So what's the story on this kid? He's been touted for a few years as a kid with a good bat. Monster power potential, but the question was, "Will he ever hit for good enough average to play every day?" Part of me feels like he is Wily Mo-esque, a comparison drawn from his pretty gaudy power numbers over his young MiLB career. Very raw when he signed, he's really developed the power and it seems like he may be finally be gaining an ability to control the strike zone - he showed a HUGE improvement in his ability to draw a walk last year, though his K-rate increased. This year, he's putting the ball in play at a much higher rate - on pace for a little under 100 Ks, which would be 40 less than last year. He K'ed at an alarming 32% last year, but has cut that rate by 33% - it's at just 21% now, which is certainly respectable for a power-hitting prospect. To make things better, he's walking in about 11.5% of his PAs, which is an above average walk rate. And he is doing all this at a young age at AAA. He won't turn 23 until July, so the question is - will Balentien start to appear on top 100 prospect sheets? I would expect he most definitely would. Where will he land? I feel like he could fall somewhere between 50-60 for the Mid-Season lists, but if he keeps it up and finishes as projected (.300, 25 homers, 20 steals, .900+ OPS, 65/95 BB/K), I would think he would have to earn consideration in the top third of the list. I feel like he's finally making those strides he needed to make at the plate, and he could end up being quite the player for the Mariners.
OF (x3): CarGo, M. Bourn, D. Jennings
UTIL (x2): E. Encarnacion, C. Hart
BN: Cuddyer, C. Ross, J. Montero
SP: Price, Gallardo, T. Hudson, Lester
RP: Chapman, Jansen, Rodney, Putz, Cishek, Bailey