Top Baseball Prospects for 2013
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A California boy with serious defensive chops at shortstop, White Sox prospect Marcus Semien slashed a tidy .273/.362/.471 with 14 homers in his first taste of high-A ball in 2012, stepping up his game from the year before. While the power surge was a pleasant surprise, Semien has long been known as a well-rounded athlete with a full toolbox, showing a soft glove and strong arm at shortstop, a patient eye at the plate and plus speed on the bases. Already a fast-riser, he'll be rocketing up prospect lists if that power increase turns out to be for real.
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A slight Venezuelan outfielder still busy digging his way out of the Philly farm, Carlos Tucci stroked a passable but empty .278/.330/.299 in his first taste of pro ball, so it'll be awhile until he's hammering anything in Citizen's Bank. Still, his combination of raw speed and athletic ability is nothing if not upwardly mobile. We'll know more if and when he reaches A-ball.
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A squat, powerful catcher in the Jays organization, Antonio (AJ) Jimenez zipped onto a lot of short lists last season when he raked a .303/.353/.417 line in his first full season of high-A baseball. That performance at Dunedin came with four homers and eleven stolen bases, too, demonstrating that he can be a pretty well-rounded (not a weight joke) position player, too. His swing is short and powerful and shows room for future power, and since he's already showing a great batting eye and good plate discipline, there's no reason to think he can't be a quality offensive player at the MLB level in another couple of years. If the Jays remain as blocked up with catchers as they seem to be, he can also play a good first or a competent third base. And, of course, the AL has that whole DH thing, too, so he's got opportunity galore.
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A tiny Dominican lefthander drafted as an IFA by the Diamondbacks in 2007, Eury De La Rosa is a crafty strikeout artist (68 strikeouts in 63 innings at AA Mobile) with plus control (only 17 walks). His fastball is a low-to-mid nineties model, but it comes with some sink and nifty movement, contributing to his good ground ball rate. The breaking ball, while not a plus pitch, is more than enough to keep hitters honest. More than the stuff, it's De La Rosa's advanced feel for pitching that will get him to a major league bullpen as early as 2013.
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An infield prospect in a Washington system that doesn't have all that many, the fast-rising Zach Walters could muscle his way to the MLB bench in 2013. Walters, who's competent across the infield but best-deployed at third thanks to his strong arm and quick feet, could also fill in at shortstop if necessary. Walters showed a bit of power in AA last season, slashing .293/.326/.518, which puts a nice frosting on his traditionally solid on-base game. He maintained most of that even after a bump to AAA (.269/.304/.399), which shows that he's got the skills to survive, if only as a bench player.
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A towering righthander plucked from independent baseball by the Braves, ex-Padre Gary Moran has struggled with his mechanics for years, but may have finally found a handle on his long arms: his 2.91 ERA was enough to win the Southern League ERA title in 2012, vaulting him into the middle of the top Atlanta pitching prospects. Moran's control has always been decent, and in 2012, he struck out 117 and walked only 42. If the Braves brain trust has really found a way to help Moran turn the corner, he could have a solid late-blooming career ahead of him. He'll start 2013 in AA but could help the MLB team by midseason.
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SB 456 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A promising righthander with strikeout stuff, Bryson rose through three minor league levels in 2010 and appears to be knocking on the door for MLB work in the very near future. A flamethrower with a 96mph fastball and an electric if erratic slider, Bryson put up an 48:16 K:BB ratio in the 2011 while working at three levels of the Indians minor league system. Now fully-committed to the bullpen, he's free to focus on a two pitch approach that should be effective for him. After a whole lot of successful closing work in 2012, expect him to finally get an opportunity to join MLB's nastiest mob in 2013.
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SB 457 BA SC BP SN ES ML
An international signee who collected an eye-popping $2.6M bonus from the Astros in 2011, young Ariel Ovando is an outfield prospect with very big offensive potential. While some have discounted him for repeating rookie ball, a young player with major adjustments has nothing to be ashamed of for taking the extra acclimitization. He also looked a lot better the second time around, slashing .287/.350/.444 against other teenagers. At 6-5 and still growing, Ovando is already showing glimpses of what could be plus power. He still has a lot to learn, and reaching high-A ball by the end of 2013 would be a big accomplishment, so be patient with him. If he continues to move up in a slow-and-steady fashion, he could be something special come 2016 or so.
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A righthanded infielder who also pitches, Georgia native Travis Demeritte has all the things scouts like to see from young players. He's raw, but projectable and athletic, with a strong arm, soft hands, and excellent bat speed. Some scouts like him as a pitcher, but his all-around toolset suggests everyday player to most.
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Buster Posey got a lot of attention in the 2008 draft, but Skippy showed the same sort of offensive potential, which led the Marlins to jump on him. Sadly, potential isn't all there is to baseball, as the .217/.285/.414 he slashed in AA last year proves. A left-handed and more pure power type of catcher, he also lags in the defensive and especially game-calling parts of the game, which means he might end up a quality run producer, sure, but not right away.
He should get another chance to grow at AA Jacksonville this season. Before you write him off based on those atrocious strikeout numbers, remember that the Mauers and Poseys are exceptions, not rules: most catchers take a long time to develop.
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