Josh Phegley, C, Chicago White Sox
72 AB, .389/.413/.542, 8 XBH, 45 TB, 8 K/17 BB
The 2009 first-rounder has steadily improved every season; showing advanced plate discipline.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, Boston Red Sox
89 AB, .348/.396/.708, 13 XBH, 27 RBI, 63 TB, 18 K/7 BB
He’ll clearly keep hitting, but that doesn’t mean the Red Sox will make room for him.
Alex Castellanos, 3B, Los Angeles Dodgers
71 AB, .366/.477/.746, 15 XBH, 7 SB, 17 K/7 BB
A versatile ballplayer, he may be the Dodgers’ utility man—with occasional starts—by the All-Star break.
Michael Taylor, OF, Oakland Athletics
86 AB, .360/.387/.558, 13 XBH, 18 RBI, 5 SB, 11 K/4 BB
Has 15 hits in last 10 games, but is in the wrong organization to be a big-league ready outfielder.
Travis d’Arnaud, C, Toronto Blue Jays
80 AB, .263/.341/.413, 8 XBH, 11 RBI, 16 K/8 BB
After an incredibly slow start, d’Arnaud’s bat has come alive as he’s now riding a nine-game hitting streak.
Jared Mitchell, OF, Chicago White Sox
82 AB, .341/.471/.561, 11 XBH, 20 RBI, 6 SB, 21 K/19 BB
One of the great stories in the minors this season, Mitchell is leading the league with a 1.032 OPS.
Matt Davidson, 3B, Arizona Diamondbacks
91 AB, .330/.450/.549, 12 XBH, 13 RBI, 21 K/16 BB
Davidson continues to show a refined approach at the plate in his first season at Double-A.
Wil Myers, OF, Kansas City Royals
79 AB, .354/.414/.681, 14 XBH, 24 K/7 BB
Myers' power is back and perhaps better than ever; don’t be overly concerned with his strikeout rate.
Oscar Taveras, OF, St. Louis Cardinals
91 AB, .330/.358/.659, 16 XBH, 13 K/3 BB
He’s not going to draw many walks, but Taveras is a pure hitter and is proving it at Double-A.
Jonathan Singleton, 1B, Houston Astros
80 AB, .350/.435/.600, 12 XBH, 16 K/12 BB
Singleton putting together a promising rebound season, including a recent extra-base hit binge.
Nathan Freiman, 1B, San Diego Padres
88 AB, .318/.375/.716, 15 XBH, 20 RBI, 15 K/4 BB
The 6’7” slugger is leading the Texas League in home runs (10), total bases (63), and slugging percentage (.716).
Billy Hamilton, SS, Cincinnati Reds
88 AB, .398/.481/.591, 24 R, 11 XBH, 29 SB, 18 K/14 BB
Turning in a spectacular season and is on base to easily surpass his 103 stolen base mark from 2011. Emerging as one of the top prospects in baseball.
Evan Gattis, C, Atlanta Braves
78 AB, .385/.468/.821, 16 XBH, 29 RBI, 12 K/10 BB
Gattis' production garnered a well deserved promotion to Double-A. I'm a believer in his bat.
Tommy La Stella, 2B, Atlanta Braves
58 AB, .362/.480/.603, 9 XBH, 20 RBI, 6 SB, 2 K/11 BB
The left-handed hitter is off a hot start after batting .328/.401/.543 at Low-A last season. Potential top-of-the-order bat.
Jackie Bradley, Jr., OF, Boston Red Sox
73 AB, .370/.479/.493, 8 XBH, 16 RBI, 8 SB, 13 K/17 BB
Has little power, but is surprising with his hit tool base-stealing ability.
Nick Castellanos, 3B, Detroit Tigers
83 AB, .398/.435/.554, 10 XBH, 14 RBI, 17 K/6 BB
Basically the exact opposite start of his 2011 season.
Christian Yelich, OF, Miami Marlins
54 AB, .296/.387/.519, 6 XBH, 6 SB, 11 K/8 BB
One of my favorite prospects, Yelich has one of the more promising hit tools in the minor leagues.
Jake Marisnick, OF, Toronto Blue Jays
91 AB, .286/.377/.516, 16 R, 13 XBH, 13 RBI, 5 SB, 15 K/9 BB
Has picked up the pace after a slow start as his power rounds into form.
Jorge Bonifacio, OF, Kansas City Royals
90 AB, .356/.431/.489, 9 XBH, 10 RBI, 3 SB, 16 K/11 BB
Younger brother of Emilio, Jorge is showing arguably the best discipline in the league—and he’s only 18.
Luigi Rodriguez, OF, Cleveland Indians
83 AB, .349/.402/.542, 9 XBH, 13 RBI, 7 SB, 19 K/8 BB
Flashing impressive combination of power and speed. In his last 10 games, Rodriguez has four three-hit games.
Jace Peterson, SS, San Diego Padres
87 AB, .310/.406/.460, 19 R, 9 XBH, 10 SB, 19 K/14 BB
A left-handed hitting shortstop with plus speed would be a welcomed addition to the Padres’ current lineup.
Tyler Austin, OF, New York Yankees
81 AB, .358/.384/.877, 20 XBH, 24 RBI, 71 TB, 18 K/4 BB
Leading the Sally with nine home runs, 71 total bases, and a .877 slugging percentage.
Alen Hanson, 2B, Pittsburgh Pirates
100 AB, .400/.434/.700, 18 XBH, 70 TB, 8 SB, 22 K/6 BB
A switch hitter, his hit tool is impressive from both sides as his power continues to develop.
Matthew Skole, 3B, Washington Nationals
74 AB, .324/.449/.554, 9 XBH, 30 RBI, 22 K/20 BB
Not hitting for a lot of power as one hopes for in a third baseman, but there’s a lot to like in the left-handed hitting Skole, who leads the Sally with 30 RBI in 21 games.
Trevor Story, SS, Colorado Rockies
73 AB, .288/.411/.589, 10 XBH, 15 RBI, 17 K/14 BB
One of my preseason sleeper prospects, Story drives the ball to outfields and employs a mature approach at the plate.