Top Baseball Prospects for 2013
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A part of the low-A Greenboro team that captured a championship, right fielder Marcell Ozuna was a pleasant surprise for a Marlins organization that's very poor in prospect talent. While he's always been a top-tier power hitter, 2011 was the season in which he seemed to grow a patience gland, as he cut his strikeout rate by 50% while almost doubling his walks. A well-tooled all around player, the Marlins are hoping to see cleaner defense and a continued approach to smart baseball from Ozuna. If he improves even half as much as he did last season, he'll be MLB ready.
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A big, strong strikeout artist who's been held back thus far by control issues, homegrown Phillies lefty Jesse Biddle still gets a very high nod thanks to his crazy-good stuff. He struck out a batter per inning at low-A Lakewood last year, which is enough to give him a pass (for now) on the fact that he also walked exactly one batter per odd inning.
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Gattis, an offensive-minded catcher who won the South Atlantic League's batting title in 2011, looked just as good in 2012, embarrassing Carolina League pitching with a .385/.468/.821 line before being promoted to a more suitable level of play. He mashed 18 homers, combined. A big, strong hitter, he's not really ready for everyday work at Turner Field, but it's nice to see that the Braves do have offensively-practical prospects like Gattis and Christian Bethancourt in the pipe to replace Brian McCann when the time is right.
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Astro prospect Brad Peacock gained attention when he served up only a single run in his first 12 innings of work for the depleted Nationals in 2011, though he's unlikely to look quite that good with a larger sample size.
Peacock shows (or doesn't show) a bit of natural deception in his big-leg, short-arm delivery that makes it difficult for hitters to pick up the ball early, and he's used this to his advantage, as his improved strikeout rate demonstrates. Peacock sets hitters up a straight four-seamer fastball that averages around 94mph, but his pitch for effect is a knuckle-curve that recalls (the good years of) Barry Zito. His third and fourth pitches (an allegedly sinking two-seamer and a straight change) don't look like much, but he hasn't needed much other than that 1-2 combo just yet, either. He's already tasted MLB ball, as mentioned, and while it's likely the Astros will try to forestall his arbitration clock until June or so, he's already ready to go today.
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A 24th-round (sic) pick out of Marshall in 2009, Oakland prospect Dan Straily has already done his part to add to the aura of genius that surrounds Billy Beane. After shredding the high-A Cal League in 2011 year with 154 strikeouts against only 40 walks, he did more of the same in AA in 2012, carving up all comers on his way to bolster the Oakland staff at midseason.
A rare example of a pitcher whose raw stuff seems to keep getting better with age, Straily has added both velocity and movement in the past two seasons, to the point that the onetime fringe-looking prospect has become a viable middle of the rotation starter. His fastball is mid-90's, his curve is better than average, and his work ethic is off the charts. The A's look to have an embarrassment of pitching on tap, which means it's possible Straily could get squeezed out of the Opening Day rotation, but he won't be far removed from it. He'll definitely be a part of the 2013 ballclub, and whether starting or relieving, should be considered one of the premium 'rookie' pitchers in baseball this year.
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The switch-hitting son of outfielder Raul, shortstop Adalberto Mondesi is already familiar with a major league dugout, even if it's only as a place to find a treasure trove of sunflower seeds and bubble gum. While he lacks his father's power profile, Berty does have a quality bat, superior speed and sure seems to have sophisticated defensive skill. A smallish player, he looks apt to stick at shortstop, where he could grow into some sort of slappy table-setter for the Royals a few years from now. He's still some distance away from showing anyone exactly how good he'll be, but an impressive .290/.346/.386 line as a
sixteen-year-old in professional rookie ball erased any notions that he's a prospect via name recognition alone.
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The nephew of ex-Dodger Antonio Asuna, Mexican righthander Roberto Osuna is a raw but talented pitcher growing up in the Toronto Blue Jays system. A thick fireplug of a pitcher, Osuna uses his legs well, generating power and keeping his arms from flailing out of control, with the net result being a smooth and easily-repeatable delivery.
Osuna showed off good command of a low-90's fastball and spotty command of a developing change and slurvy curveball while performing way above his head in the much older Mexican League last season, and the Jays expect both of those pitches will improve as he develops. He's nowhere close to MLB, especially in the conditioning and mental aspects of the game, but does have the physical gifts to perform well once he gets there. Eventually.
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A shortstop who's probably better off at second or third, Curacao native Jonathan Schoop's second turn through high-A ball in the Oriole system was a lot more successful than his first. Schoop silenced critics by slashing .271/.329/.375 at Carolina after shredding the low-A Sally League with a .316/.376/.514 line in the spring of 2011. In 2012, facing AA for the first time, he looked a little more grounded (.245/.324/.386) but wasn't beaten by the better pitching and continued to play solid defense. A high-contact hitter with developing power, Schoop is still adding bulk, which should help some of the 24 doubles he hit in 2011 turn into future homers. As it is, he still looks near ready for the bigs, with only another year or so of eyeball-training remaining. He'll return to AA to open 2013, and should apply a new focus. If he takes the expected step forward, he'll be ready for MLB action in 2014.
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A young phenom infielder currently raising eyebrows in the Cleveland system, Dorssys is a 2012 IFA signee that the Indians brass is cautiously excited about. Dorssys destroyed rookie ball as a 17 year old, outclassing his teenaged opponents to the tune of an ungodly .355/.404/.610 batting line. He was a bit of a mess in the field, making 20 errors in only 31 Rookie League games at short, but we like to think he'll develop enough glove to at least man second base. He does display quick feet and a strong arm, so the Indians will give him plenty of time to soften up those hands in the next couple of years. Expect him to spend all of 2013 in A ball, and if he dominates those pitchers, AA in 2014 and MLB soon thereafter. Of course, there are many opportunities to stumble along the way, so temper your excitement for now.
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A smallish but smart-throwing lefthander from Oklahoma, Marlin prospect Andrew Heany is the proud owner of a quality three-pitch arm. On a Marlin club shallow in the pitching department, Heany could move quickly: we wouldn't be surprised to see him arrive in 2014, a year ahead of schedule.
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