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So… where were we?
The 2012 season is upon us and there’s almost too much going on. We’ve been busying updating all the blurbs on Prospect Watch to reflect assignments to teams, injuries, other news. We will try to be vigilant on keeping things updated and dynamic as the season progresses.
But there’s more than just Prospect Watch updates going on. There’s a new blog written by prospect-crazy fans/writers called The Futurists. I highly recommend you check it often. We have many contributors signed up, blogging about a wide spectrum of prospect-related issues. Read it and get involved — leave comments as we really want it to be an interactive experience.
Coming soon is another blog, one written by the prospects themselves. It’s called We the Prospects and we’re working on getting prospects across several levels and organizations to contributed. Stay tuned for when that one gets going full-tilt.
There’s a lot more in the works:
- International amateur Top 20 prospects
- 2012 Draft Top 100 prospects
- Weekly Prospect Watch notebook
I’ll be sure to update all when each is up and running. Trying the polls function out here, so please, weigh in on this week’s question:
Finally, I was looking at stuff I did during Spring Training and I realized I never posted my complete interview with Pirates prospect Josh Bell. It went with this story about him starting his first full season.
And we’re back with another update with our Top 50 prospects. There are some changes in store, so stay tuned to MLB.com tomorrow for an exciting new way to look/view/peruse our top prospects lists. I think you’ll find it pretty cool to take a look at. In that, there will be some changes to the initial Top 50 which I’ve been updating, thanks to players on the list surpassing the at-bats or service time levels to maintain rookie status, the benchmark I use when compiling the list.
Let’s start with the hitters, shall we?
Hitter of the Week: Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
Remember when he was “strugggling?” That lasted a long while. Last week, April 25-May 1, Harper went 9-for-24 (.375) with four doubles, three homers and 6 RBIs. That allowed him to raise his triple-slash line from .306/.414/.551 to .329/.424/.671. And he’s not done. He went 3-for-3 today (Tuesday) with another double. He’s now got a seven-game hitting streak going. Over his last 10 games, last year’s No. 1 pick is hitting .500/.600/1.156 over 32 at-bats. Of his 16 hits, 11 have been for extra-bases. He’s now hitting .355/.456/.697 for the year.
Pitcher of the Week: Jake Odorizzi, KC
There were a few candidates for weekly honors with several pitchers pitching well (and kudos to Jameson Taillon for getting his pro career officially started, albeit in a rain-shortened/suspended, two-inning stint). But Odorizzi, who is a step or two behind most of the Royals’ pitching prospects — perhaps in level only — deserves the shout out. On April 29, the right-hander tossed seven shutout innings for Wilmington in the Carolina League, allowing just three hits, walking none and striking out 10. It was the second straight 10-K performance for the young pitcher the Royals got from the Brewers in the Zack Greinke deal. For the year, Odorizzi’s got 30 K’s in 20 IP, while walking just four. I’m no stats genius, but I think a K/BB ratio of over 7/1 is good, right?
Don’t forget … keep an eye out for exciting new prospect coverage on MLB.com in the very near future.