Top Baseball Prospects for 2013
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The lithe and wiry Reymond Fuentes shares a lot in common with his famous cousin, fellow outfielder Carlos Beltran. A superior defender who makes great reads and uses his plus plus speed to reach even the deepest gappers, Fuentes also brings a sharp and compact line-drive swing to the park. If he has weak spots, they're his lack of power and relatively weak throwing arm, but the highlight-reel catches he'll be making in expansive Petco should make those shortcomings easy to overlook. Once on a quick track to a 2013 debut, his offensive fumbles in AA slowed his progress. He'll need to improve his on-base skills if he's going to make all that speed good for something, offensively.
Full Scouting Report for Reymond Fuentes
SB 431 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A late-blooming right-handed bat who rose to attention last year as the International League (AAA) MVP while a member of the Tampa Bay system, Russ Canzler has already been through four major league organizations in the last year alone, though he's only taken at-bats with two of them. Originally drafted the Cubs back in 2004, Canzler is a versatile player who can handle any corner position, infield or out, though he's performed best as a first baseman to date.
With a good all-around grasp of the game, Canzler is no slouch, but buyer beware: that award-winning 2011 (.314/.401/.530) he enjoyed with the Durham Bulls was his best at any level of professional play, bolstered in large part by an improved walk rate, but even then, he still struck out almost exactly once per game. Still, as a poor man's Matt LaPorta, he's ready for a real shot in MLB, and could provide some much-needed support for a team looking for a little extra offense in 2013.
Full Scouting Report for Russ Canzler
SB 432 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A very raw Dominican arm who can touch 99mph with his fastball already, eighteen year old Edwin Diaz is one of the most potent of a number of secret Mariner weapons for the future. While we're unlikely to see him until 2016 or so, he could be a force when he arrives. Stay tuned.
Full Scouting Report for Edwin Diaz
SB 433 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A switch-hitting shortstop drafted out of an Arizona high school by the Rays in 2013, Riley Unroe is the son of MLB player Tim Unroe, Riley is considered to be an all-tools type of shortstop with a good, quick bat from either sides of the plate. His speed is a hair below plus but certainly good enough for a leadoff role, and he looks to have the defensive chops to stick at shortstop long-term.
Full Scouting Report for Riley Unroe
SB 434 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A pure fire relief ace in the Angel system, RJ Alvarez is on a fast track to join a bullpen known for having both depth and quality. RJ posted a crazy-good 12.5 strikeout-per-nine rate in A-level Cedar Rapids last season, and will be working hard to get his 100mph heater into AA this season. He could even see MLB action as a late-season surprise, a la Franky Rodriguez back in 2002.
Full Scouting Report for RJ Alvarez
SB 435 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A right-handed outfielder with solid Cuban League experience, Dariel Alvarez was signed by the O's in the summer of 2013. Alvarez is seen as a talent all-around ballplayer who could probably handle an infield assignment if required, though centerfield is his natural home. From any position, his strong arm is seen as his main defensive tool. Offensively, his patience at the plate is a bit of a question, but he shows an advanced bat with better than average power and above-average speed.
Full Scouting Report for Dariel Alvarez
SB 436 BA SC BP SN ES ML
One of two Mendezes pitching on the Texas farm, (the other is Venezuelan lefty Yohander), Roman Mendez is a righthanded power pitcher from the Dominican Republic. He zipped through A ball last year and landed at AA Frisco, where he's expected to open and probably close the 2013 season.
Mendez is a perfect Nolan Ryan project: a sturdy, solid grinder who throws the ball hard. Damn hard. His 96mph heater comes with unhittable late movement, and he seems able to maintain that velocity for six or seven solid innings before tiring. As is common with young flamethrowers, it's the development of his (still iffy) changeup and breaking ball that's holding him in the low minors for now, and that's where he'll be focusing his effort in the year to come.
Full Scouting Report for Roman Mendez
SB 437 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A squat and powerful Venezuelan, the switch hitting Jose Herrera is one of the most promising young backstops in baseball. He shows quality receiving ability and a strong enough arm to hold baserunners at bay, which suggests he'll stick at catcher. At the plate, he's shown excellent pitch recognition in his young career, and his batting practice power from both sides of the plate has raised eyebrows up and down the Caribbean circuit.
Full Scouting Report for Jose Herrera
SB 438 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A first baseman slash pitcher in the Joe Savery tradition, Rice alum JT Chargois is seen by his new owners in Minnesota as a pitcher first, albeit one who can hit. Until he works his way off the mound, however, that should be seen as a backup plan. Chargois has a big fastball with late movement and a so-so selection of secondary pitches that needs work. Of course, he's in the right system for that, so he's bound to spend the next few years studying just as much as he's throwing.
Full Scouting Report for JT Chargois
SB 439 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A defense-first catcher drafted by the Twins in 2013, Stuart Turner developed a college reputation as the SEC's premium catching talent, mainly on the strength of his cannon arm and behind-the-plate agility. At the plate, he's less impressive, but shows the makings of a contact bat, even if he never really develops power to go with it.
Full Scouting Report for Stuart Turner
SB 440 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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