Most up-to-the-minute hitting prospect from each team

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We’re increasing on the tip of a protracted season in Minor League Baseball. The High-A and Single-A seasons come to a discontinuance on Sept. 11, with Double-A following on Sept. 18 and Triple-A on Sept. 28. After nearly 5 months of fixed play, some hitters will be excused for plain and slowing down within the closing stretch.

But that undoubtedly isn’t the case in every single attach.

That is one other edition of the most standard hitters in prospectdom, covering the final 30 days ending on Aug. 24. Seven sluggers below (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 the most standard-hitting Prime 30 possibilities within the Minors appropriate kind now, one for every team.


Blue Jays: Otto Lopez, 2B/OF/SS (No. 18)
Lopez used to be known as as much as Toronto from Aug. 6-8, featured in two games with out making a plate look and used to be returned to Triple-A Buffalo to provide room on the 26-man roster for Jackie Bradley Jr. He’s undoubtedly hitting relish a player who desires to force his formulation support north of the border. Lopez is driving a 15-game hitting lag with the Bisons, going 31-for-62 (.500) with seven further-immoral hits and fully 10 strikeouts in that span. A profession .306 hitter within the Minors, Lopez has the hit instrument and defensive versatility to electrify an MLB roster in some formulation when he will get a elephantine-blown opportunity.

Orioles: Joseph Ortiz, SS (No. 19)
In our most most contemporary episode of the MLB Pipeline Podcast, Orioles farm director Matt Blood introduced up Ortiz as one of the more underappreciated possibilities within the No. 1 system within the sport, and for upright motive. Ortiz has ceaselessly been in a region to take it at shortstop, however the bat has actually come on of boring with a .349/.430/.698 line over the previous month at Double-A Bowie. That involves nine of his 15 homers for the season.

Rays: Kyle Manzardo, 1B (No. 6)
Tampa Bay’s 2021 2d-rounder has managed an OPS of no longer much less than .900 each month this season, yet August will be his most up-to-the-minute of all, even after a slump to Double-A Bernard Law Sir Bernard Law. Manzardo hit .450/.560/1.025 with six homers in his closing dozen games at High-A Bowling Inexperienced and has hit the bottom running with a .381/.451/.667 with as many further-immoral hits (eight) as strikeouts in his first 12 games within the Southern League. The customary Washington Express huge title has turned genuine into a legit plus hitter in expert ball and will be on map to perceive Tropicana Discipline sooner than agenda.

Crimson Sox: Triston Casas, 1B (No. 2/MLB No. 26)
When will Casas produce his huge league debut with the offensively challenged Crimson Sox? The 2018 first-rounder from a Florida high college combines hitting skill, vitality and endurance and has batted .304/.404/.533 with three homers in his final 25 games in Triple-A. He is batting .274/.380/.492 with 10 homers in 68 games for the season.

Yankees: Elijah Dunham, OF (No. 21)
The Arizona Plunge League’s 2021 breakout player of the 300 and sixty five days, Dunham has persisted to create this season in Double-A. He has hit .296/.438/.493 with three homers and 6 steals in his final 20 games and .259/.357/.468 with 16 homers and 32 steals in 94 contests total. Signed as a nondrafted free agent out of Indiana in 2020, he aspects reasonable tools all over the board.


Guardians: Petey Halpin, OF (No. 20)
After a boring first half of to his season, Halpin has heated up and batted .308/.413/.590 with four homers in his final 21 games in High-A to procure his total line to .266/.353/.398 with six homers and 16 steals in 94 contests. A 2020 third-spherical take as a California high schooler, he is a heart fielder with four solid or greater tools and a few increasing vitality.

