A week ago, I updated Jurickson Profar with news that his hitting streak had reached 21 games. Well, Profar’s streak has now swelled to 29, the longest in pro ball this year. With the graduations of Bryce Harper, Mike Trout and Matt Moore, Profar takes over as the game’s top prospect and it’s not too soon to start considering how and when he fits in with the Rangers. With Ian Kinsler signed through 2018, and Adrian Beltre through 2016, it seems Profar won’t have a clear path to Arlington ’til Elvis Andrus hits free agency after the 2014 season. I have to assume he’ll be ready before then, however, which leads me to speculate about a transition to outfield or a trade, perhaps. I suppose this is a good problem to have from the Rangers’ vantage point. It’ll be interesting to watch how the situation plays out.
Matt Adams | 1B, Cardinals – There was plenty of buzz around Adams during Spring Training as the 23-year-old slugger was murdering the ball in big league camp. Despite the impressive audition, St. Louis sent him to Triple-A Memphis where he’s hit .338/.373/.597 with 9 HR through his first 150 plate appearances. After Lance Berkman’s injury on Saturday night, however, Adams is on his way to Los Angeles in time to join the Cardinals for their Sunday contest versus the Dodgers. With an advanced approach, solid on base skills, and plus power, Adams has a chance to do damage in the bigs right away. He’s worth an add in most formats.
Danny Hultzen | LHP, Mariners – After a rough debut, Hultzen has settled in and is now cruising through the Southern League. After eight Double-A appearances, his ERA sits at 1.81 and his WHIP at 0.99. No one thought he’d need much time in the minors and he appears to be validating that sentiment.
Anthony Rizzo | 1B, Cubs – He’s up to 14 homers and his OPS sits at 1.122. Maybe the Ricketts would like to see him defame Obama before they feel comfortable with the call up. Did things just get uncomfortably political here at Razzball? Grey Albright for prez!
Zach Wheeler | RHP, Mets – Through 37.2 IP at Double-A, Wheeler’s posted a 2.15 ERA while whiffing 45. The feature piece in the Carlos Beltran swap last summer, Wheeler has been excellent during his first stint at Double-A.
Noah Syndergaard | RHP, Blue Jays – Syndergaard has been destroying Midwest League hitters, striking out 38 batters through his first 28.2 IP. I expect a breakout campaign from this wonderfully athletic 19-year-old as he pushes toward High Class A.
Nick Tepesch | RHP, Rangers – Combined with teammate Jimmy Reyes to no-hit the Wilmington Blue Rocks in Carolina League play on Saturday. Tepesch was impressive, sitting at 92-95 with his fastball, but he still has a ways to go before he’s taken seriously as a prospect.
Wil Myers / Jake Odorizzi | Royals – I wrote about both these dudes last week, as the two were blazing hot at Double-A. Well, the pair was bumped up to Triple-A Omaha this week and the countdown to their respective arrivals has begun.
Trevor Bauer | RHP, D’backs – Bauer, too, was promoted to Triple-A this past week. His first Pacific Coast League start looked like this: 8 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 11 K, and most importantly, just one walk. Bauer surrendered a solo bomb, but he seems to have sorted out the control issue, which was really the only thing holding him back from a gig in the majors. Expect his arrival in Arizona any week now.