As such, some organizations are leveraging the Triple-A Final Stretch to give their best prospects last-minute playing time before time is definitely up in the 2021 Minor League season. Featured Latinos here…
GABRIEL MORENO OF TORONTO’S BEST PROSPECTS
The 21-year-old backstop was one of the best prospects of the first half until he suffered a broken thumb in June. He hit .373 / .441 / .651 with eight home runs, one triple and nine doubles in 32 games at Double-A New Hampshire, adding a positive hit and an above-average power tool to a skill set that already included good defensive criticism.
He made two rehab appearances in the Florida Complex League earlier this month and is now heading to Buffalo for the first time. Two weeks will neither make nor break Moreno’s state of rupture in 2021, but it will be useful to have more information about his improvements at the plate.
ONIEL CRUZ, THE GEM OF THE PITTSBURGH PIRATES
Cruz got some looks from prospect seekers at Double-A in 2019 and then spent the 2021 regular season with Altoona, hitting .292 / .346 / .536 with 12 home runs and 18 stolen bases in 62 games.
He missed all of July and most of August with a strained right forearm, and he likely would have made it to Indianapolis earlier if it weren’t for that injury. The 6-foot-7 slugger still stands out for his extra power and killer arm at short, and will finally be able to show them off at Triple-A shortly.
SOMEONE SHOULD NEVER BE MISSING FROM THE YANKEES, OSWALD PERAZA
Peraza opened his 21-year season at High-A Hudson Valley and will end it in his third tier of the season. The native of Venezuela He has been best known for his positive speed and impressive glove at the premium shortstop position, but his offensive skills took a promising leap in 2021.
Prior to this promotion, one of the Yankees’ top prospects hit .297 / .358 / .483 with 17 home runs. over 107 games between the Hudson Valley and Double-A Somerset.
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