB (30),
CHCAAA#11Greg Deichmann, OF31100.274BB (57),
CHCHiA#14Alexander Canario, OF40000.237
CHCAA#21Christopher Morel, SS61340.2212 2B (17), HR (18),
CHCAA#24Nelson Velazquez, OF61250.2712B (22), HR (19),
CINHiA#4Matt McLain, SS40000.279BB (12), SB (6),
CINLoA#6Rece Hinds, 3B51110.245HR (11),
CINHiA#15Ivan Johnson, 2B50110.256
CINHiA#19Mike Siani, OF40100.215
CINAAA#20Mark Kolozsvary, C10100.2352B (14),
CINAAA#21Alejo Lopez, SS51200.326
CINAAA#22T.J. Friedl, OF52210.259HR (11),
CINHiA#24Allan Cerda, OF50000.233
CINLoA#26Jose Torres, SS30000.2752 BB (8), SB (6),
CLEAA#4George Valera, OF40100.252
CLEAA#5Bo Naylor, C40100.1792B (12),
CLEAAA#6Gabriel Arias, SS40000.273
CLEAA#7Brayan Rocchio, SS31100.271
CLELoA#9Angel Martinez, SS30000.251BB (38),
CLELoA#14Gabriel Rodriguez, SS40100.236
CLEAAA#16Richard Palacios, 2B40000.290
CLEHiA#20Jose Tena, IF50100.286
CLEAAA#23Bryan Lavastida, C40100.296
CLEHiA#25Jhonkensy Noel, 1B50100.3672B (14),
CLEAAA#29Oscar Gonzalez, OF40000.311
COLAA#3Michael Toglia, 1B40100.2232B (16),
COLHiA#6Aaron Schunk, 3B40110.226
COLHiA#9Brenton Doyle, OF40000.269
COLHiA#11Ezequiel Tovar, SS41110.2942B (29),
COLAA#19Willie MacIver, C40000.225
COLAA#21Jameson Hannah, OF40100.2672B (16), E (2),
COLHiA#22Grant Lavigne, 1B21000.2692 BB (52), SB (9),
COLMAJ#23Colton Welker, 3B10000.256
CWSMAJ#8Gavin Sheets, 1B30000.275
CWSAAA#9Jake Burger, 3B30000.284
CWSLoA#14Bryan Ramos, 3B41210.239HR (13), BB (45),
CWSAA#16Lenyn Sosa, SS50110.280
CWSMAJ#17Romy Gonzalez, SS10100.271
CWSAAA#18Micker Adolfo, OF30000.257
CWSAAA#20Blake Rutherford, OF30000.239
CWSLoA#26Wilber Sanchez, SS20000.203BB (6), E (3),
CWSLoA#27Misael Gonzalez, OF30000.256BB (14),
DETAAA#1Spencer Torkelson, 3B41000.263BB (66),
DETAAA#2Riley Greene, OF53300.3022B (20),
DETHiA#6Gage Workman, SS21000.2412 BB (49),
DETR#8Izaac Pacheco, IF40000.213
DETR#10Roberto Campos, OF31110.211HR (5),
DETAAA#11Daz Cameron, OF50000.237
DETAAA#12Ryan Kreidler, IF31200.2742B (20), BB (43),
DETHiA#15Parker Meadows, OF30030.202
DETHiA#16Colt Keith, IF40010.292
DETAAA#19Zack Short, SS40000.188
DETAAA#22Kody Clemens, SS40010.258BB (31),
DETR#26Adinso Reyes, IF30000.154CS (1),
DETR#30Jose De La Cruz, OF30100.190
HOUAA#6Joe Perez, 3B60210.2892B (31),
HOUMAJ#8Jake Meyers, OF40000.332
HOUR#11Tyler Whitaker, OF40100.2052B (2),
HOUAA#12Grae Kessinger, SS51210.215
HOULoA#15Jordan Brewer, OF30100.263BB (31), SB (18),
