Kolten Wong, 2B, St. Louis Cardinals
.330/.363/.505, 62 H, 11 2B, 5 3B, 4 HR, 18 RBI, 95 TB, 11 BB, 24 K, 7 SB
Another player whose numbers are inflated by a hitter-friendly environment, Kolten Wong is not entirely a product of the Pacific Coast League. He has always been a solid hitter with line-drive power, but the instincts and ability to place the ball wherever he wants is remarkable. He is going to be an above-average player because of his bat control.
Ryan Wheeler, 3B, Colorado Rockies
.364/.420/.492, 48 H, 8 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 28 RBI, 65 TB, 12 BB, 27 K, 1 SB
Wheeler keeps getting better as a prospect, giving him a chance to at least become an average regular. He has a good swing and path with bat control and some pop, though he will have fringe power in the big leagues. His ability at third base is another feather in his cap, where he has a strong arm and shows good lateral quickness.
Grant Green, 2B, Oakland Athletics
.302/.369/.447, 60 H, 13 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 28 RBI, 89 TB, 18 BB, 35 K, 4 SB
I almost feel bad for Green, who has performed well everywhere he has played only to get passed over for even a cup of coffee in the big leagues despite being as close to ready as you can possibly be and repeating Triple-A this year. He is a tweener prospect, with a decent hit tool, gap power and improving defense at second base. He's 25 and should warrant a look sometime this season.
Bryce Brentz, OF, Boston Red Sox
.280/.330/.489, 52 H, 10 2B, 1 3B, 9 HR, 34 RBI, 91 TB, 13 BB, 46 K, 1 SB
Brentz is an all-or-nothing type of player, with a lot of power in his swing and a lot of swing-and-miss. So far this season, even though the strikeout total is a little high, there has been more of the pop showing. He has a big uppercut and will struggle to hit for average, but in a league where power is more of an asset than ever, he certainly has some value.
Wil Myers, OF, Tampa Bay Rays
.266/.346/.473, 49 H, 9 2B, 1 3B, 9 HR, 40 RBI, 87 TB, 23 BB, 56 K, 3 SB
I'm not sure if you have heard of this guy, but he has a bright future in Tampa Bay that will probably start very soon. He is hitting .317/.333/.756 with three doubles, five home runs and 16 RBI in the last 10 games.
Even though I don't want to completely dismiss some of the issues he had early in the season, because the strikeout total is a little alarming for a player with a swing as good as his, Myers had to be bored and/or frustrated about returning to Triple-A after hitting 37 home runs at the level last year. Now that we are getting closer to where the Rays can call him up and delay his free agency by a year, Myers is really starting to heat up.
Gary Brown, OF, San Francisco Giants
.220/.285/.340, 46 H, 12 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 23 RBI, 71 TB, 14 BB, 51 K, 6 SB
Brown's unusual batting style, where he takes no stride and puts very little authority behind the bat, has really caught up to him in the upper levels of the minors. He has some value as a good defensive center fielder, but until he starts hitting for average, he is going to be an org. guy.
Brett Jackson, OF, Chicago Cubs
.244/.327/.382, 32 H, 6 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 50 TB, 13 BB, 40 K, 5 SB
Remember all that talk about Brett Jackson's new swing in spring training? Yeah, we didn't either. He has always been a player who doesn't make enough contact to let his raw power play against advanced pitching. When he isn't hitting for power, there really is very little value to his bat, which is why you see the numbers you do this year.
Anthony Gose, OF, Toronto Blue Jays
.227/.343/.325. 35 H, 5 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 50 TB, 23 BB, 41 K, 5 SB
While Gose was called up to Toronto last week, there really was no justifiable reason to do so. Even though he is an exciting four-tool talent, the problems that have plagued him throughout his career and prevented him from reaching his ceiling still persist. He has a long swing and gets fooled by off-speed stuff too often, leading to high strikeout totals. It's a shame, because the excitement level he can bring when he is on is incredible.
Cody Asche, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies
.265/.322/.436, 48 H, 10 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 31 RBI, 79 TB, 16 BB, 49 K, 2 SB
Asche could have been the heir apparent to Michael Young when the Philadelphia third baseman eventually hit the wall, which it appears he has. But Asche has also struggled to find himself in Triple-A. His average, on-base and slugging percentages are all down significantly from where they were in 2012.
Christian Colon, SS, Kansas City Royals
.251/.304/.349, 44 H, 3 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 20 RBI, 61 TB, 13 BB, 21 K, 4 SB
Hindsight is obviously 20-20, and the Royals have done well through the draft in recent years, but Colon is one of those players they will quietly regret when you look what came after him in the 2010 class, notably Matt Harvey and Christian Yelich. With the exception of a 70-game stretch last year in Double-A, his offensive game has never materialized, leaving him stuck in Triple-A purgatory this season and behind Alcides Escobar on the depth chart.
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