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Mike Rosenbaum's Official Year-End Top 100 MLB Prospects

Mike RosenbaumMLB Prospects Lead WriterSeptember 25, 2013

Mike Rosenbaum's Official Year-End Top 100 MLB Prospects

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    OF Byron Buxton made a lasting impression this year in his full-season debut, posting a .944 OPS with 49 extra-base hits, 55 stolen bases and an impressive 105/76 K/BB ratio in 125 games.
    OF Byron Buxton made a lasting impression this year in his full-season debut, posting a .944 OPS with 49 extra-base hits, 55 stolen bases and an impressive 105/76 K/BB ratio in 125 games.Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

    In the past, my top prospect rankings were published either during the offseason or in the spring, but never following the conclusion of the minor league season.

    Well, that’s about to change in a big way. 

    As is the case with all my rankings, any prospect who has exhausted rookie eligibility (130 at-bats or 50 innings) in the major leagues has been excluded. But unlike the midseason rankings I put out in July, this one features players who will retain their rookie status heading into 2014 after receiving their first taste of the major leagues this year. 

    Rather than putting together a standard top 50, we’ve decided to expand our coverage to include the best 100 prospects. After all, who doesn’t love write-ups on 50 additional prospects?

    And with the Arizona Fall League set to commence during the second week of October, it’s only appropriate to first check in on baseball’s best young players.

    So, I hope everyone enjoys Prospect Pipeline’s end-of-season top 100 prospects.

     

     

     

    *Special thanks to Jason Cole of Baseball Prospectus for granting permission to use his prospect videos. If you have a minute, I highly encourage everyone to browse his extensive Vimeo archive.

    *Special thanks also goes out to my colleague Adam Wells for his general wisdom and help on this project.

    *All statistics courtesy of MLB.com, MiLB.com or Baseball-Reference.com.

How They're Ranked

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    RHP Archie Bradley (Diamondbacks)
    RHP Archie Bradley (Diamondbacks)Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

    Hitters

    —Athleticism

    —Speed

    —Hitting mechanics

    —Injury history

    —Statistical trends

    —Age vs. level: How well a player fared at a certain level relative to his age and that of the competition

    —Tools: number of impact tools a player possesses in relation to his position, age and competition

    —Hit tool: In the evolution of the prospect landscape, the hit tool is the most important but also the hardest to project

    —On-base skills: Approach; strike-zone management; pitch recognition

    —Whether he has a clear path to the major leagues

    —Whether he currently plays a premium position and can remain there. If not, what separates him from other prospects at the same position?

     

    Pitchers

    —Body type/athleticism/strength

    —Mechanics: delivery; arm action; release point

    —Age vs. level

    —Injury history (durability)

    —Statistical trends

    —Arsenal: Quality vs. depth

    —Hittability: How tough is he to barrel?

    —Control/Command: Does he effectively command his stuff? How much development/refinement is needed?

    —Pitchability: The number of above-average pitches in a pitcher's arsenal

    —Projection: Does he project as a starter? If so, what type? Or will he ultimately be utilized out of the bullpen? If so, why?

     

    Resources

    —Firsthand scouting

    —Video analysis

    —Industry contacts

    —Statistics

100. Kaleb Cowart, 3B, Los Angeles Angels

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    Position: 3B

    DOB: 6/2/1992 (Age: 21)

    Height/Weight: 6’3”, 195

    Bats/Throws: S/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2010 (Cook HS, Ga.)

    ETA: 2015

     

    2013 Stats

    Double-A: .221/.279/.301, 27 XBH (6 HR), 14 SB, 124/38 K/BB (132 G)

     

    Scouting Report

    6’3” switch-hitter has good bat speed from both sides of the plate; left-handed swing came together in a big way in 2012, fell apart this year; showcases above-average raw power but the utility has suddenly disappeared; timing was off and inhibited his usual consistent hard contract; natural right-handed swing is more consistent with a shorter bat path geared towards line-drive contact; plate discipline took a step back this season at Double-A; pitch recognition was worse than expected; struggled to control the strike zone.

    Excellent athlete who received heavy consideration as a pitcher due to his mid-90s heat off the mound as an amateur; good reactions and actions at the hot corner; impressive range and focus; arm stroke has some length, but he compensates with plus velocity across the diamond.

    Projection: Second-division regular

    Risk: High

99. Lewis Brinson, OF, Texas Rangers

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    Position: OF

    DOB: 5/8/1994 (Age: 19)

    Height/Weight: 6’3”, 170

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2012 (Coral Springs HS, Fla.)

    ETA: 2016

     

    2013 Stats

    Low-A: .237/.322/.427, 41 XBH (21 HR), 24 SB, 191/48 K/BB (122 G)

     

    Scouting Report

    Physical specimen at 6’3”, 170 pounds with electrifying athleticism; easy plus speed lends to his above-average range in center field; exhibits enough arm strength for right field if he’s ever forced to move from center; takes aggressive routes and plays the position with high intensity.

    Right-handed hitter possesses plus raw power; speed should continue to allow him to pile up doubles and triples; exceptionally strong wrists and forearms create premium bat speed; ball jumps off his bat with loud contact to all fields; significant amount of swing-and-miss to his game (191 strikeouts in 122 games); high-maintenance swing with minimal body control inhibits ability to make adjustments over the course of an at-bat; ultimately lowered hands from chin-level to mid-torso towards end of season, which allows him to stay closed with front side and drive the ball up the middle and to the opposite field; struggles against advanced and consistent breaking balls; development and utility of hit tool will dictate his impact at the highest level; it may take him a few extra years to ascend the Rangers’ system, but the payoff could be huge.

    Projection: Potential All-Star

    Risk: Extreme

98. Jose Peraza, SS, Atlanta Braves

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    Position: SS

    DOB: 4/30/1994 (Age: 19)

    Height/Weight: 6’0”, 165

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: July, 2010 (Venezuela)

    ETA: 2016

     

    2013 Stats

    Low-A: .288/.341/.371, 27 XBH (8 3B), 64 SB, 64/34 K/BB (114 G)

     

    Scouting Report

    For what he lacks in physicality at 6'0" and 165 pounds, Peraza makes up for with speed and quickness in all facets of the game; plus defensive shortstop with outstanding range; plays up due to his instincts and first step; possesses the arm strength to remain at the position; needs experience and repetition.

    Has the foundation of plus hitter; will add strength over the course of his development; presently drives the ball from line to line and should amass his share of doubles and triples; struggles to consistently drive the ball at times; majority of contact stays on the infield; impressive plate discipline given his age and lack of experience; plus-plus runner who shows it off on both sides of the ball; advanced base stealer who’s already skilled at reading pitchers and picking his spots.

    Projection: First-division regular

    Risk: High

97. Trevor Story, SS, Colorado Rockies

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    Position: SS

    DOB: 11/15/1992 (Age: 20)

    Height/Weight: 6’1”, 175

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted: First round, 2011 (Irving HS, Texas)

    ETA: 2015

     

    2013 Stats

    High-A: .233/.305/.394, 51 XBH (12 HR), 23 SB, 183/45 K/BB (130 G)

     

    Scouting Report

    6’1”, 175-pound shortstop has a smooth, effortless right-handed swing; plus bat speed results in loud contact; drives the ball to right-center; understands how to drive through the baseball; above-average-to-plus raw power with developing power frequency; mashes fastballs; potential for above-average hit tool; tendency to swing-and-miss took on a life of its own this past season at High-A; organization tried to turn him into a Troy Tulowitzki (something he’s not); struggled with secondary pitch recognition; offensive potential is still there, but he’s now taken a significant step backward in terms of overall development.

    Shortstop can do a bit of everything on the field; above-average speed results in similar range in all directions; already showcases big league defensive actions; intuitive player who positions himself according to in-game scenarios; should stick at the position at the highest level provided the bat comes around; plus arm strength is also accurate; possesses the tools, athleticism and instincts to play third base if he’s blocked at shortstop.

    Projection: First-division regular 

    Risk: Extreme

96. Jimmy Nelson, RHP, Milwaukee Brewers

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    Position: RHP

    DOB: 6/5/1989 (Age: 24)

    Height/Weight: 6’6”, 245

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: Second round, 2010 (Alabama)

    ETA: 2013

     

    2013 Stats

    Double-A/Triple-A: 152.1 IP, 3.25 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, .241 BAA, 163/65 K/BB (27 GS)

    MLB5 IP, H, 2 BB, 4 K (3 G)

     

    Scouting Report

    At 6’6” and 245 pounds, Nelson is already physically mature and doesn’t require projection; durable build; potential innings eater; some effort and inefficiency to delivery that can hinder his ability to flood the zone with strikes; right-hander utilizes his height by throwing a heavy sinker in the low 90s and can reach back for 95-96 when working up in the zone; pitch is difficult to barrel and results in excessive groundouts; uses the pitch to attack both right- and left-handed hitters.

    Slider is a future average offering thrown in the mid-80s with tilt and late break; changeup is fringy and lags behind other pitches but could be an average pitch after more refinement; development and consistency of secondary arsenal will determine whether he sticks as a starter in the major leagues or moves to the 'pen.

    Projection: No. 3/No. 4 starter; late-inning reliever

    Risk: Medium

95. J.R. Graham, RHP, Atlanta Braves

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    Position: RHP

    DOB: 1/14/1990 (Age: 23)

    Height/Weight: 6’0'', 185

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted: Fourth round, 2011 (Santa Clara)

    ETA: 2014

     

    2013 Stats

    Double-A: 35.2 IP, 4.04 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, .283 BAA, 28/10 K/BB (8 GS)

     

    Scouting Report

    Graham throws everything on solid downhill plane; induces loads of whiffs and ground balls; not a strikeout artist but will quietly miss bats; logged only 35.2 innings this season after suffering a shoulder injury early in the spring.

    Right-hander is undersized at 6'0" but works to get tilt and plane on his pitches; best offering is a heavy sinker in low 90s that’s difficult for opposing hitters to lift; consistently generates a huge number of ground-ball outs; mixes in a four-seamer that registers in the 95-97 mph range; late-breaking, sharp slider is a second plus offering; fastball-slider combo should give him an opportunity as a big league reliever; ability to develop a serviceable changeup will determine how quickly he reaches Atlanta as a starter.

    Projection: No. 3/No. 4 starter

    Risk: High

94. Joey Gallo, 3B, Texas Rangers

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    Position: 3B

    DOB: 11/19/1993 (Age: 19)

    Height/Weight: 6’5”, 205

    Bats/Throws: L/R

    Drafted: First round, 2012 (Bishop Gorman HS, Nev.)

