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Checking In: Baseball’s Top Prospects

As we enter the third month of the baseball season, which is hard to believe, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at how and where baseball top prospects are playing.  There has been a ton of movement already and unfortunately injuries too which is all a part of the game.

I am using the list that Legends On Deck’s Kirk Cahill compiled prior to the season starting.  If you would like to take a look back at the list, you can find it here [Top Prospects].

1. Kris Bryant (Cubs) – Bryant, as we all know had an amazing spring.  Much to the dislike by Cubs fans everywhere, Bryant started the season in Triple-A Iowa.  He played just seven games in Iowa, hitting .321 with three home runs and 10 RBI before being called up to the Cubs.

After a little bit of a slow start in the majors, Bryant has found his groove and is living up to what everyone had hoped.  In his 40 games of major league experience, Bryant’s hitting line is .281/.395/.479/.875, with seven home runs and 32 runs batted in.  He is in the discussion for an All-Star appearance and is a candidate for NL Rookie of the Year.

2. Carlos Correa (Astros) – The fans of the Houston Astros have been hearing Correa’s name since he was drafted and have waited to see him play at Minute Maid Park.  The wait will be a bit longer, but the time will soon come so be patient.  Correa started the season in Double-A Corpus Christi, but nobody at that level was able to stop him.  He was promoted to Triple-A Fresno after hitting .385 in Double-A.

Correa has played in 19 games so far for Fresno and his batting line isn’t overly impressive yet, but he is still just 20-years old.  He needs some more time to develop and could possibly be a late-summer or September call-up, but staying in the minors at least for this season is probably more likely.

3. Byron Buxton (Twins) – Buxton is another name it seems we have been hearing about for quite awhile, but still has some room to grow.  Staying healthy will be the biggest challenge moving forward, but the guy certainly has the goods.

He is currently playing for the Twins Double-A affiliate Chattanooga Lookouts of the Southern League.  He is hitting .262 with six home runs and 35 RBI in 47 games.  The Twins are really in no need to rush him along as they are playing tremendous ball right now.  Unless he starts tearing the cover off the ball, I feel that he will finish the season in Double-A.

4. Addison Russell (Cubs) – Russell was acquired by the Cubs from the Oakland A’s last July in a deal that sent Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija the other way.  He started the year playing for the Iowa Cubs as a teammate of Bryant’s before getting called up in late April.  Before the promotion, Russell was hitting .318 in 11 games for Iowa with a home run and nine driven in.

The adjustment to life in the major leagues can’t be an easy one.  Russell is doing a decent job so far in Chicago and the Cubs’ faithful have to be thrilled with the youth movement that is going on.  In his 34 games in the majors, Russell is hitting .252 with four home runs and 14 RBI.

5. Francisco Lindor (Indians) – Since being drafted as a 17-year old, Lindor has bounced around pretty much every level in the minor leagues so far.  He has found a home so far this season playing for the Indians Triple-A team, the Columbus Clippers.

In 46 games this season, Lindor is hitting .249 with a home run and 19 RBI.  It isn’t really known what the Indians plan is with him, but staying in Triple-A may be a better option instead of rushing him through and calling him up too soon.

 

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John Ginder

Site Co-Founder/Senior Editor and Co-Host at Legends on Deck® The Podcast
In the past John has been a part of such successful sites as MetsMerizedOnline and MetsMinors.net.John was born and raised in upstate New York and has a love of all sports but mainly baseball. He has grown used to heartache with his teams as he roots for the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres too.John has a loving and understanding wife and is the the proud father of two amazing boys.He also loves heavy metal music.

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