JetHawks’ shortstop Ryan Vilade (no. 9 PuRP) had quite the week, landing himself on MLB Pipeline’s Prospect Team of the Week this week. The 2017 second rounder hit three of his eight home runs this week, including two on Friday night. The most amazing thing is that he did not strike out once in six games. He also recorded two doubles, bringing his season total up to 24. Vilade ranks in the Top 5 on the JetHawks in doubles (24, 2nd), triples (8, 1st), RBI (60, 3rd), total bases (182, 1st), walks (46, 2nd), stolen bases (15, 2nd), and slash (.293/.361/.452, 3rd/5th/5th). He also ranks within the Top 10 of the entire California League in ten different categories, including the Top 5 in doubles (4th) and triples (2nd). Not too bad for a first year in Lancaster!
Triple-A: Albuquerque Isotopes, 1-5 (49-65)
Roberto Ramos (no. 26 PuRP) put on quite the show this week also, starting a five game multi-hit streak. During that five game span, he also managed to mash home runs in two consecutive games and added two more doubles to keep him tied in third place with Sam Hilliard. He still trails Hilliard by six home runs, though. Ramos is feasting on PCL pitching, slashing .329/.413/.613 in his first year in the league. That also led him to his second consecutive minor league All-Star Game nomination, after being honored in the California League in 2018.
Double-A: Hartford Yard Goats, 4-2 (56-54)
Tyler Nevin (no. 7 PuRP) had his own little hit streak this week, going 7-for-21 in six games. The only day he didn’t record a hit was August 3, where he went 0-for-3. Nevin has had an up and down season, hitting .240/.343/.351 in his first season with the Yard Goats. Even in his last ten games he has gone 8-for-35 (.222) with two of his seven homers. He also struck out six times in those ten games (four this week).
High-A: Lancaster JetHawks, 3-3 (58-54)
RHP Robert Tyler (no. 23 PuRP) had two different outings this week. In his first outing, he pitched an inning and gave up two runs on three hits. However, in his second outing he pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts. Tyler has been up and down all year as well, and since he’s a reliever he works on small sample sizes. He has a 9.18 ERA, which is his lowest since June 24. He has pitched 16 2⁄3 innings since joining the JetHawks on June 7, and has 18 strikeouts and 13 walks since then.
Low-A: Asheville Tourists, 5-1 (54-60)
Terrin Vavra (no. 13 PuRP) continues to tear through Asheville, this week going 6-for-13 with four doubles. He hit three of those doubles on August 2, when he went 3-for-3 with those three doubles and three RBI to go along with them.
Grant Lavigne (no. 6 PuRP) also had a fairly decent week, going 9-for-22 with a double. Lavigne hasn’t been as flashy as Vavra, hitting .246/.360/.336 on the season. However, in his last ten games he has gone 11-for-35 (.314) with six RBI, five walks, and five strikeouts.
Boise Hawks, 3-4 (21-30)
Aaron Schunk (2019, Round 2) continues to light up the Northwest League, starting with a 2-for-4, two homer performance on July 29 against the Vancouver Canadians (Short-A Toronto). He struck out once in that game, but hasn’t struck out since. He hit safely in three consecutive games and in each of those games, he recorded an RBI. In his last ten games as a whole, he has gone 15-for-39 (.385) with two doubles and three home runs. He also has six strikeouts and just one walk in his last ten. All of that helped propel him to an All-Star nod for the Northwest League.
Grand Junction Rockies, 4-3 (25-22)
After a shaky outing on July 13, Mitchell Kilkenny (HM PuRP) seems to have returned to his old self. He started on August 2 and pitched five innings of one hit baseball. He also struck out five batters and walked only one. That’s his sixth start out of eight that he did not allow a run and the fourth in which he’s allowed one hit or less. In his last two starts, he has nearly four times the amount of strikeouts (11) that he does hits (3). Not too shabby.