HOUAA#17Alex McKenna, OF51100.266BB (38),
HOUR#21Dauri Lorenzo, SS20000.245
HOUHiA#22Zach Daniels, OF41200.2192B (10), BB (46),
HOUHiA#27Freudis Nova, SS50000.204
KCAAA#1Bobby Witt, SS51110.300HR (29),
KCAAA#4Nick Pratto, 1B21000.268BB (73),
KCAAA#6M.J. Melendez, C31000.281BB (59),
KCAAA#7Kyle Isbel, OF40100.271
KCAAA#24Lucius Fox, SS40100.201BB (28),
KCAA#29Vinnie Pasquantino, 1B11100.3143 BB (56),
LAAMAJ#2Brandon Marsh, OF41100.2693B (7),
LAALoA#8Arol Vera, SS50310.303BB (11), SB (10), E (8),
LAAAA#10Orlando Martinez, OF20010.2612 BB (29),
LAALoA#12D'Shawn Knowles, OF61100.230SB (31),
LAALoA#17Alexander Ramirez, OF40000.200BB (17),
LAAMAJ#23Kean Wong, UTL20100.309
LADAA#3Michael Busch, 2B51110.260HR (20),
LADAA#5Miguel Vargas, 3B52310.317HR (22), SB (11),
LADHiA#6Andy Pages, OF41100.261
LADAA#11Kody Hoese, 3B40100.198SB (2),
LADHiA#13Leonel Valera, SS30000.228
LADAA#19Jacob Amaya, SS40100.221
LADHiA#20Carson Taylor, C30100.2782B (15),
LADHiA#27Eddys Leonard, SS40000.298E (15),
LADHiA#28Ryan Ward, OF30110.289BB (45),
LADLoA#29Jose Ramos, OF42340.3222 HR (11), 2 BB (18), CS (4),
LADHiA#30Jorbit Vivas, 2B30000.311BB (31),
MIAMAJ#3Jesus Sanchez, OF50100.284
MIAR#8Joe Mack, C30000.088BB (12),
MIAAA#10JJ Bleday, OF51310.203SB (4),
MIAMAJ#11Lewin Diaz, 1B40000.232
MIAAA#15Kameron Misner, OF50000.247
MIAAA#16Peyton Burdick, OF42210.2332B (17), HR (21), BB (74),
MIAAAA#17Monte Harrison, OF31100.236SB (21),
MIAAA#19Griffin Conine, OF50000.220
MIALoA#25Jose Salas, SS40100.321SB (12), 2 E (13),
MIALoA#27Cody Morissette, SS40100.202
MIAR#28Jordan McCants, SS40010.196
MIAMAJ#30Bryan De La Cruz, OF51310.3322B (24),
MILAAA#2Brice Turang, SS30000.261BB (44), SB (15),
MILHiA#3Sal Frelick, OF50000.368
MILLoA#4Tyler Black, 2B22000.2093 BB (20),
MILLoA#5Hedbert Perez, OF51100.2622B (9),
MILHiA#9Joe Gray, OF31100.259BB (51),
MILHiA#11Freddy Zamora, SS41120.301
MILHiA#13Zavier Warren, C50000.257
MILLoA#14Eduardo Garcia, SS40320.2752B (12), E (5),
MILAA#15David Hamilton, SS52300.2524 SB (51),
MILLoA#20Alex Binelas, 3B51420.3272B (9), HR (4),
MILHiA#22Felix Valerio, IF31000.3052 BB (65),
MILHiA#27Joey Wiemer, OF41300.301BB (52),
MINAA#1Austin Martin, OF30000.269SB (13),
MINAAA#8Jose Miranda, 3B62320.3322B (26), HR (26),
MINMAJ#11Nick Gordon, OF30110.2602B (7),
MINAAA#15Gilberto Celestino, OF41100.2412 BB (31),
MINR#20Noah Miller, SS51550.2603B (1), HR (2), E (3),
MINLoA#22Misael Urbina, OF20200.191CS (6),
