Top Baseball Prospects for 2013
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A fireballing righthander from Tampa Bay, Houston prospect Lance McCullers (Junior) is one of the best bets to be a future star for the new-look AL Astros. With a hot-moving fastball that lives in the upper 90's and a hammer curve that can be a real strikeout pitch, he's everything the team could want. Questions about his mechanics abound, but he's young enough (just 18 when drafted) that he'll certainly have opportunities to harness himself. If the Astros contend in 2017, McCullers will probably be a big part of that movement.
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Daniel's little brother doesn't have the near-100mph heat of his older sibling, but he does mix his 94mph version with a power slider that's been more than just effective. While he worked most of the season as GT's closer, his bulldoggery earned him a fillin spot in Georgia Tech's rotation later in the year, and a draft selection by the pitching-savvy Twins. A future in the bullpen will always be the backup plan, but the Twins are still hoping to test him as a starter first.
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SB 262 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A Cuban outfielder who signed late in 2012, Baltimore prospect Henry Urrutia is a line-drive hitter with pretty good discipline (for a Cuban hitter). The son of Cuban star Ermidelio Urrutia, Henry lacks plus speed but isn't a liability on the basepaths, and while it's a question how much power he'll show in US ball, his .397/.461/.597 and twelve homer line in his final year in Cuba sure looks good from here. Of course, our rational side is more impressed with the 32:23 walk-to-strikeout ratio. He'll be tested in AA this year, though he may start in A ball first.
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Acquired from the Blue Jays for shortstop-closer Sergio Santos, Nestor Molina is a slip of a Venezuelan righthander who might be the best pitching prospect in the White Sox system. (Yes, yes, that's a little like being the most-shy of the Kardashian sisters, but the point stands.)
Molina zipped up the charts when he went 12-3 with a 2.21 ERA and 0.98 WHIP in 23 minor league starts in 2011 before sliding (some might say crashing) back to earth last season. He still shows plus control and excellent stuff, so we're hoping this year he returns to promise. The Sox are pushing him as a starter, but like teammate Addison Reed before him, Molina's crazy stuff might work best in relief. Stay tuned.
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SB 264 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A speedy outfielder with leadoff potential, National Eury Perez is one of the hidden gems in the still-underappreciated Washington system. Perez looked solid and impressive during a season split between AA and AAA in 2013, slashing .314/.344/.361 nd swiping 51 of 66 bases (that's 77 percent, good enough for us.) Perez even ended the season with the MLB Nationals, getting into thirteen games (mainly as a pinch runner) and stealing three bases. He'll be 23 in 2013, and looks ready to help the team immediately, though it'll probably be from the bench again, at least initially.
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A well-constructed shortstop with decent range and a strong arm, Mariner infielder Joe DeCarlo will be expected to play passable defense at short or (more likely) third base, while he will succeed on the strength of his bat. He has a great, basic baseball swing with a short stroke that generates good line drive power. He's a couple of years away from useful in MLB, but if he just stays on his current track, he'll get there.
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SB 266 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Seattle-born Blake Snell is a tall, physically ideal lefthander with a bright future in Tampa Bay. Drafted in 2011's first (compensation) round, Snell looked very good in his full-season at Rookie level Princeton (Appalachian League) in 2012, striking out 53 batters while walking only 17. His 1.08 WHIP was also impressive enough to guarantee an A-level promotion this season.
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SB 267 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A massive first baseman with equally massive power potential, Diamondback prospect Jonathan Griffin destroyed the Cal League (.304/.366/.523 with 26 homers) in 2012 before being bumped to AA. That's where he'll keep mashing in 2012, trying to cut back on the strikeouts a bit. His glove at first is adequate for a right-hander, but a little more refinement there wouldn't hurt either. If the Diamondbacks need a mid-season boost, he may get a shot, but otherwise we're looking at Griffin competing for a 2014 roster spot.
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SB 268 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A handsome, linebacker-like outfielder from Stanford, Austin Williams is one of the premium offensive prospects available in the 2013 MLB Draft. Williams passed on the Cardinals out of high school, electing to attend Stanford instead. As a college hitter, he's shown exceptional discipline and on-base ability (almost .400 in his sophomore year), coupled with good speed and developing power that hasn't yet translated into light-tower shots, but probably will. With a strong college performance near the end of the season, he rose into the second round of the draft, where he was snapped up by hitting hungry Seattle.
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SB 269 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A consistent hitter who profiles as a typical second-hole hitter, California boy Tony Wolters is a gritty baseball rat of a player who uses hustle and smarts to play higher than the level of his natural ability. A smallish infielder in the Pedroia mould, he has soft hands and a strong arm, but only average speed and range. If he keeps up his hard work, he's bound to be a fan favorite in Cleveland a few years from now.
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