Top Baseball Prospects for 2013
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A stocky, powerful pitcher from Indiana, Oakland righthander Nolan Sanburn has a bulldog mentality that makes him look like a heck of a future closer candidate from here. Of course, Oakland will probably try to maximize his value by trying him out as a starter first. Wait and see.
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A strike thrower with excellent command of his limited stuff, Pirate prospect Phil Irwin is a pitching artist who's shown enough cleverness and guile to consistently outperform the expectations of scouting experts across baseball. Rising three levels of ball in 2012, Irwin posted a composite WHIP of 1.097 and struck out 117 hitters in 130 innings, while walking only 24. Twenty four. That's impressive. Irwin accomplishes all this with a fastball that barely scrapes 90, though he throws it so well that he gave up only eight home runs all year. He mixes in decent but unspectacular breaking balls (slider, curve) and a changeup that works well enough to confuse batters. Some say he can't succeed with such mediocre stuff at higher levels, but he's been proving doubters wrong his whole career. We like him as a dark horse to possibly break out and catch MLB's attention in 2013.
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SB 322 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A sleeper prospect in from the Rangers' system, right-hander Carl (CJ) Edwards was drafted as an afterthought in 2011's 48th round, but rose quickly enough through the ranks to gain the attention of the rebuilding regime in Chicago. Edwards skipped past rookie ball in 2012 and spent most of the season with A-level Spokane, racking up a combined 5-3 season with a stellar 1.48 ERA and an eye-popping 0.85 WHIP. His 85:25 ratio of strikeouts to walks was enough to earn him a promotion to Sally League Hickory to open 2013.
Edwards derives a quality mid-90's fastball (somehow) from his slight frame, complementing it with quality off-speed pitches. His plus curve has thus far infuriated lower-level pro batters. While it'll be awhile before he shows the stamina to get deep into ballgames, his ability to handle heavy workloads is really the only question mark here. He's one of the best under-hyped prospects in baseball.
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Small but tough, Red Sox prospect Sean Coyle is a scrappy infielder from Pennsylvania who seems engineered to perform well in Boston. Coyle's batting eye looks sabermetrically-promising already, and when he swings, he displays great bat speed from a short, compact stroke.
He's still a line-drive and gaps hitter, and unless he gets on the Pedroia Plan he should remain one, though his plus speed can make his bat into a strong offensive asset. In the field, he's a bit of a tweener, with defense that projects as adequate at several positions but great at none of them. He won't ever be replacing Pedroia or Middlebrooks in production, but he does look like a capable stand-in for the Mike Aviles of the world: he could be a solid everyday major leaguer someday.
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SB 324 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A toolsy outfielder with plus speed and defensive polish, Dominican Eloy Jimenez was generally considered the prime prospect of the 2013 international signing season. While he's played primarily center field thus far, his general athleticism and toolset suggest he could handle pretty much any place on the diamond, other than perhaps catcher. One of many high-upside signings that could redefine the rebuilt Cubs by 2016 or so, Jimenez will first have to work his way up from rookie ball. We can't wait to see him.
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SB 325 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A shortstop who'll probably end up at second or third base, Cardinal prospect Greg Garcia is a solid on-base machine with good plate discipline and a nifty line-drive swing. He could sneak into the Cardinal lineup sometime this season, especially if the ballclub turns into a Red Sox style revolving door for shortstops, which is quite possible.
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SB 326 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The son of mustachioed Angel closer Bryan Harvey, North Carolina's Hunter Harvey is a big righthander with a big fastball and a quality curve. The fastball comes in at low-90 readings, though it does touch 96 on occasion. The curve, though, is what makes Harvey exceptional. Prep pitchers aren't known for having quality secondary offerings, but Harvey's Hammer (trademark pending) is a beautiful one. Harvey's change is still coming along, but it's about as well-advanced as can be expected at such an early stage of his career. He looks to be the complete pitching package, and seems likely to work his way into the middle of an MLB rotation one day.
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SB 327 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A football star (safety) at Rutgers, Mariner prospect Pat Kivlehan is a raw, toolsy player with no end of potential, though it'll be awhile before we know if he'll ever reach it. The 2012 New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association Division Player of the Year gained the M's attention by hitting .392 with 14 home runs, not to mention 24 steals in 28 attempts. A third baseman for now, he may end up in a corner outfield position or even first base, but it won't matter as long as his natural batting eye keeps on controlling plate appearances.
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SB 328 BA SC BP SN ES ML
An offensively-capable shortstop, White Sox prospect Tyler Saladino rapped out a nifty .270/.363/.501 line in his first high-A experience in 2011, a full-season tour with the Winston-Salem Dash. If he keeps rising in the system, he'll probably need to move to second base in deference to franchise player Alexei Ramirez, but he has the skills and arm to play from the more challenging position, too. While his power numbers looked like the regressed in 2012, notice that his overall hitting actually improved: signs of a maturing prospect. He might be a breakout candidate.
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SB 329 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A dead-red power hitter who will need to learn some discipline to succeed as a pro, high school slugger Mitch Nay was lucky enough to be drafted by an American League ballclub with no fear of offense-only ballplayers. He's a long way away, and comes with significant risk attached, but Nay could be a contributor from a corner infield spot as early as 2017.
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