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Travis d'Arnaud's injury leaves his status very much in doubt.
Joe Ross, RHP, San Diego Padres (Low-A Fort Wayne)
Falling off some lists after an injury-plagued debut season, Joe Ross looks to be back and better than ever after the first month of 2013. He has four starts under his belt, a 3-0 record, 11 hits allowed, 18 strikeouts and eight walks in 20.1 innings pitched.
Ross has a lot of projection left in him, but he can sling his fastball up around 95 already. If he can just stay on the mound, don't be surprised if he winds up high on a lot of revised prospect lists later this year.
Byron Buxton, OF, Minnesota Twins (Low-A Cedar Rapids)
The second overall pick in last June's draft, Buxton was thought to be a toolshed that was going to need a lot of work in the lower levels to tap into that raw potential he showed in high school.
Instead, Buxton has taken to his first full-season assignment rather well. He is hitting .391/.511/.639 with three home runs and a 15-to-18 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He is still years away, but this start is an encouraging sign that maybe he can move faster than originally anticipated.
Courtney Hawkins, OF, Chicago White Sox (High-A Winston-Salem)
It has to be noted that the reason Courtney Hawkins' stock is down is because the White Sox were too aggressive with him based on a strong, albeit small 59-game sample size last season.
Hawkins was seen as a player who could take off right away thanks to big raw power and athleticism, or flop out of the gate because he was so raw and had a lot of swing-and-miss in his game.
The latter has proven to be true out of the gate in 2013, as Hawkins looks lost at the plate. He does have six home runs, but just 11 total hits with 43 strikeouts in 68 at-bats. Hopefully the White Sox are able to either send him down without ruining his confidence or work with him to figure something out before he gets completely lost.
Travis d'Arnaud, C, New York Mets (Triple-A Las Vegas)
Even though he is just 24 years old and could have a long, storied career ahead of him, Travis d'Arnaud appears to be one of those unlucky players whose body isn't going to cooperate with him.
Thanks to suffering a fractured bone in his foot on April 17, d'Arnaud once again finds himself on the disabled list just as he was on the front steps of the big leagues. He would likely have been called up by Toronto last season if not for a knee injury that ended his season last June.
Depending on how quickly d'Arnaud heals from this most recent setback, 2013 could be the fifth time in seven minor league seasons that he has played in less than 100 games. In fact, every year he hasn't made it to the 100-game mark, he hasn't played more than 71 games.
D'Arnaud is the best catching prospect in baseball when healthy, but given his durability issues—no, not all of the injuries are his fault—you have to wonder how his body will hold up in the daily grind of a 162-game season.
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