This week’s hot and cold features a couple of under the radar prospects that are having strong seasons. Also, a former second round pick is struggling in Birmingham.
Hot Hitter: Tyler Kuhn, IF, AA
Kuhn is a good contact hitter that is adjusting well to AA in his second stint at the level. The former West Virginia standout is a career .300+ hitter as a professional and could find a role as a utility play in the Majors in a couple years. At 24, he’s not young for the level but still has good value. In a system filled with prospects that strike out a lot, it’s refreshing to see a guy like Kuhn who only has 17 strikeouts in 144 plate appearances this year. Throw in a .352 batting average and you’re going to draw some attention. He doesn’t draw a lot of walks (.411 OBP), but does hit for decent power for an infielder (.516 SLG). Kuhn brings some speed to the table (8/9 SB) and plays decent defense, mostly at second and third. This week he hit .458/.500/.583 mostly from the top of the order. Kuhn is one to keep an eye on. Honorable mentions: Michael Blanke (.471/.526/.647), Lastings Milledge (.375/.500/.563) and Brandon Short (11-game hit streak).