It’s time to once again take a look at how some of the top hitting prospects in the game are performing thus far this season. If there are any players you want added, just let me know.
Lars Anderson – Boston Red Sox – First Baseman
2009 Statistics (Double-A): .303 (20-66), 2 HR, 14 RBI, 11 R, 0 SB (through 4/28)
He had a huge game earlier this week, driving in five, which certainly helped to skew his totals slightly. Still, the last time we checked in on him he was yet to collect an extra base hit (5 games). In the past 11, he’s had five doubles and two home runs, so things are definitely moving in the right direction.
Alcides Escobar – Milwaukee Brewers – Shortstop
2009 Statistics (Triple-A): .265 (22-83), 1 HR, 6 RBI, 13 R, 11 SB (through 4/28)
Speed is the name of the game, with seven stolen bases in his last ten games, but it is his inability to get on base via the walk that is extremely disturbing. He’s walked just six times this season, a walk rate of 6.7%. That’s far from prototypical for a leadoff hitter. He’s also struggled mightily against righties, hitting just .222. With Rickie Weeks playing well, it’s hard to imagine him pushing for playing time, at least for now. Definitely monitor his progress, but he seems to be a ways away at this point.
Mat Gamel – Milwaukee Brewers – Third Baseman
2009 Statistics (Triple-A): .394 (28-71), 7 HR, 26 RBI, 18 R, 0 SB (through 4/28)
This start brings back memories of last season’s first half romp through Double-A, before injuries significantly slowed him down. Over his past 10 games, he’s hit five of his home runs with 15 RBI. I know his detractors point to his .447 BABIP, which is a fair point. There’s no way he maintains that in the major leagues, but he’s shown at every level the ability to hit for a shockingly high number. I’m not about to suggest he can keep it up, but the guy has proven that he can flat out hit and is worth eyeing in all formats. All that stands in his way is Bill Hall, for what that’s worth. Read more