Top Baseball Prospects for 2013
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A surprise draft choice by the Blue Jays in 2013's second round, Clinton Hollon was a two-way high school player (pitcher and center field) who the Blue Jays will attempt to develop as a pitcher first. On the mound, Hollon has a quick, short delivery that comes down hard after a high leg kick, especially when he's bringing his mid-90's fastball to bear. His slider and curve are works in progress, but that's not unusual for such a young player. He's even got a changeup, sort of. There are a lot of question marks about his body type vis-a-vis durability, and a few mumbled concerns about makeup, but if it all comes together in pro ball, he's going to look like the steal of the draft for Toronto.
Full Scouting Report for Clinton Hollon
SB 471 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A highly-prized prospect for his combination of power and speed, Rodriguez was a free-agent prize when he was stolen by the Reds as a Latin American free agent in 2008. A very young and very raw talent, he probably has the highest ceiling of any hitter in the Reds' system... but he's a long way from polished or proven. Before he can move up through the minors, he'll need to learn to hit breaking balls, and to stop swinging at everything he can reach. He slashed .271/.307/.430 at A-level Dayton in 2012 before being promoted to high A, with six homers and seven steals in 65 games. He's still a year or two away from the Bigs, though, so hold your horses.
Full Scouting Report for Yorman Rodriguez
SB 472 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The Athletics drafting a high-school player with their first round pick? Times have changed in the land of Moneyball. Billy McKinney is an advanced bat from Texas who might enjoy a quick rise through minor-league baseball, assuming his coaches find a fielding position for him. Should he opt not to sign, Texas Christian University already has a pretty solid hold on his future.
Full Scouting Report for Billy McKinney
SB 473 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A solid player with a good understanding of pitching, Austin Wright is another quality lefthander in a Phillies system that excels at drafting and developing them. Wright commands his mid-90's fastball well to both sides of the plate, relying on its natural movement to frustrate hitters. Should they manage to find that dart, Wright will switch to a devastating slow curve that's of the knee-shaking variety. His changeup isn't all there yet, but give the kid a chance and he'll probably blossom as expected.
Full Scouting Report for Austin Wright
SB 474 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Drafted by the Nationals out of high school before opting for college, righthander Anthony Meo put in three good years at Coastal Carolina before being re-drafted by the Diamondbacks in 2011. Best remembered for the no-hitter he threw during the Big South Tournament, his raw stuff is actually probably better suited to relief: his combination 96mph heat and plus slider would look very good coming out of the bullpen in the 8th or 9th inning, and such a role would let him abandon his change and curve, neither of which are really ready for pro ball anyway.
Full Scouting Report for Anthony Meo
SB 475 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Yet another quality shortstop prospect from a system that suddenly can't stop producing them, Venezuelan Jose Peraza follows Pastornicky and Simmons, Salcedo and Ahmed into the Braves spotlight. Peraza has an all-around strong offensive toolset, hitting for average and with good gap power while also showing plus speed and savvy on the bases. He slashed .296/.350/.374 and stole 25 of 30 bases while moving up from Danville to the GCL last season. In the field he looks like a true shortstop, with the range and arm to stay at the position. He'll try to bring his hard-nosed and smart approach to A-ball in 2013.
Full Scouting Report for Jose Peraza
SB 476 BA SC BP SN ES ML
An infield prospect with more wood-bat experience than most high-schoolers, Reds prospect Tanner Rahier's numbers don't pop out as a result, but scouts seem impressed with his maturity and skill-set nonetheless. A nominal shortstop who may outgrow the position sooner rather than later, Rahier is a line drive hitter with gap power that could bloom into unqualified power in years to come. In the field, his range is so-so but his arm is strong, further argument for a move to third base.
Full Scouting Report for Tanner Rahier
SB 477 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A college all-star as both relief pitcher and DH, righthander Zack Jones was signed by the Minnesota Twins after being drafted in 2012's fourth round. A closer at San Jose State, he's currently viewed as a reliever, though he seems to have the stuff and guile for starting duty, too.
Full Scouting Report for Zach Jones
SB 478 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A classic example of the power-armed Texas righthander, Jacob (Jake) Johansen is a rare example of a monster arm who also boasts a viable four-pitch toolkit. His mid-90's sinking heat is complemented by better than average curveballs, changeups and sliders, all of which show occasional plus flashes, though he doesn't yet command them very well. Some coaches think he's a future bullpen arm, but the Nationals will most certainly look to slow down his development, refine his pitching skills, and build him up into a bulldog starter first.
Full Scouting Report for Jake Johansen
SB 479 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A tough, throwback-style catcher, Astro prospect Max Stassi is one of the best defensive backstops in the minor leagues, with plus catch-and-throw skill and a work ethic that's helped him rise through the prospect ranks. His game took a couple of detours through shoulder surgery and subsequent recovery in the past couple of seasons, but he should be back at full strength for 2013. At the plate, that strength makes him look increasingly like an all-or-nothing slugger, striking out more than once per game but reaching the bleachers with increasing frequency. With a solid knack for game calling and the leadership style to hold a team together, he's got all the makings of a major league captain... and probably a manager someday after that, even if he can't ever really hit a good curve ball.
Full Scouting Report for Max Stassi
SB 480 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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