Top Baseball Prospects for 2013
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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 311 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 312 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 313 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 314 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 315 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 316 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 317 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Has it been that long already? Son of the Blake Street Basher himself, Dante Jr. is a pretty disciplined power hitter for such a young player, and seems capable of playing a more than reasonable third base in the bargain. The easy pick as GCL MVP for 2011 (.342/.446/.505), he's found a better level in full-A ball, and should remain there until his bat can propel him into AA, which could come by the end of the season. His advanced batting eye is the key to his success so far, and if he can maintain it, he should be able to put up solid numbers again.
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SB 318 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 could be drafted in the first six rounds.
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SB 319 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Erik Johnson is a slow-cooking pitcher currently growing up in the White Sox system. Johnson, who works with a nifty low-90's fastball that comes in with natural sink and run, mixes in a slider that looks like a plus offering at times. His command is still iffy, and his changeup isn't all there yet, but the Sox seem content to move Johnson slowly and surely. After a 2012 split between low and high-A, he should reach AA in 2013.
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SB 320 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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