The Cleveland return for Yan Gomes is looking sharp. Not only did they land Jefry Rodriguez (3.45 ERA in five big league starts), but they also received Daniel Johnson, an outfielder who is one of the hottest hitters in Double-A at the moment. Johnson is on a ten-game hit streak with six homers this month and nine homers overall. Power isn’t even his best tool. He has 70-grade wheels and is 6-for-9 in stolen base attempts this season. More good news…he’s nearly doubled his walk rate from last year and has cut about three percent off of his strikeout rate. Luckily, the Indians don’t need any outfield help. Oh wait. Here’s what else is happening around the minor leagues…
Brady Singer, RHP | KC – Punched out ten in six shutout innings on Thursday, lowering his ERA to 2.47 on the year. It’s likely he’ll see Double-A for the second half of this year, and may even see some innings with Kansas City in September. One to keep in mind if your window is 2020 and beyond.
Lazaro Armenteros, OF | OAK – 2-for-3 with a homer, his California League-leading ninth of the season. The 19-year-old Lazarito is a physical specimen similar to Yoan Moncada, but his hit tool is suspicious and that could limit his upside down the road if he can’t right the ship. On the season, he’s hitting .231 with a brutal 39% strikeout rate in High-A.
Keibert Ruiz, C | LAD – 10-for-14 since Tuesday. He’s hitting .286 on the year with a pair of homers, but this past week has been next level. Ruiz is also walking twice as much as he’s striking out for Double-A Tulsa. He probably won’t be up this season, but I could see him being a decent stash next spring, along the lines of Danny Jansen and Sean Murphy.
Bo Bichette, SS | TOR – Should start hitting again next week and could be fully back in June. Once that happens, it shouldn’t take long for him to reach the majors and I’m sure I’ll include him in either June or July’s stash list. This is a difficult injury to come back from, so he’ll probably start by hitting off a tee underwater, then in a warm goo-like substance, and then finally in our normal atmosphere.
Enyel De Los Santos, RHP | PHI – Called up to the bigs again on Friday. Eventually EDLS is going to stick, either in mop-up duty or as a starter if an injury crops up. He’s pitched well in Triple-A, sporting a 12+ K/9 and 3.3 BB/9 through 19 innings pitched. I know I’m repeating myslef, but if you’re in an NL-only league or a deep mixed format, he’s a decent flyer to keep tabs on.
Kevin Cron, 1B | ARI – As of Friday, it’s actually Cron, not Yordan Alvarez, leading all of Triple-A in homers (18). Here’s what I said about Cron in the offseason: “When I’m researching these lists, I look at a lot of different reports. I couldn’t find Cron on a lot of radars though, and I’m hoping I’m not missing some key news like he fell off a roof and will never play again or he was traded to the Korean League indefinitely. Dude hit .309 with 22 bombs in 104 Triple-A games. Granted PCL is hitter friendly and such, but I dig it. He probably doesn’t have anywhere to play this year, but I could see a Jesus Aguilar type situation where he gets a chance somewhere else and surprises. Not to be confused with a Grey type situation, which is where you eat an entire box of Cheez-its in your underwear.” Zing!