Andrew Aplin- After being drafted last summer, Aplin finished the season with the California League champion Lancster JetHawks. Between Lancaster and Tri-City, he had 27 extra-base hits in 68 games. Aplin batted .348 with a .978 OPS in 164 at bats for Tri-City before being promoted to the JetHawks.
Brian Blasik- Blasik didn't let the fact that he was not drafted last summer hamper his first season as a professional. He was named the MVP of the Greeneville Astros after batting .318 with 43 RBI in the Appalachian League.
Erik Castro- Castro lead the JetHawks with 108 RBI in 2012. He aslo led the team with 27 doubles and 27 home runs.
Carlos Correa- The over-all pick in last summer's draft, Correa spent his first pro season with the GCL Astros and Greeneville. He has 190 professional at bats under his belt heading into his first full season.
Delino DeShields, Jr.- DeShields grabbed attention by stealing 101 bases in 2012. He spent a majority of the season repeating Low A with Lexington. He batted .298 with 22 doubles, 10 home runs and 96 runs scored in 111 games for the Legends.
Matt Duffy- A 2011 draft pick, Duffy had 16 home runs and 70 RBI for Lexington in 2012. Duffy also had 32 doubles.
Tyler Heineman- Heineman batted .358 for the ValleyCats after being drafted last summer. The catcher from UCLA had 14 doubles and 26 RBI in 55 games as a professional.
Jiovanni Mier- Mier missed much of 2012 with injury. However, he hit .292 for Lancaster in the 46 games that he did play. He had 13 extra-base hits in 171 at bats.
Carlos Perez- Perez swung a hot bat for Lancaster after being acquired from Toronto. The catcher posted a .318 batting average with seven extra-base hits in 88 at bats.
Domingo Santana- Santana lit up the scoreboard for Lancaster in 2012. He had 26 doubles, six triples, 23 home runs and 97 RBI to go with a .302 batting average and a .921 OPS.
George Springer- Springer opened the season with a grand slam and just kept going. Between Lancaster and Corpus Christi, the 2011 first round pick had a .302 batting average. Springer accumulated 109 runs, 21 doubles, 10 triples, 24 home runs, 87 RBI and 32 stolen bases in 2012.
Austin Wates- Wates kept hitting in 2012, and he added falling over the fence catches to his skill set. He hit .304 with 17 steals and 27 extra-base hits in 95 games for Corpus Christi.
A note about Jon Singleton: After much internal debate, I left Singleton off of this ballot. He will be missing more than 1/3 of the season due to his indiscretion. In my opinion, this disqualifies him from consideration for this award. Once he returns to action, he will receive full consideration for awards such as Player of the Month, Farmstros Five, and Post-Season Player of the Year.
Previous Pre-Season Players of the Year:
2012- Austin Wates
2011- J.D. Martinez
2010- Jiovanni Mier