Jared Mitchell, OF – The 23rd overall pick in the 2009 draft had his career interrupted when he tore an ankle tendon in the spring of 2010. He wasn’t the same in 2011, however was very impressive in the winter instructional league and warranted a promotion to AA. He will be interesting to follow this season as he has tons of potential.
Trayce Thompson, OF – The 2009 2nd round picked didn’t really impress in 2009 and 2010. However, some of that changed after hitting 24 HRs in 2011. His batting average as awful and his K rate was extremely high. The 21-year-old remains a good talent and will get time to work out some mechanical issues in the Carolina League.
Kevan Smith, C – Mature college catcher with power to all fields. He has the bat but is still learning to be a professional catcher.
Jordan Danks, OF – Has some pop and speed. He wasn’t much of a prospect and after 2 full seasons at AAA, the 25-year-old doesn’t figure to be a major league regular. Still, he will have an opportunity to find himself on the bench as a 4th or 5th outfielder before the season is over.