Join me as we set the wayback machine to 2014 and take a look around. MLB superstars like Mookie Betts, Addison Russell, Carlos Correa, and Kris Bryant were still riding the buses, mashing their way through the minors, but they were the cream of the crop. As were Carlos Martinez, Noah Syndergaard, Yordano Ventura, and Taijuan Walker on the pitching side.
Let's split these up into pitchers and hitters, take a look at how these player are faring this year, and see who has stepped up, and who has slipped.
- Jon Singleton (28) - Man, talk about a dude taking the money and then not caring. Hitting .191/.296/.383 in AAA with 3 HR and 7:11 BB:K
- Austin Hedges (56) - Didn't fare well last year with SD. At all. Like hitting .168/.215/.248. Back in AAA now hitting .333/.385/.583 so far with 3 2B, 2 HR, and a 2:7 BB:K
- Colin Moran (67) - Fell off a bit and still not showing much power. In AAA and it hitting .294/.339/.392 with a pair of doubles, 1 HR, 2 SB and 4:15 BB:K
- DJ Peterson (75) - Really struggling with the high minors. Now in AA sharing the same league with his little brother. Hitting .203/.239/.313 with 4 2B, 1 HR, and 2:13 BB:K
- Phil Ervin (80) - Another former 1st rounder struggling now that he's in the upper levels of the minors. Hitting .192/.311/.288 with 3 2B, 1 3B, 4 SB, and 5:18 BB:K
- Andrew Susac (83) - Still can't crack the Giants 25 man. Now 26 and in AAA again with a .278/.381/.556 line, 2 2B, 1 HR, and 3:3 BB:K in 5 games. Missed a week and a half with a wrist injury.
- Hunter Dozier (85) - Off to a great start so far. Hitting .340/.466/.702 in AA with 5 2B, 4 HR, 3 SB and 10:11 BB:K.
- Kyle Parker (101) - Now 26, and with 2 failed MLB trials (.182/.217/.295 in 132 AB with 6 BB, 51 K), Colorado cut ties in early April. Has not signed with another team yet. Hit .280/.326/.431 in AAA last year with 10=9 2B, 4 3B, 9 HR, and a 24:102 BB:K.
- Hak-Ju Lee (103) - 25 and a member of the Giants now, Lee is riding a BABIP spike (.455) to a .315/.383/.537 line with 4 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, and 6:19 BB:K in AAA.
- Rio Ruiz (105) - It took awhile, but Ruiz found his stroke at the end of the second half last year. He's carried that on hitting .373/.431/.576 in the early going with 4 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, and a 6:15 BB:K.
- Billy McKinney (106) - The 21 year old is having a rough go at AA despite doing well there in the second half of 2015. Currently hitting .218/.306/.255 there with 2 2B and a 7:15 BB:K ratio.
- Brandon Nimmo (109) - Now 23 and getting a full season in AAA, Nimmo has stumbled early with a .212/.293/.250 line, 2 2B, 1 SB, and a 5:10 BB:K.
- Josmil Pinto (111) - Pinto rode the waiver wire this winter, going from the Twins to the Padres and finally the Brewers. Missed two months last year with concussion issues. Hitting .241/.267/.276 in AAA with 1 2B and 1:7 BB:K.
- Matt Davidson (118) - In AAA for the 3rd straight year and now 25, it's safe to say Davidson is now longer in the White Sox long term plans. Hitting .200/.294/.383 with 2 2B, 3 HR, and a 7:23 BB:K. Struck out 191 times in 2015.
- Brian Goodwin (121) - Goodwin repeated AA last year and didn't fare well. He was promoted to AAA depsite this and is now hitting a robust .373/.439/.529 with 6 2B, 1 3B, 2 SB, and a 6:16 BB:K.
- Trevor Story (132) - We all know how this goes. Off to a blistering start, Story is hitting a stout .271/.307/.714 with 3 2B, 2 3B, 8 HR, and an equally as sketchy 4:28 BB:K.
- Jace Peterson (140) - Now entrenched at the MLB level with the Braves, Peterson only hit .239/.314/.335 with a full seasons worth of AB's last year and is only hitting .206/.250/.235 in the early going this year.
- Hunter Renfroe (146) - The 24 year old Mississippi native has been off to a great start also, adapting to the PCL well by hitting .308/.357/.538 with 6 2B, 2 HR, and a 4:15 BB:K
- Franmil Reyes (147) - Finally out of Low A after spending the last two years there, Reyes is still only 20 years old, but hasn't done so hot so far, hitting just .185/.229/.292 with 4 2B, 1 HR, and 4:16 BB:K.
- Clint Coulter (148) - Still well regarded, Coulter is now a RF instead of a C and is repeating the Florida State League. Things haven't clicked yet as he's only hitting .190/.288/.207 with no power (a 2B being his only extra base hit) and a 7:15 BB:K ratio.
Stay tuned for part two covering the pitchers.