Top Batting Performances Over The Weekend, June 29-July 1

Presented here are the top 10 runs created tallies for position-player prospects from weekend series, June 29-July 1.

Gregory Polanco* PIT West Virginia S Atlantic LoA 13 8 5 1 0 2 1 3 7.1
Dan Vogelbach* CHC Cubs Arizona R 9 7 1 1 1 1 0 0 6.4
Trevor Story COL Asheville S Atlantic LoA 14 7 2 0 2 1 1 0 5.8
Tim Beckham TB Durham Int'l AAA 14 8 1 0 1 2 2 0 5.7
Jedd Gyorko SD Tucson Pac Coast AAA 11 7 1 0 1 2 1 0 5.6
Adron Chambers* STL Memphis Pac Coast AAA 16 9 1 0 0 1 1 2 5.5
Wil Myers KC Omaha Pac Coast AAA 11 6 0 0 2 2 1 0 5.4
Jake Hager TB Bowling Green Midwest LoA 12 7 3 0 0 3 1 3 5.3
Brett Jackson* CHC Iowa Pac Coast AAA 14 6 2 1 1 2 4 3 5.2
Ryan Brett TB Bowling Green Midwest LoA 9 6 1 0 0 1 2 6 5.1
*Bats lefthanded. #Switch-hitter.

• While West Virginia teammate Alen Hanson receives most of the attention because he's a 19-year-old, switch-hitting shortstop, some scouts prefer center fielder Gregory Polanco as a prospect. The 20-year-old Dominican displays strong instincts in the outfield and could grow into power (perhaps turning a few of those five doubles into homers) as his 6-foot-4 frame matures. Polanco is batting .308/.369/.507 with 11 homers and 17 doubles in 292 at-bats, an excellent showing in his first taste of full-season ball.

• If we fans are lucky the Royals will keep Wil Myers in Triple-A through mid-July. It's not that they need worry about service time or supplying extra development time for the 21-year-old phenom. No, keeping him with Omaha through July 11 would entail stops in the Futures Game in Kansas City and the Triple-A all-star game in Buffalo. Myers now has spent more time in Triple-A this season than Double-A, but it's had little effect on his overall line. He's batting .329/.408/.688 through 301 at-bats with a minor league-leading 27 home runs. He ranks third in the minors with 71 RBIs and fourth in slugging.

• Rockies shortstop prospect Trevor Story belted two home runs in Lexington on Sunday (and hit a double in each of the other two games), proving that he doesn't need the friendly confines of Asheville to rack up extra-base hits. He ranks third in the Sally League with 35.

• The Bowling Green middle infield has picked up the pace in the second half of the low Class A Midwest League season. Shortstop and last year's Rays first-round selection Jake Hager has gone 15-for-37 (.405) with four doubles in his last nine games. Second baseman Ryan Brett missed time with injury in June, but he's gone 8-for-18 (.444) in the second half to push his season average to .324 and take over the lead in the MWL batting race. A classic overachiever who is a bit shy of his listed height of 5-foot-9, Brett has hit .300 with a sound batting eye at each of his three minor league stops since going in the third round of the 2010 draft out of high school in Burien, Wash.

Top Performance By A Prospect-Eligible Player Outside His Team's Top 30

For this category we turn once again to a young, up-the-middle Bowling Green Hot Rods player, in this case center fielder Todd Glaesmann, a 2009 third-rounder who may be growing into his power in his third full season (and second crack at the Midwest League). In 24 games since June 2, the lean, 6-foot-4 Glaesmann has batted .354/.389/.616 (35-for-99) with six homers and six doubles. He went deep twice on Friday, victimizing Lansing righty reliever Alesone Escalante both times, and Glaesmann moved into third place in the MWL home-run race with 12.

Noteworthy Performance In Short-Season League Play

The 11th pick in the June draft, Athletics shortstop Addison Russell has taken the Rookie-level Arizona League by storm, going 8-for-20 (.400) with 10 walks and three extra-base hits. The 18-year-old went 4-for-5 with a homer, a triple and a double over the weekend.

Rough Stretch

Take your pick: Yankees shortstop Claudio Custodio went 0-for-8 with five whiffs for short-season Staten Island, Twins center fielder Max Kepler went 0-for-9 with Rookie-level Elizabethton and Mets center fielder Juan Lagares went 1-for-13 with six whiffs and a walk for Double-A Binghamton. The 23-year-old Lagares is batting .264/.325/.351 in 288 at-bats for Binghamton, making last season's .370 average and .903 OPS in the Eastern League look like a ball-in-play mirage.


The Bill James-devised runs created metric (Wikipedia entry explains ’02 version) rewards batters for avoiding outs and reaching base safely (on-base percentage) and for accumulating total bases (slugging percentage), two factors that correlate strongly with run scoring, and for obvious reasons.