Who's Not: April Prospects

  sladeYesterday I looked at the prospects who have started 2013 with a bang. Today let's take a look at those who have started with more of a whimper. Unfortunately, there are a few names here that I would much rather see on the other list. Starting with...

Slade Heathcott (OF, Trenton): Trenton should boast an impressive outfield this year, and a big part of that was because of the Yankees 2010 First Round pick. Instead, Heathcott had a pretty miserable April. He hit .191/.282/.294, with just one homer. He has stolen two bases in four attempts and taken just nine walks, striking out twenty times. His numbers are starting to move up, he hit .286/.316/.400 over his last ten games.

Dante Bichette, Jr. (3B, Charleston): Bichette is fairing about as well as Heathcott, putting together a line of .194/.257/.290 during April. Despite this, he did have moments where he came through for the RiverDogs. He hit a pair of homers and had 19 RBIs. Unfortunately, he only took six walks during the whole month and struck out 28 times.

citoCito Culver (SS, Charleston): Culver actually started the season on a tear, as he finally put switch-hitting behind him. Then he went dreadfully cold and now looks much like the player we saw a lot of last year. He ended April with a .228/.336/.370 line. He has two homers and is 1-2 in stolen base attempts. He still takes some good walks, taking fifteen free passes, but Culver struck out 28 times. Hopefully he can figure out what he was doing so successfully to start the season.

Dellin Betances (P, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre): Betances continues to be one of the Yankees most frustrating prospects. He went 1-2 with an ERA of 7.58 over nineteen innings. While April was not particularly kind to Betances, in some ways he has shown some improvements. He struck out 22 and only walked twelve - a nice sign from a guy who often couldn't seem to find the plate last season.

Matt Tracy (P, Trenton): Another pitcher who came into the season looking to really open some eyes, Tracy had an absolutely atrocious April. He went 2-2 over five games with an ERA of 10.98. He threw 19.2 innings and hitters knocked him for a .407 average. He walked fifteen and struck out fourteen, allowing four homers. May has already been leaps and bounds better for Tracy, as he picked up nine Ks in his first start of the month, allowing just one hit in 6.1 innings.