This article is part of our Minor League Barometer series.
Spring is in the air, and so are the baseballs. That's right, it's the return of another season of the Minor League Barometer. For those tuning in for the first time, or anyone needing a refresher, this article will give a weekly snapshot of the minor league baseball scene, providing statistics and analysis on those prospects helping or hurting their respective causes. This is not meant to be a ranking of prospects, and with limited space available it is impossible to mention every neophyte making headlines in a given week. That being said, comments and questions are encouraged as we explore the vast landscape of the minor league system together.
Now who's ready for some overreactions to small sample sizes? Below is a way-too-early glimpse at some prospects making waves as we begin the 2019 campaign.
Vidal Brujan, 2B, TB – The Rays have a stacked farm system, with Wander Franco leaving scouts gushing as the surefire top phenom in the organization. That being said, it would be foolish to forget about Brujan, who had a breakout 2018 season between Low-A and High-A. Brujan slashed .320/.403/.459 with nine home runs, 53 RBI and 55 steals in 122 games between both levels. Those numbers don't show that he actually performed better in 27 games at High-A following the promotion. Perhaps most impressively, Brujan had nearly as many walks (63) as strikeouts (68). The switch-hitter has an excellent handle of the bat, and the bump in power was also noticeable.