Top Baseball Prospects for 2013
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A strong, burly outfielder drafted by the Tigers in 2011, Texas native Tyler Collins is a high-potential offensive player in a system that needs them. Collins, who has flown a little under the radar thanks to a detour in Australian baseball (an All-Star, thank ya mate), Collins shows good bat control to go along with his significant power, and has better wheels than one might expect from his body type. He'll need another year of simmering stateside before he's ready for big-league play, but he shouldn't be ignored: he slashed .313/.360/.534 at low-A ball in 2011, and a matching .290/.371/.429 in 2012 at high-A. Let's see what he does with AA pitchers.
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SB 231 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A polished closer with a clean, sharp delivery, Virginia's Branden Kline wouldn't sign with Boston three years ago when he was first drafted, paving the way for Baltimore to snap him up in 2012. Kline draws comparisons to Brandon Morrow thanks to his lanky (and still growing) frame, which means that 94mph fastball could pick up a few more notches in the years to come, too.
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SB 232 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Another solid all-around young catching prospect from a draft class full of them, Ypsiliati native Coulter has the makings of real plus power and good bat control. Behind the plate, he's shown a strong arm and good reflexes, which means he might remain there, too.
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SB 233 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A young, tools-heavy outfielder picked up in the 2011's A-round, White Sox prospect Keenyn Walker broke out quickly at Rookie-level Great Falls, slashing .333/.441/.483 and looking like a loaded weapon with eleven steals in only fifteen games. He struggled hard when moved up to low-A ball, however, squeezing out only a .228/.296/.259 line while looking overmatched by even average breaking pitches.
But, and you know how this part goes: he's young, and has a lot to learn and a lot of time to learn it. Still only 20 years old, his plus plus speed should manifest itself into better defense, while his already-impressive batting eye should help him improve his on-base results in the years to come. He won't ever develop massive power, but he should be capable enough of doubles and triples, once he learns to swing at the right pitches.
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SB 234 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Adys (or, sometimes, Adis) Portillo is a hard-throwing right-hander who shows more polish than most Venezuelan prospects. Portillo exhibits a dominating mound presence and great composure, featuring a moving fastball that tops out at about 94mph. It's the raw stuff he wields with three possible plus pitches, though, that puts him into the upper ranks of pitching prodigies.
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SB 235 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Carlos Sanchez, a young Venezuelan shortstop who many scouts expected to be a defensive whiz with some batting skill, has turned out to be quite a bit better than that. Sanchez won the (high-A) Carolina League batting title as a 20 year old in 2012 with a .315 average, then stepped up to AA and looked even better, slashing .370/.424/.462 in a month of action. With good raw speed that he needs to harness, Sanchez looks like a very good MLB regular very soon. He doesn't have much power, and probably won't ever, but if he keeps raking the way he did last season, it won't matter. In a weak system, he's suddenly one of the best prospects around.
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SB 236 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A hulking, powerful outfielder from the Dominican Republic, Ranger prospect Jairo Beras earned the second highest (non-Cuban) international signing bonus of all time when he inked with Texas in February, 2012. Beras, who survived a drama involving false birth certificates, is
probably seventeen years old, rather than the sixteen he first claimed when signing. Beras joins a stable of young, high-ceiling Latin players gobbled up by Texas over the last two or three years. He has projectable plus power from the right side of the plate, good overall athleticism, a strong throwing arm and good speed for a man of his size. He looks like a prototypical 'lumbering thunder' corner outfielder to us.
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SB 237 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The Chicago Cubs made Vitters the third overall pick in the 2007 draft, and while he's not yet lived up to expectations, the hope in Hopeland is that he'll develop 25-homer power soon, because Theo really needs someone to replace the departed Aramis Ramirez. He's not a perfect prospect, though: in addition to wishy-washy discipline (he strikes out four times as often as he walks), one cause for concern is that he might need to move from third base to left field, but if he continues to maintain his overall offensive numbers at higher levels of play, the Cubs will find room for him somewhere.
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SB 238 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A mature prospect in the Boston stable, righthander Alex Wilson has already shown the ability to perform as both starter and reliever in the minors, most recently going 5-3 in three starts and 37 relief appearances for the PawSox in 2012. He posted a 3.72 ERA, striking out 78 (but walking 33) in 73 total innings. As a reliever, he'll use a mix of fastballs from a high three-quarter arm slot to set up a nicely-commanded slider that's always been his strikeout pitch. His changeup is average, but he won't need to use it as a reliever, anyway, other than as an occasional surprise. He has little left to prove in the minors and should help the big club as a middle-to-late relief specialist in 2013.
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SB 239 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A big pitcher with an even bigger fastball, Michael Foltynewicz is a teenaged right-hander who scrapes 6-foot-6 and 220, with a heavy, moving fastball that can touch 98. Striking out 125 in 152 innings of Sally League work is a nice hint at what he can do, but the high contact and walk rates he also logged are the indicators that he's not reaching his potential yet. He's still raw, and a couple of years away, but definitely worth watching closely.
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SB 240 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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