Top Baseball Prospects for 2013
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The best outfield prospect in Texas that you may not have heard of yet, Florida teenager Lewis Brinson is a five tool talent with a burning desire to play in big league baseball. Signed to little fanfare at the tail end of 2012's first round, 'LL Bean' Brinson quickly dispatched rookie ball pitchers with a .283/.345/.523 line with seven homers and 22 doubles, and proved he's all that on the bases by swiping 14 of 16 over 54 games, too. In the field, Brinson has played center, exclusively for the Rangers and that's how he'll be pushed, in order that his plus speed and good glove can be used to maximum effect. He needs a couple of years for his skills to catch up to his tools, but if he keeps hitting in A-ball, watch out.
Full Scouting Report for Lewis Brinson
SB 161 BA SC BP 99 SN ES ML
A tree-trunk of a young man, Cubs prospect Dan Vogelbach won't win any sprints or high-jumping contests, but lordy, lordy, the boy can hit baseballs. Plus contact, plus-plus power to all fields, and a bucketful of moon-shots every day in batting practice: these are the things young Vogelbach is made of. In the NL, a man this large (the Cubs list him at 250lbs, but they're being very polite) is destined for first base, like it or not, and thankfully Vogelbach does show good hands and footwork around the bag.
Full Scouting Report for Dan Vogelbach
SB 162 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A strong, squat hitter with a wide open stance and plus bat speed, Cal-Poly's Mitch Haniger looks like a solid part of a future Brewer offense. With accolades from all sides concerning his athleticism and professional demeanor, Hanny's only real shortcoming is a lack of speed, though good instincts and a strong arm have served him well in outfield duty to date. While there's never a shortage of possible road bumps on the way to MLB, he sure looks like a future star from here.
Full Scouting Report for Mitch Haniger
SB 163 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A big, strong lefthander who has already mastered the don't-mess-with-me look so important to mound presence, the Angels' own Nick Maronde found college success after transforming into a closer at the University of Florida. After being drafted by the Angels, he rocketed through the minors and wound up as a surprise LOOGY specialist in Anaheim before the end of year. He's the best lefty prospect in the Angels system today. If he returns to starting duty, he could be very good in another year or so. If the team leaves him in the bullpen, on the other hand, he could be great.
Full Scouting Report for Nick Maronde
SB 164 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A Cardinal prospect picked up in the St. Louis treasure trove known as 2012's Supplemental draft round, California native Stephen Piscotty is an offensive-first corner glove who won the Cape Cod batting title in 2011, also picking up the award as the league's best pro prospect. While his name almost makes us wish he was a part of the Tampa Bay farm system, he'll do just fine in St. Louis, too. He should move quickly through the ranks.
Full Scouting Report for Stephen Piscotty
SB 165 BA SC BP SN ES ML
One of the higher-upside hitters in the 2012 Draft, Tampa Bay's Richie Shaffer is a nominal third baseman who can not only play first, but also a corner outfield position, thanks to his powerful arm. A right-handed hitter, Shaffer has strong wrists that deliver real plus bat speed. He only logged 138 plate appearances at low-A Hudson Valley last year, but he looked good doing it: .308/.406/.487 with four dingers and a nice walk rate for a player whose strike zone judgment has been a question to date. His power potential high, so he's definitely worth keeping an eye on, even if he struggles a bit moving up the ladder.
Full Scouting Report for Richie Shaffer
SB 166 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The younger brother to Boston's Garin, shortstop Gavin Cecchini is a contact hitter with solid tools who could develop into exactly the franchise shortstop the Mets suddenly need. He'll need a few years, though, and there are some legitimate-sounding concerns about whether he can round out his game well enough to be a front-line starter. We'll wait and see.
Full Scouting Report for Gavin Cecchini
SB 167 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A former top prospect who's slid a bit in the ranks thanks to another year of shaky control, Baltimore righthander Parker Bridwell is young enough that he shouldn't suffer a serious discount. He still features great raw stuff and a true plus fastball that springs from a perfect pitcher's frame, so the Orioles will give the kid a few more chances. To get a handle on his future, watch his walk rate in 2013.
Full Scouting Report for Parker Bridwell
SB 168 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A tall, lithe righthander in the Mets system, Dominican-born Luis Mateo is a hard-throwing pitcher with a quality change. He outclassed the NY-Penn League last year, striking out 85 and walking only 9 in 73 innings, but he was a 22 year old pitching to younger hitters. He'll push through A-ball this year, and if he maintains anything close to those great numbers, he'll be in AA and knocking on the door in 2014.
Full Scouting Report for Luis Mateo
SB 169 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A powerful righthanded reliever ready to help out in Washington right now, Miami-born Christian (CJ) Garcia is one of many young bullpen weapons the Nats plan to use to defend their NL East title. A mature prospect, Garcia has already thrown seven full seasons of minor league ball, maintaining a strikeout rate of more than a batter per inning (and more than 10 per 9 for most of that career.) He's been a reliever for the team so far, but he has the guile and pitch selection to start. His fastball is a naturally-moving mid-90's dart that he controls well, and to which he can add natural sink on command. His changeup is solid, the type one would expect from a veteran pitcher, and his curve, when it's on track, is an unhittable shame-maker. He's a strong candidate to anchor the Washington bullpen in 2013, but should the team be shy a rotation member at any point in the next couple of seasons, he may be a terrific in-house replacement, too.
Full Scouting Report for Christian Garcia
SB 170 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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