Renato Nunez, 3B, Oakland Athletics
2014 Stats: .274/.340/.500, 34 XBH (12 HR), 39 RBI, 21 BB, 59 K (66 G)
Named to his first Futures Game roster on Tuesday, Nunez has made strides offensively at High-A Stockton this season courtesy of a more consistent approach and improved pitch recognition. Specifically, things have really come together this month for the 20-year-old third baseman, as he’s batting .364/.455/.667 with 13 extra-base hits and 13 RBI in 18 games.
Corey Seager, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers
2014 Stats: .355/.407/.626, 50 R, 34 XBH (14 HR), 53 RBI, 5 SB, 20 BB, 61 K (66 G)
As I mentioned in my breakdown of the Futures Game rosters, there’s no reason Seager should still be in the California League, as he’s batted .383/.438/.691 with 22 doubles, 12 home runs and 40 RBI in 46 games at High-A Rancho Cucamonga since the beginning of May. The 20-year-old also has fared better against left-handers than righties this season, with a 1.166 OPS and 15 extra-base hits in 71 plate appearances.
Josh Bell, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates
2014 Stats: .335/.385/.518, 29 XBH (9 HR), 47 RBI, 22 BB, 38 K (70 G)
Selected to play for the U.S. squad in this year’s Futures Game, Bell is having a monster season at High-A Bradenton, as he’s seemingly in line to receive a promotion to Double-A in the near future. The 21-year-old switch-hitter is currently riding a 16-game hitting streak during which he’s batting .467/.507/.750 with nine extra-base hits, 13 RBI and more walks (five) than strikeouts (three).
Braden Shipley, RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks
2014 Stats: 71.1 IP, 3.41 ERA, .252 BAA (4 HR), 21 BB, 75 K (12 GS)
Shipley, the No. 15 overall pick in the 2013 draft, has looked sharp in his four starts this month at High-A Visalia, working at least six innings with seven or more strikeouts in each outing. The 22-year-old right-hander is coming off his most dominant start of the season on Sunday, when he struck out 10 batters and scattered five hits over seven shutout innings.
Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates
2014 Stats: 55.2 IP, 1.62 ERA, .148 BAA, 32 BB, 61 K (11 GS)
Glasnow has been virtually untouchable over his last six starts with a 4-0 record, 0.28 ERA, .096 opponents’ batting average (10 total hits) and 43-12 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 32.2 innings.
Luis Severino, RHP, New York Yankees
2014 Stats: 72.1 IP, 2.99 ERA, .245 BAA (2 HR), 16 BB, 78 K (15 GS)
Severino, a 6’0”, 195-pound right-hander, is opening eyes this year in his first full season as a professional, as he’s already received a promotion to High-A after dominating older hitters over 14 starts in the South Atlantic League. If you’re interested in more information on the quick-armed right-hander, then I strongly suggest checking out this glowing scouting report by Mike Newman of ROTOscouting.
Though it’s not included in his above stat line, Severino turned in one of his better starts of the season on Wednesday with six strikeouts in six no-hit frames for High-A Tampa.
Raul Mondesi, SS, Kansas City Royals
2014 Stats: .236/.283/.330, 13 XBH, 12 RBI, 9 SB, 13 BB, 60 K (51 G)
Mondesi, 18, is one of the top up-the-middle prospects in the minor leagues, but the switch-hitter has struggled since the beginning of May with a .195/.219/.271 batting line and 37-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 31 games.
Rosell Herrera, SS, Colorado Rockies
2014 Stats: .270/.311/.336, 5 XBH (2 HR), 17 RBI, 4 SB, 9 BB, 25 K (35 G)
Herrera, who was selected to play for the World team in this year’s Futures Game, had a few big games in early June after coming off the disabled list, but the 21-year-old switch-hitter has been scuffling lately with a .080 batting average and no extra-base hits over his past seven games.