Top Baseball Prospects for 2013
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A pure tools selection by the Orioles in the 2008 draft, high school centerfield star Xavier Avery will be one of the fastest players in MLB one day. The question has always been whether he will have enough bat to get there and to stick on the roster. The answer to the first question, at least, is yes: he snuck almost 100 ABs from the injury-rattled Orioles in 2012, doing well enough (.223/.305/.340) to get some consideration this spring. To answer the second question, have a look at his numbers over three and a half seasons of minor league ball: .260/.325/.356 with a 2:1 strikeout to walk ratio and a 74% steal success rate. That looks like a fourth outfielder to us, but it was enough to get the attention of the Seattle Mariners, who acquired him in a 2013 post-deadline swap for veteran Michael Morse.
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SB 191 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A sometimes-dominating college starter who struggled with control issues from time to time, Colorado prospect Eddie Butler was drafted in 2012's supplemental round on the strength of his best performances, in which he looked downright unhittable. Butler somehow produces a 98mph sinking fastball from a smallish and lightweight frame, managing to command it well to both sides of the plate despite (or thanks to) its late life. His breaking balls are less reliable, but if the Rockies can help him to add even average command to his toolset, he'll be a powerful starter or reliever in the near future.
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SB 192 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A tall righthander who mixes a hard breaking ball in with his high 90's heat, Jonathon Crawford is one of the best pitchers of 2013's draft class. In 2012, Crawford went 6-2 with a 3.13 ERA and a 73:24 K:BB ratio across 78 innings for the Florida Gators, leading the team to the College World Series. His changeup and curve are works-in-progress, but if even one of those two can come along to a level even close to his fastball, he'll be a mid-rotation starter in the Bigs in only a year or three.
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SB 193 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A toolsy hitter who's already capable of spraying balls all over the field, Oakland infield prospect Daniel Robertson looks to fit well into that organization's on-base philosophy. His short swing and excellent eye look more advanced than his age, in fact. Listed by many as a shortstop, his so-so range and powerful arm look more like third base tools to us, and his workmanlike approach to the game suggest that the A's might finally have their Kevin Youkilis, even if it took an extra decade to find him.
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SB 194 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A pitcher with enough bat to play a corner, Portland native Carson Kelly was selected by the Cardinals at the tail end of 2012's second round on the strength of that bat. A likely third baseman thanks to his cannon arm, he generates plus bat speed and shows a good ability to adjust to pitching at the plate. St Louis has always loved pitchers who can hit; in Kelly they may have landed a hitter who can pitch, too.
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SB 195 BA SC BP SN ES ML 69
A two-way player in high-school, Oakland announced Matt Olson as a first baseman when selecting him in 2012's First Supplemental Round, and that's probably what he'll be for the Athletics. He has a promising mix of power and patience that could play well in a system that covets both.
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SB 196 BA SC BP SN ES ML
No relation to Russ, though the righthanded pitcher does have at least one other thing in common with the catcher: both are viable backups at third base. Most baseball people are following the Dodgers' lead and are still looking at Ethan as a pitcher first, and his 2012 mound-work was his best ever: 13-6, 3.48, 1.25 WHIP in 27 Eastern and Southern League AA starts. Martin leads with a usually-straight fastball and falls back on a hard slider coming from a compact frame, a combination that makes him look like more of a reliever than a starter. He's closer, but still not really ready, and needs to get his walks a little more under control, but when he does add some experience to his talent, he could be yet another in a long string of powerful arms that came out of the Dodger system.
Traded to Philadelphia at 2012's deadline, Martin's challenge would seem to be a little bit greater today, but by all accounts he has the character and strength of will to weather adversity: tools that could prove helpful in the City of Brotherly Love.
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SB 197 BA SC BP SN ES ML 80
He's not overpowering and his stuff is only a bit above average, but lefty Sean Gilmartin is already exceeding expectations by pitching smarter and with more cunning than anyone in the Braves organization. A first round selection out of Florida State in 2011, his command and control looked good during his short time in Rome and even better in Fall league play, where his changeup looked more advanced than his experience would suggest. Can smarts and touch get him all the way to The Show? The organization that built an empire around Glavine and Maddux thinks so.
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SB 198 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A skinny lefthander in the Tiger system, California native Adam Wilk is an MLB-ready prospect who should see major league mound time in 2013. Wilk, who's been bubbling up the depth chart since being drafted back in 2009. He really turned the corner in 2011 when his already-fine fastball developed some late sink and his curve, a plus offering that acts as an effective changeup thanks to its frustrating slow velocity, gained a lot more bite. Wilk spent another full year AAA Toledo in 2012 for no good reason other than that the Tigers didn't really need him. In the process, he racked up another eye-popping season, posting a 3.66 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP (!) across 24 starts, while striking out nearly five times as many men as he walked: 128 in 150 innings. He really needs an opportunity, and if the Tigers won't give him one in 2013, another team would sure be happy to help.
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SB 199 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A Tommy John veteran, Oklahoma State grad Jason Hursh was drafted in 2013's Compensation Round by the Atlanta Braves. A strong, sturdy righthander who brings easy heat from a loose, easy delivery that's a lot less violent than it first appears, Hursh can touch 99 but usually works around 94mph. His fastball has nice natural sink and some late tailing action that serves him well: missed strikeouts are often still weak grounders. Hursh's secondary pitches are less impressive, with a so-so changeup and a slider that often stays flat and hittable. He'll need both to deal with hitters in MLB.
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SB 200 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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