We’re constructing on the cease of a long season in Minor League Baseball. The High-A and Single-A seasons reach to a close on Sept. 11, with Double-A following on Sept. 18 and Triple-A on Sept. 28. After nearly five months of constant play, some hitters might maybe merely be excused for tedious and slowing down in the final stretch.
But that utterly isn’t the case in every single attach.
That is every other edition of essentially the most smartly-preferred hitters in prospectdom, masking the final 30 days ending on Aug. 24. Seven sluggers under (Kyle Manzardo, Elijah Dunham, Parker Meadows, Jose Rodriguez, Sal Frelick, Endy Rodriguez, Hunter Godman) are repeat honorees this season while three more (Edgar Quero, Vaughn Grissom, Elly De La Cruz) are featured for the third time in 2022.
These are 30 of essentially the most smartly-preferred-hitting Top 30 possibilities in the Minors appropriate now, one for every crew.
AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST
Blue Jays: Otto Lopez, 2B/OF/SS (No. 18)
Lopez was as soon as called up to Toronto from Aug. 6-8, featured in two video games without making a plate appearance and was as soon as returned to Triple-A Buffalo to impact room on the 26-man roster for Jackie Bradley Jr. He’s completely hitting love a player who needs to power his plan abet north of the border. Lopez is riding a 15-sport hitting creep with the Bisons, going 31-for-62 (.500) with seven extra-melancholy hits and handiest 10 strikeouts in that span. A profession .306 hitter in the Minors, Lopez has the hit instrument and defensive versatility to impact an MLB roster by some ability when he gets a beefy-blown alternative.
Orioles: Joseph Ortiz, SS (No. 19)
In our latest episode of the MLB Pipeline Podcast, Orioles farm director Matt Blood brought up Ortiz as considered one of the more underappreciated possibilities in the No. 1 system in the sport, and for factual motive. Ortiz has always been in a trouble to favor it at shortstop, but the bat has in actuality reach on of slack with a .349/.430/.698 line over the last month at Double-A Bowie. That entails 9 of his 15 homers for the season.
Rays: Kyle Manzardo, 1B (No. 6)
Tampa Bay’s 2021 second-rounder has managed an OPS of a minimum of .900 every month this season, but August might maybe very smartly be his hottest of all, even after a switch to Double-A 1st viscount montgomery of alamein. Manzardo hit .450/.560/1.025 with six homers in his final dozen video games at High-A Bowling Inexperienced and has hit the bottom running with a .381/.451/.667 with as many extra-melancholy hits (eight) as strikeouts in his first 12 video games in the Southern League. The previous Washington Articulate essential particular person has turned into a legit plus hitter in pro ball and can very smartly be on target to appear Tropicana Self-discipline ahead of time desk.
Crimson Sox: Triston Casas, 1B (No. 2/MLB No. 26)
When will Casas impact his mountainous league debut with the offensively challenged Crimson Sox? The 2018 first-rounder from a Florida excessive college combines hitting ability, energy and persistence and has batted .304/.404/.533 with three homers in his final 25 video games in Triple-A. He’s batting .274/.380/.492 with 10 homers in 68 video games for the season.
Yankees: Elijah Dunham, OF (No. 21)
The Arizona Fall League’s 2021 breakout player of the year, Dunham has persevered to construct this season in Double-A. He has hit .296/.438/.493 with three homers and six steals in his final 20 video games and .259/.357/.468 with 16 homers and 32 steals in 94 contests overall. Signed as a nondrafted free agent out of Indiana in 2020, he aspects life like tools across the board.
AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL
Guardians: Petey Halpin, OF (No. 20)
After a dull first half to his season, Halpin has heated up and batted .308/.413/.590 with four homers in his final 21 video games in High-A to grab his overall line to .266/.353/.398 with six homers and 16 steals in 94 contests. A 2020 third-round favor as a California excessive schooler, he’s a heart fielder with four solid or greater tools and some constructing energy.
