There are plenty of new names to watch out for in this edition of The Farm Report.
We’ve even got some thoughts on when the in-season trading period will begin, and it is a lot sooner than you might think.
As always, I’ve also listed which prospects are ready for the big leagues, which are getting hot, and which are falling back.
With Grady Sizemore going on the disabled list and the Indians desperate for offensive production, Shelley Duncan has been promoted to the parent club. Duncan was a productive farmhand for the Yankees the past nine years but has never had more than 74 at-bats in a major league season.
He provides big power potential, however, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see him go on a homer-happy tear sometime soon. Duncan will benefit from being out of New York and in a place where he has a legitimate chance to earn more playing time with good performances.
Don’t look now but former Cuban home run champ Dayan Viciedo has caught fire for the Chicago White Sox AAA Charlotte Knights. Originally a 3B, the team is now grooming him to be the heir apparent to 1B Paul Konerko, who will surely leave in free agency after this year.
The White Sox are nearing a major housecleaning unless they go on a long winning streak very, very soon. General manager Kenny Williams is very aggressive in the trade market and will likely unload much of the White Sox's aging roster and do so much earlier than the rest of the league would expect.
Look for Viciedo, Tyler Flowers, Jordan Danks, and Daniel Hudson to be called up around July 1 to coordinate with the fire sale that will take place on the south side of Chicago.
This may finally be the year that Jesus Feliciano makes it to the major leagues. Feliciano has been grinding it out in the minor leagues for 13 seasons and for four organizations. The diminutive outfielder isn’t quite the speedy base stealer he was when he was a top prospect in the Dodgers organization, but he’s a lot smarter and more disciplined at the plate these days.
Feliciano has been on a tear ever since the end of last season and carried it over to the Puerto Rican Winter League, where he won the MVP, and the Caribbean Series, where he was an All-Star. He has become more patient at the plate and also has mastered the art of using his speed to get on base.
The Mets lineup is hurting right now and could definitely use a solid contact hitter getting on base at the top to allow the rest of the big boppers to concentrate on getting those people home. Watch for Feliciano to pop up sometime soon in the Mets outfield and finally make all his years of hard work pay off.
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1) Stephen Strasburg – RHP – Washington Nationals
2) Carlos Santana – Catcher – Cleveland Indians
3) Buster Posey – Catcher – San Francisco Giants
4) John Lindsey – 1B – Los Angeles Dodgers
5) Chris Iannetta – Catcher – Colorado Rockies
1) Madison Bumgarner – LHP – San Francisco Giants
2) Jesus Feliciano – OF – New York Mets
3) Eric Hacker – RHP – San Francisco Giants
4) Luis Durango – OF – San Diego Padres
5) Eduardo Nunez – SS – New York Yankees
1) Matt Dominguez – 3B – Florida Marlins
2) Bryan Augenstein – RHP – Arizona
3) Wilkin Ramirez – OF – Detroit Tigers
4) Mike Carp – 1B – Seattle Mariners
5) Jeff Larish – 1B Detroit Tigers
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