MLB Prospects: Hottest Hitting Prospects at Every Minor League Level

Mike Rosenbaum@GoldenSombreroMLB Prospects Lead WriterSeptember 4, 2012

MLB Prospects: Hottest Hitting Prospects at Every Minor League Level

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    Throughout minor league baseball, the week following Labor Day signifies the start of the 2012 postseason. For most levels, including Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A, the playoff schedule begins on either Sept. 4 or 5. The playoffs for Class-A Short Season began on Monday while the rookie level affiliates begin on Friday, Sept. 7.

    Therefore, the stats for the upper-level prospects contained within this final regular season edition of the “Hottest Hitters at Every Minor League Level,” are final. Moving forward, all playoff statistics will be noted as such.

    Thank you to everyone who has made this series a staple in my weekly work. I’ve enjoyed tracking the development of the game’s top prospects all season, and I only hope I’ve made it equally enjoyable for every reader.

Triple-A

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    Wil Myers, OF, Kansas City Royals: .314/.387/.600, 164 H, 69 XBH (37 HR), 109 RBI, 140 K/61 BB (134 G)

    Myers finishes his tremendous 2012 season with the second-highest home run total in the minors.

    Khris Davis, OF, Milwaukee Brewers: .350/.451/.604, 36 XBH (15 HR), 52 RBI, 67 K/42 BB (82 G)

    Davis has raked his way towards a potential September call-up.

    Adam Eaton, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks: .375/.456/.523, 130 R, 198 H, 59 XBH (47 2B), 44 SB, 76 K/59 BB (130 G)

    Was recently named both the Pacific Coast League’s rookie of the year and most valuable player.

    Jedd Gyorko, 2B, San Diego Padres: .311/.373/.547, 58 XBH (30 HR), 100 RBI, 95 K/51 BB (126 G)

    Looks like he’ll have to wait until mid-September for a call-up.

Double-A

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    Darin Ruf, 1B, Philadelphia Phillies: .317/.408/.620, 61 XBH (38 HR), 104 RBI, 102 K/65 BB (139 G)

    Finishes the regular season as the minor league home run leader with 38.

    Billy Hamilton, SS, Cincinnati Reds: .311/.410/.420, 112 R, 159 H, 38 XBH (14 3B), 155 SB, 37 CS, 113 K/86 BB (132 G)

    Hamilton finishes his record-setting season with 155 stolen bases.

    Tyler Austin, OF, New York Yankees: .322/.400/.559, 58 XBH (17 HR), 80 RBI, 23 SB, 98 K/51 BB (110 G)

    Was promoted to Double-A for Trenton’s playoff run.

    Wilmer Flores, 3B, New York Mets: .300/.349/.479, 50 XBH (18 HR), 75 RBI, 60 K/38 BB (130 G)

    It’s taken some time, but the 20-year-old’s power has finally arrived.

    Oscar Taveras, OF, St. Louis Cardinals: .321/.380/.572, 67 XBH (23 HR), 94 RBI, 10 SB, 56 K/42 BB (124 G)

    Recent rumors have him in St. Louis by the end of the year.

    Oswaldo Arcia, OF, Minnesota Twins: .320/.388/.539, 51 XBH (17 HR), 98 RBI, 107 K/51 BB (124 G)

    Arcia’s already on the 40-man roster and considering the Twins were willing to promote Joe Benson last season, I think we’ll see him later this month.

    Mike Zunino, C, Seattle Mariners: .360/.447/.689, 27 XBH (13 HR), 43 RBI, 33 K/23 BB (44 G)

    No. 3 overall pick in this year’s draft batted .333/.386/.588 with seven extra-base hits in 15 games following promotion to Double-A.

    Hunter Morris, 1B, Milwaukee Brewers: .303/.357/.563, 74 XBH (28 HR), 113 RBI, 117 K/40 BB (136 G)

    His big-time, left-handed power could earn him a crack at first base in the majors.

    Xander Bogaerts, SS, Boston Red Sox: .307/.373/.523, 60 XBH (20 HR), 81 RBI, 106 K/44 BB (127 G)

    Thrived following promotion to Double-A, batting .326/.351/.598 with five home runs but only one walk in 23 games.

High-A

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    Yasel Puig, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers: .354/.442/.634, 10 XBH (5 HR), 15 RBI, 8 SB, 15 K/12 BB (23 G)

    Batted .327/.407/.423 with three extra-base hits following aggressive promotion from Arizona rookie-level to High-A.

    Kyle Parker, OF, Colorado Rockies: .308/.415/.562, 47 XBH (23 HR), 73 RBI, 88 K/66 BB (102 G)

    Finally showing the consistent power and plate discipline that made him a first-rounder in 2010.

    Domingo Santana, OF, Houston Astros: .302/.385/.536, 55 XBH (23 HR), 97 RBI, 148 K/55 BB (119 G)

    6’5” outfielder has loads of natural talent but needs to cut down on the strikeouts.