    ETA: 2016

     

    2013 Stats

    AZL/Low-A: .251/.338/.623, 86 R, 68 XBH (40 HR), 15 SB, 172/50 K/BB (111 G)

     

    Scouting Report

    Physical specimen at 6’5”, 205 pounds; prodigious, 80-grade power; quick wrists and explosive bat speed give him effortless raw power; already capable of jumping the yard with ease to all fields; streaky hitter whose swing can get long at times; doesn’t keep bat head in zone for extended period of time; swing features a ton of lift which creates big-time backspin carry; comfortable working counts and taking walks; will always have considerable swing-and-miss to his game; anything but a base-clogger despite size; sneaky base stealer who demonstrates a knowledge for picking spots.

    Defense has noticeably improved at the hot corner but needs refinement; range is average and should play up once he gains experience and develops better instincts; plus arm strength is ideal for the position; received consideration as a right-handed pitcher as a high school senior; footwork is still inconsistent and results in unnecessary throwing errors; struggles to find balance between setting feet when throwing and gaining momentum toward target; body control has been a pleasant surprise.

    Projection: First-division regular

    Risk: Extreme

93. Rosell Herrera, SS, Colorado Rockies

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    Position: SS/3B

    DOB: 10/16/1992 (Age: 20)

    Height/Weight: 6’3”, 180

    Bats/Throws: S/R

    Drafted/Signed: July, 2009 (Dominican Republic)

    ETA: 2016

     

    2013 Stats

    Low-A: .343/.419/.515, 83 R, 49 XBH (16 HR), 21 SB, 96/61 K/BB (126 G)

     

    Scouting Report

    Hopped back on prospect radar after disappointing 2012 campaign; wiry 6’3”, 180-pounder has a projectable frame with room to fill out; switch-hitter offers more projection from the left side; in general, swing involves too much wasted movement; needs to simplify leg kick and pre-pitch load; present gap power, but not much else; could be a double-digit home run guy if he adds strength to his lanky frame.

    Split time between shortstop and third base between two levels in 2012 before spending entire 2013 season at the former; ability to stick at postion will ultimately depend how much he develops physically; speed is slightly above-average; raw base stealer who made strides this past season; big gap between present and future potential, but he’s showing the ability to close it faster than anticipated.

    Projection: Second-division regular

    Risk: High

92. Tyrone Taylor, OF, Milwaukee Brewers

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    Position: OF

    DOB: 01/22/1994 (Age: 19)

    Height/Weight: 6’0”, 185

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted: Second round, 2012 (Torrance HS, Calif.)

    ETA: 2016

     

    2013 Stats

    Low-A: .274/.338/.400, 43 XBH (8 HR), 19 SB, 63/35 K/BB (122 G)

       

    Scouting Report

    Features athletic build at 6’0” and 185 pounds with broad shoulders; projectable body; present strength with potential to add more; moves well on both sides of the ball; developing a thick lower half is moderate concern. 

    Right-handed hitter has fluid swing; too much pre-pitch movement but gets quieter before initiating swing; mature barrel control through the strike zone; will rush weight transfer at times and impede ability to achieve a favorable point of contact; demonstrates mature feel for strike zone; features line-drive oriented bat path; above-average raw power but still learning how to tap into it in game; present gap pop with a feel for using entire field; swing lacks leverage to consistently drive ball over the fence.

    Above-average and aggressive defender in the center field; excellent closing speed; flat-out goes and gets it in center field; takes instinctual first step; consistently good reads and routes; adept at going back and tracking the ball; isn’t afraid to lay out for the ball; slightly above-average arm strength; quick release; throws are accurate with decent carry; plus runner at full speed; doesn’t explode out of the batter’s box; wheels are more noticeable on defense.

    Projection: Second-division regular

    Risk: High

91. Christian Bethancourt, C, Atlanta Braves

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    Position: C

    DOB: 09/02/1991 (Age: 22)

    Height/Weight: 6’2”, 215

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Signed: March 12, 2008 (Panama)

    ETA: 2014

     

    2013 Stats

    Double-A: .277/.305/.436, 33 XBH (12 HR), 11 SB, 57/16 K/BB (90 G)

     

    Scouting Report

    Bethancourt’s bat is easily his weakest tool; right-handed hitter employs an overaggressive approach and tends to swing at anything around the zone; solid bat-to-ball skills aid ability to make consistent contact; frequently gets himself out by either pulling off the ball or putting a weak swing on something away; tightened his zone a bit this season and is driving the ball more consistently; still difficult to envision him as anything more than a fringe-average hitter at the highest level.

    With a physically strong, 6’2”, 215-pound build, Bethancourt looks like he should hit for power; showcases consistent over-the-fence pop during batting practice; only shows up during games on inner-half offerings when he clears his hips and turns on the ball.

    Bethancourt is an impressive athlete; moves well behind the plate and catches teams off-guard with his ability on the basepaths; not a base stealer but has the quickness to quietly post double-digit totals over a full season; will likely lose a few steps moving forward due to wear-and-tear of position. 

    Regarded as one of the premier defensive backstops in the minor leagues; combination of elite, 80-grade arm strength, sound footwork and a quick release result in consistent pop times around 1.8 seconds; both his blocking and framing have noticeably improved this season; still occasionally stabs at balls in the dirt; ability to control the game is still understandably raw and leaves something to be desired; potential game-changing defender behind the plate.

    Projection: First-division regular

    Risk: High

90. Michael Choice, OF, Oakland Athletics

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    Position: OF

    DOB: 11/10/1989 (Age: 23)

    Height/Weight: 6’0", 220

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted: First round, 2010 (Texas-Arlington)

    ETA: 2013

     

    2013 Stats

    Triple-A: .302/.390/.445, 90 R, 44 XBH (14 HR), 89 RBI, 115/69 K/BB (132 G)

    MLB: .313/.353/.375, 2B, 6 K (8 G)

     

    Scouting Report

    Physically strong right-handed hitter with plus-plus raw power; showcases plus bat speed; employs a high-maintenance, max-effort swing; efficient weight transfer in swing but still features too many moving parts; needs to continue simplifying his swing and approach; timing is easily thrown off against quality secondary pitches; strikes out more often than desired but countered the swing-and-miss by improving his approach and walk rate.

    Average speed has allowed him to play center field in the minor leagues; doesn’t profile as an everyday player at the position at the highest level; adept at getting consistent reads; takes aggressive routes; arm strength is average at best and limits him to either center or left field; will likely end up at a corner spot given the necessary wheels to patrol center at the O.co Coliseum.

    Projection: Second-division regular

    Risk: Medium

89. Rafael Montero, RHP, New York Mets

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    Position: RHP

    DOB: 10/17/1990 (Age: 22)

    Height/Weight: 6'0", 170

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Signed: 2011, Dominican Republic

    ETA: 2014

     

    2013 Stats

    Double-A/Triple-A: 155.1 IP, 2.78 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, .232 BAA, 150/35 K/BB (27 GS)

     

    Scouting Report

    Undersized right-hander (6’0", 170 pounds) is highly advanced for his age and has moved up the organizational ladder quickly since pro debut in 2011; boasts impressive arm strength and a mature arsenal; plus command profile is easily his strongest attribute.

    Montero’s fastball comes in at a deceptive 90-93 mph and generates a surprising amount of swing-and-misses; commands the pitch to both sides of the plate; will also attack hitters up and down; curveball and changeup are both serviceable offerings, though both play up thanks to his feel for sequencing; needs to develop at least one of them into an out pitch.

    Projection: No. 3/No. 4 starter

    Risk: Medium

88. Luis Sardinas, SS, Texas Rangers

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    Position: SS

    DOB: 5/16/1993 (Age: 20)

    Height/Weight: 6’1”, 150

    Bats/Throws: S/R

    Signed: July 2009 (Venezuela)

    ETA: 2015

     

    2013 Stats

    High-A/Double-A: .288/.340/.347, 81 R, 24 XBH, 32 SB, 75/36 K/BB (126 G)

     

    Scouting Report

    Sardinas had previously developed quietly and slightly behind schedule due to various injuries; still offers plenty of upside at only 20 years old; sound, balanced swing from both sides of the plate; loose wrists yield above-average bat speed; limited power potential, but hit tool is very promising; advanced plate discipline for his age and already showcases above-average pitch recognition; excellent base stealer who understands how to read pitchers and pick spots; true top-of-the-order talent given ability as switch-hitter and baserunner.

    6’1” switch-hitter has impressive overall set of tools and should have no problem remaining at shortstop; excellent defensive skill set with plus speed, range and arm, as well as quick feet and premium athleticism; ongoing concerns regarding his makeup; gets knocked for not giving 100 percent effort at times.

    Projection: First-division regular 

    Risk: High

87. Rymer Liriano, OF, San Diego Padres

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    Position: OF

    DOB: 6/20/1991 (Age: 22)

    Height/Weight: 6’0", 210

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Signed: July, 2007 (Dominican Republic)

    ETA: 2013

     

    2013 Stats (DNP – Tommy John surgery)

     

    Scouting Report

    A physically mature player at 6’0” and 210 pounds with tons of raw strength; boasts at least average tools across the board; hit tool will never develop into anything beyond average; toolsy outfielder’s plus bat speed and raw power suggest plenty of untapped potential; keeps his hands inside the ball; extensive plate coverage can work against him by generating too many weakly hit outs.

    Due to his plus speed and strong, accurate arm, Liriano has a future in right field; will need to feature more power and power frequency for a favorable long-term projection; routes and jumps are average; covers more ground in the outfield than one would expect; demonstrates good closing speed; raw talent loaded with upside; breakout candidate in 2014.

    Projection: First-division regular 

    Risk: High

86. Clayton Blackburn, RHP, San Francisco Giants

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    Position: RHP

    DOB: 1/6/1993 (Age: 20)

    Height/Weight: 6’3”, 220

    Bats/Throws: L/R

    Drafted: 16th round, 2011 (Edmond Santa Fe HS, Okla.)

    ETA: 2015

     

    2013 Stats

    High-A: 133 IP, 3.65 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, .224 BAA, 138/35 K/BB (23 GS)

     

    Scouting Report

    6’3”, 220-pound right-hander has physical, durable frame; current size involves little projection; command of four pitches is highly advanced for his age; demonstrates polish and pitchability beyond his years; pounds the strike zone with each offering; generates as many ground balls as he does swing-and-misses.

