Daily notes on prospects from lead prospect analyst Eric Longenhagen. Read previous installments here.
Tom de Blok, RHP, Detroit (Profile)
Level: Low-A Age: 21 Org Rank: NR Top 100: NR
Line: 7 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 0 R, 8 K
de Blok has been one of the more interesting stories in minor-league baseball this year. He was signed out of the Netherlands by Seattle in August of 2013, but he didn’t enjoy his time training in Arizona, some of his things were stolen, and de Blok retired during extended spring training the following year.
He pitched for the Amsterdam Pirates in the Dutch League in 2015 and 2016 and then for the Netherlands in this year’s World Baseball Classic before signing with Detroit. After starting the year in West Michigan’s bullpen, de Blok was sent back to Florida for a couple weeks to get stretched out, returning as a starter in late June. His fastball sits 91-94, will touch 96, and de Blok has shown feel for locating it. His slider is a work in progress but flashes above average, while his changeup is well below.
de Blok’s pitch counts have mostly been kept down in the 70s and 80s (he got shelled in the start that followed a season-high 96 pitches), and we’ll need to see those come up next year as he continues to build season-long stamina required to start. On stuff alone, though, he looks like a potential back-end starter right now and, given his background, perhaps there’s more than that coming.
Freddy Peralta, RHP, Milwaukee (Profile)
Level: Double-A Age: 21 Org Rank: 23 Top 100: NR
Line: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 0 R, 12 K
Peralta will touch 95 and flash an above-average breaking ball and changeup. At 5-foot-11, he’s a bit undersized for a righty starter, but he’s well built, athletic, and mechanically sound. Peralta was part of Milwaukee’s winter 2015 return from Seattle for Adam Lind. He has struck out 83 hitters in 57 innings since promotion to Double-A.
Malquin Canelo, SS, Philadelphia (Profile)
Level: Double-A Age: 22 Org Rank: 33 Top 100: NR
Line: 3-for-4, HR, 2 SB
A rare strong offensive performance from Canelo, whose prospectdom is tied exclusively to his ability to play shortstop. A skinny 5-foot-10 and 156 pounds, Canelo is unlikely to do any sort of damage with the. Even if he polishes up what are currently flashy, acrobatic but somewhat inconsistent actions at shortstop and becomes an above-average defender there, he’ll likely still only profile as a utility man.
Jonathan Loaisiga, RHP, New York AL (Profile)
Level: Short Season Age: 22 Org Rank: NR Top 100: NR
Line: 4.1 IP, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 R, 9 K
Loaisiga is a 5-foot-11 Nicaraguan righty with a lively fastball in the 93-97 range that he’s able to throw for strikes. He also has a hard slider with short but tight vertical break. He signed with the Giants as an amateur and played his first professional season in the 2013 DSL before missing the next season with injury. He was released by San Francisco in May of 2015 and signed with the Yankees the following February. He didn’t pitch much in 2016, again due to injury, leaving his only affiliated start (half of a May doubleheader with Low-A Charleston) pointing to his elbow. The result was Tommy John surgery.
His size and injury history point toward a relief role, but Loaisiga is also in desperate need of reps and will get more as a starter. If he’s ever ‘penned, his ability to throw strikes could allow him to move quickly, especially if that fastball has an extra gear in shorter outings.
D.J. Wilson, OF, Chicago NL (Profile)
Level: Low-A Age: 20 Org Rank: 10 Top 100: NR
Line: 2-for-4, 2B, HR
After a slow start and six-week DL stint, Wilson has been hitting for power. He’s slugged over .500 since returning, mostly via doubles yanked down the right-field line. It’s not a mirage. Though he’s just 5-foot-8, Wilson packs a punch and is a plus runner with plus bat speed. He has a chance to be an everyday player.
Garrett Williams, LHP, San Francisco (Profile)
Level: Hi-A Age: 22 Org Rank: 20 Top 100: NR
Line: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 3 R, 7 K
Williams has struck out 34 hitters in 29 innings since his promotion to High-A. He has a potentially plus fastball and curveball. Williams has struggled with control as a pro and might wind up in a bullpen eventually, but his strike-throwing has improved since his days at Oklahoma State when he was so wild that he barely pitched as a sophomore and junior.
Franmil Reyes, OF, San Diego (Profile)
Level: Double-A Age: 22 Org Rank: HM Top 100: NR
Line: 2-for-5, 2 HR, 2 BB
Reyes has plus raw power and is getting to more of it in games than he did in the Cal League last year. I was concerned, coming into the year, about how susceptible Reyes would be to Double-A breaking balls, as he didn’t look comfortable against them in my Cal League looks at him last year. But Reyes’s strikeout rate has barely budged and he’s hitting for a ton of power while posting a .330 OBP, which isn’t spectacular but passes in a corner.
Notes from the back field
Angels rehabbing righty Vicente Campos was 87-91 last night with an average curveball and changeup. The Reds have an interesting 18-year-old Venezuelan shortstop prospect playing in Arizona. Miguel Hernandez has a plus arm, good defensive footwork and hands, and some present feel to hit with room on the body for more weight/strength.
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.