Brandon Downes saw an uptick in his strikeout rate at the start of the season, but the Blue Rocks outfielder has incorporated some changes at the plate to help him reach base more often.
Michael Kopech had setbacks that cost him a few months in 2015, but he's back on track for the Red Sox. The 20-year-old right-hander has a 1.41 ERA and 60 strikeouts in eight starts.
Thaddius Lowry finished 2015 on a down note, allowing at least four runs in four of his last six starts. He spent his offseason building up strength, and the early returns have been good.
A natural right-handed hitter, Francisco Mejia started also batting lefty at 16 on the advice of his manager in the Dominican Republic. Now he's threatening records as a switch-hitter.
Ryan McNeil has converted 15-of-17 save opportunities since becoming the Pelicans' full-time closer in late May, a string of success the right-hander attributes to keen observation.