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Prospect Team Of The Month: May



Brendan Rodgers led all minor leaguers with 21 extra-base hits in May (photo by Bill Mitchell)


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.

AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG RAA
70 16 25 7 0 7 29 16 22 1 0 .357 .520 .757 16.2

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.

AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG RAA
100 24 30 7 3 7 29 17 19 2 0 .300 .400 .640 11.2

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.

AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG RAA
126 30 41 7 3 10 13 12 20 8 2 .325 .388 .667 13.9

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.

AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG RAA
114 24 42 12 1 7 30 9 28 1 0 .368 .425 .675 14.6

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.

AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG RAA
115 24 46 11 2 8 28 4 15 1 0 .400 .426 .739 16.1

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.

AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG RAA
110 18 42 8 2 4 22 12 30 15 5 .382 .435 .600 13.9

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.

AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG RAA
103 20 34 4 3 9 26 9 30 3 1 .330 .386 .689 11.8

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.

AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG RAA
111 18 41 9 0 8 24 8 23 6 4 .369 .421 .667 11.5

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.

W L ERA GS IP H R ER HR SO BB SO/9 BB/9 AVG RAA
4 1 1.50 6 36 21 6 6 2 37 12 9.3 3.0 .172 11.5

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.

W L ERA GS IP H R ER HR SO BB SO/9 BB/9 AVG RAA
4 0 0.55 5 32.2 17 3 2 0 29 7 8.0 1.9 .155 14.2

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.

W L ERA GS IP H R ER HR SO BB SO/9 BB/9 AVG RAA
4 0 1.38 6 45.2 28 10 7 1 29 5 5.7 1.0 .176 12.3

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.

W L ERA GS IP H R ER HR SO BB SO/9 BB/9 AVG RAA
4 0 0.79 6 34 17 4 3 1 34 7 9.0 1.9 .149 13.0

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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W L ERA GS IP H R ER HR SO BB SO/9 BB/9 AVG RAA
5 0 1.86 6 38.2 28 8 8 2 26 7 6.1 1.6 .203 11.3

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