Every year there are loads of prospects putting up big numbers in Spring Training, and this year is no different. While those numbers don't necessarily translate to big league success, or even roster spots, they're far from meaningless.There are plenty of Major League-ready prospects competing for spots on Opening Day
Every year there are loads of prospects putting up big numbers in Spring Training, and this year is no different. While those numbers don't necessarily translate to big league success, or even roster spots, they're far from meaningless.
There are plenty of Major League-ready prospects competing for spots on Opening Day rosters, but that's far from the case for all of the prospects in camp. Some are simply looking to leave an impression -- perhaps push themselves toward the front of the line for a callup later in the season -- while others may simply be learning a new position or organization.
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That being said, let's take a look at some prospects that have been generating buzz and putting forth strong performances this spring. Not only are players listed with their prospect ranks, but also with a time frame for their potential Major League arrival.
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• No. 27 overall prospect Lewis Brinson (Marlins' No. 1) seems to be comfortable back in his home state of Florida. The 23-year-old is hitting .353 and looks ready to contribute to a rebuilding Marlins club.
• No. 41 overall prospect Ryan McMahon (Rockies' No. 2) entered Spring Training as Colorado's likely Opening Day starter at first base and has certainly hit like he's ready to take over the job. McMahon, who has a hit in three straight games, is .340 with a .885 OPS.
• Steven Duggar (Giants' No. 3) has just 13 games at the Triple-A level under his belt, but came into camp with a chance to win a job in San Francisco's outfield and has shown both power and an ability to hit. Duggar is hitting .273 with four homers in 33 at-bats.
• Colin Moran (Pirates' No. 8) came into Spring Training with a big, new opportunity and is taking advantage early. After being acquired in the Gerrit Cole trade, the third baseman arrived in Pittsburgh with a chance to be an Opening Day starter for the first time in his career, and he is hitting .379 with two hits in back-to-back games.
• Franchy Cordero (Padres' No. 10) is on the cusp of making San Diego's roster, and if he finishes Spring Training as hot as he's been thus far, it will be hard for the Padres to send him to Triple-A. Cordero has a .364/.462/.758 slash line.
• Anthony Santander (Orioles' No. 8) was picked up in the 2016 Rule 5 Draft and then spent the bulk of 2017 on the disabled list. As a result, the O's need to keep him on the 25-man roster for the first 44 days of the season to retain his rights. So far, Santander is giving the organization something to think about as he's hitting .349 with a .960 OPS.
• Yairo Munoz (Cardinals' No. 12) seemingly increases his chances of landing on the Opening Day roster every day. Not only does Munoz continue to hit, with a .375/.412/.625 slash line and a pair of homers, but he can play all over the diamond, having logged innings at six positions (2B, SS, 3B, LF, CF, RF) throughout his career.
• Dan Vogelbach (Mariners' No. 11) may not have been projected to crack the Opening Day roster when Spring Training began, but he's certainly played his way into the conversation. With Ryon Healy recovering from a hand injury, Vogelbach has stepped up. The 25-year-old has a 1.262 OPS to go with a .394 Spring Training average.
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• No. 2 overall prospect Ronald Acuna (Braves' No. 1) may be ready to play in the Majors by Opening Day, but he's only played 54 Triple-A games in his career and if the Braves keep him in Gwinnett for a bit, they get an extra year of control. That being said, Acuna has already hit a pair of homers, is hitting .412 and has stolen four bases.
• No. 11 overall prospect Francisco Mejia's (Indians' No. 1) bat has never been a question and he showed why in Spring Training. Mejia is hitting .421/.450/.842, but will begin the season in the Minors as he continues to develop defensively.
• No. 16 overall prospect Kyle Tucker (Astros' No. 2) has hit all spring, but there simply isn't room on Houston's roster as of now. Tucker is hitting .375 with four homers and has put together four multihit efforts.
• No. 22 overall prospect Willy Adames (Rays' No. 2) has a hit in eight of the 10 games he's played in and is hitting .364/.400/.727 with two homers and six RBIs.
• No. 32 overall prospect A.J. Puk (Athletics' No. 1) has pitched in three Cactus League games and has an ERA of 0.00. Not much needs to be said after that, but Puk has yielded four hits and struck out six over eight innings.
• No. 35 overall prospect Scott Kingery (Phillies' No. 2) had a breakout season in 2017 and has shown that those results weren't a fluke early in Spring Training. Kingery, like Acuna, will likely be kept in the Minors to keep him under club control for an extra year, despite his .393/.433/.786 Spring Training slash line.
• No. 45 overall prospect Austin Meadows (Pirates' No. 2) has struggled with health during his career, but he was a Top 10 pick in 2013 and those tools have shown as he's hit .368 and collected eight RBIs in 19 at-bats.
• No. 65 overall prospect Miguel Andujar (Yankees' No. 4) has 55-grade power and has put it on display often. Andujar, who is extremely well-regarded within the organization, has four homers (tied for third in all of baseball) and a .985 OPS.
• No. 66 overall prospect Franklin Barreto (Athletics' No. 3) struggled in two big league stints in 2017, but has fared much better in spring. The shortstop is hitting .333 and has hits in six of his past seven games.
• No. 68 overall prospect Fernando Romero (Twins' No. 2) has been absolutely dominant and has a 0.13 WHIP through four appearances (eight innings). Not only has Romero yet to allow a run, but he's yet to even allow a hit and has shown solid command, notching eight strikeouts versus one walk.
• No. 80 overall prospect Nick Gordon (Twins' No. 4) has made some nice plays with his glove -- playing both second base and shortstop -- but has also hit well, with a .471/.500/.647 slash line.
• James Farmer (Dodgers' No. 25) got 20 at-bats in a Dodgers uniform and will almost certainly get more this season. Not only is the 27-year-old showing well at the plate, hitting .500 with a 1.677 OPS, but he's also been getting reps at third base to increase his versatility.
• Domingo German (Yankees' No. 18) isn't the most highly-discussed Yanks prospect, but his performances have helped force his name into the conversation. German has given up one earned run -- a solo homer -- in four appearances (10 2/3 innings) and has struck out 13.
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• No. 8 overall prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. (Padres' No. 1) had a huge season in 2017, flew up prospect lists and entered the spring with lofty expectations. Tatis is hitting .281 overall, but his entire skillset was widely displayed when he went 4-for-4 with five RBIs on March 4.
• No. 56 overall prospect Keston Hiura (Brewers' No. 1) is leaving a strong impression in his first big league camp. Milwaukee's first-round pick from last year's Draft is hitting .400 with 10 hits in 25 at-bats.
• No. 61 overall prospect Dylan Cease (White Sox No. 5) has thrown well in his first taste of the Cactus League. The right-hander has yet to allow a run and has posted a 0.95 WHIP with nine strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings across three appearances (two starts).
• Joey Lucchesi (Padres' No. 9) also has a perfect 0.00 ERA after three Cactus League appearances (one start). The 24-year-old lefty has a 0.57 WHIP and a 0.91 batting average against as he's fanned six and given up two hits over seven innings.
William Boor is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.