Marcus Lemon: This kid is younger than Neftali Feliz, and does not turn 20 until June 3rd, and yet he is more than holding his own in High A ball, with an OPS of .895 and a 12:16 K:BB ratio. Plus, he is starting to hit for power. His defense leaves something to be desired, as his 10 errors in 24 games attest, but he is certainly climbing up the prospect rankings in my mind. He, along with Borbon and Vallejo, give the Blaze the most dangerous 9,1,2 hitters in our system.
Renny Osuna: Osuna is currently sporting a line of .324/.406/.491, with 16 walks (to 15 Ks) and 5 SBs (to 1 CS). That is a solid line for a corner OF, but a tremendous line for a middle infielder. According to BA, he was drafted by the Rangers in the 32 round in 2005 out of New Mexico JC, but BA lists him as unsigned, so he must have been a draft and follow. I found an interesting article about his prep days and visa problems, which leads me to believe he has some legit talent, although he is a bit old for his league.
Jared Hyatt: I really don’t know much about this kid. He turns 24 tomorrow (5/15) and he has looked solid since joining the org last year, with a consistently low BAA and a consistently high strike out rate. Because of his age, I wouldn’t mind seeing him in Frisco this summer. He could be nothing more than an Ace Walker bullpen/spot starter guy who fizzles in the upper levels of the minors, but on the year he has about a K/inning and seems equally at ease pitching one inning or six, so I will keep my eyes on him.
Max Ramirez: Not sure if you guys have heard of this kid, but he is pretty good. A couple of days ago, I threw out the idea of having him play a little 1B, as I would imagine his ETA is a bit closer than Chris Davis’ ETA, by as much as a year, perhaps. I only say that because Davis reminds me a little of Brandon Wood at the plate, albeit with a higher average, and Wood needed a whole year at AAA. Max Ramirez looks like he could help the Rangers later this summer. When I mentioned first, I was told he might be a little small to play there, and while I agree he is shorter than the average 1B, according to Evan Grant, he has in fact starting taking ground balls at 1B.