Top Baseball Prospects for 2013
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A massive righthander in the Pirate system, Alabama slammer Clay Holmes is a strike thrower who's skilled at pounding the lower half of the plate, even when he can't be more accurate than that, inducing more than his share of weak contact and grounders. Holmes zipped to everyone's attention late last season as he polished up a 2.28 ERA, 1.08 WHIP season across thirteen starts for the Pirate's low-A club in State College. Holmes throws mid-90's and mixes in a dirty curve that could be a plus pitch one day. He's rough, and has some learning to do on the finer arts of pitching, but on raw stuff alone, he's one of the Pirates' most promising arms.
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Baltimore prospect (Dennis) Michael Wright is a big righthander in a system that's proven good at getting max value from so-so talents in recent years. His shortarm delivery looks a bit jagged to some scouts, and restricts his fastball to the low 90's, though it comes with good movement and some natural sink. That movement also makes his slider an ideal double-down pitch. The change is a work in progress, but it's not far off. Assuming his journey through AA is successful, Wright should be a competent middle rotation guy in another year or two.
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The 135th player taken back in the 2011 draft, Angel pitching prospect Mike Clevinger is a righthander with decent upside despite his so-so stuff. Making only eight starts for the Class A Cedar Rapids Kernals, Clevinger looked reasonably good, enough that he should sample high-A ball in 2013. His low-to-mid 90's fastball is good when he locates it well, and his breaking ball shows signs of real plus action. If he can put the whole package together and turn it up a notch, he'll be a solid innings-eater, but we really need to see him string a few months of good results together before we're completely on the bandwagon, here.
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A righthanded power pitcher, Dillon Howard inherited the title of top pitching prospect in the weak Indians system almost by default the moment he was drafted. Howard went 9-1 with a 0.31 ERA in 12 starts for Searcy High School, striking out 115 batters in 58 innings (read that again if you like.) His perfect pitcher's frame, not to mention that 95mph fastball with natural sink and run, made him pretty projectable, or at least the Indians thought until he arrived at camp in 2012 badly out of shape. He spent most of the year getting back to playing size, which means 2013 is a bit of a do-over for him. He still has the big fastball with nice natural sink, and a developing curve that, while still a bit slurvy, shows real promise. Give the youngster time and coaching and he should be able to tighten it up into a solid-average offering. He's many years away.
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A high school slugger cooking slowly and quietly in the Twins system, Travis Harrison might be a future answer for the team at first base or DH. Or maybe right field. In any case, not at the third base he's playing today, at least not if his quickly-expanding body has anything to say about it. It'll be awhile before we know how he can handle breaking stuff, but in the mean time, that .301/.383/.461 line he posted during his first ever pro test at rookie-league Elizabethton should give Twins fans something to dream about.
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A huge, daunting figure who can touch 99mph with his heater, White Sox righthander Simon Castro is one of the most promising pitchers in a system that's not especially deep in pitching to begin with. Castro's slider is probably his best pitch, and when he's locating the fastball at the same time, he's nearly unhittable. Some scouts see a closer in Castro, but for now the Sox will follow the path the Padres started, and keep pushing him as a rotation member. One thing is sure: he's got the frame necessary to carry 200 innings, so they're probably wise to squeeze him into the rotation if possible.
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Jonathan 'Mac' Williamson is a quick rising outfield prospect in the San Francisco system. Drafted in the third round in 2012, Williamson is an athletic ballplayer with a sweet power stroke. After signing, Mac quickly disposed of rookie ball and landed in low-A Salem, where he slashed an impressive .342/.392/.596 line in 29 games. He'll be pushing for AA ball in 2013, and the Giants' roster soon thereafter.
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A fireballing righthander who pretty much has 'future closer' tattooed on his forehead, National prospect Rob Wort made 40 appearances at high-A Potomac last year, all of the one or two inning variety, and struck out 95 hitters. His strikeouts per nine innings is so ridiculously high that we'll let you scroll down this page and look it up yourself so you believe. He still has to get through AA, but if that fastball-slider combo holds up (and it should), Wort is the best-positioned player to take over as closer in Washington come 2015 or so. We may even see him for support work sooner than that.
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Josh Sale (pronounced 'Solly', more or less) is a powerful Samoan motherslugger from Seattle who just keeps getting bigger and stronger as he develops. Built more like a linebacker than a baseball player, Sale's lefthanded bat already looks like a premium offensive weapon. He hit his way through rookie ball in 2011, and moved up to the roster of A-level Bowling Green, where he produced at a .264/.391/.464 clip, including 10 homers in 74 games. In fact, all of his numbers looked better at the higher level of play in a similar amount of playing time. We've always found that's one of the strongest indicators of future success. A third baseman in high school, he's been used in corner outfield spots by the Rays so far, and that sounds right to us: he'll likely arrive in MLB as a right fielder or first baseman. And when he does arrive, you'll be able to hear the moonshots for miles.
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A big, strong, flamethrowing star of the future signed as an international free agent in 2006, righthander Jose Ceda was probably Chicago's best remaining pitching prospect (depending on how you view the enigma of Jeff Samardzija) when he was shipped to Florida for the more established Kevin Gregg in 2008's offseason. A burly pitcher cast from Jonathan Broxton-sized iron, Ceda is a power pitcher with strikeout stuff who could ascend to closing duties for the Marlins at any time. Problems with his mechanics remain, though (he struggles to repeat his delivery, leading to spurts of wildness and some eye-opening walk numbers) and there is some concern about the ability of his legs and back to hold up to a season of work.
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