The 2022 minor league baseball season is in full swing, and while the standout rookies at the MLB level generate the bulk of the attention, it's worth shining some light on some of the standout performers still rising the minor-league ranks.
Ahead we've highlighted 10 top prospects who are off to red-hot starts in the minors, focusing on players who either appeared on Bleacher Report's first Top 100 prospect list of the year or among the "Next 50" honorable mentions.
It's an even split of five hitters and five pitchers spread across the minor leagues from Triple-A on down to Single-A, so there's a good mix of prospects knocking on the door for an MLB promotion and guys still in the earlier stages of their development.
Let's kick things off with a quick list of some under-the-radar prospects posting gaudy numbers of their own before diving into a closer look at the 10 top prospects.
Under-the-Radar Prospects off to Impressive Starts
3B Jose Fermin, CLE
OF Cal Mitchell, PIT
1B Vinnie Pasquantino, KC
OF Moises Gomez, STL
IF David Hamilton, BOS
RHP Brett Kerry, LAA
OF Esteury Ruiz, SD
OF Mike Siani, CIN
IF/OF Felix Valerio, MIL
LHP Brandon Walter, BOS
LHP Andrew Abbott, CIN
3B Christian Encarnacion-Strand, MIN
RHP Wilmer Flores, DET
RHP Gordon Graceffo, STL
LHP Adam Macko, SEA
IF/OF Ceddanne Rafaela, BOS
RHP Gavin Williams, CLE
OF Dru Baker, TB
LHP Riley Martin, CHC
RHP Royber Salinas, ATL
LHP Patrick Wicklander, TB
RHP Andrew Painter, Philadelphia Phillies
2022 Stats: 3 GS, 0.00 ERA, 0.58 WHIP, 4 H, 3 BB, 30 K, 12.0 IP
The Philadelphia Phillies took Andrew Painter with the No. 13 pick in last year's draft, making him the third high school pitcher selected behind Jackson Jobe (No. 3 to Detroit) and Frank Mozzicato (No. 7 to Kansas City).
With a towering 6'7" frame that offers a tantalizing mix of present stuff and future projection, he immediately became one of the top pitching prospects in the Phillies system. He solidified his standing with six scoreless innings in rookie ball in his pro debut.
Armed with four quality pitches and above-average command, he has been absolutely untouchable to begin the year with Single-A Clearwater, striking out a staggering 30 of the 43 batters he has faced while allowing only four hits.