Aaron Judge, OF, New York Yankees
2014 Statistics: .322/.419/.518, 31 R, 21 XBH (8 HR), 36 RBI, 1 SB, 49/33 K/BB (236 PA)
Judge, 22, was in this same section a week ago, and he then went on to record a hit in each of his past seven games, including three more homers among seven total extra-base knocks to go along with 11 RBI. Sure, the strikeout rate is a tad high (20.7 percent) for a first-round college product in Low-A, but that's picking nits. Judge will move up a level soon enough.
Austin Wilson, OF, Seattle Mariners
2014 Statistics: .297/.374/.495, 23 R, 21 XBH (7 HR), 39 RBI, 0 SB, 38/16 K/BB (207 PA)
The 22-year-old Wilson, who went early in last year's second round, only played five games this past week, but he made 'em count. The Stanford product had a hit in each contest, including three straight multi-hit efforts, and he also smacked a pair of home runs, drove in nine and walked (three) more times than he whiffed (one).
Hunter Harvey, RHP, Baltimore Orioles
2014 Statistics: 3 W, 1.68 ERA, 0.9 5 WHIP, 2 HR, 64/20 K/BB (53.2 IP)
The 19-year-old 2013 first-rounder continues to pwn (with a "p") the South Atlantic League. In his most recent outing, Harvey allowed only four baserunners and one unearned run over 6.0 innings with seven strikeouts. A promotion to High-A should be in the works.
Ryne Stanek, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays
2014 Statistics: 2 W, 2.63 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 1 HR, 22:7 K:BB (27.1 IP)
Stanek, 22, likely would have been a top-10 selection a year ago had it not been for a hip injury that eventually required surgery and delayed his pro debut until May. The former No. 29 overall selection has looked strong since returning, especially of late, with 12.0 innings of seven-hit, one-run ball and a 10/1 k/BB over his past two starts.
Stryker Trahan, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks
2014 Statistics: .193/.262/.340, 26 R, 16 XBH (6 HR), 31 RBI, 3 SB, 69/17 K/BB (221 PA)
The converted catcher and 2012 first-rounder did smack two homers over the past week, but he recorded only one other hit (3-for-24, .125 BA). Trahan, 20, also struck out eight more times, raising his season total to a whopping 69, which is among the 25-highest totals in all of the minors.
Dorssys Paulino, SS, Cleveland Indians
2014 Statistics: .217/.272/.298, 12 R, 11 XBH (0 HR), 8 RBI, 2 SB, 45/12 K/BB (175 PA)
His 2012 rookie-league breakout campaign (.938 OPS) is feeling farther away by the day. The fact is, ever since he's been in full-season ball, Paulino hasn't been any good, with an OBP south of .300. Even worse, now the one area that appeared to be somewhat reliable—his extra-base pop—has withered, too (11 XBH, .298 SLG in 2014). He's still only 19 and very raw, but even more so than he looked two years ago.
Alberto Tirado, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays
2014 Statistics: 1 W, 5.40 ERA, 2.01 WHIP, 3 HR, 37/36 K/BB (38.1 IP)
Tirado has great stuff, as his 8.7 K/9 shows, but the 19-year-old Dominican is still learning to harness it—as his even more astounding 8.5 BB/9 proves. He gave up seven earned while getting but two outs in his penultimate start, and he then followed that up by allowing three earned on six hits and four walks over four frames his last time out.