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Prospect Report: Cubs and Rays Capture Titles, Norby Continues To Hit



Owen Caissie, OF, Cubs: Caissie connected for a three-run blast in the fourth inning of the deciding third game of the Midwest League Championship series to help South Bend capture the title over Lake County. Caissie finished the season with a .254/.349/.402 slash line with 11 home runs and 11 steals. After a rough first month that saw Caissie hit .122/.173/163, the outfielder performed well the remainder of the season.

Austin Vernon, RHP, Rays: The Rays organization continues to dominate the minor league standings and collect league titles along the way. Rays affiliates made the Florida Complex League title game, won the Carolina League championship and last night Bowling Green secured the South Atlantic League title. Vernon, a 2021 11th-round pick, led the way, as the big-bodied righthander tossed 3.1 scoreless frames, striking out four batters along the way. The 6-foot-8 righthander wrapped up his season with a 9-4, 2.40 mark and 114 strikeouts to 41 walks across 78.2 innings.

Connor Norby, 2B, Orioles: Pop quiz! Who leads the Orioles organization in home runs this season? If you guessed Anthony Santander, Gunnar Henderson or Adley Rutschman you’d be incorrect. The right answer is Connor Norby. The 2021 second-round pick has climbed the three highest levels of the minors in 2022, hitting a robust .278/.360/.523. Norby is part of the next wave of Orioles prospects that could contribute as early as next season for Baltimore.

Colton Cowser, OF, Orioles: Cowser, like Norby, climbed three levels of the minors this season, finishing at Triple-A by season's end. Cowser went 2-for-5 in Wednesday’s game, connecting for a monster blast that hit the roof of the restaurant located beyond the left field bleachers in Durham. Cowser has turned it on after a slow start at High-A Aberdeen to begin the season.

Ezequiel Tovar, SS, Rockies: The shortstop went 2-for-4 for Albuquerque on Wednesday in what could be his final minor league game. Tovar was promoted to the big league club on Wednesday night and will join the Rockies this afternoon in Denver, marking a truly impressive rise by the shortstop, who began the 2021 season in Low-A. A standout defender with strong bat-to-ball skills and the bat speed to punish mistakes, Tovar is one of the most exciting middle infield prospects on both sides of the ball.