    Works from high three-quarters arm slot; plus fastball sits 91-93 mph with late, arm-side life; maintains velocity deep into starts; demonstrates command two-seamer to both sides of the plate; curveball has good pace and downer action and should grade as above-average at maturity; made big strides in development of his changeup this season, which should be another above-average or better pitch; also mixes in a slider that lags behind his other offerings.

    Projection: No. 3/No. 4 starter 

    Risk: Medium

85. Allen Webster, RHP, Boston Red Sox

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    Position: RHP

    DOB: 02/10/1990 (Age: 23)

    Height/Weight: 6’2”, 190

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted: 18th round, 2008 by Dodgers (McMichael HS, N.C.)

    ETA: 2013

     

    2013 Stats

    Triple-A: 105 IP, 3.60 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, .190 BAA, 116/43 K/BB (21 GS)

    MLB: 27.1 IP, 9.55 ERA, 1.90 WHIP, .333 BAA, 21/15 K/BB (7 G/6 GS)

     

    Scouting Report

    6’3” right-hander employs easy and repeatable delivery; was a shortstop in high school but moved to the mound upon turning pro; fresh arm relative to most pitchers his age; works from three-quarters arm slot and repeats it well; excellent drive from his back side; good balance; will pull off with front side and jerk head at times.

    Fastball is most effective in 91-96 mph range with sink and some arm-side life, and he’ll occasionally scrape 97 mph in shorter bursts; average command; heavy sinking action when located down in the zone; generates considerable amount of ground-ball outs; features a mid- to upper-80s slider with plus potential; tight spin and late break; highly effective offering when down; changeup improved significantly this past season; outstanding arm speed with huge deception; registers in low-80s with late sink and fade.

    Projection: No. 3/No. 4 starter; setup man/closer

    Risk: Medium

84. Luke Jackson, RHP, Texas Rangers

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    Position: RHP

    DOB: 8/24/1991 (Age: 22)

    Height/Weight: 6’2”, 185

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted: First round, 2010 (Calvary Christian HS, Fla.)

    ETA: 2015

     

    2013 Stats

    High-A/Double-A: 128 IP, 2.04 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, .202 BAA, 134/59 K/BB (25 G/23 GS)

     

    Scouting Report 

    The 6’2” right-hander works shoulders and release point to consistently throw on downhill plane; too much wasted movement in delivery and long arm on the back side hinders overall command; struggles to demonstrate balance throughout delivery and fails to finish pitches with consistency; somehow came to make it all work this past season against more advanced hitters.

    Fastball sits 93-95 mph and is thrown with weight on steep downhill plane; can scrape 96-98 mph and holds velocity deep into starts; curveball is a hammer when he’s not spiking it or losing his release point to the arm side; changeup remains an ongoing work in progress but should represent at least a third average pitch; showed more confidence in the offering this past season, throwing it against both right- and left-handed hitters.

    Projection: No. 3/No. 4 starter; setup man/closer 

    Risk: High

83. Jake Odorizzi, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays

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    Position: RHP

    DOB: 3/27/1990 (Age: 23)

    Height/Weight: 6’2”, 185

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2008 (Highland HS, Ill.)

    ETA: 2013

     

    2013 Stats

    Triple-A: 124.1 IP, 3.33 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, .225 BAA, 124/40 K/BB (22 GS)

    MLB: 29.2 IP, 3.94 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, .252 BAA, 22/8 K/BB (7 G/4 GS)

     

    Scouting Report

    Excellent athlete; wiry frame; loose body; was headed to the University of Louisville for both baseball and football; 6’2” right-hander is agile on the mound; repeats his mechanics well; still learning to use his lower half; should help him keep the ball down in the zone; induces too many fly balls; clean, fluid arm action; doesn’t always finish delivery; loses pitches to the arm side.

    Fastball registers in 91-95 mph range with sink and moderate action to the arm side; will occasionally get under the pitch and pipe it up in the zone with minimal movement; needs to throw on a downward plane with more consistency; curveball has an impressive top-to-bottom shape and will freeze right-handed hitters; also throws a slider and changeup, though neither are as advanced as the curveball; he’ll need to refine the command of his four-pitch mix but should be able to reach his ceiling as a back-end starter.

    Projection: No. 4/No. 5 starter

    Risk: Low

82. Jorge Bonifacio, OF, Kansas City Royals

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    Position: OF

    DOB: 6/4/1993 (Age: 20)

    Height/Weight: 6’1”, 192

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Signed: Dec. 9, 2009 (Dominican Republic)

    ETA: 2015

     

    2013 Stats

    AZL/High-A/Double-A: .298/.372/.429, 30 XBH (21 2B), 54 RBI, 69/38 K/BB (88 G)

     

    Scouting Report

    Arguably the top hitter in the Royals’ system; above-average bat speed; laces the ball to all fields with quick wrists and a line-drive stroke; potential for above-average hit tool; adept to tracking the ball deep and driving it the other way; slightly above-average power potential; power frequency should improve as he becomes more comfortable turning on the ball and gains experience against advanced pitching; will bar front arm on occasion and drag bat head through the zone; demonstrates advanced approach for his age.

    Average runner with similar range in right field; will likely lose a step as he matures but shouldn’t be forced off the position; above-average arm strength ideal for right field; reads are still raw but should improve with additional experience.

    Projection: Second-division regular

    Risk: Medium

81. Delino DeShields, OF, Houston Astros

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    Position: OF

    DOB: 8/16/1992 (Age: 21)

    Height/Weight: 5’9”, 205

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted: First round, 2010 (Woodward Academy, Ga.)

    ETA: 2015

     

    2013 Stats

    High-A: .317/.405/.468, 100 R, 44 XBH (14 3B), 51 SB, 91/57 K/BB (111 G)

     

    Scouting Report

    Despite being undersized at 5’9”, DeShields has plenty of physical strength at 205 pounds; built like a running back; has more power than his frame suggests; advanced pitch recognition and solid approach; on-base skills allow him to utilize his plus-plus speed; adept base stealer who stole 152 bases over the past two seasons; more likely to be a consistent source of extra-base hits than consistently drive the ball over the fence; hit tool has become more consistent and flashes above-average potential; strikeout and walk rates will need to keep improving; interested to see how the bat plays next season outside the hitter-friendly California League at Double-A.

    Speed makes him incredibly valuable at an up-the-middle position; will shift to the outfield full-time in the Arizona Fall League; below-average arm strength limits him to center field; glove played a bit hard on the infield, making the position change logical; development at the plate will determine whether he comes close to reaching lofty ceiling.

    Projection: Second-division center fielder 

    Risk: High

80. Taylor Lindsey, 2B, Los Angels Angels

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    Position: 2B

    DOB: 12/2/1991 (Age: 21)

    Height/Weight: 6’0", 195

    Bats/Throws: L/R

    Drafted: First round, 2010 (Desert Mountain HS, Ariz.)

    ETA: 2014

     

    2013 Stats

    Double-A: .274/.339/.441, 45 XBH (17 HR), 91/48 K/BB (134 G)

     

    Scouting Report

    Left-handed hitter has excellent hand-eye coordination and bat-to-ball skills; makes consistent hard contact with a handsy swing; sets up with his hands low around torso only to elevate them as part of his complicated timing mechanism; has no problem turning around velocity; plenty of gap power with the ability to barrel the ball to all fields; showcased unexpected and surprising over-the-fence pop this past season at Double-A; average power potential at highest level.

    Bat-first second baseman; doesn’t run well relative to long-term projection at an up-the-middle position; impact as a big leaguer depends on his ability to stick at second base; both range and arm are fringy, but glove is solid; double-play turns continue to improve.

    Projection: Second-division regular

    Risk: Medium

79. Matt Davidson, 3B, Arizona Diamondbacks

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    Position: 3B

    DOB: 3/26/1991 (Age: 22)

    Height/Weight: 6’2”, 225

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted: First round, 2009 (Yucaipa HS, Calif.)

    ETA: 2013

     

    2013 Stats

    Triple-A: .280/.350/.481, 52 XBH (17 HR), 74 RBI, 134/46 K/BB (115 G)

    MLB: .250/.351/.453, 7 XBH (3 HR), 19/9 K/BB (27 G)

     

    Scouting Report

    Plus-raw power to all fields with improving frequency; strong forearms create excellent bat speed; ball jumps off bat; generates outstanding backspin carry to all fields; effortless power from left field line to left-center field gap; very loud contact; strikeout total and batting average don't accurately reflect advanced plate discipline; has been a younger player at each professional level; strikeout and walk rates should continue to improve with more experience.

    Moved back to third base full time in 2012 after seeing some time at first base in 2011; still raw defensively; continues to improve with experience; error total should decrease in future seasons; average range at the hot corner; hands are decent but inconsistent at times; above-average arm strength. 

    Projection: Second-division regular

    Risk: Medium

78. A.J. Cole, RHP, Washington Nationals

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    Position: RHP

    DOB: 1/5/1992 (Age: 21)

    Height/Weight: 6’4”, 180

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: Fourth round, 2010 (Oviedo HS, Fla.)

    ETA: 2015

     

    2013 Stats

    High-A/Double-A: 142.2 IP, 3.60 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, .236 BAA, 151/33 K/BB (25 GS)

     

    Scouting Report

    6’4” right-hander has a very projectable frame; loose, wiry build gives him the potential to add strength, especially to his lower half and core; cleaned up mechanical issues that plagued him last year.

    Fastball works in the plus-plus velocity range at 93-97 mph with natural sink and decent arm-side life; curveball flashes plus upside when thrown with consistency; good depth with late biting action; inconsistent overall control/command of pitch; changeup is still inconsistent but has noticeably improved over the past year; demonstrates similar feel for the pitch compared to breaking ball; should at least be a serviceable major league offering; big gap between present and future; development and consistency of secondary arsenal will ultimately determine how close he comes to reaching ceiling.

