MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances in the Minors from the previous seven days. Any player on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.
The SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game is coming up on Sunday, and this edition of the Prospect Team of the Week has a decided Futures Game flair to it. There are three participants in this year’s contest who made this week’s squad.
That’s also the amount of San Diego Padres prospects, moving them to within one of the organizational lead, currently held by the Houston Astros. There are also a pair of Marlins, the first two from that system to make a prospect team of the week.
Here is this week’s PTOW, based on games from June 24-30.
C: Austin Allen, El Paso Chihahuas (Triple-A)
(Padres' No. 16 prospect)
5 G, .400/.455/.900, 4 R, 1 2B, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 2 BB, 5 SO
This is the sixth time in Allen’s career he’s been on the PTOW, but the first in 2019. Since being sent down from San Diego, he’s hit in seven straight, including all five games he played this past week. On Saturday, he homered twice and drove in three.
1B: Mason Martin, Greensboro Grasshoppers (Class A)
(Pirates' No. 28 prospect)
7 G, .345/.424/.690, 7 R, 4 2B, 2 HR, 13 RBI, 4 BB, 8 SO, 1 SB
Martin had three multihit games for the week, capping things off with a three-hit, five-RBI performance on Sunday. He now has 20 homers for the year, which is top in the South Atlantic League, as are his 75 RBIs.
2B: Isan Diaz, New Orelans Baby Cakes (Triple-A)
(Marlins' No. 6 prospect)
7 G, .333/.500/.708, 6 R, 3 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 8 BB, 3 SO, 1 SB
Diaz, a 2019 Futures Game participant, had a big night on Friday, going 4-for-4 with 4 RBIs, then homered again on Saturday. That allowed him to finish with a .337/.433/.730 line in June.
3B: Ty France, El Paso Chihuahuas (Triple-A)
(Padres' No. 29 prospect)
7 G, .458/.517/.958, 8 R, 3 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 3 BB, 2 SO
France makes the squad for the second time in three weeks after recording four multihit games. He homered on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, giving him home runs in four straight games in which he had an at-bat. His 19 home runs have come in just 40 Pacific Coast League games.
SS: Wander Franco, Charlotte Stone Crabs (Class A Adv)
(Rays' No. 1 prospect/No. 1 overall)
5 G, .556/.609/.944, 4 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 4 BB, 1 SB
The top prospect in baseball is now a three-time PTOW member in 2019. The Futures Gamer clearly had no problem adjusting to a new level following his promotion, picking up at least two hits in four of his five games while slugging his first two Florida State League homers on Thursday and Friday.
OF: Alexander Canario, AZL Giants Orange (Rookie)
(Giants' No. 9 prospect)
5 G, .375/.375/1.042, 8 R, 1 2B, 5 HR, 10 RBI, 6 SO
The 19-year-old outfielder has collected hits in nine of his 10 Arizona League games, including all five this past week. He kicked things off with a two-homer game on Monday, then added home runs on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. He’s currently second in the AZL with a 1.435 OPS.
OF: Edward Olivares, Amarillo Sod Poodles (Double-A)
(Padres' No. 19 prospect)
4 G, .500/.556/1.000, 5 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 3 BB, 2 SO, 4 SB
It was only four games, but they sure were impressive. On Friday and Saturday alone, Olivares went 6-for-8 with a pair of homers, five RBIs and two steals. He’s now just one of three players in the Texas League with double digits in home runs (11) and steals (21).
OF: Scott Heineman, Nashville Sounds (Triple-A)
(Rangers' No. 27 prospect)
6 G, .478/.536/.870, 6 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 4 BB, 5 SO, 1 SB
Heineman is technically rehabbing his shoulder injury, but he’s looking pretty healthy these days after hitting in all 10 games since he returned to Triple-A on June 19. Four of his six games this week were of the multihit variety and he’s now hitting .364/.405/.652 in 16 games in the Minors.
LHP: Braxton Garrett, Jupiter Hammerheads (Class A Adv)
(Marlins' No. 7 prospect)
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 11 SO, 0.29 WHIP
Garrett struck out seven of the first eight batters he faced against Bradenton on Tuesday and his 11 K’s mark the first time in his career he’s reached double-digits. He also didn’t allow a baserunner until the fourth inning and gave up his only hit in the seventh. He’s now third in the Florida State League in strikeouts while landing in the top 10 in both ERA and WHIP.
RHP: Ian Anderson, Mississippi Braves (Double-A)
(Braves' No. 3 prospect/No. 26 overall)
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 7 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 14 SO, 0.29 WHIP
The right-hander didn’t allow a hit over seven frames as part of a combined no-hitter. The Futures Game participant recorded his second double-digit performance for the season and tops the Southern League with 113 K’s while standing ninth with his 2.94 ERA.
RP: Hunter Harvey, Bowie Baysox/Norfolk Tides(Double/Triple-A)
(Orioles' No. 12 prospect)
0-0, 1 SV, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO, 0.00 WHIP
The Orioles moved Harvey into a bullpen role, albeit a multi-inning one, on June 14. He hasn’t given up a run, and only one hit total, in four outings since. Two of those came across two levels this past week, as he struck out five in three innings on Tuesday, then posted two more hitless frames on Sunday.
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