Rock Shoulders, 1B, Chicago Cubs
.370/.457/.642, 19 R, 12 XBH (5 HR), 21/13 K/BB (22 G)
Besides owning one of the best names in the minor leagues, Shoulders has been an extra-base machine thus far, and has collected eight extra-base hits an eight walks over his last 10 games.
Dan Vogelbach, 1B, Chicago Cubs
.315/.354/.494, 5 HR, 2 SB (!), 12/7 K/BB (22 G)
Say what you want about his body type and lack of physical projection, but Vogelbach can flat out rake. Homering in each of his last three games, the left-handed hitter is also batting 6-for-13 with five RBI during that span.
Kevin Plawecki, C, New York Mets
.391/.455/.667, 16 XBH (4 HR), 20 RBI, 11/7 K/BB (23 G)
The 35th overall pick in the 2012 draft, Plawecki is showing improved power and a more aggressive approach this season, and is quickly proving to be too advanced for the level. Last 10 games: .444/.512/.722, 16 H, 9 RBI, 5/4 K/BB.
Stetson Allie, 1B, Pittsburgh Pirates
.351/.409/.660, 14 XBH (8 HR), 26 RBI, 33/11 K/BB (24 G)
Allie, a former second-round flame-thrower-turned-masher, is posting gaudy power numbers in the South Atlantic League as evidenced by his .660 slugging percentage. He was mired in a homer draught last week, but busted on April 29 with a multi-homer performance.
Rosell Herrera, SS/3B, Colorado Rockies
.363/.433/.593, 19 R, 11 XBH (5 HR), 6 SB, 21/10 K/BB (23 G)
2012 was a learning year for Herrera, who spent most of the year in the Short-Season Northwoods League after an early-season demotion from Low-A Asheville. He’s showing mastery of the level this year, however, as he’s posted a .945 OPS over his last 10 games.
Byron Buxton, OF, Minnesota Twins
.392/.510/.684, 25 R, 12 XBH (4 HR), 9 SB, 17/19 K/BB (22 G)
Words don’t exactly do Buxton’s performance justice; things are coming together earlier than expected for the 19-year-old, as he’s literally doing it all on both sides of the ball.
Andrew Toles, OF, Tampa Bay Rays
.368/.406/.600, 15 XBH (5 3B), 21 RBI, 11 SB, 12/5 K/BB (22 G)
Toles has opened the season on a tear, as he currently leads of Midwest League hitters with 35 hits, five triples and 57 total bases.
Corey Seager, SS/3B, Los Angeles Dodgers
.280/.366/.451, 15 R, 3 HR, 24/10 K/BB (23 G)
After a sluggish start at Low-A Great Lakes, Seager is officially on fire as he’s batting .417/.488/.667 over his last 10 games. The sweet-swinging left-handed hitter is also batting .400 with two home runs and five RBI during his current five-game hitting streak.
Lewis Brinson, OF, Texas Rangers
.232/.290/.404, 4 HR, 4 SB, 41/6 K/BB (23 G)
So far this season, Brinson has looked like either the best or worst player on the field on a given night. He’s showing plenty of pop, but the 41 strikeouts in 23 games—including an ugly 18/2 K/BB over his last 10 games—is worrisome.
Austin Schotts, OF, Detroit Tigers
.141/.243/.156, 6 SB, 32/9 K/BB (20 G)
Even though the 2012 third-rounder has plenty of speed and a promising hit tool, strikeouts has been a major problem for Schotts as he now has 14 in his last 10 games.
Wyatt Mathisen, C, Pittsburgh Pirates
.186/.250/.214, 2 2B, 12/4 K/BB (17 G)
The good news is that Mathisen isn’t striking out a ton and making contact, albeit weak. After batting .295 last season in the Gulf Coast League, the right-handed hitter’s bat is bound to pick up as he settles in.
Dorssys Paulino, 2B/3B, Cleveland Indians
.208/.288/.208, 0 XBH, 15/8 K/BB (20 G)
After posting a .938 OPS with 32 extra-base hits last season across the rookie and short-season levels, Paulino is yet to record one this season through his first 20 games.
Patrick Leonard, 3B, Tampa Bay Rays
.150/.209/.175, 2 2B, 10 RBI, 21/5 K/BB (20 G)
The least notable prospect acquired by the Rays in the deal that sent James Shields and Wade Davis to Kansas City, Leonard has struggled against more advanced pitching thus far in his full-season debut.