FanGraphs Prospect Stock Market

Tyler Austin, OF, New York Yankees
Current Level: A-
2012 Top 15 Prospects Ranking: 11th
Current Value: Ready to Explode

Already on his third position (3B, 1B, RF) after playing catcher as an amateur, Austin has done nothing but hit despite his uncertain defensive home. He hit more than .350 in 2011 and he’s currently above .400 in low-A ball. He also has 11 extra base hits in nine games. Austin was also successful in all 18 base stealing attempts last year so he’s not a one-trick pony, although he’s a smart base runner as opposed to a fast one. Austin is yet another example of the rich getting richer.

Matt Davidson, 3B, Arizona Diamondbacks
Current Level: AA
2012 Top 15 Prospects Ranking: 5th
Current Value: Looking Up

This former supplemental first round pick has yet to receive much fanfare this year but it could start any day now. He just recently turned 21 years old and he’s tearing the cover off the ball despite the significant jump from the hitter friendly high-A California League in 2011 to the double-A Southern League in 2012. Davidson is hitting above .400 in 12 games but he also has seven doubles and more walks than strikeouts (11-7). He’s absolutely creaming left-handed pitching with an OPS of 1.674 and five walks (and no strikeouts). The biggest knock on Davidson is his defense. He has a strong arm but he’s already made four errors this season at the hot corner and is likely destined to land at first base where his best defensive asset will be wasted.

Evan Gattis, C, Atlanta Braves
Current Level: A+
2012 Top 15 Prospects Ranking: NR
Current Value: Monitor Closely

Gattis entered 2012 as one of my “Must Follow” players despite failing to make the Braves pre-season Top 15 prospect list. An older player at 25, the backstop actually quit baseball at one point but has a new-found love of the game. He’s also making impressive strides. After walking just 25 times in 88 games last year, he’s already taken five free passes in 2012 and has more walks than strikeouts. He is also hitting for both power and average in the early going, but it’s something he’s done throughout his three-year pro career. Because his age is not in his favor, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Atlanta give him a quick promotion to double-A. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see him move out from behind the plate to first base, as he’s a below-average fielder.

Gabriel Lino, C, Baltimore Orioles
Current Level: A-
2012 Top 15 Prospects Ranking: NR
Current Value: Monitor Closely

Lino, 18, hasn’t received a ton of press but that’s not overly suprising when you consider Baltimore already has a pretty good young catcher at the big league level. The Venezuela native is a tall catcher (6’3”) like Matt Wieters and flashes potential both behind and at the plate. He’s currently hitting more than .300 and is starting to showcase more useable, in-game power. After slugging two home runs in 28 rookie league games in 2010, Lino already has two in his first nine low-A games despite the significant jump in talent pool. Behind the plate he shows a strong arm and good leadership but he’s still raw in his receiving and footwork.

Jorge Bonifacio, OF, Kansas City Royals
Current Level: A-
2012 Top 15 Prospects Ranking: 13th
Current Value: Volatile

The younger brother of Florida’s Emilio Bonifacio, the Royals prospect is starting to make some significant noise during his third pro season. He’s curently hitting over .400 (including a .500 average with 0 Ks in 19 at-bats with men on base) but, more impressively, he has more walks than strikeouts despite being one of the younger players in the league at the age of 18. Because he projects to develop as a right-fielder, Bonifacio’s power will need to develop if he’s going to play everyday at the big league level. He hit 20 doubles with seven homers in 62 games last year so the raw power potential is there.

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Marc Hulet has been writing at FanGraphs since 2008. His work focuses on prospect analysis. Follow him on Twitter @marchulet.

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  1. SissyRunsMyTeam says:

    No one ever leaves a comment on your posts because you don’t take the advice of the audience. You should allow us to tell you what prospects we want you to watch that way it helps us in fantasy. I have mentioned brett jackson and matt adams and i never got a response. Ill analyze them myself.

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    • Simon says:

      No, you shouldn’t, especially when the purpose of a column is to find people who may be breaking out. I don’t really think you need something to tell you about Adams and Jackson, and the advice for them should just be to go and reread what was written about them in the off-season. Two decent weeks at AAA doesn’t radically change their outlook.

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    • juan pierres mustache says:

      Fangraphs: Your Personal Fantasy Team Scouting Service Even Though There Is A Different Part Of The Site About Fantasy, Although They Don’t Give A Crap About Your Personal Problems Either

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    • Well-Beered Englishman says:

      Speaking personally, screw your fantasy team.

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    • chuckb says:

      Why should anyone else give a damn about your fantasy team?

      As for analyzing your team’s prospects yourself, sounds like a really good idea. I’m sure you’ll let us know how it goes.

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    • Shankbone says:

      Way to go beer drinking englishman. Screw your fantasy team in the ear!

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    • SissyRunsMyTeam says:

      Hopefully tomorrow you write about brett jackson and matt adams

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      • juan pierres mustache says:

        i thought you were going to analyze them yourself? i personally was waiting anxiously to hear your thoughts

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    • SissyRunsMyTeam says:

      Matt Adams – 13 53 3 7 8 1 5.7 % 20.8 % .260 .472 .400 .434 .660 .481 200 drooling

      Brett Jackson – 12 61 2 8 6 2 13.1 % 32.8 % .269 .400 .269 .377 .538 .408 152 he strikes out way to much but has solid contact. I expect the Cubs to trade Marlon Byrd and Brett jackson will be with the ball club in late may

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  2. RC says:

    It would be really helpful to have the prospects ages here.

    There’s a big difference between a kid with a 1.000 OPS at 18 in A-, and a guy with the same OPS at 22 in A-

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    • geo says:

      Agreed. It’s very helpful to know that while the two outfielders here are both playing in low A, Bonifacio is two years younger than Austin. I suppose that’s why he’s rated as “volatile” to Austin’s “ready to explode,” although it would be nice if we had an explanation of those ratings as well.

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  3. Bill says:

    I need batting average help in my CBS Sportsline 5×5 ten team fantasy league. Should I add Jorge Bonfacio to my team or should I add that minor leaguer on the California Angel (I think it’s Jim Trout or something?) I should do good this yr- I just traded dumped Lincecum for Oakland guy who almost pitched a no hitter. THX.

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  4. Shankbone says:

    Everybody is paying so much attention to the hyped arms that Arizona has Matt Davidson is flying under the radar. That guy can be scary good if he can handle the jumps. Good call.

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  5. This former supplemental first round pick

    When he did he stop being a supplemental first round pick? Also, in tournaments, why is the #1 seed “higher” than the “lower” #16 seed?

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  6. cavebird says:

    Re: Evan Gattis. If he is going to make the jump to AA soon, it would have to be at first base because Christian Bethancourt is catching at Mississippi and isn’t going to be pushed aside. Given Bethancourt’s young age and defensive skills, he isn’t going to be moved up or to a different position either.

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  7. Joe says:


    Was Austin moved off 3rd because he has no shot at sticking there or to avoid playing time issues with Bichette Jr? (who’s also on the team)

    I don’t think his glove was ever rated highly at 3rd but it seemed like the move was more to make room for Bichette Jr so they both can get full time AB’s.

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