This week we saw the arrival of Cards pitching prospect Carlos Martinez , while John Pettibone looks like he may stick for awhile in the Phillies rotation. Christian Yelich was bypassed when Giancarlo Stanton went down, but the Marlins are looking wise with the call-up of Marcell Ozuna. Nolan Arenado made his much anticipated debut in Colorado, while another, Anthony Rendon was sent back down with the return of Ryan Zimmerman in Washington.
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Wrapping up our first pass through the National League, we take a look at the Western Division.
National League West
Tyler Skaggs P- The Diamondbacks can only hope he enjoys the success that Patrick Corbin has enjoyed. Skaggs is currently 2-4 over six starts at Triple-A Reno. Skaggs has been rocked to an ERA of 6.89 with a 1.54 WHIP. With the success of Corbin and the eventual return of Daniel Hudson, the D-Backs will not rush the elite left handed prospect.
Adam Eaton OF- The most hyped rookie of the spring may finally be close to making his 2013 debut. We received a peek in '12 with 85 at bats, but much more is expected. Eaton is on a rehab assignment and Arizona hopes to have him back up by the end of the month. The D-Backs have a crowded outfield, but Eaton will get every opportunity to play every day.
Chad Bettis P- The 24 year old Bettis may have had his "breakout" performance late last month with an 11-strikeout performance. The former Texas Tech star is rebounding from an arm injury that cost him the 2012 season. Assigned to Double-A Tulsa, Bettis is 2-2 with a 4.06 ERA and 1.29 WHIP. Betts has 33 K's in 31 innings, while issuing only five walks.
Tim Wheeler OF- Another tall outfielder (6'4") in the Colorado farm system. Showed big power two seasons ago, but faded last year. Wheeler is struggling at Triple-A Colorado Springs with a .202 average in 89 at bats. The power has yet to return, as Wheeler has yet to hit the long ball and has only eight RBI.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Zach Lee P- The Dodgers are trying not to rush Lee, despite being the top pitching prospect in the organization. With Zac Grienke due back in two weeks, the pressure may be off Lee to reach the majors before he is ready. Pitching at Double-A Chattanooga, Lee is 2-2 with a sparking 2.55 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. Lee also enjoys a 3-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio.
Yasiel Puig OF- Off the field problems may have slowed his climb, but Puig made a name for himself in spring training. Powerfully built, Puig has drawn comparisons to Bo Jackson. In reality, he brings above average potential across the board. Puig is hitting .306 with five home runs and 15 RBI at Double-A Chattanooga.
San Diego Padres
Joe Wieland P- We got a glimpse of Weiland last season, but Tommy John surgery has cost him 2013. Weiland has excellent control and figures to be a part of the Padres rotation when healthy. In 27 innings in '12, Weiland had an ERA of 4.55 and 1.27 WHIP. Weiland should be stowed away on your "sleeper" list for 2014.
Cory Spangenberg 2B- The left handed hitter is the Padres second sacker of the future and brings good speed. Still in Class A, Spangenberg appears ready for the move to Double-A. Playing at Lake Elsinore, Spangenberg is hitting .298 with two home runs, 13 RBI and 13 stolen bases. If he continues to progress, he could have a shot out of Spring '14.
San Francisco Giants
Heath Hembree P- The future closer in San Francisco tops out just shy of triple digits on the radar gun. Currently closing at Triple-A Fresno, Hembree has a win and eight saves in 14 appearances. Hembree has a 2.34 ERA, a sub 1.00 WHIP and has 16 strikeouts in 15 innings of work. Hembree has also displayed good control, issuing only four walks.
Gary Brown OF- The former Cal State-Fullerton star will soon have a regular spot in the Giants outfield. Brown is struggling at Triple-A Fresno with a .205 batting average in 127 at bats. Brown has gone deep only once, picking up 10 RBI and four stolen bases. The Giants outfield is loaded with veterans, but will expect him to be ready no later than April 2014.
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