Last week we began updating the first group of prospects we’ve been tracking (click here to view), so let’s wrap that group up today (to view the first look at these players, click here ).  All stats are through Saturday.


Brett Wallace: Toronto Blue Jays, Third Base

Triple-A: .294 (57-194), 11 HR, 33 RBI, 30 R, 0 SB
Yes, it comes in the Pacific Coast League, but that shouldn’t discourage you.  The Blue Jays are surprisingly competing in the AL East, which makes you wonder just how long they can stay with a struggling Lyle Overbay in the lineup (despite his recent hot streak)? 

Wallace has hit a bit of a slump of late (.239, 0 HR, two RBI in his last 10 games), which may has helped delay his arrival.  The strikeouts are also a concern (51), but his BABIP is not that unrealistic (.339).  He may be a .260ish hitter in the Majors, but if he can hit with power, that’s something we can all live with.  (click here to view my preseason article on him).


Daniel Hudson: Chicago White Sox, Pitcher

Triple-A: 4.47 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 59 K, 5 W, 48.1 IP
He’s had a couple of terrible starts (9 ER in 1 IP, 5 ER in 5 IP), but overall he’s been solid.  With Freddy Garcia holding down the fifth starters spot, for now, we all know it’s just a matter of time before Hudson gets the call.  In deeper formats he certainly will have value so keep a close eye on him.  He was tremendous in his last start, striking out 11 over 8 shutout innings against Colorado (the team that trashed him for 9 ER in 1 IP).  That certainly is a good sign.  (click here for my in-depth article preseason article on him) 


Jesus Montero: New York Yankees, Catcher

Triple-A: .238 (35-147), 3 HR, 19 RBI, 17 R, 0 SB
The 20-year-old has struggled this season and the Yankees instead have given Francisco Cervelli, and rightfully so, the chance to be the full time catcher.  Montero has been making contact (27 K), so that shouldn’t be a concern.  He’s had some bad luck, with a .259 BABIP, and the power is still developing. 

He clearly needs more time to mature, so don’t look for him to make any potential impact in the majors until September if at all.  There has been talk that he’ll have to move out from behind the plate, but we’ll just have to wait and see what the Yankees do with him.


Peter Bourjos: Los Angeles Angels, Outfielder

Triple-A: .256 (40-156), 1 HR, 12 RBI, 22 R, 6 SB
His value is tied to his speed and in order to put it on full display he needs to get on base.  To date, he has just six walks…This is supposed to be a leadoff type hitter?  In his last 10 games he’s walked just once and stole two bases (came in the same game).

  Thought of as a potential sleeper source of stolen bases earlier in the season, he has basically played himself out of consideration at this point.  The Angels are set in the outfield, with Bobby Abreu, Torii Hunter, and Juan Rivera and they have Reggie Willets back, who fills virtually the same role Bourjos would.  We’ll continue to track Bourjos, but he needs to make some sweeping changes if he’s going to make an impact in 2010.


Martin Perez: Texas Rangers, Pitcher

Double-A: 5.26 ERA, 1.69 WHIP, 39 K, 2 W, 37.2 IP
The 19-year-old has struggled terribly over his last three starts, allowing 15 ER over 12 innings of work.  He’s walked two or more batters in each of his last seven starts (a 5.6 BB/9).  Maybe the Rangers tried to push him a little too far, too fast, and at this point you have to think so. 

Don’t get discouraged, because the lefty is among the best pitching prospects in the game and still has the potential to turn it around and reach the majors as soon as the second half of the season.  I still think his ticket will be in the bullpen, however, limiting his potential value.  (For more on Perez, view my preseason article by clicking here )


Alex Liddi: Minnesota Twins, Third Base

Double-A: .267 (44-165), 4 HR, 28 RBI, 21 R, 2 SB
The Twins are in need of a long-term solution at 3B and while Liddi could provide it, it appears to be taking him some time to adjust to the upper levels of the minor leagues.  After hitting .345 with 23 HR and 104 RBI in ‘09, he has 0 HR and just 2 RBI over his last 10 games. 

The strikeouts are the biggest problem, with 42 Ks thus far.  It’s not a new problem, with 122 Ks in 493 AB last season, so this shouldn’t come a big surprise.


What are your thoughts on these prospects?  Who is the most likely to make an impact in 2010?  Which are you highest on?

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