Royals: Gavin Putrid, OF (No. 1/MLB No. 75)
This year’s ninth overall favor came flying out of the gate, going 5-for-10 (.500) with a homer and two doubles over three video games in the Arizona Complex League. That brought about a switch to Single-A Columbia on Aug. 10, and he hasn’t slowed down a ton since. Seven of his 12 hits with the Fireflies contain long past for extra bases, main to a .609 slugging percentage and .967 OPS thru his first 53 plate appearances in beefy-season ball. Particularly, the Royals contain aged Putrid exclusively in center self-discipline, where his smartly-rounded ability situation has great more mark.
Tigers: Parker Meadows, OF (No. 18)
For this week’s reminder that development isn’t always linear, we recent Meadows — an athletic outfielder who repeated High-A in the initiating of 2022 resulting from serious hit-instrument questions, handiest to total the season on a Double-A hot creep. The 22-year-traditional is batting .347/.432/.643 with seven homers over 27 video games in the final 30 days. Possibly most impressively, he’s accomplished all that with a near-even 18/16 Sufficient/BB ratio thru 118 plate appearances. Meadows has the velocity to impact a sport on the basepaths, and the more he locations the ball in the play, the more probabilities he gives himself to present off that velocity.
Twins: Edouard Julien, 2B (No. 14)
Julien made a marvelous soar up the Twins’ Top 30 in our recent re-dreadful, thanks largely to how he’s swung the bat all year in Double-A (.294/.439/.505, 16 HR, 15 SB). He’s handiest helped those numbers over the final 30 days, with a sturdy .315/.475/.598 line with seven homers. He’s moreover walked as in total as he’s struck out throughout the length.
White Sox: Jose Rodriguez, SS/2B (No. 7)
Rodriguez cracks this checklist for the second straight month on the strength of a .278/.404/.667 batting line with 10 homers and 9 steals in 23 Double-A video games. Signed for factual $50,000 out of the Dominican Republic in 2018, he combines hitting ability with sneaky energy and solid velocity. He’s hitting .280/.340/.430 overall with 11 homers and 40 steals in 104 video games.
AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST
Angels: Edgar Quero, C (No. 3)
We bought a host of questions about how close Quero, a 19-year-traditional backstop who has a season line of .313/.426/.531 in his first beefy year in Single-A, was as soon as to making the Top 100. And he’s no longer far off. If he keeps doing what he’s accomplished, and his .315/.423/.620 performance over the final month is appropriate in step with what he’s accomplished all season, then he’ll work his plan onto the checklist soon sufficient.
Athletics: Shea Langeliers, C (No. 1/MLB No. 36)
The A’s high prospect is now in the mountainous leagues, but it completely’s easy to appear why the A’s thought he might maybe merely be ready. In his 15 video games ahead of getting called up, Langeliers hit .361/.412/.541 with seven extra-melancholy hits while offering his every so often excellent protection.
Astros: Justin Dirden, OF (No. 12)
Dirden turned pro out of Southeast Missouri Articulate as a nondrafted free agent in 2020 and has blossomed into considered one of essentially the simplest energy possibilities in the Astros system. He has raked at a .378/.462/.678 clip with five homers in his final 23 contests between Double-A and Triple-A. He’s hitting a combined .323/.409/.600 with 21 homers in 105 video games on the two ranges and soundless ranks because the Double-A Texas League leader in batting (.324) and slugging (.616).
Mariners: Robert Perez Jr. (No. 21)
After hitting 20 homers in 92 Single-A video games, Perez was as soon as bumped up to High-A Everett and he hasn’t missed a beat. Over the past month combined, he hit .372/.500/.574 with 11 XBH. He has a .959 OPS in 20 video games since the promotion.
Rangers: Josh Jung, 3B (No. 1/MLB No. 39)
Jung’s season debut did not reach till July 28 after he tore the labrum in his left shoulder while lifting weights in February, but he’s making up for misplaced time by batting .307/.381/.733 with 9 homers in 20 video games between Rookie ball and Triple-A. (Lest you maintain he fattened up in opposition to Rookie-level palms, he posted a .945 OPS in opposition to them, compared with a 1.200 tag in Triple-A.) The eighth overall favor in the 2019 Draft out of Texas Tech, he’s considered one of essentially the simplest all-round hitters in the Minors and on the verge of reaching the Majors.
NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST
Braves: Vaughn Grissom, SS/2B (No. 1/MLB No. 79)
What Grissom has accomplished in the mountainous leagues (1.024 OPS) since being called up is nothing rapid of unprecedented. Clearly, the Braves were putting while the infielder was as soon as hot. In his 13 video games ahead of the promotion, Grissom had a .359/.404/.528 line, leaving his season line in Double-A at .324/.405/.494 with 14 homers and 27 steals. One thing tells us he won’t be abet in Mississippi any time soon.
Marlins: Jose Gerardo, OF (No. 20)
Signed for $180,000 from the Dominican Republic in January, Gerardo clocked a 102-mph throw from the outfield as an amateur, main to some dialogue whether or no longer he might maybe merely soundless pursue a profession on the mound. He moreover has a host of uncooked energy and an aggressive formula that contain translated into a .276/.404/.579 line with six homers and five steals in his final 22 video games in the Rookie-level Dominican Summer season League. He’s hitting .284/.417/.551 overall with 11 homers (third in the DSL) and 18 steals in 50 contests.
Mets: Stamp Vientos, 1B/3B (No. 7)
Vientos’ carrying instrument is generally going to be his energy, so it’s a serious point in his favor that his .692 slugging percentage over the final 30 days leads all World League qualifiers in that span. He’s been far from a one-trick pony of slack, on the other hand, with a .397 life like and .460 OBP over his final 20 video games for Triple-A Syracuse. The Mets selected Brett Baty over Vientos after they had a gap at third melancholy consequently of Baty’s hit-instrument and defensive advantages, but the latter is exhibiting sufficient with his bat to construct his likelihood at seeing Queens ahead of the season is out.
Nationals: James Wooden, OF (No. 3/MLB No. 35)
Unique organization, no bid. Wooden ended his Padres tenure on a bender, going 8-for-11 (.727) with a homer and six RBIs in his final three video games with Single-A Lake Elsinore, and picked up four hits in his Fredericksburg debut three days after being moved in the Juan Soto change. The 19-year-traditional outfielder is hitting .328/.403/.535 with two homers and 4 steals in 15 video games with the FredNats, exhibiting the comparable five-instrument probably that made him this form of key fragment in the August blockbuster.
Phillies: Simon Muzziotti, OF (No. 12)
It’s been a frustrating, afflict-riddled year for Muzziotti (though he did reach the mountainous leagues for the principle time). He was as soon as swinging the bat thoroughly of slack, ahead of a mid-August knee afflict cease his season. The factual info is he was as soon as starting to impact the ball a little more, a bid in the case of his offensive ceiling, and he hit .377/.426/.623 with four homers in the 68 plate appearances ahead of he bought afflict again.
NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL
Brewers: Sal Frelick, OF (No. 2/MLB No. 49)
Milwaukee keeps attempting for a bid for Frelick in his first beefy season, and the 2021 first-rounder keeps answering the decision. The Brewers promoted the previous Boston College essential particular person to Triple-A Nashville (his third level of the season) on Aug. 2, and he’s replied by hitting .419/.494/.514 with more walks (10) than strikeouts (seven) thru his first 19 video games with the Sounds. Frelick’s gracious formula and plus-plus velocity contain helped ease his transition at every conclude, and it’s fee wondering if the contending Brewers might maybe utilize those abilities in the Majors throughout September roster expansion.
Cardinals: Jordan Walker, 3B/OF (No. 1/MLB No. 6)
St. Louis has given Walker a brand fresh bid by giving him appears to be like in all three outfield spots his month. One thing’s evidently, it hasn’t affected his offensive performance. The 20-year-traditional slugger is hitting .343/.407/.614 with five homers in 19 video games with Double-A Springfield to this point in August. That’s bumped his already-excessive season OPS from .905 getting into the month to .926, eighth-finest among Double-A qualifiers despite being four years youthful than the Texas League life like.
