A Dozen Named in BA’s Midseason Top Prospects Lists

Baseball America, named by some as the premier prospect rating publication, has just released its midseason updates on each major league team’s top prospects (30 for each).

A delightful dozen former Valley League players have been named; let’s take a look! (Stats are through Tuesday, August 10.)

  • Kyle Nicolas (Charlottesville 2018) is listed at #23 on Miami’s list. He’s at Double-A Pensacola, where he’s gone 4-2, 4.46, with 33 walks and 108 K’s in 74 2/3 innings pitched.
  • Patrick Mazeika (Waynesboro 2013) slipped back onto the Mets’ list at #20. He’s actually batted 22 times in the majors this summer (going 6-22 with a home run), but he’s currently in Triple-A Syracuse, where he’s hit .285/.365/.453 in 137 at-bats.
  • Christian McGowan (Strasburg 2019) is listed at #28 in Philadelphia’s system. Just drafted in the 7th round in 2021, McGowan hasn’t started his pro career yet.
  • Graham Ashcraft (Waynesboro 2018) is #8 in Cincinnati’s minor leagues. He’s been excellent at Double-A Chattanooga; he’s 10-3, 2.40 in 82 1/3 innings, with only 29 walks and 102 strikeouts.
  • Brendan Donovan (New Market 2016) has hit well enough to climb up on the Cardinals’ list at #15. He’s split his 2021 between High-A Peoria and Double-A Springfield; combined he’s hit .313/.410/.446 in 249 at-bats, with 15 doubles, six home runs, and 14 stolen bases.
  • Connor Norby (Waynesboro 2019), the highest draft pick of the VBL in 2021 (2nd round to Baltimore), debuts at #10 for the Orioles. He’s 3-16 in his first five games in Rookie ball.
  • Thad Ward (Staunton 2016), Boston’s #14 prospect, unfortunately had Tommy John surgery in June.
  • Nate Pearson (Staunton 2016) has “slipped” all the way to #2 on Toronto’s list. He’s started one game in the majors this summer, and is currently working his way back from an injury in Triple-A Buffalo. He’s struck out 36 batters in 24 2/3 innings in the minors.
  • Romy Gonzalez (Staunton 2016- seeing a theme here?) makes his prospect list debut at #17 for the White Sox. Moved to shortstop, it looks like he might be good enough defensively to stay there, and his power makes him an intriguing prospect. At Double-A Birmingham, Gonzalez is hitting .256/.344/.462 in 277 at-bats, with nine doubles, 16 home runs, and 20 stolen bases.
  • Jonathan Bowlan (New Market 2016), #9 on Kansas City’s prospect list, unfortunately had Tommy John surgery in May.
  • Vinnie Pasquantino (Charlottesville 2017) makes his prospect “debut” at #29 on Kansas City’s list- thanks to his power. Now at Double-A Northwest Arkansas, Pasquantino has hit a combined .293/.379/.554 in 314 at-bats this summer, with 25 doubles, 17 home runs, and an excellent 40/50 BB/K.
  • Kyle McCann (Harrisonburg 2017) is #17 on Oakland’s list. At Double-A Midland, McCann is hitting .170/.302/.282 in 241 at-bats, with nine doubles and six home runs.

Congrats to all!

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