2015 – “Ones To Watch” – American League

Welcome to our first ever UTRMinors.com “Ones to Watch” installment; sort of!  You’re probably asking yourself, “Why the “sort of!?!?”

As some of you may have already read in previous posts, Jim and I, for the last six years (20o9-2014), have kicked off the minor league baseball season with what we call “Breakout  Hitters/Pitchers of the Year” choices.  This all began over at MLBDepthCharts.com (now RosterResource) and we hope to continue the same success we had with MLBDC to our efforts here at UTRMinors. We started by choosing players from each National League club then added the American League starting in 2014. Over the years we’ve been rather successful with our choices.

Now, I use the word ‘success” rather loosely because that’s why Jim and I decided to change the ‘Breakout” feature to “One’s to Watch” (or OTW as you’ll get used to seeing) this season.  After looking down through our past lists, here are a just few of the kids we’ve hit on over the years: former Astro and current Detroit Tiger outfielder J.D. Martinez (2010 Astros Breakout selection), SF Giants Brandon Belt (2010 Breakout), former Diamondbacks and current White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton and current Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams (my 2012 STL Breakout P.O.Y)  Several of Jim’s pitchers include: current Milwaukee Brewers #3 starter Wily Peralta (2009 mention), current Philadelphia middle reliever Justin De Fratus (2010 Breakout), current Cincinnati Red swing-man Tony  Cingrani (2011 mention), current SD Padres set-up man Kevin Quackenbush (2012 Breakout) and Atlanta Braves’ Shae Simmons (2013 Breakouts). And as we reviewed our respective lists, we see names scattered from the last 2 to 3 years that are still in the minors.  These players could be used as examples during next years OTW introduction, as we continue to improve our processes and better hone our radars in choosing those on the cusp of a MLB roster spot.

So then, why the switch from “Breakout’s” to “Ones to Watch?”  Jim and I felt that the term ‘breakout’ had this sense of urgency to it.  Choosing a player to breakout during a chosen season was like playing the lottery even though we felt we had enough quantitative data to back our claims.  Unfortunately we’ve had our fair share of misses as well.  But hell, even professional scouts and expert prospect prognosticators miss the boat on even the most highly rated kids.  However Jim and I wanted to take the pressure off and simply expand the perimeters of the “breakout.”  I mean, isn’t Tigers OF J.D. Martinez proof that my predicted breakout back in 2010 was a little off?  His minor league stats gave me the indication that he had it in him to become an eventual major league regular.  The player development process takes time; and so we usher in the “Ones to Watch” era.  Much like our breakouts, these are kids we feel you should bookmark,  add to deep deep dynasty league scout teams or for the most hardcore fantasy players team notes.  One thing you might notice with our upcoming lists are kids who were also tabbed OAS picks within their respective organizations. These might be very deep level kids who’s 2014 garnered enough attention to be an OAS pick, yet not enough attention in our opinions to miss several 2015 preseason expert lists; or quite simply, kids who scored heavyweight TPS or PAG scores during their 2014 campaign.  So, without further adieu, we begin with our American League “Ones to Watch” list……

 

Baltimore

  • RHP Jonatan Isenia – 21 years old –  2014 level (GCL)                                                                  2-3, 2.30 ERA, 43 IP, 27 H, 18 ER, 15 BB, 46 K in 10 appearances (8 starts)
  • CF Glynn Davis  –  22 years old  –  2014 level (Hi-A Frederick/Double-A Bowie)               .299 average, 27 doubles,  23 stolen bases, .356 on-base percentage  

Boston

  • LHP Dedgar Jimenez – 18 years old –  2014 level (GCL)                                                               5-2, 3.28 ERA, 49.1 IP, 54 H, 18 ER, 8 BB, 37 K in 11 appearances (10 starts)
  • OF Luis Alexander Basabe  –  17 years old  –  2014 (DSL/GCL Red Sox)                               .269 average – 11 triples – 15 stolen bases –  .376 on-base percentage

Chicago White Sox

  • LHP Brian Clark – 21 years old –  2014 level (Rk Pioneer League)                                               3-4, 3.35 ERA, 48.1 IP, 47 H, 18 ER, 14 BB, 52 K in 15 appearances (9 starts)
  • 2B Toby Thomas  –  21 years old  –  2014 level (Rk Pioneer Lg./LoA Kannapolis)                     .245 average – 49% extra-base percentage

Cleveland

  • RHP Casey Shane – 18 years old –  2014 levels (AZL/Short-Season)                                         6-0, 2.35 ERA, 57.1 IP, 46 H, 15 ER, 16 BB, 45 K in 12 appearances (11 starts)
  • CF Gabriel Mejia  –  18 years old  –  2014 level (DSL Indians)                                                 .335 average –  51:50 BB:K rate –  72 stolen bases –  .443 on-base percentage –  .979 Fld%