Royals: Gavin Despicable, OF (No. 1/MLB No. 75)
This 300 and sixty five days’s ninth total take came flying out of the gate, going 5-for-10 (.500) with a homer and two doubles over three games within the Arizona Advanced League. That prompted a slump to Single-A Columbia on Aug. 10, and he hasn’t slowed down a ton since. Seven of his 12 hits with the Fireflies have faith long gone for further bases, ensuing in a .609 slugging share and .967 OPS thru his first 53 plate appearances in elephantine-season ball. Severely, the Royals have faith outdated faculty Despicable completely in heart field, where his effectively-rounded skill region has even more value.

Tigers: Parker Meadows, OF (No. 18)
For this week’s reminder that pattern isn’t ceaselessly linear, we present Meadows — an athletic outfielder who repeated High-A at the foundation of 2022 attributable to severe hit-instrument questions, fully to terminate the season on a Double-A hot lag. The 22-300 and sixty five days-passe is batting .347/.432/.643 with seven homers over 27 games within the final 30 days. Most definitely most impressively, he’s performed all that with a discontinuance to-even 18/16 Enough/BB ratio thru 118 plate appearances. Meadows has the payment to electrify a game on the basepaths, and the more he places the ball within the play, the more possibilities he offers himself to affirm their very possess praises that lunge.

Twins: Edouard Julien, 2B (No. 14)
Julien made a high-quality jump up the Twins’ Prime 30 in our most contemporary re-infamous, thanks largely to how he’s swung the bat all 300 and sixty five days in Double-A (.294/.439/.505, 16 HR, 15 SB). He’s fully helped these numbers over the final 30 days, with a sturdy .315/.475/.598 line with seven homers. He’s additionally walked as generally as he’s struck out sometime of the length.

White Sox: Jose Rodriguez, SS/2B (No. 7)
Rodriguez cracks this list for the 2d straight month on the energy of a .278/.404/.667 batting line with 10 homers and nine steals in 23 Double-A games. Signed for loyal $50,000 out of the Dominican Republic in 2018, he combines hitting skill with sneaky vitality and solid lunge. He is hitting .280/.340/.430 total with 11 homers and 40 steals in 104 games.


Angels: Edgar Quero, C (No. 3)
We bought diverse questions about how discontinuance Quero, a 19-300 and sixty five days-passe backstop who has a season line of .313/.426/.531 in his first elephantine 300 and sixty five days in Single-A, used to be to increasing the Prime 100. And he’s no longer some distance off. If he retains doing what he’s performed, and his .315/.423/.620 efficiency over the final month is appropriate kind fixed with what he’s performed all season, then he’ll work his formulation onto the list quickly sufficient.

Athletics: Shea Langeliers, C (No. 1/MLB No. 36)
The A’s high prospect is now within the massive leagues, nonetheless it’s straightforward to perceive why the A’s conception he will be animated. In his 15 games earlier than getting known as up, Langeliers hit .361/.412/.541 with seven further-immoral hits while providing his on the total illustrious defense.

Astros: Justin Dirden, OF (No. 12)
Dirden turned expert out of Southeast Missouri Express as a nondrafted free agent in 2020 and has blossomed into one of the fundamental simple vitality possibilities within the Astros system. He has raked at a .378/.462/.678 clip with 5 homers in his final 23 contests between Double-A and Triple-A. He is hitting a mixed .323/.409/.600 with 21 homers in 105 games at the two ranges and unruffled ranks as the Double-A Texas League chief in batting (.324) and slugging (.616).

Mariners: Robert Perez Jr. (No. 21)
After hitting 20 homers in 92 Single-A games, Perez used to be bumped as much as High-A Everett and he hasn’t passed over a beat. All the design in which thru the last month mixed, he hit .372/.500/.574 with 11 XBH. He has a .959 OPS in 20 games since the promotion.

Rangers: Josh Jung, 3B (No. 1/MLB No. 39)
Jung’s season debut did no longer come till July 28 after he tore the labrum in his left shoulder while lifting weights in February, however he is making up for lost time by batting .307/.381/.733 with nine homers in 20 games between Rookie ball and Triple-A. (Lest you watched he fattened up against Rookie-level palms, he posted a .945 OPS against them, when when compared with a 1.200 designate in Triple-A.) The eighth total absorb the 2019 Draft out of Texas Tech, he is seemingly one of the fundamental simple all-spherical hitters within the Minors and on the verge of reaching the Majors.


