League Top 20 Prospects

2011 South Atlantic League Top 20 Prospects With Scouting Reports





FIVE YEARS AGO
*1. Andrew McCutchen, of, Hickory (Pirates)
*2. Jose Tabata, of, Charleston (Yankees)
*3. Fernando Martinez, of, Hagerstown (Mets)
*4. Elvis Andrus, ss, Rome (Braves)
*5. Carlos Carrasco, rhp, Lakewood (Phillies)
*6. Chris Volstad, rhp, Greensboro (Marlins)
7. Will Inman, rhp, West Virginia (Brewers)
*8. Sean West, lhp, Greensboro (Marlins)
*9. Brandon Erbe, rhp, Delmarva (Orioles)
*10. Dexter Fowler, of, Asheville (Rockies)
11. Deolis Guerra, rhp, Hagerstown (Mets)
12. John Drennen, of, Lake County (Indians)
*13. Clay Buchholz, rhp, Greenville (Red Sox)
*14. Lorenzo Cain, of, West Virginia (Brewers)
*15. Michael Bowden, rhp, Greenville (Red Sox)
16. Ryan Tucker, rhp, Greensboro (Marlins)
17. Eric Campbell, 3b, Rome (Braves)
*18. Aaron Thompson, lhp, Greensboro (Marlins)
*19. Matt Maloney, lhp, Lakewood (Phillies)
*20. Josh Outman, lhp, Lakewood (Phillies)
* Has played in major leagues
The beginning of this year's low Class A South Atlantic League Top 20 Prospects list mirrors the start of the 2010 draft. Hagerstown outfielder Bryce Harper, West Virginia righthander Jameson Taillon and Delmarva shortstop Manny Machado went 1-2-3 atop last year's draft and occupy three of the first four spots in our SAL rankings.

Beyond the top three, the Sally League featured seven other 2010 first-rounders, with Greensboro outfielder Christian Yelich, Lakewood lefthander Jesse Biddle and Asheville outfielder Kyle Parker also cracking the Top 20. With the influx from the 2010 draft as well as a crop of outstanding international players led by Hickory shortstop Jurickson Profar and Delmarva infielder Jonathan Schoop, veteran SAL managers believed the bounty of high-end talent in the league was as promising and as young as they could remember.

"I saw the league get younger, which I think is great," Hickory manager Bill Richardson said. "A lot of teams challenged their young players to see if they cut the mustard. The young talent in this league was phenomenal. There was a great variety of college players along with young high school and Latin players in the league, and I believe you're going to see a lot of these guys play in the big leagues."

1. BRYCE HARPER OF, HAGERSTOWN SUNS (NATIONALS)
AGE: 18. B-T: L-R. HT.: 6-3. WT.: 225. DRAFTED: JC of Southern Nevada, '10 (1).
As perhaps the most heralded minor leaguer ever, Harper had nowhere to go but down. Instead, he broke through any glass ceilings while displaying exceptional hitting and power prowess as good as advertised. He punishes lefthanders and righthanders, fastballs and offspeed pitches, using his excellent bat speed and hand-eye coordination to make consistent hard contact to all fields.

Primarily a catcher as an amateur, Harper converted to the outfield and put in time to improve his routes on flyballs. With slightly above-average speed and a cannon arm, he has all the tools to become a good right fielder and might be able to handle center. Aside from a well-documented incident where he blew a kiss to the pitcher after a homer against Greensboro, his makeup came off as intense more than immature.

"He's a kid who really worked hard here," Hagerstown manager Brian Daubach said. "He was going through a position change and his first full year of pro ball and did a good job of adjusting to the mental grind of playing every day. The sky's the limit, no doubt."
AVG OBP SLG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB
.318 .423 .554 258 49 82 17 1 14 46 44 61 19
 
2. MANNY MACHADO SS, DELMARVA SHOREBIRDS (ORIOLES)
AGE: 19. B-T: R-R. HT.: 6-3. WT.: 185. DRAFTED: HS—Hialeah, Fla., '10 (1).
Machado posted a 1.062 OPS in his first 25 games and looked every bit Harper's equal as a prospect before he dislocated his left kneecap on May 5. He missed a month and didn't look the same after his return, but that didn't stop the Orioles from promoting him after the SAL all-star game in late June. He had his ups and downs in high Class A, yet still ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the Carolina League.