Detroit

  • RHP Fernando Perez – 21 year old – 2014 level (Short-Season)                                                   6-4, 3.63 ERA, 69.1 IP, 71 H, 28 H, 24 BB, 58 K in 14 starts
  • 1B/3B –> CF* –  Junnell Ledezma  –  18 years old – 2014 level (VSL Tigers)                       .326 average  –  .385 on-base percentage – 11 stolen bases  –  .465 SLG %

Houston

  • RHP Joshua James – 22 year old – 2014 Level (Rk Appy League)                                              1-3, 2.72 ERA, 39.2 IP, 35 H, 12 ER,  15 BB, 45 K in 13 appearances (6 starts)
  • 1B Chase McDonald – 22 years old – 2014 level (LoA Quad Cities/HiA Lancaster        .278 average – 25 doubles – 16 home runs – 41% extra-base % – .992 career Fld. % 

Kansas City

  • RHP Alec Mills – 23 year old – 2014 Levels (Rk Pioneer League / LoA)                                    4-3, 2.35 ERA, 57.1 IP, 45 H, 15 ER, 14 BB, 47 K in 14 appearances (13 starts)
  • SS Corey Toups  –  22 years old  –  2014 level (Rookie Lg. Idaho Falls)                                 .335 average  –  20 doubles  –  43:38 BB:K rate  –  .453 on-base percentage

Los Angeles Angels

  • RHP Jose Rodriguez  – 19 year old – 2014 Level (Rk AZL)                                                           2-1, 4.85 ERA, 26 IP, 34 H, 14 ER, 5 BB, 29 K in 9 appearances (4 starts)
  • 3B Zach Houchins  –  22 years old  –  2014 level (RK. Lg Orem/LoA Burlington)               .305 average –  19 doubles –  .362 on-base percentage –  2:1 K:BB ratio 

Minnesota

  • RHP Sam Gibbons – 21 year old – 2014 Level (Rk Appy League)                                                4-5, 3.88 ERA, 65 IP, 63 H, 28 ER, 18 BB, 63 K in 12 starts
  • OF Max Murphy  –  21 years old  –  2014 level (Rk. Lg Elizabethton/LoA Cedar Rapids)         .309 average –  14 doubles – 14 home runs –  .403 on-base percentage –  .983 Fld.%

New York Yankees

  • LHP Justin Kamplain – 22 year old – 2014 Levels (Short-Season / LoA)                                  1-0, 1.65 ERA, 43.2 IP, 26 H, 8 ER, 13 BB, 46 K in 14 appearances (11 starts)
  • OF Carlos Vidal  –  18 years old  –  2014 level (DSL Yankees2)                                                       .361 average –  65 runs scored –  42:32 BB:K rate –  .482 OB% –  .979 OPS

Oakland

  • RHP Jesus Zambrano – 18 year old – 2014 Level (Rk AZL)                                                          6-3, 4.33 ERA, 70.2 IP, 66 H, 34 ER, 18 BB, 63 K in 14 appearances (12 starts)
  • RF Tyler Marincov  –  23 years old  –  2014 level (LoA Beloit/HiA Stockton)                             .268 average –  34 doubles – 18 home runs –  77 RBi – 18 SB – .975 Fld. %

Seattle

  • RHP Daniel Missaki – 18 year old – 2014 Level (Rk Appy League)                                             6-3, 2.76 ERA, 58.2 IP, 46 H, 18 ER, 16 BB, 62 K in 11 starts
  • C  Onil Pena  –  18 years old  –  2014 level (DSL Mariners)                                                     .302 average –  .360 on-base percentage –  28% caught stealing rate.  

Tampa Bay

  • RHP  Hyrum Formo – 22 year old – 2014 Level (Rk Appy League)                                            3-1, 3.93 ERA, 50.1 IP, 45 H, 22 ER, 8 BB, 46 K in 11 starts
  • LF Hunter Lockwood  –  22 years old  –  2014 level (Short Season Hudson Valley)            .266 average –  13 doubles –  13 home runs 

Texas

  • LHP Frank Lopez – 21 year old – 2014 Level (Rk AZL / LoA)                                                      4-3, 2.73 ERA, 79 IP, 71 H, 24 H, 24 BB, 87 K in 20 appearances (19 starts)
  • RF  Luke Tendler  –  23 years old  –  2014 level (Short Season Spokane)                                     .316 average –  18 doubles –  11 home runs –  .390 on-base % –  .531 SLG% –  .921 OPS

Toronto

  • LHP Ryan Borucki – 21 year old – 2014 Level (Rk Appy Lg / Short-Season)                            3-2, 2,37 ERA, 57 IP, 39 H, 15 ER, 9 BB, 52 K in 13 appearances (10 starts)
  • 3B  Bryan Lizardo  –  17 years old  –  2014 level (DSL Blue Jays)                                            .263 average –  17 doubles –  41 walks –  .379 on-base percentage 
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