Trey Martin was named the No. 16 prospect in the Northwest League this season and earned an invitation to the Chicago Cubs' fall instructional program.
But the Brookwood graduate's stint in the Arizona-based league was interrupted when he was hit in the face by a fastball during the fifth inning of the second game on Sept. 22.
Martin, who was a 13th-round draft pick by the Cubs in 2011, was taken by ambulance to a Scottsdale hospital for evaluation. He was later released.
"Face is good," Martin said on his Twitter account. "I just have a black eye and half my eye is red."
Earlier he had joked on Twitter, "I got in a fight with a baseball."
Martin, 19, can look back at the 2012 season fondly despite the scary moment. The outfielder batted .292 with 18 extra-base hits and 29 RBIs in 64 games. He also stole eight bases.
The right-handed hitter batted .448 in seven games in the rookie-level Arizona League and then .270 over 57 games with Boise in the short-season Class A Northwest League.
Boise reached the Northwest League championship series before losing to Vancouver. Martin hit .267 in the playoffs.
Martin, named Northwest League player of the week during July, was drafted by the Cubs three spots behind Hebron Christian's Danny Lockhart and signed for a reported bonus of $250,000. Both players had been headed to Kennesaw State before the draft.
Lockhart repeated the Arizona League this season, hitting .221 with 11 stolen bases.
Sims rated No. 6 in Appalachian League
Atlanta Braves first-round draft choice Lucas Sims was selected as the No. 6 prospect in the rookie-level Appalachian League by Baseball America.
The Brookwood graduate was a combined 2-4 with a 3.71 ERA in 11 starts for Danville of the Appalachian League and the Braves' rookie team in the Gulf Coast League.
MLB.com named Sims, 18, the Braves' No. 3 prospect after the season.
Limited by a strict pitch count, the right-hander won both of his starts where he was allowed to go the required five innings. He gave up one hit in the first and four in the second, recording 11 strikeouts to two walks.
Sims, who received a bonus of $1.65 million as the 21st overall pick in the draft, had 39 strikeouts to 13 walks in 34 innings. Opponents batted .217.
The Gwinnett Daily Post pitcher of the year was 8-1 with a 1.19 ERA as a high school senior this spring and struck out 98 in 76 innings while helping Brookwood to a spot in the Class AAAAA state championship series against Parkview.
Olson ranked No. 20 in Arizona League
Former Parkview standout Matt Olson, a compensatory first-round draft choice by Oakland in June, was named the No. 20 prospect in the Arizona League by Baseball America.
The first baseman hit .282 with eight homers and 41 RBIs in 50 games for Oakland's rookie team before being promoted after the Arizona League playoffs to Vermont of the short-season Class A New York-Penn League.
Olson, 18, was 3-for-11 with a homer and four RBIs in four games for Vermont. The homer came in his first game.
The left-handed hitter was the 47th overall pick in the draft and received a bonus of $1,079,700. He led Parkview to a second straight Class AAAAA state title this spring and was the Gwinnett Daily Post player of the year after hitting .407 with 11 homers and 52 RBIs. He was also 12-1 as a pitcher.