Top Baseball Prospects for 2013
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A solid contact hitter with good speed, Noonan hasn't moved ahead of his coopetitors in the last two seasons, and in fact seems to have even regressed a bit in his climb up the ladder. He remains raw, lacks a dominant skill, and still needs to add a lot of polish to push ahead of the pack. What he still has is the tools and makeup of an everyday second baseman, with the fair-to-good power that the modern position seems to require. After a solid .296/.347/.416 line at AAA in 2012, he's ready for an MLB opportunity, though his fortune will rise and fall with the depth chart in San Francisco. He might be more valuable to some other franchise, and if rumors can be trusted, there's been no shortage of recent interest from other teams, either.
Full Scouting Report for Nick Noonan
SB 421 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A college pitcher drafted by the Reds in 2012, righthander Daniel Langfield showed better than expected command and control late last season. Always a smart pitcher with a classic four-pitch repertoire, Langfield now seems to be commanding all his pitches better than he did in college. The slider, in particular, looks a lot nastier, and each pitch comes with a similar motion, making all of them more effective in combination. Assuming he keeps it up, he will almost certainly be promoted all the way to AA by the end of the year.
Full Scouting Report for Daniel Langfield
SB 422 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A huge Venezuelan lefthander now fully recovered from Tommy John surgery, the Indians' Elvis Araujo works with a fastball in the low 90's that can reach 96 on occasion. His secondary pitches aren't there yet, but he hasn't exactly been able to sharpen his twists and torques while nursing his tendons, so give the kid some time to get back on track. We'll know a lot more about his future by 2012's winter.
Full Scouting Report for Elvis Araujo
SB 423 BA SC BP SN ES ML
With a name that'll be a headline-writer's dream someday, May Day baby Ravel Santana is a righthanded outfielder from San Pedro de Macoris, where he was presumably ridiculed by packs of roving shortstops on his way to school each morning. Santana earned a particular kind of fame in 2011 when an especially gruesome ankle injury made the YouTube rounds (No, we're not linking it.
Ewwww.) Santana's plus-plus speed, his defining tool, is taking some time to return, which isn't a surprise, and his batting line at low-A Staten Island last year isn't exactly encouraging, either, but it's far off his career standard: when all his body parts are attached correctly, Santana can show off great natural hitting ability with easy power and a cannon arm. Until his injury and subsequent developmental delays, both sides of the game were coming so easily to him, in fact, that it was very hard to imagine him anywhere other than patrolling a major league center field come 2015. Assuming his ankle will be back to full power soon, it still looks likely to us, though it's also quite unclear whether that team will be the CF-strong Yankees, however.
Full Scouting Report for Ravel Santana
SB 424 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A sleeper prospect in the Nationals' system, Steven Souza is a quickly-rising bat who could be ready to help the big club in 2014 or so. After a disappointing 2011, Souza slashed a dazzling .297/.366/.572 across two levels of A-ball in 2012, adding 14 steals in the process. His power, long-expected but until now absent, also appeared, as he popped 23 homers in only 97 games. In the field, Souza has played across the spectrum from first base to shortstop, but looks most comfortable in the outfield, where his speed and athleticism are best showcased.
Full Scouting Report for Steven Souza
SB 425 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Jeimer Candelario is a corner infield prospect toiling in the lower minor league levels for the Chicago Cubs. After showboating in the DSL as a seventeen year old in 2011, Candelario found his level in A ball in 2012, slashing .281/.345/.396 with 20 extra-base hits in 71 games with Boise. There's some question about whether he can really handle the defensive requirements of third base. If he can't, there's a different question: can he hit with enough power to man first base productively? These questions will get answered over the next couple of years as Candelario attempts to work his way into high and double-A ball. Lots of upside here, with lots of possible derailments along the way.
Full Scouting Report for Jeimer Candelario
SB 426 BA SC BP SN ES ML
One possible shortstop of the future in San Francisco, Venezuelan Ehire Enrique Adrianza is an Alexei Ramirez-shaped live wire who's rising steadily through the system. Adrianza has a good eye at the plate, though he's still a below-average hitter. His defense has been developing faster, and today looks almost ready for everyday action in MLB. He'll need to produce in AA before he earns a promotion, however: that .220/.289/.310 line in 2012 isn't anything to be proud of.
Full Scouting Report for Ehire Adrianza
SB 427 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A huge righthanded power pitcher from Texas, Brandon Workman is probably best known for striking out 10 batters while throwing a no-hitter in March of 2009. With the build and style of a solid, sturdy innings-eater, Workman works his fastball and cutter around 92-94mph, and can throw his 12-6 curve for strikes on command at any time. He's still developing a straight change, but he's already looking pretty polished as-is, and he'd probably be almost ready to step into a less-picky MLB rotation right now. In Boston, he'll need another year.
Full Scouting Report for Brandon Workman
SB 428 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A righthanded bulldog of a pitcher first drafted by the Mets in 2012's second round (75th overall), Texas native Teddy Stankiewicz commands a low-nineties fastball well, mixing in a quality slider effectively to keep hitters flailing. The Mets failed to sign him in 2012, so he'll be back in the draft for 2013. He's working on a change (who isn't?), and it looks promising, but Uncle Teddy's curveball isn't anywhere close to pro-caliber, and will probably be left at home when he reports to his new locker room in Beantown.
Full Scouting Report for Teddy Stankiewicz
SB 429 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A lefty-hitting catcher with decent power and very good contact skills, Texas high-schooler Steve Bean was drafted by the Cardinals on some pretty high upside potential. A commitment to U Texas didn't deter St Louis, who managed to sign him to the surprise of many. The Cardinals are thinking very far ahead to a post-Molina future, here.
Full Scouting Report for Steve Bean
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