Kris Bryant, 3B, Chicago Cubs
2014 Stats (38 games): .324/.425/.620, 35 R, 9 2B, 11 HR, 33 RBI, 5 SB, 20 BB, 46 K
Bryant continues to pass every test the organization throws his way, and he’s done nothing but surpass all expectations since the Cubs selected him second overall in last year’s draft. The 22-year-old slugger has put up monster numbers this season in his first taste of the Double-A level, as he currently leads the Southern League in home runs (11), OPS (1.045), total bases (88), runs scored (35) and RBI (33).
As a power hitter who works deep counts, Bryant will always have some swing and miss to his game. However, his on-base skills and underrated feel for hitting makes him more than a one-dimensional player.
Joe Wendle, 2B, Cleveland Indians
2014 Stats (38 games): .250/.325/.443, 11 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 17 RBI, 13 BB, 27 K
Wendle is absolutely raking right now, as he’s batting .405/.410/.838 with eight doubles, two home runs and 11 RBI during his current nine-game hitting streak. Furthermore, 11 of his 15 hits during the streak have gone for extra bases. A sixth-round pick in the 2012 draft, Wendle, 24, batted .295/.372/.513 with 32 doubles, 16 home runs and a 79/44 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 107 games last season for High-A Carolina.
Even though his hit tool projects favorably as a big-league second baseman, Wendle is blocked by Jason Kipnis at the keystone for the foreseeable future.
Ketel Marte, SS, Seattle Mariners
2014 Stats (35 games): .324/.377/.403, 11 2B, 13 SB, 15 BB, 13 K
Marte, 20, is one of the youngest everyday players at the Double-A level—a few months older than Addison Russell and Francisco Lindor—but the Mariners clearly were confident he'd be able to at least hold his own in the Southern League.
Through Jackson's first 35 games, the switch-hitting shortstop is batting .324/.377/.403 with 11 doubles, 13 stolen bases and an impressive 15/13 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He's already put together a pair of seven-game hitting streaks and had a 10-gamer snapped on Monday.
Mookie Betts, 2B, Boston Red Sox
2014 Stats (33 games): .399/.462/.601, 40 R, 11 2B, 5 HR, 21 RBI, 17 SB, 18 BB, 12 K
Betts extended his on-base streak to 63 games Tuesday by going 2-for-4 with double, walk and two stolen bases for Double-A Portland. No player has been more impressive than Betts this season, as 21-year-old currently leads all Double-A hitters in batting average (.399), on-base percentage (.462), OPS (1.063), hits (55), runs scored (40) and stolen bases (17).
Cam Bedrosian, RHP, Los Angeles Angels
2014 Stats (16 games): 5 SV, 17.2 IP, 1.02 ERA, .089 BAA, 7 BB, 37 K
And now for the obligatory Cam Bedrosian update. The 22-year-old has been scored on once in 16 appearances this season between High-A Inland Empire and Double-A Arkansas, and he’s struck out two or more batters on 12 occasions. The right-hander currently leads all minor league pitchers (with at least 10 innings pitched) in K/9 (18.9) and strikeout rate (57.8 percent).
Trayce Thompson, OF, Chicago White Sox
2014 Stats (38 games): .236/.343/.357, 6 2B, 3 HR, 17 RBI, 24 BB, 49 K
Thompson, 23, has been mired in a deep slump since the calendar turned to May, as he’s batting just .146 (7-for-48) with 23 strikeouts in the last 13 games. With Avisail Garcia out of the year, Thompson, who's already on the White Sox's 40-man roster, could conceivably get a look in the major leagues later this season as a September call-up.
Mason Williams, OF, New York Yankees
2014 Stats (35 games): .188/.282/.257, 5 2B, 3B, HR, 8 RBI, 5 SB, 19 BB, 23 K
Williams is back at Double-A Trenton after batting .153 last season in 17 games at the level. The 22-year-old hasn’t fared any better this year, evidenced by his .539 OPS through 35 games, but at least he’s showed respectable plate discipline with a 23/19 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Gary Sanchez, C, New York Yankees
2014 Stats (31 games): .256/.336/.421, 8 2B, 4 HR, 23 RBI, 14 BB, 24 K
Sanchez got off to a hot start this season in his return to Double-A Trenton, posting an .875 OPS with nine extra-base hits in 19 April games. The 21-year-old backstop has cooled off considerably in the season’s second month, as he’s batting just .156 with 11 strikeouts in his last 52 plate appearances (12 games).