With the upper Minors placing the majority of prospects onto Prospect Team of the Week rosters through the season’s first month, A-ball came to play in mid-May. This week, six of 11 selections come from the Single-A and High-A levels while veterans nab spots behind the plate, on the mound and in the infield and outfield, as well.
The Dodgers yet again lock up middle infield recognition with a returnee at second base and a new prospect earning the nod at shortstop. A stalwart Padres prospect earns the first Team of the Week honor of his career while some lower-ranked prospects from their organizations sweep pitcher accolades this week.
To be eligible for the Pipeline Prospect Team of the Week, Minor League players must be ranked among their club’s Top 30 prospects on Pipeline’s lists. (Those in the Majors do not qualify.)
This is the Prospect Team of the Week for May 9-15:
It may be hard to believe this is Campusano’s sixth year in pro ball and may be even harder to believe he’s still just 23. Back in El Paso after some late-April games with the big club, baseball’s No. 6 catching prospect put together one of his best stretches of the young season. In El Paso’s home series against Sacramento, Campusano had two-hit games in all four of his starts, only going hitless in a pinch-hit at-bat on Saturday. The backstop doubled twice on Wednesday and once on Thursday before belting a homer on Friday night. Sunday afternoon, he notched his first triple since last July 24 with the Chihuahuas. This selection marks the first Prospect Team of the Week nod of Campusano’s career. After hitting .359/.375/.487 in nine April games at Triple-A, Campusano has been even better in May with a .423/.531/.846 line through eight contests.
1B: Hunter Goodman, Fresno Grizzlies (Single-A)
Rockies No. 20
.462/.500/.923, 6 G, 12-for-26, 3 HR, 1 3B, 1 2B, 13 RBI, 5 R, 0 BB, 8 K
A power-hitting catcher out of Memphis, Goodman went to the Rockies in the fourth round of last year’s Draft and played 12 games behind the plate last year and eight more as a designated hitter in his brief pro debut with the Rookie-level ACL Rockies. This season, he’s spent more time at first base (21 games) than catching (12) and has hit regardless of where he’s played in the field. Starting four of his six games last week at first, Goodman went on a binge at the plate with hits in all six and multiple hits in four games. Goodman dispersed his extra-base knocks throughout with one in five of his six games played including homers on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. The 22-year-old’s biggest production day came on Sunday when he went 3-for-5 with a blast and drove in five. Goodman started May slowly, batting .143/.172/.393 through his first seven games, before his award period performance.
Busch and his Double-A Drillers double-play partner Jacob Amaya have been near-weekly fixtures on 2022 Prospect Teams of the Week, appearing on all but the Week 1’s squad. This time around, the second baseman took the accolades by running his hitting streak to eight straight and tallying five extra-base hits among his nine knocks for the week. As Tulsa took four of six from visiting Frisco, Busch rattled off hits in every contest with doubles in three straight from Wednesday through Friday and homers on both Wednesday and Sunday. Though he didn’t drive in as many runs as one might expect in a nine-hit week, he made up for it by scoring nine times and also doubled his strikeout total in walks after fanning 11 times while walking only once in his first six games in May. For the month, Busch is batting .357/.449/.667.
3B: Hao Yu Lee, Clearwater Threshers (Single-A)
Phillies No. 19
.455/.556/1.091, 6 G, 10-for-22, 4 HR, 2 2B, 13 RBI, 5 R, 5 BB, 1 K, 2 SB
After a brief but promising pro debut last year, Taiwanese infielder Lee is proving the Phillies may have unearthed a gem on the international market. Lee barreled balls impressively last week with home runs in four straight games from Thursday through Sunday, driving in multiple runs in all four games and three or more in his final three. Lee had three multihit games for the week, including a pair of three-hit contests on Friday and Sunday. In his only hitless game of the week, on Tuesday, Lee set a new career high with three walks. After getting his feet under him in April, Lee is flying in May. The infielder now boasts a .404/.500/.787 line through 12 games this month with four of his five homers for the season and 20 of his 29 RBIs.
SS: Eddys Leonard, Great Lakes Loons (High-A)
Dodgers No. 8
.400/.464/1.040, 6 G, 10-for-25, 4 HR, 4 2B, 10 RBI, 5 R, 1 BB, 7 K
It’s not Busch’s teammate this time around, but yet another Dodgers middle infielder locks up a spot on the Prospect Team of the Week with this selection. One step down the organizational ladder from Tulsa, Leonard rode his best stretch of the season to Pipeline recognition with High-A Great Lakes. After batting just .237/.336/.381 through his first 26 games of the season, Leonard rediscovered his stroke at Lake County. The 21-year-old notched hits in all six games of the week, his third hitting streak of five games or more this season, with at least one extra-base hit in each. Leonard doubled in the first four games of the series, adding a triple on Thursday, before homering once Saturday and twice on Sunday. The latter gave Leonard his first multihomer game since he socked three for Great Lakes last Aug. 29 also at Lake County. Eight of his 10 RBIs for the week came between the series’ final two games with five coming as part of Leonard’s 3-for-5 day on Sunday.
