Top Baseball Prospects for 2013
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A converted shortstop with a cannon arm and a terrific pop time, catcher Jake (JT) Realmuto was another part of Greensboro's A-level championship title in 2010. Untapped power and good speed (for a catcher) combine with a quickly-developing eye that should propel him to the majors one day. Realmuto is Miami's top catching prospect today, though he's still a year or two away from big-league baseball.
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SB 181 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The Dodgers first-round pick (16th overall) in 2011, Chris Reed is a big, strong lefty with a solid 94mph fastball and a polished breaking ball. His stuff is electric, especially his strikeout slider: he could be a powerful piece of an MLB bullpen at any time. The Dodgers are thus-far more inclined to let him develop as a starter, though, and given the dodgy state of their rotation, they're probably wise to do so. Reed's physique and mentality do look ideal for a rotation-anchor. Give him a year or two.
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SB 182 BA SC BP SN ES ML
An offensive-minded infielder from Japan's Pacific League, Kensuke Tanaka slashed .300/.350/.363 with in 505 plate appearances last season for the Nippon-Ham Fighters. Widely known as a solid glove man, he also showed plus speed and basestealing ability early in his career, though that has faded as he's matured.
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SB 183 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A big, strong Dominican ox in the Mets system, Domingo Tapia is a righthanded pitcher with serious, serious heat. His fastball is probably the best on the Mets farm, and one of the best in the minors today. Tapia used that heater to strike out 101 hitters last season in 108 A-ball innings (19 starts) while walking only 32. He should start 2013 in high A, spend 2014 in AA, and join the Mets late that year.
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SB 184 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Oh, the headlines they'll write. Miles Head is a powerful and puntastic prospect currently gaining attention in the Oakland system. With 23 homers in 124 games split between high- and double-A last year, Miles is a big boy on a fast track to joining the very young and very potent offense in Oakland.
While he has enough arm to play third base, he really belongs at first, where he's a capable fielder, or better still at DH, where he can focus on mashing longballs full-time. While the Athletics would surely like Head to take a few more walks, they'll certainly accept that .968 OPS at any cost, which means he could be tested in a green and gold uniform before 2013 has faded into winter.
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SB 185 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A tall, thin lefty sneaking his way up the ladder in Tampa, Dominican pitcher Enny Romero won't get a lot of attention due to the richness of pitching the Rays have in stock, but in another system he could be a top prospect, if only for his natural ability.
Rough-edged but generally pretty projectable, his sometimes-clanky delivery seems to be the root of his control struggles, though he did pitch a little more within himself last year, so there's hope. He's been improving in that regard recently, which is critical: until he can keep that sinking 92mph fastball consistently down, he'll have to lean on the change and curve a bit too much to keep hitters honest, and neither of those pitches is quite all-there yet. Romero looked better at high-A Charlotte last year than he did at a lower level the year before, which is a great sign, and managed to increase his workload to 123 innings without any significant setbacks, quelling our earlier concerns about his stamina for now. He'll look to improve again this year and try to work his way into the AA rotation.
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SB 186 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A low nineties fastball doesn't usually mean much, but when you can bring it from the left side along with a high-quality curve and changeup, you're well on the road to success in MLB. Mariner prospect Tyler Pike looked very good in 2012, striking out 57 in only 50 innings of rookie ball. He won't be up anytime soon, but if he lives up to his early promise, he'll be striking out his share of major leaguers sooner or later. In the mean time, he will be given every chance to refine that arsenal in a minor league rotation for the next four years or so, with the bullpen as an easy backup plan: there's no shortage of job options for a lefthander with quality stuff.
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SB 187 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Jordan 'Magic' Swagerty is a righthanded pitcher in the Cardinals system who most expect to carry on from his college success as a reliever in the future. The jury is far from settled on that just yet, though: while most of the 52 strikeouts he logged in 54 innings at high-A Palm Beach last year came from the bullpen, the Cards also allowed him to make seven starts.
The former Arizona State closer certainly has shut-down stuff: that 92mph dart can touch 94 when it's used sparingly, and it could look even less hittable when it comes right after a nasty, dirt-biting slider. But it's Swagerty's advanced command of the change and curve that keeps St Louis from committing him to ninth-inning work just yet. A switch-hitter, Magic also racked up a .484 average in his junior year of high-school play, so he should enjoy National League style ball, too.
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SB 188 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A massive lefthander from New York state who grew even more massive during his time in Texas, Sean Nolin is an advanced Blue Jay prospect who spent most of 2012 in high-A ball. At Dunedin, Nolin racked up a nice 2.19 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in fifteen starts, striking out more than a batter per inning while walking less than a third as many. Nolin mixes a very good slider with a decent curve, but it's his plus change that makes his low-90's fastball look a couple of ticks better than that. On the newly-depleted Blue Jay farm, he's one of the nearest to ready. If he dominates at AA the way he did at lower levels, he'll be in Toronto before the year is up.
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SB 189 BA SC BP 97 SN ES ML
Pitching prospect Ryne Stanek is a college-seasoned righthander who looks very nearly MLB ready, at least as a wipeout reliever. Blessed with easy heat from a textbook projectable pitcher's body, Ryne mixes in a plus slider that would play in the bigs tomorrow. Of course, he's rough around the edges, fighting with control and command issues at times, and struggling to master the changeup he sorely needs to survive as a starting pitcher. Ryne started 17 games for the Razorbacks in 2012, posting an 8-4 record and a 2.82 ERA, while striking out 83 in 93 innings of work.
Ryan spurned the Mariners when they selected him from high school back in 2012, but he was re-selected by the Rays the second time around.
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