Jedd Gyorko, 3rd (Padres): Gyorko is picking up where he left off during the 2011 season, dominating. Last night, he was 2-4 with a HR and a BB. Gyorko made our California League Top 10 and has a strong chance to make the top 50.
Jaff Decker, OF (Padres): Gyorko is not the only Padres prospect that impressed last night. Decker went 3-5 with a triple. This was a tough year for the OF prospect, as he struggled to make consistent contact. That is something Decker will hope to address this fall.
Ryan Jackson, SS (Cardinals): One of the minors finest defenders, Ryan Jackson, went 3-5, last night. He barely scratched the Cardinals top 30 according to Baseball America last winter, but Jackson held his own in the Texas league with a .749 OPS. The bat will need to continue to improve moving forward.
Tim Wheeler, OF (Rockies): Wheeler built on from the power he displayed during the regular season with a HR last night. 2011 was a big year for Wheeler, leading him to make our Texas League Top 10.
Kyle Skipworth, C (Marlins): Skipworth has done nothing but disappoint since the Marlins made him a top 10 pick in 2008. He did homer for Surprise last night, however. Skipworth has always displayed an impressive swing, but has failed to make any consistent contact in the minors.
Mike Olt, 3rd (Rangers): With 2 more HR’s last night, Olt now has 4 early on in the AFL. When healthy, Olt was very impressive during the regular season, and earned a strong spot in our Carolina League Top 10. He may never hit .300, but the power and ability to get on base are outstanding.
Josh Vitters, 3rd (Cubs): The former no. 3 overall pick is off to a strong start in the AFL. Last night, Vitters was 1-3, 2B and more importantly, a walk. The pure hitting ability and bat speed are there, but it has yet to translate to impressive numbers for Vitters. His approach still needs work and that is something he hopes to address this fall.
Will Middlebrooks, 3rd (Red Sox): Middlebrooks broke out in the 2011 campaign and hopes to continue his impressive streak this fall. He was 1-4, 2B and 3K’s last night. Middlebrooks strikes out more than one would like for a player that does not walk frequently.
Bryce Harper, OF (Nationals): Harper has yet to do much in the AFL, but he was 1-3 with a BB last night, collecting his first hit of the fall. Harper looks to show his ability to hit more advanced pitching, as he struggled some after a promotion to AA. As expected, Harper was atop our South Atlantic League Top 10.