Prospect Press: Week of April 9th
Thursday April 12th, 2012
From young minor league prospects to rookie big-league talent, Prospect Press will be providing an inside look at baseball's best talent for years to come.
No matter if you root for the New York Yankees or the Pittsburgh Pirates, watching young talent rise from the low levels of rookie ball to the big-leagues is always exciting.
Even though the minor league season just started, there have already been some great performances (albeit a small sample size) during the first two weeks of the season.
While there were many great performances around the minor leagues this past week, here are a few notes for the week of April 9.
Mike Trout - OF, Salt Lake Bees (Los Angeles Angels)
The 20-year-old phenom is hitting .433/.471/.633 with a 1.104 OPS over his first full week at the Triple-A level for the Angels. I've covered in articles and on podcasts about the Angels and their "full" roster, but how long can the Angels organization ignore Trout's talent? He'll eventually force the Angels to bring him back to the big leagues.
Dylan Bundy - RHP, Delmarva Shorebirds (Baltimore Orioles)
The first round (fourth overall pick) in the 2011 MLB Draft by the Orioles continued to dominate hitters in the South Atlantic League. In his first two starts for the Shorebirds this season, the right-hander hasn't allowed a hit or even a base runner over six total innings. Of the 18 batters he's faced, he's struck out 12 of them. although it's just six innings, Bundy's made it clear that he's on a mission to reach the big-leagues quickly. Hopefully, I'll have a chance to do a complete write-up on him once he's promoted to Frederick (high-A).
Anthony Rendon - 3B, Potomac Nationals (Washington Nationals)
After a terrific spring, Anthony Rendon was shut down with a small fracture in his left ankle. He's expected to return before the end of the baseball season, but will likely miss a few months. Prior to being drafted by the Nationals, Rendon, 21, missed time due a right ankle injury and a right should injury. He was hitting .500/.667/1.250 in two games at the high-A level.
Austin Hedges - C, Fort Wayne TinCaps (San Diego Padres)
The San Diego Padres have a talented and loaded minor league system thanks to plenty of draft picks and acquisitions with other teams. Austin Hedges is a catcher that the Padres drafted in the second round of the 2011 MLB Draft, and since opening the season at high-A Fort Wayne, Hedges has been on a tear, going 7-for-18 with four extra-base hits and a 1.198 OPS. Although he's only appeared in 14 professional minor league games, the right-handed hitting backstop is hitting .295/.436/.523 with 2 home runs. San Diego's talent runs deep at all levels.
Josh Vitters - 3B, Iowa Cubs (Chicago Cubs)
Third base prospect and former 2007 first round pick Josh Vitters is tearing up Triple-A pitching, hoping to make a push onto the Cubs big-league roster. The 22-year-old currently has a six-game hitting streak and is hitting .450/.500/.450 in 24 plate appearances. The Cubs currently have Ian Stewart as the everyday third baseman, but it will be interesting to watch if the status on Vitters moving forward, especially if Stewart (5-for-20) continues to struggle.
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