The minor league season is in full swing and nearly every player that signed has made his professional debut. Some have gotten off to very hot starts while some are still adjusting to professional pitching. I have split this post up in to two parts. In the first part I will take a look at picks 1-15 and in the second part I will take a look at the rest of the first round. I present to you part 1 and look for part 2 in the coming days. Enjoy.
- Gerrit Cole: Cole has started 3 games over 12.0 innings thus far. He has a 5.25 ERA, an impressive 18 strikeouts, 4 walks, and has given up 3 homeruns. He is currently at High A Bradenton and I imagine the 21 year old righty will spend most of the year there.
- Danny Hultzen: Hultzen is a part of the most talented staff in the minor leagues and he has impressed. The 22 year old lefty has a 2.08 ERA in 4 starts and 21.2 innings pitched. He has 26 strikeouts, 11 BB, and has not allowed a homerun. He is at AA and I think he could reach AAA around June or July and maybe even a cup of coffee in the bigs in September.
- Trevor Bauer: Bauer got off to a nice start in 2011 and has picked things up even more in 2012. He is currently at AA and between 2011 and 2012 he has a 3.35 ERA, 13.2 K/9, and a 5.6 BB/9 in 48.1 innings. This year he is at AA and has a 0.40 ERA and I could see him up inArizonasome point this year.
- Dylan Bundy: Bundy has been the most impressive draftee thus far as he has been almost perfect in 4 starts (13 innings). His first three starts (each were three innings each) were perfect but he allowed his first walk in his fourth start. He has yet to allow a hit and has a 14.5 K/9. He is 19 at Low A and I think he will spend time here and at High A in 2012.
- Bubba Starling: Starling has yet to make his debut. He is in extended spring training but I imagine he’ll make his debut at Low A.
- Anthony Rendon: Rendon started off the season 2-4 with two walks but then suffered a partial fracture in his left ankle while rounding third base. He is currently at High A and the injury does not appear to be too serious.
- Archie Bradley: Bradley pitched in 2 innings in 2011 but has been fantastic so far in 2012. This year at Class A he has a 1.71 ERA, 11.1 K/9, and a 4.7 BB/9 in 21 innings pitched.
- Francisco Lindor: Lindor debuted at Low A in 2011 but started off at High A this year. In 2012 he is hitting .259/.318/.383 with 1 homerun, 6 stolen bases, 11 strikeouts, and 7 walks in 88 plate appearances
- Javier Baez: Baez saw 18 plate appereances between Rookie ball and Low A in 2011 but he started off 2012 in extended spring training. I imagine the 19 year old will start 2012 at Low A.
- Cory Spangenberg: Spangenberg got off to a hot start in 2011 between Low A and Class A but has started off slow in 2012. At High A he is hitting .225/.291/.296 with 8 stolen bases after posting an average above .300 in 2011. I think he will reach AA by the end of the year.
- George Springer: Springer struggled in his 2011 debut at Low A but has improved in 2012 while at High A. He is hitting .257/.296/.446 with 2 homeruns, 3 triples, and 4 stolen bases in 81 plate appearances this year.
- Taylor Jungmann: He has been solid in 2012 thus far at High A. He has a 3.18 ERA but the 5.6 K/9 and 3.6 BB/9 are not the best looking. He’s pitched in 22.2 innings and I don’t think it will be long before he is at AA.
- Brandon Nimmo: The 19 year old did not get off to the best start in 2011 hitting .211/.318/.368 at Rookie ball but he has started 2011 in extended spring training. I’d imagine he’ll start the year at Low A.
- Jose Fernandez: The Marlins first round pick has been very impressive in 2012 thus far. He has a 1.57 ERA with a 12.9 K/9, 3.1 BB/9, and has not allowed a homerun in 23 innings.
- Jed Bradley: The others Brewers’ first round arm has had a great start to the year at High A with Jungmann. He has a 1.50 ERA, 8.6 K/9, and a 1.5 BB/9 in 24 innings. Like Jungmann, I think Bradley will be up at AA before too long.
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