Top Baseball Prospects for 2013
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An all-around ballplayer without one standout skill, Houston infield prospect Nolan Fontana could be a solid part of a rebuilt Astro franchise as early as 2014. A contact hitter with great discipline, he probably fits best into a number two hole, while his fielding range and arm would probably be best suited to second base, rather than the shortstop designation often assigned to him.
Full Scouting Report for Nolan Fontana
SB 381 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Once the proud owner of the best slider in the Miami system, smallish lefty Rob Rasmussen was selected by Florida in the second round of the 2010 First Year player draft. As a four-year starter at Pasadena Polytechnic before his UCLA days, Rasmussen struck out two batters per inning (seriously).
Rasmussen spent 2012 in Houston's AA system, then was sent to Los Angeles for John Ely in the offseason. His future is brighter in LA, but also further off. The Dodgers will likely let him put in another year at AA while they see what they have and adjust it to their liking.
Full Scouting Report for Rob Rasmussen
SB 382 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The Orioles' second pick in the 2013 Draft, Georgia native Josh Hart is a left-handed outfielder who looks like a textbook centerfield ballhawk and leadoff hitter. He's a solid contact hitter with plus-plus speed, but he's got more power than most such players. While his arm isn't elite, it's certainly adequate.
Full Scouting Report for Josh Hart
SB 383 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A catcher and pitcher in high school, Mississippi native Hunter Renfroe was drafted by the San Diego Padres (13th overall in 2013) as an outfielder, presumably signalling the team's intent to develop him quickly. And that's reasonable, given that his calling card is his offensive ability. The Cal Ripken League MVP in both 2011 and 2012, Renfro hit .395 and .366 in 2011 and 2012, respectively, and made himself known as a major power threat from the right side of the plate. He's an above-average runner, and has a real plus arm (he hit high-90's in his pitching days), which means he should be quite happy in right field soon.
Full Scouting Report for Hunter Renfroe
SB 384 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Part of the big Cardinal haul in the 2012 draft, outfielder James Ramsey might be the best kind of replacement for a restocking franchise. A polished college player with few weak points in his game, Ramsey is probably only 548600 more minor league at-bats (give or take) away from being MLB ready right now.
Full Scouting Report for James Ramsey
SB 385 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A lefty reliever in the Indians system, Scott Barnes is a mature prospect who mixes a quality slider and occasional change in with his low-90s heat, just enough to keep hitters off-balance. He posted a nice 3.95/1.15 performance across 52 innings in Columbus in 2012, piling up 67 glittering strikeouts, before getting a short shot in Cleveland. He'll return to the depleted Indians in 2013, who may only hesitate because they're unsure how to use him: despite the southpaw arm, he's actually been most effective against righthanders in recent years.
Full Scouting Report for Scott Barnes
SB 386 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A contact hitter with college experience and decent power, Reds outfield prospect Jeff Gelalich looks like he could fit into an MLB lineup very soon. Drafted as a junior, he'll need a solid thousand at-bats or so before the Reds can really schedule his itinerary. The 127 he logged in late-season rookie ball last year is a good start, of course. If the polish he showed in his last season at UCLA sticks, he'll be ready for bench duty on an MLB ballclub by September, 2014.
Full Scouting Report for Jeff Gelalich
SB 387 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A Vegas-born shortstop in the Tampa Bay system, young Jake Hager did that thing we love to see most at Scouting Book: improved his performance year-on-year even while moving up a level. The .281/.345/.412 Hager slashed in the A-Level Midwest League is substantial enough the he may even taste AA ball in 2013. A line-drive hitter with reasonable gap power for an infielder, he's also a smart baserunner and solid fielder, though his range may limit him to a second base job in the future. For now, though, he's remains a shortstop, and a pretty good one at that.
Full Scouting Report for Jake Hager
SB 388 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The rising wave of Canadian pitchers continued when Seattle chose Quebec native Philipe Aumont with their first-round pick in 2007. He was traded to the Phillies in the winter 2009 blockbuster that moved Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee.
A 6-7 righthander with a 92-95 MPH sinking fastball, Aumont has an imposing mound presence that endears him to scouts and coaches alike. While he's barely 22, he's already raising eyebrows with a precocious ability to pound the lower part of the zone and work both sides of the plate. While he has a slider and changeup, neither is a plus pitch, which means he'll rise or fall on his sinker. Now that he's in the NL East, there's some talk of making him a reliever, but it's most likely that the Phils will keep him in a minor league rotation as long as possible to refine his secondary game and build his endurance, no matter how he ends up being used in his impending major league career.
Full Scouting Report for Phillippe Aumont
SB 389 BA SC BP SN ES ML
An often-overlooked part of Oakland's wheely-dealy offseason, righthander Raul Alcantara is a flamethrowing righthander with very hot stuff that he's still learning how to control. He's got a near-perfect pitcher's body and seems to show an ability to learn from coaching, an ability that shouldn't be taken for granted among the young and naturally talented. While we're not confident he will stick as a starter, he should benefit from Oakland's clever approach to pitching development, so even the 'bad' result should allow him to become a strong piece of a vibrant young bullpen in just another couple of years.
Full Scouting Report for Raul Alcantara
SB 390 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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Top Prospects 2013