Prior to Jose Bautista’s breakout 2010 campaign, the right-handed slugger had never hit more than 16 home runs in a season, as he bounced between various organizations with the hope of landing an everyday role.
After two years of mediocrity with Pittsburgh in 2004 and 2005, Bautista seemingly began to turn the corner in 2006 when he played in 117 games and batted .254/.339/.414. However, there was little improvement in 2008 as he batted .238/.313/.405 with 15 home runs, and he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays late in the season.
In his first full season with the Blue Jays, Bautista appeared in 107 games, batting .235/.349/.408 with 13 home runs and 85 strikeouts in 336 at-bats. After making an adjustment to both his swing and overall approach, the slugger has blasted 97 home runs between 2010 and 2011, leading the American League in both seasons.
Prior to injuring his wrist on Monday night while swinging out of his shoes, Bautista had already hit 27 home runs and was on pace to match his gaudy power numbers of previous years. But as we look towards the minor leagues, are there any prospects who have the potential—ridiculous bat speed with exceptional pull-side power—to be the next Joey Bats?
Here are 10 players who I believe may have a chance to produce Bautista-like power once they reach the major leagues.