The All-Prospect Second Team
My second team is below and Jonathan’s can be found at his blog, B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful. (Incidentally, I’m still searching for a better name for my blog than “Callis’ Corner” . . . suggestions are welcomed!)
Gary Sanchez, c, Yankees
Not a lot of outstanding catching prospect performances this year, but he held his own in Double-A at age 20.
Greg Bird, 1b, Yankees
Signed for $1.1 million as 2011 fourth-rounder, hit .288/.428/.511 in first taste of full-season ball this season.
Delino DeShields Jr., 2b, Astros
For me, his electric speed separated him from Rougned Odor (Rangers), even if DeShields is moving to center field in the Arizona Fall League.
Xander Bogaerts, ss, Red Sox
Shortstop is loaded, also could have gone with Carlos Correa (Astros), Francisco Lindor (Indians), Addison Russell (Athletics).
Maikel Franco, 3b, Phillies
Close call here vs. Garin Cecchini (Red Sox), who doesn’t have Franco’s power but has more athleticism and feel for hitting.
Wil Myers, of, Rays
After Jose Fernandez and Yasiel Puig, no rookie was more important or impressive in 2013.
Joc Pederson, of, Dodgers
Puig wasn’t Los Angeles’ only top outfield prospect; this guy has solid tools across the board.
Christian Yelich, of, Marlins
Shook off early-season foot and abdominal injuries to post second-best OPS (.753) among Miami regulars.
Archie Bradley, rhp, Diamondbacks
Challenges Taijuan Walker (Mariners) as game’s best pitching prospect, finished third in Minors in wins (14) and ERA (1.84) and sixth in strikeouts (162).
Henry Owens, lhp, Red Sox
Overpowers hitters without overpowering stuff, had twice as many whiffs (169) as hits allowed (84) while reaching Double-A.