Top Baseball Prospects for 2013
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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 301 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Pitching prospect Ryne Stanek is a college righthander who looks very nearly MLB ready, at least as a wipeout reliever. Blessed with easy heat from a textbook projectable pitcher's body, Ryne mixes in a plus slider that would play in the bigs tomorrow. Of course, he's rough around the edges, fighting with control and command issues at times, and struggling to master the changeup he sorely needs to survive as a starting pitcher. Ryne started 17 games for the Razorbacks in 2012, posting an 8-4 record and a 2.82 ERA, while striking out 83 in 93 innings of work.
Ryan spurned the Mariners when they selected him from high school back in 2012, but he'll be signing somewhere or other this time around for a much bigger bonus.
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SB 302 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 303 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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SB 304 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A fourth round high school draft pick and late sign for the Astros, Rio Ruiz took only 152 at-bats in rookie ball last year, but that was enough to impress scouts. He's uniformly rated as a plus defensive third baseman, but reviews are mixed on the quality of his bat. He shows a quick, smooth swing and ability to reach all fields, but also a propensity to chase bad pitches and strike out a very great deal. We really need to see a full season of minor league ball before we know what we have, here.
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SB 305 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A seasoned prospect looking to break into the San Francisco rotation ASAP, righthander Chris Henson is unlike most Giant pitching prospects in that he doesn't throw ungodly breaking stuff at 99mph. What he can do well, though, is
pitch. Heston has succeeded at every level by combining great command and superior pitching skill, and there's no real reason to think he can't ride his very clever arm all the way to the big leagues soon. That 2.24 ERA, 1.10 WHIP season he posted last year came across 25 AA-level starts, after all, so there are no worries here about inferior hitters or a small sample size. Bank on him being with the big club in 2014, but don't be surprised if he sneaks his way into the Giants' rotation several months ahead of schedule, either.
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SB 306 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The Dodgers Minor League Player of the Year for 2008, DeJesus doesn't have much left to prove in the minors, especially after idling with a bubbling .304/.343/.416 during another full year of AAA parking-lot ball in 2012. When he makes contact, he's a hitter in the Howie Kendrick style: gap to gap line drives with excellent bat control. In the field, he has soft hands and excellent (inherited?) baseball instincts.
Traded to the suddenly-rebuilding Red Sox in the August shocker of 2012 that sent Josh Beckett and Adrian Gonzalez to L.A., and then to Pittsburgh for the acquisition of Joel Hanrahan, De Jesus provides high-upside infield potential on a team that doesn't have much left. He looks like he'll be playing in Pittsburgh very soon.
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SB 307 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A lefty pitching prospect whose ascension was hampered by a stress fracture (in his foot), Matt Smoral has a nice and easy delivery to serve up a quality fastball in the 92-94mph range and a filthy breaking ball, though not one he can yet command effectively.
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SB 308 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A gifted all-around infielder from Puerto Rico, Kansas City prospect Christian Colon hasn't quite lived up to the hype associated with his draft ranking, but there's nothing about him that says 'bust', either. A plus contact hitter with good speed, excellent baseball instincts and soft hands, Colon, won't hit 40 home runs in any league any time soon, but he should be a good enough contributor at all other aspects of the game to bless the Royals roster before the end of 2013, if only as a benchy utility type.
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SB 309 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A fifth-round pick by the Royals back in 2008, lefty John Lamb scrambled up the ladder quickly before plateauing at AA last season. He no longer ranks among the minor league leaders in ERA and strikeouts, probably because of the return from TJ surgery he's been working through for more than a year now. Lamb, however, remains a cool-headed professional on the mound and seems able to succeed even when balls aren't falling his way. His fastball, which once hit 96, currently tops out around 90mph, though it still shows good movement, and while he hasn't been throwing his high-school slider much lately, his change and curve are near major-league ready. Give him another half season or so to fully return to strength, then we'll see how much he has left in that onetime top-shelf arm.
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SB 310 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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