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MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

July 16, 2018

MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any Minor Leaguer currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.:: Complete prospect coverage ::Bobby Dalbec is showing this season that he's one of the top power-hitting prospects

MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any Minor Leaguer currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.
:: Complete prospect coverage ::
Bobby Dalbec is showing this season that he's one of the top power-hitting prospects in the Minor Leagues, and after homering four times in six games for Class A Advanced Salem last week, the Red Sox's No. 12 prospect becomes the second player to earn consecutive Prospect Team of the Week honors in 2018.
Dalbec isn't the only second-timer in MLB Pipeline's latest PTOW, as he's joined by second baseman Isan Diaz and outfielder Corey Ray, both of whom finished last week with four home runs and 12 RBIs -- the highest totals among Top 30 hitting prospects.
The White Sox, meanwhile, feature a pair of PTOW selections this week in right-handers Jimmy Lambert and Tyler Johnson, while 17-year-old shortstop Wander Franco becomes the youngest player to earn PTOW honors this season after a torrid start to his professional career in the Rookie-level Appalachian League.
2018 Prospect Teams of the Week
Here's the complete Prospect Team of the Week for games of July 9 through July 15.
C: Eric Haase, Columbus Clippers (Triple--A)
(Indians' No. 20 prospect)
4 G, .471/.474/1.118, 5 R, 2 2B, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 1 BB, 5 K

Haase homered and collected multiple hits in three of four games last week and tallied at least two RBIs in all four contests. The 25-year-old backstop has been on a tear of late, hitting .420 with a 1.436 OPS, seven home runs and 27 RBIs over his last 13 contests.
1B: Tyler Nevin, Lancaster JetHawks (Class A Advanced)
(Rockies' No. 8 prospect)
7 G, .417/.500/.625, 6 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 SB

Following in the footsteps of Chad Spanberger (Rockies' No. 24 prospect), who made his second PTOW last week, Nevin garners PTOW honors after leading all Top 30 first basemen in average, hits (10), total bases (15) and OPS (1.125). The 21-year-old had three mutlihit performances and recorded a hit in six of seven games for the JetHawks.
2B: Isan Diaz, Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Double-A)
(Marlins' No. 7 prospect)
6 G, .455/.520/1.091, 7 R, 2 2B, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 3 BB, 5 K

Diaz's power was on full display as he homered in three straight games for Jacksonville to finish the week with four home runs, tied for the most among Top 30 hitters. After a rocky start to the season in which Diaz posted a .196 average and .664 OPS across April and May, the 22-year-old turned the corner in June and now sports a .304/.413/.519 batting line with five homers, 14 doubles and 28 RBIs over his last 39 games.

MILB Video - Title: Watch: Diaz goes yard - Url:

3B: Bobby Dalbec, Salem Red Sox (Class A Advanced)
(Red Sox's No. 12 prospect)
6 G, .476/.577/1.048, 5 R, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 5 BB, 7 K, 1 SB

Dalbec recorded his second career two-homer game and went deep a total of four times in six games last week en route to his second straight PTOW selection. The 23-year-old slugger has hit nine homers in his last 15 games and leads the Carolina League with 23 home runs -- five more than the next players on the list. He's also leading the circuit in doubles (25), RBIs (78) and total bases (176), and sports a .265/.377/.583 batting line through 87 games.

MILB Video - Title: Watch: Dalbec bashes homer - Url:

SS: Wander Franco, Princeton Rays (Rookie)
(Rays' No. 7 prospect)
7 G, .467/.484/.900, 6 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K

The 17-year-old shortstop added to his quickly growing legend last week as he led all Top 30 hitting prospects in both hits (14) and total bases (27). He did much of that damage on Saturday, when he hit for the cycle as part of a 5-for-6, two-homer, six-RBI performance for Princeton. What's more, Franco has hit safely in 20 straight games -- the longest hitting streak so far this season in the Appalachian League -- and 23 of 24 games to open his career. He's slashing .386/.426/.683 overall, with 14 extra-base hits and 24 RBIs.
OF: Dylan Cozens, Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Triple-A)
(Phillies' No. 15 prospect)
4 G, .313/.389/1.125, 5 R, 1 2B, 4 HR, 7 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K