With impressive bat speed and the ability to consistently barrel up the ball, Machado projects as a plus hitter with at least average power. Though he has just fringy speed, his range, hands and arm strength should allow him to remain at shortstop unless he outgrows the position. At worst, he'll be a quality hitter and defender at third base.

"I saw him a lot in high school and he looked a little bigger and stronger this year, which is what you expect to see," a National League scout said. "He has everything you want from a shortstop. The injury slowed him down a little but he's going to move up fast as long as he stays healthy."
AVG OBP SLG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB
.276 .376 .483 145 24 40 8 2 6 24 23 25 3
 
3. JURICKSON PROFAR SS, HICKORY CRAWDADS (RANGERS)
AGE: 18. B-T: B-R. HT.: 6-0. WT.: 170. SIGNED: Curacao, '09.
The league's youngest player was also its best. Profar was named league MVP after he finished eighth in the league in OPS (.883) as an 18-year-old shortstop, rated as the SAL's best defender at his position and led Hickory to the best regular-season record. He also stroked an electrifying triple in the Futures Game.

Though Profar didn't start switch-hitting until he signed, his bat path from both sides of the plate is remarkably smooth and provides solid pop. His average speed plays up on the bases and at shortstop, where he has excellent range and arm strength. He can be too aggressive on some plays, but he'll cure that with his intelligence and more experience.

"The maturity level is what I'm pleased about," Richardson said. "He's calmed down quite a bit. There's nothing on the baseball field that he feels he can't do, but he has come to the realization that there are a few things that he need not attempt because they lead to other problems. He's learned the strengths of his game a little bit more."
AVG OBP SLG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB
.286 .390 .493 430 86 123 37 8 12 65 65 63 23
 
4. JAMESON TAILLON RHP, WEST VIRGINIA POWER (PIRATES)
AGE: 19. B-T: R-R. HT.: 6-5. WT.: 225. DRAFTED: HS—The Woodlands, Texas, '10 (1).
The Pirates were protective of Taillon during his first taste of pro ball, keeping him in extended spring training until April 27 and on tight pitch counts once he got to West Virginia. Despite his limited stints—his longest outing was five innings—SAL observers raved about his stuff.

Managers rated his 92-95 fastball and low-80s curveball as the two best pitches in the league, and he also shows signs of a promising changeup. As the season progressed, he did a better job of honing his fastball and command and ironing out some minor mechanical issues, such as the timing of breaking his hands during his delivery.

"With his height, actions and overall mound presence, he looks like an ace," an American League scout said. "His fastball is explosive and has great movement and velocity. His curveball is a true hammer, and I saw him throw his changeup at any time in the count. When the Pirates take him off that leash, there's a good chance to gets up there in a short amount of time."
W L ERA G GS SV IP H HR BB SO AVG
2 3 3.98 23 23 0 93 89 9 22 97 .249
 
5. CHRISTIAN YELICH OF, GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS (MARLINS)
AGE: 19. B-T: L-R. HT.: 6-4. WT.: 189. DRAFTED: HS—Westlake Village, Calif., '10 (1).
After hitting a respectable .272/.352/.401 with five homers in the first half, Yelich made impressive adjustments and batted .354/.423/.568 with 10 longballs in the second half to help the Grasshoppers win the league championship. He progressed rapidly with his advanced approach at the plate and a smooth swing.

In addition to projecting as an above-average hitter with at least average power, Yelich surprised opponents with his solid to plus speed. He stole 32 bases in 37 attempts and proved capable of manning center field, though he spent most of his time in left. He lacks the arm strength to fit in right field.

"He's an advanced offensive player," Greensboro manager Andy Haines said. "He can steal bases, showed some power and used the whole field. He's a special, athletic player and an even better person. He has good instincts and is going to be a very productive offensive player because he sees the ball very well and really knows the strike zone."
AVG OBP SLG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB
.312 .388 .484 461 73 144 32 1 15 77 55 102 32
 
6. JESSE BIDDLE LHP, LAKEWOOD BLUECLAWS (PHILLIES)
AGE: 19. B-T: L-L. HT.: 6-4. WT.: 225. DRAFTED: HS—Philadelphia, '10 (1).
In his first full pro season, Biddle learned from his mistakes and made adjustment against the best competition he ever has faced. He went 0-3, 7.16 in April as he had difficulty with his control and command. He lowered his ERA each month, however, posting a 2.40 mark the rest of the way.

