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5 Must Watch Prospects Every Fan Should Know

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Every Major League club has their top prospects’ list and die-hard fans look forward to the rise of the organization’s young talent. But, the Minor Leagues are filled with players who are working hard to make their dreams come true and som teams are just one player away from a Championship. Below is a list of five prospects that are a :must-watch: and may make an impact in the Majors sooner than later.

Steven Moya, CF (Triple-A Toledo MudHens/Detroit Tigers): The twenty-four year old Moya was once considered a “no-brainer” when it com to the future of the Tigers’ outfield. Ranked as the 10th best prospect in the Tigers’ Organization, he made his Major League debut on September 1, 2014 but, has yet to be an everyday player on the active roster. This past offseason the Tigers even acquired outfielder Justin Upton, making it even more difficult for Moya to make a move. But, with the Tigers’ current struggles both offensively and defensively, they may need alternate options later in the season. Moya, who signed with the Detroit Tigers as a non-drafted free agent in October 2008, has had a solid season so far with Triple-A Toledo, and was named the “Player of the Week” in the International League last week (week ending 5/8). In those six games he was 11-for-24 with four homers and 10 RBIs.

C.J. Hinojosa, SS (Single-A Advanced San Jose Giants/San Francisco Giants): Hinojosa is currently a staple on the San Jose Giants not only at the plate but also at shortstop. Th twenty-one year old is currently leading the California League with a .383 batting average and is tied for third in the league with runs scored at twenty-five. Hinojosa is slugging .511 along with two homers and 14 RBIs in twenty-six games. He was drafted in the 11th Round of the 2015 MLB Draft while playing at the University of Texas, last season in his first season of professional ball in the Northwest League, he hit .328 in forty-eight games.

Chance Sisco, C ( Double-A Bowie Baysox/ Baltimore Orioles): Catcher Chance Sisco was drafted in the 2nd Round of the 2013 MLB Draft and has been a solid presence at the plate in the Baltimore Orioles’ Organization. In 2015, between Single-A Advanced Frederick Keys and Double-A Bowie, he hit a combined .297 with six homers and 34 RBIs. The tenty-one year old was the 2014 and 2015 Minor League All-Star of the Baltimore Orioles Organization and this season in the Eastern League is no different. So far in 2016, he is second in the Eastern League with a .342 batting average is slugging .421 and a .462 OBP. While he is without a homerun this season, he dous have six doubles and 11 RBIs.

Tanner Banks, LHP (Class Low-A Kannapolis Intimidators/ Chicago White Sox): Left-hander Tanner Banks is currently 6-0 so far this season with the Intimidators. The twenty-four year old has struck out twenty-nine batters in 36.1 innings and a respectable 2.48 ERA/ 1.05 WHIP. On April 20, 2016, he pitched a complete game shutout on just 97 pitches against the West Virginia Power in which he allowed five hits and one walk while striking out five batters; that week he was also named the “Player of the Week” for that dominating outing. Banks was drafted in the 18th Round of the 2014 MLB Draft out of Salt Lake Community College. Last season he was named the Post-Season All-Star of the Pioneer League.

Connor Sadzeck, RHP (Double-A Frisco RoughRiders/Texas Rangers): Connor Sadzeck was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 11th Round of the 2011 MLB Draft while playing at Texas’ Howard County Junior college. He had an outstanding first season of professional ball in 2013 with a 12-4 record and a 2.25 ERA. At the start of the 2014 season, he had to undergo Tommy John Surgery causing him to miss the entire eason as well as the start of the 2015 season. This season with the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders, the twenty-four yar old has a Texas League tying 4-0 record in five starts with a 2.60 ERA and a Texas League second-best 0.92 WHIP; he has struck out twenty-nine batters in 34.2 innings pitched and has allowed ten runs.

Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany

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