We are a week into the Minor League season and thus far, there’s a whole lot to like in regards to some older vets on the cusp of the MLB as well as some usual suspect prospects and some new names that are definitely worth keeping 2 eyes on.
Gwinnett Stripers Top Performers
- Orlando Arcia: 5 HRs, 1.380 OPS
- Johan Camargo: 3 HRs, 1.314 OPS
- Travis Snider: 1 HR, 8 BBs, 1.375 OPS
- Abraham Almonte: 2 2B, 1 HR, 7 BB, 1.206 OPS
- Travis Demeritte: 1 2B, 3 HR, 1.162 OPS
Breakdown: So, are we still seeing inflated power numbers from the old baseball? Maybe…maybe not (we’ll get to that in a minute). No matter what, having 5 regulars with OPS’s at 1.162 or above is insanity. While the Braves have given Johan Camargo ample opportunity to prove himself since his 2018 breakout, Orlando Arcia is a different story. Could he help now? My guess is yes. Dansby Swanson looks to be turning the corner, but if he gets hurt, Arcia, who’s a superior defender, could step right in. How do you get both playing time? It would take some creativity that might not be worth it in the long run (Arcia or Austin Riley to the OF, Ronald Acuna Jr.to CF). My guess is these things will work themselves out, but something to keep in the backpocket in regards to Arcia is the “Adam Duvall treatment”. In 2019, the Braves let Duvall rot in AAA as he hit dinger after dinger and gained an extra year of control (of which they didn’t utilize). Arcia would have to stay down until June 7th for the Braves to get an added year of control. If I were betting man, I’d make that bet.
Travis Snider is an interesting player and could be viewed as a bench bat. He’s demolishing baseballs right now and has kept his K-rate in check. Demeritte is still hitting, but striking out a whole lot and that’s always been his Achilles’ heel. Still, I think he’s a capable bat off an MLB bench.
- Connor Johnstone: 8 IP, 2H, 0 BB, 0.00 ERA, 0.25 WHIP
- Bryse Wilson: 5 IP, 4H, 1 BB, 0.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP
- Tucker Davidson: 7 IP, 2 H, 2BB, 6Ks, 1.29 ERA, 0.71 WHIP
Breakdown: Johnstone had to fill in on the fly and did well, but he’s a career MiLB arm and should be viewed as such. Sure, there might be a time when he gets called up, but it’d be for a short term/emergency appearance. We’ve seen Wilson in the bigs, so I’m not going to get into him, but Tucker Davidson continues to impress and I wouldn’t hate it to see him be the next in line for a spot start. I think he’s a capable 3rd or 4th starter.
Breakdown: For me, Langeliers is the guy. He’s the guy ahead of William Contreras. He likely won’t be with the bat, but he’ll be an average hitter with other worldly defense, arm, and instincts. Jenista still has pedigree, but needs to come a long way before I really start paying attention again.
- Victor Vodnik: 4 IP, 0.00 ERA, 3 H, 3 BB, 5 K
- Matt Withrow: 6 IP, 1.50 ERA, 2 H, 4 BB, 7 K
- Kurt Hoekstra: 4 IP, 2.25 ERA, 2 H, 6 BB, 3K
Breakdown: Withrow and Hoekstra are fringy relief arms that could have a future in the bigs, but Vodnik is a serious stud in the making. He’s definitely the guy to watch in Mississippi.
Breakdown: I’m happy for these guys, but I’d be lying if I didn’t follow this up by saying this is likely the peak of their year. Delgado has a chance to get MLB time if MLB ends up expanding rosters to 28. That’s about all I got.
Breakdown: Trey Riley is now a full-on relief prospect and that will likely hurt his prospect status, but is good news for his chances of becoming a big leaguer. Sleeper alert! Indigo Diaz is creating a stir amongst Braves scouts and could be a fast mover considering he’s already 22. He’ll have to reduce walks, but the stuff is closer worthy.
Augusta Green Jackets
Breakdown: These guys are absolutely crushing the baseball…and they should be. They’re all well past the age where they should be in Low-A ball. Of this group, Carter is the only one to really keep tabs on as the bat has real power, but I don’t think it’s enough to carry him to the bigs.
- Roddery Munoz: 0.00 ERA, 4 IP, 1 H, 1BB, 7K
- Joey Estes: 3.38 ERA, 2.2 IP, 3BB, 6K
- Peyton Williams: 4 IP, 2.25 ERA, 3H, 1BB, 6K
- Ben Thompson: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 BB, 6 K
“Munoz, not “Nunez”, but message is still the same.
Breakdown: Of this group, Munoz is the guy you immediately need to start following. In his first year stateside, the dude is pumping 99 as a starter. Time will tell if it’s sustainable and if he can grow past his velocity.