Top Baseball Prospects for 2013
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A solidly-built catcher/third-base prospect from Kent, Washington, Reese McGuire doesn't quite deserve the Bryce Harper comparisons he sometimes inspires, but he's not all that far off, either. An offensive monster at a young age, he should enjoy the benefits of further physical development over the next couple of years, which means those towering homers will get even more awe-inspiring. Best of all, he gets that power from a short, quick stroke that doesn't look like any kind of all-or-nothing swing. Behind the plate, he looks very very good, definitely good enough to stick at catcher if his body plays along. He's very young and very raw, but there are few players from the 2013 draft class with a higher ceiling.
Full Scouting Report for Reese McGuire
SB 391 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Drafted and signed right along with fellow Angel outfield prospect Mike Trout, Randall Grichuk is a slightly different kind of player, one probably better suited to a higher-power corner outfield spot than the athletic Trout. Grichuk zipped through three levels of minor league ball in 2011, then spent all of the next season with high-A Inland Empire, where he showed durability and consistent prowess by slashing .298/.335/.488 with 18 homers and 16 steals in 537 at-bats. He'll be in AA sometime this year, and knocking on the door at the Big A very soon after.
Full Scouting Report for Randal Grichuk
SB 392 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The Indians' Bob Feller Award winner in 2011, smallish righthander Chen-Chang Lee projects as a potent bullpen weapon for the Indians in the near future. Lee was signed as an international free agent after gaining attention at the 2008 Olympics, but lost a year to TJ surgery recently that dropped him from many radar screens.
Lee is a hard-thrower with good command of a genuine plus slider that he delivers from a deceptive low angle. He's probably a middle-reliever, though he could be a very good one of those: just the thing a manager always wants to have, in order to get through a high-leverage batter or two.
Full Scouting Report for Chen Chang Lee
SB 393 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A pure hitter drafted 48th overall by the White Sox in 2012, Florida native Keon Barnum is already capable of putting on tentpole exhibitions in batting practice. With a big, strong bat from the left side with a stroke that might be a bit too long, we see a lot of longballs and an even larger number of strikeouts in his future. Chicago is a good place to showcase those skills.
Full Scouting Report for Keon Barnum
SB 394 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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.
Full Scouting Report for Clay Holmes
SB 395 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A strong, squat outfielder with plus power potential, Phillip Ervin is an outfielder with good speed who could actually stick in centerfield. The Pucketesque ballplayer was a good hitter in 2012 (327/.406/.519, 10 homers, 16 steals) and an even better one in wooden-bat Cape Cod League action in the fall, where he raked .323/.429/.631 with 11 homers and 10 more steals in a near-identical number of at-bats. While he'll get some knocks for his smallish size, he has more than a few believers in the scouting ranks, and could surprise many by outperforming expectations.
Full Scouting Report for Phillip Ervin
SB 396 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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.
Full Scouting Report for Michael Wright
SB 397 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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.
Full Scouting Report for Mike Clevinger
SB 398 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A surprise pick by the Brewers in the first round of 2010, righthander Dylan Covey went to college instead, which means he'll be back soon. A polished pitcher with a fastball that can touch 96mph with good motion and natural sink, he also shows a hard, looping curve and a slider that's even harder. His changeup is advanced for a young player, but it still lags behind, raising early questions about his eventual role. He's worth an occasional look, but it'll be a few years before anyone is sure what they have here.
Full Scouting Report for Dylan Covey
SB 399 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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.
Full Scouting Report for Dillon Howard
SB 400 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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