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Aaron Hicks, OF, Minnesota Twins
4-for-10, 2 2B, 3 RBI
One of three in-house candidates receiving consideration to break camp as the Twins center fielder, Hicks has collected multiple hits in each of his last two contests. Unfortunately, his competition, Joe Benson and Darin Mastroianni, is also off to a hot start.
Dylan Bundy, RHP, Baltimore Orioles
3 IP, 3 H, 3/2 K/BB
As expected, Bundy has been Bundy so far this spring. Ranked as the No. 2 overall prospect headed into the 2013 season, as well as the game’s top pitching prospect, the 20-year-old right-hander has already thrown three scoreless innings over two appearances, though he has allowed a handful of baserunners. Bundy’s a long shot to break camp as a member of the Orioles' starting rotation, as an assignment to Double-A—along with fellow pitching prospect Kevin Gausman—would be more beneficial toward his overall development. Having said that, everyone knows that he’s entirely too good to spend the season in the minors.
Matt Adams, 1B, St. Louis Cardinals
5-for-10 (.500), HR, 6 RBI
After batting .244/.286/.384 over 27 games in the major leagues last season, Adams underwent season-ending surgery in mid-August to remove bone spurs in his right elbow. The left-handed hitter has displayed no lingering effects this spring and is off to a hot start with six RBI over his first four games.
Donnie Joseph, LHP, Kansas City Royals
2 IP, 6 K
The lone reliever to appear on this list, Joseph was acquired from the Reds at the trade deadline last season in exchange for Jonathan Broxton. The 25-year-old has always missed plenty of bats over his four-year career in the minors and could potentially open the season in the Royals’ big league bullpen. And if he continues to fan every batter as he’s done this spring—on 24 pitches nonetheless—the organization will have no choice but to make room on the Opening Day roster.
Adam Eaton, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks
7-for-20 (.350), HR, 4 RBI
Having already amassed more at-bats than any other hitter this spring, Eaton continues to show why he’ll serve as the Diamondbacks' leadoff hitter and center fielder on Opening Day. With four above-average-to-plus tools, the 24-year-old has the potential to be an impact player and fantasy beast over the course of a full major league season.
Kaleb Cowart, 3B, Los Angeles Angels
4-for-9 (.444), 2B, 2 RBI
After a breakout season across both Class-A levels last season, Cowart enters his spring training as the Angels’ top prospect. Thus far, he’s lived up to the title, collecting four hits from the left side while flashing the leather at the hot corner.