These prospects, including the Texas Rangers’ Nomar Mazara and the Colorado Rockies’ Trevor Story, are two prospects worthy of attention this Spring Training.
Spring Training numbers don’t mean much once the regular season starts, but if you look around major league camps, there are several prospects putting up some impressive numbers. And while many of them won’t be on Major League rosters come Opening Day, they are making cases for quick promotions should their teams need them. (All stats entering play Wednesday.)
Trevor Story, Colorado Rockies
While the Rockies’ Nolan Arenado leads baseball in several offensive categories this spring, Story, a shortstop prospect, is second in the majors in OPS with a 1.444, including four home runs. Story split time between Double- and Triple-A last season, and with Jose Reyes‘ uncertain status as Opening Day approaches, Story could be starting in Coors Field very soon.
Steven Moya, Detroit Tigers
Moya has been plagued by strikeouts throughout his minor league career, but his power potential has always kept him in top prospect rankings. Moya has four home runs this spring and a 1.585 OPS. The fact that he only has three Ks is also encouraging.
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Nomar Mazara, Texas Rangers
Mazara, who more than likely will impact the playoff chase this season, is slashing .423/.423/.577. The signing of Ian Desmond complicates things a little bit, but Mazara’s hot start bodes well after an 20 games in Triple-A at the end of 2015.
Cody Reed, Cincinnati Reds
In eight innings pitched, Reed has seven strikeouts and has allowed just one earned run on five hits. He has not walked a batter, leading to an impressive 0.63 WHIP. Reed split time between High-A and Double-A last season, posting a 2.41 ERA and 3.43 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Zach Davies, Milwaukee Brewers
Davies has six strikeouts and has allowed just four hits in six innings of work this spring. He also has not walked a batter. His .182 opponents average and 0.67 WHIP are also stellar numbers. Davies made 11 starts–five in the minors, six in the majors–in the Brewers’ organization after being traded from the Baltimore Orioles for outfielder Gerardo Parra.