I tried doing a search and surprisingly I couldn't find one addressing breakouts globally. With about a week into the Minor League season, who are those players (hitters or pitchers) who are going to be climbing prospect charts this year? Could be guys low on prospect lists right now who will see significant rises (ala Liriano last year), or guys who seemingly no one's really ever heard of who will be known by all this time next year....I'll start with a few:
Nick Adenhart, SP ANA: coming off Tommy John Surgery, he was a first round talent selected late in the draft by the Angels in '04. Recovered now and looks to have regained his stuff from his pre surgery days and all he's doing right now is working on his control. In 2 appearances so far in the young season, the 19 year old has pitched 12 innings and given up 4 ER (3.00 ERA) with 4 BB and 11 K's. It wouldn't surprise me to see him being ranked as the Angels #1 pitching prospect this time next year, with or without Weaver still in the minors.
Tyler Lumsden, SP CHW: Another surgery victim and a 2004 draftee. Missed all of last year after having a bone spur removed. Looked great in ST, and so far in 2 appearances this year 9 K and 1 BB in 11 IP and has yet to allow a run. Always had great stuff, now he'll pop up on charts everywhere if he stays healthy.
Matt Garza, SP MIN: last years first round pick, Garza has been nothing short of dominant thus far in the early going. 2-0, 0.90 ERA, 14 K and 0 BB in 10 IP so far. Overshadowed by some of the more known Twins prospects, Garza is going to really explode this year.
Nolan Reimold, OF BAL: was a draft day bargain last year, as one of the better hitters available in the draft. this year so far hes hitting (.323/.400/.581) with 2 HR and 9:4 K:BB rate in 31 AB. factor in 3 SB already and we might be seeing a nice player develop before our eyes. He's going to rocket up charts if he keeps hitting.
Fernando Martinez, OF NYM: all hype right now but he's living up to it so far in the early going. I'm still not sure what his true birthdate is (MiLB.com has it listed as '88, other sites say hes only 17 yo), but for being in A ball he is more than holding his own thus far. He's so far hitting .325/.413/.550 with 1 HR and a 6:4 K/BB rate in 40 AB. He may be the biggest thing going in ML drafts next year, and considering hes at the same level as McCutcheon and Andrus (and both of those guys are going before Fernando in ML drafts this year), this may be your one and only shot to get him before the hype settles in.
Reid Brignac, SS TB: only 20 yo and hitting in the same level as Brandon Wood's breakout last year. I've seen 2 experts predicting breakout for him this year, and a lot of people are drawing comparisons to Wood now. I dont know if I agree with them, but hes certainly in the right league for it to happen. .361/.429/.667 with 3 HR, 13 RBI and a much improved 8/4 K/BB rate from last year. granted only 36 AB, but the California league will make his final numbers look great. Tampa could be in a nice dilemma trying to figure out what to do with him.
feel free to add your own
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