As we pass the halfway mark of the season and quickly ride towards the All-Star break, who are the minor league players that will soon be on your radar? We have seen some elite talent get the call, some directly from Double-A, skipping Triple-A altogether! Much of fantasy baseball and fantasy sports in general is anticipating moves in advance of your competition. With that in mind, the third of our four part series looking at Triple-A players with fantasy appeal in 2013. We continue with National League hitters.
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Dee Gordon SS LA Dodgers- Hanley Ramirez insists on playing shortstop as he plays for the big contract of his career. Don Mattingly has also hinted that Gordon isn't on the verge of getting brought back. Gordon is hitting .300 at Albuquerque with 28 stolen bases in 33 attempts.
Ike Davis 1B NY Mets- As long as Josh Satin is raking in the Big Apple, Davis will continue to roll in Vegas. Davis has been streaky in Triple-A, hitting .293 over 75 at bats with seven home runs and 13 RBI. With Lucas Duda still disabled, the Mets figure to need Davis' bat sooner rather than later.
Danny Espinosa 2B Washington- Espinosa appears to have recovered from his wrist injury, but has yet to recover from his inability to hit a baseball. In 20 games at Triple-A Syracuse, Espinosa is hitting .088 with three RBI. With Anthony Rendon breaking out in DC, Espinosa may be in the minors for some time.
Chris Owings SS Arizona- With Didi Gregorious emerging as the shortstop of the future in the desert, Owings has been working at second base for his eventual call up. Owings is ripping the ball at Reno to a .347 clip with seven home runs, 57 RBI and a dozen steals in 19 attempts.
Zach Walters SS Washington- The way things are going, Walters is likely to get the call in Washington before Espinosa is brought back. Walters is hitting only .247 at Syracuse, but has been an extra base hit machine. Walters has 18 home runs and 44 RBI. Was acquired from Arizona for Jason Marquis in '11.
Gary Brown OF San Francisco- Given the age and injuries of the San Francisco outfield, prospect Gary Brown should soon be in "the show" for good. At Triple-A Fresno, Brown is hitting .243 with eleven home runs, 40 RBI and eleven stolen bases in 19 attempts.
Hunter Morris 1B Milwaukee- Good news and bad news for Hunter Morris. The good news? Corey Hart is out for the year. The bad news? Juan Francisco has been hitting home runs on a regular basis. At Triple-A Nashville, Morris is hitting .244 in 78 games with 16 home runs and 42 RBI.
Billy Hamilton OF Cincinnati- Somebody in your league may be eventually getting a huge bump in th standings, courtesy of Billy Hamilton stolen bases. Hamilton has 48 steals in 57 attempts at Triple-A Louisville. Over 78 games, Hamilton is hitting .247 with five RBI and 28 RBI. Should be patrolling LF at Great American Ballpark very soon.
Kolten Wong 2B St.Louis- Although he is likely ready now, Kolten Wong probably won't be serving on the Cardinals major league roster until 2014. With super utilityman Matt Carpenter holding down 2B, St.Louis is in no rush to rush their elite infield prospect. Wong is hitting .310 at Memphis with five home runs, 25 RBI and eleven stolen bases.
Oscar Taveras OF St.Louis- Given Taveras' age (21) and string of nagging injuries, the Cards seem content with letting Taveras work through the next stage on his way to St.Louis. Arguably the game's top hitting prospect, Taveras is hitting .306 at Memphis. Limited to 46 games, Taveras has five home runs, 32 RBI and five steals.
Jonathan Singleton 1B Houston- Singleton has served his 50 game suspension for marijuana and managed to climb from A ball to Triple-A after a brief stint in Double-A. Singleton is an elite power bat with six home runs in 36 games across the three minor league levels.
George Springer OF Houston- Springer was promoted to Triple-A after absolutely ripping Double-A pitching with 19 home runs and 55 RBI over 73 games. Add 23 stolen bases and a .297 average and you have fantasy gold. Springer has homered twice in eight games at Oklahoma City.
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