Top Baseball Prospects for 2013
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A tall and lanky lefthander who's clearly ready for MLB right now, Giant pitcher Eric Surkamp proved himself with six late-season starts for San Francisco in 2011. Surkamp doesn't have a great fastball, barely scraping 90mph on a good day. But he does get some nice natural movement on it, and does locate it well most of the time. That's more than enough to set up his breaking balls, a straight change and a curve that both look like genuine plus pitches. He's had middling results to date, especially in his brief MLB time in 2012, but the raw ability is still there: check out his AA performance for a whiff of his real ability. He could string together success at any moment: he's a hair away from a 25-man player in San Francisco right now.
Full Scouting Report for Eric Surkamp
SB 491 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Another hard throwing Texas righty, Arizona native Cory Burns came via the Indians. A compact fireplug of a pitcher, Burns has thus far excelled as a relief cog. Acting as Akron's closer in 2011, he racked up 35 saves and 70 strikeouts in 60 innings of work. Now with the Rangers after a brief tour with the Padres, Burns will work at AAA, providing bullpens support if and when the big-league club needs it.
Full Scouting Report for Cory Burns
SB 492 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The number one son of Moss Bluff, Louisiana, San Diego's Jace Petersen is one of the organization's most promising middle-infielders. A raw, often unpolished prospect, Jace the Face nonetheless looks like a natural ballplayer. Peterson carries his athletic ability with natural grace, looking like nothing as much as a bundle of potential. His plus bat speed and first-step hustle look awfully good on film, and he looked very good handling A-ball pitching last year. Of course, AA is the real test for most prospects. Peterson should get there by the end of the year.
Full Scouting Report for Jace Peterson
SB 493 BA SC BP SN ES ML
There are way too many Austins in baseball these days, and at least one too many Austin Woods. The latest, big Angel righthander Austin Wood, shouldn't be confused with Tiger lefty of the same name. Anaheim's Austin, a six-four, two-thirty linebacker type, throws a heavy 97mph fastball that could use a little more movement, and a slurvy breaking ball that's clearly his best offering: if he makes it to MLB it'll be on the strikeout potential of this pitch alone. Still working his way through A-ball, he's striking out just under one batter per inning, but he's still walking almost six per game, which doesn't bode well. Watch to see if he can keep it under control, and once he can, he'll be almost ready.
Full Scouting Report for Austin Wood
SB 494 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A big righthander in the Carlos Zambrano mold, the amusingly-named Trey McNutt cracked three levels of the minors in 2010, then spent all of 2011 quietly racking up starts in AA Tennessee. McNutt combines an overpowering fastball with a disorienting power curve. While a third pitch would be nice to have in his back pocket, those two existing choices are both serious plus offerings, so the only real thing he's wanting for is a 'show me' selection or two. Chicago covets McNutt highly: when Tampa Bay asked for nominal top prospect Chris Archer or McNutt in the trade for Matt Garza, the Cubs didn't hesitate, and sent
Archer packing immediately. McNutt will spend most or all of 2013 in the AA Tennessee rotation once again, but if he continues to dominate hitters, it's not impossible he will end the season in the Wrigley rotation.
Full Scouting Report for Trey McNutt
SB 495 BA SC BP SN ES ML
2011's Cape Cod League Pitcher of the Year thanks to an 0.84 ERA, LSU hurler Ryan Eades is a workhorse with a big, heavy fastball that lives in the mid-90's. Of his secondary pitches, his curve is the most polished, coming in with very good late diving movement and keeping hitters off-balance. His changeup and slider aren't as shimmering, but both could be solid MLB-average pitches down the road. Nobody is expecting Eades to be an ace, but if he can refine his command and keep his stuff more or less consistent from start to start, he could be an easy mid-rotation starter on a lot of MLB ballclubs.
Full Scouting Report for Ryan Eades
SB 496 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A forgotten 13th round pick in 2010, third baseman Brandon Drury wound up MVP of the Appy League in 2011 as an 18 year old slugger. While he looked a lot more mortal in A-ball during 2012 (.270/.333/.603), that's just reality setting in. He's a top corner prospect, a gritty player who could become a fan favorite.A= As mucn all-around infielder as he is a well-rounded hitter, he doesn't have any dazzling tools, and he isn't always pretty in the field, but he almost always gets the job done. Fans will like him.
Full Scouting Report for Brandon Drury
SB 497 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A talented but incomplete outfielder who committed to Georgia Tech in both football (safety) and baseball before being drafted by the Texas Rangers in the middle of 2010's first round, Jake Skole is the kind of powerful left-handed bat that plays well in Arlington. He looked solid enough in the field at high-A Myrtle Beach in 2012, but that .185/.288/.260 line at the plate isn't much to be proud of. He'll be working on patience this season, and if he can be more selective when he deploys that line-drive stroke, he could still be an asset worth holding in Texas.
Full Scouting Report for Jake Skole
SB 498 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Jon Moscot is a polished righthander in the Reds minor league system who's nearly ready for MLB action. Moscot mixes a low-90's fastball and an average changeup that already looks good enough for the bigs. He's only made a few short starts in rookie ball, so it'll be mid-2013 before we really know what he can do, but on stuff and poise, he's already as promising as any pitcher in the Big Red Pipeline. As soon as he can find an effective handle on his slider, and/or harness his loopy curve, he'll be ready for higher levels of play.
Full Scouting Report for Jon Moscot
SB 499 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A polsihed young Taiwanese pitcher, Jen-Ho Tseng received international recognition in 2011 as the youngest player named to the Chinese Taipei World Baseball Classic roster. His mid-90's fastball already looks very good, and if he can throw his secondary pitches (a slider and curve) with regularity, he should be a quality professional in the US quite soon. His large, sturdy frame makes him look like a future workhorse.
Full Scouting Report for Jen-Ho Tseng
SB 500 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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