All-Prospect Team: June Edition

An all-star team comprised of prospects, based on their performance in the minors during the month of June. Monthly all-prospect team archives available here.

C Chance Sisco • Orioles
Chance Sisco
Low Class A Delmarva (South Atlantic)

Sisco may be relatively new to catching, but the 2013 second-rounder is no stranger to hitting. Athleticism and a line-drive stroke have served the 19-year-old well in his full-season debut, and the lefty hitter ranked among the minor league leaders for average (.338) and on-base percentage (.408) among catchers through the end of June.

AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
89 15 36 8 0 1 19 12 17 0 1 .404 .476 .528

1B Matt Olson • Athletics
Matt Olson
High Class A Stockton (California)

This 20-year-old knows what to do when he gets his pitch, and also what to do when he doesn’t. No minor leaguer drew more walks (24) in June than Olson, and only the Cubs’ Kris Bryant, by a count of 11-10, out-homered the Oakland 2012 supplemental first-rounder. Olson led the California League with 23 homers and 68 walks as July dawned.

AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
84 26 25 6 0 10 21 24 20 0 0 .298 .459 .726

2B Rob Refsnyder • Yankees
Rob RefsnyderTriple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (International) & Double-A Trenton (Eastern)

Hitting .400 for a month in the minors might not sound like a big deal, but Refsnyder was one of just a dozen full-season players to do so in June while coming to bat at least 75 times. That he ranked third on that list at .411—and fourth with a .504 OBP—even while jumping to Triple-A on June 10 speaks to his feel for the barrel.

AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
95 19 39 9 1 4 15 17 21 2 3 .411 .504 .653

3B Kris Bryant • Cubs
kris-bryant-2014-mugDouble-A Tennessee (Southern) & Triple-A Iowa (Pacific Coast)

Bryant led the minors with 12 homers in May and then again with 11 in June, a month in which he struck 19 extra-base hits and drove in 27 runs in 26 games. Oh, and he moved up to Triple-A on June 19, increasing the degree of difficulty. Scouts are warming to Bryant’s defensive ability at third base, meaning that he’s not just a one-dimensional slugger.

AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
96 24 34 8 0 11 27 17 31 1 0 .354 .447 .781

SS Hernan Perez • Tigers
Triple-A Toledo (International)

Hernan PerezWhile double-play partner Eugenio Suarez moved up to Detroit in June and put up an .849 OPS as the big club’s everyday shortstop, Perez celebrated at Toledo by moving back across the keystone and ranking among the month’s best minor league shortstops with a .343 average and 14 extra-base hits despite playing half his games in a poor hitter’s park.

AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
108 14 37 9 2 3 14 7 12 2 1 .343 .383 .546

OF Aaron Judge • Yankees
Aaron JudgeLow Class A Charleston (South Atlantic) & High Class A Tampa (Florida State)

The second of three Yankees’ first-round selections in 2013, Judge kicked off his pro career this spring as a 22-year-old Fresno State product in low Class A. He dominated the level accordingly to earn a June 19 promotion to high Class A, where the 6-foot-7 righthanded batter continued to control the strike zone and hit for plus power.

AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
82 15 29 6 3 4 17 19 23 0 0 .354 .471 .646

OF Scott Schebler • Dodgers
Scott ScheblerDouble-A Chattanooga (Southern)

The 23-year-old Schebler ranked second in the California League with 27 homers in 2013, and this season he’s continued to supply power at the Double-A level and in the tougher offensive context of the Southern League. Whether his June performance represents real progress or not, Schebler did show the most basestealing efficiency and best strikeout-to-walk ratio of any month during the past two seasons.

AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
93 20 32 9 2 6 14 12 15 5 0 .344 .455 .677

OF Steve Souza • Nationals
Steven SouzaTriple-A Syracuse (International)

A middle-of-the-field hitting approach adopted by Souza this season has expanded his possibilities as an offensive player exponentially. The 25-year-old continues to hit for the same thunder he always has, but a career-best strikeout-to-walk ratio contributed to his leading the International League in average (.352), on-base percentage (.440) and slugging (.568) through the end of June.

AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
102 22 36 8 0 6 24 14 25 7 1 .353 .429 .608

RHP Jose Berrios • Twins
J.O. BerriosHigh Class A Fort Myers (Florida State)

No minor leaguer struck out more batters in June (53) than Berrios, who logged a 13-strikeout game and a pair of nine-whiff starts. He also commanded his power repertoire so well that he had the third-lowest WHIP (0.71) among pitchers with at least 20 innings.

W L ERA GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO SO/9 WHIP
4 1 1.54 6 0 41 24 8 7 2 5 53 11.6 0.71

RHP Christian Binford • Royals
Christian BinfordHigh Class A Wilmington (Carolina)

The 6-foot-6 righty doesn’t overpower, but his 25-to-0 strikeout-to-walk ratio in June indicates the level of precision he possesses. Binford took full advantage of pitching half his games at Wilmington, a pitcher’s paradise, by logging a 1.63 ERA and allowing zero home runs in eight home starts before moving up to Double-A in July.

W L ERA GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO SO/9 WHIP
2 1 1.75 4 0 25.2 21 6 5 1 0 25 8.8 0.82

LHP Rob Kaminsky • Cardinals
Rob KaminskyLow Class A Peoria (Midwest)

The 28th pick in the 2013 draft from high school in New Jersey, Kaminsky has put a big-breaking curveball and a fastball and changeup that both grade as at least average to good use in the Midwest League, showcasing a 9-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio and microscopic WHIP in June.

W L ERA GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO SO/9 WHIP
4 0 0.89 5 0 30.1 18 4 3 0 3 28 8.3 0.69

RHP Nick Kingham • Pirates
Nick KinghamTriple-A Indianapolis (International) & Double-A Altoona (Eastern)

Though he lacks the ceiling of system-mates Tyler Glasnow and Jameson Taillon, Kingham is much closer to making an impact in Pittsburgh, owing to the former’s wildness and the latter’s year lost to Tommy John surgery. He pounds the strike zone with three quality pitches and in June logged quality starts in his first four career Triple-A appearances.

W L ERA GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO SO/9 WHIP
2 1 1.07 5 0 33.2 23 6 4 0 5 26 7.0 0.83

RHP Luis Severino • Yankees
luis severinoLow Class A Charleston (South Atlantic) & High Class A Tampa (Florida State)

The three-pitch righty announced his presence with a June 20 jump to high Class A, where the 20-year-old Dominican native had not missed a beat. Severino doesn’t hurt himself with walks or home runs and has the raw stuff and feel to miss bats and neutralize hitters.

W L ERA GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO SO/9 WHIP
3 2 2.89 5 0 28 21 9 9 0 7 32 10.3 1.00