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1B Hunter Morris, Milwaukee Brewers
Chicago Cubs: SP Dillon Maples, Short-Season Boise
(21 G, 16 GS, 5-4, 4.93 ERA, 50 BB, 75 K, 76.2 IP)
The easy choice here would have been Brett Jackson. But after he struck out a total of 217 times in 527 at-bats last year, his struggles this year were more expected than disappointing. Instead, the choice is Dillon Maples, who was taken in the 14th round of the 2011 draft but was given $2.5 million to sign. He entered this year with just six career appearances under his belt, and his first extended showing as a pro has been less-than-impressive. He has ace-caliber stuff, but the control just is not there yet for the 21-year-old.
Cincinnati Reds: SP Daniel Corcino, Triple-A Louisville
(28 G, 23 GS, 7-14, 5.86 ERA, 73 BB, 90 K, 129 IP)
Daniel Corcino looked to be on the cusp of making a big-league impact entering the season, having gone 8-8 with a 3.01 ERA as a 21-year-old in Double-A last season. Ranked as the No. 94 prospect in baseball heading into the season, he opened the year in Triple-A, where he has seen his walk rate rise (4.1 to 5.1 BB/9), hit rate climb (7.0 to 9.8 H/9) and strikeout rate drop (7.9 to 6.3 K/9). Those peripheral numbers tell the story, as he simply has not been the same pitcher this season that he was last year.
Milwaukee Brewers: 1B Hunter Morris, Triple-A Nashville
(.247/.310/.457, 24 HR, 73 RBI, 61 R)
After hitting .303/.357/.563 with 28 home runs and 113 RBI last season in Double-A, Hunter Morris was expected to make a run at the everyday first base job in Milwaukee at some point this season. That pursuit was made even easier when Corey Hart was lost for the season with an injury. However, the 24-year-old has not made the transition to Triple-A smoothly, though, and despite the vacancy at first base, he remains in the minors as a result.
Pittsburgh Pirates: SP Kyle McPherson, Triple-A Indianapolis
(2 G, 2 GS, 0-1, 19.29 ERA, 4 BB, 2 K, 4.2 IP)
He didn't enter the season with the hype of some of his fellow Pirates pitching prospects, but Kyle McPherson had a legitimate shot at winning the No. 5 starter job out of camp after posting a 2.73 ERA over 26.1 innings in a big-league audition last year. Instead, Jeff Locke wound up winning the job, and McPherson landed on the DL after just two minor league appearances. Tommy John surgery shortly thereafter effectively ended his season.
St. Louis Cardinals: 3B Patrick Wisdom, High-A Palm Beach
(.235/.313/.401, 15 HR, 73 RBI, 62 R)
A Supplemental Round pick out of St. Mary's last season, Patrick Wisdom signed early and went on to hit .282/.373/.465 with 32 RBI and 40 runs in 65 games at short-season Batavia. That was enough for the 22-year-old to open 2013 in full-season ball, but he has been over matched all season, and will likely repeat the High-A level next season.