Baseball’s top middle infield prospects: 2010 outlooks and future stat projections

Below are the game’s top 16 middle infield prospects, complete with average- and prime-year projections if sufficient time has been spent at Double-A or beyond.

Scott Sizemore / 2B / Detroit
2010 thoughts:
Detroit shouldn’t have to worry about second base for a while. Sizemore has it locked down.
Average-year projection:
.274 / .351 / 16 HR / 41 2B / 4 3B / 74 RBI / 85 R / 69 BB / 116 SO / 11 SB / 3 CS
Prime-year projection:
.285 / .370 / 22 HR / 41 2B / 5 3B / 85 RBI / 94 R / 76 BB / 110 SO / 15 SB / 4 CS

Alcides Escobar / SS / Milwaukee
2010 thoughts:
J.J. Hardy is out of the way, and Escobar is here to stay.
Average-year projection:
.284 / .336 / 6 HR / 27 2B / 6 3B / 59 RBI / 89 R / 42 BB / 99 SO / 28 SB / 7 CS
Prime-year projection:
.296 / .353 / 8 HR / 31 2B / 8 3B / 66 RBI / 98 R / 49 BB / 92 SO / 35 SB / 8 CS

Brett Lawrie / 2B/3B/OF / Milwaukee
2010 thoughts:
Lawrie should split the year between Double-A Huntsville and Triple-A Nashville.

Jiovanni Mier / SS / Houston
2010 thoughts:
Expect Mier to remain in Single-A Lexington for the year, but an eventual trip to Advanced-A Lancaster would not be a shock.

Carlos Triunfel / 3B/2B/SS / Seattle
2010 thoughts:
Triunfel is another youngster who should split 2010 between Double-A and Triple-A.

Starlin Castro / SS / Chicago Cubs
2010 thoughts:
I’m counting on a full year at Double-A Tennessee from Castro, although I could envision Chicago pushing him, possibly all the way to the majors.

Grant Green / SS / Oakland
2010 thoughts:
Green should move fast. Expect him to start at Advanced-A Stockton and finish with Triple-A Sacramento.

Dustin Ackley / 2B/OF/1B / Seattle
2010 thoughts:
Ackley could see three minor league levels, but with the position change I’m counting on just two, culminating in an important Double-A test.

Eric Young / 2B/OF / Colorado
2010 thoughts:
Young’s outlook hinges on Clint Barmes. I expect enough success from Barmes to keep Young at bay, but even then Young should at least get some major league utility time later in the year.
Average-year projection:
.278 / .348 / 7 HR / 29 2B / 6 3B / 58 RBI / 90 R / 60 BB / 90 SO / 30 SB / 8 CS
Prime-year projection:
.288 / .370 / 9 HR / 32 2B / 8 3B / 65 RBI / 100 R / 68 BB / 84 SO / 36 SB / 9 CS

Jemile Weeks / 2B / Oakland
2010 thoughts:
Weeks should spend most of the year at Double-A Midland, but, depending on Adrian Cardenas, he could see Triple-A time by July.

Danny Espinosa / SS / Washington
2010 thoughts:
There is nothing wrong with Espinosa taking the year to adjust to the challenge of Double-A pitching.

Tim Beckham / SS / Tampa Bay
2010 thoughts:
Continue to take it slow, Tampa. Beckham needs maturation time. I anticipate that he will spend the entire year at Advanced-A Charlotte.

Reid Brignac / SS / Tampa Bay
2010 thoughts:
Tampa’s middle infield is tight, leaving me to believe that Brignac will once again spend most of the year at Triple-A Durham, experiencing just a taste of the majors here or there.
Average-year projection:
.270 / .329 / 10 HR / 31 2B / 3 3B / 68 RBI / 72 R / 49 BB / 100 SO / 9 SB / 3 CS
Prime-year projection:
.281 / .345 / 13 HR / 32 2B / 4 3B / 74 RBI / 79 R / 55 BB / 92 SO / 12 SB / 4 CS

Wilmer Flores / 3B/SS / NY Mets
2010 thoughts:
Advanced-A St. Lucie should be Flores’ home throughout 2010, as one level per year should be New York’s motto.

Dee Gordon / SS / LA Dodgers
2010 thoughts:
Gordon should start the year at Advanced-A Inland Empire, and with success he could hit Double-A Chattanooga by midseason.

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Miguel Sano / SS/3B / Minnesota
2010 thoughts:
2010 will be a year of cultural adjustment for Sano, and all that I am counting on is some minor success at one of Minnesota’s rookie-level affiliates.


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Adam
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Adam

No mention of Ian Desmond?!

JJO
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JJO

Ackley is starting the year at AA.

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schmenkman

Great stuff.  Would it be possible to add either SLG or OPS (or wOBA) to the projections?

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Steve
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Any thoughts on Chase D’Arnaud?  I would take him over a few guys on this list.

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The Cubs have already said they plan to start Castro out at Triple-A Iowa.

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