    Projection: No. 3 starter; setup man/closer

    Risk: High

77. Colin Moran, 3B, Miami Marlins

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    Position: 3B

    DOB: 10/1/1992 (Age: 20)

    Height/Weight: 6’3”, 215

    Bats/Throws: L/R

    Drafted: First round, 2013 (North Carolina)

    ETA: 2015

     

    2013 Stats

    Low-A: .299/.354/.442, 13 XBH, 23 RBI, 25/15 K/BB (42 G)

       

    Scouting Report

    Moran possesses arguably the most advanced bat and plate discipline in of all 2013 draftees; physically strong left-handed hitter at 6’3”, 215 pounds; effortless and fluid swing but not visually pleasing; creates excellent plane with the bat head through zone, which allows him to see the ball deep and drive it to all fields; knack for barreling the ball and making hard contact; outstanding and mature plate discipline should help his hit tool reach potential; deep load of the hands could make him susceptible to velocity at the next level; controls the strike zone better than any other amateur hitter; rarely expands the zone or chases; advanced pitch recognition will always result in lots of walks and a favorable on-base percentage.  

    Lacks the raw power and power frequency usually associated with a corner infielder of his size and draft status; showcased decent pop upon turning pro but still projects to be only slightly above average; utilizes mostly an upper-body and handsy swing; sturdy but not powerful lower half; some concern about his ability to hit with wood; could begin to tap into his raw power by driving more balls to the pull side.

    Below-average runner; smart baserunner; will be in greater danger of having to move from the position if he loses a step; defense at third base can be divisive; moderate quickness and fringy speed give him average range at best; has good instincts but first step can be slow; can get caught on his heels on occasion; always makes the play on anything within reach; showcases soft hands and reliable glove; smooth transfer and release; arm is strongest defensive tool and helps compensate for lack of range; clean and quick arm stroke yields plus velocity across the infield; enough arm strength for a corner outfield spot if he’s forced off the hot corner; over-the-top release aids his accuracy.

    Projection: Second-division regular

    Risk: Medium

76. Joe Ross, RHP, San Diego Padres

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    Position: RHP

    DOB: 5/21/1993 (Age: 20)

    Height/Weight: 6’3”, 185

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted: First round, 2011 (Bishop O’Dowd HS, Calif.)

    ETA: 2016

     

    2013 Stats

    Low-A: 122.1 IP, 3.75 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, .267 BAA, 79/40 K/BB (23 GS)

     

    Scouting Report

    6’3”, 185-pound right-hander has a big arm with plenty of room left for physical projection; still raw and more of a thrower than pitcher; does an overall impressive job keeping the ball low in the zone; tends to rip open early with his front side, which prevents him from getting on top of secondary offerings; loses too many fastballs high to the arm side.

    Athletic, clean mechanics generate a plus fastball in the low- to mid-90s; maxes out around 96-97 mph; chance to add a few more ticks as he adds strength and durability; ball jumps out of his hand and on opposing hitters; establishes pitch early in games, counts; slider flashes above-average potential in the low- to mid-80s with sharp break; changeup is raw and used sparingly; he utilized the pitch more this past season as he worked deeper into games; still learning to turn it over; at least a future average offering.

    Projection: No. 2/No. 3 starter

    Risk: High

75. Danny Hultzen, LHP, Seattle Mariners

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    Position: LHP

    DOB: 11/28/1989 (Age: 23)

    Height/Weight: 6’3”, 200

    Bats/Throws: L/L

    Drafted: First round, 2011 (Virginia)

    ETA: 2014

     

    2013 Stats

    AZL/Triple-A: 35.2 IP, 2.02 ERA, 0.81 WHIP, .168 BAA, 42/7 K/BB (7 GS)

     

    Scouting Report

    6’3”, 200-pound left-hander has pitchability and polish; should be able to regain the command that made him a top draft pick; features classic Virginia crouched, cross-body delivery; natural deception; doesn’t always extend toward the plate and will get around the ball; displays feel for changing eye levels; was plagued by lingering shoulder pain that limited him to only 35.2 innings this past season; he’ll look to rebound and make up for the lost time in the Arizona Fall League.

    Fastball registers in the low 90s with plenty of arm-side movement; reaches back for 94-95 mph at times; spots pitch to both sides of the plate; attacks both right- and left-handed hitters; changeup plays well off of his fastball, which is a plus offering; consistent feel; can catch too much plate at times. Throws 80-84 mph slider with confidence; lacks bite; can flatten out and linger up in the zone; most hittable secondary offering. 

    Projection: No. 3/No. 4 starter

    Risk: Medium

74. Jesse Biddle, LHP, Philadelphia Phillies

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    Position: LHP

    DOB: 10/22/1991 (Age: 21)

    Height/Weight: 6’4”, 225

    Bats/Throws: L/L

    Drafted: First round, 2010 (Germantown Friends HS, Pa.)

    ETA: 2014

     

    2013 Stats

    Double-A: 138.1 IP, 3.64 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, .210 BAA, 154/82 K/BB (27 GS)

     

    Scouting Report

    Projectable 6’4” frame with broad shoulders; balanced delivery; minimum effort; durable innings eater; throws on a downward plane; eliminated some of the cross-body delivery that hindered his command in previous seasons.

    Fastball sits 90-93 mph and he works it to both sides of the plate; vastly improved control/command deteriorated during second half of season; curveball features tight spin and late, downer bite; comfortable throwing it for a strike; spots it out of zone to induce whiffs; changeup continues to improve but still has a ways to go; chance for three average-to-plus pitches at maturity; secondary arsenal in need of seasoning and refinement; impressive pitchability and feel for sequencing.

    Projection: No. 3/No. 4 starter

    Risk: Medium

73. Nick Kingham, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates

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    Position: RHP

    DOB: 11/08/1991 (Age: 21)

    Height/Weight: 6’5”, 220

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted: Fourth round, 2010 (Sierra Vista HS, Nev.)

    ETA: 2014

     

    2013 Stats

    High-A/Double-A: 143.1 IP, 2.89 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, .233 BAA, 144/44 K/BB (27 G/25 GS)

       

    Scouting Report

    6’5”, 220-pound right-hander’s development picked up steam this past season against advanced hitters; consistent high-three-quarters arm slot; delivery involves minimal effort and he repeats it well; overall delivery has been cleaner since lowering his leg kick; stays in line with the plate; good use of lower half. 

    Fastball is presently his biggest strength; features plus velocity in the 93-96 mph range; will bump 97 on occasion; holds velocity deep into starts; generates late arm-side action; demonstrates feel for pounding the outside corner against both right- and left-handed hitters; will elevate the pitch against same-side hitters.

    Changeup is a present fringe-average offering; pitch has decent depth with late sinking action; thrown with deceptive and convincing arm speed; comfortable using the pitch in any count; velocity of the pitch is inconsistent; typically works in the mid-80s but tends to throw it too firmly; at times it reaches the upper-80s. Curveball serves as another fringe-average offering with plenty of room to improve; consistent tight spin with late bite; above-average potential overall.

    Projection: No. 3 starter

    Risk: High

72. Hunter Harvey, RHP, Baltimore Orioles

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    Position: RHP

    DOB: 12/9/1994 (Age: 18)

    Height/Weight: 6’3”, 175

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted: First round, 2013 (Bandys High School, N.C.)

    ETA: 2017

     

    2013 Stats

    GCL/Short Season: 25.1 IP, 1.78 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, .223 BAA, 33/6 K/BB (8 GS)

       

    Scouting Report

    Highly projectable 6’3”, 175-pound frame with room to add considerable strength; lean, athletic build; stays tall throughout delivery to create downhill plane; pauses at the height of his motion to gather momentum; glides front leg towards plate rather than stepping over, which limits explosiveness of front side; works from high three-quarters arm slot; mechanics are consistent but will need to be cleaned up moving forward; fast, fluid arm action; does a good job of working low in the zone.

    Fastball sits 90-94 mph; can reach back for a few extra ticks; demonstrates impressive command to both side of the plate for a player of his age and experience; velocity stands to increase once he adds strength and gets slight mechanical issues ironed out; throws pitch on downhill plane with some late life.

    Curveball is currently his best offering; potential plus-plus out pitch at the next level; fast arm helps generate tight rotation and late bite; can get on the side of it at times and give it more lateral break, though the variation has been equally effective; he does have a changeup, but the right-hander has rarely had to use it; will be vital toward overall development at the next level. 

    Projection: No. 2 starter/No. 3 starter

    Risk: High

71. Lance McCullers, RHP, Houston Astros

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    Position: RHP

    DOB: 10/2/1993 (Age: 19)

    Height/Weight: 6’2”, 200

    Bats/Throws: L/R

    Drafted: First round, 2012 (Jesuit HS, Fla.)

    ETA: 2016

     

    2013 Stats

    Low-A: 104.2 IP, 3.18 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, .239 BAA, 117/49 K/BB (25 G/19 GS)

     

    Scouting Report

    Excellent athlete who was a two-way star in high school; impressive baseball acumen with big league bloodline; mechanics can be inconsistent, which hinders his overall command; two plus pitches suggest he’ll be more likely to reach his ceiling as a reliever than starter; bulldog mentality and work ethic; wants the ball with the game on the line; tremendous mound presence.

    Plus fastball sits comfortably in low- to mid-90s; can sustain it deeper into starts than most players his age; can reach back for a few ticks more into the upper-90s when needed; throws a power curveball with velocity; sharp, late-breaking with excellent pace and devastating shape; legitimate out pitch; lacks a defined third pitch; present fringe changeup will need to be thoroughly developed to remain a starter; seems more destined to become a potentially elite closer given arsenal and aggressive approach.

    Projection: No. 3 starter; closer

    Risk: High

70. J.P. Crawford, SS, Philadelphia Phillies

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    Position: SS

    DOB: 1/11/1995 (Age: 18)

    Height/Weight: 6’2”, 180

    Bats/Throws: L/R

    Drafted: First round, 2013 (Lakewood HS, Calif.)

    ETA: 2016

     

    2013 Stats

    GCL/Low-A: .308/.405/.400, 13 XBH, 14 SB, 35/32 K/BB (53 G)

       

    Scouting Report

    Potential for a slightly above-average hit tool; loose wrists and forearms with quick-twitch muscles; strong core; above-average bat speed; hits off a strong front side; left-handed hitter with contact-oriented approach; swing can get long at times and barrel will drag; tends to drift toward contact with hips; improving bat-to-ball ability; laces line drives across entire field.

    At best, average power potential; should have consistent pop to the gaps at maturity; will need to make significant adjustments to his weight transfer and bat path in order to hit for average power.

    Good athlete with lean 6’2”, 180-pound build; speed is currently average but can’t rule out the chance of improving a grade with the addition of strength; plays better in game settings than straight-line running; plus arm strength; effortless, fast arm stroke results in accurate throws across the infield with carry; does a nice job of generating momentum toward his target with athletic footwork, which aids the overall accuracy of his throws.