ORGCLASSRANKPLAYERABRHRBIAVGNOTES
ARIMAJ#1Corbin Carroll, OF50130.3032B (28),
ARIMAJ#3Alek Thomas, OF40000.244
ARIMAJ#4Geraldo Perdomo, SS41100.180
ARIMAJ#15Jake McCarthy, OF32000.318BB (42), SB (30),
ARIAAA#16Dominic Canzone, OF40000.298
ARIMAJ#30Emmanuel Rivera, 3B30110.248
ARIAAA#33Buddy Kennedy, 3B20000.2552 BB (58),
ARIAAA#35Dominic Fletcher, OF41120.311HR (12), E (7),
ATLMAJ#1Michael Harris, OF40200.307
ATLMAJ#9Vaughn Grissom, SS30100.320BB (46), CS (7),
ATLAAA#32Justyn-Henry Malloy, 3B40100.290
BALMAJ#1Adley Rutschman, C51120.260
BALMAJ#4Gunnar Henderson, SS50210.302
BALAAA#5Colton Cowser, OF52220.281HR (17),
BALAAA#6Jordan Westburg, SS51100.265
BALMAJ#7Kyle Stowers, OF42230.264HR (21),
BALAAA#12Connor Norby, 2B62330.279HR (27),
BALMAJ#14Terrin Vavra, 2B21100.3012 BB (42),
BALAAA#16Joey Ortiz, SS51100.2813B (5),
BALAAA#38Robert Neustrom, OF50000.232
BOSMAJ#2Triston Casas, 1B30000.260
BOSAAA#4Jarren Duran, OF40100.254SB (21),
BOSAAA#27Ronaldo Hernandez, C40000.257
CHCAAA#1Brennen Davis, OF30000.184BB (23),
CHCAAA#20Alexander Canario, OF31200.2522 BB (53),
CHCMAJ#29Christopher Morel, OF31000.247BB (45),
CINMAJ#22T.J. Friedl, OF31000.267BB (43),
CINMAJ#26Alejo Lopez, 2B30000.264
CINAAA#28Mark Kolozsvary, C31000.168
CLEAAA#3Brayan Rocchio, SS41100.256
CLEAAA#4George Valera, SS40000.254
CLEAAA#6Nolan Jones, 3B41120.262HR (9),
CLEAAA#16Bryan Lavastida, C41100.203E (5),
CLEMAJ#27Steven Kwan, OF52310.295HR (5), SB (16),
CLEMAJ#39Will Brennan, OF40210.314
COLMAJ#2Michael Toglia, 1B40000.244
COLAAA#7Brenton Doyle, OF42210.249HR (24),
COLMAJ#8Elehuris Montero, 3B21110.286HR (21),
COLAAA#9Ezequiel Tovar, SS40200.316E (8),
COLAAA#34Willie MacIver, C40000.228
CWSMAJ#15Romy Gonzalez, SS30000.242
CWSAAA#16Yolbert Sanchez, 2B41100.292SB (11), E (13),
CWSAAA#17Lenyn Sosa, SS30200.299BB (37), SB (3), CS (4),
CWSAAA#21Blake Rutherford, OF21010.266BB (20),
DETMAJ#1Riley Greene, OF40000.250
DETMAJ#2Spencer Torkelson, 1B30000.214
DETAAA#17Kody Clemens, 2B40000.234
DETAAA#30Andre Lipcius, 3B31210.282
DETAAA#33Brendon Davis, 3B40100.232
HOUMAJ#2Jeremy Pena, SS52100.2452B (19), SB (11),
HOUAAA#4Pedro Leon, OF40000.236
HOUAAA#5Joe Perez, 3B31200.267BB (28), E (11),
HOUAAA#36Justin Dirden, OF40000.299
HOUAAA#37Corey Julks, 3B41220.273HR (29),
HOUAAA#40Scott Manea, C30000.198
KCMAJ#1Bobby Witt, SS42210.250E (20),
KCMAJ#3M.J. Melendez, C41110.212HR (19),
KCAAA#4Nick Pratto, 1B31200.220
KCMAJ#10Vinnie Pasquantino, 1B30100.2742B (27), BB (68), E (2),
KCAAA#12Nick Loftin, SS21000.250E (14),
KCMAJ#15Michael Massey, 2B40000.292
KCAAA#28Maikel Garcia, SS20000.289BB (54),
KCAAA#32Clay Dungan, SS30000.211
KCMAJ#35Nathan Eaton, 3B31200.283SB (33),
LAAAAA#19Orlando Martinez, OF51110.276
LAAMAJ#21Mickey Moniak, OF20000.250
LAAMAJ#31Livan Soto, SS20000.280E (12),
LAAAAA#37Monte Harrison, OF22100.2303 BB (40), 3 SB (28),
LADMAJ#3Miguel Vargas, 3B30000.296
LADAAA#4Michael Busch, 2B50100.2772B (36),
LADAAA#14Jacob Amaya, SS51100.2622B (20),
LADAAA#15James Outman, OF30100.2992 BB (69),
LADAAA#27Devin Mann, 2B10000.267
LADAAA#38Ryan Noda, 1B21010.2593 BB (86),
LADAAA#40Drew Avans, OF42220.287BB (57), 2 SB (36),
