July 9, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; World team pitcher Jose Fernandez (16) delivers a pitch in the second inning of the 2012 All Star Futures Game at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE
There's less than a week to go in the regular minor league season, and with that this will be the final minor league level review of the season for the High-A leagues. But fear not, as the minor league coverage will continue here at Fake Teams throughout the offseason as well. We hope to have more specifics on what that will entail in the coming weeks, but if you have things you'd like to see, definitely let us know!
C.J. Cron (LAA) - Cron is now up to .293/.327/.516 on the season with 27 home runs and 120 runs driven in. He's going to have to keep this up next season in AA since he is a first base only prospect, but there seems to be every indication that it is possible he might. I think he ends up as more of a trade chip for the Angels since they have some other dude locked into 1B for a while.
Nick Tropeano (HOU) - Tropeano has really emerged as a solid pitching prospect this season, and after a promotion to High-A, has notched 62 strikeouts against 19 walks in his 64 2/3 innings at the level.
Alex Meyer (WAS) - Meyer was promoted to High-A not that long ago either, and I'm curious if he will start 2013 at AA. So far in High-A this season he has a 32/11 K/BB rate in 39 IP.
Jose Fernandez (MIA) - Fernandez has been a huge jumper on prospect rankings during the season, and he's done nothing to slow that down in High-A: 56/13 K/BB in 50 IP, and a 2.16 ERA in 10 starts overall. He'll likely be a target for me in minor league drafts this offseason.
Joe Panik (SF) - Panik was the Giants' top draft pick in 2011, and while he has been solid, I'm a bit disappointed in the numbers from him in the Cal League. He has shown an excellent batting eye (57 BB to 52 K), but he looks more and more like he will be a better real-life prospect than fantasy one.
Delino DeShields Jr (HOU) - If only there weren't some guy breaking all these stolen base records, we would probably be talking more about DeShields. In 17 games with Lancaster, he has 14 stolen bases, which brings him to 97 on the year. He's practically a lock to get over 100, and it has definitely been a great year for the 2B prospect.
Michael Wacha (STL) - The only 2012 draftee in this week's post, Wacha has posted a 16/1 K/BB rate in just 8 innings pitched for Jupiter so far. Definitely someone to keep an eye on at this point.
Matt Barnes (BOS) - Barnes seems like a lock to me to start the season at AA in 2013, as he has continued his excellent performance with Salem: 91/24 K/BB in 90 IP (19 starts).