MINLoA#26Alerick Soularie, OF10000.2552 BB (17), CS (1),
MINAA#27Spencer Steer, 2B30000.255BB (52),
MINHiA#28Edouard Julien, 2B32130.262HR (13), 2 BB (102),
MINHiA#29Matt Wallner, OF52320.2732B (13), HR (13), E (6),
NYMHiA#1Francisco Alvarez, C41210.270HR (21),
NYMHiA#3Ronny Mauricio, SS41100.239
NYMHiA#3Ronny Mauricio, SS30000.239BB (24),
NYMAAA#11Khalil Lee, OF31100.235BB (58), CS (9),
NYMHiA#14Jaylen Palmer, UTL30000.256BB (57), CS (6),
NYMHiA#14Jaylen Palmer, UTL40000.256
NYMMAJ#20Patrick Mazeika, C10000.256
NYMHiA#25Luke Ritter, 2B31100.236BB (22),
NYMHiA#25Luke Ritter, 2B30000.236
NYYLoA#1Jasson Dominguez, OF30000.259BB (21), SB (5),
NYYHiA#2Anthony Volpe, SS30200.2952 2B (34), CS (9),
NYYHiA#2Anthony Volpe, SS42210.2952B (34), HR (25),
NYYAA#3Oswald Peraza, SS30110.299BB (32),
NYYLoA#6Trey Sweeney, SS52400.2872B (3), 3B (4), SB (4),
NYYHiA#10Austin Wells, C30200.272SB (13),
NYYAA#16Oswaldo Cabrera, SS30100.2552B (28), BB (30), CS (5),
NYYHiA#18Everson Pereira, OF40000.320
NYYR#19Alexander Vargas, SS30000.240E (4),
NYYR#26Raimfer Salinas, OF31000.237
OAKAA#9Logan Davidson, SS41110.218HR (7), BB (56),
OAKLoA#11Robert Puason, SS30000.202
OAKLoA#12Zack Gelof, 3B41210.329HR (5),
OAKLoA#15Junior Perez, OF30100.205SB (18),
OAKAA#17Kyle McCann, C51110.178HR (8),
OAKHiA#21Austin Beck, OF20100.205BB (16), SB (3),
OAKHiA#21Austin Beck, OF40000.205
OAKHiA#25Lawrence Butler, 1B41110.253
OAKHiA#25Lawrence Butler, 1B30000.253
PHIHiA#4Johan Rojas, OF51410.257
PHILoA#5Ethan Wilson, OF21000.247BB (5),
PHILoA#5Ethan Wilson, OF20220.2473B (2), BB (5), CS (2),
PHIMAJ#10Matt Vierling, OF10000.283
PHIHiA#11Simon Muzziotti, OF50210.333
PHIAAA#13Mickey Moniak, OF41000.238
PHIAAA#14Luke Williams, 2B30000.292
PHIAAA#15Nick Maton, 2B41120.225HR (7),
PHIR#16Jordan Viars, OF31100.258
PHIHiA#18Luis Garcia, SS40210.251
PHIR#27Logan Cerny, OF31100.278BB (5), SB (5),
PHILoA#30Kendall Simmons, OF21210.2162B (11), 3B (2), BB (16),
PHILoA#30Kendall Simmons, OF30000.216E (14),
PITAAA#7Tucupita Marcano, UTL30000.242BB (54),
PITLoA#9Hudson Head, OF30100.212BB (63),
PITLoA#17Endy Rodriguez, C41100.282
PITLoA#17Endy Rodriguez, C21100.2822 BB (47),
PITLoA#18Maikol Escotto, SS30000.240
PITLoA#18Maikol Escotto, SS30100.2402B (11),
SDHiA#3Robert Hassell, OF40200.318SB (32),
SDHiA#3Robert Hassell, OF41100.318
SDHiA#14Euribiel Angeles, 2B21000.340
SDHiA#14Euribiel Angeles, 2B30200.3402B (24),
