Farm Futures: Hitter Predictions
Farm Futures: Hitter Predictions

This article is part of our Farm Futures series.

Last season marked the second year of preseason prospect predictions here at RotoWire, and as with most prediction pieces, there were some that looked quite prophetic, and some that I would like to permanently remove from the internet.

Before getting to the hitter predictions for 2018, let's take a look at some notable hits and misses from last year's piece.

The Good

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. gets his first cold weather exposure in the Midwest League as a newly turned 18-year-old and still hits .280/.360/.460. He gets a taste of High-A toward the end of the season and enters 2018 as a top-three prospect for dynasty leagues.

Verdict: I was right about most of this, but Guerrero was even better than I thought he'd be, slashing .316/.409/.480 in the Midwest League before getting promoted to High-A around the All-Star break.

Gleyber Torres picks up where he left off in the Arizona Fall League and Grapefruit League, making quick work of Eastern League pitching en route to a promotion to Triple-A in mid-May. From there he continues to rake, replacing Chase Headley at third base for the Yankees in early August.

Verdict: He did indeed make quick work of Eastern League pitching and was promoted to Triple-A on May 22. He kept raking, hitting .309/.406/.457 in 23 games at Triple-A, and there were whispers that he could soon get a promotion to the majors around the time that he tore his UCL in late June.

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James Anderson
James Anderson is RotoWire's Lead Prospect Analyst, Assistant Baseball Editor, and co-host of Farm Fridays on Sirius/XM radio and the RotoWire Prospect Podcast. FSWA Baseball Writer of the Year finalist in 2012.
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