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The Next Russell Branyan

32 year-old third baseman Russell Branyan hit .359/.453/.693 in 179 Triple A plate appearances.  In 86 big league plate appearances, Branyan has tallied up a .297/.384/.770 line.  That includes ten home runs, a nice boost for those who picked him up in fantasy leagues.  Let's see if there are any similar minor league mashers at Triple A.

  • 29 year-old outfielder Jeff Bailey, hitting .315/.415/.657 with 22 HR in 254 ABs for the Pawtucket Red Sox.
  • 27 year-old first baseman Brad Eldred, hitting .265/.332/.620 with 26 HR in 279 ABs for the Charlotte Knights (White Sox).   He doesn't draw enough walks to fit the profile, but he has the Ks.
  • 30 year-old third baseman Mike Hessman, hitting .265/.366/.583 with 23 HR in 283 ABs for the Toledo Mud Hens (Tigers).
  • 28 year-old outfielder Jonathan Van Every of the Pawtucket Red Sox, hitting .288/.368/.559 with 17 HR in 236 ABs.
  • 27 year-old outfielder Nelson Cruz of the Oklahoma RedHawks (Rangers) hitting .357/.457/.714 with 23 HR in 252 ABs.  Maybe the Rangers won't give him another chance, but some other team ought to.
  • 27 year-old third baseman Dallas McPherson of the Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins) hitting .301/.412/.682 with 26 HR in 239 ABs.
  • 26 year-old first baseman Joe Koshansky of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies), hitting .297/.373/.616 with 18 HR in 276 ABs.  Slugging only .483 on the road, though.

Most of these non-prospects are buried on the depth chart, but it wouldn't be hard for another team to pry them loose and unearth another Branyan (or even better, Jack Cust).

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