With almost all MiLB All Star games already in the books, and the short season leagues underway, I think its a good point to make a reassessment of the Top Prospects and see where are they trending.
1. SS Addison Russell - Midland (.250/.321/.396 in only 48 ABs): After good showcases on the AFL and Spring Training, Russell had groin issues and missed most of the first half of the year, and just rejoin the Hounds last week. His overall numbers are just good to his standards, but the sample is very small, and the effect of the injury is a pits stop on his fast track raise to the Majors. I believe he is staying put, but the hope to see him in Oakland at the end of this season is gone.
2. RHP Raul Alcantara - Midland (2-0, 2.29, 10 K and 5 BB in 19.2 IP): Another injury victim this year. Alcantara had TJ surgery and is expected to miss the whole season and part of 2015. Big blow for our pitching prospects since he was the most advance and talented starting pitcher in the minors. Trending down for his injury.
3. SS Daniel Roberson - Stockton (.294/.394/.435 with 52/41 K/BB in 306 ABs): Like most of Ports prospects this year, his Ks are down, and his focus has been to made contact and not looking for the fences. The results are encouraging specially if we consider that his defense is allowing him to stay at short. Trending: UP
4. OF Billy McKinney - Stockton (.243/.334/.401 with 53/34 K/BB in 267 ABs): With only 19, he is doing well and better in the Cal League. Is showing some power that could be a Cal League mirage, but his 20% K rate is very good for his age and League. Trending: UP.
5. 3B Renato Nuñez - Stockton (.280/.345/.520, 14 HRs, 42 RBIs, 61 Ks in 275 ABs): Nuñez is improving his numbers month after month, and what is more encouraging, he's made only 7 errors in the hot corner, evidence of significant progress there. His K rate is going down compared to last year (22%) and is making good contact. Trending: UP
6. 1B Matt Olson - Stockton (.253/.402/.545, 22 HRs, 49 RBIs, 69/67 K/BB in 277 ABs): From the top ten prospects, Olson is probably the one that has shown more progress this year. The HRs stands out on his stat line, but we've seen this before with no good results to follow, but his impressive K/BB is really what makes me believe he's done a really nice progress on his pitch recognition, but his K rate is still high (25%) and is something he still needs to continue to work on. Trending: UP
7. RHP Michael Ynoa - Stockton (2-2, 6.92, 39 K, 13 BB in 26.0 IP): Moved to the pen this year, Ynoa seems to still have problems to put hitters out, as his 1.62 WHIP will suggest. His K rate is really good, and basically the only reason to still have faith that he could reach the majors someday. Trending: DOWN.
8. OF BJ Boyd - Beloit (.225/.310/.336 52/32 K/BB in 262 ABs): Beloit has proven to be a hard test on Boyd, that shined with Vermont last year, but its having a rough time this year on the Midwest pitchers league. He is still getting on base on an acceptable rate, but his power numbers dissapear with only 4 HRs so far. Trending: DOWN
9. OF Billy Burns - Midland (.252/.332/.319 with 38 SBs, 43/31 K/BB in 254 ABs): Living up to his reputation, the speedster is leading the Texas league in SBs, getting on base constantly, and scoring at a high rate as well. his speed hasn't translate into 2Bs or 3Bs yet (only 15 XBHs) but I believe that will come eventually. Trending: UP
10. RHP Nolan Sanburn - Stockton (2-1, 3.02, 43Ks, 17 BBs in 41.2 IPs): Apparently he moved permanently to the bullpen, and that would hurt his value, but at least he's doing a nice job there, with a 3.02 ERA on a hitters league, but if he is not going to be a starter, he will drop on the list. Trending: DOWN.
There has been surprises this year, as Seth Streich performance on Stockton, Shipman's resurgence and Boog Powell performance at 2 levels already, with the Hounds pen lead by Healy and Frankoff. That goes with Whall pitching out of the pen now, Covey's issues in Beloit and Kohler and Driver not pitching at all this year as the other notable deceptions would round up how I see the prospects performing up to mid season.