Top Baseball Prospects for 2013
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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
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A mature prospect who could break onto the Mets roster in 2013, lefthander Scott Rice is a huge pitcher who's been used exclusively as a reliever since 2005. Originally drafted by the Orioles way back in 1999, Rice has been through a half-dozen organizations and one elbow surgery since, impressing with a big, heavy fastball and an exceptional work ethic. He's almost certainly destined for LOOGY work in MLB, but on a weak Mets roster, he could end up being a lot more than that.
Full Scouting Report for Scott Rice
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A lefthander with wicked stuff and an unfathomable strikeout rate, Mets prospect Jack Leathersich is on a fast track to join the team's relief corps. Leathersich struck out 113 in only 72 Florida League innings, using his fastball-curve combo exclusively from the bullpen. He's got closer stuff, and if he rises that far, his small size will inspire many Billy Wagner comparisons.
Full Scouting Report for Jack Leathersich
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A possible future closer, relief prospect Jake Barrett brings serious heat and good movement from the right side. His best second pitch is probably his curve, which is a bit odd for a closer, but it's been working. He struck out exactly one batter per one-inning outing for A-level South Bend in 2012, using that fastball about ninety percent of the time. He'll try to baffle hitters at higher levels in 2013, and could help out the Arizona bullpen at almost any time thereafter.
Full Scouting Report for Jake Barrett
SB 414 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 415 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
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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
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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 418 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
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A massive slugger in the St Louis system, Anthony Garcia is a cleanup hitter in the making. His discipline isn't great, and he can't take a walk yet, but when he swings and connects, it can be a thing of beauty. Expect him to work on his judgement in high and double-A. If he can keep his average over .270, he's got a major league future.
Full Scouting Report for Anthony Garcia
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