Biddle uses his 6-foot-4 frame to gain leverage on the mound and does an outstanding job of keeping hitters off balance by mixing his 87-91 mph fastball with his 11-to-5 curveball. His changeup features nice tail and deception, so he should have three average or better pitches once he improves his ability to locate them in the strike zone.

"He worked hard to get better and that hard work led to better fastball command, which set the stage for his other pitches, his curveball and changeup," Lakewood manager Chris Truby said. "It also allowed him to be more aggressive and challenge hitters because he had confidence out there on the mound."
W L ERA G GS SV IP H HR BB SO AVG
7 8 2.98 25 24 0 133 104 5 66 124 .219
 
7. MARCELL OZUNA OF, GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS (MARLINS)
AGE: 20. B-T: R-R. HT.: 6-2. WT.: 190. SIGNED: Dominican Republic, '08.
Ozuna opened 2010 in Greensboro but broke his left wrist in the first week and wound up spending most of the year in the short-season New York-Penn League. He stayed healthy for the Grasshoppers this season and finished second in the SAL in runs (87), third in total bases (239) and fourth in homers (23). He was at his best in the playoffs, batting .353 with three homers in seven games in the 'Hoppers' title run.

Based on his body type and physical ability, he attracts comparisons to Vladimir Guerrero, Raul Mondesi and Sammy Sosa. Though he's still a bit of a free swinger, Ozuna made progress with his discipline and strike-zone knowledge in 2011. He has the power and arm strength desired in a right fielder, and he could have five average to plus tools.

"The tools are all there, obviously," Haines said. "He's one of the most exciting players in the league to watch because he can do everything. He can really throw in the outfield, can run, a physically imposing guy. Other than Harper, I don't know if there was a player in the league who had more impressive tools across the board."
AVG OBP SLG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB
.266 .330 .482 496 87 132 28 5 23 71 46 121 17
 
8. BRANDON JACOBS OF, GREENVILLE DRIVE (RED SOX)
AGE: 20. B-T: R-R. HT.: 6-1. WT.: 225. DRAFTED: HS—Lilburn, Ga., '09 (10).
Jacobs turned down a scholarship to play running back at Auburn to sign for $750,000 as a 10th-round pick two years ago. He parlayed his strength and athleticism into production on the diamond in 2011, finishing sixth in the SAL in hitting (.303) and ninth in OPS (.505) while making steady progress in right field.

"He's been a pleasant surprise," Greenville manager Billy McMillon said. "Part of the development of many a player is going through the first full season and all it has to offer—adjusting to the travel, adjusting to limited success and dealing with the game on the field. He's done all that. I think he has some high upside. There is nothing that's a glaring defect for him."

Jacobs has impressive bat speed and drives the ball to all fields. He improved his two-strike approach and his baserunning skills, swiping 30 bases after taking just four a year ago. Defensively, he profiles as a left fielder with his fringy speed and average arm.
AVG OBP SLG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB
.303 .376 .505 442 75 134 32 3 17 80 43 123 30
 
9. JONATHAN SCHOOP SS/3B, DLEMARVA SHOREBIRDS (ORIOLES)
AGE: 19. B-T: R-R. HT.: 6-2. WT.: 187. SIGNED: Curacao, '08.
Schoop was only the second-best shortstop at Delmarva, but he's a talented player in his own right. He shifted to third base in deference to Machado, then played alongside him at second base after both were promoted to high Class A.

"Machado was out when we played them, so I just thought he was a guy filling in," Daubach said. "I found out fast how wrong I was. Schoop can really play. He's an outstanding defensive player who can hit. I liked him as much as any player we saw this year. His upside is impressive."

