March 23, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Mason Williams (85) drives in a run in the seventh inning against the Minnesota Twins at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
Low-A is absolutely chock full of top prospects getting, in most cases, their first professional experience. Every other Wednesday I will be taking a look at the performance of some of the top prospects in both Low-A leagues, as well as some of the top performances of the previous two weeks. All stats are through the games of 4/16 (Monday), unless otherwise noted:
South Atlantic League
Dylan Bundy (BAL) - 9 IP, 15 K, 1 BB, 0 ER (includes Tuesday's start)
Bundy finally showed SOMETHING other than outs, as he walked a batter in his start last night. The calls for him to be moved up to High-A should continue, especially if he doesn't get challenged soon by the Low-A hitters. I will say that I would like to see him pitch more than 3 innings in a start soon.
Alen Hanson (PIT) - .392/.436/.784, 15 R, 6 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 4 SB, 4 BB, 11 K
Talk about some a crazy performance in the short time frame. Hanson has shown the speed before, but hasn't hit more than 2 homers in a season.
Gary Sanchez (NYY) - .385/.442/.487, 4 R, 4 2B, 4 RBI, 2 SB, 4 BB, 10 K
Sanchez is repeating the High-A level this year, and it sounds like at least part of the reason he is back is due to maturity concerns.
Brian Goodwin (WAS) - .375/.524/.813, 5 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 2 SB, 5 BB, 3 K
Goodwin is currently injured unfortunately, but he could be a steal for the Nationals at the 34th overall pick last season.
Mason Williams (NYY) - .327/..340/.490, 6 R, 4 2B, 2 3B, 3 RBI, 6 SB, 1 BB, 2 K
Trevor Story (COL) - .333/.432/.639, 9 R, 2 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 1 SB, 5 BB, 9 K
Jose Campos (NYY) - 3 W, 16 IP, 18 K, 4 BB, 1 ER (0.56 ERA), 5 H
The second player the Yankees received as a part of the Jesus Montero trade, Campos has been electric thus far, and I'll be interested to see if he can A) keep this up, and B) if he gets promoted to High-A by midseason. Either way he clearly is more than just a throw in at the back end of that trade.
Jose Fernandez (MIA) - 1 W, 11 IP, 18 K, 4 BB, 2 ER (1.64 ERA), 5 H
Matt Barnes (BOS) - 1 W, 10 IP, 16 K, 2 BB, 0 ER, 3 H
Miguel Sano (MIN) - .273/.442/.697, 5 R, 1 3B, 4 HR, 13 RBI, 1 SB, 9 BB, 12 K
Clearly, 12 strikeouts isn't the total we really want to see out of 33 at bats, but the power continues to show itself for the Twins' 3B prospect. Sano is one of the few prospects in the minors right now that gets an 80 grade power thrown around, and it will be interesting to see how it continues to translate. UPDATE: Sano actually hit his 5th home run of the season in Tuesday night's game.
Jorge Bonifacio (KC) - .410/.511/.590, 6 R, 4 2B, HR, 7 RBI, SB
Tyler Goeddel (TAM) - .371/.421/.629, 10 R, 3 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 2 SB
Craig wrote about Goeddel yesterday, and I honestly hadn't even heard the name prior to reading his piece. Definitely someone to keep an eye on this season.
Archie Bradley (ARI) - 16 IP, 22 K, 2 ER, 6 H, 6 BB
Noah Syndergaard (TOR) - 9 IP, 14 K, 0 ER, 7 H, 3 BB
Syndergaard and Bradley faced off against each other on Monday night, and both had very strong outings. Bradley threw 5 no-hit innings and struck out 8, and Syndergaard threw 3 innings, allowed 3 hits and struck out 6 batters. Wish I could have seen that one on MILB.tv.