We have the daily threads but this is more for discussion about what the prospects are doing over the course of the year. We all know about Michael Chavis but a few other farmhands are off to great starts as well. Given the SSS, this list is going to be short on pitchers atm. Josh Ockimey: The Sox didn't even bother protecting the 23 year old 1b from the Rule 5 draft, and no one drafted him. Maybe he's used that for motivation, as he is off to a very strong start in Pawtucket. In 20 games and 81 PA, he is slashing .254/.420/.603 with 16bb/19k and 5 HRs. He had a pretty decent year last year as well but struck out in 31.0% of his plate appearances, which is entirely too much. If he can cut down his K rate, he might have a future in the MLB. CJ Chatham: A former 2nd round pick in 2016, his career had been somewhat derailed by injuries. He remained somewhat healthy last year and showed the ability to hit for average, though with very little power and a poor BB rate. In the early going this year, he's slashing .343/.403/.478 with 7bb/11k in 77 PA at AA. Given he's a SS, if he can hit .300+, he wouldn't have to do much else to be a plus hitter at the position. Bobby Dalbec: He had a pretty brutal start to the season last year before picking up in the summer, and he's off to a slow start this year as well. In 79 PA, he's slashing .206/.367/.333 with 15bb/20k. His ability to make contact is still very much in question. Durbin Feltman: He's been hyped for awhile and is considered to be on the fast track. He's held his own in AA this year to date. 7 games, 3.86 era, 7.0 innings, 2 hits, 4bb/9k, 0.86 WHIP. Denyi Reyes: Reyes made a name for himself last year with his pinpoint control in the lower levels. In the early going at AA, he has not maintained the minuscule BB rates. In 4 starts this year, he has pitched 18.1 innings and has 10bb/16k. He had 19bb in 155.2 ip last year. Jarren Duran: Last year's 7th round pick, OF/2b Jarren Durran has hit the ground running. In 67 games and 302 PA last year, Duran hit .357/.394/.516. He is off to a .404/.465/.562 start this season in 99 PA. He doesn't turn 23 until September but he is slightly old for Salem as far as legit prospects go. They'll have to think about promoting him to Portland in a week or two if he continues to hit. He needs to be challenged. His career line in the minors to date: 401 PA, .368/.411/.527. Get him to Portland, yesterday. I'm starting to get very giddy about him. It's really hard to hit .368 in any league over 401 PA. Bryan Mata: A relatively unknown, Mata made a name for himself after his very good 2017 season as an 18 year old. He struggled with control last year before being shut down at the end of July. This year, he is off to a very promising start in Salem: 5 starts, 1.40 era, 25.2 ip, 7bb/26 and a WHIP of 0.974. He doesn't turn 20 until May 3rd so he's very young for the league. Kutter Crawford: He's following a solid 2018 campaign with a great start in Salem. 5 starts, 1.96 era, 23.0 ip, 8bb/26k and a WHIP of 1.130. I'm not sure how he'll hold up as a starter but he may have a career as a MR. Triston Casas: Last year's 1st round pick is off to a slow start in Greenville. The 19 year old is hitting .219/.298/.384 in 84 PA, with 9bb and a staggering 30k. That K rate is very, very discouraging but it's very early in his career. Brandon Howlett: A 21st round pick, Howlett put himself on the radar with a great debut last year. That is not the case so far this year. In 72 PA, he's slashing .197/.250/.258 with 4bb/24k. Cole Brannen: A 2nd round pick in 2017, Cole Brannen has had a very disappointing career to date. In 84 PA this year, Cole is slashing .173/.262/.240 with 9bb and 31k. He has had 554 career PA in the minors and his career slash line is .186/.301/.225 with 73bb and 162 strikeouts. He has a career ISO of .039. That is so pathetic. On the plus side, he's 39/44 in SB. Tanner Houck: The 1st round pick in 2017, Tanner Houck struggled in the first half of last year before starting to pick it up. In his last 6 starts of the season, he had a 2.06 era in 35.0 IP with 41K/6bb, and a WHIP of 1.09. He hasn't been as dominate as he was to end the season last year, but he's been pretty good. 4 starts, 3.60 era, 20.0 innings, 7bb/21k.