Prospect Roundup: Games of July 25
By Jake Seiner / MiLB.com
MiLB.com game stories:
Other top prospect performances:
Red Sox 2B/RF Mookie Betts, Triple-A Pawtucket: 4-for-5, 2B, 2 R, RBI, BB — Betts has been back with Pawtucket for six games and has gone 10-for-27 with three extra-base hits. He played right field on Friday and figures to get plenty of reps out there while he remains in Triple-A.
Mariners SS Ketel Marte, Double-A Jackson: 3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R — The 20-year-old probably isn’t garnering as much attention as he should for thriving in the Southern League at his age. Marte is slashing .300/.328/.397, utilizing a slap-hitting approach from both sides of the plate that results in a lot of balls in play. He’s also stolen 23 bases and legged out 23 doubles. Defensively, Marte still needs refinement, but have the best defensive tools of the man Mariners’ middle infield players at Double-A or higher.
Rays C Justin O’Conner, Class A Advanced Charlotte: 4-for-4, HR, 2B, RBI, R — That’s three homers in four games for the 2010 first-rounder, who seems to be putting things together in the Florida State league. O’Conner’s hitting .364 in 14 July games with his best strikeout rate of any month this season. O’Conner could be a standout defender thanks to a cannon right arm, and if he can hit at the big league level, the Rays would salvage some good value out of a draft many view as a disappointment.
Rangers OF Nomar Mazara, Class A Hickory: 2-for-4, HR, 2B, RBI, R, K — Since the end of May, Mazara is hitting .304 with 12 home runs. It took him a season and a couple months, but the 19-year-old Dominican appears to have figured out the South Atlantic League and could/should be in line for a look at Myrtle Beach near the end of the season.
Indians OF Bradley Zimmer, Class A Short Season Mahoning Valley: 3-for-5, 2 2B, RBI, R — The 2014 first-rounder has multi-hit games in six of his past nine contests and is hitting .287 with on ehomer in 25 games. Zimmer’s also stolen five bases and legged out eight doubles. The 6-foot-4 San Francisco product made strides defensively in his junior season to remain in center field, where his bat would play better than in a corner.