By “DZ”. Filed Aug. 25.
It was an action-packed mid-August for Europeans in the low minors, with several impressive pitching performances from rookies in the system, some impressive pop from a young Italian slugger, and a great batting eye from the top-ranked European prospect. The highlights of the last two weeks are a group of young Italian pitchers – Niccolò Pinazzi, Ettore Giulianelli, Alessandro Ercolani – having success in rookie ball, Dutch outfielder Darryl Collins showing the plate discipline to post a .450 OBP in August, and Dutch pitchers Jiorgeny Casimiri and Arij Fransen giving up a combined one run since our last report. Meanwhile, Italy’s Leonardo Seminati hit home runs in three consecutive games and France’s Ernesto Martinez has an active 10-game hitting streak and 27 stolen bases this season.
Didi Gregorius, Philadelphia Phillies. Netherlands.
Gregorius has three multi-hit games in the last two weeks, albeit with no home runs or stolen bases. His Phillies are in the playoff mix in the National League East. He’s hitting .215 for the year, with 10 home runs.
Max Kepler, Minnesota Twins. Germany.
The German centerfielder has 6 hits in his last eight games and he’s walked 10 times, raising his season on-base average above .300. Of those six hits, five went for extra bases. The 28-year-old is hitting .204 with 16 home runs.
Martin Cervenka, New York Mets. Czechia.
Syracuse Mets. Cervenka has five games played in the last two weeks, with one hit -a triple- and a walk in thirteen at-bats. He’s hitting .207 for the year.
Markus Solbach, Los Angeles Dodgers. Germany.
Oklahoma City Dodgers. The German right-hander’s tough season continues, as Solbach went on the injured list Aug. 16. He had pitched a single inning with a strikeout on Aug. 12.
Sem Robberse, Toronto Blue Jays. Netherlands.
Fangraphs No. 30, Prospects 1500 No. 35.
Vancouver Canadians. Robberse’s promotion was announced by our last update, but he had yet to throw for the British Columbia-based High-A squad. The 19-year-old has made two starts now at the higher level, with 14 hits and 14 runs (although only 6 earned) in 6.1 innings. Uncharacteristically, he walked 9 in those two games. Despite the recent struggles, he still has a 5-5 record and 4.36 ERA in 64 innings overall.
Samuel Aldegheri, Philadelphia Phillies. Italy. IL
Clearwater Threshers. The Verona native was tabbed for a start on Aug. 13, surrendering four hits and two walks in 2.1 innings. He gave up his first (four) runs since July 5. More worrying, Aldegheri was placed on the injured list a few days later.
Darryl Collins, Kansas City Royals. Netherlands.
Prospects 1500 No. 17, MLB.com No. 22, Fangraphs No. 23.
Columbia Fireflies. After missing time in late July and early August, Collins returned to everyday play over the last two weeks, with 10 hits and 16 walks in the month of August to date (for a .450 OBP). The Spijkenisse (Greater Rotterdam) native also swiped six bases. His season line stands at .252/.386/.346, with four home runs, 46 walks, 46 strikeouts, and 14 stolen bases in 19 attempts.
Omar Hernandez, Kansas City Royals. Spain.
Fangraphs No. 30
Columbia Fireflies. The 19-year-old catcher played seven games in the past two weeks, collecting four singles and a walk while striking out 10 times. His season line is .180/.237/.277 in 206 at bats.
Ernesto Wilson Martinez, Milwaukee Brewers. France.
Prospects 1500 No. 43, Fangraphs RV.
Carolina Mudcats. Martinez missed two weeks with an injury, but has returned to play his team’s last three games. He picked up right where he left off, with four hits, extending his hitting streak to 10 games. He’s hitting .273/.372/.505 with 27 stolen bases in 29 attempts.
Leonardo Seminati, Cincinnati Reds. Italy.
Daytona Tortugas. After sporadic play in the first week of August, the 22-year-old corner infielder-outfielder has regained regular playing time over the past few weeks, and had a hit in all but one game in the last 14 days. On Aug. 15, 17, and 18, the Lombard mashed home runs in three consecutive games, bringing his season total to 10. He also stole two bases. Seminati’s season line is up to .227/.313/.429.