Braves: Vaughn Grissom, SS/2B (No. 1/MLB No. 79)
What Grissom has performed within the massive leagues (1.024 OPS) since being known as up is nothing in need of unprecedented. Clearly, the Braves were placing while the infielder used to be hot. In his 13 games earlier than 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. Something tells us he gained’t be support in Mississippi any time quickly.

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 newbie, ensuing in some dialogue whether or no longer he may per chance unruffled pursue a profession on the mound. He additionally has diverse raw vitality and an aggressive design that have faith translated genuine into a .276/.404/.579 line with six homers and 5 steals in his final 22 games within the Rookie-level Dominican Summer season League. He is hitting .284/.417/.551 total with 11 homers (third within the DSL) and 18 steals in 50 contests.

Mets: Designate Vientos, 1B/3B (No. 7)
Vientos’ carrying instrument is ceaselessly going to be his vitality, so it’s a necessary point in his settle on that his .692 slugging share over the final 30 days leads all Worldwide League qualifiers in that span. He’s been removed from a one-trick pony of boring, on the choice hand, with a .397 reasonable and .460 OBP over his final 20 games for Triple-A Syracuse. The Mets selected Brett Baty over Vientos when they’d an opening at third immoral as a consequence of Baty’s hit-instrument and defensive benefits, however the latter is showing sufficient with his bat to imprint his probability at seeing Queens earlier than the season is out.

Nationals: James Wood, OF (No. 3/MLB No. 35)
Recent group, no misfortune. Wood ended his Padres tenure on a bender, going 8-for-11 (.727) with a homer and 6 RBIs in his closing three games with Single-A Lake Elsinore, and picked up four hits in his Fredericksburg debut three days after being moved within the Juan Soto alternate. The 19-300 and sixty five days-passe outfielder is hitting .328/.403/.535 with two homers and 4 steals in 15 games with the FredNats, showing the equal 5-instrument possible that made him the sort of key share within the August blockbuster.

Phillies: Simon Muzziotti, OF (No. 12)
It’s been a frustrating, hurt-riddled 300 and sixty five days for Muzziotti (even though he did attain the massive leagues for the first time). He used to be swinging the bat very effectively of boring, earlier than a mid-August knee hurt terminate his season. The upright data is he used to be beginning to electrify the ball powerful more, a misfortune concerning his offensive ceiling, and he hit .377/.426/.623 with four homers within the 68 plate appearances earlier than he obtained hurt over again.


Brewers: Sal Frelick, OF (No. 2/MLB No. 49)
Milwaukee retains attempting to search out a misfortune for Frelick in his first elephantine season, and the 2021 first-rounder retains answering the name. The Brewers promoted the customary Boston Faculty huge title to Triple-A Nashville (his third level of the season) on Aug. 2, and he’s spoke back by hitting .419/.494/.514 with more walks (10) than strikeouts (seven) thru his first 19 games with the Sounds. Frelick’s developed design and plus-plus lunge have faith helped ease his transition at each terminate, and it’s value wondering if the contending Brewers may per chance use these abilities within the Majors sometime of September roster growth.

Cardinals: Jordan Walker, 3B/OF (No. 1/MLB No. 6)
St. Louis has given Walker a singular misfortune by giving him appears to be like in all three outfield spots his month. One thing’s for certain, it hasn’t affected his offensive efficiency. The 20-300 and sixty five days-passe slugger is hitting .343/.407/.614 with 5 homers in 19 games with Double-A Springfield up to now in August. That’s bumped his already-high season OPS from .905 coming into the month to .926, eighth-easiest among Double-A qualifiers no matter being four years younger than the Texas League reasonable.

