Tuesday's top offseason prospect performers

November 17th, 2021

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

Yankees: Austin Wells, C (No. 6), Surprise Saguaros
Wells delivered a trio of run-scoring hits during the Saguaros’ comeback victory, notching four RBIs out of the cleanup spot. The 22-year-old plated his first run with a double in the third, before capping a five-run Surprise fourth by pulling a two-RBI double. The left-handed-hitting backstop added a run-scoring single in the sixth, giving him the second-most RBIs (16) among all catchers in the Fall League. With a stretch that has included a hit in five of his last six games, the University of Arizona product has elevated his slash line to .305/.417/.508 across 16 AFL outings. More »

Twins: Matt Wallner, OF (No. 14), Scottsdale Scorpions
Wallner capped a three-hit day for Scottsdale in resounding fashion, socking a two-run blast to his pull side in the ninth off the AFL’s tallest pitcher, 6-foot-10 Spencer Mraz (Rangers). Eight of the 19 hits for the 2019 first-round pick (who is 6-foot-5) this autumn have gone for extra bases, leading to a team-high .619 slugging percentage. After homering 15 times across 66 regular-season games with High-A Cedar Rapids this year, the Forest Lake, Minn., native has lifted off six times during 17 Fall League outings.

Red Sox: Triston Casas, 1B (MLB No. 18), Scottsdale Scorpions
If it feels as though Casas has gotten on base nearly half the time during the Fall League -- it’s because he has (.500 OBP). The No. 2 Red Sox prospect went 2-for-2 with three walks for Scottsdale against Surprise, continuing his stellar stretch of hitting. Casas sparked the Scorpions’ offense in the first, with the contest’s first run crossing the dish on an error after his knock. His .373 average ranks second among qualified batters in the Fall League. The 21-year-old has extended the success he enjoyed during the regular season, where he slashed .284/.395/.484 across 77 games for Double-A Portland.

Nationals: Jackson Cluff, SS (No. 19), Surprise Saguaros
Evan Lee, LHP (No. 21), Surprise Saguaros
Cluff delivered often atop the lineup in the Saguaros' 9-7 victory over the Scorpions, reaching base three times, swiping a bag and scoring twice out of the leadoff spot. The 24-year-old was immersed in the club’s five-run rally in the fourth, plating the first one with a knock and later crossing the plate himself. The infielder sports a solid run tool (55 on the 20-80 scale), and he showcased that ability by stealing his seventh base of the AFL in the sixth, again coming around to score. Cluff notched 12 steals without being caught across two seasons at Brigham Young, and he hasn't been nabbed yet during the Fall League.

Helping out Surprise on the bump was Lee, who delivered a pair of scoreless frames en route to his third hold. After yielding a walk and a single to begin his outing, the southpaw bared down and struck out a pair of batters to conclude the fifth, including top Giants prospect Marco Luciano. It was smooth sailing in the sixth for the 24-year-old, who retired the side in order as he lowered his ERA to 5.19 for the Fall League.

Pirates: Roansy Contreras, RHP (No. 6), Peoria Javelinas
In his final outing of the Fall League, Contreras delivered a performance to remember for Peoria. The 22-year-old compiled eight strikeouts across four frames, allowing an unearned run on three hits and one walk. Having been named the AFL Pitcher of the Week earlier in the campaign, Contreras closed out his impressive showcase by lowering his ERA to 3.21. After making his big league debut on Sept. 29 vs. the Cubs, the righty followed up his rapid ascension through the Bucs system this past year by recording 18 strikeouts in 14 innings across five starts in Arizona. He enters 2022 likely jockeying for a spot in the Pirates’ starting rotation. More »

Mets: Brett Baty, 3B (MLB No. 45), Salt River Rafters
Baty logged three RBIs in a second consecutive game during the Rafters’ victory. The Mets’ No. 2 prospect plated a run in the first on a groundout, then iced Salt River’s win with a two-run single in the seventh. The recent RBI deluge from the left-handed swinger has tied him for the team lead (15), while his .301 batting average makes him one of 13 hitters in the Fall League to sit at that mark or higher. The 22-year-old has tied an emphatic knot on an impressive first full professional season, one in which he posted an .855 OPS across 91 games split between High-A Brooklyn and Double-A Binghamton.

Phillies: Erik Miller, LHP (No. 9), Peoria Javelinas
Following teammate Roansy Contreras’ impressive performance, Miller retired all six batters he faced in convincing fashion in Peoria’s win. Pumping 18 of his 23 pitches for strikes, the 2019 fourth-round Draft choice racked up four strikeouts across two perfect frames. Miller has been stingy throughout the Fall League, holding the opposition to a .188 batting average in 10 innings of work. The hard-throwing southpaw has enjoyed a strong run among the prospect elite after missing the vast majority of the regular season due to injury.