The minor league season has seen teams reaching its 40 game point. At this time we are releasing our first CYCLE report of the year where we check out some top performers of 2014 that we have featured here on chasingmlbdreams.com. The cycle honors the top performers at the plate, on the mound and in the bullpen. This week we take a look at 4 top performers with the bat.
Wilson has seen time at first base and in the outfield while playing the bulk of his early season with the Tampa Yankees. Wilson has done nothing but hit opposing Florida State League pitchers in his 27 games in the league. In 97 at bats, Wilson has hit .361 with an OPS of .955. The slugger has gotten on base at an impressive .409 clip. Wilson started the season with a brief stint in Trenton and it may be only a matter of time before the Yankees challenge him to face stiffer competition once again
Ramirez started his 2014 campaign playing in Huntsville and has been a key source of power for the Stars. In 43 games, Ramirez has shown his power hitting eight home runs thus far. The first baseman has also cut down on his strikeout rate in 2014 compared to prior years in the Brewers system. Ramirez OPS currently sits at .863 and if he can continue to reduce his strike outs and come up with big hits his numbers will lead him to Triple-A.
Boston’s first rounder in 2011, Swihart has quietly climbed the ladder each year since he entered the Sox system. Swihart was assigned to Portland to start the 2014 season and has had success behind the plate and in the batters box. In 121 at bats this season, Swihart is hitting .289 and showing good speed on the base paths. The catcher has 8 doubles, 2 triples and 3 steals at this juncture of the season.