8 Players Tearing It Up In Triple A But Not On Any Top 100 Lists
Here are 8 players who are enjoying success in triple a for their respective teams minor league affiliates. You are not going to find these guys on any Baseball America Top 100 list but after their 2013 slash lines, you just might. So keep these guys in your back pocket for fantasy sleepers or random trivia questions if your trying to impress a baseball minded dame at a summer social gathering.
Mauro Gomez- Buffalo Bisons: The slugging first baseman is leading the International League with 28 round trippers for the Toronto Blue Jays Triple A affiliate. The 28-year old Gomez has serious power blasting 158 career minor league home runs. The Blue Jays selected Gomez off waivers from the Boston Red Sox at the beginning of the 2013 campaign. Gomez had a brief cup of coffee in the majors with the Red Sox playing 37 games in 2012.
Ernesto Mejia- Gwinnett Braves: The 27-year old first baseman is tied with Mauro Gomez for the home run lead in the International League with 28. There stories are very similar as they are both aging first baseman who hit for power and could put up decent power numbers if given the opportunity in the show. Mejia has 139 career big flies but the call to the majors has eluded him thus far playing 9 seasons with the Atlanta Braves minor league affiliates.
J.D. Martin- Durham Bulls: Martin currently leads the International League with 14 wins and sits fourth with a 2,77 earned run average. The 30-year old is a former 1st round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians and saw action with the majors for parts of two seasons with the Washington Nationals. Martin owns a career 86-53 career minor league record and currently sees himself toiling in the minors for the pitching rich Tampa Bay Rays.
Jairo Asencio- Norfolk Tides: The reliever has closed out 22 games for the Tides this season posting a 4-0 record with a respectable 2.47 earned run average along the way. The 30-year old is hopeful of sticking in the majors as a member of the playoff bound Baltimore Orioles. Ascencio suited up for the Orioles earlier this season and has previously pitched for the Braves, Indians and Cubs.
Brock Peterson- Memphis Redbirds: Peterson is leading the Pacific Coast League dialling long distance 23 times for the Redbirds this season. The 30-year old was rewarded by the St.Louis Cardinals making his long awaited major league debut seeing action in 11 games this season for the Cardinals batting .154 in minimal at bats. Peterson will hope to impress as a September call-up for the parent club.
Nick Buss- Albuquerque Isotopes: The Los Angeles Dodgers farm hand is having a well rounded season for the Isotopes leading the league with 87 runs batted in. The 26-year old is also batting .298 with 15 home runs and 18 stolen bases in his first season at the triple a level. The Dodgers outfield is chock full of talent so Buss may find it difficult getting the opportunity to make the jump to the show.
Johnny Hellweg-Nashville Sounds: Hellweg is leading the Pacific Coast League with an impressive 2.75 earned run average in 19 starts thus far this season for the Sounds. The 24-year old Milwaukee Brewers hopeful is enjoying success in his first Triple A season posting a 10-5 record to compliment his earned run average.
Chris Hatcher- New Orleans Zephyrs: Hatcher leads the Pacific Coast League with 29 saves closing out games for the Zephyrs. The 28-year old has spent parts of 3 seasons with the Miami Marlins including a disastrous inning pitched with the big club this season in which he allowed 6 runs. If Hatcher can remain consistent he may turn into a viable bullpen option for the basement dwelling Marlins.