Kansas City Royals
Francisco Pena C (AAA) - Pena only hit .240 but he slugged 27 homeruns. With gold glover Salvador Perez behind the plate for the royals he will need to find another position or team to get an opportunity with the Royals. In his previous seven years he had not hit in double digits in homeruns.
Lane Adams OF (AA) - He relies on his speed to play defense in center and to steal 38 bases. Not a lot of power (11, .427) and doesn’t hit for average (.269). He made his major league debut getting three at bats without any hits.
Andy Ferguson SP (AA) - A nice season at 11-9 with a 2.93 ERA. At 26 he may be better off in the KBO.
Glenn Sparkman SP (High A) - After relieving last year in his first season he put himself on the prospect map with an impressive season in the starting rotation (8-3, 1.56). Shows good command (25/117 walk to whiff ratio) and limited the opposition to a .213 average.
Mark Peterson Relief (High A) - He’s a fixture in the Royals minor league bullpen (1-2, 1.31) picking up 24 saves for a promotion to AA where he earned another three saves.
Chicago White Sox
Josh Phegley C (AAA) - At 26 he is getting a bit old to be considered the future catcher of the White Sox, but he did hit 23 homeruns. Needs to reduce his 14 passed balls but a 44 percent success rate on stolen bases shows a good arm.
Andy Wilkins 1B (AAA) - He showed some power for first with 30 homeruns and drove in 85 but with Jose Abreu at first his playing time will be limited.
Rangel Ravelo 1B (AA) - He did not show quite the power of Wilkins but is four years younger at 22. Rangel did hit 37 doubles with a .309 average, but only 11 homeruns and a .473 slugging. Good about making contact with a 66/77 walk to whiff ratio.
Jason Coats OF (High A) - A .291, 15, 75 season with a 35 doubles and a .487 slugging percentage should put him on the prospect map. Struggled to hit for power when promoted to AA and as a corner outfielder needs to show that pop to get an opportunity.
Courtney Hawkins OF Utl (High A) - A first round 2012 pick repeated High A. He improved his average from .178 to .240 and decreased his whiffs from 160 to 147 with more at bats.
Ezequiel Carrera OF (AAA) - He stole 43 bases and hit .307 but at 27 he is probably more a fourth outfielder. He can play centerfield.
Mike Hessman DH (AAA) - The minor league homerun leader with 417 among active players. At 36 he is contemplating retirement but he hit 28 homeruns at AAA. At that pace he would reach 500 in three years.
Devan Travis 2B (AA) - Last year he hit .351 at two levels. He wasn’t going to repeat that pace this year but a .298 average with 10 homeruns earned him an All Star spot. Last year he was the Tigers number 2 rated prospect but that position should drop a bit this year.
Steven Moya OF (AA) - An injury free year gave the 6′6″ Moya 515 at bats where he hit .276, 35 with 105 RBIs. A 23/161 walk to whiff ratio is a red flag as he hits at higher levels.
Angel Nesbitt Relief (High A) - In his sixth year he finally got his first full year in a full season league rising all the way to AA. He was 14 for 14 in saves with a 0.79 ERA. He struggled a bit in AA saving just 6 of 11 games. Between the two levels the opposition only hit him at a .183 clip.
Wynton Bernard OF (Low A) - He stole a career high 45 stolen bases, able to get on base frequently with a .323 average and a .394 OBA.
Buck Framer RH (Low A) - The fifth round 2013 draft pick went from low A to the major leagues. In Low A he was 12-6, 3.07 in 18 starts. In the major leagues he got two starts and two relief appearances where he was 11.57 ERA.
Kevin Ziomek LH (Low A) - The second round 2013 draft pick went 10-6, 2.27. The lefthander does not overpower with stuff but was able to impress with 152 whiffs in 123 innings of work.
Reynaldo Rodriguez DH (AA) - The rightfielder from Colombia hit 21 homeruns in AA. He struggled a bit when promoted to AAA (.156) but hit one more homerun to surpass his career high of 21 homeruns from last year.
Adam Brett Walker DH (High A) - A third round 2012 pick mauled Florida State League pitching for 25 homeruns, pretty impressive for a pitcher’s park. A .246 average and 156 whiffs are a cause of concern. His double numbers decreased leading to almost a 100 point drop in slugging.
Jose Berrios SP (High A) - The Puerto Rican 2012 first round pick with the mid-90s fastball went 9-3, 1.96 in the Florida State League. His strikeout numbers dropped after a promotion to AA.
Mitch Garver C (Low A) - Mitch slugged 16 homeruns with a 61/65 walk to whiff ratio, good contact rate for a power hitter. The catcher had a 32 percent stolen base success rate in gunning down base stealers.
Nick Gordon utl (Rookie) - The first round 2014 pick and son of Tom Gordon hit .294 in his debut. With his speed he should be better than his 11/18 stolen base rate.
Max Murphy OF (Rookie) - Hit .378 with 10 homeruns for a 1.206 OPS. Those numbers decreased substantially when promoted to Low A (.242/709) in a similar number of at bats.
Felix Jorge RHP (Rookie) - Another player who put up good numbers in rookie ball (4-2, 2.59) in 12 starts but struggled after a promotion (2-5, 9.00) is 12 appearances, eight of them starts.
James Ramsey OF (AA) - A Cardinal at the beginning of the season where he hit .300 with 13 homers in AA. The first round 2012 pick played in AAA for the Indians hitting .284. He will have more opportunities to fit in the outfield with the Indians.
Ryan Merritt SP (High A) - The smallish lefthander may not be able to repeat his 13-3, 2.58 at the higher levels.