Top Baseball Prospects for 2013
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A surprise pick by the Brewers in the first round of 2010, righthander Dylan Covey went to college instead, and returned in 2013, to be taken in the fourth round, by the Oakland A's. A polished pitcher with a fastball that can touch 96mph with good motion and natural sink, he also shows a hard, looping curve and a slider that's even harder. His changeup is advanced for a young player, but it still lags behind, raising early questions about his eventual role. He's worth an occasional look, but it'll be a few years before anyone is sure what they have here.
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SB 301 BA SC BP SN ES ML
An athletic righthander from Southlake, Texas, Dodger prospect Ross Stripling leans heavily on a sinking 94mph fastball with good natural movement. His secondary pitches are qualiity curve and very good changeup, and when he's on his game he can slice and dice hitters by mixing all three pitches in the lower part of the zone. Stripling struck out a batter per inning in 12 Rookie League starts last season. but it'll be mid-2013 before the Dodgers really know what he can do. He could move quickly if he keeps up his sharp command: keep an eye on his peripherals to see whether he'll arrive in LA in mid-2014, which would be right on schedule, or sooner than that, which is very possible. Coaches are buzzing about him already.
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SB 302 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A big righthander drafted in 2009's fourth round, San Diego's Keyvius Sampson looked pretty darn fine in his first season of A-ball back in 2011, going 12-3, 2.90, 1.10 across 24 starts. He struck out 143 batters, three times as many as he walked, with a K/9 rate near 11. He slid somewhat in 2012, though to be fair, a lot of pitchers find humility in their first trip to the Texas League. Sampson's control still needs work, but there's not much else to complain about here: he has guile, mound presence, confidence and calm when dealing his 94mph fastball (with movement), hammerish curve and even his newest pitch: a fading change with plenty of sink. Issues with recurring elbow soreness seem to be in his past, but note:
seem to be.
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SB 303 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The Red Sox second-round pick (87th overall) in 2012, righthander Jamie Callahan fits with the club's new focus on developing future pitching. Callahan is what scouts call a 'projectable' righty, and features a low-90's fastball that can reach 96mph, albeit at the cost of what little movement he can impart. His curveball is a classic twelve-to-six model that looks very solid, and his changeup, while spotty, actually looks like it might end up being the best pitch of the three. If that comes to pass, look out: Callahan will be a number-one pitcher. If he even half-masters it, he could still be a solid number three.
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SB 304 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A big lefty from the 2012 draft class, Giant prospect Steven Okert is a likely reliever and possible closer of the future, at least if his track record closing at Oklahoma is any indication. He could move quickly into the Giants' bullpen, perhaps a soon as late 2013. At low-A Salem late last year, Okert struck out 22 batters in 26 innings, and he'll attempt to make the jump into AA shortly. Other than repeating his delivery and logging experience, he's pretty much an MLB-ready reliever.
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SB 305 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A contrarian righthander in a system stuffed with lefties, Dominican pitcher Brenny Paulino looks like a good candidate to bolster Detroit's pitching staff (or perhaps bullpen) in the years to come. Still a bit raw with youth, Paulino is a tall and thin slinger who can already hit 96mph on the radar gun with a nice fastball that features exceptional natural movement. That's often a big indicator of MLB success down the road. As should be expected, his breaking stuff (a curve and an iffy slider) and change are quite a distance behind in terms of quality, but he'll have a couple of years to work on those now that's moved stateside to continue his development. While he's not nearly as polished as some of Detroit's older prospect pitchers, his upside might actually be the highest in the group. Of course, a lot of risk comes along with that.
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SB 306 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A power pitcher with a three-quarter delivery and a wicked 96mph fastball who's zoomed up the charts in the last year, lefthander Drake Britton was once one of the Red Sox's top pitching prospects before being dreailed by injury. Working his way back in 2011, he had a troubled year in high-A Salem, posting a nasty 6.91 ERA and hard to look at 1.70 WHIP, all of which resulted in a glaring 1-13 record. He works a plus curve from that fastball, but he seems to have lost the ability to throw his once devastating 80mph change reliably, which will keep him from advancing in the system.
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SB 307 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A solid, sturdy pitcher with excellent command of three pitches, KC prospect Jason Adam won't be bumping anyone from the front of the MLB rotation this year, but he has a good chance to slip in at the back end sometime in 2014. Adam, a local product of nearby Overland Park (Kansas), posted a nifty 123 to 36 ratio of strikeouts to walks last year at high-A Wilmington, a career best from a pitcher who's always been labeled a high-control workhorse. Expect a higher workload in AA ball this year, with perhaps a slight regression in numbers, followed by likely uptick in early 2014. After that, it's Kauffman all the way.
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SB 308 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A big righthander acquired in trade from the Phillies, Astro prospect Josh Zeid is a classic relief ace who reminds scouts of Octavio Dotel. His fastball slider combination is enough to shred weak hitters, while his seldom-used change was once his best weapon, back when he was considered a starting pitcher. As a proto-closer, he won't need it much, though he may use it occasionally when faced with a tough lefty. Zeid's command has always been superior, which bodes well for an MLB future that should be relatively free of highlight-reel meltdowns.
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SB 309 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A high school signee often compared to Brian Jordan thanks to his football-receiving skill set, Toronto prospect Anthony Alford is one of those all-athlete types who may, or may not, learn to play top level baseball. After an autumn in which he played college football with Toronto's permission, he's returning exclusively to baseball in 2013, and when he does, he'll probably be an outfielder: that'd be the easiest way to leverage his speed without overloading him with too much to learn too quickly. At the plate, he looks to have good developing power with a little natural loft. We'll need to see some real game data from Alford this season, since that 3-for-18 last year wasn't enough to go on, though it should be said: we instinctively like any rookie who walks twice in his first four professional games.
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SB 310 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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