Midseason Prospect Update: The Minor League All-Surprise Team

Minor League All-Surprise Team
A converted pitcher (Stetson Allie) and a pair of late-round finds from the 2011 draft (C.J. Edwards, Kevin Pillar) highlight a group of prospects with serious helium following strong first halves. 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. Pound sign (#) equals switch-hitter.
Pos Batter, Org (Level) Age AVG OBP SLG AB H 2B 3B HR BB SO SB
C Tom Murphy, Rockies (LoA) 22 .329 .405 .690 210 69 21 2 17 21 62 2
The 2012 third-rounder led all minor league catchers in HR and slugging in powerful breakout
1B Stetson Allie, Pirates (LoA+) 22 .307 .399 .565 283 87 20 1 17 42 97 6
Flamed out as RHP, but also shows unrestrained power in batter’s box
2B Mookie Betts, Red Sox (LoA) 20 .298 .426 .492 252 75 23 1 8 56 37 16
Power condensed into six-homer May, but speed and plate discipline profile well at keystone
3B Maikel Franco, Phillies (HiA+) 20 .325 .368 .614 311 101 24 3 20 21 40 0
A quality prospect entering 2013, but few expected him to shadow Miguel Sano to Double-A
SS #Rosell Herrera, Rockies (LoA) 20 .354 .436 .558 294 104 21 0 13 43 61 18
Ranked among SAL leaders in average, hits, runs, walks, total bases and OBP in Asheville repeat
CF Kevin Pillar, Blue Jays (AA+) 24 .323 .370 .476 347 112 28 2 7 22 37 16
Career .328 hitter in minors rockets from 32nd round of 2011 draft to Triple-A in two years
OF Cesar Puello, Mets (AA) 22 .332 .396 .604 235 78 15 2 15 14 54 18
Using raw tools to build power-speed breakout and challenge for EL triple crown
OF #Joey Terdoslavich, Braves (AAA) 24 .325 .364 .580 314 102 24 1 18 22 61 3
Perhaps the perfect super-sub candidate—switch-hits, plays all four corners, hits for power
DH Robby Hefflinger, Braves (HiA+) 23 .278 .330 .563 288 80 17 1 21 22 74 1
Power finally manifests, and in a big way, for Carolina League first-half HR and slugging champ
Pos Pitcher, Org (Level) Age W L ERA G GS SV IP H HR BB SO
SP Anthony DeSclafani, Marlins (HiA+) 23 6 2 1.75 14 14 0 67 59 4 9 60
University of Florida product excels in return to Sunshine State with sick SO-BB ratio
SP C.J. Edwards, Rangers (LoA) 21 6 2 2.01 15 15 0 76 50 0 29 98
From 48th round of 2011 draft to top pitcher in Low-A, a remarkable scouting and player-development story
SP Taylor Jordan, Nationals (AA) 24 9 1 1.00 15 15 0 90 68 1 15 72
First-half minor league ERA champ earned Futures Game nod, big league callup
SP Danny Salazar, Indians (AAA) 23 3 5 3.55 15 15 0 66 58 4 22 90
Deadly two-pitch mix and healthy elbow have him on upward trajectory seven years into career
SP Danny Winkler, Rockies (HiA) 23 11 2 2.02 16 16 0 98 49 7 25 113
Tamed Cal League to lead minors in wins, strikeouts, WHIP (0.76) and opponent average (.147)
RP Shae Simmons, Braves (LoA) 22 0 1 1.99 28 0 18 32 19 0 12 52
Requisite power fastball/slider combo to profile in big league pen, but still a long way to go