We’re rising on the finish of a long season in Minor League Baseball. The High-A and Single-A seasons attain to a shut on Sept. 11, with Double-A following on Sept. 18 and Triple-A on Sept. 28. After with regards to 5 months of fixed play, some hitters is presumably excused for wearisome and slowing down within the final stretch.
Nevertheless that undoubtedly isn’t the case all over.
Right here’s one other model of the freshest hitters in prospectdom, masking the closing 30 days ending on Aug. 24. Seven sluggers beneath (Kyle Manzardo, Elijah Dunham, Parker Meadows, Jose Rodriguez, Sal Frelick, Endy Rodriguez, Hunter Godman) are repeat honorees this season whereas three more (Edgar Quero, Vaughn Grissom, Elly De La Cruz) are featured for the third time in 2022.
These are 30 of the freshest-hitting High 30 possibilities within the Minors loyal now, one for every group.
AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST
Blue Jays: Otto Lopez, 2B/OF/SS (No. 18)
Lopez became called up to Toronto from Aug. 6-8, featured in two games with out making a plate look and became returned to Triple-A Buffalo to produce room on the 26-man roster for Jackie Bradley Jr. He’s undoubtedly hitting enjoy a player who needs to force his methodology serve north of the border. Lopez is using a 15-game hitting bound with the Bisons, going 31-for-62 (.500) with seven further-unfriendly hits and perfect 10 strikeouts in that span. A profession .306 hitter within the Minors, Lopez has the hit instrument and defensive versatility to impact an MLB roster in some methodology when he gets a beefy-blown opportunity.
Orioles: Joseph Ortiz, SS (No. 19)
In our most most modern episode of the MLB Pipeline Podcast, Orioles farm director Matt Blood introduced up Ortiz as one among the more underappreciated possibilities within the No. 1 plan within the game, and for factual reason. Ortiz has repeatedly been in a position to prefer it at shortstop, nonetheless the bat has actually attain on of slack with a .349/.430/.698 line over the final 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 2d-rounder has managed an OPS of at least .900 every month this season, but August is presumably his hottest of all, even after a roam to Double-A Bernard Law 1st viscount montgomery of alamein. Manzardo hit .450/.560/1.025 with six homers in his final dozen games at High-A Bowling Green and has hit the bottom running with a .381/.451/.667 with as many further-unfriendly hits (eight) as strikeouts in his first 12 games within the Southern League. The primitive Washington State smartly-known person has became a legit plus hitter in knowledgeable ball and is presumably now not astray to survey Tropicana Field forward of time desk.
Red Sox: Triston Casas, 1B (No. 2/MLB No. 26)
When will Casas produce his substantial league debut with the offensively challenged Red Sox? The 2018 first-rounder from a Florida high faculty combines hitting means, vitality and endurance and has batted .304/.404/.533 with three homers in his closing 25 games in Triple-A. He’s batting .274/.380/.492 with 10 homers in 68 games for the season.
Yankees: Elijah Dunham, OF (No. 21)
The Arizona Drop League’s 2021 breakout player of the 300 and sixty five days, Dunham has persisted to keep that season in Double-A. He has hit .296/.438/.493 with three homers and 6 steals in his closing 20 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 realistic tools throughout the board.
AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL
Guardians: Petey Halpin, OF (No. 20)
After a slack first half to his season, Halpin has heated up and batted .308/.413/.590 with four homers in his closing 21 games in High-A to enhance his overall line to .266/.353/.398 with six homers and 16 steals in 94 contests. A 2020 third-round prefer as a California high schooler, he is a middle fielder with four solid or better tools and some rising vitality.
Royals: Gavin Imperfect, OF (No. 1/MLB No. 75)
This 300 and sixty five days’s ninth overall prefer came flying out of the gate, going 5-for-10 (.500) with a homer and two doubles over three games within the Arizona Complex League. That prompted a roam to Single-A Columbia on Aug. 10, and he hasn’t slowed down a ton since. Seven of his 12 hits with the Fireflies bag long gone for further bases, leading to a .609 slugging share and .967 OPS through his first 53 plate appearances in beefy-season ball. Notably, the Royals bag vulnerable Imperfect exclusively in heart field, the attach his smartly-rounded skill living has far more price.
Tigers: Parker Meadows, OF (No. 18)
For this week’s reminder that pattern isn’t repeatedly linear, we present Meadows — an athletic outfielder who repeated High-A on the initiate of 2022 attributable to excessive hit-instrument questions, perfect to entire the season on a Double-A hot bound. The 22-300 and sixty five days-vulnerable is batting .347/.432/.643 with seven homers over 27 games within the closing 30 days. Per chance most impressively, he’s carried out all that with a shut to-even 18/16 Ok/BB ratio through 118 plate appearances. Meadows has the tempo to impact a game on the basepaths, and the more he puts the ball within the play, the more probabilities he gives himself to order their possess praises that tempo.
