Marlins hurlers headline Prospect Team of the Week
Brice fans 21 in 12 shutout frames; Conley allows one run in 13 innings
MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.
The Miami Marlins have been known to develop young pitching over the years. They've certainly gotten some help from the farm system this season, with prospects like Jose Urena and Justin Nicolino contributing to the rotation in 2015.
This week's Prospect Team of the Week shows there might be more on the way. Lefty Adam Conley made his big league debut in early June and if his two starts for the week of June 29-July 5 is any indication, he's ready for another crack at it. He's joined on the PTOW staff by righty Austin Brice, who's one step behind Conley in Double-A, giving the Marlins a pitching sweep.
C: Dom Nunez, Rockies (No. 8 prospect)
6 G, .400/.538/.700, 6 R, 2 HR, 2 RBIs, 6 BB, 2 SO
Nunez now has a 10-game hitting streak going that's seen him raise his batting average 32 points in the process. Nunez began the week with back-to-back two-hit games, hitting a home run in each. After drawing six walks and striking out twice, Nunez led all backstops this week in on-base percentage and OPS.
1B: Matt Skole, Nationals (No. 22 prospect)
7 G, .462/.516/.769, 2 R, 5 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBIs, 4 BB, 3 SO
While Skole hit in all but one game last week, his big offensive explosion came on July 1. The Nats prospect had four hits, including a double and home run, against Richmond. Combined with his June 30 performance that saw him double twice, that gave him four extra-base hits in two days. He finished the week by going 4-for-7 on July 4 and 5.
2B: Darnell Sweeney, Dodgers (No. 7 prospect)
7 G, .379/.400/.828, 8 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 6 RBIs, 1 BB, 5 SO, 1 SB
Sweeney led all hitters in total bases this past week with 24 after four multi-hit games. He homered and drove in three runs on July 3 in Memphis, after homering in each of the first two games of the week. Sweeney continues to get time at second and in the outfield.
3B: Jeimer Candelario, Cubs (No. 12 prospect)
7 G, .448/.484/.690, 8 R, 3 2B, 2 3B, 9 RBIs, 1 BB, 3 SO
Two four-hit games highlighted Candelario's week. He also had two three-RBI games, tripling in both of those contests. The switch-hitting corner infielder raised his batting average 20 points and his SLG by 30 points over the course of the week.
SS: Christian Arroyo, Giants (No. 4 prospect)
6 G, .500/.571/.875, 6 R, 3 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBIs, 4 BB, 6 SO, 1 SB
Arroyo has clearly put an oblique injury that forced him out for more than a month behind him. He tied a San Jose Giants record with five hits on June 30, but he was far from done for the week. He followed that up with three straight two-hit games, homering both on July 1 and July 2, to bring his season line to a gaudy .327/.371/.503 in 37 games.
OF: Steven Moya, Tigers (No. 1 prospect)
7 G, .310/.333/.759, 5 R, 1 2B, 4 HR, 9 RBIs, 1 BB, 6 SO
Two things are certain: Moya has a ton of power, and Moya swings and misses a lot. Six strikeouts for the week isn't bad for a guy who now has 100 K's in 76 games, but he had the power stroke going, with four long balls for the week. Moya hit two out of the park to start the week, then finished with homers on back-to-back days over the weekend.
OF: Dorssys Paulino, Indians (No. 21 prospect)
7 G, .440/.533/.800, 6 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 6 RBIs, 4 BB, 4 SO, 2 SB
Paulino had four multi-hit games in the Midwest League last week, the first one a three-hit performance on June 30. He finished off the week with a pair of two-hit games, capping the week with a two-homer barrage on Sunday.
OF: Alex Verdugo, Dodgers (No. 5 prospect)
7 G, .467/.469/.633, 6 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBIs, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB
While Verdugo had a 14-game hitting streak snapped on July 3, it was still a very successful week for the 2014 second-round pick. He began the week going 7-for-10, then finished by going 5-for-10 over the weekend, including two doubles and a home run.
LHP: Adam Conley, Marlins (No. 6 prospect)
2 G, 1-0, 13 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 14 SO
Conley made his big-league debut by pitching an inning in relief back on June 10. Now he's making a claim to get a longer shot. The 25-year-old southpaw finished off a strong June by allowing one run over six innings in a no-decision on June 29, then hit the ground running in July by tossing a seven-inning complete-game shutout on Sunday, walking one and striking out seven.
RHP: Austin Brice, Marlins (No. 14 prospect)
2 G, 1-0, 12 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 21 SO
Brice's first year in Double-A didn't start well, with a 6.48 ERA in April and an 8.61 mark in May, but he turned it around in June, finishing with a 2.60 ERA. That month was capped off by his eight-inning, 13-strikeout performance on June 29, where he walked just one and gave up only one hit. He started July off well, albeit with a shorter four-inning stint, allowing just one hit and a walk while striking out eight.