MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances in the Minor Leagues from the previous seven days. Any player on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.
Welcome to the penultimate Prospect Team of the Week.
This week's squad has some familial ties, with a pair of sons of former big leaguers. It also features a duo from the 2017 Draft class having strong pro debuts. Not to be outdone, the Class of 2016 is represented by three players.
Prospect Team of the Week
Here is the latest addition of Prospect Team of the Week, for the week of August 21-27.
C: Daulton Varsho, Hillsboro Hops (Short-season)
D-backs' No. 16 prospect
5 G, .500/.500/1.25, 7 R, 4 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 1 BB, 3 SO
Gary's son was taken in the Competitive Balance Round B of this year's Draft, and he is off to a very good start to his pro career. Varsho has a six-game hitting streak going and started this past week off with a pair of three-hit performances, the first of which was a two-homer game for the catcher. He leads the Northwest League in OPS (.913) and is fourth in batting average (.320).
1B: Casey Gillaspie, Charlotte Knights (Triple-A)
White Sox No. 13 prospect
7 G, .348/.407/.739, 6 R, 3 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 3 BB, 6 SO
Gillaspie had solid bookends to his week, homering in two of his first three games, then going 5-for-9 to close out the weekend. It helped him improve his August line to .241/.330/.456 with four homers and 15 RBIs in 22 games since joining the White Sox organization via the Dan Jennings trade.
MILB Video - Title: Watch: Gillaspie goes yard - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=1768734683
2B: Garrett Hampson, Lancaster JetHawks (Class A Advanced)
Rockies' No. 8 prospect
5 G, .455/.500/.636, 7 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SO, 3 SB
The third-round pick out of Long Beach State continues to enjoy hitting in Lancaster, and who can blame him? Three of Hampson's five games were at his hitting-friendly home park, and he went 4-for-5 in the first and picked up three more hits and four RBIs in the third (to be fair, he did go 3-for-7 on the road). He's red-hot right now, with a .378/.419/.571 line, and his three stolen bases for the week put him at 51 for the year, second in all of the Minor Leagues.
3B: Tyler Nevin, Asheville Tourists (Class A)
Rockies' No. 17 prospect
8 G, .500/.515/.767, 6 R, 6 2B, 1 3B, 7 RBI, 2 BB, 2 SO, 3 SB
Phil's son missed nearly all of the 2016 season with hamstring issues, and the injury bug hit again this spring, but he's hit well since he returned to the South Atlantic League in early July. Nevin's current seven-game hitting streak, including finishing this past week 9-for-15, has brought his August line up to .379/.425/.515.
SS: Franklin Barreto, Nashville Sounds (Triple-A)
A's No. 1 prospect/MLB No. 37
4 G, .526/.571/.842, 4 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SO, 4 SB
Barreto is finishing the year with a flourish, and while he played just four games last week, he had three hits in two of them and four in an another. He's now hitting .340 and slugging .567 in the month of August. A return to the big leagues as a September callup should be in Barreto's very near future.
OF: Jose Marmolejos, Harrisburg Senators (Double-A)
Nationals' No. 19 prospect
7 G, .462/.516/.885, 8 R, 3 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 4 BB, 2 SO
A strained forearm kept Marmolejos out until mid-May, but he's trying to make up for it now. He has an 11-game hitting streak going, homering in the first two games of last week and turning in a pair of three-hit performances as well. Marmolejos has hit .303/.381/.375 in August.
MILB Video - Title: Watch: Marmolejos launches homer - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=1761400683
OF: Taylor Trammell, Dayton Dragons (Class A)
Reds' No. 3 prospect/MLB No. 76
7 G, .308/.438/.654, 7 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 6 BB, 8 SO, 4 SB
Trammell is putting the finishing touches on his first year of full-season ball, showing no signs of fatigue. He hit in the first five games of the week, including three two-hit performances. Trammell's four stolen bases brings him to within one of the 40-steal plateau, and he now has reached double digits in doubles, triples, home runs and steals for the season.
OF: Jo Adell, Orem Owlz (Rookie)
Angels' No. 1 prospect
5 G, .407/.429/.667, 11 R, 3 2B, 2 3B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 4 SO, 1 SB
The Angels' first-round pick, taken No. 10 overall, recently got promoted from the Rookie-level Arizona League up a half-step to the Pioneer League, but he has shown no signs of slowing down at the plate. Adell has a seven-game hitting streak going and finished his week with four multihit games, going 10-for-23 in the process. That has brought his overall pro debut line to an impressive .302/.353/.541.
MILB Video - Title: Watch: Adell rips two-run triple - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=1772777683
LHP: Jose Suarez, Burlington Bees (Class A)
Angels' No. 25 prospect
2-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 GS, 10 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 10 SO, 0.70 WHIP
The teenage southpaw continues to carve up Midwest League hitters, turning in a pair of five inning shutout starts last week. Mixing his largely average stuff well, Suarez is missing a ton of bats (11.8 per nine in 11 starts for Burlington) and is now 3-0 this month with a 0.92 ERA and a .176 batting average against.
RHP: Tony Santillan, Dayton Dragons (Class A)
Reds' No. 13 prospect
2-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 GS, 11 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 SO, 0.45 WHIP
Somewhat quietly, this 2015 second-round pick is turning in a fine first full season in the Midwest League after having spent some time there in 2016. Outside of one brutal outing earlier this month, Santillan has now given up one earned run or less in his previous six starts. After two shutout starts this week, his ERA for August is down to 3.51 and he's third in the league with 126 strikeouts and sixth in ERA (3.25) for the year.
MILB Video - Title: Watch: Santillan notches strikeout - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=1760365183
RP: Richard Lovelady, Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Double-A)
Royals' No. 24 prospect
0-0, 1 SV, 0.00 ERA, 3 G, 5 1/3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 0.75 WHIP
A 10th-round pick from the 2016 Draft, Lovelady has outperformed his Draft status by reaching, and pitching well in, Double-A during his first full season. With his three scoreless outings this past week, the lefty out of Kennesaw State's Texas League ERA is down to 2.37. For the season across two levels, Lovelady has a 1.70 ERA, a .191 BAA and a ridiculous 74/17 K/BB ratio in 63 2/3 innings.
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