    Projection: First-division regular

    Risk: High

69. Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP, Baltimore Orioles

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    Position: LHP

    DOB: 4/7/1993 (Age: 20)

    Height/Weight: 6’2”, 200

    Bats/Throws: L/L

    Signed: January 2010 (Venezuela)

    ETA: 2014

     

    2013 Stats

    High-A/Double-A: 145 IP, 3.41 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, .241 BAA, 125/49 K/BB (25 GS)

     

    Scouting Report

    6’2”, 200-pound frame is highly projectable with plenty of room to mature physically; wiry arms and upper body create deception in his unique delivery, which he was able to repeat with more consistency last season. I really like how his arm works; the ball jumps out of his hand with ease.

    Fastball sits in the low 90s and will occasionally pop 94 to 95 mph; secondary pitches are understandably raw and lag behind his heater, though both flash the potential to be above-average offerings. Slider is difficult to recognize out of the hand and is sharper when he throws it with velocity; changeup came along in a big way this past season; now throws pitch with more confidence. 

    Projection: No. 3/No. 4 starter

    Risk: Medium

68. Austin Meadows, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates

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    Position: OF

    DOB: 5/3/1995 (Age: 18)

    Height/Weight: 6’3”, 215

    Bats/Throws: L/L

    Drafted: First round, 2013 (Grayson HS, Ga.)

    ETA: 2017

     

    2013 Stats

    GCL/Short Season: .316/.424/.554, 23 XBH (7 HR), 46/29 K/BB (48 G)

       

    Scouting Report

    Smooth, balanced left-handed swing; potential above-average-to-plus hit tool; flat path helps keep bat head in the zone for an extended period of time; good plate coverage; already comfortable using the entire field; upright setup; quiet load and weight transfer; doesn’t explode on contact; some stiffness to swing; already recognizes spin; consistent approach with mature plate discipline for his age; will need to get off his back side more efficiently against advanced velocity.

    Bat requires the most projection of all his tools; needs to add strength to athletic frame; flat bat path and easy swing result in more gap shots than over-the-fence pop; natural pop to left-center field; should hit for more power by adding either loft or creating leverage; power frequency stands to improve as he learns to pull more balls.

    Above-average runner; could conceivably lose a step if he adds significant strength to lower half; long strides; more of a glider; instincts help speed play up; provided he doesn’t outgrow the position, Meadows has all the makings of a major league center fielder; bat is a clean fit at the position; highly impressive athlete but lacks physicality; long strides help him cover ground; solid actions and routes at all three outfield positions; arm strength is only potential down tool; strong enough for center field but doesn’t project as favorably at either corner spot; accurate; long, clean arm stroke.

    Projection: First-division regular

    Risk: High

67. Mike Foltynewicz, RHP, Houston Astros

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    Position: RHP

    DOB: 10/7/1991 (Age: 21)

    Height/Weight: 6’4”, 200

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted: First round, 2010 (Minooka High School, Ill.) 

    ETA: 2014

     

    2013 Stats

    High-A/Double-A: 129.1 IP, 3.06 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, .226 BAA, 124/66 K/BB (30 G/21 GS)

     

    Scouting Report

    The 6’4” right-hander has durable frame with present strength; capable of eating innings and working deep into games; mechanics and delivery have been more consistent since start of the 2012 season; consistently utilizes core and lower half.

    Fastball has elite velocity; consistently works in the upper 90s; eclipses triple digits every time he takes the mound; throws pitch on downhill plane to induce weak ground-ball outs; uses pitch to overpower hitters throughout the strike zone; breaking ball has been more consistent this season but still inconsistent overall; devastating swing-and-miss offering that flashes plus potential; changeup is currently below average and lags behind other two pitches; struggles to replicate fastball arm speed; tends to push it toward the plate; will be crucial in his development as a starter.

    Projection: No. 2 starter/No. 3 starter

    Risk: High

66. Arismendy Alcantara, SS-2B, Chicago Cubs

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    Position: SS-2B

    DOB: 10/29/1991 (Age: 21)

    Height/Weight: 5’10”, 160

    Bats/Throws: S/R

    Signed: November 2008 (Dominican Republic) 

    ETA: 2014

     

    2013 Stats

    Double-A: .271/.352/.451, 55 XBH (15 HR), 31 SB, 125/62 K/BB (133 G)

      

    Scouting Report

    Undersized at 5’10” and 160 pounds but has a compact build loaded with strength; fluid and effortless athleticism; wrists and forearms have strong, quick-twitch muscles; aggressive hitter who attacks the ball; makes consistent hard contact from both sides of the plate; more leveraged swing from left side; above-average raw power that’s still emerging; less consistent from right side but solid approach; some swing-and-miss to his game; drawing more walks this season against advanced pitching.

    Easy plus runner; speed plays on both sides of the ball; smart base stealer with an 80 percent (91-for-114) career success rate; quick, aggressive shortstop with plus range; has the tools and athleticism for either middle infield position; plus arm strength; has a tendency to wait back on balls and show off the arm a la Shawon Dunston; high number of errors is relatively normal for a young shortstop at an advanced level.

    Projection: First-division regular

    Risk: High

65. Zach Lee, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers

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    Position: RHP

    DOB: 9/13/1991 (Age: 22)

    Height/Weight: 6’3”, 190

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted: First round, 2010 (McKinney HS, Texas)

    ETA: 2014

     

    2013 Stats

    Double-A: 142.2 IP, 3.22 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, .247 BAA, 131/35 K/BB (28 G/25 GS) 

     

    Scouting Report

    Lee possesses a highly projectable and durable frame at 6’3” and 190 pounds; excellent athlete who was poised to be Louisiana State’s quarterback before the Dodgers offered him a $5 million signing bonus after he was drafted out of high school.

    Hasn’t showcased the mid-90s fastball that was present in the months following the 2010 draft; fastball usually sits 88-93 mph and he uses it to attack both right- and left-handed hitters on the inner half; mixes in both a two-seamer with arm-side run and cutter with late slice to the glove side; deep arsenal consists of both a curveball and slider, with the latter representing the better offering; changeup has nice fading action in the low 80s and projects to be an above-average-to-plus secondary offering.

    Projection: No. 3/No. 4 starter

    Risk: Medium

64. Rafael De Paula, RHP, New York Yankees

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    Position: RHP

    DOB: 03/24/1991 (Age: 22)

    Height/Weight: 6’2”, 212 pounds

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Signed: November 2010 (Dominican Republic)

    ETA: 2015

     

    2013 Stats

    Low-A/High-A: 113.1 IP, 4.29 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, .232 BAA, 146/53 K/BB (24 G/23 GS)

     

    Scouting Report

    Quickly ironed out some mechanical issues in delivery for stateside debut; present size and strength; free and easy arm action from three-quarters slot; big-time stuff and upside.

    Fastball sits in the mid-90s with plenty of life; frequently bumps the upper-90s; explosive pitch that’s thrown effortlessly; secondary arsenal is highlighted by a hard curveball in the low-80s that flashes plus potential.

    Changeup represents his least developed offering; still a solid pitch in low- to mid-80s that’s progressed nicely this season; should grade as solid-average at maturity; projectable swing-and-miss arsenal; control and command are both raw and will need considerable refinement at higher levels.

    Projection: No. 2/No. 3 starter

    Risk: Extreme

63. Matt Barnes, RHP, Boston Red Sox

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    Position: RHP

    DOB: 6/17/1990 (Age: 23)

    Height/Weight: 6’4”, 205

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted: First round, 2011 (Connecticut)

    ETA: 2014

     

    2013 Stats

    Double-A:/Triple-A: 113.1 IP, 4.13 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, .261 BAA, 142/48 K/BB (25 GS)

     

    Scouting Report

    6’4”, 205-pound right-hander has a tall, durable frame; built for innings; clean, repeatable mechanics that result in effortless velocity; high three-quarter arm slot creates good downhill plane; works from third base side of the rubber; slight wrap at the end of his arm stroke.

    Best pitch is his fastball, which sits around 94-96 mph; holds velocity deep into starts; commands the pitch to both sides of the plate; uses it to dominate inferior hitters; curveball has a nice shape with two-plane break and decent bite; command of the pitch needs refinement; too easy to recognize out of his hand; flashes above-average potential; throws changeup too firmly in the mid- to upper-80s; lacks feel for the pitch; average potential.

    Projection: No. 3 starter

    Risk: Medium

62. Eddie Rosario, 2B, Minnesota Twins

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    Position: 2B

    DOB: 9/28/1991 (Age: 21)

    Height/Weight: 6’0", 170

    Bats/Throws: L/R

    Drafted: Fourth round, 2010 (Puerto Rico)

    ETA: 2014

     

    2013 Stats

    High-A/Double-A: .302/.350/.460, 80 R, 50 XBH (10 HR), 73 RBI, 10 SB, 96/38 K/BB (122 G)

     

    Scouting Report

    Good athlete with surprising strength in his 6’0", 170-pound frame; projectable hit tool with impressive bat-to-ball ability; has a plan at the plate; makes adjustments; compact, fluid swing; average power potential; tries to swing like a power hitter by lifting the ball after contact; still makes consistent hard contact; works counts and fouls off pitches; above-average speed but is an unrefined base stealer; runs into too many outs on the basepaths; on-base skills leave something to be desired.

    Rosario moved from the outfield to second base prior to the 2012 season; has the athleticism and arm strength; footwork has steadily improved; not a fan of his hands or actionsthey play but lack fluidity; may be below-average at the highest level; turns at second base are solid; bat should help negate some of the defensive concerns.

    Projection: Second-division regular

    Risk: Medium

61. Gary Sanchez, C, New York Yankees

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    Position: C

    DOB: 12/2/1992 (Age: 20)

    Height/Weight: 6’2”, 220 pounds

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Signed: 2009, Dominican Republic

    ETA: 2014

     

    2013 Stats

    High-A/Double-A: .253/.324/.412, 42 XBH (15 HR), 71 RBI, 87/41 K/BB (117 G)

     

    Scouting Report

    Has improved plate discipline and contact rate this season; above-average power potential from a well-balanced swing; plus bat speed; feel for striking the ball; has some serious thump in bat; overaggressive approach; ability to control strike zone is better but still has plenty of room to improve; impressive young hitter; bat will play regardless of future position.

