Top Baseball Prospects for 2013
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The Nats' second round pick in 2010, lefthander Sammy Solis brings a competent fastball and reasonable curve from a delivery that's almost sidearm, but it's his straight change that is his best, and that's the plus offering that should be his ticket to MLB success. He took a solid step toward that future in 2011, when he worked his way up from A-ball into high-A Potomac, posting a 6-2 record with a 2.72 ERA and a nice 1.28 WHIP at the higher level.
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SB 361 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A sturdy outfielder who can nonetheless patrol center with skill, ex-Pirate prospect Robbie Grossman vaulted onto the top half of the sheet thanks to an impressive full season at high-A Bradenton in 2011. The switch-hitting Grossman became the first minor leaguer at any level to score 100 runs and walk 100 times in a season since Nick Swisher did so in 2004. After moving to the Houston system, he put up acceptable but uninspiring numbers in Corpus Cristi, completing his second full year of AA with a .267/.371/.422 batting line, showing his usual patience at the plate along with his (also usual) ineptness on the basepaths. He could be a basestealing threat one day, but only if he learns to choose his spots. He's far too easy to pick off today.
On a team feeling out its own future, he'll probably get a long look, which means he could be contributing meaningful numbers in Houston sometime this season, either as an injury fill-in or fourth outfielder. But if the Astros can show some patience, he'd be a better player in 2014 after a full season of everyday AAA ball.
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SB 362 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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 363 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Like all Florida shortstops, Oscar Mercado is often compared to a young Alex Rodriguez. And there's some similarity: the lean athleticism, the discerning eye that seems to see right through pitchers, the all-around grace and strong arm from the field. He's gifted with a bit less raw power than young A-Rod was, however, and quite a bit faster: he'll be more of a consistent 40-steal threat than a 40-homer one. Still, he looks every inch a true shortstop, probably the best overall infielder of his draft class.
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SB 364 BA SC BP SN ES ML
An offensive dynamo who led the SCAC in almost every hitting category last season, Oakland catcher Bruce Maxwell was plucked from the 2012 Draft's second round by the Athletics. He's advanced as a backstop, suggesting he could find a home in Oakland as early as 2015.
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SB 365 BA SC BP SN ES ML
An all-around athelete who could probably play any position (he's even pitched), Pittsburgh prospect Wyatt Mathisen will probably be groomed as a catcher in order to maximize his baseball smarts and cannon arm. Of course, there's nothing stopping the Pirates from developing him otherwise, so nothing will be certain here for another year or two. Whatever they do, they'll be getting a plus contact hitter who's shown more than a glimmer of power, too.
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SB 366 BA SC BP SN ES ML
2011 was a pitching-deep draft, so Dillon Maples, who might have gone in the first few rounds any other year, fell all the way to round 14, which means he might end up being the steal of the season. The Cubs, who also had to spend second round money to talk him out of UNC, end up with a short-arming righthander with bulldog attitude and a selection of developing fastballs and breaking balls. His sometimes-great changeup, though, is what will take him to the big leagues. If the Cubs can harness his stilted delivery, he should move quickly. He's very polished for such a young player.
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SB 367 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A big lefty from Stanford who seems to be adjusting to pro baseball very well, White Sox prospect Scott Snodgress went 7-3 across two levels of A-ball, posting a combined 3.00 ERA and 1.25 WHIP, striking out 128 hitters in 140 innings of work. His fastball sits in the low-to-mid 90's, though it's a quality curve that looks like his best weapon to date. A straight change is coming along, too. He's being groomed as a starter, but his success against lefty hitters (especially with that curve) means that LOOGY work will always be around for him to fall back upon.
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SB 368 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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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SB 369 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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 370 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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