After beginning the week on the Phillies' bench, Cozens was optioned to Lehigh Valley on Thursday and proceeded to homer four times during the IronPigs' four-game series against Buffalo. The 24-year-old slugger swung the bat particularly well on Sunday, hitting a pair of homers as well as a double in his fourth multi-homer game of the year. The 2016 Minor League home run king has now produced 14 homers in 54 Triple-A games this season -- including seven in his last 10 games.

MILB Video - Title: Watch: Cozens crushed 2nd homer of game - Url:

OF: Estevan Florial, Gulf Coast League Yankees East/West (Rookie)
(Yankees' No. 1 prospect/No. 37 overall)
5 G, .529/.579/1.000, 5 R, 2 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K, 3 SB

Florial, 20, recorded at least one hit and one RBI last week while bouncing between the Yankees' two affiliates in the Gulf Coast League. He recorded a pair of doubles and home runs along the way -- an encouraging sign for a player who missed the better part of two months due to a broken hamate in his hand. Prior to his injury, Florial had compiled a .246/.353/.343 batting line in 36 games with Class A Advanced Tampa.
OF: Corey Ray, Biloxi Shuckers (Double-A)
(Brewers' No. 6 prospect)
7 G, .300/.382/.833, 7 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 4 BB, 10 K, 6 SB

Ray's second PTOW nod in three weeks comes after he paced all Top 30 prospects with six stolen bases and finished tied for first in home runs and RBIs. The 23-year-old began his week with a five-RBI performance to match his career high before recording in his first ever three-homer game two days later and then putting a bow on his week by going 4-for-4 on the basepaths on Sunday. After scuffling in his first full season, Ray has rebounded in 2018 to post an .817 OPS with a Southern League-leading 16 home runs (tied, first) and 27 steals.

MILB Video - Title: Watch: Ray launches 3rd homer of game - Url:

LHP: DL Hall, Delmarva Shorebirds (Class A)
(Orioles' No. 4 prospect)
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 0.33 WHIP

Hall's lone start last week was the best of his young career, as the 2017 first-rounder (No. 21 overall pick) established personal bests by racking up eight strikeouts in six scoreless innings en route to his first professional win in 20 outings (18 starts). He allowed two hits and threw 56 of 79 pitches for strikes in the outing, ultimately facing one over the minimum. The 18-year-old southpaw has been one of the top Minor League hurlers in the past month, posting a 0.34 ERA with a .151 opponents' average and 28 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings spanning his last six starts.

MILB Video - Title: Watch: Hall notches strikeout - Url:

RHP: Jimmy Lambert, Birmingham Barons (Double-A)
(White Sox No. 28 prospect)
2-0, 0.64 ERA, 2 GS, 14 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 19 K, 0.71 WHIP

Lambert hadn't completed seven innings in a start this season before last week, when he accomplished the feat twice in as many turns for Birmingham. The 23-year-old righty was particularly sharp on Saturday, as he maintained a no-hit bid for six-plus innings before finishing seven scoreless innings of one-hit ball with 10 strikeouts and two walks. In four starts with Birmingham, Lambert owns a 3.13 ERA with 28 strikeouts in 23 innings.

MILB Video - Title: Watch: Lambert fans 10th batter - Url:

RP: Tyler Johnson, Winston-Salem Dash (Class A Advanced)
(White Sox No. 24 prospect)
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0.50 WHIP

Johnson tossed four scoreless frames across a pair of relief outings, the second of which saw the 22-year-old right-hander earn the win after he struck out six batters in three innings, both season highs. The 2017 fifth-rounder has been a force in his first full season, going 7-0 with a eight saves, a 1.69 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 61-to-11 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 37 1/3 innings (27 appearances).

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.