At the beginning of the season, 10 prospects were identified as key prospects to watch. Here is how these guys have fared so far...
1. Sidney Gardner - 3B - Cincinnati Redlegs Revenge - Gardner has shown the tools that landed him a large contract as an unsigned draftee: 273 AVG, 30 HR, .365 OBP and 92 RBIs while playing primarily first base and some third base.
2. Fernando Rodriguez - LF - Trenton Fire - Rodriguez has a .297 AVG, .349 OBP, 32 hr and 100 rbi with 22sb. He has proven that he truly is as good as promised.
3. Carlos Rosado - SP - Columbus Flatlanders - Rosado has started 24 games, and has pitched 3 complete games, en route to compiling a 9-9 record with a 4.36 ERA in 169 innings pitched. He has been inconsistent at times, but has pitched well enough to help the Flatlanders.
4. Chris Tobin - 1B - Columbus Flatlanders - Tobin is a professional power hitter, and has been an offensive force at the plate : 37 hr, 113 rbi, .304 AVG, .404 obp.
5. Adam Phillips - SP - Colorado Colorado Crush - Adam Phillips can pitch really well - in AAA that is - and that is exactly where he is currently pitching. The curveballer struggled in 5 major league starts and compiled and 8.38 era before being sent back to the minors for more seasoning. His future in Colorado is uncertain.
6. George Crandall - SP -New Britain Bombers - The 20 year old top ranking prospect in the Season 11 Prospect rankings has shown that he has the makings of a superstar, and is still improving. In 18 starts, he has an 8-2 record, and a 3.49 era in 118 ip.
7. Tomas Gonzalez - SP - Helena Handbaskets - The 19 yr old Gonzalez has pitched well for the struggling Handbaskets, and has stayed healthy. In 24 starts, he has a 6-10 record and 3.45 era in 151 ip.
8. Cozy Ponson - SP - El Paso Fighting Tacos , now New York Transformers - the jury is still out on Ponson. He pitched well for El Paso's AAA team and managed to stay healthy enough to be traded to a Vancouver team that traded him again. Coy landed in New York and is still adapting to his new coaches.
9. Vic Cordero - SP - Portland Rain - Cordero has pitched well for a Portland team that has suffered some injuries. He has 10 wins (10-5), has made 24 starts and holds a respectable 3.26 era.
10. Brian Jordan - 2B - Salem Volcanoes - Jordan leads all ML rookies in batting average (.325) while hitting 22 hrs and has been a key to the Volcanoes' second half surge while playing respectable defense.