MLB Prospects: Hottest Hitting Prospects at Every Minor League Level

Mike Rosenbaum@GoldenSombreroMLB Prospects Lead WriterAugust 2, 2012

MLB Prospects: Hottest Hitting Prospects at Every Minor League Level

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    Now that Major League Baseball’s trade deadline has come and gone, there will undoubtedly be several high-profile prospects who receive big-league promotions in the near future. In fact, late last night, it was announced that the Rangers’ highly-touted third base prospect, Mike Olt, will be recalled before Thursday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels.

    But as this crazy and hectic week winds down, it's time to once again look at some of the hottest hitters from each minor league level.

Triple-A

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    Khris Davis, OF, Milwaukee Brewers

    .462/.500/1.000, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 5 K/1 BB

    Smashed a home run in his first two games at Triple-A.

    Wil Myers, OF, Kansas City Royals

    .293/.375/.597, 36 XBH (20 HR), 62 RBI, 75 K/34 BB (68 G)

    Batted .274 in July, but is heating up again with five home runs and 13 RBI in his last five games.

    Didi Gregorius, SS, Cincinnati Reds

    .298/.318/.560, 11 XBH (5 HR), 12 RBI, 16 K/3 BB (20 G)

    Power surge has come out of nowhere since promotion to Triple-A.

    Jedd Gyorko, 2B/3B, San Diego Padres

    .343/.391/.596, 37 XBH (20 HR), 62 RBI, 44 K/24 BB (68 G)

    Expect to see him in San Diego come September

Double-A

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    Avisail Garcia, OF, Detroit Tigers

    .308/.357/.471, 9 XBH, 6 SB, 27 K/5 BB (20 G)

    Toolsy outfielder making huge strides this season.

    Brad Miller, SS, Seattle Mariners

    .400/.486/.633, 3 XBH, 5 K/5 BB (8 G)

    He may not offer much defensively, but he sure can hit.

    Jean Segura, SS, Milwaukee Brewers

    .300/.349/.410, 21 XBH (7 HR), 34 SB, 58 K/23 BB (98 G)

    He’s 7-for-16 since joining the Brewers.

    Evan Gattis, LF, Atlanta Braves

    .291/.356/.608, 13 XBH (5 HR), 12 K/7 BB (20 G)

    Finally back from disabled list with six hits in his first four games.

    Mike Olt, 3B, Texas Rangers

    .288/.398/.579, 46 XBH (28 HR), 82 RBI, 101 K/61 BB (95 G)

    Called up by the Rangers late Wednesday night.

    Billy Hamilton, SS, Cincinnati Reds

    .284/.392/.418, 5 XBH, 13 SB, 15 K/12 BB (20 G)

    One-hundred and seventeen stolen bases this season as he continues to chase Vince Coleman’s record.

High-A

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    Randall Grichuk, OF, Los Angeles Angels

    .281/.319/.457, 39 XBH (14 HR), 12 SB, 71 K/19 BB (104 G)

    Has 13 hits in last 10 games, including three home runs.

    Taylor Lindsey, 2B, Los Angeles Angels

    .299/.339/.425, 30 XBH (8 HR), 6 SB, 50 K/23 BB (103 G)

    Absolutely on fire over the last 10 games: 21-for-41 (.512) with 15 runs scored and four home runs.

    George Springer, OF, Houston Astros

    .327/.411/.572, 38 XBH (21 HR), 78 RBI, 27 SB, 118 K/55 BB (100 G)

    Officially in the 20-20 club; could he go for 30-30?

    Trayce Thompson, OF, Chicago White Sox

    .240/.314/.479, 51 XBH (21 HR), 81 RBI, 17 SB, 136 K/43 BB (106 G)

    Tons of raw power, but also tons of strikeouts; a .976 OPS over the last 10 games.

    Jack Marder, C, Seattle Mariners

    .386/.449/.614, 34 XBH (9 HR), 52 RBI, 15 SB, 35 K/20 BB (56 G)

    Batting .472/.592/.778 with 17 H (8 XBH) over last 10 games.

Low-A

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    Javier Baez, SS, Chicago Cubs

    .337/.388/.983, 26 XBH (11 HR), 19 SB, 46 K/9 BB (55 G)

    Not going to draw many walks, but consistently drives the ball all over the field.

    Eddie Rosario, 2B/OF, Minnesota Twins

    .305/.370/.494, 31 XBH (22 2B), 9 SB, 39 K/27 BB (64 G)

    First two games back from disabled list: 6-for-10, 3 XBH, 3 RBI.

    Stephen Piscotty, 3B, St. Louis Cardinals

    .309/.387/.457, 12 XBH (11 2B), 12 K/9 BB (25 G)

    Not a lot of power, but solid plate discipline has led to early success.

    Matt Skole, 3B, Washington Nationals

    .288/.441/.564, 40 XBH (23 HR), 80 RBI, 105 K/87 BB (92 G)

    Having an absolutely beastly season for Hagerstown.

    Dustin Lawley, OF, New York Mets

    .281/.360/.469, 45 XBH (13 HR), 12 SB, 88 K/45 BB (103 G)

    Last 10 games: .371/.463/.714, 6 XBH, 13 RBI.

Class-A Short Season

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    Brandon Nimmo, OF, New York Mets

    .258/.377/.409, 17 XBH, 47 K/27 BB (42 G)

    Last four games: 10-for-19, 6 R, 3 2B.

    Dan Vogelbach, 1B, Chicago Cubs

    .331/.392/.662, 26 XBH (8 HR), 36 RBI, 20 K/14 BB (32 G)

    He’s a professional hitter, folks.

    Andrew Aplin, OF, Houston Astros

    .367/.464/.561, 15 XBH, 17 SB, 18 K/22 BB (38 G)

    Impressive professional debut; 15 hits in last 10 games.

    Mike Zunino, C, Seattle Mariners

    .333/.443/.682, 11 XBH (6 HR), 15 K/9 BB (18 G)

    Third-overall pick has 22 hits (six HR) in first 18 games; expect a promotion in the near future.

Rookie

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    Nick Williams, OF, Texas Rangers

    .348/.419/.487, 11 XBH, 11 SB, 28 K/12 BB (27 G)

    Flashing impressive gap power and speed in professional debut.

    David Dahl, OF, Colorado Rockies

    .369/.489/.767, 19 XBH (4 HR), 31 RBI, 8 SB, 21 K/13 BB (37 G)

    Bat is more advanced than scouts expected; he's hit safely is his last 10 games: .465/.489/.767, 6 XBH, 13 RBI.

    Addison Russell, SS, Oakland Athletics

    .415/.488/.717, 15 XBH (6 HR), 29 RBI, 9 SB, 23 K/14 BB (26 G)

    Was just promoted to Class-A Short Season.

    Seth Mejias-Breen, 3B, Cincinnati Reds

    .378/.441/.644, 13 XBH, 25 RBI, 8 K/11 BB (23 G)

    Has quickly proven to be too advanced for Pioneer League.

    Joey Gallo, 3B, Texas Rangers

    .321/.459/.795, 24 XBH (14 HR), 36 RBI, 36 K/29 BB (33 G)

    Continues to post absolutely gaudy power numbers in professional debut.

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