Cubs: Matt Mervis, 1B (No. 21)
A 2020 nondrafted free agent from Duke, Mervis has emerged as one of the Cubs’ easiest left-handed vitality possibilities this season. He has hit .292/.360/.494 with three homers in his final 24 Triple-A games and a mixed .309/.368/.590 with 25 homers in 107 games all over three ranges. He ranks third within the Minors in doubles (35), further-immoral hits (62) and RBI (96).

Pirates: Endy Rodriguez, C/OF (No. 6)
Rodriguez clearly didn’t gather the memo about how the slump to Double-A is exhausting, fully mashing in his 11 games since transferring to Altoona (1.116 OPS). For the month, he hit a ridiculous .395/.500/.711 with 5 homers and more walks than strikeouts, bringing his season line to .308/.399/.558 all over two ranges.

Reds: Elly De La Cruz, SS/3B (No. 1/MLB No. 15)
Who else? One amongst the most delightful possibilities within the sport, De La Cruz loyal retains on striking up ridiculous numbers, with the 20-300 and sixty five days-passe hitting even greater since he obtained to Double-A. Over the final month there, the change-hitter has posted a .344/.390/.698 line with seven homers and 5 steals. For the season, he’s now at .308/.362/.618 with 27 homers and 36 steals, striking him at or discontinuance to the terminate of any hitter of the 300 and sixty five days talk.


D-backs: Dominic Canzone, OF (No. 20)
Following transient appearances within the ACL and Texas League, Canzone returned to Triple-A Reno on Aug. 2 and has been on fireplace for the Pacific Cruise League club ever since. On a team that additionally involves No. 3 total prospect Corbin Carroll, Canzone leads Reno hitters in reasonable (.344), OBP (.382), slugging (.609), homers (four) and total bases (39) this month. That context is serious pondering how inflated PCL numbers can perceive. It unruffled appears to be like relish Carroll will be the per chance Ace to soar to Arizona within the upcoming weeks, however don’t sleep on Canzone pushing for a see.

Dodgers: Dalton Speeding, C (No. 9)
The Dodgers’ high take (2d spherical) within the 2022 Draft, Speeding has broken into expert ball by batting .424/.527/.847 with six homers in his first 17 games, largely in Single-A. The Louisville product combines vitality and endurance and additionally shows solid arm energy at the support of the plate.

Giants: Vaun Brown, OF (No. 10)
No longer fully has Brown batted .366/.500/.620 with three homers and 10 steals in his final 21 games in High-A, however he additionally has maintained roughly that lunge for the total season. He is hitting .348/.439/.626 with 23 homers and 44 steals in 102 games between two Class A stops, leading the Minors in batting and runs (100) and rating 2d in total bases (241) and OPS (1.065). A $7,500 senior signal out of NCAA Division II Florida Southern within the 10th spherical of the 2021 Draft, he is passe for his level of competition at age 24 however additionally loaded with tools: effectively-above-reasonable vitality, plus-plus lunge and tremendous heart-field defense.

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 relish any individual who’d remove to perceive San Diego earlier than the season is out. The 23-300 and sixty five days-passe infielder owns a .337/.405/.611 line over his final 24 games, all while placing out fully 16.2 percent of the time. Rosario has moved spherical from third to short to 2d in that time as effectively, with the Padres attempting to provide the most of his above-reasonable lunge and solid arm. Even though there isn’t an evident foundation for him appropriate kind now, Rosario has sufficient tools and manufacturing to succor the Padres in some formulation may per chance unruffled he gather the name in September.

Rockies: Hunter Goodman, C/1B (No. 23)
It appears to be like relish the vitality is going to play, huh? Goodman hit 22 homers in 73 games with Single-A Fresno however is now showing it actually 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 300 and sixty five days, the 2021 fourth-rounder now has 31 homers to position him in a tie for 2d among all Minor Leaguers.

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