8. DAVID PAISANO, OF, Bakersfield
Like Beltre, Paisano was a player that Texas keyed on at the back of a significant trade, even though the club knew he was years away from entering the picture. Picked up from the White Sox in the 2006 trade that sent John Danks and Nick Masset (and Jake Rasner) to Chicago for Brandon McCarthy, Paisano is a standout defender who is starting to put things together at the plate. Playing primarily right field for the Blaze (capable of playing center field but ceding that position to Beltre), the 22-year-old is hitting .308/.365/.436 in the early going this year.
Stats: .307/.358/.420/.778 with 7 BB / 22 K in 95 PAs. .345 wOBA. .400 BABIP.
Here’s a youtube video of Paisano.