Single A Hitters to Watch

Myworld took a look at A ball and identified two to three players in each league we felt were making an impact in the 2014 season.  They may not be the best prospects in the league, but the players are certainly making their mark.  While this may not be good enough to put them on a major league roster in 2014, watch for them in 2015.

Carolina League

Joey Gallo (Rangers) 3B - When Adrian Beltre is ready to hang it up the Rangers will have Joey Gallo ready for this position.  His 18 homeruns is a minor league high and despite his 55 whiffs in 49 games he is hitting .323.  He has also drawn 44 walks, but that is because pitchers fear pitching to him.  Look for a promotion soon to AA.

Jose Peraza (Braves) 2B - He was moved from shortstop because he wasn’t going to beat out Andrelton Simmons.  He leads the Carolina League in stolen bases with 25 and is second in the league in hitting with a .330 average.  The Venezuelan does not hit for a lot of power, but he makes contact, a new skill major league teams may want to focus on in this age of strikeouts.

California League

Corey Seager (Dodgers) SS - The son of Kyle who occupies third base for the Mariners, Corey could also occupy third base, but the Dodgers hope he meets the shortstop requirements.  He is tearing up the California League with a .361 average and his 1.003 OPS leads the league.

Teoscar Hernandez (Astros) OF - This is the definition of a five tool player.  The Dominican is hitting .291 with 12 doubles, seven triples and eight homeruns.  His 43 RBIs is second in the California League.  Teoscar also has 15 stolen bases in 18 attempts, but as a teammate of Carlos Correa his exploits may be getting over looked.

Anthony Kemp (Astros) 2B - At 5′6″ he could be a Jose Altuve clone.  His .340 average is second to Seager and his 20 stolen bases is second in the league.  Despite his small frame he has hit three homeruns.  The 2013 5th round pick has an impressive 29/23 walk to whiff ratio, showing an ability to get on base.

Florida State League

Brandon Nimmo (Mets) OF - The first round pick in the 2011 draft is finally starting to make waves.  The Florida State League is not an easy league for launching balls out of the park, so Nimmo is content with the gappers, hitting .340 with a 45/43 walk to whiff ratio to give him a league leading .952 OPS. The lefthanded hitter is hitting .357 against lefties.

Dalton Pompey (Blue Jays) OF - The Canadian will be a player to watch next year for myworld’s top ten Canadian prospects list.  Somehow we missed him last year.  The 16th round 2010 pick is hitting .333 with 19 stolen bases in 21 attempts.  His .899 OPS is second to Nimmo.

South Atlantic League

J.P. Crawford (Phillies) SS - The cousin of Carl is second in the league in hitting with his .344 average.  He also is showing good patience at the plate with a 25/24 walk to whiff ratio.  With Jimmie Rollins getting long in the tooth, the Phillies could be in the need for a shortstop in a couple years.  The lefthanded hitter rakes much better against right handed pitching (.359) than lefties (.281), especially when you consider slugging percentage (.531 vs. .313).

Carlos Asuaje (Red Sox) 3B - Listed at 5′9″ the Venezuelan packs a powerful punch.  His .990 OPS leads the league, fueled by a .313 average and a .447 OBA.  His 31/25 walk to whiff ratio shows patience and an ability to get on base.  His .543 slugging percentage is benefited by his seven triples.  Carlos has sent only three balls over the fence.  The left handed stick needs to improve his production against lefties (.229, .257 slugging).

Midwest League

Sebastian Elizalde (Reds) OF - Myworld missed out on him when putting together our top ten Mexican prospects list.  All he has done this year is lead the Midwest league in OPS (.995) with a .318 average and a 32/31 walk to whiff ratio.  He has also slugged seven homeruns.  The Reds signed him in 2013 after the 22 year old played four seasons in the Mexican League.  The lefthanded hitter is only hitting .148 versus lefties with a .259 slugging percentage, otherwise his numbers would be really impressive.

Herschel Powell (Athletics) OF - The 2012 20th round pick leads the Midwest League in hitting with a .337 average.  He also has a .456 OBA with a 38/36 walk to whiff ratio.  In his first two years in the league Herschel did not hit a homerun, but he already has two this year.  The down side is a 9 for 19 success rate in stolen bases, something that would not make Billy Beane happy.

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