Paul Wezner, Executive Editor
One player that flew largely under the radar in 2007 was Mike Hollimon. Despite making the jump from low-A ball all the way up to Double-A, Hollimon more than held his own, posting a .282/.371./.478 line, despite playing in the Eastern League which was pitching strong in '07. Now that he's had the opportunity to face tough competition, Hollimon has a golden opportunity to really turn it on in the fall against some of the best, and make a case for being big league ready in the very near future.
Mark Anderson, Managing Editor
Surprisingly, I'm expecting Eddie Bonine to have a strong fall season. Jeff Larish could continue his slugging ways as well, particularly given the offense-enhancing environment in the AFL, but I expect Bonine and his pinpoint control to really put on a good show. He began adjusting well at the end of the season, his first full season as a starter where he didn't use his knuckleball almost exclusively, and he showed tremendous progress. He has incredible poise on the mound and his reluctance to give in to hitters allows him to be successful in nearly all situations. Bonine has a varied arsenal that could give AFL hitters fits, and I expect him to come out of the fall season looking more and more ready to contribute at the big league level.
Jason Avery, Associate Editor, Amateur Baseball
I'm going to go with Jeff Larish as the Tigers prospect who'll shine in the AFL. It will be a bit of a homecoming for Larish, who played at Arizona State. He's advanced enough to have seen some of the top-notch pitching that the league brings on a yearly basis, so even though he struck out 108 times this year, I think he'll be more than able to have a solid showing in the AFL. With Carlos Guillen heading to first base, he'll head to the AFL with a chip on his shoulder to not only show his worth to the Tigers, but potentially to other teams as a possible player that could be dealt in the offseason.
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