MLB Pipeline’s Foresight Team of the Week honors the best performances of the previous seven days. Any Minor League currently on an organization’s Top 30 Prospects list our lead rankings is eligible.
The Royals have high hopes for Nick Pratto since passing the 14th overall pick in the 2017 Draft on the Little League World Series hero. A good ending to his first full pro season hinted at a breakout in 2019, but instead he hit .191 / .278 / .310 in High-A.
Pratto had no problem living up to his first-round pedigree and moving to Double-A this year, however. He is the first player to win back-to-back Perspective Team of the Week honors in 2021, as he managed three different games and recorded three hits in a fourth last week for Northwest Arkansas.
Pratto presents our latest PTOW, which covers games from May 24th to 30th:
C: Adley Rutschman, Bowie Baysox (Double-A)
(Orioles n Â° 1 / MLB n Â° 2)
.500 / .600 / 1.000, 5 G, 14 AB, 4 R, 7 H, 1 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 5 BB, 2 SO
Rutschman took advantage of a monster double performance Sunday (five hits, homers in each game, seven RBIs) to become the third player to win multiple PTOW honors this year, joining Pratto and Mariners outfielder Taylor Trammell. The No.1 pick in the 2019 draft is batting .293 / .465 / .573 with six homers in 22 games, leading the Double-A Northeast in points (20) and steps (22) while coming down ranking second in base. percentage (.465) and RBI (20).
1B: Nick Pratto, Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Double-A)
(Royals # 9)
.364 / .462 / .864, 6 G, 22 AB, 7 R, 8 H, 2 2B, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 4 BB, 8 SO, 1 SB
Pratto cut .385 / .510 / .974 with seven homers in 11 games the past two weeks, improving his overall line to .308 / .446 / .731 with nine dingers in 22 games. He dominates Double-A Central in homers, extra-base hits (14), total goals (57), steps (19), slugging and OPS (1.176).
2B: Michael Busch, Tulsa Foreurs (Double-A)
(Dodgers # 3 / MLB # 87)
.318 / .444 / .636, 5 G, 22 AB, 3 R, 7 H, 4 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 7 SO, 1 SB
Busch hit more than he expected while making the jump to Double-A with just five full-season experience games, but the first round of 2019 was productive nonetheless. He hit it safe in all of his five games last week and cut .261 / .398 / .545 overall while leading the Double-A Central in doubles (seven) and placing second behind Pratto in hits. extra-base (13) and steps. (16).
3B: Receive Hinds, Daytona Tortugas (Low-A)
(Reds n Â° 6)
.333 / .440 / .667, 6 G, 21 AB, 7 R, 7 H, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 4 BB, 4 SO, 1 SB
Hinds had the best raw power among high schoolers in the 2019 draft – in which he went in the second round – and showed it by hitting four more hits in six games last week. He cuts .231 / .326 / .474 with four homers in 20 Low-A games in what is essentially his pro debut after making just three contests in 2019 after signing for a $ 1.797500 over-slot.
Also receiving votes: Juan Yepez, Springfield Cardinals (Double-A, Cardinals)
SS: Marco Luciano, San Jose Giants (Low-A)
(Giants n Â° 1 / MLB n Â° 13)
.474 / .524 / .947, 5 G, 19 AB, 5 R, 9 H, 3 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 2 SO, 1 CS
Luciano, 19, has one of the best batting speeds of any Miners, and he’s starting to tear up Low-A shots, as evidenced by his four multi-hit games and his pair of home runs last week. At just 19, he’s beating .274 / .330 / .536 in 21 games and is tied for the lead at Low-A West with five homers and 12 more hits.
FROM: Lazaro Armenteros, Stockton Ports (Low-A)
(Athletics n Â° 19)
.647 / .684 / .882, 4 G, 17 AB, 5 R, 11 H, 4 2B, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 4 SO, 1 SB, 2 CS
While Armenteros hasn’t lived up to expectations since signing for $ 3million and has started stepping back to Low-A this year after playing there in 2018, he has responded well to demotion. He topped all of the Top 30 prospects last week in batting, percentage on basis and hits after leading 8-for-8 with three doubles in his last two games. He’s hitting the Low-A West and is posting a .431 / .471 / .615 line with two homers in 15 games.
FROM: Daniel Cabrera, West Michigan Whitecaps (High-A)
(Tigers n Â° 6)
.500 / .577 / .727, 6 G, 22 AB, 7 R, 11 H, 2 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 4 BB, 3 SO, 1 CS
One of the most advanced bats in the 2020 Draft, Cabrera is making his professional debut this spring and was hovering just over the Mendoza line (.200) before leaving last week. He finished with three straight three-stroke games and tied Armenteros for the lead among the top 30 prospects for hits, bringing his season line to .276 / .347 / .460 with three homers in 22 games.
FROM: Greg Deichmann, Las Vegas Airmen (Triple-A)
(Athletics # 9)
.400 / .455 / .900, 5 G, 20 AB, 5 R, 8 H, 3 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 2 BB, 7 SO
Hunted by injuries earlier in his career, Deichmann led the Arizona Fall League with nine home runs in 2019 – his closest challenger had four – before the coronavirus pandemic canceled the League season minor a year ago. He’s back in the sweep with four multi-hit efforts and a pair of homers in five games last week, when he led all 30 top prospects with six more hits. He beats .310 / .467 / .534 with two homers in 18 games.
Others receiving votes: Hudson Head, Bradenton Marauders (Low-A, Pirates); Jake Sanford, Tampa Tarpons (Low-A, Yankees)
LHP: Cristopher SÃ¡nchez, Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Triple-A)
(Phillies # 22)
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 5 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO, 0.19 WHIP
The Rays traded SÃ¡nchez to the Phillies to ease a 40-man slump in November 2019, and he just made his debut with his new organization. He hit 98 mph with his fastball and his’ 80s slider was unwavering on Wednesday, when he struck out eight innings in 5 1/3 without a hitting to secure his first Triple-A victory and lower his ERA season to 3.50 with 23 puffs in 18 frames.
RHP: Carmen Mlodzinski, Greensboro Grasshoppers (High-A)
(Pirates n Â° 11)
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO, 0.20 WHIP
Additional first-round pick last June, Mlodzinski gave just one earned run in his first three pro starts, the best of which came on Sunday, when he faced the minimum of 15 batters in five scoreless innings. and struck out eight to win his first. pro victory. He reduced his ERA season to 0.79 with 18 strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.
RP: Burl Carraway, South Bend Cubs (High-A)
(Cubs # 17)
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 2 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, O ER, 0 BB, 6 SO, 0.00 WHIP
The top uplifting prospect in last year’s draft, Carraway struggled with serious control issues in mid-May but recovered last week, when he sniffed six of seven batters he faced. He’s yet to give up a hit in 7 1/3 pro innings and sports a 3.68 ERA with 14 strikeouts and 10 goals.