    Defense and work ethic have significantly improved over last two seasons; possesses underrated athleticism and agility; blocking and receiving skills leave room for improvement; arm strength is biggest asset; game-calling and leadership improving with experience; not a guarantee to remain behind the plate.

    Projection: Second-division regular 

    Risk: High

60. Alen Hanson, SS-2B, Pittsburgh Pirates

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    Position: 2B/SS

    DOB: 10/22/1992 (Age: 20)

    Height/Weight: 5’11”, 152

    Bats/Throws: S/R

    Signed: July 2009 (Dominican Republic)

    ETA: 2015

     

    2013 Stats 

    High-A/Double-A: .274/.329/.427, 48 XBH (13 3B), 30 SB, 96/41 K/BB (127 G)

     

    Scouting Report

    Switch-hitter has the potential for above-average hit tool; quick bat from both sides; drives the ball from line to line; extra-base machine with average power potential; showcases more consistency and over-the-fence pop from left side; hits the ball on the nose with consistency; handsy swing at times but still barrels the ball; vulnerable to quality off-speed; struggles to keep weight back and will drift with his hips; improved ability to control strike zone this season.

    Plus runner; raw base stealer with shaky instincts; relies on pure speed. Smooth defensive actions; range and arm better suited for second base but will be developed as a shortstop for as long as possible. Sound glove; smooth transfer; arm strength is only average.

    Projection: Second-division regular 

    Risk: High

59. David Dahl, OF, Colorado Rockies

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    Position: OF

    DOB: 4/1/1994 (Age: 19)

    Height/Weight: 6’2”, 185

    Bats/Throws: L/R

    Drafted: First round, 2012 (Oak Mountain HS, Ala.)

    ETA: 2015

     

    2013 Stats

    Low-A: .275/.310/.425, 5 XBH (10 G)

     

    Scouting Report

    Chance for a true plus hit tool; tremendous hand-eye coordination and barrel-to-ball ability; left-handed hitter with plus bat speed; advanced barrel control and feel for strike zone; balanced setup and swing; comfortable hitting all pitches and using entire field; refined approach relative to age; could develop better-than-expected power; consistent source of doubles and triples; plus runner, but not an aggressive base-stealer; was limited to only 10 games this year after an early-season violation of team rules and subsequent season-ending hamstring injury upon his return.

    Speed translates better in center field than on basepaths; plays position with confidence; potential to be above-average defensively; smooth actions; takes good angles; more than enough arm strength for the position; room for improvement in his jumps and routes.

    Projection: First-division regular

    Risk: High

58. Jonathan Singleton, 1B, Houston Astros

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    Position: 1B

    DOB: 9/18/1991 (Age: 22)

    Height/Weight: 6’2”, 235

    Bats/Throws: L/L

    Drafted: Eighth round, 2009 by Phillies (Millikan HS, Calif.)

    ETA: 2014

     

    2013 Stats 

    Low-A/Double-A/Triple-A: .230/.351/.401, 29 XBH (11 HR), 110/59 K/BB (90 G)

     

    Scouting Report

    Physically strong player at 6’2” and 235 pounds; plus raw power from the left side; potential to be above average in the major leagues; feel for the strike zone but whiffs his fair share; also is adept to working counts and drawing walks; plus bat speed; quick-twitch wrists; natural up-the-middle approach; struggles against same-side pitching.

    First base-only prospect; size limits overall athleticism; weak arm counters any notion of stashing him in left field; decent footwork around the bag. average glove that should improve; bat should continue to outweigh defensive concerns; clear path to playing time in the major leagues with DH now in play.

57. Blake Swihart, C, Boston Red Sox

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    Position: C

    DOB: 4/3/1992 (Age: 21)

    Height/Weight: 6’1”, 180

    Bats/Throws: S/R

    Drafted: First round, 2011 (V Sue Cleveland HS, N.M.)

    ETA: 2015

     

    2013 Stats

    High-A: .298/.366/.428, 38 XBH (7 3B), 7 SB, 63/41 K/BB (103 G)

     

    Scouting Report

    Switch-hitter with similar and consistent swing from both sides of the plate; demonstrates potential for above-average hit tool from both sides of the plate with line-drive swing; present bat speed to handle velocity; has raw power and can tag a baseball but lack of lift in swing impedes over-the-fence pop; drives the ball to both gaps; aggressive approach that plays thanks to bat-to-ball skills; average runner with good instincts.

    Athletic and agile behind the plate with quietly strong 6’1”, 180-pound frame; room to add considerable strength as he develops without getting bulky; stays low; receiving skills improved significantly this season; average blocker who will continue to improve quickly given work ethic; good, consistent footwork; advanced catch-and-throw skills with a quick release; plus arm strength with accuracy; aggressive thrower.

    Projection: First-division regular

    Risk: Medium

56. Alex Gonzalez, RHP, Texas Rangers

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    Position: RHP

    DOB: 01/15/1992 (Age: 21)

    Height/Weight: 6’2”, 195

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted: First round, 2013 (Oral Roberts)

    ETA: 2015

     

    2013 Stats

    Short Season/High-A: 42.2 IP, 3.80 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, .274 BAA, 35/16 K/BB (14 GS)

       

    Scouting Report

    Good pitcher's frame at 6’2” and 195 pounds; clean, quiet delivery with no unnecessary movement; stride to plate is shorter than expected; demonstrates good balance and really utilizes his strong lower half to drive toward the plate; clean finish and athleticism puts him in good fielding position; present feel for arsenal; consistent strike thrower with good movement on everything; has already shown improvement since turning pro and will continue to get better with confidence and ability to pitch off fastball. 

    Above-average fastball registers in the 91-93 mph range; will touch mid-90s but pitch tends to flatten out when he does; adept at cutting fastball to create above-average slice to the glove side; stays on top of ball well to keep it down in the zone; heater sets up secondary arsenal; very aggressive approach, attacks in the zone; does an excellent job of working down in the zone. 

    Slider represents the best pitch in arsenal; throws it hard at 84-87 mph; good tilt and late break; already demonstrates a mature feel for the pitch that will only improve with experience; serves as an out pitch; throws in the zone or can get ugly swings out of the zone; future plus offering; still developing feel and confidence for changeup; potential above-average offering; should help keep opposing hitters off fastball-slider combo even if only serviceable; further development of pitch could push him up to a No. 2 starter projection.

    Projection: No. 3 starter

    Risk: Medium

55. Kohl Stewart, RHP, Minnesota Twins

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    Position: RHP

    DOB: 10/7/1994 (Age: 18)

    Height/Weight: 6’3”, 195 lbs

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted: First round, 2013 (St. Pius X HS, Texas)

    ETA: 2016

     

    2013 Stats

    GCL/Rookie: 20 IP, 1.35 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, .169 BAA, 24/4 K/BB (7 G/4 GS)

       

    Scouting Report

    Highly projectable 6’3”, 195-pound frame; room to add strength; excellent athlete with present physicality; inconsistent delivery that will need to be cleaned up as a professional; tends to drift rather than drive toward the plate; prevents hips from exploding following foot strike; will rely too much on arm strength; release point will vary; creates excellent plane from low three-quarters slot; issues in delivery can make his naturally fast arm lag behind.  

    Most natural arm strength among 2013 prep draftees; plus fastball velocity; consistently registers in the 91-95 mph range on a downhill plane; has touched 97; difficult to lift with late sink and run to the arm side; fringy command of pitch due to mechanics; could sit in the mid-90s with more efficient delivery.

    Slider is a present plus offering thrown with velocity in the low- to mid-80s; ideal depth and tilt with tight spin; features late-diving action out of the zone; swing-and-miss offering that will be a legitimate out pitch at the next level; tends to over-grip and spike the pitch when delivery is out of sync.

    Changeup flashes slightly above-average potential in the low-80s; undeveloped offering due to lack of necessity at the high school level; slight fade and sink that stands to improve as he gains a feel for the pitch; should generate more fade to the arm side with more wrist/hand pronation.

    Stewart’s ability to command his three-pitch mix throughout the strike zone is tied to the repetition of his delivery and release point; fastball command is fringy but has room to improve; showcases a feel for how to put away hitters when ahead in the count; tends to work according to his strengths; will to need to get ahead of more hitters as a professional.

    Projection: No. 2/No. 3 starter

    Risk: Extreme

54. Henry Owens, LHP, Boston Red Sox

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    Position: LHP

    DOB: 7/21/1992 (Age: 21)

    Height/Weight: 6’6”, 205

    Bats/Throws: L/L

    Drafted: First round, 2011 (Edinson HS, Calif.)

    ETA: 2015

     

    2013 Stats

    High-A/Double-A: 135 IP, 2.67 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, .177 BAA, 169/68 K/BB (26 GS)

     

    Scouting Report

    Highly projectable 6’6” left-hander; Owens repeats his mechanics despite long, lanky frame; stride toward the plate is shorter than expected; stays on line with the plate; creates natural deception; consistent high-three-quarters arm slot; works on a downhill plane.

    Fastball typically sits at 88-92 mph and can be difficult for hitters to pick up out of his hand; features sink when working down in the zone; lacks significant movement; sometimes loses feel for arm angle; changeup is best secondary pitch and projects as a plus offering; thrown in upper-70s with late sink and fade to the arm side; curveball flashes average potential; he’s adept to adding and subtracting when necessary; would like to see him use it to back-foot right-handed hitters more often; good shape when on.

    Projection: No. 3/No. 4 starter

    Risk: Medium

53. Clint Frazier, OF, Cleveland Indians

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    Position: OF

    DOB: 9/6/1994 (Age: 19)

    Height/Weight: 6’0”, 190

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted: First round, 2013 (Loganville HS, Ga.)

    ETA: 2016

     

    2013 Stats

    AZL: .297/.362/.506, 32 R, 21 XBH (5 HR), 61/17 K/BB (44 G)

     

    Scouting Report

    The 6'0", 190-pounder owned the best bat speed in the 2013 draft class; wrists and forearms are loaded with strong, quick-twitch muscles; compact, explosive swing; drives the ball off of a firm front side; clean, direct bat path; gets off backside and through baseball with ease; aggressive hitter who attacks the ball; potential above-average or better hit tool; can struggle to recognize spin; some swing-and-miss to game.

    Plus-plus raw power potential; advanced power utility; more thump to center and pull side; ball absolutely jumps off the barrel; generates tons of backspin carry; hits everything out in front; keeps head down on contact.