SDAA#19Eguy Rosario, 2B50110.287SB (30),
SDHiA#21Brandon Valenzuela, C20100.3052 BB (54),
SDHiA#21Brandon Valenzuela, C10010.305BB (54),
SDHiA#22Jonny Homza, C41000.220
SDLoA#23Max Ferguson, 2B41200.2603B (2), BB (23),
SDHiA#24Tirso Ornelas, OF31210.238
SDHiA#24Tirso Ornelas, OF40100.238
SEAAA#1Julio Rodriguez, OF63310.3472B (16),
SEAHiA#2Noelvi Marte, SS40100.277
SEAMAJ#5Cal Raleigh, C10000.260
SEAAA#8Zach DeLoach, OF61200.277
SEAHiA#16Victor Labrada, OF30010.269
SEAAA#22Kaden Polcovich, UTL40130.220
SEAHiA#23Alberto Rodriguez, OF30000.290BB (51),
SEAHiA#28Cade Marlowe, OF31000.274
SFHiA#1Marco Luciano, SS50100.259SB (6),
SFHiA#8Jairo Pomares, OF50200.357SB (1),
SFAA#10Will Wilson, SS30100.229BB (42), SB (8),
SFHiA#15Ricardo Genoves, C42100.2672B (21), BB (40),
SFLoA#16Patrick Bailey, C20000.2552 BB (42),
SFAA#24Diego Rincones, OF40100.300SB (1),
STLHiA#2Jordan Walker, 3B30100.323BB (31), SB (12),
STLAAA#3Nolan Gorman, 2B41220.290HR (23),
STLHiA#6Masyn Winn, SS40300.242SB (31),
STLR#7Joshua Baez, OF40200.1762B (3),
STLAA#9Malcom Nunez, OF10100.2512 E (16),
STLAA#14Delvin Perez, SS21000.2702 BB (26), 2 E (15),
STLAAA#15Brendan Donovan, 2B30320.3122B (20), BB (41), SB (17), 2 E (11),
STLHiA#17Jhon Torres, OF40000.244
STLAAA#18Alec Burleson, OF41100.267BB (38), E (3),
STLLoA#19Ryan Holgate, OF20000.207
STLAAA#27Nick Plummer, OF40000.280BB (65),
STLAA#30Luken Baker, 1B30110.2382B (19), BB (35),
TBAAA#2Vidal Brujan, 2B11000.2572 BB (44), SB (38),
TBAA#4Xavier Edwards, 2B40100.284
TBMAJ#5Josh Lowe, OF10100.285BB (52), SB (25),
TBAA#16Blake Hunt, C40000.212
TBAA#30Ruben Cardenas, OF40100.298
TEXAA#4Justin Foscue, 2B40210.2692B (16), E (2),
TEXHiA#5Ezequiel Duran, 2B40100.263BB (39), SB (17), CS (9),
TEXAA#6Josh Smith, SS31000.306BB (33), SB (25),
TEXLoA#7Luisangel Acuna, SS31110.271SB (43),
TEXLoA#11Aaron Zavala, OF42200.341BB (7), SB (6),
TEXHiA#19Dustin Harris, 1B30000.3212 BB (44),
TEXAA#25Davis Wendzel, SS41110.258
TEXHiA#26David Garcia, C51110.261HR (4),
TORMAJ#5Alejandro Kirk, C50000.295
TORAAA#7Otto Lopez, 2B52220.321SB (17),
TORLoA#8Miguel Hiraldo, 2B52200.2492 SB (27),
TORLoA#12Victor Mesia, C50110.254E (2),
TORLoA#25Leonardo Jimenez, SS22210.3153 BB (39),
TORHiA#26Tanner Morris, SS42110.290BB (57),
TORHiA#29Will Robertson, OF30100.2402B (14), BB (19),
TORLoA#30Dasan Brown, OF51210.211BB (14), 2 SB (18), CS (4),
WASMAJ#1Keibert Ruiz, C20000.2932 BB (32),
