Wil Myers, Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals)
Myers has been a top prospect for the Royals for some time now, and this year has certainly proven to be his coming out party.
We have always known the tools have been there, but they’ve been on full display in 2012.
He has yet to play for Omaha, as he was called up just Wednesday, but his numbers at Northwest Arkansas (AA) were overly impressive.
.343/13/30 to go along with 4 SB isn’t so shabby, is it?
The kid is for real, and it looks as though last year’s struggles are a thing of the past.
He’ll play the whole year at just 21 years old, and is likely ticketed for a cup of coffee in Kauffman this September.
Keep an eye out for him.
Anthony Rizzo, Iowa Cubs (Cubs)
Rizzo’s numbers are even more eye-popping than Myers’.
He’s currently at .359/13/37, and he’s showing off the potential that has led to his hype.
He currently has a Bryan LaHair problem in front of him, which may lead him to getting fine-tuning through the year in Iowa.
Still, if anything were to happen to LaHair, the Cubs will have no problem bringing Rizzo up.
I still have my doubts about his long term projections, but he’s someone who certainly will be able to help if necessary.
Nathan Freiman, San Antonio Missions (Padres)
I’m going to be completely honest here, I had no idea who Freiman was until a couple of weeks ago.
After going through his minor league stats, it appears that this kid can hit, and hit well.
He’s currently at .320/14/38, and the power is certainly not a fluke, having hit 22 HR last year.
He’s a big, big man at 6’7”, which can indeed cause some issues as he rises through the levels, not being able to handle inside pitches or fastballs up.
However, his K rate is fine right now, and he’s been making his way on base with an OPS of 1.053.
I’m not saying anything about this guy other than that he’s a name to watch.
I’ll be watching him more closely myself.
Danny Hultzen, Mobile Baybears (Mariners)
Part of an absolutely dynamic Baybears pitching staff, Hultzen has certainly lived up to the hype of being the second overall pick in last year’s draft.
3-3 with a 1.91 ERA, Hultzen has only given up 17H in 37+ IP.
However, like many of the top pitchers that are in AA right now (Bauer, Paxton, etc) he’s walking too many guys (23).
Once he gets his command on track, you’re looking at an impact arm to add to your roster….likely sometime in August.
George Springer, Lancaster Jethawks (Astros)
A first round pick last year out of the University of Connecticut, Springer possesses the kind of 5-tool skill set that both scouts and fantasy owners drool over.
Springer is currently hitting .313 with 8HR and 32 RBI, while having an accompanying 8 SB.
He has not played in a few games after getting hit by a pitch in the hand, but the tools are there and evident once he comes back. He played in a doubleheader the day before being hit by the pitch, and homered four times in that doubleheader.
This kid has pop, speed, and athleticism.
If he can harness is K rate (an alarming 44 K in 147 PA already), he has elite potential.
Jose Fernandez, Greensboro Grasshoppers (Marlins)
The 14th overall selection of last year’s draft is absolutely dominating his first taste of full-season baseball.
He’s struck out 55 batters in 47 IP, which is no small feat for a 19 year old.
He’s also only allowed 33H, and walked an impressive 12.
If he keeps this up, the Marlins will need to challenge him a bit by sending him to Jupiter in the Florida State League.
I’d look for that promotion near the end of June, and a likely promotion to AA to start next year….as long as this streak continues.
This kid is one deeper dynasty owners truly need to monitor.