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Fri Jun 29, 2012 1:01am|
By Chris Hadorn
KFFL.com's Fantasy Baseball Player Prospecting series highlights the exploits of minor league baseball players, including top MLB prospects. Find out who'll make an impact, whether it's in your rotisserie or head-to-head baseball game next week or in your fantasy baseball keeper league two years from now.
Boston Red Sox outfield prospect Bryce Brentz has good power that could be enhanced by the tight dimensions of Fenway Park. Will he make enough contact and get on base at a sufficient rate to make the slugging worthwhile?
This season with Double-A Portland, Brentz continues to pound extra-base hits at a healthy rate as he has 10 home runs, 19 doubles and a .487 slugging percentage through 72 games.
The .274 lifetime hitter is carrying a respectable .294 average this season, but luck has likely been on his side as he holds a lofty .387 BABIP.
He has already amassed 82 strikeouts to 26 walks in 296 plate appearances. He has made a slight improvement in his walk rate, but his whiff and free pass rates this year are consistent with previous seasons.
Brentz, a first-round supplemental pick in 2010 out of Middle Tennessee State, is on track to work his way into the Red Sox corner outfield mix sometime in 2013.
In his prime seasons, the right-handed slugger has the potential to be a .275 hitter with a .340 on-base percentage and 25-home-run power.
If he doesn't add too much to his 6-foot-3, 175-pound frame, high Single-A Salem teenager Xander Bogaerts has a chance to put an end to Boston's revolving door at shortstop.
A native of Aruba, Bogaerts is hitting .292 with 12 home runs, 47 RBIs, 33 runs scored, and an .864 OPS in 306 plate appearances with Salem this season. He currently ranks eighth among Carolina League qualifiers in weighted runs created-plus (141), and all seven players ranked ahead of him are older than Bogaerts by at least three years. Not bad for a guy who entered the 2012 season as the second youngest player on the circuit.
Lauded for his power and ability to make hard contact, Bogaerts has a bat that could profile well at a corner infield or outfield spot if the Sox decide to move him. If he sticks at shortstop, the 19-year-old has the chance to develop into a top-five fantasy shortstop.
Since he is so far ahead of the growth curve at age 19, it's hard to be overly critical of Bogaerts' performance this year. His ability to make contact and get on base consistently are still in question after his showing in low Single-A Greenville, but he has made real gains in boosting his walk rate and cutting down on his whiffs this season.
Ticketed for an appearance in the Futures Game in nine days, Bogaerts has become of one of the top keeper league pieces to hold in the low minors.
Yesterday, the spotlight was on Rymer Liriano. Click here for more on the big bat and fellow San Diego Padres stick Donavan Tate.