A number of players earned an appearance on the hot prospect list for this day.
Aristides Aquino OF (Reds) - It’s not for his one game but his last six games that he appears on this list where he has hit five homeruns, equaling the mark he had for 61 games at Low A last year. This offensive barrage is also being done in the Florida State League. In this six game homer streak he is 12 for 22 with 11 of the 13 RBIs he has driven in for the year. It has also raised his average to .250.
Dariel Alvarez RF (Orioles) - He is one of many players who lacks a position to play on the major league team. The corner outfields are crowded in Baltimore, but with more 4 for 5 outbursts that drive in six runs he could squeeze his way into the equation. The 6 RBI game came with only one extra base hit (a double) and equaled the amount he drove in for the month of April. Dariel still needs to show more power to make the major league club. A .330 slugging percentage with just seven doubles as your only extra base hit collection for your 29 hits is not going to make it as a corner outfielder.
Yoan Moncada 2B (Red Sox) - Another Cuban with a little more talent at his disposal hit a grand slam homerun in the first game of a double header and finished the day 3 for 6 with five runs scored and five runs driven in. The homerun was his first of the year, but he followed that double header with a 3 for 4 day and two doubles to bring his slugging average up to .506. In his last three games he is now 6 for 10 to up his average to .348 and he is 15 for 18 in stolen base success.
Steven Moya RF (Tigers) - Another right fielder without a position to play but with a bat that can make an impact. In two games the 6″7″ right fielder went 7 for 8 with three doubles, two homeruns and seven runs driven in. The two homer game of May 3 brings his season total up to 7. Strikeouts have always been a problem for Steven but this year he has cut them down to 21 in 24 games. The month of May has seen his walk to whiff ratio improve to 3/1 when compared to Aprils 2/20, meaning pitchers are either fearing him or his strike zone discipline is improving.
Dilson Herrera 2B (Mets) - He does not appear on many prospect lists because he no longer has rookie eligibility. That will not prevent him from appearing on this list. His homerun in the WBC qualifier put Colombia in the WBC. On this day he went 4 for 6 with two homeruns and a triple to drive in five runs. The two homeruns were his first of the year and the five RBIs were one short than he hit in April. At 22 years of age he is still young enough for the Mets to have patience with him. Defense is where he needs to show improvement.
Dominic Smith 1B (Mets) - A level lower is Dominic, the Mets first round pick in 2013. He slugged this third homerun in a 3 for 6 day driving in four runs. A lack of power has been the big brick wall to the question marks surrounding Dominic as he has yet to reach double digits in homeruns. His 230 pounds on a 6′0′ frame is also cause for worry.
Chris Shaw 1B (Giants) - The Giants 2015 first round pick has seemed to take off since Brandon Belt signed an extension with the Giants. The 22 year old has hit homeruns in back to back games in a 4 for 8 two day run with six runs driven in. He also has driven in a run for all four games of May and has driven in 12 runs in his last six games.
Miguel Andujar 3B (Yankees) - The Dominican is heating up. A 4 for 5 game with two doubles and a homerun has upped his average to .286 and increased his slugging percentage to .505. For the month of May he has a three game stretch where he is 7 for 12. This is his second year in the Florida State League after he hit just .243 with 8 homeruns there last year. His five homeruns this year in 100 less games has almost equaled that production. He could be promoted to AA soon.
Richard Urena SS (Blue Jays) - The 20 year old Dominican is not thought of when you think of the top shortstops percolating up through the minor league systems, but he was a perfect 4 for 4 on this day and is 6 for 9 for the month to raise his average to .298. Last year he slugged 16 homeruns, but that power has been absent this year with only two homeruns to date.
Jameson Taillon RHP (Pirates) and Matt Andriese RHP (Rays) - Another classic pitcher’s duel where neither pitcher was around after Indianapolis beat Duram 1-0 in 12 innings. Jameson threw seven innings of shutout ball allowing just two hits. His ERA now sits at a pretty 1.19 after five starts. Andriese was the monster in this game striking out 14 in his seven innings of work and allowing just three hits. This was the best outing of the year for Matt who finished April with a rather uninspiring 4.28 ERA.
Archie Bradley RHP (Diamondbacks) - The D-backs should reserve a spot for him soon in their rotation. The swing and miss is back in his repertoire with 11 whiffs in seven innings in his last start. He did give up two runs and needs to improve on his command, with 12 walks in 18 innings for the month of April. For his first start of May he walked two.
Ryan Castellani RHP (Rockies) - The 2014 second round pick tossed a nice one hit gem in his eight innings of work. He walked one and struck out 10 facing only two over the minimum in his outing.
Jose De Leon RHP (Dodgers) - The Puerto Rican made his debut a good one tossing five innings of two hit shutout ball. He walked one and struck out nine in his AAA outing. The Dodgers could use some help in their rotation and it may only take a couple outings like this one to bring him up to the major leagues.
Ariel Miranda LHP (Orioles) - The 27 year old Cuban could be ready to make an appearance in the troubled Orioles rotation after giving up just four hits in six innings of shutout ball for Norfolk. Ariel needs to develop more consistency as his year has been troubled with one good outing followed by a bad outing, leaving his ERA at 3.33. Lefthanded hitters are also hitting .368 against him with a .526 slugging when compared to righthanders who are only hitting him at a .205 clip with a .286 slugging.
Brandon Woodruff RHP (Brewers) - This is his second year in the Florida State League. He threw seven innings of four hit shutout ball in his last outing, walking none and striking out seven. His ERA dropped to a pleasant 1.41, which could soon lead to a promotion to AA.
Victor Payano LHP (Rangers) - Same team but a different Payano. This one struck out 13 of the 24 hitters he faced in 6.2 innings of work. He didn’t walk a batter and allowed just four hits. This was certainly an eye opening performance for this Payano.