Some of the top young talent in all of major league baseball is among farm systems in the American League West. We have already seen Mike Trout take MLB by storm from the Angels system, with Texas preparing to call up phenom Jurickson Profar. Many thought Danny Hultzen would get the call in Seattle, but it appears the Mariners are going to wait until 2013. Oakland recently called up flame throwing Dan Straily and believe they have their catcher of the future in Derek Norris.
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Justin Smoak 1B Seattle- The switch-hitter should be recalled shortly to take the spot of the injured Mike Carp. Smoak has struggled in Triple-A and at the Major League level this season. Smoak has 13 home runs, 38 RBI while hitting a paltry .189 in 344 at bats. Smoak needs to break out soon after struggling in '10 and '11 as well.
Andrew Romine SS Los Angeles- Romine has a solid glove and stole more than 60 bases in 2008. Romine has already been called up for two brief stints this season, but figures greatly in the Angels long term plans. A natural shortstop, Romine has been working at 3B and 2B to add value as a utility specialist.
Brad Peacock SP Oakland- Outstanding stuff with a fastball in mid to upper 90's and a plus curve. Part of the package than sent Gio Gonzalez to the Nationals. After a stellar campaign in '11, culminated with a strong showing in the majors in September, many expected Peacock in the A's rotation this season. Peacock has taken a bit of a step back, but should still get the call when rosters are expanded in two weeks.
Martin Perez SP Texas- Still only 21 years old, Perez brings a plus fastball, curve and changeup. Perez has had two brief stints with the Rangers with mixed results. Perez is 1-1 in three starts with a 4.05 ERA and 1.50 WHIP. Results in Triple-A have been much of the same, but left handers with his stuff come far and few between.
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