KLAY FARM REPORT: A TOP PROSPECT HEATS UP IN AUGUST

 Bob Dutton

Bob Dutton

   TACOMA, WA. — While Labor Day marks the end of the regular season throughout the minor leagues, Mariners first-base prospect Evan White will be getting back to work before too long.

   White, 22, is ticketed for the Arizona Fall League, which bills itself as a finishing school for top prospects, in an effort to continue a hot closing kick at Hi-A Modesto that has him on a fast-track development schedule.

   “He’s got that Gold Glove-type defense and he can run and play first base,” farm director Andy McKay told the Tacoma News Tribune. “And he’s been hitting the ball as hard as anybody. He’s put together a very solid season.”

   White is the organization’s minor-league player of the month for August after posting a .375/.462/.727 slash in 23 games for the Nuts with 18 extra-base hits and 25 RBIs.

   Double-A Arkansas right-hander Williams Perez, 27, is the pitcher of the month after going 4-0 with a 1.62 ERA in six starts while striking our 35 and walking just four in 39 innings.

   KLAY (1180 AM) picks a player and pitcher of the month throughout the season for each of the Mariners’ affiliates and an overall player and pitcher of the month for the entire farm system.

   The station will announce its season awards later in September.

   White was the Mariners’ first-round pick in the 2017 MLB Draft, while Perez is a veteran who made 34 appearances for Atlanta in 2015-16. He was pitching in the independent Frontier League when signed by the Mariners in early June.

   The individual affiliate citations for August:

   ***Triple-A Tacoma: Catcher David Freitas was always a likely September recall, but he strengthened his status in August by batting .348 with four homers and 17 RBIs in 23 games. Righty reliever Shawn Armstrong received an overdo promotion after working 10 scoreless outings in August.

   ***Double-A Arkansas: Outfielder Dario Pizzano, a long-time organization farmhand, posted a .303/.369/.444 slash in 26 games. Perez solidified a comeback season with a dominating month.

   ***Hi-A Modesto: White’s strong finish could propel him past outfielder Kyle Lewis as the organization’s top prospect. Right-hander Austin Hutchison, a 26th-round pick in 2017, was 2-1 with a 2.18 ERA in five starts.

   ***Lo-A Clinton: Catcher Juan Camacho slashed a soft .315/.333/.389 in 17 games for the weak-hitting LumberKings. Right-handed reliever Sam Delaplane is wrapping up a strong season by compiling a 1.38 ERA in nine outings with 23 strikeouts in 13 innings.

   ***Short-A Everett: Catcher Cal Raleigh, a third-round pick this season, slashed .301/.377/.591 with six homers and 21 RBIs in 24 games. Lefty Orlando Razo, a 16th-round pick in 2017, was 3-0 with a 2.63 ERA in five starts.

   ***Rookie Peoria: 1B Danny Contreras, a 20-year-old Dominican signed in 2014, batted .289 with 10 RBIs in 12 games, while lefty reliever Nick Wegmann, a 34th-round pick this year, had a 1.74 ERA in six games with 13 strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings.

   Dominican Summer League: Outfielder Julio Rodriguez, an 18-year-old who received a $1.75 million bonus in 2017, solidified his status as one of organization’s top prospect by slashing .375/.500/.750 in 12 games, while right-hander Jesus Ozoria, 20, was 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA with two saves in two opportunities.

 

KLAY PLAYER OF THE MONTH

   August

     Overall: 1B Evan White

     Tacoma: C David Freitas

     Arkansas: OF Dario Pizzano

     Modesto: 1B Evan White

     Clinton: C Juan Camacho

     Everett: C Cal Raleigh

     Peoria: 1B Danny Contreras

     Dominican: OF Julio Rodriguez

   July

     Overall: 1B Daniel Vogelbach

     Tacoma: 1B Daniel Vogelbach

     Arkansas: 1B Joey Curletta

     Modesto: INF Kevin Santa

     Clinton: OF Keegan McGovern

     Everett: INF Nick Rodriguez

     Peoria: OF Jepherson Garcia

     Dominican: C Daniel Santos

   June

     Overall: Arkansas OF Braden Bishop

     Tacoma: INF Gordon Beckham

     Arkansas: OF Braden Bishop

     Modesto: 1B Evan White

     Clinton: 1B Ryan Costello

     Everett: OF Josh Stowers

     Peoria: INF Cal Hernandez

     Dominican: C Daniel Santos

   May

     Overall: Tacoma 1B/DH Daniel Vogelbach

     Tacoma: 1B/DH Daniel Vogelbach

     Arkansas: 2B/SS Chris Mariscal

     Modesto: 2B/SS Donnie Walton

     Clinton: OF Jack Larson

   April

     Overall: Modesto SS Bryson Brigman

     Tacoma: OF Cameron Perkins

     Arkansas: 1B Joey Curletta

     Modesto: SS Bryson Brigman

     Clinton: OF Jack Larson

 

KLAY PITCHER OF THE MONTH

   August

     Overall: RHP Williams Perez

     Tacoma: RHP Shawn Armstrong

     Arkansas: RHP Williams Perez

     Modesto: RHP Auston Hutchison

     Clinton: RHP Sam Delaplane

     Everett: LHP Orlando Razo

     Peoria: LHP Nick Wegmann

     Dominican: RHP Jesus Ozoria

   July

     Overall: RHP Wyatt Mills

     Tacoma: RHP Ryan Garton

     Arkansas: RHP Chase De Jong

     Modesto: RHP Wyatt Mills

     Clinton: RHP Kyle Wilcox

     Everett: RHP Carlos Hernandez

     Peoria: RHP Erik Espinal

     Dominican: LHP Brayan Perez

   June

     Overall: Tacoma RHP Casey Lawrence

     Tacoma: RHP Casey Lawrence

     Arkansas: RHP Johendi Jiminian

     Modesto: RHP Seth Elledge

     Clinton: LHP Raymond Kerr

     Everett: RHP Joey Gerber

     Peoria: LHP Jorge Benitez

     Dominican: Juan Mercedes

   May

     Overall: Modesto RHP Darren McCaughan

     Tacoma: LHP Ariel Miranda

     Arkansas: RHP Matt Festa

     Modesto: RHP Darren McCaughan

     Clinton: RHP Scott Boches

   April

     Overall: Clinton RHP Tommy Romero

     Tacoma: RHP Eric Goeddel

     Arkansas: RHP Andrew Moore

     Modesto: RHP Wyatt Mills

     Clinton: RHP Tommy Romero