Top Baseball Prospects for 2013
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The Yankees second round pick in 2013, Gosuke Katoh was a high-school infielder from San Diego with a very polished and well-rounded toolset. He's played mainly second base, but don't let that fool you: Katoh could play anywhere on the diamond thanks to fast feel, an accurate (though not especially strong) arm and very soft hands. His speed even makes him a viable outfielder, should the Yanks take that approach. A slap hitter with a compact angle of attack, a convenient left-handed stance and the aforementioned plus speed, Katoh looks like a junior version of Ichiro Suzuki: a leadoff hitter by any measure. His power isn't legit, at least not now, but like Ichiro he's more than capable of popping a few home runs if and when he chooses to let loose. A disciplined ballplayer, he could surprise many by grinding his way to MLB sooner than expected.
Full Scouting Report for Gosuke Katoh
SB 392 BA SC BP SN ES ML
One of the highest-rated high school prospects in the 2013 draft class, San Diego's Ian Clarkin is a lefthanded pitcher with two quality pitches. Both his fastball and curve should mature into better-than-average pitches in the future, with the hammer curve showing real plus potential. Scouts are mixed on the quality of his change, probably because it varies so much from outing to outing. He'll need that change to mitigate righthanders, so if he can refine it, he'll be a solid middle-rotation starter one day. If not, he's still got some potential as a lefty specialist. His mechanics are simple, leveraging a compact delivery from a high leg kick, and he has good finishing habits that might prevent injuries along the way. As with all high school pitching prospects, however, there's a lot that can go wrong along the way here.
Full Scouting Report for Ian Clarkin
SB 393 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Gabriel Rosa is a young but well-rounded infield prospect in the Reds system. A second round pick back in 2011, Rosa has played only short seasons punctuated by injury since. He'll get a full season of pro ball in 2013, we hope, and scouts remain anxious to see how his raw bat speed and baserunning talent develop. In the field, he's still pretty rough, but he's got a couple of years to master the fast feet and glove necessary for the hot corner.
Full Scouting Report for Gabriel Rosa
SB 394 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Pittsburgh prospect Danny Collins (drafted in 2013's thirteenth round) is a sturdy, righthanded ballplayer without any eye-popping tools, but above-average contact, power and overall defense. Collins was expected by some be drafted even higher on the strength of his stellar junior season: he hit .360 this season with 11 homers and 25 doubles in 62 games, landing him selections as a first-team Louisville Slugger All-American, a first-team All-Sun Belt Conference player, and a Golden Spikes Award watch list candidate. Collins, who could be a solid all-around contributor for the Pirates in very short order, is seen as a plus defender, with average range but good instincts and sure hands, with enough arm for any outfield slot, and enough quickness for second or third base, should his team choose deploy and develop him that way.
Full Scouting Report for Danny Collins
SB 395 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Three years after signing an IFA bonus totally three quarters of a million dollars back in 2009, the very young Twins prospect Jorge Polanco stepped up in rookie-league Elizabethton last year, slashing .318/.388/.514 with five homers and six stolen bases spread across 51 games while showing a real plus glove all over the diamond. It looks like all that winter ball and coaching paid off on defense, too, as the smallish prospect seems to be growing into a strong, potent athlete. He might not be the nimble, rangey shortstop that most Dominicans aspire to be, but Polanco is already looking like a solid second baseman from our seat, so that's how we'll label him for now. Give him a few years to refine his overall game and he'll be a good one.
Full Scouting Report for Jorge Polanco
SB 396 BA SC BP SN ES ML
One of the better college prospects from the Pacific Northwest, college pitcher Adam Conley was snapped up by the pitching-savvy Marlins in the 2011 draft after his odd delivery scared away a few other teams. Most in the Marlin organization see the big 6-3 lefty as a reliever, mainly due to the upper 90's heat he can bring, but the team will probably take a look at him for rotation work first. He already mixes in a slower but sinking 2-seam version of his fastball, and it's a nice ground-ball pitch when it breaks right, but as is always the case with young arms, it'll be the development of his other pitches that determine his long-term fate.
Full Scouting Report for Adam Conley
SB 397 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A big, solid catching prospect from Charleston, SC who's committed to South Carolina but probably signable, Nick Ciuffo is regarded as a perfect proto-catcher, both strong and athletic. He's a better than expected runner and shows good all-around tools, including a very good pop time and a strong arm behind the plate. A left-handed bat, he pleases scouts with a basic, line-drive approach with very good bat speed. If he develops as expected, he could be a future franchise catcher for Tampa Bay.
Full Scouting Report for Nick Ciuffo
SB 398 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A first-round pick in the 2011 draft from the University of North Carolina, Twins shortstop prospect Levi Michael was the first everyday college player drafted first by the Twins since 1996 (Travis Lee.) Levi is an athletic switch-hitter with good bat speed and more than a hint of future power in his bat. Michael slashed .306/.432/.510 in his three years with the Tar Heels, stealing 40 bases with a nice 85% success rate.
While he played second, third and short during his UNC days, Michael's developing bat is expected to settle in at second base for the future Twins.
Full Scouting Report for Levi Michael
SB 399 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A mature prospect with an equally-advanced eye at the plate, Pirate rookie Clint Robinson could provide some surprise punch for the ballclub in 2013. A big left-handed bat, Robinson's power looked a bit off last year when he slashed a still-tidy .292/.393/.452 in AAA, but his on-base skills are legitimate, as they didn't fade at all from his career-best .326/.399/.533 line the year before. He also walked more often than he struck out. Even if the lesser line represents his true ability (it may, it may not) he'd still be a useful addition to a Pirate lineup hungry for some offensive support. Expect him to get a long look in 2013.
Full Scouting Report for Clint Robinson
SB 400 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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