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.
With the 2017 SiriusXM Futures Game right around the corner, it seemed fitting to give this edition of the Prospect Team of the Week a Futures flavor, when appropriate. There are several current and past Futures Game participants on this week's squad, as well as a couple of PTOW repeat performers.
Here is the latest addition of Prospect Team of the Week, for the week of June 26 - July 2.
Prospect Team of the Week
C: Keibert Ruiz, Great Lakes Loons (Class A)
Dodgers No. 12 prospect
6 G, .455/.520/.773, 3 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB
The 18-year-old Venezuelan had four multi-hit games, but his biggest performance came when he went 1-for-3 on Wednesday. The one hit? A grand slam in the ninth to turn a 0-0 tie into a 4-0 lead. Ruiz is now fifth in the Midwest League with his .321 average.
1B: Ryan O'Hearn, Omaha Storm Chasers (Triple-A)
Royals No. 7 prospect
8 G, .407/.515/.926, 7 R, 2 2B, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 6 BB, 7 SO
O'Hearn homered in three straight games Thursday to Saturday, finishing that stretch off with a two-homer game on Saturday to land him on the PTOW for the second time this season. He also drew five walks over his past three games, a sign that perhaps he's starting to get going. His 13 homers on the year still put him in second in the organization.
MILB Video - Title: Watch: O'Hearn launches walk-off - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=1562784683
2B: Ozzie Albies, Gwinnett Braves (Triple-A)
Braves No. 1 prospect/MLB No. 7
7 G, .394/.394/.636, 5 R, 1 3B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 9 SO, 2 SB
Albies finished off a June that saw him hit .312/.366/.559 and start off July with four total three-hit games. The 2015 Futures Gamer is still only 20 and is now up to .285/.330/.447 with 20 steals in 22 attempts on the season. He'll carry his five-game hit streak into this week.
MILB Video - Title: Watch: Albies belts lead-off homer - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=1550320283
3B: Rafael Devers, Portland Sea Dogs (Double-A)
Red Sox No. 1 prospect/MLB No. 12
5 G, .529/.600/1.176, 4 R, 2 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 2 BB
The top third-base prospect in the game celebrated his second invitation to the Futures Game by hitting in all five games he played this week. He kicked things off with a two-homer game on Wednesday then added another on Saturday. The 20-year-old is second in the Eastern League with his .960 OPS.
MILB Video - Title: Watch: Devers belts homer - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=1552233583
SS: Jorge Mateo, Trenton Thunder (Double-A)
Yankees No. 4 prospect/MLB No. 37
6 G, .522/.621/.913, 9 R, 3 3B, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 5 BB, 7 SO, 2 SB
Mateo got promoted to Double-A at the start of the week and celebrated by teeing off on Eastern League pitching. The highlights: a four-hit, four-RBI game on Saturday followed by a home run and five RBIs in the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday. He's now hitting .262/.318/.440 on the year with 30 steals.
MILB Video - Title: Watch: Mateo launches grand slam - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=1567466283
OF: Lewis Brinson, Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Triple-A)
Brewers No. 1 prospect/MLB No. 13
8 G, .412/.444/.853, 8 R, 4 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 13 RBI, 2 BB, 5 SO, 1 SB
If Brinson was upset about getting sent down, he took it out on the baseball last week to earn his second PTOW nod. In his first game back, Brinson went 4-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs, added a homer and three RBIs the next day, then finished off the week with back-to-back three-RBI games. Another plus to getting sent down: A 2017 Futures Game invite.
MILB Video - Title: Watch: Brinson belts homer - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=1567883583
OF: Chris Shaw, Sacramento River Cats (Triple-A)
Giants No. 5 prospect
7 G, .429/.429/1.000, 8 R, 1 2B, 5 HR, 10 RBI, 9 SO
The move to Triple-A, not to mention playing outfield every day instead of seeing time at first base as well, has not seemed to bother this 2015 first-rounder. Shaw did a ton of damage on Wednesday and Thursday, going 7-for-10 with three homers and seven RBIs. He leads the Giants organization in homers and RBIs.
MILB Video - Title: Watch: Shaw hits second homer - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=1555413083
OF: Christin Stewart, Erie SeaWolves (Double-A)
Tigers No. 2 prospect
7 G, .464/.469/.750, 8 R, 5 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 2 BB, 5 SO
Stewart hit in all seven games last week, with multi-hit performances in the first five. He also drove in runs in all but one game of the week and continues to show the kind of power bat that made him a Futures Gamer in 2016. He's tied for the Eastern League lead with 19 homers and leads it on his own with 60 RBIs.
MILB Video - Title: Watch: Stewart goes yard - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=1567578683
LHP: Shawn Morimando, Columbus Clippers (Triple-A)
Indians No. 15 prospect
2-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 GS, 18 IP, 12 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 18 SO, 0.72 WHIP
Morimando is on some kind of roll. He has now tossed complete-game shutouts in three of his last four starts. He struck out 12 and walked none on Tuesday, then finished off the week with a seven-hitter on Sunday. He's now 5-0 with a 1.16 ERA over his last six starts spanning all of June and that first shutout in July.
MILB Video - Title: Watch: Morimando goes complete game - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=1567582683
RHP: Jacob Nix, Lake Elsinore Storm (Class A Advanced)
Padres No. 5 prospect
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 11 SO, 0.22 WHIP
Nix returned from the disabled list in late May and hasn't taken long to get back in the groove with a 2.84 ERA over his first six outings. His last one was his best, his first career shutout on Wednesday in which he gave up just two hits and no walks. He's only walked four and struck out 36 in 38 innings since he returned.
RP: Jared Miller, Jackson Generals (Double-A)
D-backs No. 10 prospect
0-0, 0.00 ERA, 3 G, 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 SO, 1.00 WHIP
The big lefty struggled a bit at the start of the 2017 season, but seems to be finding his stride now. He's now gone six straight outings without allowing an earned run. That includes his three strong appearances this past week that helped him finish June with a 0.66 ERA and a .163 batting average against.