Schoop is adding strength and bat speed as his once-gangly frame matures, giving him the ability to drive more pitches. He has good command of the strike zone, too, and should hit enough to man second base, shortstop or third. His below-average speed (and the presence of Machado) probably rule out shortstop, but he has the offensive potential and arm strength required at the hot corner.
AVG OBP SLG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB
.316 .376 .514 212 45 67 12 3 8 34 20 32 6
 
10. XANDER BOGAERTS SS, GREENVILLE DRIVE (RED SOX)
AGE: 18. B-T: R-R. HT.: 6-2. WT.: 185. SIGNED: Aruba, 2009.
The 18-year-old Bogaerts will be Schoops teammate for the Netherlands' World Cup team in October. Bogaerts may have been the fourth-youngest position player in the SAL this season, but he showed more maturity on and off the field than most veterans. Drive coaches extolled his ability to correct mistakes from one at-bat to the next and to recognize how pitchers tried to attack him. He handled breaking balls well and drove the ball to all fields, exhibiting well above-average power.

Though Bogaerts figures to outgrow shortstop once he fills out, he shows good actions. He's an average runner with a strong arm, and he has the athleticism and intelligence to play virtually anywhere on the diamond. Third base is his likely destination.

"He's got some pop and life in that bat," McMillon said. "He's an aggressive hitter and he hits the ball as hard and far as anyone you'll see. When you see his enthusiasm and energy, you're impressed with what you see. You can envision him playing for a long time."
AVG OBP SLG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB
.260 .324 .509 265 38 69 14 2 16 45 25 71 1
 
11. A.J. COLE RHP, HAGERSTOWN SUNS (NATIONALS)
AGE: 19. B-T: R-R. HT.: 6-4. WT.: 180. DRAFTED: HS—Oviedo, Fla., '10 (4).
While many players hit the wall during their first full professional seasons, Cole did just the opposite. His fastball went from the low 90s early in the year to sitting at 94-95 mph in August. He also got better at keeping his pitches down in the strike zone, allowing only one homer in his final 13 starts after giving up five in his first seven outings.

Cole succeeds mainly with his fastball, which he commands well and can cut or sink. His breaking ball has its moments but lacks consistency, and his changeup is a work in progress. He does a nice job of throwing all three pitches for strikes.

"He's gotten stronger as the year has gone on and his velocity has increased, which rarely happens at this level, especially for a guy who is just a year removed from high school," Daubach said. "He's getting a better feel for his breaking ball and throwing it for strikes. When his breaking ball, which is more of a curveball than a slider, is on it's nasty."
W L ERA G GS SV IP H HR BB SO AVG
4 7 4.04 20 18 0 89 87 6 24 108 .251
 
12. KYLE PARKER OF, ASHEVILLE TOURISTS (ROCKIES)
AGE: 21. B-T: R-R. HT.: 6-1. WT.: 200. DRAFTED: Clemson, '10 (1).
While one former Atlantic Coast Conference quarterback (Russell Wilson) struggled before departing in July to return to the gridiron at Wisconsin, another showed the Rockies' affinity for dual-sport athletes has some merit. Another 2010 draftee who made quality adjustments, Parker hit .300/.393/.535 with 13 of his 21 homers after the all-star break.

Asheville's cozy McCormick Field helped Parker's numbers, but he has legitimate plus power thanks to his strength and bat speed. He'll need to improve his strike zone and ability to handle breaking balls. He has average speed and range to go with solid arm strength, so he profiles well in right field.

"For me, he wasn't in shape to play 140 games," Asheville manager Joe Mikulik said. "After breaking his ribs in football, he got in shape to get through spring training. I don't think he realized how tough it is to play a full season. Given the situation he went through, he had a heckuva season. He'll get better in terms of recognizing pitches and getting stronger. The upside is big."
AVG OBP SLG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB
.285 .367 .483 445 75 127 23 1 21 95 48 133 2
 
13. J.T. REALMUTO C, GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS (MARLINS)
AGE: 20. B-T: R-R. HT.: 6-1. WT.: 190. DRAFTED: HS—Midwest City, Okla., '10 (3).
There were more heralded catchers in the SAL heading into the 2011 season, but none made a more positive impression than Realmuto. A high school quarterback who played shortstop on the diamond, he set national high school records with 88 hits and 119 RBIs in 2010. The Marlins decided to move him behind the plate and he exceeded expectations in his first full pro season.

