HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 26: Infieler Nolan Fontana of the Houston Texans, who was selected by Houston in the second round of the 2012 MLB First Year Player Draft, is introduced during a press conference at Minute Maid Park on June 26, 2012 in Houston, Texas. Fontana is flanked by Bobby Heck, Asst. General Manager, left, and Jeff Luhnow, Houston Astros General Manager. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
With the Futures Game behind us, we're starting to get into the home stretch for a number of the full-season leagues, and really getting some good numbers out of the prospects in the short-season leagues.
Full Season Low-A: Midwest League
Francisco Lindor (CLE) - Lindor appeared in the Futures Game on Sunday, and had a hit in his only plate appearance for the World team.
Miguel Sano (MIN) - Sano is up to 18 home runs and 59 RBI on the season, but also has hit the century mark for strikeouts in just 294 at bats. He's still extremely raw, but the power is definitely legit.
Aaron Sanchez (TOR) - Sanchez just keeps pitching well for Lansing, as he is now 8-0 with a 0.72 ERA and 70 strikeouts in just 62+ innings. He has walked 34 batters, but has also managed to allow just 30 hits in total at this point.
Justin Nicolino (TOR) - Nicolino had a rough start his last time out, but overall on the season has been excellent: 2.32 ERA, 66 K, 13 BB in 66 IP. Nicolino doesn't quite have the upside that some of his Lansing teammates do, but he seems very likely to be a solid starting pitcher in the Majors.
Javier Baez (CHC) - Baez has raised his slash line to .310/.379/.508 with 6 home runs, but is still a bit rough with his eye so far (6 BB, 30 K in 126 AB).
Full Season Low-A: South Atlantic League
Kyle Crick (SF) - Another pitching prospect out of the Giants' system, Crick has been better as the season has gone on, with 59 K against 29 walks in 48 2/3 innings pitched (his last 10 starts).
Nolan Fontana (HOU) - Fontana has already debuted this year at Low-A, despite being a draftee this June. He's only played in 4 games so far, but is hitting .417/.667/.500 in that small sample.
Delino DeShields Jr (HOU) - Very quietly behind Billy Hamilton, DeShields is 2nd in the minors in stolen bases with 62 in 83 games.
Short Season Low-A: New York-Penn League
Taylor Guerrieri (TAM) - Guerrieri has made 3 starts in the NYPL so far, and has an excellent 14/1 K/BB rate. He did only go 3 innings in his last start, but I'm not aware if there was a reason for that or not.
Justin O'Conner (TAM) - Through 20 games, O'Conner is slugging .518 from behind the plate for Hudson Valley.
Luis Heredia (PIT) - Considered to have the upside of a #1 starter, Heredia has 14 strikeouts and 3 walks so far in 19 innings pitched. And he won't be 18 until next month.
Short Season Low-A: Northwest League
Victor Sanchez (SEA) - One of my personal favorite prospects right now, Sanchez went 8 innings in his last start, striking out 5 and allowing 2 runs. I really like what I'm seeing so far, and can't wait to read more reports about him.
Short Season Rookie: Appalachian League
Travis Harrison (MIN) - Harrison has been on a tear so far, hitting. 371/.457/.557 with 3 home runs, 10 walks, and 9 strikeouts in 18 games for Elizabethton.
Bubba Starling (KC) - Starling has been solid so far, hitting .289/.449/.553 in just 10 games. He also has 2 home runs, 10 RBI, and a stolen base.
Oscar Hernandez (TAM) - Hernandez may be the player on my catcher rankings that I most underrated. 19 years old yesterday, Hernandez is considered an excellent defender, and the bat has been better this year as well. So far, he's hitting .281/.382/.526 with 2 home runs in 17 games.
Short Season Rookie: Arizona League
Lewis Brinson (TEX) - Brinson is slugging .620 so far in the AZL, including 8 doubles, 5 triples, and 2 home runs. There's a decent amount of swing-and-miss though (7 BB, 24 K) so far.
Addison Russell (OAK) - In 11 games, Russell is hitting .457/.612/.686 with a home run and 6 stolen bases. He's hit safely in 8 of his 10 games so far, and 6 of them have been multi-hit games.
Dan Vogelbach (CHC) - Vogelbach made his professional debut this year in the AZL, and is hitting .339/.391/.629 with 3 home runs and 16 RBI in just 14 games.
Michael Ynoa (OAK) - Yes, there has been a Michael Ynoa sighting. Now 20 years old, Ynoa has pitched an inning in two different games so far this year. Just the friendly reminder of how far away international free agents usually are.
Short Season Rookie: Gulf Coast League
Carlos Correa (HOU) - Correa has struggled so far, hitting just .169 on the season and just 4 walks against 15 strikeouts in 65 at bats as a professional. It's early still though.
Byron Buxton (MIN) - Buxton isn't faring any better, as he is hitting .156/.240/.244 in 45 at bats.
Short Season Rookie: Pioneer League
David Dahl (COL) - Dahl is hitting .329/.412/.548 with a home run, 6 stolen bases, and a 10/8 BB/K rate so far.
Adalberto Mondesi (KCR) - The son of former Dodgers' outfielder Raul Mondesi, Adalberto won't turn 17 until the end of the month, but is still hitting .310/.375/.431 with 5 stolen bases and a home run so far for Idaho Falls.