Jake Thompson, RHP, Detroit Tigers
18.2 IP, 4.34 ERA, .267 BAA, 23/4 K/BB (4 GS)
Selected by the Tigers with their first pick (third round) in the 2012 draft, Thompson was shelled in his first two starts for Low-A West Michigan; the last two have been significantly better: 11 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 17/2 K/BB.
Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates
62.1 IP, 2.60 ERA, .153 BAA, 95/37 K/BB (14 GS)
To put it simply: Glasnow has been a monster this season at Low-A West Virginia; the 6’7” right-hander will endure bouts of inconsistency where his arm and body get out-of-sync; he’s allowed more walks (37) than hits (33) with a 13.8 K/9 rate through 14 starts; last two starts: 10 IP, 10 H, ER, 15/2 K/BB.
Lance McCullers, RHP, Houston Astros
65.2 IP, 1.92 ERA, .210 BAA, 75/28 K/BB (17 G/11 GS)
McCullers has been excellent to begin his full-season debut, showing the ability to both miss bats and generate weak contact with a plus fastball-curveball combination and developing changeup; last two starts: 10 IP, 7 H, ER, 13/2 K/BB.
Walker Weickel, RHP, San Diego Padres
55.1 IP, 4.55 ERA, .267 BAA, 42/22 K/BB (12 G/11 GS)
The 2012 supplemental first-rounder struggled over the first two months of the season but has seemingly turned the corner over his last two starts: 10.1 IP, 4 H, 14/0 K/BB.
C.J. Edwards, RHP, Texas Rangers
71 IP, 2.03 ERA, .177 BAA, 92/27 K/BB (14 GS)
The wiry-thin right-hander’s stuff has taken a big step forward this season, and he should receive a promotion to High-A sometime in the near future; last four starts: 18.2 IP, 8 H, 33/8 K/BB.
Miguel Almonte, RHP, Kansas City Royals
73.2 IP, 3.42 ERA, .245 BAA, 77/26 K/BB (14 GS)
The 20-year-old has a lightning quick arm and the potential for three above-average-to-plus offerings at maturity; Almonte turned in his best start of the season on Tuesday against a powerful Low-A Hickory offense: 7.2 IP, 7 H, 12/0 K/BB. Here’s some game video of the right-hander that I filmed on May 7.
Chris Anderson, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
2 IP, H, 5 K (1 GS)
The Dodgers’ first-round pick was sharp in his professional debut on Tuesday, allowing one hit with five strikeouts over two scoreless frames.
Lucas Sims, RHP, Atlanta Braves
51.1 IP, 2.98 ERA, .200 BAA, 60/18 K/BB (16 G/6 GS)
Sims struggled with his command over the first month of the season but has been very impressive since the start of May; last 10 appearances: 40 IP, 2.03 ERA, .205 BAA, 53/8 K/BB.
Taylor Guerrieri, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays
59 IP, 2.29 ERA, .221 BAA, 47/11 K/BB (12 GS)
After possibly the worst start of his professional career on June 2 (4 IP, 11 H, 6 ER), Guerrieri has been dominant over his last three outings: 16 IP, 11 H, 13/4 K/BB.
Nick Travieso, RHP, Cincinnati Reds
21 IP, 5.57 ERA, .329 BAA, 12/9 K/BB (5 GS)
After logging only 21 innings in the Arizona League last summer, the Reds surprisingly bumped Travieso to Low-A to begin the season. The hard-throwing right-hander is too raw and lacks the necessary consistency for the level; it’ll be interesting to track whether the organization lets him work through his struggles or sends him back to a rookie league.
Dillon Maples, RHP, Chicago Cubs
26.2 IP, 8.10 ERA, .248 BAA, 27/26 K/BB (8 G/7 GS)
Maples offered a glimpse of his potential during his start on June 3 (5 IP, 2 H, 7/3 K/BB) but has been painfully inconsistent in all other outings.