Realmuto displayed leadership skills, quick feet and a strong arm, which led to him ranking second among SAL catchers by throwing out 42 percent of basestealers. He has soft hands but still has a ways to go as a receiver after committing 25 passed balls in 76 games. He has an unorthodox batting style with a deep crouch but makes consistent hard contact.

"To do what he did this year is incredible," Haines said. "He can catch and throw, he's going to have some power, he runs well and his makeup is off the charts. And he doesn't get beat on really good fastballs. Late in the year he had some good at-bats against Jameson Taillon and he took Stephen Strasburg deep."
AVG OBP SLG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB
.287 .347 .454 348 46 100 16 3 12 49 26 78 13
 
14. GARY SANCHEZ C, CHARLESTON RIVERDOGS (YANKEES)
AGE: 18. B-T: R-R. HT.: 6-1. WT.: 195. SIGNED: Dominican Republic, '09.
A highly touted prospect who signed for $3 million and destroyed the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League in 2010, Sanchez opened this season as the second-youngest player in the SAL and at times looked and acted his age. The Yankees sent him back to extended spring training in May as punishment for his suspect work ethic. His above-average power translated into more production when he returned after two weeks, as he hit 13 of his 17 homers in the final three months.

Sanchez' bat speed and strength ranked among the best in the league, though his swing gets too long at times. He lacks speed and athleticism, and he committed a league-high 26 passed balls in just 60 games because he stabs at pitches instead of shifting his body. He has soft hands and a strong arm but will have to make more of an effort behind the plate.

"He's had to adjust to a lot of things both on and off the field," Charleston manager Aaron Ledesma said. "At times it's been a struggle for him. He's also struggled a little with some of the high expectations that have been put on him. But overall I'm pleased with his progress, and I believe he has a bright future."
AVG OBP SLG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB
.256 .335 .485 301 49 77 16 1 17 52 36 93 2
 
15. TRAYCE THOMPSON OF, KANNAPOLIS INTIMIDATORS (WHITE SOX)
AGE: 20. B-T: R-R. HT.: 6-4. WT.: 200. DRAFTED: HS—Santa Margarita, Calif., '09 (2).
The son of former NBA standout Mychal Thompson shows signs of emerging from his basketball-playing family's shadow by establishing himself on the diamond. Trayce spent his second straight season at Kannapolis and topped the SAL in runs (95) while ranking third in homers (24) and extra-base hits (62).
Thompson has above-average power but has yet to show he can make consistent contact. He has a long swing—no surprise for someone who stands 6-foot-4—and his 172 strikeouts led the league and were the fifth-highest total in the minors. Though he's not quick out of the batter's box, he has average speed and arm strength, and his instincts give him plus range in center field.

"He's very mature for his age, and he's blessed with athletic ability, size, strength, and the ability to throw, run, hit and hit for power," Kannapolis manager Tommy Thompson said. "You look at his dad and you wonder how big and strong Trayce could be in three or four more years. He's a class act on and off the field, he's a quiet leader and he's made some nice adjustments because he works his butt off every day."
AVG OBP SLG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB
.241 .329 .457 519 95 125 36 2 24 87 60 172 8
 
16. BRYCE BRENTZ OF, GREENVILLE DRIVE (RED SOX)
AGE: 22. B-T: R-R. HT.: 6-1. WT.: 180. DRAFTED: Middle Tennessee State, '10 (1s).
The oldest player on this list, Brentz did everything the Red Sox hoped he would during his seven-week stint at Greenville to open the season. He kept hitting following his promotion to high Class A and finished with combined .306/.365/.574 numbers and 30 homers.

Brentz admitted he pressed in his pro debut last summer, and he fared better when he stopped trying to pull everything and let his bat speed and above-average raw power take over. He still needs to tighten his strike zone. A good athlete, he fits nicely in right field with his average speed, plus arm strength and solid instincts.

