Miguel Sano, 3B, Minnesota Twins
.384/.439/.740, 16 R, 12 XBH (7 HR), 19 RBI, 20/7 K/BB (19 G)
In possession of arguably the best raw power in the minor leagues, Sano is putting up monster numbers in the pitcher-friendly Florida State League. Through 19 games at High-A Fort Myers, the 19-year-old is batting .384/.439/.740 with 28 hits (seven home runs), 19 RBI and 20/7 K/BB. He’s been especially hot as of late with a 1.301 OPS and five home runs over his last 10 games.
Stephen Piscotty, 3B, St. Louis Cardinals
.381/.447/.595, 5 XBH (2 HR), 2/4 K/BB (12 G)
The 36th overall selection in the 2012 draft, Piscotty is off to a red-hot start in the Florida State League and notching multihit games with ease. The 22-year-old could be in line for an early-season promotion to Double-A.
Eddie Rosario, 2B, Minnesota Twins
.338/.368/.500, 16 R, 8 XBH (2 HR), 15/4 K/BB (19 G)
The 21-year-old may have one of the more promising hit tools in the low minors, as he’s continued to hit at every stop. Last 10 games: .300/.356/.425, 12 hits, eight RBI.
Gary Sanchez, C, New York Yankees
.299/.385/.507, 14 R, 8 XBH (3 HR), 14 RBI, 14/8 K/BB (18 G)
Back at High-A Tampa to open the 2013 season, Sanchez has impressed through the first three weeks with his ability to hit for both average and power, and has showed signs of improving plate discipline.
Gregory Polanco, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates
.338/.397/.441, 5 XBH, 9 SB, 6/7 K/BB (18 G)
One of the biggest pop-up prospects last season, Polanco is yet to slow down despite making the jump to a more advanced level (High-A). Through his first 18 games in the pitcher-friendly Florida State League, the 6’4” outfielder is batting .338/.397/.441 with six extra-base hits, nine stolen bases and 6/7 K/BB.
Garin Cecchini, 3B, Boston Red Sox
.328/.414/.525, 7 XBH (2 HR), 7 SB, 11/9 K/BB (16 G)
Cecchini continues to offer a promising blend of batting average and above-average speed, and he could start to show more power this season after adding roughly 20 pounds of muscle over the winter.
Delino DeShields, 2B, Houston Astros
.333/.396/.521, 11 R, 6 XBH (3 3B), 5 SB (5 CS), 14/5 K/BB (12 G)
After posting an .818 OPS with 101 stolen bases in 2012 across two levels, DeShields is off to a great start this season back at High-A Lancaster. Through 12 games the second baseman is batting .333/.396/.521 with six extra-base hits, five stolen bases and 14/5 K/BB in 48 at-bats.
Max Muncy, 1B, Oakland Athletics
.324/.461/.706, 19 R, 10 XBH (8 HR), 16 RBI, 13/17 K/BB (19 G)
The 22-year-old first baseman has been destroying High-A pitching, though those numbers are also inflated by playing in the California League. He’s not expected to hit for much power, but the on-base skills are legitimate.
Francisco Lindor, SS, Cleveland Indians
.313/.389/.453, 6 XBH, 7 SB, 8/8 K/BB (17 G)
The third-youngest everyday player at the High-A level, Lindor has showcased his usual plus-plus defense while making strides from both sides of the plate. Through 17 games, the 19-year-old is batting .313/.389/.453 with six extra-base hits, seven stolen bases and 8/8 K/BB.
Addison Russell, SS, Oakland Athletics
.171/.310/.257, 3 XBH, 2 SB, 17/7 K/BB (9 G)
After an outstanding professional debut in which he posted a 1.027 OPS across three levels, Russell received an aggressive promotion to High-A Stockton for his first full season in the minors. He has battled a few minor injuries and is off to a slow start with a .171/.310/.257 triple-slash line through nine games, but should wind up posting monster numbers in the California League.
Courtney Hawkins, OF, Chicago White Sox
.164/.230/.491, 9 H (6 HR), 13 RBI, 37/5 K/BB (16 G)
After posting an .804 OPS in his professional debut across three levels, Hawkins has been painfully overmatched at High-A Winston-Salem to begin the season. Of the nine hits he’s amassed in 16 games, six have left the park. Meanwhile, the fact that he has struck out 37 times in 55 at-bats is reason to worry.
Brandon Jacobs, OF, Boston Red Sox
.200/.318/.364, 7 XBH (6 2B), 3 SB, 19/7 K/BB (16 G)
Repeating the High-A level after a disappointing 2012 campaign, things don’t seem to be getting any better. He’s been more successful as of late, though, going 6-for-20 with three doubles and five walks.
Kenny Diekroeger, 2B, Kansas City Royals
.212/.212/.327, 2 HR, 14/0 K/BB (13 G)
Diekroeger has been steadily declining since his sophomore season at Stanford, as both his swing and approach are now a complete mess. Should have taken the above-slot money as a second-rounder in 2009.
Trevor Story, SS, Colorado Rockies
.148/.246/.246, 4 XBH, 2 SB, 26/6 K/BB (16 G)
Expected to put up monster numbers in the California League (High-A), Story has struggled to get it going at the plate. Through 16 games, the 20-year-old shortstop has piled up 26 strikeouts in 61 at-bats (43 percent strikeout rate).
Mac Williamson, OF, San Francisco Giants
.215/.329/.385, 11 R, 6 XBH (2 HR), 18/5 K/BB (17 G)
Since his power surge during the first week of the season, Williamson has struggled mightily. Over his last 10 games, the 6’5” outfielder has mustered only two extra-base hits while fanning 12 times.