Diamondbacks Hot/Cold Hillsboro Hops Hitters Edition

The Arizona Diamondbacks have one of the best MiLB systems in MLB. Their prospects are ranked in the top 3 in MLB. This is a credit to the work of General Manager Mike Hazen and his team. It also speaks to the hard work of the coaches. On a day off for the minor leagues, I thought we’d take a look at the hot/cold hitters for Diamondbacks minor league teams. It’s a good reminder of the players who will soon be playing for the Diamondbacks. It also serves as a potential time travel into the future of who might reach MLB. These names will be limited to those who are classified as prospects and who are not in MLB or do not have that current level.

Hot: Deyvison De Los Santos
From Los Santos just arrived at High-A Hillsboro recently, and in his last 12 games he has raked. Santos went .365/.389/.635 with 10 runs, 19 hits, 2 doubles, 4 home runs, 10 RBIs, 2 walks and 17 strikeouts. This withdrawal rate is unsustainable, but the rest is excellent. Santos provides extreme power and great contact ability. He’s improving a ton as a prospect.

Cold: Neyfy Castillo
Neyfy has struggled in his last 11 games. He hits a measly .182/.250/.455 with a double, a triple and 3 home runs to go with 6 RBIs. The big problem has been strikeouts as he has 22 in his last 44 at-bats. I don’t need to tell you that a 50% K rate is bad for business. He has to have that swing corrected if he wants to go to Double-A.

Hot: AJ Vukovich
Vukovich is struggling with Santos for playing time at third base, but that hasn’t stopped him from smashing. Vukovich is batting .354/.426/.542 with 6 doubles, 1 home run and 14 RBI. He walked 4 times while removing 13 goals. Strikeouts are a concern, but he showed plenty of speed with 6 stolen bases. He proves that he needs to be higher in the prospect rankings.

Cold: Wildred Patino
Patino has been a good central defender, but his bat has gone cold lately. He hit 13 times with only 4 doubles and 4 RBIs. He’s hitting .244/.340/.341 in his last 41 at-bats. He provided elite speed with 8 stolen bases, but he must get to base first.

Hot/cold: Jordan Lawler
Jordan joined Hillsboro after appearing in Future’s Game. He had a mixed spell of hot and cold while in High-A. In his last 10 games, he hit .256/.319/.419 with 1 double, 2 homers, 9 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. He walked three times while kicking 17 times. Those strikeouts are worrisome, but he’s playing guys way older than him. Also, in his last 5 games, he has a brace, 2 home runs, 8 RBIs, 3 walks, 8 strikeouts and a stolen base. These are much better numbers. It heats up High-A again, beware.

Honorable Mentions: Ryan Bliss, Caleb Roberts
Cold Honorable Mentions: Channy Ortiz, Lyle Lin

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