Dean played for the Bluefield Blue Jays during the 2012 season (Image from Bleacher Report)
The 21-year-old first baseman from Highland Village, Texas is Nay’s teammate across the diamond, and has also been his partner in crime in the lineup during the first half of the season. Matt Dean has put his raw power on display during the month of July, hitting 4 home runs in his last 12 games, but its been his ability to hit consistently all season long that earned him a spot on the midseason all-star team as well this season. The situation for Dean is much like it is for Nay; if the right-handed slugger can carry his .308 batting average and .836 OPS up to Dunedin successfully next season it will do wonders for his prospect status.
Even more importantly for Dean is if he can convert some of his 18 doubles into home runs next season, which will make up for the higher amount of strikeouts he collects. The odds may be against a guy who was drafted in the 13th round, but like Pompey proved this year it’s not impossible as it’s all about raw talent and results in order to get selected to the Futures Game.