This article is part of our Minor League Barometer series.
The minor league season is already more than half over. Who are some of the phenoms that have burst onto the scene or improved their stock thus far in 2018? A couple of the most rapid risers are pitcher Jesus Luzardo of the Athletics and first baseman Peter Alonso of the Mets. Luzardo started the Futures Game for the World Team, and the 20-year-old could be on the fast track to the majors. He has emerged as one of the top pitching prospects in baseball, a quick turnaround since he underwent Tommy John surgery in 2016.
Meanwhile, Alonso hit a titanic home run in the Futures Game to punctuate a superior first half of the season. Alonso's breakout campaign has the Mets rethinking their first base situation. Another notable breakout has come from hurler Chris Paddack of the Padres, who has returned from Tommy John surgery to post dominating strikeout numbers.
Who else is on the rise or perhaps down in the dumps? Let's dive deeper into the prospect scene in this edition of the Minor League Barometer.
Ian Anderson, P, ATL – Anderson has been lights-out of late, allowing two earned runs or fewer in eight-straight starts. Anderson has been even more impressive over his last three outings, surrendering just one earned run while posting a 26:4 K:BB over a span of 17 innings. Anderson's statistics at High-A are remarkably similar from his statistics from Low-A, and perhaps even a bit better, as he has walked a