10 Midwest League prospects to watch04/07/2010 10:00 AM ET
By John Parker / Special to MLB.com
The Midwest League opens its 2010 campaign Thursday. Here are 10 of the premier prospects the league will feature this season:
Brian Cavazos-Galvez, OF -- Great Lakes Loons
A 12th-round pick out of New Mexico, Cavazos-Galvez was named Pioneer League MVP last season after batting .322 with 18 homers, 63 RBIs and 17 stolen bases for the Ogden Raptors.
Kyle Conley, OF -- Quad Cities River Bandits
Conley batted .385 with eight homers and 23 RBIs in only 29 games with short-season Batavia and twice was named New York-Penn League Player of the Week. He struggled in 15 Midwest League games last summer but should return with renewed confidence.
Kentrail Davis, OF -- Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
The 39th player taken overall in the 2009 Draft, Davis has great speed and raw power potential. There's a chance he'll skip the Midwest League and open the season at Class A Advanced Brevard County.
Cody Decker, 1B -- Fort Wayne TinCaps
Decker hit .354 with 15 homers and 63 RBIs in the Rookie-level Arizona League last summer and earned MLB.com's MiLBY Award as Best Short-Season Hitter.
Randal Grichuk, OF -- Cedar Rapids Kernels
Taken by the Angels with the 24th overall pick last June, Grichuk batted .322 with seven homers, 10 triples and 53 RBIs in 53 games in the Arizona League.
Aaron Hicks, OF -- Beloit Snappers
The 14th overall pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft didn't show much pop in first year of full-season ball, but he did show plenty of patience, walking 40 times. If Hicks can start to find some gaps with a power stroke, he could start to live up to his lofty Draft position.
Chad Jenkins, RHP -- Lansing Lugnuts
The Blue Jays' top pick in last year's Draft, Jenkins has a hard, heavy fastball to go with an above-average slider and changeup. He made 13 appearances last season between the Gulf Coast and New York-Penn leagues.
Wil Myers, C -- Burlington Bees
Myers slipped to the third round of last year's Draft due to signability issues but hit an eye-popping .426 with four homers and 14 RBIs in 18 games at Rookie-level Idaho Falls last summer.
Mike Trout, OF -- Cedar Rapids Kernels
The 25th overall pick in the 2009 Draft, Trout batted .360 with 25 RBIs and 13 steals in the Arizona League and .267 in five games with Cedar Rapids last summer.
Jacob Turner, RHP -- West Michigan Whitecaps
A 6-foot-5 right-hander taken out of Westminster (Mo.) High School with the ninth overall pick last June, Turner is a raw talent with a lot of upside.