Byron Buxton, OF, Minnesota Twins
.341/.447/.583, 39 R, 18 XBH (5 HR), 15 SB, 29/26 K/BB (35 G)
Buxton has cooled off a bit as of late but appears to be catching fire once again after a 4-for-7, 4 R, 2 XBH, 4 RBI performance on May 12.
Adam Brett Walker II, OF, Minnesota Twins
.309/.356/.655, 24 XBH (10 HR), 44 RBI, 35/8 K/BB (35 G)
Strikeouts may always be part of his game, but man, ABW2 has some robust raw power. He already paces the Midwest League in numerous offensive categories including home runs (10), RBI (44) and total bases (91). Last 10 games: 1.192 OPS, 11 XBH (4 HR), 17 RBI, 12/0 K/BB.
Josh Bell, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates
.292/.362/.500, 18 XBH (6 HR), 35 RBI, 37/17 K/BB (36 G)
After missing most of the 2012 season recovering from knee surgery, the 2011 second-round bonus baby’s approach is consistently improving, which has aided his batting average and power frequency. Last 10 games: 1.105 OPS, 3 HR, 7/7 K/BB.
Andrew Toles, OF, Tampa Bay Rays
.345/.381/.547, 19 XBH (7 3B), 20 SB, 21/6 K/BB (33 G)
Possessing game-changing, plus-plus speed, Toles going from home to first (left-handed hitter) is a sight to see. During his current seven-game hitting streak: 12-for-27 (.444), 8 R, 4 XBH, 7 SB.
Dilson Herrera, SS, Pittsburgh Pirates
.299/.364/.449, 11 XBH (3 HR), 5 SB, 33/13 K/BB (32 G)
The 19-year-old looks like he’ll be the Pirates’ Low-A breakout prospect this season much like Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson last season. Last six games: 11-for-23 (.478), 2 HR, 5 RBI.
Rosell Herrera, SS/3B, Colorado Rockies
.371/.455/.614, 30 R, 20 XBH (7 HR), 9 SB, 29/21 K/BB (36 G)
Granted this is his second tour of the Sally, but it’s safe to say that Herrera has more than resuscitated his prospect stock. Last 10 games: .378/.489/.649, 7 2B, 3 SB, 5/9 K/BB.
Lewis Brinson, OF, Texas Rangers
.238/.299/.450, 16 XBH (8 HR), 6 SB, 61/11 K/BB (36 G)
High-ceiling, high-risk prospect with plus power-speed profile, but the strikeouts are already piling up in a hurry.
Patrick Leonard, 3B, Tampa Bay Rays
.145/.217/.179, 4 2B, 29/10 K/BB (31 G)
The 6’4”, 225-pound third baseman was the fourth prospect included in the deal that sent James Shields and Wade Davis to Kansas City during the offseason. He has plenty of raw power, but has mustered only four doubles through 31 games.
Dante Bichette, 3B/1B, New York Yankees
.168/.224/.234, 5 XBH, 22 RBI, 38/7 K/BB (34 G)
The 2011 second-rounder is repeating the South Atlantic League, so it’s especially discouraging that his strikeout and walk rates continue to move in opposite directions.
Clint Coulter, C, Milwaukee Brewers
.165/.270/.282, 5 XBH, 23/8 K/BB (25 G)
Brewers’ first-round draft pick from 2012 has a chance for an above-average-to-plus hit tool, but like his defense behind the plate, the bat may need a few seasons in A-ball.
Dorssys Paulino, 2B/SS, Cleveland Indians
.189/.268/.198, 2B, 23/11 K/BB (30 G)
Coming off an outstanding professional debut last season in which he posted a .938 OPS as a 17-year-old, Paulino is yet to get things started in his full-season debut.