    Above-average runner with quick feet; gets out of the box; speed plays better on the basepaths than in the field; will steal some bases but likely will never be a base stealer. Fringy center field profile; has the athleticism and tools to handle the position as an amateur; takes aggressive routes; may be forced to move to a corner at the next level. Arm fatigue and mild tendinitis have detracted from overall arm strength; merely an average tool at the moment. 

    Projection: First-division regular

    Risk: High

52. Taylor Guerrieri, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays

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    Position: RHP

    DOB: 12/1/1992 (Age: 20)

    Height/Weight: 6’3”, 195

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted: First round, 2011 (Spring Valley HS, S.C.)

    ETA: 2015

     

    2013 Stats 

    Low-A: 67 IP, 2.01 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, .225 BAA, 51/12 K/BB (14 GS)

     

    Scouting Report

    The 6’3”, 195-pounder possesses present physical strength and quiet athleticism; strong upper body and broad shoulders leave room for favorable projection; arm works well; clean release; can get a little long on the back side; works against his body, though it does create cross-body deception in his delivery; will miss most of the 2014 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery late in July.

    Flashes the potential for four above-average-to-plus pitches; advanced pitchability; velocity was down a few ticks last season; two-seam fastball is an excellent pitch in the low 90s; considerable weight and late life to the arm side; commands the pitch effectively to both sides of plate; isn’t afraid to challenge both right- and left-handed hitters middle-in; will mix in the occasional four-seam fastball that scrapes 94-95 mph.

    Plus curveball is a second viable weapon with tight spin; consistent shape and late downward bite; advanced enough to locate the pitch for strikes and bury it to induce whiffs. Changeup is coming along; raw feel but flashes average potential. Prospect stock should take off again with a healthy return to the mound next season.

    Projection: No. 2 starter/No. 3 starter 

    Risk: High

51. Miguel Almonte, RHP, Kansas City Royals

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    Position: RHP

    DOB: 04/04/1993 (Age: 20)

    Height/Weight: 6’2”, 180

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Signed: Nov. 20, 2010 (Dominican Republic)

    ETA: 2016

     

    2013 Stats

    Low-A: 130.2 IP, 3.10 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, .237 BAA, 132/36 K/BB (25 GS)

       

    Scouting Report

    Loose, athletic frame at 6’2”, 180 pounds; natural athleticism; smooth mechanics; fast arm but fluid arm action makes it look easy; he has an aggressive approach and attacks the zone with a projectable four-pitch mix; demonstrates a rare blend of pure stuff and feel for player his age.

    Fastball is a plus offering that works consistently in the 91-95 mph range with above-average life; conceivable that he’ll add velocity as he adds strength; consistently works low in the zone; changeup is a present plus with plus-plus potential; highly advanced for his age; shows confidence in pitch against both right- and left-handed hitters; swing-and-miss offering; impressive overall feel for changing speeds and keeping hitters off-balance; curveball serves as his primary breaking ball; decent offering with a nice shape; potential average pitch; will mix in a slider that’s inconsistent but definitely usable. 

    Projection: No. 2 starter

    Risk: High

50. Max Fried, LHP, San Diego Padres

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    Position: LHP

    DOB: 1/18/1994 (Age: 19)

    Height/Weight: 6’4", 185

    Bats/Throws: L/L

    Drafted: First round, 2012 (Harvard-Westlake HS, Calif.)

    ETA: 2016

     

    2013 Stats

    Low-A: 118.2 IP, 3.49 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, .249 BAA, 100/56 K/BB (23 GS)

     

    Scouting Report

    The 6'4", 185-pound left-hander is athletic with a projectable build and considerable polish for his age; has a smooth delivery and fluid arm action; works from consistent three-quarters slot; maintains good posture with good body control; will tend to drift towards front side and overextend towards the plate; has time to clean up mechanical inefficiencies.

    Fastball ranges anywhere from 88-93 mph with arm-side action; will top out around 94-95 mph; mixes in both two- and four-seamers; should grow into more velocity; pounds strike zone when he’s on; inconsistent command overall.

    Left-hander’s curveball is easily his best offering with a big break and the potential to draw lots of swing-and-misses; feel for adding and subtracting, throwing the pitch anywhere from 72-78 mph; fringy command with an average projection; adept at burying the pitch to induce whiffs; changeup also flashes at least above-average potential in low-80s with deceptive, fastball-like arm speed; impressive feel for pronating the pitch to create sink and fade; utilizes offering against both right- and left-handed hitters; advanced three-pitch mix and overall polish relative to age.

    Projection: No. 2/No. 3 starter

    Risk: High

49. Jorge Alfaro, C, Texas Rangers

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    Position: C

    DOB: 6/11/1993 (Age: 20)

    Height/Weight: 6’2”, 185

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Signed: Jan. 2010 (Colombia)

    ETA: 2015

     

    2013 Stats

    AZL/Low-A/High-A: .265/.346/.463, 72 R, 43 XBH (18 HR), 18 SB, 122/32 K/BB (113 G)

     

    Scouting Report

    Alfaro combines tons of natural ability with quickly improving baseball skills; incredibly agile and aggressive behind the plate; boasts a legitimate plus-plus arm that ranks among the best in the game; could benefit from streamlining more throws rather than relying on sheer arm strength; still raw and a blocker and receiver but is improving with experience; speed is above average relative to the position; has a presence on the basepaths.

    Right-handed hitter employs an aggressive approach; hit tool flashes average potential; gets out on his front side too often, especially when chasing breaking balls; plus raw bat speed has translated into above-average power as he’s moved up the ladder; impressive power to right-center field; advanced bat-to-ball ability; should continue to establish a more consistent approach as he gains experience; will always have an element of swing-and-miss to his game.

    Projection: First-division regular/potential All-Star

    Risk: Extreme

48. Maikel Franco, 1B, Philadelphia Phillies

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    Position: 1B

    DOB: 8/26/1992 (Age: 21)

    Height/Weight: 6’1”/180

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Signed: January 2010 (Dominican Republic)

    ETA: 2014

     

    2013 Stats

    High-A/Double-A: .320/.356/.569, 89 R, 70 XBH (31 HR), 103 RBI, 70/30 K/BB (134 G)

      

    Scouting Report

    Already physically strong at 6’1” and 180 pounds with room to add strength; really strong wrists; plus bat speed; feasts on fastballs; plus raw power; has made consistent, hard contact this season; still tends to over-swing at times; aggressive hitter who controls the barrel; doesn’t expand the strike zone as often as in 2012; improved secondary recognition.

    Below-average speed; organization moved him from third to first base for the final months of the season; struggles with body control; lacks instinctual first step; above-average arm strength; bat will now determine future as a first base-only prospect.

    Projection: Second-division regular 

    Risk: Medium

47. Billy Hamilton, OF, Cincinnati Reds

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    Position: OF

    DOB: 9/9/1990 (Age: 23)

    Height/Weight: 6'0", 160

    Bats/Throws: S/R

    Drafted: Second round, 2009 (Taylorsville HS, Miss.)

    ETA: 2013

     

    2013 Stats

    Triple-A: .256/.308/.343, 28 XBH (18 2B), 75 SB, 102/38 K/BB (123 G)

    MLB: .429/.500/.571, 9 R, 2 2B, 13 SB, 2 BB, K (11 G)

      

    Scouting Report

    Struggled to put ball in play this year consistently compared to 2012 season; always puts pressure on opposing defense; feet never stop moving on the baseball field, especially on the basepaths. Development of hit tool and approach regressed this season; struggles to make consistent contact; some extra-base power from left side thanks to more leveraged swing.

    Fastest player I’ve ever seen on a baseball field; best home-to-first time I’ve ever recorded or heard of; everyone in the park knows he’s running, and Hamilton still swipes bags with ease; legitimate top-of-the-order potential at maturity; secondary skills are raw and will require ongoing refinement.

    Hamilton was developed as a shortstop until fall of 2012; elite speed gives him tons of range and closing speed in the outfield; arm stroke that was awkward at shortstop plays well in center field given his length on the back side; speed allows him to compensate for poor reads; he’ll get to even more balls as his jumps and instincts improve; still learning to sprint to a spot rather than rely on strictly tracking the ball.

    Projection: Second-division regular

    Risk: High

46. Marcus Stroman, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays

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    Position: RHP

    DOB: 5/1/1991 (Age: 22)

    Height/Weight: 5’9”, 185

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted: First round, 2012 (Duke)

    ETA: 2013

     

    2013 Stats

    Double-A: 111.2 IP, 3.30 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, .234 BAA, 129/27 K/BB (20 GS)

     

    Scouting Report

    Right-hander’s 5'9" frame doesn’t involve much future projection; boasts explosive arsenal; made up for lost time this season after serving 50-game suspension (PEDs) to open the year; height impedes ability to work on a downhill plane; quickly proving he has the stuff and stamina to remain a starter.

    Twenty-two-year-old features tons of raw arm strength; fastball registers in the low- to mid-90s; present feel for working both sides of the plate; explosive pitch but lacks late life; legitimate concern about the plane of the pitch; high number of fly-ball outs; 83-86 mph slider represents a second plus offering with plus-plus potential; features wipeout break with the potential to miss bats at any level; effectiveness stems from fastball-like plane and release point; present feel for mixing in a low- to mid-80s changeup; less developed than breaking ball; average potential.

    Projection: No. 3 starter

    Risk: High

45. Lucas Sims, RHP, Atlanta Braves

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    Position: RHP

    DOB: 5/10/1994 (Age: 19)

    Height/Weight: 6’2”, 195

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted: First round, 2012 (Brookwood HS, Ga.)

    ETA: 2016

     

    2013 Stats

    Low-A: 116.2 IP, 2.62 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, .203 BAA, 134/46 K/BB (28 G/18 GS)

     

    Scouting Report

    6’2” right-hander is athletic with a live arm; consistent arm slot; made huge strides in overall development this past season; was unfazed by full-season assignment; showcases impressive and underrated blend of stuff and polish; already knows how to pitch at a young age; flashes potential for a four-pitch mix of at least average offerings; pounds the strike zone.

    Sims’ fastball registers in the low- to mid-90s range; velocity raised a few ticks along with the weather; good arm-side life to the pitch; curveball is a hammer and a potential swing-and-miss pitch; features big shape and heavy downer action in the upper-70s; showcased a quality slider during professional debut in 2012 but relied on it less this past year; changeup flashes average potential in the low- to mid-80s with late sink and fade to the arm side.

