At the end of spring training we wrote up a report on Sleeper Prospects for each major league organization. With the minor league season at an end this seems like a good time to review the list and see how we did.
CHICAGO WHITE SOX: Seby Zavala, C:
Original report: Age 24, 12th round pick in 2015 from San Diego State University; hit .282/.353/.499 with 21 homers, 37 walks, 104 strikeouts in 387 at-bats in Low-A and High-A, threw out 25% of runners; power bat looks genuine and the Sox are starting him off in Triple-A, skipping Double-A; needs more polish on defense but attractive bat means the Sox will be as patient as possible.
Results: Hit .258/.317/.418 between Double-A and Triple-A with 13 homers, catching 33% of runners; still needs some work on receiving but has done enough to stay in the picture and will probably earn a trial in 2019.
CLEVELAND INDIANS: Eric Haase, C:
Original report: Age 25, seventh round pick in 2011 from high school in Dearborn, Michigan; hit .260/.352/.578 with 27 homers between Double-A and Triple-A last year; hit three homers for the Indians in spring training this year until being assigned to Triple-A; glove has improved, threw out 37% last year and is a pretty solid receiver; as with Zavala in Chicago, Haase has real power, a viable glove, and can get to the majors this year.
Results: Hit .236/.288/.443 in Triple-A with 20 homers, 31 walk, 143 strikeouts in 443 at-bats while throwing out 50% of runners; no change in profile, power and defense are key skills here, in the majors now for a September trial.
DETROIT TIGERS: Niko Goodrum, UT:
Original report: Age 26, drafted by the Twins in the second round in 2010 from high school in Fayetteville, Georgia; appeared briefly in the majors last year, Tigers picked him up this winter as a minor league free agent and he made the 25-man roster; hit .265/.309/.425 last year in Triple-A with 13 homers, 11 steals; switch-hitter with solid overall tools, runs above average, has wiry strength, has experience at every position except pitcher and catcher; versatility with flashes of pop and speed make him a nice bench option in the era of giant pitching staffs.
Results: Useful season in the majors, hitting .236/.310/.431 with 16 homers, 12 steals, 41 walks, 127 strikeouts in 411 at-bats, seeing action at all defensive positions except catcher and center field (and pitcher); versatility with power/speed combo; will be 27 next year and may have another gear available.
KANSAS CITY ROYALS: Emmanuel Rivera, 3B:
Original report: Age 21, 19th round pick in 2015 from Interamerican University of Puerto Rico; hit .310/.364/.468 with 27 doubles, 12 homers, 31 walks, 87 strikeouts in 464 at-bats in Low-A, big improvement after hitting just .174 in his pro debut in ’15 then .249 in rookie ball in ‘16; still rather raw, particularly on defense, but the tools to be a regular are here and he’s shown flashes of the necessary skills more frequently.
Result: Hit .280/.333/.427 in High-A with six homers, 29 walks, 59 strikeouts in 375 at-bats; not as good as last year but decent enough, made a lot of progress with the glove and looks like he can stick at third base.
MINNESOTA TWINS: Jose Miranda, 2B:
Original report: Age 19, comp round pick in 2016 from high school in Puerto Rico, hit .283/.340/.484 in Appalachian League in 2017, 11 homers, 16 walks, 24 strikeouts in 223 at-bats; seldom strikes out but has surprising power; played well at second after switching from shortstop; need to see him at higher levels of course but long-term markers look positive and he has breakout potential.
Result: Hit .264/.319/.417 between Low-A and High-A, 16 homers, 31 walks, 62 strikeouts in 503 at-bats; played well defensively at both second and third base; versatility, power, and youth remain positive factors, still a breakout candidate.