    Joc Pederson, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers: .313/.396/.516, 48 XBH (18 HR), 70 RBI, 26 SB, 81 K/51 BB (110 G)

    Will likely enter the 2013 season as the Dodgers’ top position prospect.

    Joe Panik, SS, San Francisco Giants: .297/.368/.402, 38 XBH (27 2B), 76 RBI, 10 SB, 54 K/58 BB (130 G)

    After posting a .702 OPS before the All-Star break, he rebounded to bat .337/.400/.438 over the remainder of the season.

    Adam Duvall, 3B, San Francisco Giants: .258/.327/.487, 58 XBH (30 HR), 100 RBI, 116 K/47 BB (134 G)

    His 30th bomb also yielded his 100th RBI.

Low-A

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    Addison Russell, SS, Oakland Athletics: .369/.432/.594, 26 XBH (7 HR), 45 RBI, 16 SB, 48 K/23 BB (55 G)

    In his first professional season, the 2012 first-rounder has hit at three different levels, including .310/.369/.448 in 16 games at Low-A.

    Miguel Sano, 3B, Minnesota Twins: .258/.373/.521, 50 XBH (28 HR), 100 RBI, 144 K/80 BB (129 G)

    Arguably the game’s top power prospect finishes the season as the Midwest League home run leader.

    Alen Hanson, SS, Pittsburgh Pirates: .309/.381/.528, 62 XBH (16 HR), 62 RBI, 35 SB, 105 K/55 BB (124 G)

    One of the more impressive seasons from the one of the minor league’s top breakout prospects.

    Gregory Polanco, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates: .325/.388/.522, 48 XBH (16 HR), 85 RBI, 40 SB, 64 K/44 BB (116 G)

    Like Hanson, Polanco has offered a healthy sample of his potential this season.

    Jorge Soler, OF, Chicago Cubs: .299/.369/.463, 12 XBH (5 HR), 25 RBI, 12 SB, 19 K/12 BB (34 G)

    Has batted .338/.369/.463 with eight extra-base hits and four stolen bases since promotion to Low-A.

Class-A Short Season

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    Joey Gallo, 3B, Texas Rangers: .272/.412/.660, 35 XBH (22 HR), 52 RBI, 78 K/48 BB (59 G)

    After setting the Arizona League home run record, the left-handed slugger finishes the season with 22 home runs.

    Mac Williamson, OF, San Francisco Giants: .321/.375/.588, 17 XBH (9 HR), 32 RBI, 24 K/8 BB (33 G)

    6’4”, 240-pound outfielder has an abundance of raw power.

    Dan Vogelbach, 1B, Chicago Cubs: .322/.410/.641, 41 XBH (17 HR), 62 RBI, 48 K/35 BB (61 G)

    Has batted .322/.423/.608 with 20 extra-base hits (10 home runs) in 37 games.

    Roman Quinn, OF, Philadelphia Phillies: .285/.369/.415, 21 XBH (11 3B), 29 SB, 58 K/27 BB (64 G)

    One of the fastest prospects in the lower-minors is already closing the gap between his impressive athleticism and steadily-improving baseball skills.

    Dorssys Paulino, SS, Cleveland Indians: .333/.382/.563, 31 XBH (7 HR), 38 RBI, 11 SB, 42 K/18 BB (54 G)

    The 17-year-old has posted a .702 OPS in 13 games since the promotion to Class-A Short Season.

Rookie

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    David Dahl, OF, Colorado Rockies: .373/.419/.601, 103 H, 39 XBH (10 3B), 55 RBI, 12 SB, 41 K/21 BB (66 G)

    Appalachian League player of the year recorded 103 hits in only 66 games; finished by posting a 1.048 OPS (his best month of the season) in August.

    Jake Lamb, 3B, Arizona Diamondbacks: .330/.389/.546, 36 XBH (9 HR), 56 RBI, 8 SB, 50 K/23 BB (65 G)

    The early return on 2012 sixth-rounder has been impressive.

    Jesse Winker, OF, Cincinnati Reds: .333/.443/.489, 23 XBH (16 2B), 48 K/40 BB (60 G)

    Just turned 19 and possesses plate discipline beyond his years.

    Stryker Trahan, C, Arizona Diamondbacks: .281/.422/.473, 19 XBH (5 HR), 25 RBI, 8 SB, 48 K/40 BB (49 G)

    His potential at the plate has been as advertised, however his defense lags well behind: 11 errors, 18 passed balls, 24% caught-stealing rate.

    Corey Seager, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers: .319/.386/.524, 18 XBH (7 HR), 32 RBI, 8 SB, 31 K/18 BB (43 G)

    The left-handed hitter posted a 1.094 OPS in 32 at-bats against southpaws.

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