Wells On Baseball Prospect Watch: American League

From Xander and Hoes to Bubba and Rubby, the American League has some interesting names and some great prospects. Photo: Wil Myers/AP

LOS ANGELES, July 3, 2013 — Tampa Bay made a trade for the future in the offseason. Among the prospects they received in return for James Shields from Kansas City was a kid named Wil Myers. He made his MLB debut in the middle of June and has been on a tear since, not a Puig tear, but a normal human tear, which Rays fans hope is more sustainable.

During spring training, Wells On Baseball selected two prospects from each organization to look out for in 2013. Here is how those selected prospects from American League teams have performed so far this season.

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American League West

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Oakland Athletics — OF Michael Choice, .290/.387/.440 11 HR at AAA. MLB Debut: To Be Determined. RHP Sonny Gray, 7-5, 3.02 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 9.3 K/9 at AAA. MLB Debut: To Be Determined.

Texas Rangers — SS Jurickson Profar, 31 Games, .257/.319/.381 3 HRs for Texas Rangers. MLB Debut: 9/2/12. RHP Cody Buckel, 5 games started, 9.1 IP, 20.25 ERA 4.071 WHIP, 28 BB, 9 Ks at AA. MLB Debut: To Be Determined.

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Anaheim Angels — 3B Kaleb Cowart, .216/.284/.316 5 HR, 7 SB at AA. MLB Debut: To Be Determined. LHP Nick Maronde, 1-2, 4.50 ERA, 1.706 WHIP, 24 games, all relief. Has an 11.57 ERA in 3 relief appearances in April for the Anaheim Angels. MLB Debut: 9/2/12.

Seattle Mariners — RHP Taijuan Walker, 5-7, 2.46 ERA, 1.033, 10.3 K/9 mostly in AA with one start at AAA. MLB Debut: To Be Determined. C Mike Zunino, 13 games, .227/.261/.341 1 HR for Seattle Mariners. MLB Debut: 6/12/13.

Houston Astros — 1B Jonathan Singleton, .254/.377/.491, 6HR, 16 RBI in 33 games between A, AA, and AAA. MLB Debut: To Be Determined. RHP Brad Peacock, 1-3, 8.07 ERA, 1.759 WHIP, 7.1 K/9, 29 IP, 9 Games, 5 started for Houston Astros. MLB Debut: 9/6/11.

American League Central

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Detroit Tigers — OF Avisail García, .438/.481/.603 2 HR, 2 SB in 17 games split between A+ (6) and AAA (11). MLB Debut: To Be Determined. LHP Casey Crosby, 2-5, 4.84 ERA, 1.647 WHIP, 9.5 K/9, 6.2 BB/9 in 13 starts at AAA. MLB Debut: 6/1/12.

Kansas City Royals — OF Bubba Starling, .223/.303/.367, 7 HR, 9 SB at A. MLB Debut: To Be Determined. RHP Yordano Ventura, 5-3, 3.10 ERA, 1.205 WHIP 10.5 K/9 split between AA (11 games) and AAA (5 games). MLB Debut: To Be Determined.

Cleveland Indians — SS Francisco Lindor, .307/.378/.411, 1 HR at A+. MLB Debut: To Be Determined. RHP Trevor Bauer, 4 starts, 1-2, 5.29 ERA, 1.824 WHIP, 5.8 K/9 for Cleveland Indians. MLB Debut: 6/28/12

Minnesota Twins — 3B Miguel Sano, .306/.399/.646 22 HR split between A+ (56 games) and AA (16 games). MLB Debut: To Be Determined. RHP Kyle Gibson,7-5, 3.01 ERA, 1.144 WHIP for AAA. MLB Debut: 6/29/13 – W, 6 IP, 2 ER, 5K, 0 BB against Kansas City.

Chicago White Sox — IF Carlos Sanchez, .240/.304/.297 11 SB at AAA. MLB Debut: To Be Determined. RHP Erik Johnson, 9-2, 2.21 ERA, 0.952 WHIP 9 K/9 mostly AA, has made one AAA start. MLB Debut: To Be Determined.

American League East

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Boston Red Sox — SS/3B Xander Bogaerts, .295/.388/.488, 10 HRs and 7 SBs split between AA and AAA. MLB Debut: To Be Determined. RHP Rubby De La Rosa,2-1, 2.28 ERA, 1.066 WHIP, 9.1 K/9, 4.1 K/9 in 14 starts for AAA. MLB Debut: 5/24/11.

Baltimore Orioles — L.J. Hoes, .304/.401/.409, 3 HRs, 6 SBs at AAA. MLB Debut: 9/25/12. RHP Dylan Bundy, No stats for 2013. Scheduled for Tommy John surgery on July 4. MLB Debut: 9/23/12.

New York Yankees — OF Slade Heathcott, .237/.306/.355, 4 HRs, 7 SBs at AA. MLB Debut: To Be Determined. RHP Brett Marshall, 3-6, 6.24 ERA, 1.811 WHIP in 14 starts at AAA. Had one start in May for the New York Yankees. He gave up five runs in 5 2/3 innings. MLB Debut: 5/15/13.

Toronto Blue Jays — OF D.J. Davis, .302/.362/.512, 0 HR, 2 SBs at RK. MLB Debut: To Be Determined. RHP Aaron Sanchez, 2-2, 2.77 ERA, 0.925 WHIP, 8.0 K/9 at A+. MLB Debut: To Be Determined.

Tampa Bay Rays — OF Wil Myers, .296/.309/.481, 3 HRs in 13 games for Tampa Bay Rays. MLB Debut: 6/18/13. RHP Chris Archer, 2-3, 4.50 ERA, 1.383 WHIP, 9.2 K/9 in six starts for Tampa Bay Rays. MLB Debut: 6/20/12.

Kevin J. Wells writes about Major League Baseball and punk rock music for The Washington Times Communities. Follow him on Twitter @WellsOnBaseball


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Kevin J. Wells was born and raised in the Los Angeles area in a town called Montrose.  He currently plays guitar for and is a founding member of the Los Angeles punk rock band Emmer Effer.  He has worked in a number of different career fields including Behavioral Therapy, Commodities, Insurance, and most recently a food cart in Portland, OR. Kevin has been both a sports and entertainment columnist and editor for The Washington Times Communities since January 2013.

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