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Sunday, May 19, 2013

5 Under the Radar Prospects

Andrew Aplin - Lancaster JetHawks - CF

When you hear Astros centerfielder of the future, you're generally talking about George Springer, but the left-handed Aplin is another name to keep an eye on. A 5th round draft pick last year, Aplin led the New York-Penn League in OPS (.978) and slugging percentage, and ranked second in batting average, third in on-base percentage and tied for fourth in steals. He's very disciplined at the plate sporting close to a 2:1 walk to strikeout ratio, and he actually has more runs batted in this season than Springer does. 

YearTeamLeagueAVGGABRH2B3BHRRBITBBBSOSBCSOBPSLGOPS
2012TRINYP.34844164385795425882422207.441.537.978
2012LANCAL.260241041927423134441643.287.423.710
2012Minors .31368268578413773813228382410.386.493.879
2013LANCAL.25640160304111433369271452.362.431.793
2013Minors .25640160304111433369271452.362.431.793


Joe Sclafani - Lancaster JetHawks - 2B/SS

A 14th round pick out of Dartmouth a year ago (Brad Ausmus would be proud), Sclafani has shown an ability to get on base this season sporting a .421 on base percentage. Called up to Lancaster when Delino DeShields Jr. was injured, he's hit safely in 7 of his 8 starts since his arrival and he's held onto a roster spot with the JetHawks. He doesn't have much power or tremendous speed, but he makes contact at the plate and he's versatile in the field.

YearTeamLeagueAVGGABRH2B3BHRRBITBBBSOSBCSOBPSLGOPS
2012TRINYP.27170266397293136903340163.355.338.693
2012Minors .27170266397293136903340163.355.338.693
2013QCMID.2411958131430091717732.430.293.723
2013LANCAL.3238318102005124400.400.387.787
2013Minors .270278921245001429211132.421.326.747


MP Cokinos - Lancaster JetHawks - C

A 31st round pick a year ago, Cokinos has done nothing but hit since his arrival. Despite getting drafted 23 rounds after teammate Tyler Heineman, Cokinos has put up better number in virtually every offensive category this year. Heineman's still got him on defense, but if Cokinos keeps hitting like this, the Astros won't be able to ignore that.

YearTeamLeagueAVGGABRH2B3BHRRBITBBBSOSBCSOBPSLGOPS
2012TRINYP.320361251840413185591411.370.440.810
2012Minors .320361251840413185591411.370.440.810
2013LANCAL.3602489183280318499601.433.551.983
2013Minors .3602489183280318499601.433.551.983


Jake Buchanan - Corpus Christi Hooks - RHP

Buchanan doesn't have great stuff, but he's always had good command and this year he finally seems to have put it all together. With just 3 walks in 48 1/3 innings, Buchanan has been getting groundballs and avoiding big innings to the tune of a 0.93 ERA and a WHIP of just 0.64. He's working on a streak of 24 1/3 scoreless innings right now, so you've got to figure it's only a matter of time before Buchanan joins the staff in Oklahoma City.

YearTeamLeagueWLERAGGSCGSHOSVIPHRERHRBBSOGO/AOAVG
2010TRINYP454.28141400061.0693229311421.78.286
2010Minors 454.28141400061.0693229311421.78.286
2011LANCAL5103.912525110158.2157926910351022.31.256
2011CCTEX001.29110007.06110122.60.231
2011Minors 5103.802626110165.2163937010361042.32.255
2012CCTEX594.962719000134.117185741133832.05.310
2012OKCPCL0110.13310008.0171091551.29.459
2012Minors 5105.253020000142.118895831238882.00.320
2013CCTEX400.9311700048.1285523281.84.172
2013Minors 400.9311700048.1285523281.84.172


Alex Sogard - Oklahoma City RedHawks - LHP

A teammate of Buchanan's at N.C. State, Sogard has been tough to score on this year allowing just 1 earned run in 12 appearances. A lefty arm drafted in the 26th round in 2010, Sogard has both started and closed in the Astros farm system, and his role as a closer for the Hooks this year earned him a promotion to Oklahoma City. Continue to watch him in AAA because if he continues to pitch effectively, he could find his way to Houston.

YearTeamLeagueWLERAGGSCGSHOSVIPHRERHRBBSOGO/AOAVG
2010TRINYP123.5122300041.0402016412361.30.263
2010Minors 123.5122300041.0402016412361.30.263
2011LEXSAL344.143110004104.1112544812251121.65.272
2011Minors 344.143110004104.1112544812251121.65.272
2012LANCAL022.816000016.0127508171.91.197
2012CCTEX313.8633000053.2602823325352.58.291
2012Minors 333.6239000069.2723528333522.40.270
2013CCTEX000.7110000312.2123114122.83.261
2013OKCPCL000.00200002.10000221.00.000
2013Minors 000.6012000315.0123116142.38.231

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