WASHiA#11Yasel Antuna, SS30000.230BB (41),
WASLoA#12Jeremy De La Rosa, OF40000.199
WASHiA#21Drew Mendoza, 1B40000.216
WASHiA#28Drew Millas, C40100.269
WASLoA#30Branden Boissiere, 1B40000.127
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PITCHERS 

ORGCLASSRANKPLAYERIPHRERBBKERANOTES
ARIAA#14Brandon Pfaadt, RHP5.0744182.76
ATLAA#9Jared Shuster, LHP5.2611254.37
BALAAA#13Kevin Smith, LHP4.0555334.12L (3-6)
BOSHiA#27Jeremy Wu-Yelland, LHP3.0311243.72
CINAA#8Graham Ashcraft, RHP5.0632262.76
CINMAJ#9Tony Santillan, RHP2.0000022.65
CINLoA#12Andrew Abbott, LHP3.0633045.40
CINHiA#14Christian Roa, RHP7.0511173.66
CINLoA#29Thomas Farr, RHP3.0300030.00
CLEHiA#11Tanner Burns, RHP5.0400143.64
CLEAA#17Peyton Battenfield, RHP5.1733162.17L (7-1)
CLEAA#19Joey Cantillo, LHP1.2200232.35
COLHiA#13Helcris Olivarez, LHP3.1342225.58
COLAA#25Karl Kauffmann, RHP5.1311436.91L (2-12)
CWSLoA#11Sean Burke, RHP3.1100253.00
DETMAJ#3Matt Manning, RHP3.0411046.77
HOULoA#18Chayce McDermott, RHP4.0110151.72
KCAA#20Angel Zerpa, LHP3.0300044.52
KCAAA#29Ronald Bolanos, RHP4.0555235.36L (0-3)
LAAMAJ#29Andrew Wantz, RHP1.0000032.35
LADAA#1Bobby Miller, RHP2.2544122.54
LADMAJ#14Mitch White, RHP5.0544063.06L (4-3)
LADAA#24Nick Robertson, RHP2.0100133.88
LADHiA#26Hyun-il Choi, RHP4.1444223.64L (8-5)
MIAAA#2Max Meyer, RHP5.0744272.56L (6-2)
MIAHiA#13Dax Fulton, LHP4.0100273.99
MILMAJ#8Aaron Ashby, LHP2.0000114.21W (7-4)
MINMAJ#5Joe Ryan, RHP7.0100043.23W (5-4)
MINAAA#12Drew Strotman, RHP5.1433364.81W (8-3)
NYMHiA#6J.T. Ginn, RHP5.0300253.28W (4-3)
NYMLoA#13Junior Santos, RHP7.0511154.40L (5-6)
NYMHiA#23Michel Otanez, RHP2.0211134.54Sv (1)
NYYMAJ#4Luis Gil, RHP3.1133763.38
NYYAA#5Luis Medina, RHP7.0600153.63W (7-5)
PHIR#2Andrew Painter, RHP1.0000010.00
PHIR#20Micah Ottenbreit, RHP1.0433019.00
PITHiA#3Quinn Priester, RHP4.0721132.76
SDHiA#13Kevin Kopps, RHP1.0100020.77W (1-0)
SEAHiA#12Juan Then, RHP5.0744166.62L (2-4)
SFLoA#5Kyle Harrison, LHP6.0311183.36W (3-3)
STLAAA#10Zack Thompson, LHP4.1453466.89L (2-8)
STLAA#23Jake Walsh, RHP1.0200031.69
STLR#24Jose Davila, RHP2.1633135.26L (1-3)
TEXAA#18Cody Bradford, LHP5.0743053.57
TORHiA#9Adam Kloffenstein, RHP4.1755376.23
WASMAJ#10Mason Thompson, RHP1.0100024.70
WASAA#13Matt Cronin, LHP1.2000121.86
WASMAJ#23Patrick Murphy, RHP2.2000242.56
WASHiA#25Mitchell Parker, LHP5.0955155.12L (3-12)
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