Cubs: Matt Mervis, 1B (No. 21)
A 2020 nondrafted free agent from Duke, Mervis has emerged as considered one of the Cubs’ finest left-handed energy possibilities this season. He has hit .292/.360/.494 with three homers in his final 24 Triple-A video games and a combined .309/.368/.590 with 25 homers in 107 video games across three ranges. He ranks third in the Minors in doubles (35), extra-melancholy hits (62) and RBI (96).
Pirates: Endy Rodriguez, C/OF (No. 6)
Rodriguez clearly didn’t ranking the memo about how the switch to Double-A is onerous, utterly mashing in his 11 video games since difficult to Altoona (1.116 OPS). For the month, he hit a ridiculous .395/.500/.711 with five homers and more walks than strikeouts, bringing his season line to .308/.399/.558 across two ranges.
Reds: Elly De La Cruz, SS/3B (No. 1/MLB No. 15)
Who else? Regarded as one of essentially the most tantalizing possibilities in the sport, De La Cruz factual keeps on putting up ridiculous numbers, with the 20-year-traditional hitting even greater since he bought to Double-A. Over the final month there, the swap-hitter has posted a .344/.390/.698 line with seven homers and five steals. For the season, he’s now at .308/.362/.618 with 27 homers and 36 steals, putting him at or near the tip of any hitter of the year talk.
NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST
D-backs: Dominic Canzone, OF (No. 20)
Following transient appearances in the ACL and Texas League, Canzone returned to Triple-A Reno on Aug. 2 and has been on fireplace for the Pacific Waft League membership ever since. On a crew that moreover entails No. 3 overall prospect Corbin Carroll, Canzone leads Reno hitters in life like (.344), OBP (.382), slugging (.609), homers (four) and total bases (39) this month. That context is serious brooding about how inflated PCL numbers can look. It soundless appears to be like love Carroll might maybe merely be the per chance Ace to bounce to Arizona in the coming weeks, but don’t sleep on Canzone pushing for a peek.
Dodgers: Dalton Speeding, C (No. 9)
The Dodgers’ high favor (second round) in the 2022 Draft, Speeding has damaged into pro ball by batting .424/.527/.847 with six homers in his first 17 video games, basically in Single-A. The Louisville product combines energy and persistence and moreover presentations solid arm strength in the abet of the plate.
Giants: Vaun Brown, OF (No. 10)
No longer handiest has Brown batted .366/.500/.620 with three homers and 10 steals in his final 21 video games in High-A, but he moreover has maintained roughly that hasten to your complete season. He’s hitting .348/.439/.626 with 23 homers and 44 steals in 102 video games between two Class A stops, main the Minors in batting and runs (100) and rating second in total bases (241) and OPS (1.065). A $7,500 senior signal out of NCAA Division II Florida Southern in the 10th round of the 2021 Draft, he’s traditional for his level of competition at age 24 but moreover loaded with tools: smartly-above-life like energy, plus-plus velocity and quality center-self-discipline protection.
Padres: Eguy Rosario, INF (No. 6)
Added to the 40-man roster final offseason, Rosario has been with Triple-A El Paso all season and is hitting love someone who’d would really like to appear San Diego ahead of the season is out. The 23-year-traditional infielder owns a .337/.405/.611 line over his final 24 video games, all while putting out handiest 16.2 p.c of the time. Rosario has moved round from third to rapid to second in that point as smartly, with the Padres attempting to impact essentially the most of his above-life like velocity and precise arm. Though there isn’t an glaring starting station for him appropriate now, Rosario has sufficient tools and manufacturing to relief the Padres by some ability might maybe merely soundless he ranking the decision in September.
Rockies: Hunter Goodman, C/1B (No. 23)
It appears to be like love the energy is going to play, huh? Goodman hit 22 homers in 73 video games with Single-A Fresno but is now exhibiting it in actuality works up a level in High-A, too. He’s hit .327/.361/.673 with eight homers (18 XBH total) over the final month with Spokane. For the year, the 2021 fourth-rounder now has 31 homers to attach him in a tie for second among all Minor Leaguers.