Raking but not moving:
Yonathan Daza was not among the Rockies’ top 30 prospects when the season began. He stayed with Lancaster of the high Class A California League throughout 2017. But there is bound to be a reassessment in the offseason.
He just keeps raking. Daza had hit .432 in his last 10 games for the JetHawks, who won their firstround California League playoff series with Rancho Cucamonga. Daza hit .556 in the four-game series.
Daza, 23, was the league batting champ at .341. The league is a hitters’ haven, but that has more to do with balls flying out in the thin, dry air. Daza is pure contact. The 6-2, 190-pound center fielder is finishing out his seventh season in professional baseball.
On the subject of outfielders raking and not moving, how about Eury Perez? Traded in July by the Pirates (Indianapolis) to the Marlins (New Orleans), the 27-yearold hit .353 for the season. He got into the big leagues with three teams, but he is still scratching for one more stint. The best numbers of 2017?
The Toronto Blue Jays’ No. 2 prospect, Bo Bichette (according to MLB.com), hit .189 in his last 10 games of the season.
Yet Bichette, 19, the secondround pick of the Blue Jays in 2016, had one of the best offensive seasons of anyone in the minors. He hit .362 for the season, which included 70 games with Lansing (Mich.) in the low Class A Midwest League and 40 games with the Jays’ high-A Florida State League team.
Bichette, the son of former big-leaguer Dante Bichette, was so dominant in the Midwest League (.384) that he was named the league’s MVP ... and he left there July 7.
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Blue Jays prospect Bo Bichette was the Midwest League MVP despite being promoted after 70 games.