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Stock Up, Stock Down on MLB's Top 10 Prospects After Week 9

Karl BuscheckContributor IIIJuly 29, 2016

Stock Up, Stock Down on MLB's Top 10 Prospects After Week 9

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    There's been a minor shakeup in the rankings of MLB's top 10 prospects.

    Outfielder Oscar Taveras has been promoted to the big leagues by the St. Louis Cardinals, which means a new player joins the group. If there's been one storyline surrounding the top prospects in 2014, it's been the unusually high number of injuries that have occurred. So, it's only fitting that the newest player is dealing with health problems of his own. 

    Now, let's take a look at the Week 9 installment of "Stock Up, Stock Down" for MLB's top 10 prospects from Bleacher Report's preseason rankings.

1. Byron Buxton, OF, Minnesota Twins

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    Last Week's Stats: N/A

     

    Overview

    Byron Buxton is missing out on valuable development time, as the top prospect slowly recovers from a wrist injury that he originally sustained in spring training and re-aggravated in May. On the season, the No. 2 pick from the 2012 MLB draft has collected just 20 at-bats. 

    Minnesota Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony told Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com that for now, the outfielder is "just resting." Antony explained, via Dan Wetmore of 1500ESPN.com, that Buxton will likely play in either winter league or fall league to make up for all the at-bats he's lost out on. 

     

    2014 Stats: .150 (3-for-20), .150 OBP, .350 SLG, 5 G, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

     

    Stock: Down

2. Carlos Correa, SS, Houston Astros

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    Last Week's Stats: .370 (10-for-27), 7 G, 3 2B, HR, 9 RBI, 5 R, 4 SB, 5 BB, 4 K

     

    Overview

    Carlos Correa had a big week in the Cal League.

    The 19-year-old collected nine RBI and connected on a home run that traveled 449 feet, according to Paul White of USA Today. The shortstop now has 48 RBI in as many High-A games and has pulled his average up to .320 on the season. 

    Correa is playing his way toward a midseason promotion to Double-A and is on pace to crack the Houston Astros' lineup early in the 2015 season. 

     

    2014 Stats: .320 (63-for-197), .386 OBP, .487 SLG, 48 G, 12 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 48 RBI, 14 SB, 19 BB, 35 K

     

    Stock: Up

3. Javier Baez, SS, Chicago Cubs

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    Last Week's Stats: .285 (6-for-21), 7G, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 3 R, 2 SB, 9 K

     

    Overview

    With a .285 average in seven games, Javier Baez enjoyed a solid week at the plate. The 21-year-old's impressive arm at shortstop was also on display, as you can see in the video above. 

    However, arguably the biggest development surrounding Baez was the decision by Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein to bring on slugger Manny Ramirez as a player/coach at Triple-A Iowa. Epstein believes that Ramirez will be an excellent teacher for Baez and the rest of the club's top prospects, as he explained via Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com.

    "We have a lot of young, talented right-handed power hitters...Having someone with Manny's knowledge—and his influence and his resume and his gift for teaching hitting—around those players can only help."

     

    2014 Stats: .220 (37-for-168), .281 OBP, .411 SLG, 45 G, 9 2B, 3B, 7 HR, 25 RBI, 7 SB, 12 BB, 64 K

     

    Stock: Even

4. Francisco Lindor, SS, Cleveland Indians

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    Last Week's Stats: .208 (5-for-24), 7 G, 3 RBI, 6 R, 2 SB, 8 BB, 4 K

     

    Overview

    Francisco Lindor didn't have the best week at the plate, as the shortstop collected just five singles in 24 at-bats. However, the 20-year-old did demonstrate an exceptionally patient approach. Lindor drew eight walks in seven games and now leads the Cleveland Indians' Double-A club with 30 free passes in 2014. 

    According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the No. 8 pick from the 2011 draft should arrive in the big leagues before the end of the 2014. When he does, the defensive standout's presence should provide Cleveland with a major boost as the team currently leads all of baseball with 56 errors. 

     

    2014 Stats: .279 (56-for-201), .372 OBP, .393 SLG, 52 G, 5 2B, 3 3B, 4 HR, 32 RBI, 12 SB, 30 BB, 36 K

     

    Stock: Even

5. Archie Bradley, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks

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    Last Week's Stats: N/A

     

    Overview

    Archie Bradley remains on the sidelines as the right-hander slowly works his way back from a mild flexor strain in his pitching elbow, which has kept him out of games since April 26. 

