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2015 Prospects Shine in the Early Going

The MLB’s top prospects in 2015 have fueled their respective teams through the early portion of the season. All of them have added a new flare to the game at the plate, in the field and on the mound.

Chicago Cubs phenom, Kris Bryant
(Courtesy of usatoday.com)

Chicago Cubs outfielder, Kris Bryant had a huge splash on the major league scene, batting .318 in his first month at the MLB level. Bryant’s first big league homer was one of the deepest home runs hit by any player this season, measuring at 477 feet. The third baseman slugged seven homers in the month of May and earned the NL Rookie of the Month award.

Another rookie who has provided power in the middle of his team’s lineup is Joc Pederson for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Pederson earned the starting centerfielder job on Opening Day after having a great Spring Training. He tied a Dodgers franchise record by homering in five straight games and he currently leads all rookies in home runs this season with 17.

Noah “Thor” Syndergaard on the mound (Courtesy of usatoday.com)

Noah Syndergaard has been one of the most exciting rookie pitchers in 2015. Nicknamed “Thor”, the young right-hander has brought thunder and lightning to the New York Mets starting rotation. Syndergaard got an opportunity pitch in the starting rotation when Zack Wheeler had to undergo Tommy John Surgery in March.

Syndergaard’s first month of MLB action was phenomenal, posting a 1.82 ERA in the month of May. He has also brought the hammer to the plate. He’s batting .364 in six games and he hit a towering home run in Citi Field against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Texas Rangers prospect Joey Gallo also got called up to the MLB due to team injuries, particularly when veteran third baseman Adrian Beltre went on the 15-day Disabled List. Gallo had a memorable debut for the Rangers, finishing the game with three hits and was a triple short of hitting for the cycle. He homered in his second big league game as well, becoming the first player in Rangers history to homer in his first two games.

Carlos Correa in the field (Courtesy of espn.go.com)

The first place Houston Astros have continued to strengthen their team after calling up their #1 prospect, Carlos Correa on June 8th. In his big league debut, he became the first player in MLB history to get his first major league hit off of a replay review when his groundout was overturned to an infield single.

The Puerto Rican shortstop has been the top prospect in the Astros organization for the last four seasons and it looks like he can be a huge contributor to this team’s success as they try to hold on to the division lead in the AL West.

The top prospects in 2015 seem to be fully equipped to help their organizations win ballgames based on their early progress. Other notable prospects that made their MLB debuts this season are Byron Buxton for the Minnesota Twins and Francisco Lindor for the Cleveland Indians. Each prospect that I mentioned have the potential to be franchise players for a long time in this league if they stay the course.

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