Welcome to this week’s Big Movers in the weekly update of the RotoProspects Top 500.
The No. 1 riser is Kyle Hurt, a 23-year-old right-handed pitcher of the Dodgers who is so overshadowed on his own Double-A Tulsa pitching staff that we only now caught on to his need to be in our Top 500 as he sits with a 1.17 ERA and 0.91 WHIP with a 44-6 strikeout-to-walk ratio. His latest start is what really caught our eye as he had 10 Ks in 4 scoreless innings last Friday at Corpus Christi. A 5th-round pick out of USC in 2020, Cameron reached Tulsa last year but was hammered for a 9.29 ERA in 31 innings after dominating in High-A with a 2.21 ERA in 40.2 IP. Hurt jumped over 220 spots to debut at No. 281 and looks ready for a new challenge in either Triple-A or even in Los Angeles.
Next up is Ryan Bliss, a 23-year-old second baseman of the Diamondbacks who is shredding for Double-A Amarillo with a triple-slash of .380/.406/.639 with 7 homers and 14 steals. A 2nd-round pick out of Auburn in 2021, Bliss is taking advantage of playing in hitter-friendly Amarillo (1.163 OPS with 3 HR), but is nearly as good on the road (.949 OPS with 4 HR). Bliss skyrocketed 203 spots to No. 277 and should find himself in Triple-A soon.
The other biggest risers this week are:
Nathan Martorella, a 22-year-old High-A first baseman of the Padres who has a .891 OPS with 7 homers and shot up 68 spots to No. 181.
Tyler Locklear, a 20-year-old Double-A catcher of the Brewers who had a 3-homer outburst on Tuesday and shot up over 100 spots to debut at No. 402.
Ignacio Alvarez, a 20-year-old High-A shortstop of the Braves who has more walks (31) than strikeouts (22) that helps give him a .450 OBP, leading to a 89-spot rise to No. 389.
David Festa, a 23-year-old Double-A right-handed pitcher of the Twins who slumped in May (8.49 ERA) but we’re still impressed by the 27 Ks in 19 April innings so he jumped up 84 spots to No. 270.
David Hamilton, a 25-year-old Triple-A shortstop of the Red Sox who has an .883 OPS with 11 homers and 23 steals, leading to a 79-spot rise to No. 234.
Noah Cameron, a 23-year-old Double-A left-handed pitcher of the Royals who debuted for Northwest Arkansas with 7 scoreless innings after posting 58 Ks in 35 innings for High-A Quad Cities and vaulted up 69 spots to No. 269.
Nathan Hickey, a 23-year-old Double-A catcher of the Red Sox who is raking for Portland (.939 OPS, 3 HR in 10 games) after getting promoted from High-A Greenville (.990 OPS, 4 HR in 18 games), leading to a 55-spot jump to No. 381.
Hector Rodriguez, a 19-year-old Low-A outfielder of the Reds who is cooking for Daytona with an .845 OPS and 6 homers, leading to a 51-spot jump to No. 372.
The biggest faller of the week is Aeverson Artaega, a 20-year-old High-A shortstop of the Giants who has been hovering around the Mendoza line and plummeted 30 spots to No. 329.
The biggest riser inside the Top 100 is AJ Smith-Shawver, a 20-year-old Triple-A right-hander of the Braves who debuted for Durham with 5 innings of 2-run ball after posting matching 0.00 ERAs in High-A and Double-A – he shot up 65 spots to No. 77.
Luis Matos, a 21-year-old Triple-A outfielder of the Giants, has an .833 OPS with just 1 strikeout in 33 plate appearances for Sacramento after putting up an .841 OPS with 3 HR and 9 SB for Double-A Richmond – he jumped up 24 spots to No. 78.
The biggest faller of the week inside the Top 100 is Mason Miller, a 24-year-old A’s right-handed pitcher who is on the IL with a UCL sprain in his elbow that makes Tommy John surgery a scary possibility and dropped 26 spots to No. 88.
Check back next week to see who the biggest movers are when are next update for the Top 500 Prospects comes out.