Top Baseball Prospects for 2013
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The fastest player in the 2012 draft class, young DJ Davis has base-stealing skills to burn to go along with great range in the outfield, signalling a bright future in a major league outfield as long as he can bring his bat along with him: MLB-average offensive production is all that's needed here, and Davis should be able to get there with a couple of years of experience and hard work.
Full Scouting Report for DJ Davis
SB 171 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A prep righthander with a nasty mid-nineties fastball, Tiger prospect Jake Thompson is an imposing mound presence: a 6-4, 240lb 18-year old is a frightening thing for a teenager to face at the plate. Mix in a potentially plus slider and the situation becomes downright unfair. Thompson will work on some secondary pitches in the minors (that ever-elusive change needs a lot of work), but could well become the latest in a long line of Tiger pitching finds.
Full Scouting Report for Jake Thompson
SB 172 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A late-blooming pitching prospect who's just now learning to pitch from his very big and strong frame after recovering from shoulder surgery a couple of years back, the Nationals' own Nathan Karns looks like he could step up into MLB soon. In 116 innings split between low and high-A ball last season, the right-handed Karns showed mastery of his 98mph fastball, turning in a scintillating 2.17 ERA, 1.01 WHIP season. A new ability to throw a quality curve for strikes and a developing change also helped him strike out nearly twelve batters per nine innings of work. A bit under the radar thanks to his advanced age, Karns could be a surprise savior if the Nats suffer injury this year. If not, he's on track for a storybook rookie debut at the age of 26 next season.
Full Scouting Report for Nathan Karns
SB 173 BA SC BP SN ES 99 ML
A fast, skinny hitter in the Oriole system, Baltimore native Glynn Davis is one of the team's best outfield prospects moving forward. He's shown good base-stealing ability to date, and if he can refine that he'll be a potent leadoff option soon. Alternatively, should he lose his leanness in favor of a bulkier build as he matures, he'll have a chance as a middle-order threat. After slashing a .253/.345/.301 line across two levels of A ball last year, he's ready for AA in 2013.
Full Scouting Report for Glynn Davis
SB 174 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A two-way player who was originally drafted by the Indians as a pitcher, Tennessee's Bryce Brentz should now be considered a full-time outfielder despite his early success on the mound. As an everyday player, he's a hard-hitting corner who should move quickly in pro baseball. Built like a tree-trunk, Brentz uses his whole body well, covering the plate with a long but strong right-handed swing. He gets maximum power from his hip rotation to splash line-drives to all fields with apparent ease. While he hasn't yet been able to reach the outfield fences with much regularity, his high contact ability should translate well to the majors, helping him avoid the all-or-nothing club that big bats often slide into. Nick Markakis is often cited as a fair comparison for Brentz's build and toolset.
Full Scouting Report for Bryce Brentz
SB 175 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A second round pick from the 2006 draft, outfielder Joe Benson skipped out on Purdue to jump into the Twins system, where he's been growing and developing ever since. He's the proud owner of above average wheels at near plus speed, and a solid plus arm, making his defense high quality all around. At the plate, the Twins will be looking for a little more discipline, since he does have a habit of chasing breaking balls, but other than that he's looking awfully close to ready. Benson smashed a precocious .303/.395/.485 at high-A Ft Myers, then looked outclassed in AA and during a relief stint on the MLB roster in 2012, but try not to hold that against him. He should be back and better than that in 2013.
Full Scouting Report for Joe Benson
SB 176 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A big, athletic third base prospect from UNC who just happens to be BJ Surhoff's favorite nephew, slugger Colin Moran was selected sixth overall in the 2013 draft. He's a line-drive contact hitter with a sweet left-handed swing, and when he slashed .365/.434/.494 for the Tarheels in 2012, he locked down national attention. While he hasn't shown much power yet, he has the frame (and the genes) to develop at least average pop in the future. Not a bat-only type, Moran has also shown the sort of quickness and arm strength necessary to stick at third base.
Full Scouting Report for Colin Moran
SB 177 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A power-arm in the Giants' system, Mike Kickham is yet another project in a pitching lab that's quickly becoming famous for producing quality arms. 3.05 ERA, 1.29 WHIP with 137 strikeouts in 150 innings. His control was iffy (he walked 75) but for the quality of his stuff, we can overlook that for now. Give him another year to sharpen his control and he could be another devastating San Francisco weapon.
Full Scouting Report for Michael Kickham
SB 178 BA SC BP SN ES ML
St. Mary's best starter in 2012, Martin Agosta is a polished college arm who already shows three quality pitches. The 84th overall selection of the 2012 draft, Agosta is expected to remain a starter while working his way up the San Francisco ladder. Signing late, he took the mound for only 11 innings last summer, but struck out 19 rookie-league batters while he was at it. He'll be in A ball this season.
Full Scouting Report for Martin Agosta
SB 179 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Taken by the Red Sox in the 10th round of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft, outfielder Brandon Jacobs was sort of lost man in the Boston system ever after. Overshadowed by a number of other players while in Boston, Jacobs nonetheless slowly climbed his way into relevance, and should have an easier path to the Majors from the White Sox starting blocks.
A running back in high school, Jacobs still looks the part. Now he's a strong, fireplug-shaped outfielder destined for a corner (probably left). His fielding is still rough, and he won't win any 100m dashes, but he's got a power hitter's body and a strong (if long) swing with plus bat speed. If anything gets him to MLB, it'll be what he can do with a fastball that drifts too far over the plate. Give him another year or two.
Full Scouting Report for Brandon Jacobs
SB 180 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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