Prospect Team Of The Month: May
An all-star team comprised of prospects, based on their performance in the minors during the month of May. Monthly all-prospect team archives available here.
The runs above average (RAA) estimates are calculated by Baseball America. For batters, weighted on-base average (wOBA) is used to calculate RAA, and for pitchers, runs allowed per nine innings (R/9) is used.
C Brett Cumberland • Braves Low Class A Rome (South Atlantic)
The 2016 supplemental second-rounder led all minor league batters with a .520 on-base percentage in May, and only veteran shortstop Eric Stamets out-slugged him. Cumberland caught just nine games in May as backup to Lucas Herbert, but this type of production plays at any position.
1B Rhys Hoskins • Phillies Triple-A Lehigh Valley (International)
Hoskins made his second straight prospect team of the month by clearing a .300 average, .400 on-base percentage and .600 slugging percentage. He leads the International League in several categories, including home runs, RBIs, slugging and runs scored.
2B Scott Kingery • Phillies Double-A Reading (Eastern)
With a 10-homer month, Kingery vaulted into first place on the minor league home run leaderboard with 16 bombs. Only Brendan Rodgers collected more extra-base hits than Kingery's 20 in May.
3B Michael Chavis • Red Sox High Class A Salem (Carolina)
The 2014 first-rounder spent two seasons at low Class A but appears to be on the right track this season. Chavis led all minor league batters with 30 RBIs in May and was on a triple crown pace in the Carolina League with a .354 average, 12 homers and 42 RBIs at the end of May.
SS Brendan Rodgers • Rockies High Class A Lancaster (California)
Only a handful of minor league batters hit .400 for an entire month, but Rodgers added to the accomplishment by leading the field with 46 hits and 21 extra-base hits. He also finished May as the overall minor league batting leader at .393.
OF Ronald Acuna • Braves Double-A Mississippi (Southern)
The sole teenage position player in Double-A, Acuna sure doesn't hit like he has just a half-season of Class A experience on his résumé. The young center fielder shows a broad range of secondary skills with speed, patience and emerging power.
OF Dylan Cozens • Phillies Triple-A Lehigh Valley (International)
The reigning minor league home run and RBI champion shook off a slow April to record a typically powerful May in which he ascended to the top spot in the International League in home runs.
OF Derek Fisher • Astros Triple-A Fresno (Pacific Coast)
Fisher and Scott Kingery (10 homers, eight steals) were the most prodigious power-speed prospects in May. While the Pacific Coast League is a hitter's league, Fisher was one of just three batters to compile a 1.000 OPS in the first two months.
RHP Chance Adams • Yankees Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (International)
The converted college reliever continues to baffle opposing batters, who can't seem to get a read. Adams now owns a .172 opponent average and strikeout rate of 10.1 per nine innings in a three-year pro career.
RHP Corbin Burnes • Brewers High Class A Carolina (Carolina)
The 2016 fourth-rounder from St. Mary's led all minor league starters with a 0.55 ERA in May. Burnes pitched so well, allowing three runs and seven walks in five starts, that the Brewers promoted him to Double-A Biloxi in June.
RHP Tom Eshelman • Phillies Triple-A Lehigh Valley (International)
While Eshelman walks a fine line without bat-missing stuff, his pinpoint control (nine walks in 10 starts this season) forces batters to beat him. Triple-A batters failed on that count in May with a .176 average and one home run in 46 innings.
RHP Jon Duplantier • Diamondbacks Low Class A Kane County (Midwest)
Duplantier slid to the third round last year out of Rice because of injury concerns but appears to be an astute pick by the D-backs. He finished May as the overall minor league leader for ERA at 0.50 and already throws at least three above-average pitches.
RHP Ariel Jurado • Rangers Double-A Frisco (Texas)
Jurado ran up a 6.41 ERA in April but regained his composure in May, when the Panamanian righty resumed pounding the strike zone and generating a high rate of ground balls.
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