Tom Brennan -
Hmmm...which minor leaguer will post the most unexpected performance...first the good:
Some may feel it to be unfair that I'd pick Tebow as the guy to exceed expectations. So let me add one more traditional candidate for the "Will Exceed Expectations" crown:.. Kevin Kacsmarski. I am very high on his potential as a hitter. Double K is 6 for 10 this spring thru March 20, a sign of things to come. I'd not be surprised if he hits .350 this year.
Eddie Corona -
The biggest obstacles the Minor leagues has is its Vegas home... to which I believe P.J. Conlon will have a rough season. Vegas is not kind for pitchers and especially tough if you do not have a Plus Fastball... P.J. will need pin point control to avoid the Vegas sting... But as we know the stats do not define the Pitcher when playing in Vegas...
David Rubin -
Richard Jones -
Jack Flynn -
Crystal Balls are always at their foggiest in March. It's dangerous to try to predict anything too far into the future. But if we are going to look at unexpected performances (bad category), I do not think it is too much of a stretch to see Dominic Smith falling into bad habits in the thin air of Las Vegas, especially if he is hearing the whispers about not hitting for enough power as a first baseman. Cashman Field is a launching pad, of course, and I am worried that Smith will alter his swing to try to hit 30 home runs in the desert air. There's nothing inherently wrong with home runs, of course, but if they come at the expense of, say, 60 points in batting average and on-base percentage, then the power uptick will be a Pyhrric victory.
Richard Herr –
Casey Wentworth –