Following are the top 5 leaders in our farm system for players who qualified with at least 200 at-bats in their respective league. For a summary on what wRC+ is, click here for further reading.
Pacific Coast League
First Base, Mark Hamilton: wRC+ of 136 (6th Place out of 32 qualifiers…ok, I already cheated)
Slash line: .352/.442/.486
Positives: Good patience, BB% ranks top 20 in PCL. K% of 13.9% is over 10% drop from career norm in upper levels. Line drive rate produces high average.
Negatives: Position. Lack of home run power this season, which is even more troubling from a bat that didn’t project plus power at first base. Slight age concern.
Shorstop, Tyler Greene: wRC+ of 166 (1st place out of 28 qualifiers)
Slash line: .338/.425/.630
Positives: Plus power at position, ISO ranks 4th of all PCL hitters. Above average speed with good instincts (24 SB, 1 CS). Average-to-above average patience. Good range at shortstop.
Negatives: Age. Struggled when given MLB at-bats. High K% of 25.4% leads to doubt about being able to translate numbers to major-league level. BABIP of .423 is unsustainable.
Catcher, Audry Perez: wRC+ of 81 (5th place out 8 qualifiers)
Slash line: .261/.279/.430
Positives: Age appropriate. Above average power for catcher with ISO of .169. Low K rate and has decreased K% upon promotion to each level (20.6, 17.8, 14.8, 11.9). Good defensively behind the plate.
Negatives: Very little patience. Inconsistent caught stealing ratio behind plate at high-A and AA, but that’s nitpicking at this point. Will have to produce higher average if patience doesn’t develop.
First Base, Matt Adams: wRC+ of 146 (2nd place out of 12 qualifiers)
Slash line: .314/.373/.594
Positives: Line drive stroke leads to high average. Plus power. Age appropriate. ISO ranks first of all Texas League hitters. Low K% for the power he projects.
Negatives: Positional concern will always follow first baseman through the minors. Below average patience for position.
Second Base, Eric Duncan: wRC+ of 118 (4th place out of 14 qualifiers)
Slash line: .271/.320/.526
Positives: Above average power for 2011. Can play multiple positions.
Negatives: Too old for AA. Below average patience. Power numbers this season are not in line with rest of career in minors (hasn’t posted a slugging percentage above .400 since 2006 in the Eastern League). BABIP of .281 falls roughly in line with career numbers.
Second Base, Jose Garcia: wRC+ of 113 (5th place out of 14 qualifiers)
Slash line: .312/.369/.400
Positives: Above average speed. Can play all infield positions. Age appropriate. K% of 15.7% is good for level.
Negatives: BABIP of .370 is unsustainable and has only produced a BABIP of .300+ once with at least 100 at-bats on any level. Low patience. Little projectable power.
Shorstop, Ryan Jackson: wRC+ of 102 (3rd place out of 12 qualifiers)
Slash line: .280/.340/.418
Positives: Above average range. Average patience. Average-to-slightly above average strikeout rate. BABIP of .317 indicates batting average not driven by luck. Slightly above average power for position in Texas League and has increased ISO through each level (.024, .076, .102, .140). Age appropriate.
Negatives: Doesn’t project to be anything better than average in any offensive category. Below average speed at position.
Third Base, Zack Cox: wRC+ of 118 (3rd place out of 11 qualifiers)
Slash line: .316/.382/.461
Positives: Line drive rate will lead to high average. Average-to-slightly above average strikeout rate. Proven ability to improve after consistent playing time at each level. Age appropriate.
Negatives: Projected power has yet to develop (though has shown significant bump since July). Questions defensively.
Florida State League
First Base, Xavier Scruggs: wRC+ of 127 (4th place out of 21 qualifiers)
Slash line: .258/.341/.481
Positives: ISO of .223 shows above average power.
Negatives: Too old for level. Very high K% of 26.1% proves that he will have hard time maintaining a good batting average. Position concern. Slightly below average patience.
Second Base, Greg Garcia: wRC+ 120 (4th place out of 18 qualifiers)
Slash line: .272/.381/.395
Positives: Age appropriate. Very good patience. Above average K% for level. BABIP of .331 is somewhat sustainable with line drive rate.
Negatives: Inconsistent speed on the base paths. Average power can be considered a positive but will have to increase it slightly with mediocre speed at position.
Third base, Jonathan Rodriguez: wRC+ of 135 (6th place out of 28 qualifiers….yes, I cheated again, but he was 2 points behind 5th place)
Slash line: .240/.378/.451
Positives: Age appropriate. Above average power. Plus patience, BB% of 15.6% ranks 4th of all hitters in Midwest League.
Negatives: Relatively high K% of 22.7% will have to come down as .240 batting average has suffered from strikeout rate and a slightly below average BABIP of .281.
Outfield, Oscar Taveras: wRC+ of 173 (tied for 1st place out of 69 qualifiers)
Slash line: .371/.435/.561
Positives: Young for Midwest League. Plus gap power with potential to add more home run power. Short, line drive stoke and good bat speed has led to a very high batting average with a low K% (16.2%) for his age and level.
Negatives: Defensive concerns that can improve with experience. High BABIP of .421 will come down, despite line drive rate. Patience (BB% of 9.8%) will need to improve. SB:CS ratio of 19:13 in minor league career indicates bad decisions on the base path, but that’s another aspect that can easily improve with age.
For reference, the following players are top 5 in the Appalachian League for wRC+:
Tyler Rahmatulla, 2nd base (1st): 152; leading by 22 points
Matt Williams, shortstop (1st): 139, leading by 29 points
Roberto De La Cruz, 3rd base (3rd): 123
Anthony Garcia, outfield (2nd): 151
Please note that all statistics were compiled on August 24th