Val Pascucci, OF, Expos. Pascucci has always shown the ability to hit for power, but last season he finally combined that with excellent plate discipline. He hit .289 with 15 home runs and 85 RBIs while playing in the corner outfield spot opposite fellow prospect Terrmel Sledge.
Sledge got the first crack in Montreal, but it hasn't gone so well. (Check that .079 average.) Sledge's struggles should open the door for Pascucci. One of the hottest hitters in the minors right now, Pascucci is hitting .319 with five home runs and 18 RBIs. To put that in perspective, take away Jose Vidro and Orlando Cabrera, and Pascucci has matched the home run and RBI production of the entire Expos team. While his high strikeout total - 132 last year - will always be troublesome, he balances it with a high number of walks. Don't forget the power numbers few in Montreal can match. Pascucci will be up by June, but don't be surprised if he gets a look much sooner. (EDITOR'S NOTE: Perhaps the Expos were reading; Pascucci was called up Monday evening.)