5 MLB Prospects Who Were Called Up Too Early in 2012
What makes the MLB different from most sports is the way teams develop players.
With a full minor league system intact, players are allowed to develop and polish their skills before heading into the big leagues.
Top prospects Mike Trout and Bryce Harper have already made a quick impact on their teams once they got the call. However, not all players enjoy the same level of success as Trout and Harper.
Some players booming with potential cannot seem to find their mojo when given the opportunity to shine in the big leagues.
Perhaps scouts have misjudged their talent or the pressure of the MLB has gotten to the player. For whatever reason, some prospects do not live up to their hype in their first call-ups to the major league level.
Without further delay, here are five MLB prospects who were called up to early this season.
1. Brett Jackson, Chicago Cubs
With the Cubs dealing outfielder Reed Johnson, Brett Jackson was called up to handle the duties as the everyday center fielder.
Since being promoted to the major leagues in early August, Jackson has only had 13 hits in 63 at-bats giving him an average of .206. Along with that, he has also struck out 31 times this year—almost 50 percent of his at-bats.
The scouts at MLB.com say that Jackson's unique speed and power combination can help him hit 20 home runs and steal 20 bases in a single season.
This projection will most certainly not be realized this season, as in his 19 games played, he has yet to record a stolen base.
2. Devin Mesoraco. Cincinnati Reds
Devin Mesoraco was called up late last year, and the Reds kept him on their roster to start the 2012 season.
Starting 48 games this season, Mesoraco was hitting only .210 with 14 RBIs. Perhaps it has to do with the fact that Mesoracao is not an everyday catcher, so when given the chance to play, he cannot perform on a consistent basis.
With only 34 hits in 162 at-bats, it is clear that his bat is not swinging the way the Reds had hoped.
As the Reds' number-one prospect heading into this season, Mesoraco had a ton of hype surrounding him. But his year-long struggles forced the hand of Cincinnati management; as reported by the Cincinnati Courier Journal, Mesoraco was sent down to Triple-A Louisville last week in hopes that he can regain his confidence.
3. Jacob Turner, Miami Marlins
A number seven overall prospect among pitchers according to MLB.com, Turner has yet to show the dominance of a starting pitcher. Although he has played in only four games this season, Turner has gotten lit up when he has appeared.
Before being acquired by the Marlins midseason, Turner played for the Tigers where he had an ERA of 12.27 in the month of July with only two starts.
Now with a record of 1-2 and a ERA of 6.87, the righty has had a rough start to his career. In his first four starts, he has not lasted beyond five innings and has struck out 12 batters while walking seven.
With the Marlins postseason hopes long gone, it makes sense for the Marlins to now keep one of their top prospects in the rotation to see what they can get out of Turner.
Turner is young, and there is always room for growth.
4. Anthony Gose. Toronto Blue Jays
Gose's speed is probably his most dangerous weapon when he steps on the field, as he is a very dangerous baserunner as well as a very good outfielder.
With the Jays dealing with injuries all year, Gose was called up to the big leagues earlier than many expected.
One huge problem is that Gose could not seem to hit. Since being called up in July, he has hit for an average of .183 with only 2 RBIs. In 28 games played this season, he has an on-base percentage of .256, a number that needs to improve to take advantage of his ability to run the bases.
According to the Toronto Blue Jays website, Gose has been sent back down to Triple-A Las Vegas.
5. Jean Segura. Milwaukee Brewers
Acquired by the Brewers in early August from the Angels, Segura has struggled ever since.
In the minors Segura was able to hit, batting .304 with an on-base percentage of .358. Ranked the number six shortstop prospect, according to MLB.com, Segura was heavily hyped heading into the Brewers clubhouse.
Now hitting only .193 (11 hits in 58 at bats) in the majors this season, Segura's offensive game has been lacking.
Though blessed with the potential to be a great number-two hitter, Jean Segura has so far failed to show what he did in the minors: a player who can hit consistently and do so for average, as well as get on base.
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