Twins: Edouard Julien, 2B (No. 14)
Julien made a agreeable soar up the Twins’ High 30 in our most modern re-unsuitable, 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 perfect helped these numbers over the closing 30 days, with a robust .315/.475/.598 line with seven homers. He’s moreover walked as in overall as he’s struck out throughout the duration.
White Sox: Jose Rodriguez, SS/2B (No. 7)
Rodriguez cracks this record for the 2d straight month on the strategy of a .278/.404/.667 batting line with 10 homers and 9 steals in 23 Double-A games. Signed for accurate $50,000 out of the Dominican Republic in 2018, he combines hitting means with sneaky vitality and solid tempo. He’s hitting .280/.340/.430 overall with 11 homers and 40 steals in 104 games.
AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST
Angels: Edgar Quero, C (No. 3)
We received quite a range of questions on how shut Quero, a 19-300 and sixty five days-vulnerable backstop who has a season line of .313/.426/.531 in his first beefy 300 and sixty five days in Single-A, became to creating the High 100. And he’s now not far off. If he retains doing what he’s carried out, and his .315/.423/.620 efficiency over the closing month is correct in accordance with what he’s carried out all season, then he’ll work his methodology onto the record quickly ample.
Athletics: Shea Langeliers, C (No. 1/MLB No. 36)
The A’s prime prospect is now within the substantial leagues, nonetheless it’s easy to survey why the A’s thought he is presumably ready. In his 15 games before getting called up, Langeliers hit .361/.412/.541 with seven further-unfriendly hits whereas offering his in overall necessary defense.
Astros: Justin Dirden, OF (No. 12)
Dirden turned knowledgeable out of Southeast Missouri State as a nondrafted free agent in 2020 and has blossomed into one among the best vitality possibilities within the Astros plan. He has raked at a .378/.462/.678 clip with five homers in his closing 23 contests between Double-A and Triple-A. He’s hitting a blended .323/.409/.600 with 21 homers in 105 games on the two phases and aloof 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 games, Perez became bumped up to High-A Everett and he hasn’t neglected a beat. Over the previous month blended, 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 now not attain till July 28 after he tore the labrum in his left shoulder whereas lifting weights in February, nonetheless he is making up for lost time by batting .307/.381/.733 with 9 homers in 20 games between Rookie ball and Triple-A. (Lest you imagine he fattened up against Rookie-stage arms, he posted a .945 OPS against them, compared to a 1.200 mark in Triple-A.) The eighth overall prefer within the 2019 Draft out of Texas Tech, he is one among the best all-around hitters within 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 carried out within the substantial leagues (1.024 OPS) since being called up is nothing looking unprecedented. Clearly, the Braves were striking whereas the infielder became hot. In his 13 games old to 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 received’t be serve 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, leading to a pair discussion whether or now not he must aloof pursue a profession on the mound. He moreover has quite a range of raw vitality and an aggressive methodology that bag translated into a .276/.404/.579 line with six homers and five steals in his closing 22 games within the Rookie-stage Dominican Summer season League. He’s hitting .284/.417/.551 overall with 11 homers (third within the DSL) and 18 steals in 50 contests.
Mets: Tag Vientos, 1B/3B (No. 7)
Vientos’ carrying instrument is repeatedly going to be his vitality, so it’s a predominant level in his desire that his .692 slugging share over the closing 30 days leads all World League qualifiers in that span. He’s been far from a one-trick pony of slack, nonetheless, with a .397 realistic and .460 OBP over his closing 20 games for Triple-A Syracuse. The Mets chose Brett Baty over Vientos as soon as they had an opening at third unfriendly attributable to Baty’s hit-instrument and defensive advantages, nonetheless the latter is exhibiting ample along with his bat to indulge in his probability at seeing Queens before the season is out.
Nationals: James Wooden, OF (No. 3/MLB No. 35)
New group, no insist. Wooden ended his Padres tenure on a bender, going 8-for-11 (.727) with a homer and 6 RBIs in his final 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 commerce. The 19-300 and sixty five days-vulnerable outfielder is hitting .328/.403/.535 with two homers and four steals in 15 games with the FredNats, exhibiting the identical five-instrument most likely that made him the form of key fragment within the August blockbuster.
Phillies: Simon Muzziotti, OF (No. 12)
It’s been a frustrating, shatter-riddled 300 and sixty five days for Muzziotti (even if he did attain the substantial leagues for the first time). He became swinging the bat very smartly of slack, before a mid-August knee shatter finish his season. The factual news is he became starting up to impact the ball barely more, a insist concerning his offensive ceiling, and he hit .377/.426/.623 with four homers within the 68 plate appearances before he got damage every other time.
NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL
Brewers: Sal Frelick, OF (No. 2/MLB No. 49)
Milwaukee retains making an attempt to secure a arena for Frelick in his first beefy season, and the 2021 first-rounder retains answering the call. The Brewers promoted the primitive Boston College smartly-known person to Triple-A Nashville (his third stage of the season) on Aug. 2, and he’s answered by hitting .419/.494/.514 with more walks (10) than strikeouts (seven) through his first 19 games with the Sounds. Frelick’s developed methodology and plus-plus tempo bag helped ease his transition at every stop, and it’s worth questioning if the contending Brewers would possibly presumably use these expertise within the Majors throughout September roster expansion.
Cardinals: Jordan Walker, 3B/OF (No. 1/MLB No. 6)
St. Louis has given Walker a recent arena by giving him looks in all three outfield spots his month. One thing’s for necessary, it hasn’t affected his offensive efficiency. The 20-300 and sixty five days-vulnerable slugger is hitting .343/.407/.614 with five homers in 19 games with Double-A Springfield to this level in August. That’s bumped his already-high season OPS from .905 getting into the month to .926, eighth-perfect among Double-A qualifiers irrespective of being four years youthful than the Texas League realistic.
Cubs: Matt Mervis, 1B (No. 21)
A 2020 nondrafted free agent from Duke, Mervis has emerged as one among the Cubs’ perfect left-handed vitality possibilities this season. He has hit .292/.360/.494 with three homers in his closing 24 Triple-A games and a blended .309/.368/.590 with 25 homers in 107 games throughout three phases. He ranks third within the Minors in doubles (35), further-unfriendly hits (62) and RBI (96).
Pirates: Endy Rodriguez, C/OF (No. 6)
Rodriguez clearly didn’t regain the memo about how the roam to Double-A is arduous, absolutely mashing in his 11 games since transferring 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 throughout two phases.
Reds: Elly De La Cruz, SS/3B (No. 1/MLB No. 15)
Who else? One in every of the most keen possibilities within the game, De La Cruz accurate retains on striking up ridiculous numbers, with the 20-300 and sixty five days-vulnerable hitting even better since he got to Double-A. Over the closing 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, striking him at or shut to the finish of any hitter of the 300 and sixty five days focus on.
NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST
D-backs: Dominic Canzone, OF (No. 20)
Following short appearances within the ACL and Texas League, Canzone returned to Triple-A Reno on Aug. 2 and has been on fireplace for the Pacific Hover League club ever since. On a group that moreover entails No. 3 overall prospect Corbin Carroll, Canzone leads Reno hitters in realistic (.344), OBP (.382), slugging (.609), homers (four) and entire bases (39) this month. That context is most significant interested by how inflated PCL numbers can evaluate. It aloof looks enjoy Carroll is presumably the most likely Ace to leap to Arizona within the coming weeks, nonetheless don’t sleep on Canzone pushing for a evaluate.
Dodgers: Dalton Speeding, C (No. 9)
The Dodgers’ prime prefer (2d round) within the 2022 Draft, Speeding has broken into knowledgeable ball by batting .424/.527/.847 with six homers in his first 17 games, mostly in Single-A. The Louisville product combines vitality and endurance and moreover reveals solid arm power within the serve of the plate.
Giants: Vaun Brown, OF (No. 10)
No longer perfect has Brown batted .366/.500/.620 with three homers and 10 steals in his closing 21 games in High-A, nonetheless he moreover has maintained roughly that tempo for the final season. He’s 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 ranking 2d in entire bases (241) and OPS (1.065). A $7,500 senior mark out of NCAA Division II Florida Southern within the 10th round of the 2021 Draft, he is vulnerable for his stage of competitors at age 24 nonetheless moreover loaded with tools: smartly-above-realistic vitality, plus-plus tempo and quality heart-field defense.
Padres: Eguy Rosario, INF (No. 6)
Added to the 40-man roster closing offseason, Rosario has been with Triple-A El Paso all season and is hitting enjoy anyone who’d enjoy to survey San Diego before the season is out. The 23-300 and sixty five days-vulnerable infielder owns a .337/.405/.611 line over his closing 24 games, all whereas striking out perfect 16.2 p.c of the time. Rosario has moved around from third to short to 2d in that point as smartly, with the Padres making an attempt to produce the most of his above-realistic tempo and stable arm. Though there isn’t an glaring starting up device for him loyal now, Rosario has ample tools and manufacturing to abet the Padres in some methodology must aloof he regain the call in September.
Rockies: Hunter Goodman, C/1B (No. 23)
It looks enjoy the vitality is going to play, huh? Goodman hit 22 homers in 73 games with Single-A Fresno nonetheless is now exhibiting it actually works up a stage in High-A, too. He’s hit .327/.361/.673 with eight homers (18 XBH entire) over the closing month with Spokane. For the 300 and sixty five days, the 2021 fourth-rounder now has 31 homers to place aside him in a tie for 2d among all Minor Leaguers.