Twins trio, led by Sano, on Prospect Team of Week
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.
When Miguel Sano was hitting just .159 and slugging .381 in April, no one in the Twins organization was overly concerned. They knew the rust from having missed the 2014 season because of Tommy John surgery would be considerable, and fully expected him to return to the power-hitting corner infielder he was before the injury.
It looks like they were right. Sano hit .303/.374/.556 in May and has put up an impressive .329/.422/.671 line in June. That was augmented by a week that saw him tie for the Minor League lead in total bases despite only playing four games. He's one of three players from the Twins organization making the Prospect Team of the Week for June 22-28.
C: Kyle Schwarber, Cubs (No. 2 prospect)
6 G, .273/.333/.591, 3 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 2 BB, 8 SO
In a relatively quiet week for backstops, Schwarber returned from his week-long taste of big league life to make his Triple-A debut. He did most of his damage in two games. On June 25, Schwarber picked up his first two hits in the Pacific Coast League, both of the extra-base variety. Then on June 27, he collected three hits, including another double and his first home run at that level, making four of his six hits for the week extra-base knocks.
1B: Rowdy Tellez, Blue Jays (No. 21 prospect)
4 G, .500/.526/1.000, 5 R, 3 HR, 7 RBIs, 1 BB, 1 SO
Tellez made the most of a week that saw him play just four games following a promotion from the Midwest League to the Florida State League. He picked up at least two hits in all four of his games, going 2-for-5 in his debut, then homered in three straight contests to finish off his first taste of the higher level.
2B: Forrest Wall, Rockies (No. 5 prospect)
4 G, .429/.579/.857, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 6 RBIs, 5 BB, 1 SO, 4 SB
While Wall's home park in Asheville is one of the best hitting havens in the Minors, the second baseman did his damage last week on the road following the South Atlantic League All-Star break. Wall homered in the first game back on June 25, then collected three hits and four RBIs the following day. One more multihit game followed, and he picked up an extra-base hit in each of those three games.
3B: Miguel Sano, Twins (No. 2 prospect)
4 G, .588/.632/1.235, 7 R, 5 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBIs, 2 BB, 3 SO
Sano had 10 hits in four games, seven of them of the extra-base variety. He had multihit games in the last three contests of the week. Despite Sano's slow start, the third baseman is now second in the Double-A Southern League in home runs, fourth in RBIs and fifth in both slugging percentage and OPS.
SS: Carlos Correa, Astros (No. 1 prospect)
7 G, .333/.355/.700, 6 R, 5 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBIs, 1 BB, 4 SO
It's a shame Correa has had so much difficulty adjusting to life in the big leagues. After kicking off the week with an 0-for, Correa had a three-hit game with a homer and four RBIs. He finished the week going 5-for-8 over the last two games, with a homer and three doubles.
OF: Yorman Rodriguez, Reds (No. 9 prospect)
7 G, .444/.464/.704, 5 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 12 RBIs, 1 BB, 4 SO
Four multihit games -- three of them three-hit performances -- highlighted the toolsy outfielder's week. He drove in three on June 23, then nine in two games combined on June 25-26, helping him build on what's been a very good June (.347/.402/.469.)
OF: Mitch Haniger, D-backs (No. 21 prospect)
4 G, .476/.476/1.000, 4 R, 3 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 9 RBIs, 2 SO
Rather than sulk following a move down from Double-A to the Class A Advanced California League, Haniger started building a case that he should get another shot soon. It started with a four-hit game on June 25, one of three multihit performances. He finished the week with another three-hit showing that included a home run and four RBIs.
OF: Adam Brett Walker II, Twins (No. 12 prospect)
4 G, .313/.389/.938, 3 R, 1 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBIs, 2 BB, 6 SO
Walker can be an all-or-nothing type hitter, as evidenced by his 107 strikeouts in 70 games. This past week, he was on, adding three more home runs to his total, which is now 22 and leads all of the Minor Leagues. Walker now has 10 homers in the month of June.
LHP: Gabriel Castellanos, Marlins (No. 30 prospect)
1 G, 1-0, 7 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 12 SO
Castellanos was perfect during his second start in the New York-Penn League on June 24, setting down all 21 hitters he faced and whiffing a dozen of them. Batavia relievers finished off the perfect game against Mahoning Valley
RHP: Tyler Duffey, Twins (No. 17 prospect)
2 G, 2-0, 14 1/3 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 10 SO
Duffey went at least seven innings in both of his starts, allowing just two unearned runs in his first outing on June 22 and no runs on June 28. Opponents hit just .170 against Duffey for the week, and he continues to be stingy with free passes, giving up just 1.4 per nine innings since he moved to Triple-A.