Since bursting onto the scene is 2007, when he batted .324/.370/.634 with 26 doubles, 34 home runs, 15 stolen bases and 97 RBI and captured National League Rookie of the Year honors, Ryan Braun has been a one-man wrecking crew at the plate. One of the game’s more impressive and consistent hitters over the last six seasons, Braun has batted over .300, hit 30 home runs, drove in over 100 runs and stolen more than 10 bases each year.
From a scouting standpoint, it’s hard to find a big-league hitter with a better hit and power tool combination than Braun. While his consistent power is partially a product of his lean, wiry strength, it’s also a result of his superb hit tool. His ability to reach tough pitches, keep the bat head in the zone and still generate exceptional extension after contact allows him to jump the yard to all fields with ease.
But are there any prospects with the offensive upside of the 2011 National League MVP? It’s difficult to say. However, there are numerous up-and-coming outfielders who possess a combination of above-average to plus hit and power tools.
Here is a look at 10 prospects who could be the next Ryan Braun.