- Jeff Malm … Scouts praised Malm for his advanced bat and enormous power potential when being drafted. And while I was very concerned after his first showings in the GCL and after Bailey and Glaesmann being promoted to Bowling Green over him, he this season shows what scouts saw in him. The power is there (.272 ISO, 11 HR's in only 182 PA's), the plate discipline is okay (BB% of 11.0; K% of 20.3) and he makes good contact for a power hitter.
- Drew Vettleson … The 1st supplemental round pick looks very good. The bat is as advertised and I can’t wait to see him performing in full season ball next year. His AVG – OBP – OPS – wOBA stat line since my last breakdown is a fantastic .349 - .420 – 1.032 - .452.
- Derek Dietrich … You can really see the progress here. His approach at the plate really improved since the last breakdown. After having a BB:K ratio of 16:66 at the last breakdown he has a ratio of 15:28 since then. Additionally, he shows power (8 HR, 19 Xtra base hits in last 154 PA’s) and good contact (.303 AVG). Overall he has a stat line of .303 - .390 - .973 and a wOBA of .396 since my last breakdown.
- Robinson Chirinos … His bat has finally come alive since mid May. And while Jose Lobaton sadly got hurt as soon as he was promoted to the bigs, Chirinos seems to use his chance to conquer Jaso/Shoppach for a roster spot.
I’m sorry for not mentioning other very well performing players like Tyler Bortnick (NEEDS A PROMOTION!!!), Oscar Hernandez (Doug is watching him closely in his series of posts), Cameron Seitzer and Taylor Motter (ALSO IN NEED OF A PROMOTION), Russ Canzler (has to get a chance in the bigs in September) and Desmond Jennings (finally up for good).4 prospects falling
- Justin O’Conner … I’m really concerned now with his bat. He has contact problems and strikes out way too much. His stat line over the last 108 PA’s was .141 - .213 - .455 with a wOBA of .214.
- Joshua Sale … You can see glimpses of the power potential which made him even being rumored as a top 10 pick last year. Unfortunately, reports which suggested that his bat is not as advanced and which said that he sometimes looked lost at the plate in XST are true. It's way too early to give up on him, though. He has only had 148 PA's in his professional career so far.
- Cesar Perez … Advertised as a third baseman with enormous power potential he received a signing bonus of 1 mio. $. As it is with most 16/17 year olds they are still very raw at the plate. Nevertheless, the Rays were aggressive and played him in the GCL with 17 years of age. Sadly, Perez, hasn’t showed anything so far. His ’11 stat line is an abysmal .118 - .169 - .288 with a wOBA of .150.
- Prep ’11 draftees so far … While the sample sizes are small and it’s their first pro experience: Nearly all of the high drafted prep position players struggle with some heavily struggling (Grandon Goetzman, James Harris Jr.). And while Johnny Eierman, Riccio Torrez and J.D. Davis (nearly signed) haven’t played yet I really hope for Mikie Mahtook, Tyler Goeddel and Trevor Mitsui to sign.