Midseason Prospect Update: Minor League All-Star Team

Minor League All-Star Team
Twins prospect sensations Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano rank as the Nos. 1 and 3 prospects at midseason, each having thoroughly dominated his initial assignment to earn a promotion to a higher classification in June. The baseball world will have an opportunity to watch that dynamic duo at the Futures Game, along with a host of other midseason minor league all-stars, including Xander Bogaerts (Red Sox), Archie Bradley (Diamondbacks), Rafael Montero (Mets), George Springer (Astros) and Taijuan Walker (Mariners). A plus sign (+) denotes a player who was promoted in June, but whose statistics are primarily compiled at the level listed. Asterisk (*) equals lefthanded batter/pitcher.
Pos Batter, Org (Level) Age AVG OBP SLG AB H 2B 3B HR BB SO SB
C Kevin Plawecki, Mets (LoA+) 22 .320 .387 .502 281 90 28 1 7 23 37 1
The 2012 supplemental pick showed strong plate discipline, contact skills and surprising power
1B *Max Muncy, Athletics (HiA) 22 .297 .409 .533 306 91 12 0 20 55 54 1
Led Cal League in homers and walks, suggesting he may have bat to profile at first base
2B *Micah Johnson, White Sox (LoA) 22 .342 .422 .530 304 104 17 11 6 40 67 60
Led minors in steals and SAL in hits and runs—a good start toward refining raw tools into skills
3B Miguel Sano, Twins (HiA+) 20 .306 .399 .646 268 82 17 4 22 39 81 9
Future big league HR champ proves that power plays as he climbs minor league ladder
SS Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox (AA+) 20 .292 .385 .477 281 82 12 5 10 42 66 7
Needs more time at Triple-A to refine approach, but not far away from being Boston fixture
CF Byron Buxton, Twins (LoA+) 19 .338 .424 .543 293 99 16 10 8 45 61 33
Destination: Somewhere between Andrew McCutchen and Mike Trout for No. 1 overall prospect
OF Nick Castellanos, Tigers (AAA) 21 .301 .378 .488 326 98 26 1 11 42 58 3
Impressive skills growth at Triple-A: significantly more power, more walks and fewer strikeouts
OF George Springer, Astros (AA+) 23 .299 .403 .580 288 86 21 0 20 44 102 24
Chases first minor league 30-30 season since Athletics’ Grant Desme in 2009 (31 HR, 40 SB)
DH *Corey Dickerson, Rockies (AAA) 24 .390 .432 .650 277 108 19 13 9 23 43 6
Corner-outfield bat led PCL in average, slugging and extra-base hits (41) to earn first big league callup

 

Pos Pitcher, Org (Level) Age W L ERA G GS SV IP H HR BB SO
SP Archie Bradley, D-backs (AA) 20 8 3 1.79 16 16 0 95 69 4 39 110
Youngest pitcher in SL also one of its best with 2.16 ERA and 9.1 SO/9 following promotion
SP Sonny Gray, Athletics (AAA) 23 7 5 3.02 15 15 0 95 91 4 32 98
How to redeem oneself: Lead the PCL in strikeouts and allow just four HR in 15 starts
SP Rafael Montero, Mets (AA+) 22 7 4 2.91 15 15 0 87 75 4 16 92
EL leader in ERA (2.43) and WHIP (0.92) succeeds Zack Wheeler in Triple-A Las Vegas rotation
SP Robert Stephenson, Reds (LoA) 20 5 3 2.97 12 12 0 67 52 4 17 85
Young power pitcher finding his footing in pro ball, slowed only by hamstring injury
SP Taijuan Walker, Mariners (AA+) 20 5 7 2.30 15 15 0 90 61 6 32 100
Improved peripherals at Double-A (10.3 SO/9, 3.2 BB/9) punches his ticket to Triple-A
RP Matt Stites, Padres (AA) 23 2 2 1.58 37 0 8 40 26 4 7 41
Next in line at Padres’ reliever factory, his control is almost too good with four HR, six unintentional BB