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Prospect Report: Julio Rodriguez, Bobby Witt Jr Are Heating Up



Monday's Prospect Performers

Brendan Donovan, OF, Cardinals – Of all the prospects the Cardinals have called up this year, none have been as impactful as Donovan. The 25-year-old went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, an RBI and scored the game-tying run in the seventh inning during the Cardinals rally. To cap it all off, he made a diving catch in the top of the 10th inning in right field to preserve a 3-3 tie and set the stage for Paul Goldschmidt’s walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the inning. Overall, Donovan is now batting .340 with a 1.004 OPS since being called up at the end of April.

Julio Rodriguez, OF, Mariners – Rodriguez continues to put his early-season struggles behind him. The 21-year-old center fielder went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run in the Mariners’ 7-6 win over the Athletics. After batting .205 with a .544 OPS in April, Rodriguez is up to .276 with a .726 OPS after a red-hot first three weeks of May.

Juan Yepez, DH, Cardinals – Perhaps no prospect benefitted from the addition of the DH to the National League more than Yepez. The 24-year-old Venezuelan hit his fourth home run of the season in the Cardinals’ 7-3 win over the Blue Jays, taking Jose Berrios deep in the seventh inning to kickstart a late rally. Yepez is now batting .304 with an .899 OPS since getting called up on May 4 and has settled into the fifth spot in the Cardinals order behind Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado.

Bobby Witt Jr., SS, Royals – Witt is beginning to find his power in May. The Royals top prospect entering the year went 2-for-5 with a home run in the Royals’ loss to the D-backs on Monday. He has now hit five home runs in May after hitting none in April, a promising glimmer of hope in an otherwise dismal start for both Witt and the Royals as a whole.

ORGCLASSRANKPLAYERABRHRBIAVGNOTES
ARIMAJ#4Geraldo Perdomo, SS4010.210E (4),
ARIMAJ#15Jake McCarthy, OF4001.333
BALMAJ#1Adley Rutschman, C4000.284
CHCMAJ#26Alfonso Rivas, 1B3110.273BB (13),
CHCMAJ#29Christopher Morel, OF4110.305
CLEMAJ#27Steven Kwan, OF4010.266
DETMAJ#2Spencer Torkelson, 1B3120.1862B (4), BB (16),
HOUMAJ#2Jeremy Pena, SS3010.287E (7),
KCMAJ#1Bobby Witt, SS5121.221HR (5),
KCMAJ#3M.J. Melendez, C4110.197BB (18),
KCMAJ#6Kyle Isbel, OF4011.269BB (4),
KCMAJ#30Emmanuel Rivera, 3B4000.265
NYMMAJ#39Patrick Mazeika, C5011.2472B (4),
NYYMAJ#15Estevan Florial, OF3000.256BB (16),
OAKMAJ#3Cristian Pache, OF3012.1592B (2),
OAKMAJ#7Kevin Smith, SS3121.227
OAKMAJ#24Luis Barrera, OF1000.288
PITMAJ#20Rodolfo Castro, 2B3010.2342B (8), BB (23), CS (2), E (5),
PITMAJ#24Jack Suwinski, OF3010.2502B (11),
SDMAJ#31Jose Azocar, OF2021.250
SEAMAJ#1Julio Rodriguez, OF4223.274HR (4),
SFMAJ#2Joey Bart, C2010.171
SFMAJ#23Kevin Padlo, 3B2000.228
STLMAJ#2Nolan Gorman, 3B3000.315BB (15),
STLMAJ#9Juan Yepez, 1B4111.290HR (13),
STLMAJ#13Brendan Donovan, 2B3121.3182B (9), BB (20),
WASMAJ#1Keibert Ruiz, C4000.279

Diamondbacks

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ORGCLASSRANKPLAYERIPHRERBBKERANOTES
ARIMAJ#17Luis Frias, RHP1.0000115.87
ATLMAJ#10Tucker Davidson, LHP2.2455425.75L (2-2)
BALMAJ#37Felix Bautista, RHP1.1000112.50
CINMAJ#35Jared Solomon, RHP0.2122101.38
DETMAJ#35Elvin Rodriguez, RHP5.0444345.10
HOUMAJ#28Seth Martinez, RHP1.1200012.40
KCMAJ#29Collin Snider, RHP0.2322005.63
NYMMAJ#34Colin Holderman, RHP2.0100022.12
OAKMAJ#9A.J. Puk, LHP0.2200110.50
OAKMAJ#24Zach Logue, LHP4.2677464.97L (2-3)
SDMAJ#13Robert Suarez, RHP1.0000024.00
SEAMAJ#29Penn Murfee, RHP0.0211101.35
STLMAJ#16Andre Pallante, RHP0.1000200.95
WASMAJ#7Joan Adon, RHP4.2766447.02L (1-8)
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