If you are in a keeper league or dynasty league and are searching for stolen bases for next season, then you should have your eye on shortstop Billy Hamilton in the Cincinnati farm system. Playing at High A, Hamilton has stolen 29 bases in 23 games while hitting .398 in 88 at bats. Hamilton looks like he is on his way to second straight season of 100+ stolen bases after swiping 103 in 135 games in 2011.
Second basemen Johnny Giavotella who was a surprise demotion in spring training by the Kansas City Royals has taken his trip to Triple-A in stride and is hitting .288 in 104 at bats with three home runs and 15 RBI. He also has an on base percentage of .423 with 10 walks and eight strikeouts for the year. Don’t forget about him in AL-only formats if you are in need of a middle infielder for later in the season.
Outfielder Jerry Sands (LAD) has been struggling at Triple-A with a .219 average in 92 at bats with three home runs and 15 RBI. His plate discipline has been okay with 16 walks and 19 strikeouts and he also has a stolen base, but he doesn’t look to have any real value until September.
Starting pitcher Brad Peacock (OAK) has been pitching well at Triple-A with a 3.49 ERA in five starts with 28 strikeouts in 28 1/3 innings. He has allowed two earned runs or less in four of the five starts with the only blemish coming two outings ago when he allowed seven runs in 4 1/3 innings.
With the Royals in need of starting pitching talent at the major league level, there is a good chance that Jake Odorizzi will see some action later this season. He has been inconsistent so far at Double-A with three good starts and two bad outings, leaving him with a 4.18 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 23 2/3 innings. He has held opposing hitters to a .211 batting average with only one home run allowed.
Third basemen Mike Olt (TEX) has been flashing his power at Double-A with six home runs in 88 at bats, but he has been racking up the strikeouts as well with 30 on the season. With Adrian Beltre signed through 2015, Olt is going to be blocked for a few seasons and could turn into a trade chip for the Rangers if they need to plug any holes at the major league level.
As if the Philadelphia Phillies needed any more starting pitching, prospect Trevor May is off to a good start at Double-A with a 2.40 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 30 innings. More importantly for keeper league owners, he has shown improved control this season with eight walks on the season after walking 67 in 151 1/3 innings in 2011.