Top Baseball Prospects for 2013
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A team in reconstruction mode needs pitching, pitching and more pitching, and the Astros certainly seemed to realize this when drafting in 2012. While he might be a little advanced for a team that really needs a five-year plan, he's still young enough that he should be around when the team begins to contend. He's no ace, and barely scrapes 92mph with his fastball, but with good command of a small arsenal of different pitches, he could very well succeed in MLB in the near future. Rodgers also abounds in pitchability and general mound smarts. All of this means he could grow into a stable part of an exciting future ballclub, even if he has to weather some bad seasons before then.
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SB 461 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Starlin Rodriguez is another product of the St Louis farm system and Random Baseball Name Generator. A solid fielder who could play shortstop if called upon, he's more suited to second base, where his soft glove and quick reflexes shine. At bat, he has a short, quick stroke and the kind of discerning eye that should help him hit for a high average in his career, with a little bonus pop of power to boot. On the bases, he's a plus runner and smart base-stealer. It's an open question whether the infield-rich Cards can find a place for him to play, but even if they need to move him to the outfield, his bat should play at the MLB level.
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SB 462 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Another in the endless parade of young hitters with question marks in the Mariners' system, Triunfel has slipped a bit from his high-flying days of hype, but remains intriguing because of his advanced batting development at an early age. While he lacks real power, he does have line-drive stroke and an ability to work to all fields.
A fiery competitor when he first came to the USA, no teenage shortstop looked as close to big-league-ready since Hanley Ramirez. Of course, due to Triunfel's plus arm and below-average speed, he's already been moved to third base, with right field or even first base possible as future stops on the spectrum... especially if his body continues to fill out. He's a couple of years away from growing into his real talent (and body), but he remains a significant prospect asset, epecially in the offensively-weak Mariners system. With five hits (including two doubles) in ten MLB games last year, he looks competent as a bench component now, though another full year of AAA might help him bloom into more than that. Still, time is running out quick: he'll be 23 when camp breaks.
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SB 463 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A third-round selection in the 2012 Draft, Aaron Shipman is a fast and toolsy outfielder in a system that's absolutely overflowing with outfield talent. He's younger and further away than most of the other top-level talent in the system, but he's also one of the few who really looks like a centerfielder rather than a corner, and he did his darndest to stand out last year in Low-A Vermont, slashing .385/.303/.689 in a full (short) season.
While that's a heck of a line, we're actually more impressed by two finer points: he was caught stealing in only three of twenty attempts, and he showed such a good eye at the plate that he walked more often than he struck out. Those are two indicators of advanced ability and maturity that we love to see in young players, and they impress us more than gaudy numbers in a weak league. That's also probably why we feel that Shipman is worth more than the usual by-the-way mention he gets in most discussions of Oakland prospects. But it might also be his winning smile that won us over.
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SB 464 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Yup, that's a good name for a Texas ballplayer, even one born in Seattle. Austin Wates has a compact, line-drive swing from the right side that's done about all he can do in the minors: that .304/.375/.429 line at AA Corpus Christi last year is enough to indicate his future: he'll be playing in Minute Maid Park by the end of 2013.
If he wants to get there sooner than September, of course, he'll need to show he can perform reliably with the same sharp eye and quick hands that have kept him on the radar. His mix of a good eye and near-plus speed, with a little power on top, could play well enough to play everyday in a poppy Astros lineup come 2014, too.
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SB 465 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Puerto Rican prospect Neftali Soto is a toolsy infielder who's growing up fast in the Reds' power-packed farm system. After looking like the future of the franchise in 2011, he took a step back in 2012 at AAA Louisville with a meh .245/.313/.400 full-season line. He did manage 14 homers and 30 doubles, however, showing that he hasn't lost his power stroke. His increasing size and strength knocked him out of third base contention, as expected, but he's a useful enough 1B-RF bat, and he could be a decent DH with another ballclub. But as long as he keeps hitting, that'll be just fine.
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SB 466 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A better pitcher than the one who gave up 21 runs in 24 innings for the Red Sox in 2011, righthanded Kyle Weiland (sic) opened a new book on his career with a fresh chance with the Astros a year later. A pitcher who's always had superior stuff without much ability to control it, he always seems one corner-turn away from being a premium arm. His 95mph sizzler has nasty natural movement that comes in extra-nasty thanks to the downhill plane his motion projects. His cutter moves even more than that at the cost of four or five miles per hour, while his curve can, on a good day, keep even good hitters honest. He's been primarily a starter to date, but many would like to see him in a relief role, where he could throw even harder.
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SB 467 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A surprise draft pick in 2013's second round, Ranger prospect Akeem Bostick was a three-sport star in high school, which shouldn't be a surprise considering his brother Brandon is already a Green Bay Packers tight end. As is common with multi-sport athletes, he's full of raw tools but not yet especially skillful with them. A righthander, his fastball can hit the mid-90's, and his changeup is average-to-good, but he has no real curveball to speak of yet. Tall and slender, scouts expect he'll add velocity and durability as his strength fills out.
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SB 468 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A tall, athletic righthander drafted by the ever-gambling Blue Jay scouting department (2nd round, 81st overall in 2012), California native Chase DeJong's fastball currently tops out around 92mph, but many scouts like his potential to improve on that as he fills out his body. He's also got what some say is an advanced head for the game. The Blue Jays had better hope so, because reports on his stuff are not eye-popping.
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SB 469 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A switch-hitting third baseman with line-to-line power, Bobby Borchering has attracted comparisons Chipper Jones comparisons since way back in high school. Recently moved to the outfield, he remains a viable offensive force for the near future. Traded to Houston at 2012's deadline, he should get an opportunity to show off his smooth swing for the Astros in the very, very near future.
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