Bluebird Banter Mid-Season Top Prospect Review: 21-25

Moises Sierra.Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

We have been, much too slowly (trades, injuries and life keeps getting in the way) taking a look at how the players on our top prospect list are fairing this season. If you want to see the earlier groupings 1-5, 6-10, 11-15 and 16 -20, hit the link.

21. Chris Hawkins: Chris, a LHB, our 3rd round pick in the 2010 draft, isn't really doing all that well in Lansing this year. He has a .277/.337/.349 line, with 8 stolen bases. A corner outfielder, you'd like to see some power or some on base ability coming through. He's just 20. He doesn't strikeout a lot, 5 times in 350 at bats this year. He had a terrible June, .160/245/.191, I wonder if there was an injury or something. July is going much better .317/.419/.397. He had an OBP of over .400 for April and May too, so maybe you could say the lousy June is making things look worse than they really are.

22. Michael Crouse: Started the year at Dunedin and didn't do well, .203/.299/.347, with 6 home runs, 9 stolen bases (5 time caught), and 73 strikeouts (202 at bats) in 59 games. Last week he got sent down to Lansing, he has had 5 games there, .235/.316/.294. Too many strikeouts. Good defense, good arm, playing right and center field. He's got to hit better.

23. Sean Nolin: LHP, he's doing well in his second full season as a pro. 7-0, 2.35 ERA, in 13 starts. 72.2 innings, 62 hits, 17 walks, 73 strikeouts. I imagine it won't be all that long until he moves up to New Hamphire. He is 22 now. He'll be higher up on the list next year.

24. Kevin Comer: Comer is at Bluefield and their season has just started. He has been in 6 games, 3 starts. in 24 innings, he has a 4.88 ERA, 21 hits, 5 walks, 15 strikeouts, 3 home runs. First round pick in 2011 he is just 19.

25. Moises Sierra: Moises is doing well at Vegas. .294/.362/.474 with 15 home runs. Every batter does well in Vegas. He had a terrific June, .362/.439/.649 with 7 home runs. July hasn't been going as well .235/.286/.392.He has a great arm and apparently plays pretty good defense. I kind of figure he'd be like a right handed version on Eric Thames, not quite hitting well enough to be a major league corner outfielder. But then better defense. I bet we'll see him in September.

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