Rather than go over how much everyone sucks in the majors, let's look at some of the players that make up one of the deeper groups of prospects in major league baseball.
No longer on prospect lists since he made the squad, but I still want to point out a couple of things here. He continues to show flashes of power and is obviously good in the field. Striking out 1/3 of the time is awful though. And he's struck out in 7 of his last 20 ABs, so it's not like that ratio is decreasing. What is interesting though is that Hicks was a natural right handed hitter that has turned switch-hitter; which isn't all that unusual, but he's hitting much better from the right side than the left. (.257 vs .138) He's also hitting better without the pressure of leading off (.258) and a has a nice amount of extra base hits (12). It's still early and he dug himself a massive hole to get out of so I'd give him more time. In fact, there's really no problem with giving him the rest of the year since we all know it's a lost cause. If those splits don't improve though, I wouldn't mind if they considered making him a full time right handed hitter.
Let's look at players in the minors that are on Jesse Siegel and Nick Shlain's top 200 list.
#6 Byron Buxton, CF
We knew Buxton was a tools monster when he was drafted. What we're coming to learn is that he may be in the majors much sooner than initially expected. He showed power and speed in rookie ball in 2012, but hit just .216 in the Gulf Coast league after hitting .286 at Elizabethton. In 2013, Buxton is a house on fire. He's hitting 332/436/556 with 7 homers (23 xbhs) in 187 ABs. He has a somewhat high K rate at 17.1%, but he has an incredible 15.4% walk rate. He's also stolen 23 bases. He's also an elite type defender in the OF with great speed and that mid-90s fastball arm.
Check out this recent quote from former scout Bernie Pleskoff:
Remember the name. Write it down. He's only in Low-A now. He'll fly through the system, even if the Twins want to avoid rushing him. He has a lethal combination of power and speed. He has to cut down on strikeouts to be even more effective, but the man can play. He already has seven home runs and 37 RBI to complement his .316 batting average at Cedar Rapids. He is my third highest ranked outfield prospect behind only Taveras and Yelich.
Keith Law has him #2 overall behind just Taveras. "80 speed on the 20-80 scouting scale, a very quick bat, a plus arm, the potential for plus-plus defense in center -- is accompanied by more present baseball skill than I realized last spring. He's already 19, so a late-season promotion to high-A wouldn't be too aggressive if he continues to rake."
So, doing the way premature math, if he goes to high A ball this year and does well, we could see him in AA next year at 20 years old. Anything can happen from there. Here he is mashing a walk off grand slam:
#7 Miguel Sano, 3B
Sano is in High-A Fort Myers after spending all of last season in Low-A. Still, he's the youngest player in the Florida State league and is absolutely crushing it. Did you know Doug Mientkiewicz is managing the Fort Myers team? Me either until just right now. He has this to say about Sano, "I don't get the final word, but I think he is ready for Double-A." Miguel is hitting 343/437/657 with 13 homers (29 xbhs) in 181 ABs. He strikes out a tad more than 25% of the time, but he's showing huge power, so that might be acceptable. He also walks at a decent rate of 11.7%.
The biggest thing that could slow down Sano's rocketship to the majors is his defense. He's currently at 3B still although many have projected him to 1B or a corner OF spot eventually. He made 42 errors last season in 125 games at third, and so far this year he's made 11 errors in 49 games. So, he's shown some improvement at least, but he's certainly not major league ready there.
Fast forward to about 1:18 to watch Sano go yahtzee off of something called Jacob Partridge here:
|Gibson is kind of a "flat-brimmer", but I think he pulls it off.|
#94 Trevor May, SP
#212 Josmil Pinto, C