MIAMAJ#4Jordan Groshans, SS40100.268
MIAAAA#7Peyton Burdick, OF30000.202
MIAMAJ#10JJ Bleday, OF40000.205
MIAMAJ#21Nick Fortes, C41220.2512B (10), HR (11),
MILAAA#2Brice Turang, SS41210.2852B (21), SB (33),
MILAAA#3Sal Frelick, OF41130.329HR (10), BB (51),
MILMAJ#4Garrett Mitchell, OF20200.280
MILAAA#33Esteury Ruiz, OF41000.3222 BB (66),
MINMAJ#5Jose Miranda, 3B40000.265
MINMAJ#19Gilberto Celestino, OF40100.238
MINMAJ#24Matt Wallner, OF40220.2792B (34),
MINMAJ#28Jermaine Palacios, SS30000.262
NYMAAA#1Francisco Alvarez, C40210.2582B (21),
NYMAAA#7Khalil Lee, OF41100.220
NYMAAA#26Jake Mangum, OF51110.299
NYYAAA#1Anthony Volpe, SS50000.247
NYYMAJ#2Oswald Peraza, SS10000.254
NYYMAJ#8Oswaldo Cabrera, 2B42250.2522B (18), HR (11),
NYYAAA#20Josh Breaux, C40100.213
NYYAAA#34Ben Rortvedt, C41210.224HR (6),
OAKAAA#1Tyler Soderstrom, C40110.2632B (21),
OAKMAJ#3Cristian Pache, OF30100.198
OAKAAA#5Zack Gelof, 3B40000.270
OAKMAJ#6Nick Allen, SS30000.233
OAKAAA#7Kevin Smith, SS51310.2393B (3), HR (11), E (11),
OAKMAJ#19Jordan Diaz, 1B21200.322BB (29),
OAKAAA#24Luis Barrera, OF20000.2602 BB (34), SB (11),
OAKAAA#26Cody Thomas, OF40000.231
OAKMAJ#28Jonah Bride, 1B30000.278
OAKAAA#32Mickey McDonald, OF31000.291BB (38),
OAKMAJ#40Dermis Garcia, 1B40000.255
PHIMAJ#3Bryson Stott, SS40000.243E (6),
PHIMAJ#8Matt Vierling, OF50510.251
PHIAAA#9Rafael Marchan, C40100.237
PHIMAJ#20Nick Maton, SS20000.269
PITMAJ#1Oneil Cruz, SS20000.224BB (52),
PITAAA#7Endy Rodriguez, C41340.3252B (39),
PITAAA#17Malcom Nunez, 3B31210.264HR (23), BB (66),
PITMAJ#20Rodolfo Castro, 2B42200.2443B (6),
PITMAJ#24Jack Suwinski, OF40000.213
PITAAA#25Ji-Hwan Bae, 2B11000.2873 BB (48),
PITAAA#31Mason Martin, 1B40000.215
PITMAJ#32Cal Mitchell, OF20000.288
PITAAA#35Carter Bins, C41100.1963B (4),
SDAAA#17Eguy Rosario, 2B21000.2842 BB (59),
SDMAJ#31Jose Azocar, OF30100.294
SDAAA#39Taylor Kohlwey, 1B31210.2973B (4), BB (62),
SEAMAJ#1Julio Rodriguez, OF40200.279
SEAAAA#27Cade Marlowe, OF41210.2882B (21), HR (21),
SFAAA#4Heliot Ramos, OF40000.217BB (40),
SFAAA#26Ford Proctor, C42120.225HR (12), BB (67),
SFAAA#33Steele Walker, OF40210.245
SFMAJ#33David Villar, 3B50110.260
SFAAA#39Patrick Mazeika, C51300.2372B (8),
STLAAA#2Nolan Gorman, 3B40000.250
STLAAA#5Ivan Herrera, C21200.2662 BB (36),
STLMAJ#9Juan Yepez, 1B30100.264
STLAAA#25Delvin Perez, SS40000.226
STLAAA#38Luken Baker, 1B32210.234BB (37),
STLAAA#40Kramer Robertson, SS50000.235
TBAAA#2Josh Lowe, OF40000.275BB (56),
TBAAA#3Vidal Brujan, 2B51330.240HR (7), CS (17),
TBMAJ#20Jonathan Aranda, 2B30000.311BB (50),
TBMAJ#22Rene Pinto, C40100.2422B (22),
TBAAA#37Miles Mastrobuoni, 3B31210.2992B (32), 2 BB (60),
TEXMAJ#2Josh Jung, 3B40000.250
TEXAAA#4Ezequiel Duran, 2B52530.2762B (42), 2 HR (20), SB (16),
TEXMAJ#9Josh Smith, SS41120.251HR (8),
TEXMAJ#11Sam Huff, C40000.253
TEXMAJ#32Bubba Thompson, OF30100.292
TORAAA#6Otto Lopez, 2B40300.281BB (43),
TORAAA#39Addison Barger, SS51200.306
WASMAJ#1CJ Abrams, SS40000.262
WASMAJ#25Tres Barrera, C40200.248
WASMAJ#30Josh Palacios, OF11000.281
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Geoff's Breakout MLB Prospect Team For 2022

