06/02/06 8:00 AM ET
Zimmerman head of '05 draft class
Third baseman sticks in Majors, enjoying strong rookie year
By Jim Street / MLB.com
Ryan Braun, 3B. Milwaukee Brewers: The fifth overall selection out of the University of Miami (Fla.) is off to a good start at Class A Brevard County. He is batting .303 after 48 games with six home runs and 33 RBIs, and he was named to the Florida State League All-Star team on Thursday.Ricardo Romero, LHP, Toronto Blue Jays: The pitcher out of Cal State Fullerton is pitching for the Class A Dunedin (Fla.) Blue Jays and has no decisions in five starts. His strikeout-to-walk ratio (26-7) is outstanding, and he appears to have fully recovered from a triceps injury that kept him in extended Spring Training until May 1. Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Colorado Rockies: The all-around star from Long Beach State currently plays for the Double-A Tulsa Drillers and is having a solid season. Tulowitzki is batting .294 with six home runs and 25 RBIs through 46 games. Wade Townsend, RHP, Tampa Bay Devil Rays: The former Rice star, who was drafted in the first round by the Orioles in 2004 but didn't sign, had Tommy John elbow surgery last year and is expected to miss the entire 2006 season. Michael Pelfrey, RHP, New York Mets: After winning two of his first three decisions and compiling a 1.64 ERA for Class A Port St. Lucie (Fla.), Pelfrey was promoted to Double-A Binghamton, where he has an 0-1 record and 3.49 ERA in six starts. He is averaging more than one strikeout per inning -- 56 strikeouts in 50 1/3 Minor League innings. Cameron Maybin, CF, Detroit Tigers: The 10th overall pick in the draft last year has been out since May 7 with a ligament injury to his right index finger. He was having a superb season for the Class A West Michigan White Caps. After 44 games, he was batting .330 with six stolen bases in seven attempts.
John Mayberry, OF, Texas Rangers: The power numbers Mayberry has at Class A Clinton -- seven home runs and 23 RBIs in 43 games -- would make his father proud, but the younger Mayberry is batting .238 and struck out 51 times in his first 160 at-bats.Eli Iorg, OF, Houston Astros: The Class A Lexington Legends outfielder and son of former MLB player Garth has a .232 batting average and a .280 on-base percentage. But he is getting a lot of production from his 39 hits, driving in 34 runs. Jared Lansford, RHP, Oakland Athletics: Midwest League hitters are having a tough time getting hits off former AL batting champion Carney Lansford's son, managing just 18 hits in 35 innings. But the pitcher has more walks (19) than strikeouts (16) and missed the first month of the season with inflammation in his right rotator cuff. Kyle Reynolds, SS, Chicago Cubs: The former Baylor University star and son of ex-big leaguer Craig Reynolds is playing for Class A Peoria (Midwest League) and batting .256 after 30 games and 90 at-bats. His five walks and 23 strikeouts stick out in his overall statistics. Koby Clemens, 3B, Houston Astros: A dislocated finger has limited Roger's eldest son to 15 games for Class A Lexington this season, and the eighth-round draft choice has been working out with his dad. He was 8-for-43 (.186) with one home run and 11 RBIs before being injured. Michael Brantley, OF, Milwaukee Brewers: The son of former MLB outfielder Mickey Brantley currently is playing for the Class A West Virginia Power and is batting .261 with no home runs and 14 RBIs. His 13 walks and 12 strikeouts in his first 111 at-bats show he has a good grasp of the strike zone. Toby Gardenhire, SS, Minnesota Twins: The first full Minor League season has been a challenge for the Twins manager's son. Through 28 games and 79 at-bats for the Class A Beloit Snappers, Gardenhire was batting .190 with three RBIs, four walks and 21 strikeouts. Andy Hargrove, 1B, Seattle Mariners: After a superb performance at Peoria last summer, when he batted .314 with three home runs and 15 RBIs in 35 games, the son of Mariners manager Mike Hargrove currently is participating in extended Spring Training in Peoria.
Jim Street is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.