With a power-packed week, Wiemer finally etched his name on the Team of the Week rolls. Bookending his strong stretch with homers, the outfielder left the yard once in his first two games of the award period for Biloxi, once on Saturday and twice with no-doubters on Sunday. Wiemer had multiple hits in four games including five knocks between his final two contests of the week. The former Cincinnati Bearcats standout has been one of the most consistent performers in Double-A this year and has only gone hitless three times in May. Wiemer also flashed good command of the strike zone last week with three walks in four games to begin his series. It had taken him 12 games to tally his three previous walks. Wiemer’s five homers for the week are one more of his total from the first 27 games of his season.
The 13th overall pick in the 2016 Draft tasted 19 games of big league action, all but one in April, and has turned up the pressure to make his return with a hot last week of games opposite Gwinnett. Running his modest hitting streak to six straight, Lowe had three multihit games and littered his week with doubles and RBIs especially. Dating back to the final game of his last series against Buffalo, Lowe has driven in runs in six straight and multiple runs in five of those. That streak includes three straight three-RBI contests in the first three games against the Stripers. Through his first five games back at Triple-A, Lowe was a .063/.211/.250 hitter, having gone 1-for-16 with a homer. He’s now bumped those numbers to .275/.348/.675 over his six-game hitting streak.
OF: Grant McCray, San Jose Giants (Single-A)
Giants No. 25
.391/.533/.826, 6 G, 9-for-23, 2 HR, 1 3B, 2 2B, 6 RBI, 6 R, 7 BB, 9 K, 3 SB
After a sluggish April, McCray has been torching California League pitching through May. Against Lake Elsinore, McCray punished visiting pitchers with nine hits over six games, including five for extra bases. The outfielder had two standout nights, going 4-for-5 with his lone triple of the week on Wednesday and following two days later with a 3-for-5 game headlined by a homer, double and three RBIs. The 21-year-old was successful on all three of his stolen base attempts for the week, as well. McCray batted just .163/.302/.326 with a homer and three RBIs in April. He kicked off May with a nine-game hitting streak that featured six multihit games and exited last week with a .429/.515/.821 slash line for the month, including five homers and 16 RBIs.
LHP: JP Sears, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A)
Yankees No. 24
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 9 1/3 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 14 K, 0.54 WHIP
A Yankees southpaw earns this slot for the second straight edition after Ken Waldichuk’s performance for Double-A Somerset placed him on last week’s squad. Since dealing consecutive scoreless appearances in the big leagues on April 13 and 16, Sears has been back in Triple-A, primarily starting. Last week, he silenced visiting Syracuse over a pair of outings. On Tuesday, the lefty went just 3 2/3 innings but struck out eight without a walk and didn’t allow a run on two hits. Five days later, he earned his first win of the season with 5 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out six while surrendering just two hits and his first walk of the Triple-A campaign. In five appearances for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season, Sears has allowed just two runs, one earned, on 11 hits in 17 innings. That lone earned tally was back in his first International League outing of the season on April 22. In total, the Citadel product boasts a 0.53 ERA, 0.71 WHIP, .180 opponents’ average and 23 strikeouts against one walk in 17 innings pitched.
RHP: Bryce Miller, Everett AquaSox (High-A)
Mariners No. 23
0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 11 1/3 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 17 K, 0.44 WHIP
A fourth-round pick of the M’s last year, Miller “has more makings than arguably any pitcher in the system to make an aggressive leap” according to his Pipeline prospect biography. The righty is certainly flashing those credentials in the Northwest League. Like Sears, Miller made starts on both the 10th and 15th and dominated in both. The 23-year-old allowed one unearned run on two hits over 5 1/3 at Tri-City in his first outing, striking out eight. Five days later, he was even better with no runs crossing on three hits and nine strikeouts over six innings. Through five starts at the High-A level this year, Miller sports a 1-0 record, 0.96 ERA, 0.64 WHIP, .125 opponents’ average and 37 strikeouts against six walks in 28 innings pitched.
RP: Christian Chamberlain, Quad Cities River Bandits (High-A)
Royals No. 30
0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 3 2/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 0.27 WHIP
Starting didn’t seem to agree with Chamberlain as he posted an 8.10 ERA in four turns through the rotation to begin the season. The opposite has been true since the left-hander shifted to a relief role at the end of April. Chamberlain is now riding a streak of four straight scoreless appearances and was terrific in a pair of games against Wisconsin last week. On Wednesday, the southpaw worked around a walk with a strikeout in his lone inning, throwing 12 of 22 pitches for strikes. Three days later, Chamberlain dealt 2 2/3 perfect innings with four strikeouts and no walks. In five total relief appearances, the Oregon State product owns a 0.87 ERA and a jaw-dropping 21 strikeouts against four walks in 21 1/3 innings.