Top Baseball Prospects for 2013
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Jacksonville University's ace in 2013, righthander Chris Anderson is one of the best pitching prospects from the 2013 draft class. The very template of a front-line starter, Anderson has size, velocity, command and poise enough to succeed at the MLB level. Working from a high-90's fastball with good sink, he mixes in a quality wipeout slider to great effect, and a promising (though raw) change to lefthanders. Sharper changeup command is really all he needs to do to perform well in MLB tomorrow.
Full Scouting Report for Chris Anderson
SB 341 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A switch-hitting catcher from Indianapolis, Tucker Barnhart is an all-around ballplayer with great raw tools and more than a small idea how to apply them to the game of baseball. Drafted out of high school by the Reds back in 2009, Barnhart has shown a quality batting eye and good patience at each level of play, slashing .278/.371/.409 last season at high-A Bakersfield and earning a promotion to AA at the end of the year. He's got a little pop, but with less than a dozen homers in three hundred pro games, he won't be winning any home run derbies. Behind the plate, he's a quality receiver with what looks to be a preternatural gift for keeping pitchers in the zone. While Devin Mesoraco has the Reds catcher-of-the-future award in hand for now, Barnhart could be in the running in another couple of years.
Full Scouting Report for Tucker Barnhart
SB 342 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Venezuelan Yohander Mendez, an international signee inked by the Rangers in mid-2011, is a tall, skinny lefthander with a projectable frame and plus stuff. The most promising pitch in his arsenal is a raw but deep curve ball that he manages to throw with a motion that doesn't look all that different coming out of his hand than his 90mph fastball. He's currently hidden away in Mr Ryan's top-secret development laboratory learning how to handle his mutant powers, but when he's ready for his coming out he could be a good one.
Full Scouting Report for Yohander Mendez
SB 343 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A smallish power righty from SW Missouri State, Shae Simmons is seen by many as a future closer, thanks to his 96mph heater and hard slider. His changeup, a tumbling pitch that hitters flail at, is probably destined for the shelf if he continues to grow as a full-time reliever.
Full Scouting Report for Shae Simmons
SB 344 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The younger brother of National Chris, shortstop Deven Marrero is a rising prospect in the Red Sox system, mainly on the strength of his defensive ability. Per one of his coaches, he's Omar Vizquel, but a better hitter and baserunner. That's pretty high praise to come off the cuff, so we'll have to wait and see, though in Marrero's defense, that .268/.358/.374 with 24/30 steals in his first tour of A-level Lowell is certainly an endorsement. If Jose Iglesias doesn't ever find a stick with which to hit, Marrero will become the chosen one.
Full Scouting Report for Deven Marrero
SB 345 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A two-way star in the Pacific Northwest, Phillies righthander Mitch Gueller is in for a different sort of future out East, where he'll need to learn to handle a lot more pressure than he's used to, and a full-time pitching career. Gueller can already touch 94mph with his fastball, and his breaking ball shows real promise, but he's a long, long way from being ready for Citizens Bank.
Full Scouting Report for Mitch Gueller
SB 346 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A quality lefthander who rose to attention via an outstanding performance in the Dominican Summer League, Rockie prospect Jayson Aquino is one of the safer bets in the system. With a solid, durable frame and an easy arm action, it's easy to see him moving up the system swiftly. His fastball lives in the low 90's with good movement and plus command, and his slider/curve (we're not sure what to call it yet) looks promising, but what's most exciting about Aquino is his changeup, one of the best in the Colorado system. When a player this young already has a change this good, it's a very very good omen.
Full Scouting Report for Jayson Aquino
SB 347 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A lefthander from the University of Minnesota, Tom Windle is seen by most as a lefty relief specialist, though he did make four starts for the Gophers last season as well. His 37:17 strikeout to walk ratio (in 41 total innings) was seen by many as a disappointing line, but his velocity actually improved as the season wore on, and he looked beter still in the summertime Cape Cod League, where better command led to a much better 47:7 ratio and a shimmering 2.35 ERA. The Dodgers picked him up in the 2013 draft's second round, and he's been zooming up charts ever since. As a starter, he's a couple of years away, but should the team take a bullpen route with him, he could be fast-tracked to MLB in the near future.
Full Scouting Report for Tom Windle
SB 348 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Ynoa, the child of two accomplished ballplayers, is a towering, flame throwing teenager who already had a mid-90s fastball and an advanced changeup when he was scooped up by the Athletics for a $4.25M during 2008's IFA season.
He's hit more than his fair share of obstacles since then, and has spent as much time in operating rooms as he has on the mound. Already a veteran of Tommy John surgery before his twentieth birthday, Ynoa should finally be back on the mound in 2012 trying to work his way back to that once well-deserved phenom-hood. Expect some rehab in the Dominican and/or extended spring training, followed by a hopefully full season on assignment with the A's A-level team in Vermont. Unless he puts in more than a full season or two without improvement, it's impossible to give up on Ynoa: his potential really is (was?) that high.
Full Scouting Report for Michael Ynoa
SB 349 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A high school pitcher already touching 92mph with a lively fastball, Phillies prospect Shane Watson also has a real plus curveball that could play well if he learns to disguise it a bit better. His change isn't anything at all yet, but as he's still some distance from Citizen's Bank, he'll have time to work on that.
Full Scouting Report for Shane Watson
SB 350 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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