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Potential Team of the Week June 14, 2021

Potential Team of the Week June 14, 2021

2021-06-14 17:39:51

The MLB Pipeline Prospect Team of the Week rewards the best performances of the previous seven days. Any minor league player currently on a list of the top 30 prospects in our prospect rankings is eligible.

Spencer Torkelson, the absolute choice no. 1 in the 2020 Draft, it was so good last week that it not only earned Prospect Team of the Week accolades, but also a promotion to Double-A.

Torkelson greeted High-A by going 11 of 20 with seven extra-base hits in six games, beating 0.550 / 0.577 / 1.050 during that time. He had more multihit and walk matches (four each) than strikeout (three) while continuing to show why Scouts considered him one of the best all-around offensive prospects to come out of the Draft in years.

Set to make his Erie SeaWolves debut on Tuesday, Torkelson drives a powerful game-based PTOW from June 7-13:

C: Drew Millas, Lansing Lugnuts (A high)
(Athletics No. 30)

.500 / .565 / .850, 5 G, 20 AB, 4 R, 10 H, 1 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB, 3 SO, 1 SB

Millas battled for the pot during the first month of the season, but caught fire in June, beating his first two professional homers last week while recording four consecutive multihit games. Known more for his defense than his mace, he is hitting .279 / .402 / .413 with more walks (22) than puffs (15) in 27 matches.

Others Receiving Votes: Joey Bart, Sacramento River Cats (Triple A, Giants)

1B: Spencer Torkelson, West Michigan Whitecaps (A top)
(Tigers # 1 / MLB # 3)

.550 / .577 / 1.050, 6 G, 20 AB, 6 R, 11 H, 5 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 4 BB, 3 SO, 1 CS

Torkelson beat all the Top 30 Prospects last week in batting, OPS (1,627) and tied for the lead in the hits. After entering the professional sphere by going 6 of 41 (.146) in his first 11 games this season, he upped his final High-A Central numbers to .312 / .440 / .569 with five homers in 31 races. and topped the championship with 1,009 OPS at the time of his departure.

2B: Spencer Steer, Cedar Rapids Kernels (High-A)
(Gemini n.30)

.222 / .276 / .704, 6 G, 27 AB, 5 R, 6 H, 1 2B, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 2 BB, 8 SO, 1 CS

It’s not often that a .222 hitter crack the PTOW, but Steer got his shots counted, with four of his six making it past the fence. Counting a two-homer game from the previous week, he went deep six times in a five-game span and is now hitting .248 / .372 / .473 with eight dingers in 33 games.

3B: Nolan Gorman, Springfield Cardinals (double A)
(Cardinals # 2 / MLB # 31)

.346 / .393 / 1.154, 6 G, 26 AB, 8 R, 9 H, 7 HR, 12 RBI, 2 BB, 7 SO

Gorman had one of the best performances in the 2018 Draft and showed it last week with seven homers, including two on Friday and three on Saturday. He led all the Top 30 Prospects in homers, total bases (30) and slugging and pace on Double-A Central with 43 hits and 77 total bases beating .316 / .388 / .566 with 10 homers in 34 games.

SS: Noelvi Marte, Modesto Nuts (Low-A)
(Navigators No. 6 / MLB No. 88)

.435 / .536 / .957, 6 G, 23 AB, 5 R, 10 H, 4 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB, 6 SO, 1 SB

Mars safely beaten in all six games last week and finished it off with four consecutive multihit attempts to take command of Low-A West in hits (45), homers (eight) and total bases (80) . Beat .324 / .423 / .576 in total with five steals in 34 games.

OF: Alexander Canario, San Jose Giants (Bottom)
(Giants no.9)

.440 / .444 / .760, 6 G, 25 AB, 10 R, 11 H, 2 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 4 SO, 2 SB

Canario was beating just 0.178 in his full-season debut before going into slump last week, hitting safely in all six games, leading all Top 30 Prospects in runs and drawing for top marks in the hits. That streak brought his season line to .235 / .326 / .409 with four homers and seven steals in 32 games.

BY: Dominic Fletcher, Amarillo Sod Poodles (double A)
(D-back no.15)

.444 / .524 / .875, 5 G, 18 AB, 5 R, 8 H, 2 2B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 2 BB, 3 SO

David Fletcher’s younger brother shrugged off an early-season slump by hitting .481 in his last eight games, including four multihits last week highlighted by a Monday race in which he doubled, scored and walked twice. Beat .257 / .325 / .416 with four home runs in 31 games.

AC: Joshua Mears, Lake Elsinore Storm (A low)
(Father n.9)

.350 / .458 / 1,000, 6 G, 20 AB, 6 R, 7 H, 1 2B, 4 HR, 6 RBI, 4 BB, 6 SO, 1 SB

Mears went unsuccessfully in his first eight at-bats last week before going 7 for 12 with four homers, including two blasts on Sunday. He is now hitting .222 / .384 / .444 with five homers and seven steals in 31 games.

LHP: Ken Waldichuk, Hudson Valley Forsaken (High-A)
(Yankees # 27)

1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 10 SO, 0.67 WHIP

The first pitcher to repeat on PTOW this season, Waldichuk has yet to forgo a run in seven starts by covering 30 2/3 innings. On Friday he set his season record with 10 strikeouts in six innings from one hit and is now first in the Minors in ERA (obviously) and strikeout rate (49 percent) and second in opponent average (0.120) while recording 55 puffs. against solo 25 runners are allowed on base.

RHP: Cade Cavalli, Wilmington Blue Rocks (high-l)
(Nationals # 1 / MLB # 82)

1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 7 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 15 SO, 0.29 WHIP

Speaking of dominant pitchers in the High-A East, Cavalli equaled Jacob deGrom for the most strikeouts in a pro game this year, when he handled 15 in seven innings without hits on Saturday. He leads the Minors with 71 puffs in 40 2/3 innings, is second behind Waldichuk in strikeout rate (45 percent) and sports an ERA of 1.77 and an average of 0.171 opponents.

RP: Freddie Tarnok, Rome Braves (high-A)
(Braves n.10)

1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO, 0.25 WHIP

Slowed down by a lat injury in Spring Training, Tarnok made his season debut in relief on Wednesday. He threw 34 shots on 58 per strike while puffing eight batters and produced just one walk in nearly perfect four frames.

Others receiving votes: Jaime Melendez, Fayetteville Woodpeckers (Low-A, Astros)

https://www.mlb.com/braves/news/prospect-team-of-the-week-june-14-2021