Top Weekend Prospects

Below are some of the minor league players who performed well over the weekend. Since there were a number of players over the three days we pared it down to some of the players we liked.

Jose Rondon SS (Padres) - Even though the Padres acquired a promising shortstop in Javier Guerrero, don’t count out Jose from establishing himself at the position. Or moving to second base. He had a 5 for 6 two days, driving in six runs over the weekend and crossing the plate three times. He also had a double in each game and has ripped five doubles in his last six games. The young Venezuelan had gone his first seven games without an extra base hit. The 5 for 6 streak has raised his average to .375.

Mac Williamson OF (Giants) - It took Jose two days to drive in six runs. It took Mac just one day to drive in seven. He accomplished the feat without a homerun going 3 for 3 with two doubles on Sunday. He also drove in 10 runs over the weekend, slugging two solo shots on Friday to give him four on the year. Mac is currently hitting .385 for Sacramento.

Josh Naylor 1B (Marlins) - Josh is in a bit of a zone. He had three three hit games over the weekend, going 6 for 6 his last two days. The 9 for 11 spark raised his average from .190 to .290. The first round 2015 pick has hit homeruns in his last two games and driven in six runs. The Canadian slugger also hit four doubles over the weekend, giving him 6 of his 9 extra base hits over the last three days.

Josh Bell 1B (Pirates) - Josh hit for the cycle on Friday, driving in five runs. The following two days were not as exciting, but he still collected two hits each on Saturday and Sunday. That gave him a 8 for 13 weekend with six runs driven in. Josh is currently rolling along with an eight game hitting streak.

Tyler Krieger 2B (Indians) - The fourth round 2015 pick had a five hit day in six at bats on Saturday. That raised his average by 50 points to .368. Tyler went 7 for 14 over the weekend with four RBIs and six runs scored. There was only one extra base hit over the weekend.

Pitchers

Mitch Keller RHP (Pirates) - The Pirates 2014 second round pick has three starts of five innings each with nary a run scoring in those three starts. A Friday start found him striking out 10 of the 17 hitters he faced, allowing just two hits. Righthanders are hitting a microscopic .107 off him. He has yet to give up an extra base hit this season and has a 0/23 walk to whiff ratio in those 15 innings.

Andrew Moore RHP (Mariners) - Andrew threw seven innings of no hit ball on Friday, walking one and striking out three. His bullpen mates could not complete the no hitter after he left after the seventh inning, coughing up two hits but still preserving the shutout. The seven shutout innings lowered his ERA to 1.14.

Robert Stephenson RHP (Reds) - After two effective big league starts Robert went back to AAA and threw six innings of three hit shutout ball. It doesn’t appear he has much to gain pitching in AAA though his 5/3 walk to whiff ratio in the minor leagues pales when compared to his 3/10 major league walk to whiff ratio. Perhaps he is more motivated in his major league outings.

Dinelson Lamet RHP (Padres) - The 6′3″ Dominican had his second consecutive six inning outing in which he did not allow a run. He walked one and struck out nine in his six innings of work. This gives him a shutout streak of at least 12.

Jamie Schultz RHP (Rays) - His 3.86 ERA is spoiled by a seven run outing in one of his four starts. On Sunday he threw five innings of shutout ball and struck out 12 of the 19 hitters he faced. The seven run outing has now been sandwiched between two shutout performances.

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