Top Baseball Prospects for 2013
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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.
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SB 211 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.
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SB 212 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A young Cuban superstar, Iglesias signed with Boston for $8M in the summer of 2009 with the hope that he might just be the long-term answer that Fenway's faithful have been seeking at shortstop ever since Nomah left the building. While he's since been passed by even hotter prospect Xander Bogaerts, Iglesias is probably the superior fielder. More than one scout has called him 'Ozzie Smith-style slick', and he's already earned a perfect 80 on the scouting scale. His speed is at least above-average and close to a real plus tool. But there's always something, isn't there? In Jose's case, his bat just isn't there yet, and it's definitely the main concern for the Sox. Most scouts still believe he can contribute as at least an average stick once he develops a bit more. At 5-10 and 180lbs, he won't be hitting many light poles, but with Dustin Pedroia around to provide pointers, he should be able to launch a few 'frickin laser beams' now and again.
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SB 213 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.
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SB 214 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.
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SB 215 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.
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SB 216 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A slight shortstop with plus instincts, Arizona prospect Chris Owings could see a move to second base in the near future. Signed out of high school in South Carolina after being selected 41st overall in the 2009 draft, Owings is a gap-to-gap hitter with a bit of pop. He's decent defensively, and shows above average speed on the bases. He's not a likely All Star, but he could be a competent bench or utility player in the bigs at any time.
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SB 217 BA SC BP 81 SN ES ML
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.
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SB 218 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A high contact, line-drive hitter with decent speed and solid baseball fundamentals, Allen Pollack Jr. is a quality outfield prospect currently developing in the Diamondback system. AJ has a little power, but it'll be his plus average that will have to carry him to the Bigs. Of course, he's still learning the outfield craft: Arizona converted him from shortstop to center, a common move for high-quality athletes who lack the soft hands or accurate arms for the infield. Learning curve aside, there's nothing to worry about here.
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SB 219 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.
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SB 220 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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