Forecasting the 2015 Buffalo Bisons Outfielders

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Mar 4, 2015; Bradenton, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays infielder Dwight Smith (74) fields a grounder during warm ups for the spring training baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at McKechnie Field. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Rising Stars

Brad Glenn

Glenn made it to Toronto for a quick audition in 2014, which surprised even me. Glenn was overly impressive with the FisherCats when he found himself being called up to Buffalo, but once there he was unstoppable. Brad hit .451 in May and .317 in June before falling back to earth with a sub-.240 July and August. Glenn is a nice minor league outfielder option for the Bisons and should start the year in New Hampshire, but should bounce up and down a few times this year.

Matt Newman

Newman is a 26 year-old LHB who can play all three outfield positions and hit doubles in the bunches. He struggled mightily in final month of the season, which really hurt his batting average. Remove the disastrous August and Matt finishes with a .282 batting. Newman will need to be more patient at the plate if he wished to progress beyond Double-A. Nobody wants a guy that strikes out 25% of the time and walks 5% of the time with an ISO of .161.

Dwight Smith Jr.- 2015 quick riser

Smith is being converted to 2nd, but could still see time in the outfield this season. Since there aren’t a lot of prospects in the upper minors knocking on the door, the best option might be to keep Smith in the OF for now and move him up quickly.