There are many minor league teams, made up of many minor leaguers. It’s a lot to keep up with. Fortunately, the athletic is here to do that for you. Welcome to this week’s minor league roundup, where you can find out who’s doing well and who’s coming up, as well as other news from the junior circuits.
These boys are on fire
• Matt Olson may be gone, but Shea Langeliers he’s doing everything he can to help A’s fans get through all of that. The former first-round pick and top prospect has been hitting well all season in Triple-A Las Vegas, but he went supersonic this week. In the past seven days, the 24-year-old catcher has hit .333/.402/.905. He goes back a little further and hit five home runs in a span of six games, bringing his total to nine for the season. That includes a tee shot one night and a two-homer game the next. Langeliers is walking almost as often as he is striking out and his slugging percentage starts at seven. For the season, he is hitting .316 with a 1.133 OPS.
ANOTHER ONE 💣💣
Shea Langeliers hits his second home run of the night, his fifth in 6 games
Airmen 5, Rainiers 1 pic.twitter.com/3BYVr05HpJ
— Las Vegas Aviators (@AviatorsLV) May 1, 2022
• Part of José Berríos trade return at last year’s deadline, right-handed Simeon Woods Richardson he’s not racking up strikeouts, but he’s been stingy with opposing hitters nonetheless. The 21-year-old Twins prospect has made four starts this year with Double-A Wichita and has yet to allow an earned run. In fact, he has gone at least five innings in each outing and hasn’t allowed more than two hits in any of them. He holds hitters to a .101 batting average and a .311 OPS.
Nothing but chicken eggs for @WindSurgeICT pitcher Simeon Woods Richardson.
— Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) April 29, 2022
• Going 0-for-4 on Sunday, Cardinals prospect Nolan Gorman he ended a 16-game hitting streak that had sustained him most of the season with Triple-A Memphis. During that span, the 21-year-old infielder batted .385 with a 1.354 OPS and 11 home runs, a mark that is tied with Cardinals outfielder Moises Gomez for highest in all minor leagues. . Gorman’s 34 percent strikeout rate is a concern, as is his 7 percent walk rate, but mashing a bunch of potatoes will make up for a lot. Gorman is on track to top his already impressive 25 home run total in 2021, and he’ll likely be on his way to St. Louis before too long.
Nolan Gorman takes sole possession of the MiLB HR advantage with his 11th strike for the @memphisredbirds.
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) April 30, 2022
• The Reds are off to their worst start in franchise history. Set aside! Need guidance on where to look away? Could we suggest the Reds left-hander? Andrew Abbot, who has started his first full professional season in a tear. A second-round draft pick out of the University of Virginia, the 22-year-old jumped straight to High-A Dayton to start the year, and if this continues, he may not stay there for long. Through four starts, Abbott has an 0.86 ERA and has struck out nearly 43 percent of the batters he has faced. He has posted double-digit strikeouts in each of his last three starts, allowing only one run in that span.
An ERA of 0.86 and 35 K’s in 21 IP? Andrew Abbott is in 🔥
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) May 1, 2022
• Have you heard of Brandon Walter? It’s okay if you haven’t. He was a 26th-round pick out of the University of Delaware three years ago, and the draft doesn’t last as long anymore. However, after strong A-ball results last year, the 25-year-old left-hander is making a name for himself this season with Double-A Portland (Red Sox). He has made four starts and has a 1.17 ERA. He has faced 85 batters and hasn’t walked any of them, though he has sunk two. This is what it looks like when someone who wasn’t a boy becomes a boy.
Red Sox LHP Brandon Walter in 2022: 17 IP, 10 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 22K. In his last outing he sat 91-93 and mixed his SL 79-83 and CH 82-84. He had a strong command-and-control profile and showed the ability to lose the bat with both secondaries. To me, he’s the second best pitching prospect in Portland. pic.twitter.com/2bGHZwUoba
— Ian Cundall (@IanCundall) April 27, 2022
• There were some notable promotions this week. After striking out 10 in five shutout innings in his most recent start with High-A Hillsboro, the Diamondbacks left-hander blake walston he was jumped over to Double-A Amarillo, where he will join an absolutely stacked rotation. Take a spot in the rotation vacated by another top prospect. drey jameson — both pitchers were drafted in the first round in 2019 — who was optioned to Triple-A Reno after outscoring Texas League hitters for several starts in a row.
