Top Baseball Prospects for 2013
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Chris McGuiness, a Citadel grad originally drafted by the Red Sox, came to the Indians a Rule 5 selection from Texas. That means he'll need to stick on the major league roster to remain an Indian, and there are indications he may be able to do just that. McGuiness smacked 24 homers and slashed a .268/.366/.474 line at AA Frisco last season while playing first base exclusively. If he can do that again in the majors, well... those are numbers that the Indians would take from a left-handed first baseman / designated hitter.
Full Scouting Report for Chris McGuiness
SB 221 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Another promising third base prospect in Philadelphia, Dominican Maikel Franco is on a pretty good course toward the big club, though he shouldn't go ordering family pack tickets for another few years. A good all-around hitter, Franco notched an impressive .280/.336/.439 line at A-level Lakewood last year, and will be trying very hard to push his way to AA by the end of 2013.
Full Scouting Report for Maikel Franco
SB 222 BA SC BP SN ES ML
New York's second round pick in the 2010 Draft, young Angelo Gumbs was the first high school position player drafted that year, which should help you guess the gist of his ups and downs. To wit, and by the book: he's a gifted athlete, one of the best pure physical specimens in the Yankee stable, with all the signs of plus speed and power hanging on his room-to-grow frame.
He's got a strong arm, shows good range, and though the Yanks have thus far looked to him as an infielder, trying him out at short and second, but any position designation should be considered the lightest of pencil at this point: there's nothing about his toolset that wouldn't work well in left field, for example. Like almost all young players, he lacks real discipline or judgment in the strike zone, and he has a propensity to swing for the seats even when all the team really needs is a poke to the opposite field. But that's all a maturity thing, and the Yankees have nothing but time to season Gummo: he'll still be a teenager for two more years.
Full Scouting Report for Angelo Gumbs
SB 223 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A third base prospect in the Washington Nationals system (how discouraging for him), Matt Skole is also the brother of the better-known Jake. While Jake went to Texas in 2010's first round, Matt was drafted by the Washington Nationals in 2011's 5th.
A solid hitter with a plus eye at the plate and a nice-looking power swing that doesn't mess up his timing much, he looked very good at high-A Carolina in 2012, slashing .314./355/.486, which should be enough to get himself a ticket to AA ball this season and Washington's speed-dial thereafter. How he handles the increasingly-ungodly breaking balls in AA will be the bellweather for Skole, but there's no reason to doubt him yet. If he puts together another strong year in the minors, we'll probably see him in September.
Full Scouting Report for Matt Skole
SB 224 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A corner outfielder with a well-rounded toolset, Drew Vettleson is a Washington state native currently stewing in the Rays system. His lefthanded bat has good pop, as shown in the .275/.340/.432 line and 15 homers he smashed in his first taste of A-ball, 113 games played with in the Midwest League. His power will be interesting to watch as he moves up the ladder: if he can sustain numbers close to those early ones, he'll be an everyday lineup power by mid-2015.
Full Scouting Report for Drew Vettleson
SB 225 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A well-rounded infield prospect signed as a young IFA from Venezuela, Cesar Hernandez is currently pushing at the ceiling of the Phillies minor league system. At the plate he's a solid line-drive hitter with the potential to hit for a high average with a little pop, while on the bases, he shows near-plus speed, though he's still not very good at using it effectively. A natural second baseman who can also play a decent shortstop, it's been long-assumed he'd need to bump either Chase Utley or Jimmy Rollins to lock down a major league job: no easy task, either way. Still, with both those veterans aging and growing more expensive, his window of opportunity is approaching. And he seems ready to make a grab at it, too: that .304/.345/.436 in 2012 came in his very first taste of AA baseball, pushing him to the front of the Phillies prospect pack.
Full Scouting Report for Cesar Hernandez
SB 226 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A polished prep pitcher who should provide some 'veteran' balance to the very very young core that Pittsburgh is building, the University of Mobile's Kyle McPherson is not surprisingly closer to the majors than most of that deservedly-hyped talent. The burly righthander sliced his way up to the majors last year, and should stick there in 2013, even if he doesn't break camp with the team. In three and a half seasons of minor league ball, he's now racked up 528 K's versus only 109 walks, pretty impressive numbers that should provide a long big league career.
Full Scouting Report for Kyle McPherson
SB 227 BA SC BP SN ES ML
He might not really be a third baseman, but his good eye and plus contact mean he should play at almost any position, and his versatility means that the M's will find a place for him when necessary. The M's Minor League Player of the Year on the strength of a .349, 25 homer season in 2011, Catricala vaulted into a leadership role immediately upon joining the system. It's starting to look like Seattle realy stole him in 2009's 10th round. The Mariners don't really have many offensive threats on the farm, but Catricala is a good one. Once the current batch of placeholding bats moves on, the team should have enough in the system to reload.
Full Scouting Report for Vinnie Catricala
SB 228 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A righthanded power arm from The Citadel (South Carolina), Asher Wojciechowski is a strong, solid pitcher whose 94mph fastball comes with some nice natural sink. His secondary pitches need work, of course, but he's already impressing scouts with his overall gamesmanship and baseball skills. A hard worker with plus smarts, Wojo's been getting a lot of hard second looks from scouts. While he was a bit blocked in a pitching-rich Blue Jays system, since the trade to Houston his stock has been on a steady rise. In fact, he looked so good in AA at the end of the season that there's buzz he could make the weaker Astros out of Spring Training. Even if he falls short of that, he's still got all the earmarks that usually signify an early-season callup.
Full Scouting Report for Asher Wojciechowski
SB 229 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A high-quality hitter laboring deep in the shadows of the Atlanta system, Tommy La Stella combines exceptional plate discipline with good pop. That .302/.386/.460 line from high-A Lynchburg last came with 32 extra base hits in 85 games, and he could look even better in AA, once adjusting a little. His speed is above average, and his baserunning skills are already very good. His glove is less tested but seems capable, especially at second base. While he might not be a tip-top prospect, he's a very good one, and could be contributing in a Braves lineup sometime in 2014.
Full Scouting Report for Tommy La Stella
SB 230 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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