Paul Janish SS .344 .417 .578 .995
You've got to like how well Janish is hitting in Louisville. He's old (29), but perhaps someone will look at those numbers and see a potential starting SS. I think he burnt his Cincinnati PT bridge last season. Maybe a backup spot in his future?
Dioner Navarro C .324 .366 .471 .836
This is one that looks like a possible steal. Navarro is hitting well (admittedly, in a small sample size) and catchers are hard to come by, Perhaps a deal of Hanigan or Navarro to shore up the pen?
DiDi Gregorius SS .403 .461 .403 .864
Has reworked his swing and AA is proving easy pickings. Still young (only 22). Could be a fast mover or trade bait, as neither Phillips nor Cozart are likely to go anywhere for at least a couple of years.
Cody Puckett OF .302 .456 .396 .852
If he were still playing 2B, this would be cause for celebration. As he's moved to LF, it's the expectation. 15 BBs is nice to see. 15 Ks is not. Still, a 1:1 ratio is a good thing. He's 25, so he needs to do something. Since Louisville's entire OF is struggling big time, perhaps he might make the move?
Josh Felhauer OF .355 .429 .387 .816
After a meh 2011, Felhauer is hitting much better in the early going of 2012. He's a RF who plays solid D and has a solid arm, but seeing the lack of power is troubling. Way too early to get much out of him, though, as he started the season hurting.
Billy Hamilton SS .353 .450 .574 1.024
Best thing to happen in Red pipeline is Hamilton's emergence as a for-real difference-maker offensively. Questions about his power might still be there, but, as he continues to take a BB (11:15 BB:K ratio) and hit (one HR, six doubles, and triple a sign of better contact and pop as he learns his swing), good things happen. Still only 21, so he's at the right stage of development.
David Vidal 3B .300 .364 .583 .947
Continues to get overlooked. Once again showing good power potential, defense, and hit tool. Ks too much, but young enough to improve. Definitely looking like a Top Ten prospect at this point.
Donald Lutz OF .299 .368 .567 .936
Much like Vidal, with better batting practice power (at least last season) and patience, but just as many Ks. The OF experiment looks off to a great start. Showing better than average speed at this point, but may develop out of that. Old, but inexperienced, Lutz might be a late-career slugger for five to ten years. Fun to root for.
Devin Lohman MI .306 .419 .419 .838
Props to the young man, he turned himself back into a prospect. After a horrid showing last season in Dayton, Lohman is producing in Bakersfield as a 2B. Good glove, showing good patience, but no power. That's troubling in the California League. Another High A kid showing great patience. (Hitting coaches earning their keep in the lower levels, it seems.)
Yovan Gonzalez C .394 .444 .606 1.051
Career backup having small sample size career year. Where have you gone, Kevin Coddington?
Kyle Waldrop OF .327 .460 .510 .971
20-year-old Dayton slugger brings back memories of Jay Bruce. Ehh, maybe not. Still, a great sign of possible power (doubles and triples, no HR) and a great K: BB ratio (7:10) indicate, in his small sample, that Waldrop gets the strike zone and may blossom suddenly.