Top Baseball Prospects for 2013
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A college closer from North Carolina, Nathan Hyatt was drafted by the Braves in the 13th round of 2012's amateur draft. Hyatt leans heavily on his fastball, a 98mph smoke trail that he used to rack up a 37:8 K:BB ratio in 2012. His slider is a bit of a wild one, but it's more than enough to keep hitters honest. He looks like every inch a future closer right now.
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SB 351 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A polished college shortstop from Texas, Hunter Dozier was selected eighth overall in the 2013 draft by the Kansas City Royals. Dozier ranked among the top ten in the Southland Conference in virtually every offensive category last season, and in 55 games this year, Dozier hit .396 with 17 homers and a dozen stolen bases. A right-handed hitter, Dozier has very strong hands, and while he's capable of turning on and pulling inside pitches, he does most of his best work by leaning on his plus bat control to hit liners to the opposite field and gap. A very good runner, he'll steal a few bases, but he's not a true plus-speed threat. In the field, he looks solid and capable of sticking at shortstop, assuming he doesn't outgrow the position: at 6-4 and 220, he's already pushing the envelope. He'll need a year or two in the minors to adjust to and master quality breaking stuff, but other than that asterisk, he looks to be the complete package.
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SB 352 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A strike-throwing righthander from the Dominican, Ariel Pena is a pitcher who uses a combination of raw heat and deceptive stuff to embarrass hitters. Spending most of 2011 at high-A Inland Empire, Pena went 10-6 while striking out almost 11 batters per game, mainly with his wipeout slider, though he did also walk nearly five. That mix of unhittable and wild has always been attached to Pena, though he's shown control improvements of late.
The good news when fishing for further upside with Pena is that after his 98mph fastball, the pitch he has the next-best handle on is a low-90's sinker, not the electric but erratic slider: that mix portends a future in the rotation, rather than the bullpen duty often assigned to hot but wild young arms.
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SB 353 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Max Kepler-Rozycki is a big, strong, German-born outfielder deep in the Minnesota Twins system. He gets high marks from scouts for his instincts, baseball build and raw tools. At the same time, he's very young and hasn't established much of a baseline in professional play yet: we haven't yet seen him in anything higher than Appy-League play (.262/.347/.366 in only 191 at-bats). In that time, Kepler showed decent contact ability and good speed, coupled with some pretty rough but promising defense. He's been tested in each outfield position, and seems most comfortable as a left-fielder, though that has to be written in the faintest of pencil at this point. Give Kepler a couple of years, then check back to see whether he's blossomed enough that we can start making puns about stars yet.
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SB 354 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A possible future closer, relief prospect Jake Barrett brings serious heat and good movement from the right side. His best second pitch is probably his curve, which is a bit odd for a closer, but it's been working. He struck out exactly one batter per one-inning outing for A-level South Bend in 2012, using that fastball about ninety percent of the time. He'll try to baffle hitters at higher levels in 2013, and could help out the Arizona bullpen at almost any time thereafter.
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SB 355 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A second-round pick after two years at Oregon State, catcher Andrew Susac is the most promising backstop in the San Francisco minor league system. Behind the plate, he's a quality receiver with a strong arm, and he's very likely to remain a catcher in the future. At-bat, he's a solid gap hitter with a whiff of possible power to come, even if he's a bit swing-and-missy at present. Despite the college experienced, he's still a couple of years away from MLB. The Giants, of course, have no need to rush him.
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SB 356 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A towering lefthander from Buffalo NY, Kevin Siegrist is just one of the many, many pitching weapons in St Louis's organization. A slow-riser after being drafted out of community college back in 2008, he made 49 minor league starts (22-11, 2.78, 1.13) up the ladder for the team over the past five years before being moved to the bullpen in 2013. A fastball-change pitcher with a developing slider, it'll be interesting to see how he adjusts to life as a reliever: that change could make him equally effective against righthanders, saving him from plain old LOOGY use.
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SB 357 BA SC BP SN ES ML
While Freddy Freeman might have first base locked down for the next decade or so in Atlanta, the Braves also have another promising hitter who could be good enough to merit a move to another position. While the power he showed in 2011 seemed dimmed, the unfortunately-named Joey Terdoslavich's nonetheless slashed a .262/.325/.394 composite line at two levels of higher-minor ball in 2012, keeping early concerns about his ability to switch-hit better pitching on the shelf. While a permanent move to third or an outfield spot remains likely, and a trade to a team in greater need is possible, Terdoslavich should manage to get to the Bigs one way or the other by mid-2014.
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SB 358 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Drafted and signed right along with fellow Angel outfield prospect Mike Trout, Randall Grichuk is a slightly different kind of player, one probably better suited to a higher-power corner outfield spot than the athletic Trout. Grichuk zipped through three levels of minor league ball in 2011, then spent all of the next season with high-A Inland Empire, where he showed durability and consistent prowess by slashing .298/.335/.488 with 18 homers and 16 steals in 537 at-bats. He'll be in AA sometime this year, and knocking on the door at the Big A very soon after.
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SB 359 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A pure hitter drafted 48th overall by the White Sox in 2012, Florida native Keon Barnum is already capable of putting on tentpole exhibitions in batting practice. With a big, strong bat from the left side with a stroke that might be a bit too long, we see a lot of longballs and an even larger number of strikeouts in his future. Chicago is a good place to showcase those skills.
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SB 360 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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