Ok, I admit I have been very busy and haven't had a chance to see a game on MiLB TV yet. Still, just looking at the statistical trends from our prospects (excluding minor league veterans) here is what I see so far.
Hitters - Zimmer is showing a good OPS and SB rate. His K rate of 25% is still a little high but improving. Erik Gonzalez struggled early but is starting to come around. Nellie Rodriguez is still struggling.
Pitchers - You can't get any better than Clevinger has been. Our bullpen depth looks very good but the starting pitching depth, which I rated as one of the best in baseball, is looking pretty shaky as Merritt has been mediocre and Plutko and Morimando have just been B-A-D.
Hitters - Mejia has been great. Chang has a great OPS, especially if he can stay as a middle infielder. Papi looks good on paper with a high OBP but if you look at his ABs he looks like he is just slapping at the ball (no XBH so far). I have see n a couple of his ABs and he just looks like he is trying to make solid contact and has given up all efforts to make HR contact. Bradley, like Nellie Rodriguez at AAA, is struggling mightily.
Pitchers - Some of our 2nd tier prospects (Lugo, Peoples) are looking solid. Some of the other pitching prospects (Merryweather, Kaminsky) are not looking sharp early.
Hitters - Looking at the lineup there is not a single solid hitting prospect on this team. A few guys are hitting well but none even qualify as 2nd tier prospects so their early statistical success has less meaning. Now, they sustain that success for a whole season...now we are talking!.
Pitchers - Pannone has been Clevinger-like so far. McKenzie is doing well for his age and Chiang has been his usual solid, unspectacular, 2nd/3rd tier prospect self.
Lake County -
Hitters - Chu, Capel and Jose Medina have surprised. Overall I thought this team would not hit well but they have.
Pitchers - Bieber and Civale have been as advertised (too good for this league). Aiken, Hillman and Garza have struggled early and Aiken's control and Hillman's overall bad results are truly troubling. Miniard has been OK but his peripherals are not that good.