Top Baseball Prospects for 2013
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An outfielder universally regarded as one of the best prospect talents of the 2011 market, Dominican Elier Hernandez was locked down by the Royals. The Royals, always aggressive in the international game, popped a lot of eyes with their $3M plus contract they awarded Hernandez.
A classic high-risk, high-upside player, Elier is a strong and lithe teenager who already rattles the scales at 6-4 and 200 pounds. His baseball tools (all five of them) are very raw, but he shows plus speed, a flashy glove, an explosive bat and off-the-charts reflexes, which could propel him into the upper ranks among outfield prospects in the very near future. He's a terrific sleeper in a strong KC system that could really use him in late 2015 or so.
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SB 381 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Alex Dickerson gets a lot of press in Piratelandia, but it could be another first base masher, the smaller but just as potent Matthew Curry, who ends up launching dingers in Pittsburgh first. Curry, a 16th round (!) selection back in 2010, looked awfully good in AA last year, slashing a .285/352/.480 line at Altoona. He'll probably start 2013 back in Altoona, but as long as he maintains the same level of performance, he'll end the year with the big club.
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SB 382 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Blessed with a name that would be right at home in a Steve McQueen movie, Georgia Tech's Deck McGuire is a bulldog indeed: an imposing 6-6, 220lb righthanded power pitcher whose mound presence and smarts earn him top marks. McGuire is a workhorse pitcher who mixes in three above-average pitches that aren't spectacular on their own, but are more than good enough to get hitters out in a variety of ways, especially when he commands them so well. His 'pitchability' has been cited by many coaches as off the scale. He's the type of polished college pitcher who could move very quickly.
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SB 383 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A powerful Colombian infielder who'll probably settle at second base, Pirate prospect Dilson Herrera rose to attention-worthy status by hitting his way out of Rookie ball (.281/341/.482) and into low-A at the age of 18. Herrera has a nice speed/power combination (twelve steals, eight dingers in sixty games) and decent enough foot and glovework to cover shortstop if necessary. He's raw, like any teenage player, but he shows a strong work ethic and natural aptitude for the trials of the middle infield. If his power is legitimate, he'll be a fast-riser in the system.
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SB 384 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A very big, strong shortstop, Justin Williams is a high-school player most likely destined for a corner spot in MLB thanks to his increasing size and strength. The proud owner of a very big power bat from the left side of the plate, Williams lit up the PG National Showcase with upper-deck bombs in the Metrodome. His swing, while a bit complicated for some scouts, is definitely quick: he doesn't rely on a loopy, loaded pull swing like some young power hitters. With an arm good enough for an outfield corner or third base, the real question will be how quickly he can rise as a hitter, through the ranks of better and better pitching in professional ball.
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SB 385 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A prep pitcher who some expected to go in the first round after improving his stuff immensely in 2011, Floridian righthander Zach Eflin almost did just that, winding up as the second pick of the compensation round in 2012. Eflin's fastball is a 95mph dart with late life that he throws from a high arm slot for maximum effect, while his curve looks remarkably well-developed for such a young player. His change, as with so many young pitchers, is still a work in progress, but scouts rave about Eflin's work ethic and commitment to improve, two things we love to see here at Scouting Book.
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SB 386 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A smart, athletic Venezuelan whose offensive game has improved markedly since his signing, Oakland prospect Renato Nunez projects as one of those non-lumbering third basemen with solid all-around baseball skills. After proving his bona fides in the DSL last year, Nunez went on to rake .325/.403/.550 in stateside Rookie ball, making him a lock for A-level play in 2013. While he doesn't yet show much grace at third, he does have a strong enough arm for it, and he's already shown that he's not afraid of working very hard to study and improve his game now that he's got a tantalizing career ahead. He's a fast riser who is quickly convincing scouts that he deserves far more attention than he's yet received.
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SB 387 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A switch-hitting infielder of the smallish Venezuelan variety, Tiger prospect Eugenio Saurez was an IFA signee who made Tiger scouts look pretty brilliant in 2011, destroying the GCL Lwith a .341/ before being properly promoted to the NY-Penn league. Slick fielding shortstops aren't rare at lower levels, but slick-fielding shortstops who can use a bat well most definitely are, and the Tigers look like they might have struck some gold with Suarez. Eugenio's mix of power and speed looks very promising, and if he can perform at higher levels with anything like the ability he's already shown at low ones, he could be a valuable everyday part of the Detroit lineup a couple of years from now. The lack of shiny infield prospects ahead of him on the depth chart should keep him hungry, too.
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SB 388 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The Yankees' 17th round selection in 2010, Preston Claiborne is a relief prospect who can also mix a quality change in with the usual fastball and slider. Nicknamed Joba Jr. thanks to his resemblance to you-know-who, Claiborne has been on a steady rise through the minors, spending all of 2012 in AAA Scranton-Wilkes Barre, where he posted a nifty 1.29 WHIP in 33 innings of work. Though he lacks real closer stuff, he's still a solid, unspectacular grinder who could do a good job in the middle-to-late innings.
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SB 389 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A lefthanded starter in the Cardinal system, Florida native John Gast (the puns write themselves, don't they?) has been hampered by spotty control over the past few seasons, though he did manage to strike out 86 men in 109 innings of AAA work last season. Of course, he also walked 42. He's likely to end up in the bullpen.
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