1. Derek Burgess - SS (Low A)
Burgess is a HS SS whose tools are are all above avg or plus across the board. A legit SS with an outstanding arm. Burgess should be a consistent performer combining great swings with a solid batting eye. Durable and great makeup, Burgess should become a consistent All-Star SS.
2. Ryan Blake - RF (AA)
Will be an above average LF, or an average RF defensively. Great contact hitter, with a great batting eye, and adequate power. Lightning fast on the basepaths. Very durable. Sometimes his temper gets the best of him, and he has some trouble hitting lefties. Member of the Season 13 Futures Game.
3. Paulie Fox - SP (Hi A)
Deadly accurate pitcher, with great splits vs LH, and good vs RH. This 5-11 flamethrower has a plus plus fastball and plus slider, but is more of a flyball pitcher. Stamina is a bit of a concern, but he should give 6+ solid innings every time out. 8.97 K/9 in Hi A this year. Projects as a #2 or #3 starter.
4. Corey Whitaker - LF (Hi A)
Good range for a LF, but the combination of weak glove and average arm strength, combined with his solid hitting numbers could lead to a change of position to DH. Solid left/right splits, and a good makeup and durability will allow Whitaker to play everyday. Will be an above average to borderline All-Star caliber player in his prime.
5. Nate Stoddard - SS (AAA)
A true SS, he has all the necessary defensive tools to excel at the position. Although he is already in AAA, he is still a year or two away from cracking the big league roster. Durability concerns may limit him to 140-145 games a year. Plus power, but only above average on all other batting categories. A position change or a trade may be due if he is still on the club when super-prospect Burgess makes the ML roster.
6. Fonzie Gagnon - SP (Hi A)
Average to above average splits vs RH and LH. This 6-7 giant is finesse ground ball pitcher, featuring a plus plus change up, plus slider, and a solid curveball. Can get a little wild at times, but will go deep into games if given the opportunity. A workhorse to give you solid innings when you need it. Projected #2 starter.
7. Victor Olmeda SP (Low A)
Another finesse ground ball pitcher, featuring a plus plus fastball and a solid sinker. Outstanding location and great against lefties. Stamina will limit him to 6+ good innings. His makeup may allow him to perform better than the numbers suggest. Projected #3 or #4 starter.