Baseball America Prospect Report—April 19, 2021
Yermín Mercedes, DH, White Sox — He did it again. Mercedes hit his fourth home run of the season on Sunday. For a player who seemingly made the team as a bench bat, Mercedes has had quite the April. Mercedes leads the American League in batting average (.415) and hits (22). His .456 on-base percentage is fourth in the league (behind Mike Trout, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Yuli Gurriel. His .717 slugging percentage is fourth in AL also (behind J.D. Martinez, Trout and Nelson Cruz).
Jazz Chisholm, 2B, Marlins — Chisholm went 1-for-3 with a single on Sunday. There was nothing remarkable about his day, but once again he got a hit. It was Chisholm’s seventh consecutive game with a hit. He’s now hitting .325/.451/.675. He’s cut his strikeout rate from 30.6 percent of plate appearances last year to 25.5 percent this year while more than doubling his walk rate from 8.1 percent to 18.8 percent.
Nick Heath, OF, D-Backs — Just four days after the Royals designated him for assignment and then traded him to Arizona for RHP Eduardo Herrera, Heath found himself on the D-Backs active roster and in the lineup. And the speedy 27-year-old responded by going 3-for-4 in his D-Backs debut. He was thrown out on a steal attempt. Heath had only 2 hits in 18 plate appearances with the Royals, so he’s already topped his Kansas City hits total.
Akil Baddoo, OF, Tigers — It’s been a great first few weeks in the majors for Baddoo, but this weekend offered a reminder that he also is adapting after never playing above Class A before this year. Baddoo went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on Sunday. He’s now 0-for-11 in his past three games with eight strikeouts. That’s hacked his slash line to a still impressive .263/.274/.684.
|BOS||MAJ||#3||Bobby Dalbec PH-1B||1||0||1||0||.229|
|CIN||MAJ||#3||Jonathan India 2B||2||0||0||0||.375|
|CLE||MAJ||#30||Yu Chang 1B||3||1||2||0||.300|
|CLE||MAJ||#3||Andres Gimenez SS||0||0||0||0||.200|
|CWS||MAJ||#27||Zack Collins C||2||0||0||0||.182||BB (3)|
|CWS||MAJ||#3||Nick Madrigal 2B||3||1||2||2||.257||2B (2)|
|CWS||MAJ||#1||Andrew Vaughn LF||3||0||1||0||.176||2B (2)|
|DET||MAJ||#17||Akil Baddoo RF||4||0||0||0||.321|
|KC||MAJ||#6||Kyle Isbel LF||3||0||2||0||.290||BB (2)|
|MIA||MAJ||#4||Jazz Chisholm 2B||3||0||1||0||.231|
|PHI||MAJ||#13||Mickey Moniak CF-LF||3||0||0||0||.000||BB (2)|
|STL||MAJ||#1||Dylan Carlson CF||3||0||0||0||.233|
|STL||MAJ||#30||John Nogowski PH||1||0||0||0||.111|
|STL||MAJ||#15||Justin Williams LF-RF||3||0||0||0||.200|
|TOR||MAJ||#5||Alejandro Kirk C||2||0||0||0||.071||2 BB (3)|
|ATL||MAJ||#5||Bryse Wilson||5.0||7||3||2||1||1||3.60||W (1-0)|
|BOS||MAJ||#8||Tanner Houck||4.1||6||3||3||0||2||4.35||L (0-2)|
|CLE||MAJ||#15||Emmanuel Clase||1.0||1||0||0||0||3||0.00||Sv (2)|
|CWS||MAJ||#15||Matt Foster||1.2||1||0||0||0||2||13.50||W (1-0)|