Top Baseball Prospects for 2013
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A high school righthander when he was drafted by the Mets in the second round of the 2013 Draft, Andrew Church was expected by most to fall further. What the Mets see and like in Church is a plus curve and an easy, repeatable delivery. His fastball touches mid-90's, and could reach high-90's with a little more growth. A quality two-way player, he's known for having good power and a quick, short stroke at the plate, too. He's a long way from Flushing, he could be a part of the Mets renaissance in a few years.
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Parker 'Marklar' Markel is a big bowl of talent currently pitching in the Rays' organization. The righthander, who leans heavily on his power sinker, posted a nice 3.53 ERA / 1.26 WHIP season for the Bowling Green Hot Rods last year, highlighted by 96 strikeouts (and only 34 walks) in 24 starts (120 innings) of effort. He looks like a mid-rotation grinder for now, with an meaningful ETA somewhere in the 2015-2016 range.
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A sleeper candidate quietly slipping up everyone's list since 2009, Texas righthander Wilmer Font is yet another righthander in a potent Texas system. The big Venezuelan has missed significant time nursing knee and shoulder problems, but seems to have recovered now. A broad-shouldered (and big-waisted) pitcher who can touch 96mph with his fastball, Font also mixes in a changeup that could be a plus pitch one day along with a so-so curve. While he could be a surprise bullpen arm soon, his real target is as a back-end Ranger starter somewhere in 2013 or 2014. Watch his walk rate to see how close he is to breaking out.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates first round pick in 2010, Stetson Allie was seen as one of the crown jewels of the team's future rotation. It didn't quite work out that way, and after a couple of seasons of abysmal results, he's been converted to an offensive player, ideally at third base so that his still-cannonlike arm can remain a factor. If that seems like an odd move, remember that before that draft, many scouts were describing him as one of the best raw power hitters available, should he be developed that way. That's his future now, and while it's a couple of years away (he has some catching up to do, and he needs to shorten his swing and cut down on the strikeouts to be more useful as an everyday hitter) he remains an intriguing prospect, albeit a longer bet than he once was.
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A big lefty from Vanderbilt who looked even better in Cape Cod action, Kevin Ziomek is one of the best lefthanders in the 2013 draft class. Universally regarded as a quality athlete uses his powerful frame to bring a mid-90's fastball that can be a plus pitch when his mechanics are intact, though he does seem to drift away from perfect repetition of his delivery. His changeup is already good enough to make that fastball look deadly, and while the slider and curve don't look MLB calber just yet, they could develop more in time. A few hundred minor league innings with good pitching coaches could do wonder to sharpen his game, which is longer on raw talent than pitchability right now.
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A multitalented prospect signed by Texas out of the DR, Guillermo Pimentel is a lithe and athletic ballplayer who can handle any outfield position. As an 19 year old now in the Mariner system, he's still filling out his frame and learning how to use his tools, but he's got a higher upside than almost any other outfield bat in the minors. In his first taste of A-ball in 2012, Pimentel slashed a .245/.289/.366 line, respectable enough for a 19 year old. He'll attempt to work his way up the A-ball ladder in 2013.
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A fifth round selection in the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft, pitcher Mason Hope is indeed one of the more promising prospects in the Miami system today. His mix of a true plus fastball and a very good curve (at least when he can locate it) is already proven devastating. He doesn't have a quality third pitch, but he'll have time to develop one. As long as he continues to beguile hitters with his existing 1-2, however, it shouldn't take more than a show-me slider or change to get him into MLB in a couple of years.
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An enigmatic righthander on the Angels' farm, prospect Ryan Chaffee was drafted way back in 2008's third round (after being drafted but not signed by the Braves a year before) and has been simmering away since. Throwing a large selection of pitches from a wide variety of arm slots, Chaffee's been able to induce ground-balls at a very promising rate while also striking out more than his share of opponents (more than one per inning, including 11 per 9 last season at AA Arkansas). Whether he can continue to confuddle MLB hitters with an arsenal based as much on deception as pure stuff is a topic that splits scouting opinions. If he does slim down the offerings, the low-90's fastball will be balanced with a 12-6 curve to lefties and a frisbee slider that he deploys almost exclusively to right-handed hitters. In all, he's got tremendous upside, but not without significant risk. Gamble away, Angel faithful.
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The younger brother of Seattle's DJ, Dustin Peterson is an offensive-style shortstop with a compact stroke that somehow generates exceptional bat speed. Peterson has good hands and a better than average arm, though not a real plus one. He has the potential to stick at short, but a little more growth and power and he'll be considered a third baseman by most. He's committed to Arizona State, but his high draft selection suggests he may sign to start his pro career a little sooner than planned.
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SB 489 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Acquired by the Blue Jays for cash in 2012's offseason, righthander Jeremy Jeffress is another prototypical good thing/bad thing pitching prospect. Jeffress lights up radar guns with three-figure readings almost every night (that's a good thing), but needs work on his control (bad thing). His 50 game substance abuse suspension in 2009 can be overlooked (marijuana isn't exactly a performance enhancer), but it's tougher to ignore his lack of solid secondary pitches. If the Jays need a righthander with near triple digits in their bullpen this year, he could see a small bit of action in the same way he has in previous seasons, but he'll need to turn in a few weeks of solid everyday work before gaining a long-term foothold, options or not.
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