Re: 2012 Breakout minor leaguer
This question is always too hard for me. Too many cases to make.
But I guess I'd throw Phipps out there first. Some would say that his breakout was last year, and that's true on the statistical level, but we've now voted-in our top 24 prospects (including the five who were traded) and he hasn't gotten a sniff. So I'd submit that he's still breakout material in our context.
I like the Waldrop vote. He's an athlete who seems to be able to play baseball. Showed a lot of extra-base ability last year.
Don't know what Jacob Johnson's issue is, but I'm hoping he can bounce back in a big way. At one point--when Lotzkar was still on the shelf--he was my top-rated starting pitcher prospect in the system.
And Brandon Dailey. I thought he kind of broke out last year, as much as a guy can in just over 200 PA, but he hasn't yet been acknowledged for it. I don't believe he's even been on the ballot yet for our top 40.
I'd add Donald Lutz, but I think the word is getting out on him.