Geoff Pontes' picks for breakout prospects in the minor leagues at every position. These players could enter the Top 100 Prospects discussion.

ORGCLASSRANKPLAYERIPHRERBBKERANOTES
ARIAAA#23Justin Martinez, RHP2.0110033.18
ATLAAA#2Kyle Muller, LHP6.0855293.80
ATLMAJ#6Bryce Elder, RHP5.2411264.16
BALAAA#2Grayson Rodriguez, RHP3.2633372.70
BOSMAJ#21Connor Seabold, RHP5.0644144.46L (8-5)
CINMAJ#25Alexis Diaz, RHP0.2000001.83Sv (8)
CINMAJ#30Reiver Sanmartin, LHP1.0100006.69
CINAAA#34Daniel Duarte, RHP1.0000006.00
CLEAAA#26Carlos Vargas, RHP1.2100004.20
CLEAAA#36Hunter Gaddis, RHP5.2442074.98L (7-8)
COLMAJ#30Gavin Hollowell, RHP0.2100013.42
CWSAAA#13Jonathan Stiever, RHP1.0000000.00
CWSAAA#26Bennett Sousa, LHP1.0120116.07Sv (7)
CWSAAA#31Kade McClure, RHP3.0000045.20W (4-4)
DETMAJ#21Jason Foley, RHP1.0533013.69
HOUAAA#11Shawn Dubin, RHP1.0100024.18W (3-4)
HOUAAA#28Seth Martinez, RHP1.0000012.47
KCMAJ#19Dylan Coleman, RHP1.1000003.14
KCAAA#20Angel Zerpa, LHP0.2000203.76
KCAAA#24Wyatt Mills, RHP1.0000323.45
KCMAJ#29Collin Snider, RHP1.0100106.23
LAAMAJ#10Tucker Davidson, LHP5.0533035.41L (5-14)
LADAAA#2Bobby Miller, RHP2.2111344.05
LADMAJ#22Justin Bruihl, LHP1.0000003.96
LADAAA#34Nick Robertson, RHP1.0211014.71
MINAAA#3Jordan Balazovic, RHP3.0655148.19L (0-7)
NYMAAA#10Jose Butto, RHP7.02001113.92W (7-6)
NYYMAJ#21Ron Marinaccio, RHP1.0000022.39
NYYAAA#24Stephen Ridings, RHP1.0100020.00
NYYMAJ#30Greg Weissert, RHP1.0000102.62
NYYAAA#31Albert Abreu, RHP1.0100002.68
NYYAAA#36Matt Krook, LHP3.0300204.20
NYYAAA#37Jhony Brito, RHP1.2322002.95
OAKMAJ#9A.J. Puk, LHP1.0111003.25
OAKAAA#17Brent Honeywell, RHP1.2111027.88
OAKAAA#30Hogan Harris, LHP4.1122233.71L (1-4)
PHIAAA#12Griff McGarry, RHP1.0000023.35
PITMAJ#4Roansy Contreras, RHP4.26662103.54L (6-6)
PITAAA#6Quinn Priester, RHP5.0200263.03W (5-4)
PITMAJ#17Miguel Yajure, RHP1.0244217.11
SDMAJ#13Robert Suarez, RHP1.0000003.00
SDAAA#18Reiss Knehr, RHP2.2766226.55
SDAAA#40Tom Cosgrove, LHP1.1111002.89
SEAMAJ#10Andres Munoz, RHP1.0100012.59
SFMAJ#39Cole Waites, RHP0.1100112.05
STLAAA#19Kodi Whitley, RHP1.0200024.40W (3-0)
TEXAAA#27A.J. Alexy, RHP1.1000106.34
TORAAA#2Nate Pearson, RHP1.1000142.08
WASAAA#4MacKenzie Gore, LHP4.0411143.90
WASAAA#21Tommy Romero, RHP3.0422323.54W (10-6)
WASAAA#36Zach Brzykcy, RHP0.2200011.83
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