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Written by James Graham


Jonathan Singleton LF Phi D.O.B. 9/18/91

Singleton began the year adjusting to his new position and had struggles at the plate.  Pre season, he was one of Philly’s top prospects, but after a terrible start he had fallen off the map in card value.  Over the past 10 games however, he has rebounded and began to show why he was the #1 Baseball America prospect in the South Atlantic League in 2010.  In his last 10, he is hitting .457 with 9 BB resulting in an OPS of 1.368 over that span.  It looks like the time has come for this top prospect to show why he was rated so high in the offseason.

Key Card-2010 Bowman Draft Aflac Buyback Auto /127


Nolan Arenado 3B Col D.O.B. 4/16/91

Another top prospect out of the South Atlantic League in 2010 that struggled when he first arrived in high A ball, Arenado has since rebounded and rebounded tremendously hitting .369 in June.  Over his past 10 games he is hitting .395 with an OPS of 1.039 to show why he was selected for the Futures Game on July 10th.  Arenado is a tremendous hitter and could be the heir apparent to Todd Helton in Colorado.  In 2010, Arenado played in 92 games and hit 41 doubles despite not debuting until mid-May.  They say 19 year olds who hit 40 doubles become 25 year olds who hit 40 homers.

Key Card-2010 Bowman Prospects autographs

His Super is on eBay right now.


Scooter Gennett 2B Mil D.O.B. 5/1/90

Another doubles machine, Gennett hit 39 two-baggers in his first full season of pro ball.  This season he began the year at High A Brevard Country of the Florida State League.  The adjustment from A ball to high A took Gennett some time to get use to, hitting .212 in the month of May.  June however, is a different story.  Gennett is hitting .375 in his last 10 and .337 for the month.  Much like the previous two prospects on this list, it took Gennett time to get use to the advance pitching you see in the Florida State and California Leagues respectively.

Key Card-2010 Bowman Draft Aflac Buyback Auto /230


Matt Moore P TB D.O.B. 6/18/89

The strikeout leader of the minors in 2010 has not let off the gas in 2011.  Moore has 107 Ks in 82.2 innings for the season.  He also has held opponents to just a .186 average for the season.  These numbers have become even more mind numbing by how unhittable he has been in his last two starts.  First he pitched a complete game no hitter, the first in the Minors this year, with 11 strikeouts, and then followed that up by allowing just 3 hits over 5 innings of work.  For the month of June, Moore is 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA and has only allowed 12 hits in 24 innings.

Key Card-2010 Elite Extra Autograph /819


Kyle Seager INF Sea D.O.B. 11/3/87

One of the most underrated prospects in all of minor league baseball, Seager has quietly made his way to AAA.  In 22 AAA at bats, Seager has 11 hits and 3 of those knocks have are doubles.  Seager was just called up from AA when Dustin Ackley got the call to the Bigs.  In AA this year, Seager was hitting .312 with 30 XBHs in just 66 games.  His 2010 was no slouch year either, but many thought he may have just been another product of the California League.  In 2010 Seager hit .345 with 40 doubles and sported an OPS of .921, which is amazing considering the lack of offensive production associated with that position..

Key Cards-2009 Elite Extra autograph /744, 2010 Bowman Chrome Autograph


Oscar Taveras OF Stl D.O.B. 6/19/92

A 2008 international free agent, Taveras played in the SS Appalachian League in 2010, batting .322.  This season he was relegated to extended spring training and made his debut 22 games ago in the Midwest League.  In those 22 contests, he has 35 hits to give him a .417 average for the season.  Over his last 10 games however, he is hitting .359 and shows no signs of slowing down.  The Dominican native just turned 19 so most likely he has a bright future ahead of him.

Key Card-2011 Topps Pro Debut


Ronald Torreyes 3B Cin D.O.B. 9/2/92

After mashing his way through the VSL in 2010 the Reds brought him back to America where he continued to mash.  In the AZL, Torreyes hit .349 and even got a late season promotion to the Midwest League Dayton Dragons.  So far in limited action this season, Ronald is hitting .417 in 6 games to go along with 4 stolen bases.  Torreyes is small in stature but big with the bat.  He also has tremendous speed and when you put that together with a plus bat and being just 19 years old, you could have a great leadoff hitter for years to come.

Key Card-2010 Elite Extra Autograph /599


Dayan Viciedo 3B CHW D.O.B. 3/10/89

One of the most publicized Cuban defectors in all of baseball, Viciedo had a good 2010, but needed to refine his defense.  In 2010 he hit .274 in 86 AAA games and when he was promoted he hit well; .308 in MLB.  Many thought he may begin the season with the White Sox, but being just 22 they wanted to take their time and let him become a well rounded player.  They also did not want to rush him to the bigs and then have mental troubles like Aroldis Chapman, another fellow Cuban defector.  Over his last 10 he is scorching hot, hitting .341 and having multiple hit games in 6 of his last 10.  Viciedo should not have much longer in AAA as you should expect to see him as a late season call up.

Key Cards-2008 Playoff Contenders Auto /395


Kaleb Cowart 2B LAA D.O.B. 6/2/92

After just beginning his 2011 campaign a little over a week ago, Cowart has been almost impossible to get out.  In 8 games he is hitting .533 with 16 hits in just 30 ABs.  In those 8 games and he managed to knock in 8 runs and has an OPS so far of 1.217.  The 18th overall pick in 2010, Cowart was thought of as the best athlete in the draft, and even on draft night the Angels were not sure whether he was going to pitch or play the field.  If he can consistently get on base like this he could be answering the question for them.

Key Card-2010 Bowman Draft Autograph, 2010 Elite Extra Autograph /750

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