Notes on prospects from lead prospect analyst Eric Longenhagen. Read previous installments here.
Maverik Buffo, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays (Profile)
Level: Hi-A Age: 22 Org Rank: NR FV: 30
Line: 8 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 0 R, 5 K
Buffo, who has a tailing upper-80s fastball and average slider, is probably an upper-level depth arm. He throws strikes and has great makeup, so he’s nice to have in an organization. Sometimes those guys shove and make the Daily Notes, and sometimes they’re also named Maverik Buffo.
Carlos Hernandez, RHP, Kansas City Royals (Profile)
Level: Low-A Age: 21 Org Rank: 24 FV: 40
Line: 7 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 1 R, 12 K
Hernandez has a golden arm that produces plus-plus velocity and riding life, but he also has several traits that will likely push him to the bullpen. His secondaries are inconsistent, as is his fastball command, and Hernandez is a relatively stiff short-strider. It’s possible that some of these things improve, just probably not enough for Hernandez to be an efficient starter. Not much has to improve for him to be a bullpen piece, though — and potentially a very good one.
Victor Santos, RHP, Philadelphia Phillies (Profile)
Level: Complex (GCL) Age: 17 Org Rank: NR FV: 35+
Line: 6 IP, 5 H, 0 BB, 0 R, 9 K
Santos is a strong-bodied teenage righty with a bit of a longer arm action and presently average stuff for which he has advanced feel. He sits 90-93 with arm-side run and he locates it to his glove side, often running it back onto that corner of the plate. Santos doesn’t have much room on his frame, but at just 17, he’s still likely to get stronger as he matures, and there may be more stuff in here anyway.
Tristen Lutz, OF, Milwaukee Brewers (Profile)
Level: Low-A Age: 19 Org Rank: 3 FV: 50
Line: 2-for-3, 2B, HR, 3 BB
Lutz had a putrid April that he followed with two months of pedestrian .250/.320/.420 ball, but he’s been hot of late and has been a .280/.350/.500 hitter since mid-May. Lutz is striking out more than is ideal and has a maxed-out frame, but he already possesses all the power he needs to play every day as long as a viable on-base/contact combination develops.
Notes from the Field
AZL games were rained out last night, so nothing today.
Eric Longenhagen is from Catasauqua, PA and currently lives in Tempe, AZ. He spent four years working for the Phillies Triple-A affiliate, two with Baseball Info Solutions and two contributing to prospect coverage at ESPN.com. Previous work can also be found at Sports On Earth, CrashburnAlley and Prospect Insider.