As I mentioned earlier this week when I looked at pitching prospects poised for a breakout campaign in 2013, I love trying to identify under-the-radar, sleeper prospects.
With young hitters, I look at how they fared at a certain age relative to the league they played in. For example, just because an 18-year-old struggled in a Low-A league doesn’t mean that he's hopeless.
Therefore, it’s necessary to look at a player's plate discipline (strikeout and walk rates) and whether it’s reflected in their batting average. So a young player with impressive on-base skills but a lower-than-expected batting average suggests room for improvement. With advanced plate discipline already present, a player is typically more inclined develop favorably as they gain experience.
Having said that, it’s time to look at 10 young hitters who appear poised for a breakout or highly productive 2013 season.