Dominican Summer League: DSL Colorado, 1-5 (23-31)
It was a fairly quiet week for DSL Colorado prospects, but RHP Ronald Pereira had arguably the best week of the bunch. The 17-year-old Venezuela native made one start on July 29 and lasted four innings. In those four innings, he only gave up one earned run on three hits. He also struck out three batters and threw 22 of his 33 pitches for strikes. However, he also walked two batters and hit one. In 9 out of his 11 starts, he has yielded one run or fewer and has only yielded three once in his last outing on July 22. That puts his ERA up to 3.90 with a 1.45 WHIP.
Dominican Summer League: DSL Rockies, 3-2 (32-16)
Shortstop Warming Bernabel, apart from having a cool name, also had a fairly good week among DSL Rockies prospects. He went 7-for-17 in four games, including back-to-back three hit games to start August. Only one of those hits went for extra bases (a double) and another knocked in a run. The 17-year-old from the Dominican Republic has been having a decent year, slashing .249/.327/.386 with 16 extra base hits (10 doubles, 2 triples, 4 homers). He also has three stolen bases, but has been caught seven times.
Week of 7/29-8/4
|Robert Mendoza||--||DSL Colorado||1/8||0||1||0|
|Warming Bernabel||--||DSL Rockies||7/17||0||0||0|
|Pedro Mota||--||DSL Rockies||6/18||0||4||1|
|Aiverson Rodriguez||--||DSL Colorado||7/23||0||3||0|
|Juan Guerrero||--||DSL Rockies||4/16||0||3||0|
|Michael James||--||DSL Rockies||2/11||0||2||0|
|Michael Toglia||--||A (Short)||4/17||1||3||6|
|Aaron Schunk||--||A (Short)||5/13||2||1||1|
|Breiling Eusebio||25||A (Short)||0.0||0/0||0||0|
|Gabriel Barbosa||--||DSL Rockies||2.0||0/0||1||0|
|Yeferson Pantoja||--||DSL Colorado||0.0||0/0||0||0|
|Ronald Pereira||--||DSL Colorado||4.0||1/1||3||2|
|Angel Valencia||--||DSL Colorado||2.2||2/2||3||3|
|Enmanuel Pio||--||DSL Rockies||3.0||3/3||1||1|
|Francis Rivera||--||DSL Rockies||3.2||0/0||3||0|
Season to Date
|Robert Mendoza||--||DSL Colorado||.198/.322/.219||0|
|Warming Bernabel||--||DSL Rockies||.249/.327/.386||4|
|Pedro Mota||--||DSL Rockies||.259/.390/.388||2|
|Aiverson Rodriguez||--||DSL Colorado||.293/.377/.372||2|
|Juan Guerrero||--||DSL Rockies||.312/.368/.404||1|
|Michael James||--||DSL Rockies||.255/.344/.441||5|
|Michael Toglia||--||A (Short)||.232/.351/.430||7|
|Aaron Schunk||--||A (Short)||.329/.388/.540||6|
|Breiling Eusebio||25||A (Short)||22.1||7.25|
|Gabriel Barbosa||--||DSL Rockies||26.1||4.44|
|Yeferson Pantoja||--||DSL Colorado||9.1||9.64|
|Ronald Pereira||--||DSL Colorado||27.2||3.90|
|Angel Valencia||--||DSL Colorado||21.1||4.64|
|Enmanuel Pio||--||DSL Rockies||27.1||4.28|
|Francis Rivera||--||DSL Rockies||25.1||3.55|
Triple-A Albuquerque: 8/5 @ Nashville, 8/7-8/9 vs. San Antonio, 8/10-8/11 vs. Round Rock
Double-A Hartford: 8/6-8/8 @ Reading, 8/9-8/11 vs. Binghamton
High-A Lancaster: 8/6-8/8 @ Rancho Cucamonga, 8/9-8/11 vs. Visalia
Low-A Asheville: 8/5-8/6 vs. Lakewood, 8/8-8/11 @ Greensboro
Boise Hawks: 8/8-8/10 vs. Eugene, 8/11 vs. Spokane
Grand Junction Rockies: 8/8-8/11 @ Great Falls
DSL Colorado: 8/5 vs. DSL Tigers2, 8/6 @ DSL Tigers2, 8/7 vs. DSL Pirates2, 8/8 @ DSL Pirates2, 8/9 vs. DSL Royals2, 8/10 @ DSL Royals2