Complex Rookie Leagues (9)
Yoan Antonac, Philadelphia Phillies. France.
FCL Phillies. We reported the French national’s promotion to full season A-ball two weeks ago; Antonac had three appearances with the Clearwater team before being returned to the complex. His last four appearances have been on an every-other-day schedule. In his last three games back in rookie ball, he has totaled 5 innings, 7 hits, 5 runs, 2 walks, and 4 strikeouts. For the season across both levels, the Toulouse academy alum has an 8.03 ERA in 12.1 innings, with 9 walks and 11 strikeouts.
Jiorgeny Casimiri, Toronto Blue Jays, Netherlands.
FCL Blue Jays. Casimiri has pitched in three games since we last checked in, throwing five scoreless innings. Opponents have produced three hits and two walks while he has struck out seven. Like Antonac, the right-hander has split his time between the complex league and Single-A, and his ERA at the lower level is now 1.59.
Marc Civit, Toronto Blue Jays. Spain.
FCL Blue Jays. The Barcelona native pitched once in the last fortnight for a single inning, walking two and striking out one. The 19-year-old has pitched 10.1 innings across 8 games this season.
Darnel Collins, Kansas City Royals. Netherlands.
ACL Royals Gold. The young outfielder played six games in the past two weeks, with hits in four of them. He is hitting .240/.324/.313 with five extra base hits and a stolen base. Despite being one of the youngest players in the league, the 17-year-old is holding his own.
Daniele Di Monte, Detroit Tigers. Italy.
FCL Tigers West. Di Monte has three appearances adding up to four innings since we last checked. Included was one three-inning scoreless appearance, but the other two outings added up to a single inning with six runs and five walks. He has 21 walks and 23 strikeouts in 23 innings with a 9.39 ERA.
Alessandro Ercolani, Pittsburgh Pirates. San Marino/Italy.
FCL Pirates Gold. Ercolani has a pair of three inning outings in August, with 3 hits, 2 walks, and 7 strikeouts. His only run allowed this season (in 5 games, 10 innings) was on a home run. Since returning from the U18 European Championships, the 17-year-old has allowed four hits and two walks while striking out fourteen.
Arij Fransen, Cincinnati Reds. Netherlands.
ACL Reds. Fransen pitched eight innings in two games recently, with seven hits and no walks, leading to a single run. He struck out eight. His season ERA is 4.15 in 30.1 innings, with only three walks against 39 strikeouts.
Ettore Giulianelli, St Louis Cardinals. Italy.
FCL Cardinals. The Rimini native pitched once, with a hit allowed and a strikeout in 1.1 innings. In 10.1 innings this year, he’s allowed 10 hits, 8 walks, and struck out 17.
Nicolo Pinazzi, Cincinnati Reds, Italy
ACL Reds. The Milan lefty pitched three more times in the last two weeks, with 7 hits in 4.2 innings while striking out 9 and walking 3. He’s accumulated 19 strikeouts on the year in 9.2 innings, with a 2.79 ERA.
Foreign Rookie Leagues (2)
Eduardo Dominguez, Los Angeles Dodgers. Spain.
DSL Dodgers Bautista. The Madrid native pitched on Aug. 24 for the first time in over two weeks. He gave up two hits while striking out three, amounting to two runs, one of them earned. The southpaw has pitched 14 innings this season.
Frank Hernandez, Chicago Cubs. Spain.
DSL Cubs Blue. The Catalan outfielder has 8 hits in August, with 2 walks and 10 strikeouts. His season average is .244/.324/.322 with four extra base hits and five stolen bases in 8 attempts. He has 90 official at bats this season.
Injured List – Out for Remainder of 2021 (3)
Delson Guzman, Milwaukee Brewers. Spain.
DSL Brewers 1 (Rookie).
Anton Kuznetsov, Philadelphia Phillies. Russia.
Clearwater Threshers (Single-A).
Niklas Rimmel, Minnesota Twins. Germany.
FCL Twins (Single-A).
All rankings are organizational, rather than an MLB Top 100.
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