It is Sunday Minor League Ball. That means this is your weekly primer for 3 red-hot prospects to watch this week.
Ke’Bryan Hayes, Altoona Curve (Pittsburgh Pirates)
Hayes is looking right at home in his Double-A debut season. The 21-year-old third baseman has been particularly hot of late.
Hayes saw his mini five-game hit streak come to an end Sunday, but he still contributed, walking twice and scoring a run. He had four multi-hit games this week and while he is (hopefully) still developing his over-the-fence power, he’s a doubles machine tied for fourth in the Eastern League with 21 this year.
The young righty is one of the most exciting third base prospects in the game. He blends outstanding defense, a strong arm, above-average speed for the position and an ever-improving ability to make contact. The world will get to watch him on the 15th when he takes the field for the U.S. Team in the MLB Futures Game.
Bobby Dalbec, Salem Red Sox (Boston)
Here’s a fact. Bobby Dalbec is going to strike out. A lot. But he counters it with ever-developing raw power on a daily basis. The 23-year-old right-handed slugger celebrated Independence Day with a firework show of his own all week long.
The third baseman had 13 hits in 23 at bats, including four multi-hit games. Even better, he slugged four home runs in a six-game stretch for his Carolina League-best 19th home run. Dalbec is in one of those zones that power hitters get in, and that’s all the more reason to keep an eye out this week.
Jesus Luzardo, Midland RockHounds (Oakland Athletics)
Most people have been watching the 20-year-old left-hander blossom into arguably the A’s best pitching prospect this season (poor A.J. Puk). He’s been on an outrageous pace since the calendar turned to June, obviously heating up with the summer months.
Just how hot is he? Luzardo has allowed just one earned run since May, striking out 26 and walking three. While he’s being monitored as a Tommy John surgery alum and hasn’t gone more than five complete innings over that span, it is still an unbelievable run. With a spot on the World Team at the MLB Futures Game, those that don’t know his name are about to.