Prospect of the Weekend:

Jose De Leon, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers (Triple-A Oklahoma City): 7.2 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 13 K
On July 25th, De Leon gave up seven runs on eight hits while getting four outs. Since that start, De Leon has given up six runs in 41 innings. In his last three starts, he’s struck out 33 hitters in 21 innings while allowing just four runs. Long story shorter, Jose De Leon is on fire, and by all accounts, he’s ready to pitch for the Dodgers.

Others of Note


Ty Blach, LHP, San Francisco Giants (Triple-A Fresno): 7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K. Very quietly, Blach has had a very solid year for the Grizzlies. If you expect more than a fifth starter, you’re expecting entirely too much, but there are worse things than fifth starters.

Jeimer Candelario, IF, Chicago Cubs (Triple-A Iowa): 3-for-3, 3 R, 2 2B, HR, BB. I can’t help but wonder where Candelario will be playing in 2017 and beyond; it just doesn’t seem like there’s space for this talented infielder in Chicago. I could be wrong. I have been wrong before.

Ryan McMahon, 1B/3B, Colorado Rockies (Double-A “Hartford”): 1-for-3, HR, K. A disappointing season for McMahon, to be certain. Here’s hoping he closes it on a hot streak.

Erick Fedde, RHP, Washington Nationals (Doiuble-A Harrisburg): 7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K. Do not be surprised if Fedde is pitching in Washington at some point in 2017. His stuff is very, very good.

Trey Ball, LHP, Boston Red Sox (High-A Salem): 5 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K. There have been just enough of these starts in 2016 to call Ball interesting. Frustrating as heck? You betcha, but still interesting.

Luis Urias, IF, San DIego Padres (HIgh-A Lake Elsinore): 3-for-6, R, 3B. I can’t think of many prospects who have had their stock rise as much as Urias has in 2016. I’m not sure I can think of any to be honest, but, to play it safe, we’ll just say many.

Magneuris Sierra, OF, St. Louis Cardinals (Low-A Peoria): 3-for-4, R, SB. How many prospects can you name with a chance for four plus tools? Sierra is one of them. That’s good.

Yadier Alvarez, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers (Low-A Great Lakes): 5 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K. Alvarez now has a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 52-to-9 in High-A. That is also good.


Gavin Cecchini, SS, New York Mets (Triple-A Las Vegas): 5-for-5, R, 2 2B. After hitting .258 in April, Cecchini’s average by month: .370, .346, .282, .355. He won’t hit for average like that as a big-leaguer, but he’s not just a quality defender. This is an underrated prospect, and I’m not sure how that’s happened.

Dinelson Lamet, RHP, Padres (Triple-A El Paso): 6 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K. Welcome to Triple-A, Mr. Lamet. We’ll see you in San Diego soon. Unless you get traded. Then we’ll see you somewhere else.

Josh Taylor, LHP, Arizona Diamondbacks (Double-A Mobile): 5 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 K. Taylor was an UDFA in 2014, and he’s quickly advanced through the Diamondbacks system with a plus fastball and two average secondary pitches.

Billy McKinney, OF, New York Yankees (Double-A Trenton): 3-for-6, 2B, BB, 2 K, SB. McKinney has really struggled with the bat since the trade, and he wasn’t hitting all that well with the Cubs, either. I still have faith that he can be a starting outfielder, but the stats have been pretty gross in 2016.

Jomar Reyes, 3B, Baltimore Orioles (HIgh-A Frederick): 1-for-4, HR. Speaking of struggling, Reyes has been borderline abysmal in August, to a tune of .209/.240/.286. The talent is there, but the application of the talent is still very much a work-in-progress.

Junior Fernandez, RHP, Cardinals (High-A Palm Beach): 7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K. A guy with Fernandez’s stuff (plus-plus fastball, change that flashes plus) should miss way more bats, but he’s still a teenager, and there have been flashes of brilliance in 2016.

Isan Diaz, IF, Milwaukee Brewers (Low-A Wisconsin): 1-for-2, HR, 2 BB. The stats don’t come close to indicating just how talented this kid is, but the stats are starting to look pretty dang good.

Jacob Nix, RHP, Padres (Low-A Fort Wayne): 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K. Nix’s stuff has been solid in 2016, but what has really impressed scouts is his ability to throw all of his pitches for strikes. If you can do that, you can start.


Nick Torres, OF, Padres (Triple-A El Paso): 2-for-4, 2 HR. The Padres fourth-round pick in 2014, Torres has fringe-average tools across the board, and he could be a nifty platoon outfielder in the coming seasons.

Carson Fulmer, RHP, Chicago White Sox (Triple-A Charlotte): 5 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K. Throw strikes, Mr. Fulmer. When you throw strikes, you’re nasty. If only it were that easy.

Erik Skoglund, LHP, Kansas City Royals (Double-A Northwest Arkansas): 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K. Despite being 6-foot-7, Skoglund doesn’t have a big fastball, but he does get downhill and throws three solid pitches for strikes.

J.D. Davis, 3B, Houston Astros (Double-A Corpus Christi): 2-for-3, 3 R, 2B, HR, BB. There’s too much swing-and-miss here for even an average hit tool, but Davis has plus power in his right-handed bat, and he should be a competent backup at both corner infield positions.

Osvaldo Abreu, IF, Nationals (High-A Potomac): 3-for-5, R, HR. Abreu does have some offensive ability, but it’s the glove that makes him a future big-leaguer, he can provide solid defense all over the infield.

Zack Littell, RHP, Seattle Mariners (High-A Bakersfield): 5.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K. When Littell is at his best, he shows two plus pitches in his fastball and curve, and the change is a 50-grade offering. In 2016, Littell has been at his best a lot.

Gage Hinsz, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates (Low-A West Virginia): 7 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K. Hinsz is never going to miss a ton of bats, but he throws a plus fastball and two fringe-average secondary pitches for strikes, and on occasion the curveball and change will flash above that range.

Chase Vallot, C, Royals (Low-A Lexington): 1-for-5 HR, K. If you can deal with strikeouts—okay, lots of strikeouts—Vallot has a chance to be a starting catcher; as the power, plate-discipline, and arm are all plus.

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How's this for a stat line:

Jonathan Holder, RHP: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 12 K
I think a comment or two about this young man may appear in BP in the near future. A wee bit of further research has uncovered some very impressive numbers when he was moved to the bullpen. Not just this outing but he has been lights out in almost every appearance.
Ty Blach pitches for Sacramento as opposed to the Giants old PCL team, the Fresno Grizzlies....the team he pitched against Friday night.
Thank you Chris!! I really laughed out loud when I saw the parentheses around "Hartford". It has been a brutal season for fans of Minor League baseball here in central Connecticut.