Donnie Walton, 2B/SS, Seattle Mariners (Everett AquaSox)
.281/.361/.421, five home runs, 23 RBIs, six stolen bases
Walton was close to finishing his first professional season with the perfect ending. The Everett AquaSox lost in a decisive game three of the Northwest League Championship against the Eugene Emeralds 2-1 Tuesday night. Walton displayed his offensive prowess in this year’s playoffs, registering at least one hit in four of the team’s five playoff games and reaching base three times on walks in the lone game he didn’t get a hit in. With the minor league season officially coming to a close, it’s time for the youngster to rest and refine his game over the offseason.
Koda Glover, RHP, Washington Nationals
4.50 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, .191 BA
Glover struggled against the Phillies this weekend. The right-hander gave up four runs while retiring only one batter in two appearances. He also surrendered a home run in each outing. Glover was able to turn it around before losing too much trust from his manager Tuesday against the Mets, giving up only one hit in two scoreless innings in a loss. Glover should be an intricate piece of the bullpen for the Nationals in the final leg of the season and the playoffs.
Jordy Mercer, SS, Pittsburgh Pirates
With only a 0.4 percent chance to reach the playoffs, the Pirates’ season will likely be over after game 162. Mercer may have to give way to the September call-ups in the final three weeks of the season. Barring another major hitting slump, the 30-year old will finish the 2016 campaign with a personal best offensive year. The Pirates will have control of Mercer until 2018. With a weak shortstop free agent market in both 2017 and 2018, the Oklahoma native shouldn’t have to worry about losing his job to someone else in the foreseeable future.
John Farrell, manager, Red Sox
81-63, two-game lead in AL East
Coming off the most impressive victory of the season Sunday against the Blue Jays, the Red Sox are now two games ahead of the Blue Jays and the Orioles in the AL East. With a 67 percent chance of winning the pennant, according to MLB.com, John Farrell and the Sox will control their own destiny in the final three weeks of the season. With an all-star lineup that features a couple of MVP candidates and the emergence of superb pitching from the starting rotation, the Red Sox are one of the hottest teams in the league right now.