Mar. 11, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Alex Castellanos (76) throws out Chicago Cubs center fielder Brett Jackson (59) during the seventh inning at Camelback Ranch. Dodgers won 5-0. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE
Every Sunday I will be taking a look at some of the top prospects and top performers at the AAA level. Right now it's becoming extremely clear that there are a lot more "top prospects" in the PCL to take a look at, and even a few of them could be headed up to the Big Leagues shortly.
Pacific Coast League
Alex Castellanos (LAD) - .366/.477/.746, 18 R, 7 2B, 4 3B, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 7 for 9 SB, 12 BB, 17 K
The Dodgers have moved Castellanos to 2B, and Kevin Goldstein is encouraged by his performance thus far at the position. Take the numbers with a grain of salt as usual, but it's encouraging that there may be someone to take over at 2B long-term for the Dodgers.
Yasmani Grandal (SD) - .361/.500/.583, 9 R, 2 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 10 BB, 7 K
Grandal missed time early in the season with an injury, but he has been crushing the ball (including a 3 hit game on Friday night).
Anthony Rizzo (CHC) - ..373/.418/.627, 18 R, 5 2B, 7 HR, 24 RBi, 1 for 2 SB, 7 BB, 21 K
Rizzo continues to hit (.378 in his last 10 games), but so does Bryan LaHair for the big club.
Leonys Martin (TEX) - .347/.423/.520, 13 R, 8 2B, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 7 for 13 SB, 12 BB, 16 K
Shelby Miller (STL) - 3 W, 5.09 ERA, 23 IP, 30 H, 5 HR, 12 BB, 29 K
Miller is leading all starting pitchers in the PCL with an 11.3 K/9, but the home run totals are a bit concerning this early in the year. But it is the PCL still.
Brad Peacock (OAK) - 3 W, 3.24 ERA, 33 1/3 IP, 31 H, 2 HR, 13 BB, 32 K
If Tyson Ross continues to struggle in his starts, I could see Peacock being the next pitcher called up from Sacramento.
Mike Montgomery (KC) - 2 W, 4.55 ERA, 27 2/3 IP, 32 H, 2 HR, 11 BB, 21 K
Starling Marte (PIT) - .262/.325/.439, 18 R, 7 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 9 for 11 SB, 7 BB, 25 K
Marte is currently 3rd in the IL in stolen bases, but has stolen just 1 in his last 10 games, and is hitting .250 in that span.
Tyler Moore (WAS) - .286/.364/.597, 10 R, 3 2B, 7 HR, 20 RBI, 10 BB, 20 K
Jordan Danks (CHW) - .292/.404/.472, 12 R, 5 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 13 RBI, 3 for 4 SB, 18 BB, 26 K
Surprisingly, there is a player in the White Sox system that might actually turn into a usable piece for them at some point. I don't see him necessarily doing a ton for fantasy owners, but he could be up at some point during the season.
Casey Crosby (DET) - 3 W, 4.56 ERA, 23 2/3 IP, 24 H, 2 HR, 17 BB, 25 K
Alex Cobb (TAM) - 1 W, 3.38 ERA, 34 2/3 IP, 36 H, 1 HR, 12 BB, 32 K
Cobb could be the most likely call if the Rays need a starter or a long reliever for some reason, but I think they are pretty well set at this point in the season.