    The 21-year-old appears to be moving in the right direction. On May 26, Bradley tweeted that he was "pain-free" and that he was "feeling strong and healthy!"

    However, according a report from Arizona Sports, just when he will return to pitching in minor league games remains "unknown."

     

    2014 Stats: 1-4, 5.18 ERA, 5 GS, 24.1 IP, 26 H, 14 ER, 12 BB, 23 K

     

    Stock: Even

6. Addison Russell, SS, Oakland Athletics

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    Last Week's Stats: N/A

     

    Overview

    After suffering a severe hamstring strain on April 4, Addison Russell has returned to the field.

    The 20-year-old has been playing in extended spring training games since May 26, according to Kimberly Contreras of Oakland Clubhouse. Russell played four innings in his first contest back and told Contreras that he's pain-free. In a game on May 31, the right-handed hitter connected on a "moonshot," according to Contreras.

    The Oakland Athletics plan to be patient with Russell's recovery, and there's "no timetable" for when he'll return to Double-A Midland, as Joe Stiglich of CSNBayArea.com reports.  

     

    2014 Stats: .714 (5-for7), .714 OBP, 1.286 SLG, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, SB, K

     

    Stock: Up

7. Taijuan Walker, SP, Seattle Mariners

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    Last Week's Stats: 0-1, 12.00 ERA, GS, 3 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 HR, 3 K

     

    Overview

    The results weren't good in Taijuan Walker's most recent rehab start, but it's highly encouraging that the right-hander is simply back out on the mound. 

    On May 28, the 21-year-old made his first appearance since being shut down in mid-April and worked three innings, allowing four runs on five hits including two home runs. Walker was "disappointed" with the numbers following his 61-pitch outing, according to Adam Lewis of MLB.com. However, the starter "felt good" from a health perspective. 

    Walker is slated to take the mound again on Monday, as Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports. Dutton adds that the top prospect will likely need two more rehab appearances before joining the Seattle Mariners rotation. 

     

    2014 Stats: 1-1, 3.65 ERA, 3 GS, 12.1 IP, 12 H, 5 ER, 2 HR, 2 BB, 20 K

     

    Stock: Up

8. Noah Syndergaard, SP, New York Mets

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    Last Week's Stats: N/A

     

    Overview

    Noah Syndergaard's elbow injury turned out to be not so serious after all. 

    New York Mets GM Sandy Alderson said, per Roger Rubin of the New York Daily News, that "everything appears to be OK" after the right-hander underwent an MRI last Tuesday. 

    The 21-year-old hasn't pitched since May 21 when he worked five innings and allowed three runs. However, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post, Syndergaard should rejoin the Triple-A rotation on June 5.

     

    2014 Stats: 5-2, 4.02 ERA, 10 GS, 53.2 IP, 59 H, 24 ER, 6 HR, 19 BB, 57 K

     

    Stock: Up

9. Kevin Gausman, SP, Baltimore Orioles

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    Last Week's Stats: 0-1, 2.25 ERA, GS, 4 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, HR, 2 BB, 7 K

     

    Overview

    On May 30, Kevin Gausman piled up seven strikeouts during his only start of the week. 

    While all the punchouts were impressive, Gausman also continued a troubling trend of failing to pitch late into games. The 23-year-old threw 82 pitches and worked just four innings. In nine Triple-A starts, Gausman has pitched more than five frames on just a single occasion. 

     

    2014 Stats: (MLB) 0-1, 11.25 ERA, GS, 4 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K; (Triple-A) 1-3, 2.40 ERA, 9 GS, 41.1 IP, 36 H, 11 ER, 3 HR, 17 BB, 42 K

     

    Stock: Down

10. Miguel Sano, 3B, Minnesota Twins

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    Last Week's Stats: N/A

     

    Overview

    Miguel Sano is currently rehabbing at the Minnesota Twins' facility in Fort Myers, Florida, after undergoing Tommy John surgery in March. 

    Assistant GM Rob Antony told Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that Sano will definitely be ready by spring training 2015 and that there's even a chance he could appear in games as a designated hitter late this season. Anthony also noted that the team could send Sano to play winter ball in the offseason to catch up on missed at-bats. 

     

    2014 Stats: N/A

     

    Stock: Even

     

    Note: All stats courtesy of MiLB.com. All videos courtesy of YouTube.com.

    If you want to talk baseball, find me on Twitter @KarlBuscheck.

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