"He hit for power, he played very good defense, his average was high," McMillon said. "Never having seen him play prior to this year, I really liked what I saw. He was ready to compete every day. He's a very good athlete and a very good player. He did well in every phase of the game."
AVG OBP SLG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB
.359 .414 .647 170 43 61 10 3 11 36 14 35 2
 
17. TYLER MATZEK LHP, ASHEVILLE TOURISTS (ROCKIES)
AGE: 20. B-T: L-L HT.: 6-3. WT.: 215. DRAFTED: HS—Capistrano Valley, Calif., '09 (1).
Regarded as the best lefthanded pitching prospect in the 2009 draft and signed for $3.9 million, Matzek began this season by going 0-3, 9.82 in high Class A and 0-2, 14.00 in his first three outings following a demotion to Asheville. After going home to California to work with the pitching instructor he had as an amateur, he rejoined the Tourists and went 5-2, 2.78 with a 64-35 K-BB ratio in his final 35 innings.

Matzek's fastball usually ranges from 89-94 mph and tops out at 96, and he has a pair of hard breaking balls in his curveball and slider. His pure stuff isn't an issue, but his ability to command and control it is. The Rockies tried to simplify his complicated delivery, and he still had trouble finding the zone after reverting to his high school mechanics.

"Matzek has improved dramatically," Mikulik said. "He's got more downhill plane, which gives him more fastball command. His curveball has gotten better. He still needs to work on his changeup. He's also doing a great job of attacking the zone. He had a few mental things and a few mechanical issues going on, but you could see him gain confidence over the last month."
W L ERA G GS SV IP H HR BB SO AVG
5 4 4.36 12 12 0 64 45 3 50 74 .202
 
18. DOMINGO SANTANA OF, LAKEWOOD BLUECLAWS (PHILLIES)/LEXINGTON LEGENDS (ASTROS)
AGE: 19. B-T: R-R. HT.: 6-5. WT.: 200. SIGNED: Dominican Republic, '08.
When the Astros selected Santana as the player to be named in the Hunter Pence trade, he stayed in the SAL and shifted from Lakewood to Lexington. He also immediately became one of the best offensive prospects in a thin Houston system, offering as much raw power as any Astros farmhand.

The keys to Santana unlocking that power to all fields will be learning to recognize pitches, cope with breaking balls and make more contact. While his bat speed is his most notable tool, he's an all-around athlete with solid speed and plus range and arm strength in right field.
AVG OBP SLG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB
.287 .362 .471 418 58 120 33 4 12 53 32 135 5
 
19. CODY BUCKEL RHP, HICKORY CRAWDADS (RANGERS)
AGE: 19. B-T: R-R. HT.: 6-1. WT.: 185. DRAFTED: HS—Simi Valley, Calif., '10 (2).
Buckel displayed advanced maturity for a pitcher who was working games in high school less than a year before making his SAL debut. Nothing fazed him as he attacked the strike zone with four pitches: an 88-94 mph fastball, an 87-88 mph cutter, a solid changeup and a developing curveball. The Rangers kept him on a pitch count because of his youth, and he took it as a challenge to become more efficient.

"At an early age, some guys take every game and every road trip like it's a field trip," Richardson said. "But Cody's different in that he knows this is what he wants to do. He understands the preparation that is required in order to be a good pitcher. Every day he comes to the park he's determined to learn about hitters or strategy or pitching philosophy. He's a true student of the game and we're tickled to death about the progress he's made."
W L ERA G GS SV IP H HR BB SO AVG
8 3 2.61 23 17 0 97 83 7 27 120 .229
 
20. MILES HEAD 1B, GREENVILLE DRIVE (RED SOX)
AGE: 20. B-T: R-R. HT.: 6-0. WT.: 215. DRAFTED: HS—Fayetteville, Ga., '09 (26).
Like Jacobs, Head is another Georgia high school product who got well above slot money ($335,000) as a late-round pick in the 2009 draft and didn't put up big numbers in his first two pro seasons. He also broke out this year, leading the SAL in hitting (.338) and OPS (1.021) when he jumped to high Class A at the end of June.

Head attracts raves with his approach, as he looks to drive pitches up the middle and does a nice job of splitting the gaps with his above-average power. He's not much of a runner but displays good footwork and soft hands at first base. He prompts comparisons to a righthanded-hitting version of Freddie Freeman.

"His at-bats were all very good," McMillon said. "He showed power and he hit for average. In the first half, he did about as well as anyone in this league, offensively and defensively. I think he has a chance to impact clubs as he moves up, just the way he did here."
AVG OBP SLG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB
.338 .409 .612 298 61 89 25 1 15 53 30 53 4