The Texas Rangers lead the way today with two appearances on the list. One of the prospects may surprise you and two prospects are seeing their stars rise exponentially.
A start of a new series for baseball fans begins today. Every day we will look at the best statistical games from the night prior in the minor leagues. Not only does this allow fans to get to know their favorite teams’ prospects but dynasty fantasy players can see a quick glimpse of who might be heating up.
Each day we will pick the three or four best statistical batting games and add honorable mentions at the end of the post. Every minor league baseball player is eligible from Single-A to Triple-A. Players can appear multiple days in a row. If we missed someone or something, let us know in our social media channels. Do you think someone else should have been made it in our Minor League Baseball Stars Of The Day? Let us know.
Trey Hair – Texas Rangers – Double-A
27-year-old Trey Hair finds himself at a place where he does not want to be, Double-A, but he made the most of it last night. The 2017 34th round pick of the Tampa Bay Rays hit three home runs for Frisco in Hair’s first season about Single-A ball. After being released from the Tampa Bay Rays organization in 2018 and bouncing around Independent League baseball, Hair found his way back to a major league organization with the Texas Rangers. Defensively, he has shown a bit of versatility by making appearances at first base, second base and third base which could bring him additional value as organizational depth.
Through 70 plate appearances this year, Hair is slashing a paltry .231/.275/.768 with four homeruns and an ugly 14/4 K/BB ratio. Hair will not be lighting up prospect lists or sky rocketing up the Texas Rangers system. However, he had himself a career night and that should be recognized. Hair also scored three runs last night on his way to a three for five night.
Ezequiel Duran – Texas Rangers – Double-A
22-year-old Ezequiel Duran is in the midst of a breakout season. Recently named a top 100 prospect in all of baseball, Duran has not disappointed thus far in the 2022 season. Boasting his best numbers to do date, Duran is hitting .302/.343/.901 through 140 plate appearances in Double-A. Last night, Ezequiel Duran really put his name on the map going 4-4 with five runs scored, two homeruns, two doubles, five runs batted in and one walk.
Listed in the bottom half of the Top 100, Duran’s bat has exploded this year. His production could be helped by an elevated BABIP (.340). More plausible is the fact that Duran has cut down on his strikeouts by half compared to one season ago. In 2021, Duran struck out almost 33% of his plate appearances. So far, in 2022, Duran has only struck out in 18% of his at-bats.
Defensively, Duran as played second base, short stop and third base. Originally a second basemen, Duran’s range limits where he plays although he possesses an above average arm. The Texas Rangers have experimented with him at shortstop but his role in the future most likely projects as a third basemen.
Brandon Knarr – Milwaukee Brewers – Hi-A
24-year-old lefty was not a household name for prospect lovers before yesterday but he sure tried to change that last night. Over seven innings, Knarr struck out 10 batters while only walking one and scattered three hits. The starter out of the University of Notre Dame enters his second professional season and, thus far, has done what he has needed to do.
As a 24-year-old in Hi-A, Knarr and the organization need to see some kind of success in order for Knarr to continue. Knarr, as it stands, is about a year older than most of the competition he is facing. Through seven starts, Knarr has thrown 40 1/3 innings while showing phenomenal control by harboring a 48/9 K/BB ratio. The southpaw has given up three homeruns which is a bit concerning but that is balanced by only allowing 27 hits.
Knarr possesses a mid-90’s fastball and an above average curve ball. With his accuracy and command on display this season, Knarr could see a quick push to the majors as a long man or extra bullpen arm in a season or two.