Prospect Roundtable: Which Second Half Surges Are You Buying?

At the start of each month, we run a series of Prospect Roundtable articles looking at players who are surging up and surging down. There is one month remaining for the full system, and rather than looking at the season totals, we're looking this month at the second half starts.

We looked at the players who are off to hot starts since the beginning of July, and each of us picked one whose surge we are buying. There's one young infielder in the FCL who really stood out.
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No love for Nosalco?


T. Marcano has been very good since arriving in AAA.


Jace Bowen


A little off topic….

(1) Given his age and performance this year, it is well past time for Jacob Gonzalez to be moved up to AA.

(2) I think Lopez, Bowen, and E. Rodriguez are all deserving of promotions as well

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Love all these takes. I’m buying Cal Mitchell. He has always been relatively streaky and it feels like he was hot to start the year, cooled off after his first promotion, and got hot again shortly after being demoted. This time around, feels like the hitting surge is sticking after moving up to the ML. Hopefully it lasts for the rest of the season. Would love to see him and Suwinski finish strong and add some hope to the major league outfield.


I also will be on the Mitchell bandwagon. One of the better hit tools of our outfield group. I like him as a DH that can play as a 4th or 5th outfielder. His defense is below the level of reynolds suwinski and swaggerty.


I may be wrong, but his biggest defensive limitation seems to be arm strength, but that feels like it should be the most teachable tool, no?


Professional Hitter.


Love seeing Castro show up on this roundtable and hoping he’ll get another opportunity very soon.


“He and Burrows will give the Pirates rotation a huge boost next year, and I think what we’re seeing from him now is at least starting to add comfort to that projection.”

I expect this too, but it also reminds me of years when we thought we had prospects like Taillon and Kingham and others lined up to boost the rotation which seemed to keep Huntington from upgrading the rotation in the offseason. When those guys didn’t work out due to health or ineffectiveness, the seasons were undermined. Hopefully Cherington won’t make the same mistake.


The two A ball players are dreamable prospects. I like Priester. Never a fan of Castro’s. Bench bat.

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