• Cuban import yolbert sanchez, who ranks as the White Sox’s No. 10 prospect according to Keith Law, earned a promotion to Triple-A after hitting .353 with an .880 OPS with Double-A Birmingham. Sanchez has already found his place at the new level, beginning his tenure with the Charlotte Knights by hitting .385 in his first six games.
• They are back! short field Tyler Freeman, The Guardians’ No. 7 prospect made his season debut this week with Triple-A Columbus after needing season-ending shoulder surgery last year. Joining him at the Triple-A level is the Blue Jays’ No. 4 prospect. jordan groshanswho was slowed by an oblique injury in the spring, and former Tigers first-round pick alex fedo, who missed all of last year due to Tommy John surgery. In his first Triple-A start, Faedo struck out eight and allowed just four hits in five scoreless innings.
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) April 28, 2022
Heartwarming moment of the week.
Jason Krizan was an eighth-round pick in 2011. Many of his teammates are now longtime major leaguers or have stopped playing altogether. Krizan is neither, having stuck around in the minor leagues for 11 seasons. In that time, he has played in 1,132 games. He has racked up nearly 4,600 minor league plate appearances. All without summons.
That changed last week. After 11 seasons in the minors, and seven in Triple-A, the Giants called up Krizan on Friday. His first two games were hitless, but then came Sunday’s fifth inning and a fastball on the first pitch in the inside third of the plate. At 33, with his wife and his young son in the stands, Krizan recorded the first hit of his MLB career.
— SFGiants (@SFGiants) May 1, 2022
Read all about him from Andrew Baggarly here.
plays of the week
• Diamondbacks prospect Alex Thomas gets up to steal a homer.
𝑷𝑼𝑹𝑬 𝑹𝑶𝑩𝑩𝑬𝑹𝒀 😮
— Reindeer Aces (@Aces) April 29, 2022
• New Mariners farmer Mason McCoy was traded to Seattle for cash just before the season, with a big play up the middle.
— Minor Mariners (@MiLBMariners) May 1, 2022
• Whether this in-the-park home run is a high point or a low point depends on your perspective. if you ask lucas dunnAn eighth-round pick by the Padres last year, he’s a first.
— Lake Elsinore Storm Baseball (@Storm_Baseball) April 30, 2022
• Can a single shade be a highlight? I am so fascinated by how Mariners 11th-rounder William Fleming makes this ball move that I’m inclined to say yes.
Yes. William Fleming is unpleasant. pic.twitter.com/9NWCwsxhTQ
— Minor Mariners (@MiLBMariners) April 28, 2022
• Tired of my words? Read some of other people. Here are minor league notebooks on the Cubs, Brewers and Giants. Here’s a story by Dennis Lin on 6-foot-7 Padres prospect James Wood and a piece by Chad Jennings on Boston’s Tristan Casas and Jeter Downs. And, hey, here’s more of my words, on the Diamondbacks’ top prospect, Corbin Carroll. Please, he starts calling him What’s Next Kid so he can feel good about myself.
• It’s been a week of combined no-hitters. First, three pitchers from the Giants’ High-A affiliate in Eugene, Oregon, pitched one no-no in seven innings. Congratulations are due to Nick Swiney, Cole Waites Y Nicholas Avila. (More on that in the Giants notebook above.) Just hours later, three Cubs prospects with Low-A Myrtle Beach: Walker Powell, Adam Laskey Y jake reind – combined for another hitless performance, this time going nine innings. (Eugene’s no-hitter was part of a doubleheader. Let the debates begin about his legitimacy.) Reindl’s final out celebration is quite amusing.
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) May 2, 2022
• It has happened again. On Sunday, the Midland RockHounds batter Jordan Diaz he fell on an automatic strike because he spent too much time out of the batter’s box. While he didn’t seem to be entertained for long, it’s now the rules in the minor leagues. While it’s not the first automatic strikeout in the minors this year, the reaction online was largely negative. But this is the deal. The umpire was doing his job and the hitters will get used to this. Very soon, it will be instinct not to get out of the box. Also, please sign my petition to adopt my name in this case: Rest.
— Welcome to the Ump Show (@umpjob) May 2, 2022
(Photo by Shea Langeliers: Courtesy of Las Vegas Aviators)