Friday's top offseason prospect performers

November 20th, 2021

Here's a look at Friday’s top performers in the Fall and Winter Leagues from each team's Top 30 Prospects list.

Phillies: Bryson Stott, SS (MLB No. 97), Peoria Javelinas
As he has all season, Stott led the charge offensively for Peoria in its 8-0 victory. The shortstop drove in three runs on two hits in four trips to the plate, bringing two home with his seventh double in the fourth and tacking on another run with a sixth-inning single. Stott ended the AFL season as the league leader in RBIs (31) and walks (24), posting a .318/.445/.489 slash line with a .934 OPS. The 24-year-old’s excellent Fall League performance caps a great year in which he had an .876 OPS with 44 extra-base hits in 112 regular season games.

Yankees: Austin Wells, C (No. 6), Surprise Saguaros
Wells' perfect day at the plate was instrumental to the Saguaros’ clinching a spot in the AFL Championship with a 5-3 win. The 2020 Draft first-rounder went 3-for-3 and drove in Surprise’s first runs of the game with a two-run home run in the fourth -- his second of the Fall League -- sparking the comeback victory. Wells produced a .344/.456/.578 slash line with a 1.034 OPS, ranking top 10 in all four categories. More »

Astros: Grae Kessinger, INF (No. 23), Glendale Desert Dogs
Kessinger was one of four Desert Dogs to produce a two-hit game on Friday, driving in two runs on a third-inning single. After a disappointing regular season where he had a .617 OPS in 86 games for Double-A Corpus Christi, the 24-year-old rebounded in Arizona with an .820 OPS in 20 games. Kessinger totaled 18 hits, 13 RBIs, 12 runs and 11 walks in the Fall League, getting on base at a .390 clip and walking more than he struck out with a 14.3 percent walk-rate.

Braves: Victor Vodnik, RHP (No. 20), Peoria Javelinas
Luke Waddell, SS (No. 29), Peoria Javelinas

Vodnik capped his time in the AFL with five scoreless innings, allowing two hits, striking out four and earning his second win. The right-hander finished the season ranking second in innings pitched (23 2/3), fourth in strikeouts (25) and posted a 5.70 ERA with a .239 batting average against. During the regular season, Vodnik showed high-strikeout potential with 41 punchouts in 33 2/3 innings, but struggled with his command, walking 22 batters.

Waddell was one of three Javelinas with a two-hit day in the 8-0 win over the Rafters. The 23-year-old collected a double and a single, driving in two runs with his first-inning base knock. The Georgia Tech product showed great contact skills with 19 hits and a .311 batting average in 18 games. Waddell roped five doubles and drove in nine runs, finishing the Fall League season with a .788 OPS. More »

Giants: Seth Corry, LHP (No. 11), Scottsdale Scorpions
In his final start of the Fall League, Corry tossed two perfect innings with three strikeouts, tossing 17 of his 27 pitches for strikes. The 23-year-old ended his time in Arizona with a 3.09 ERA and a .105 batting average against in a league-high six starts. He struck out 17 and walked 12 over 11 2/3 innings. After enduring a regular season where he had a career-high 5.99 ERA in 19 starts for High-A Eugene, Corry’s productive fall is an encouraging sign for San Francisco entering 2022.