Top Baseball Prospects for 2013
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A powerful righthander with a long, lean frame, Monmouth export Pat Light was Boston's third overall draft pick in 2012, one with a high ceiling but a few more rough edges than some top prospects. Already touching 98mph with his fastball, he appears to havea little room to grow left in him, too, which is almost scary to consider. He might be better served by subtraction, though, as his top-speed fastball looks a little flat to us. Light's slider and change aren't there yet, as he struggles to throw them for strikes, but both have good movement, so there's signiificant potential here. If his body and touch develop alongside each other, he could be a regular in Fenway by 2014.
Full Scouting Report for Pat Light
SB 241 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A crafty righthander from Juan Encarnacion's home town in Puerto Rico, Braves prospect Mauricio Cabrera is a sturdy-looking pitcher with a low-90's fastball and two quality secondary pitches. While it's not unusual to see a snappy curve in a young player, it is quite special to see a changeup as good as Cabera's. He looked good in his first full season of pro ball at rookie Danville, striking out twice as many as he walked and missing bats to the tune of a 1.18 WHIP. He'll move up as quickly as he gets comfortable, which shouldn't take long.
Full Scouting Report for Mauricio Cabrera
SB 242 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A ripening player who's outperformed scouting expectations at every level of minor league ball, Angel third base prospect Luis Jimenez pops up on sabermetric radar a lot more often than he does in spiral notebooks or conference calls. Jimenez's impressive .309/.334/.495 AAA numbers in a full season with Salt Lake might look freakish, but it's exactly consistent with the .302/.338/.518 line he's posted in a five year minor league career that's included every level of play in six different leagues. He's even raked in winter ball.
Old-time scouts grouse about his smallish frame and lack of 'big league' power, but any team that can get an .856 OPS and solid fielding from a short, line-drive hitting third baseman is a very lucky team indeed. Look for him to touch MLB this season. A great 'unknown' breakout candidate.
Full Scouting Report for Luis Jimenez
SB 243 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The rare kind of lefty who can hit the upper 90's, Tigers prospect Casey Crosby has been working hard to grow in the shadow of Rick Porcello, who presumably has a better publicity department. Crosby has a live curve and a developing change, but his command isn't ready for the majors just yet, as evidenced by the iffy ratios he displayed over the past two seasons in the minors. Still, the Tigers know good stuff when they see it, and tried him in MLB last year to so-so results. If he sharpens his touch a bit, he could step in as a strong number two or three in the Tigers rotation by the end of 2014. He already has good mound presence, great baseball smarts and instincts, and the competitiveness to succeed, so it really does look like a simple accumulation' of time and experience is all that's missing.
Full Scouting Report for Casey Crosby
SB 244 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A college catcher with a short, powerful stroke at the plate, Mets prospect Kevin Plawecki is a throwback tough-guy catcher whose game is already quite advanced. Given a year or three to absorb the finer points of game-calling, he could blossom into a regular on a rebuilt Mets club of the near future.
Full Scouting Report for Kevin Plawecki
SB 245 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The best in-house bet for a first-baseman of the future, Milwaukee's Hunter Morris stroked an easy .303/.357/.563 (with 28 home runs) at AA Huntsville in 2012. There's not much more he needs to prove in the minors, which means he'll be banging on Milwaukee's door in 2013.
Full Scouting Report for Hunter Morris
SB 246 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A speedy outfielder who's been in the Giants' system since he was a 17 year old, Dominican Francisco Peguero is a solid defender with developing on-base skills. A line drive hitter whose build doesn't suggest future power (he's shaped more or less like Eugenio Velez, though he hits exclusively from the right side), Peguero will have to keep reaching base at a high clip in order to contribute. He's got some distance to close, too: despite the nice batting average, his walk rate is too low, and his speed, while above average, isn't of the base-burning variety. He tasted MLB last season, and could be back as an injury fill-in once again in 2013.
Full Scouting Report for Francisco Peguero
SB 247 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Sometime in the last decade or so, the Braves got very very good at identifying catchers. Victor Caratini, a product of the PR Baseball Academy, is another in the fast-growing line of top-notch backstops coming through Atlanta's system. A reliable defensive target, he's received a great deal of praise for his framing and blocking ability, and his arm, while not a full-bore cannon, is better than many MLB catchers already. At the plate, he's a viable switch-hitter, a disciplined and well-rounded talent who projects as a 10-20 home run guy in the future. (He hit .377 with six home runs and a .549 slugging percentage in 175 ABs with Miami Dade.) Should the Braves catcher pipeline get jammed up, as it may very well, Caratini is also a capable third baseman.
Full Scouting Report for Victor Caratini
SB 248 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A huge beast of a pitcher, the six foot eight Anthony Ranaudo is one of many premium righthanded arms from the 2010 Amateur Draft. The LSU alum works with a mid-90's fastball on an (obviously) downward plane, mixing in an average curve and changeup that will have to improve before he's MLB-worthy. There are still some concerns with his mechanics, as is often the case with tall pitchers, and his slightly jerky delivery worries a few scouts. Despite those concerns, though, Ranaudo is a pitcher with significant upside who should be worth the XL risk the Sox took on him.
Full Scouting Report for Anthony Ranaudo
SB 249 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The closer at Northwest State when he was drafted in 2012, lefthander (sic) Mason Melotakis looks like a fast-track candidate to help out in the Twins bullpen sometime in the second half of 2013. Of course, that's assuming that the brain trust doesn't decide that the pitching smarts he uses to deploy his fastball-curve combo wouldn't be better migrated to the rotation. If he takes that route, let's call it 2015, instead, for proper MLB playing time.
Full Scouting Report for Mason Melotakis
SB 250 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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