Even though prospects such as Jackie Bradley Jr., Jedd Gyorko and Aaron Hicks cracked their respective team’s Opening Day roster, the game’s best young hitters will open the 2013 season in the minor leagues.
Lacking a path to consistent playing time in the major leagues, Prospect Pipeline’s top offensive prospects Jurickson Profar, Oscar Taveras and Wil Myers will begin the year in Triple-A. Meanwhile, fast-rising mashers such as Christian Yelich, Mike Zunino and Yasiel Puig are ticketed for Double-A, although their stay may be short-lived.
After looking at the first pitching prospects expected to be recalled from the minor leagues earlier in the week, I thought that I’d do something similar involving hitters. So, based upon organizational needs as well as each player’s service-time situation, here are my predictions for the first 10 hitters to receive a promotion to the major leagues this season, presented in chronological order.