With the weather starting to warm up across most of the minor leagues, we're starting to see some of these hitters get going a bit more than they were in April. Every other Wednesday I take a look at some of the top prospects in the Low-A leagues, and we could be looking at a number of top 10 and top 20 prospects at the end of the season. All stats are courtesy of Baseball Reference.
Francisco Lindor (CLE) - .312/.358/.475, 23 R, 5 2B, 3 3B, 4 HR, 17 RBI, 11 for 15 SB, 10 BB, 19 K
Lindor has been hitting better of late, and I'm wondering if by this time next month he will already be at High-A. There really has not been any question about his defense at shortstop, and if he continues to hit like this he may need a greater challenge.
Miguel Sano (MIN) - .293/.410/.639, 27 R, 9 2B, 2 3B, 11 HR, 35 RBI, 2 for 3 SB, 23 BB, 42 K
Sano is leading the league in home runs so far, and I'm guessing we could see record numbers from him. I believe the Twins will leave Sano down in Low-A for the entirety of the season, to allow him to work on his defense at 3B.
Eddie Rosario (MIN) - .289/.381/.467, 21 R, 13 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 21 RBI, 7 for 13 SB, 20 BB, 17 K
Rosario has not been atrocious in his transition to 2B thus far, as he has a .946 fielding percentage and only 8 errors in 147 chances. I'll be interested to see what the scouting reports are on Rosario's defense, as the numbers likely do not give us the full story so far.
Colin Walsh (STL) - .300/.425/.631, 29 R, 10 2B, 3 3B, 9 HR, 25 RBI, 1 for 1 SB, 26 BB, 23 K
Walsh is near the top of the leaderboards in nearly every offensive category thus far in the Midwest League. However, he is also 22 years old (average age in the league is 21.5), and this is also his third time playing in the Midwest League. I like seeing the production, but let's see the Cardinals move him up to the next level first before we really buy in.
Archie Bradley (ARI) - 5 W, 2.25 ERA, 40 IP, 14 H, 1 HR, 22 BB, 44 K
Bradley's walk total is a bit concerning, but there have already been signs of improvement, as he threw 5 innings on Monday night, allowing just 1 hit and 1 walk to go with 6 strikeouts. I have a feeling that the numbers will even themselves out as the season progresses.
Noah Syndergaard (TOR) - 3 W, 2.19 ERA, 24 2/3 IP, 23 H, 2 HR, 10 BB, 35 K
Syndergaard leads all starting pitchers in the Midwest League with a 12.8 K/9, and the Jays have been using him both as a starter and in relief (4 appearances).
Aaron Sanchez (TOR) - 4 W, 0.78 ERA, 23 IP, 8 H, 0 HR, 12 BB, 28 K
Sanchez has also been used in both starting and relief roles thus far, and I would imagine that he will be in Low-A for most of the season as he works on his control and his stamina.
South Atlantic League
Tyler Austin (NYY) - .298/.352/.695, 33 R, 11 2B, 4 3B, 11 HR, 31 RBI, 4 for 5 SB, 10 BB, 32 K
Austin is currently leading the Sally League in home runs, slugging, and OPS, and really seems to be forcing his way up top prospect lists. You can read about Austin a bit more here from Craig Goldstein.
Angelo Gumbs (NYY) - .269/.338/.378, 16 R, 5 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 15 RBI, 19 for 20 SB, 19 BB, 32 K
Gumbs was last week's hitter of the week for the Sally League, and is currently 2nd in the league in stolen bases behind Delino DeShields Jr.
Henry Owens (BOS) - 3 W, 4.91 ERA, 29 1/3 IP, 26 H, 3 HR, 21 BB, 47 K
Owens made his longest start of the season on Saturday, going 6 innings, striking out 8, walking 3, and allowing just 2 hits. He's walked at least 3 batters in his last 6 starts, but he has progressively been getting deeper into games since his first start of the season.
Jose Fernandez (MIA) - 4 W, 1.67 ERA, 43 IP, 27 H, 1 HR, 10 BB, 52 K
Fernandez is leading the league in strikeouts now, and has a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 5.2 so far. The Marlins may want to be aggressive with Fernandez and get him up to High-A relatively soon.
Dylan Bundy (BAL) - 25 IP, 4 H, 0 ER (2 R), 2 BB, 36 K
Bundy made his longest start of the season on Monday night, going 5 innings, allowing 2 hits, 1 unearned run, and 3 strikeouts. He's already almost 1/4 of the way to his expected innings limit, so we could be looking at him being shut down in early August.