Top Baseball Prospects for 2013
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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 221 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 222 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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 223 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 224 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 225 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The 31st overall pick in the 2011 Draft, new Tampa Bay Ray prospect Michael Anthony Mahtook is a big, strong, fast centerfielder who starred at LSU. Mahtook hit .383 with 14 homers in his final year, and led the Southeast Conference with 39 steals. Mahtook started in A+ and ended up in AA last season, slashing a combined .277/.342/.415 with 9 homers in just under five hundred at-bats. He'll spend most (if not all) of 2013 back in AA, but he's scout's darling with good makeup and a great work ethic, and he's already showing all the tools necessary, so it's possible he could rise to action in Tampa sooner than the natural timetable suggests.
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SB 226 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Yet another spare part that came to the Astros via the Phillies farm system, SSantana is tall, projectable hitter with a long but uncluttered swing. An average runner and a strong-armed thrower, Sunday is still learning to handle breaking pitches, but for such a young talent, he's already looking like one of the best athletes in the revitalized Houston system. Give him a couple of years to get comfortable with upper-level pitching, especially those irksome breaking balls he's going to struggle with in AA, and he could be a part of a wild new AL offense in 2015 or so.
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SB 227 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A Georgia native who's already shown the ability to maintain a 95mph fastball deep into starts, White Sox prospect Chris Beck is a righthander with the usual college pedigree: he's only a year or two away from MLB ready, and when he arrives he should be adept at pounding the lower half of the strike zone while mixing in two different better-than-average breaking pitches to boot.
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SB 228 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A smallish IFA import from Guadalajara, Mexico, Christian Villanueva moved slowly through the Ranger system for a few years before being shipped north to Chicago at 2012's trading deadline. CV, who was a malnourished-looking 150lbs when he signed, has been bulking up as hoped, adding strength while still smashing baseballs with quick, easy power. Even his smooth defensive play hasn't suffered: he still looks pretty capable of covering shortstop if necessary.
At A-level Hickory in 2011 he was overshadowed by Jurickson Profar, but Villanueva quietly put up a very impressive offensive line of his own, with 17 homers and 32 steals (in 38 attempts). His base-stealing fell off a cliff last season, but he still produced offensive numbers. He still has a lot to prove, especially once he sees some quality breaking stuff at higher levels, but if that power/speed combination holds up as his body blossoms, he could soon become a high-impact contributor in the new-look Cubs offense we're all waiting to see come 2014 or so.
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SB 229 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A 6-6, 250lb monster back in high school, Taylor avoided an early draft by committing to Stanford. When he emerged from college, he was gobbled up by the Phillies in the same 5th round selection that netted them Ryan Howard six years earlier. Scouts saw similar things in the two sluggers.
After ditching his 'Stanford Swing' for a bigger and more wide open hammer, Taylor started to tear up the minors in 2009. He strikes out a bit too much, especially on quality breaking pitches, but his new owners in Oakland have never been afraid of that kind of hitter as long as the production averages out. As an outfielder, he has limited range, though his speed is probably average, or even a bit better than average. His strong throwing arm that suggests right field is his natural position. While his approach at the plate looks crude, he's actually a pretty polished product: until the flurry of winter trades that overhauled the A's farm system and the major league club at the same time, Taylor was a decent odds favorite to win a starting job with the MLB club. Now, he looks more like a bench or AAA option, at least for early in the year. He's very likely to be be first in line if the team needs in-season outfield help, however.
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SB 230 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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