Why make us wait?
Grant Desme, OF, Athletics (High-A Stockton)
Thursday’s stats: 2-for-3, 2 HR (20), 3 R, 2 RBI, BB
Yesterday, the Minor League Update alerted you of the impending 30/30 season from Desme, and instead of making us check the daily box scores waiting for the big blast, Desme took care of it last night, blasting a pair of bombs, giving him 31 home runs to go with 40 stolen bases on the year. With 18 home runs in his last 52 games and a .325 batting average, he’s only getting better as the season rolls on.
A glimmer of hope?
Lars Anderson, 1B, Red Sox (Double-A Portland)
Thursday’s stats: 3-for-5, 2B, HR (9), R, RBI
Anderson entered the year seen almost universally as the Red Sox top prospect, but after a brutal year at Double-A, he’s unlikely to keep the crown. Thursday night’s home run was his first in a staggering 43 games, and the seven total bases only raised his season averages to .245/.339/.369. Nagging injuries have certainly played a role, but it’s not enough to wash this all away.
And the hits just keep on coming
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, Pirates (Double-A Altoona)
Thursday’s stats: 3-for-5, 2 HR (12), 3 R, 3 RBI
Any concerns about Alvarez’ slow start this year have been all but completely eliminated as he’s been one of the best hitters all of the minors during the second half of the season, holding a .372/.472/.622 line since the All-Star break. Next year’s spring training will be interesting, as we’ll see if Pedro does enough to land on the big league roster day one.
Speaking of two-home run games in the Eastern League
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, Indians (Double-A Akron)
Thursday’s stats: 2-for-3, 2 HR (3), 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 BB, K
The Indians’ first-round pick last year, Chisenhall generated as much buzz as anyone in the Carolina League, but a promotion to Double-A proved to be a bit much for the 20-year-old, as he looked overmatched while batting .161 in his first 15 games for the Aeros. Thursday’s game raised his OPS by more than 160 points, and with eight of his 11 hits going for extra bases, he’s still one of this year’s breakout performers.
Hitting the ground running
Will Myers, C, Royals (Rookie-level Chukars)
Thursday’s stats: 2-for-3, 3B, HR (1), 4 RBI, 2 BB, K
Few teams have been more aggressive in the draft over the last two years than the Royals, so it was no surprise to see the organization take Myers in the third round and finally sign him to a $2 million bonus. A pure athlete at 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, Myers has a downright pretty swing and solid raw power, but as good as the offense is, there are still plenty of questions about his ability to stay behind the plate.
Danny Espinosa, SS, Nationals (High-A Potomac)
Thursday’s stats: 1-for-3, HR (16), R, 3 RBI, BB
A third-round pick last year out of Long Beach State, Espinosa has been one of the Carolina League’s most consistent performers this year. A solid-but-unspectacular defender, he’s quite simply done a little bit of everything on the offensive side of things, slugging 16 home runs, drawing 70 walks, and swiping 28 bases. That kind of production from a shortstop is quite rare, and scouts think it’s pretty legit.