Nick Delmonico, 1B, Baltimore Orioles
.375/.512/.688, 6 XBH (2 HR), 7/9 K/BB (9 G)
Although injuries limited him to only 95 games at Low-A Delmarva during his professional debut last season, Nick Delmonico still showcased above-average power potential as well as mature plate discipline.
He’s been firing on all cylinders to begin the 2013 season and is currently riding an eight-game hit streak.
Alex Yarbrough, 2B, Los Angeles Angels
.346/.386/.596, 9 XBH (2 HR), 9/4 K/BB (13 G)
The Los Angeles Angels' fourth-round selection last June, Alex Yarbrough, a switch-hitter, isn’t known for his power. However, his first two weeks in the hitter-friendly California League has already resulted in nine extra-base hits.
Eddie Rosario, 2B, Minnesota Twins
.388/.407/.551, 12 R, 6 XBH, 10/2 K/BB (12 G)
One of the more underrated hitters in the low minors, Eddie Rosario has absolutely raked so far in the pitcher-friendly Florida State League. Over his current 10-game hitting streak, the left-handed hitter has collected 19 hits, including five doubles.
Miguel Sano, 3B, Minnesota Twins
.413/.472/.761, 8 XBH (4 HR), 12 RBI, 13/5 K/BB (12 G)
Although he boasts the best raw power in the minor leagues, Miguel Sano’s swing and approach may always result in high strikeout totals. However, the fact that he’s made more consistent contact (at a higher level) to begin the season is encouraging, though it’s definitely aided by a .500 BABIP.
Jabari Blash, OF, Seattle Mariners
.341/.388/.818, 9 XBH (5 HR), 16 RBI, 4 SB, 15/3 K/BB (11 G)
Jabari Blash launched a career-high 15 home runs last season in the Midwest League (Low-A) and is on pace to shatter that mark this year in the California League. He’s been especially hot over his four games, as he’s 8-for-16 with seven runs scored, three home runs, three stolen bases and eight RBI.
Maikel Franco, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies
.333/.393/.588, 9 XBH (2 HR), 13 RBI, 8/5 K/BB (12 G)
The 20-year-old has been an extra-base machine over the first two weeks of the season, including a five-game stretch last week in which he amassed six doubles and two home runs.
James Ramsey, OF, St. Louis Cardinals
.429/.538/.690, 12 R, 7 XBH, 7/8 K/BB (12 G)
The 23rd overall draft pick last June, James Ramsey struggled in his Florida State League debut last summer with a .648 OPS over 56 games. He certainly hasn’t struggled so far this season while repeating the level, as he’s currently riding a nine-game hit streak.
Alen Hanson, SS/2B, Pittsburgh Pirates
.191/.224/.255, 2 XBH, 4 SB, 14/2 K/BB (10 G)
Coming off a breakout campaign at Low-A in which he posted a .909 OPS with 62 extra-base hits and 35 stolen bases, Alen Hanson has struggled in the early going for High-A Bradenton (Florida State League) with seven strikeouts over his last four games.
Javier Baez, SS, Chicago Cubs
.173/.214/.423, 7 XBH (2 HR), 2 SB, 17/2 K/BB (12 G)
Even though he possesses arguably the best bat speed in the minor leagues, Javier Baez’s plate discipline and pitch recognition leave something to be desired.
So far, his shortcomings have been amplified back in the Florida State League, as he’s fanned 17 times in 12 games. He’s been all or nothing, too, with seven of his nine hits going for extra bases.
Angelo Gumbs, 2B, New York Yankees
.088/.139/.147, 2 SB, 6/1 K/BB (8 G)
After collecting three knocks over his first two games, Angelo Gumbs has gone ice cold, as he’s 0-for-24 over his last six contests.
Brandon Jacobs, OF, Boston Red Sox
.154/.227/.333, 5 XBH (HR), 2 CS, 14/2 K/BB (11 G)
After a poor showing at High-A Salem in 2012 (.732 OPS, 128 K in 114 games), Brandon Jacobs has struggled mightily thus far while repeating the level. Over a recent seven-game stretch (April 9-15), the 22-year-old struck out 10 times in 20 at-bats.
Courtney Hawkins, OF, Chicago White Sox
.162/.225/.486, 4 HR, 2 SB, 23/2 K/BB (10 G)
Coming off an impressive professional debut last season in which he posted an .804 OPS across three levels, the 6’3”, 220-pound outfielder received an aggressive Opening Day assignment to High-A Winston-Salem.
Unsurprisingly, the 19-year-old has been all-or-nothing (literally) in the early going with four home runs (six total hits) and 23 strikeouts through the first 10 games.
Trevor Story, SS, Colorado Rockies
.136/.255/.250, 3 XBH (HR), 20/5 K/BB (12 G)
Admittedly one of my favorite prospects, Trevor Story put up monster numbers last season at Low-A Asheville and has the potential to one-up that performance this year in the California League. However, he’s been out-of-sync thus far and seemingly pressing at the plate.
For what it’s worth, I’m not concerned.