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USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - MINOR LEAGUES -

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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KIM KLEMENT, USA TO­DAY SPORTS

Blue Jays prospect Bo Bichette was the Mid­west League MVP de­spite be­ing pro­moted af­ter 70 games.

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