Baseball Prospectus high on South Atlantic League prospects

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Midseason prospect lists give an indication of how top prospects in the minor leagues are faring at the halfway point of the season. One major publication is high on the South Atlantic League’s top prospects.

Baseball Prospectus lists three SAL players on its midseason list, while Baseball America lists one.

On the BP list, Lexington’s Raul Adalberto Mondesi is ranked 38th, West Virginia’s Tyler Glasnow is ranked 46th and Rome’s Lucas Sims is 50th.

Mondesi, who turned 18 years old on Saturday, is hitting .265 with six home runs and 18 stolen bases in 393 plate appearances for Lexington this season. He has held his own as a teenager playing shortstop in the SAL every day, flashing a defensive profile that should become elite at the major league level.

Mondesi has drawn praise from scouts and opposing managers all year. He’s the lone SAL player to make BA’s list at No. 50.

“Has survived Sally League as a 17-year-old shortstop while hitting for cycle and homering twice in one game,” BA’s blurb said.

Glasnow has emerged as one of the top pitchers in the Pittsburgh Pirates system, recording a 2.27 ERA with 122 strikeouts in 87 1/3 innings for the Power. The 6-foot-7 right-hander, selected in the fifth round of the 2011 draft, received a strong blurb from BP’s list, which said a strong second half could propel him into serious prospect company.

Glasnow has allowed no more than five hits in any start this year, including six starts with either one or no hits allowed out of 19 outings. Despite going no more than six innings in any start because of limited pitch counts, he has three starts with double-digit strikeouts.

Sims was a bit of a surprise at No. 50 on BP’s list. He has a 3.03 ERA with 83 strikeouts in 77 1/3 innings for Rome this season, but the 2012 first-round pick out of Snellville, Ga., wasn’t considered a top prospect entering this season.

Sims has impressed with projected top-of-the-rotation stuff and athleticism on the mound. He has surprised some with a feel for pitching that wasn’t expected until further down the road.

ROUGH START: Chicago Cubs 2013 first-round pick Kris Bryant, an outfielder from San Diego, got off to a rough start as a professional, but Friday’s game could get him on track.

Bryant hit his first career home run for short-season Boise on Friday, recording three RBI. The powerful 21-year-old is 3 for 22 in his first six games.

After being drafted second overall in June, Bryant had a tough start to his career, going 0 for 3 with a strikeout and committing three errors in his first pro game in the Arizona League.

Bryant is projected to have elite power as a pro, hitting .329 with 31 home runs for San Diego.


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