    Projection: No. 3 starter

    Risk: Medium

44. Aaron Sanchez, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays

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    Position: RHP

    DOB: 7/1/1992 (Age: 21)

    Height/Weight: 6’4”, 190

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted: First round, 2010 (Barstow HS, Calif.)

    ETA: 2015

     

    2013 Stats

    High-A: 86.1 IP, 3.34 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, .202 BAA, 75/40 K/BB (22 G/20 GS)

     

    Scouting Report

    Highly athletic and projectable 6’4” frame; should continue to add strength; effortless and fluid delivery with a quick arm; clean arm action; dealt with shoulder fatigue this season; still learning how to repeat arm slot with consistency; can overthrow at times; doesn’t always finish; pushes pitches to the arm side; timing can be inconsistent; occasionally leads to an arm drag.

    Pure stuff is excellent and sets him apart from most pitching prospects; fastball registers at an easy 94-98 mph and explodes out of his hand; one of the best in the minors; plus curveball has tight spin and sharp downer break; showed an improved feel for it this past season; changeup has some nice fade and is a viable third pitch; currently lacks consistency to retire left-handed hitters at more advanced levels; both secondary pitches are raw; control/command didn’t improve this past season as hoped and will need to as he moves up the ladder.

    Projection: No. 2/No. 3 starter

    Risk: High

43. Jake Marisnick, OF, Miami Marlins

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    Position: OF

    DOB: 3/30/1991 (Age: 22)

    Height/Weight: 6’4”, 225

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted: Third round, 2009 (Riverside Poly HS, Calif.)

    ETA: 2013

     

    2013 Stats

    High-A/Double-A: .289/.350/.489, 29 XBH (12 HR), 11 SB, 69/17 K/BB (70 G)

    MLB: .183/.231/.248, 4 XBH, 3 SB, 27/6 K/BB (40 G)

     

    Scouting Report 

    Right-handed hitter possesses a highly projectable frame with present strength at 6’4”, 225 pounds; ridiculous athlete; passes the eye test with flying colors; raw ability suggests potential for above-average hit and power tool; streaky hitter; lanky frame and upright setup create too much movement during swing; can fall into bad habit of employing the same swing and bat path regardless of pitch type, location and count; less weak contact and whiffs this season; bat path can be long; collapses back side in an effort to meet the ball and force contact; pitch recognition and plate discipline steadily improving; plus speed and base-stealing aptitude give him legitimate 20-20 potential.

    Has the speed and actions to remain in center field; plus range in all directions aided by natural instincts; glides to cover large distances; graceful actions; plus arm can play at all three outfield positions, more than enough for center; position will ultimately be tied to his offensive production; has been aggressively ushered up the ladder with both organizations; athleticism and tools give him a high ceiling despite previous struggles.

    Projection: First-division regular 

    Risk: High

42. Adalberto Mondesi, SS, Kansas City Royals

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    Position: SS

    DOB: 7/27/1995 (Age: 18)

    Height/Weight: 6’1”, 165

    Bats/Throws: S/R

    Signed: July 2011 (Dominican Republic)

    ETA: 2017

     

    2013 Stats

    Low-A: .261/.311/.361, 27 XBH (7 HR), 24 SB, 118/34 K/BB (125 G)

     

    Scouting Report

    Son of former big leaguer Raul Mondesi; projectable 6’1”, 165-pound frame leaves room to add strength; switch-hitter who’s understandably raw from both sides of the plate; approach is advanced for his age and gives him a chance for an above-average-to-plus hit tool. Above-average bat speed; hard to get a read on his power potential at the moment; shows in-game gap power and has above-average speed to be consistent extra-base threat.

    Mondesi is raw at shortstop but has the athleticism and defensive skills to thrive at the position; intuitive player with an instinctual first step; excellent glove; slick transfer and quick release; needs to improve his body control; plus range leads to high error total, though it’s nothing concerning; plus arm should only get stronger.

    Projection: First-division regular

    Risk: Extreme

41. Chris Owings, SS-2B, Arizona Diamondbacks

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    Position: SS-2B

    DOB: 8/12/1991 (Age: 22)

    Height/Weight: 5’10”, 180

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted: First round, 2009 (Gilbert HS, S.C.)

    ETA: 2013

     

    2013 Stats 

    Triple-A: .330/.359/.482, 104 R, 51 XBH (12 HR), 81 RBI, 20 SB, 99/22 K/BB (125 G)

    MLB: .295/.380/.386, 4 2B, 5 RBI, 2 SB, 6 BB, 9 K (17 G)

      

    Scouting Report

    Owings is only 5’10” and 180 pounds, but his tools play much louder. Right-handed hitter employs a compact swing thanks to strong hands and above-average bat speed; understands how to maximize power; can turn around good velocity; improved pitch recognition; needs to work deeper counts and coax more walks to be a top-of-the-order hitter; improved on-base skills should lead to more stolen bases; bat has some serious juice and could yield 15-20 home runs in the major leagues; key to his development will be consistency.

    One of the better defensive shortstops in the minor leagues; instinctual defender with quick feet; showcases excellent body control in all directions; smooth actions; plays through the baseball; plus arm strength more than enough for the position; could start to get looks at second base moving forward.

    Projection: Second-division regular 

    Risk: Medium

40. Julio Urias, LHP, Los Angeles Dodgers

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    Position: LHP

    DOB: 8/12/1996 (Age: 17)

    Height/Weight: 5’11”, 160

    Bats/Throws: L/L

    Signed: August 2012 (Mexico)

    ETA: 2016

     

    2013 Stats

    Low-A: 54.1 IP, 2.48 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, .227 BAA, 67/16 K/BB (18 GS)

     

    Scouting Report

    5’11" left-hander already has projectable frame and is literally growing; special combination of stuff and pitchability at a young age; employs smooth, repeatable delivery; consistently uses lower half; easy arm action; fastball sits in the low 90s and bumps 94-95 mph; potential plus curveball, and he demonstrates confidence for throwing it in any count; present feel for changeup; ridiculously bright future with front-of-the-rotation upside.

    Projection: No. 2 starter/No. 3 starter 

    Risk: Medium

39. Rougned Odor, 2B, Texas Rangers

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    Position: 2B

    DOB: 2/3/1994 (Age: 19)

    Height/Weight: 5’11”, 170

    Bats/Throws: L/R

    Signed: January 2011 (Venezuela)

    ETA: 2015

     

    2013 Stats

    High-A/Double-A: .305/.365/.474, 85 R, 58 XBH (41 2B), 78 RBI, 32 SB, 91/35 K/BB (130 G)

     

    Scouting Report

    The 19-year-old possesses much more physical strength than his 5’11”, 170-pound frame suggests; has continually thrived as a younger player in advanced leagues; hugely underrated combination of hit tool potential and plus speed; left-handed hitter has above-average power for his size and position; impressive power frequency; extra-base machine; drives the ball with authority to all fields; knack for hard contact; swing is compact; demonstrates excellent hand-eye coordination.

    Above-average range at second base; soft hands and strong arm; is a clean fit at the position; hard-nosed ballplayer who does everything with max intensity; excellent instincts; makes things happen on both sides of the ball.

    Projection: First-division regular

    Risk: Medium

38. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates

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    Position: RHP

    DOB: 8/23/1993 (Age: 20)

    Height/Weight: 6’7”, 195

    Bats/Throws: L/R

    Drafted: Fifth round, 2011 (Hart HS, Calif.)

    ETA: 2016

     

    2013 Stats 

    Low-A: 111.1 IP, 2.18 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, .142 BAA, 164/61 K/BB (24 GS)

     

    Scouting Report

    The 6’7”, 195-pound right-hander throws fastball on a steep downhill plane; improved velocity has him sitting in the mid-90s with a chance for even more. Curveball can be a hammer with plus potential but is inconsistent at the moment; doesn’t always stay on top and execute pitch; flashes excellent shape; potential out pitch. Changeup is a work in progress offering that has noticeably improved this season.

    Command of entire arsenal took significant step forward this year in full-season debut; quickly developing into more of a pitcher than thrower.

    Projection: No. 2 starter

    Risk: High

37. Garin Cecchini, 3B, Boston Red Sox

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    Position: 3B

    DOB: 4/20/1991 (Age: 22)

    Height/Weight: 6’2”, 200

    Bats/Throws: L/R

    Drafted: Fourth round, 2010 (Alfred M. Barbe HS, La.)

    ETA: 2014 

     

    2013 Stats

    High-A/Double-A: .322/.443/.471, 80 R, 47 XBH (7 HR), 23 SB, 86/94 K/BB (129 G)

     

    Scouting Report

    The 6’2” left-handed hitter has projectable frame and should continue to add strength as he fills out; love the simplicity to his swing; one of the more impressive hitters I saw in person this season; slightly above-average bat speed and superb bat-to-ball caters to his potential for an above-average-to-plus hit tool.

    Compact swing yields consistent, hard contact; gets extension after deep point of contact, which allows him to drive the ball from line to line; present gap power could evolve into solidly average power in big leagues; plate discipline and pitch recognition are highly advanced and polished; possesses slightly above-average speed but is an instinctual and adept base stealer; isn’t afraid to earn the extra base on a knock.

    Background of a middle infielder in high school; shifted to third base upon turning pro and has adjusted quickly to new position; has giving hands and solid defensive actions; can be a bit choppy and boxy at times, but good instincts give him slightly above-average range; solid body control; plus arm is best defensive tool and will allow him to stick at the position; still learning intricacies at the hot corner and will need to make adjustments.

    Projection: Second-division regular

    Risk: Medium

36. Matt Wisler, RHP, San Diego Padres

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    Position: RHP

    DOB: 09/12/1992 (Age: 21)

    Height/Weight: 6’3”, 195

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted: Seventh round, 2011 (Bryan HS, Ohio)

    ETA: 2014

     

    2013 Stats

    High-A/Double-A: 136 IP, 2.78 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, .217 BAA, 131/33 K/BB (26 GS)

       

    Scouting Report

    Still growing into projectable 6’3”, 195-pound frame; good athlete; delivery involves moderate effort; will jerk with upper body and head at times, though it doesn’t impede his ability to throw strikes; will need to be cleaned up a bit; maintains balance and posture; quick arm; stays in line with the plate. 

    Fastball is a present plus in the low- to mid-90s; will run it as high as 95-96 mph; lots of late life to the arm-side; improving sinking action; pitch flattens out when elevated; lacks consistent downhill plane; has a feel for working both sides of the plate; command projects to be average. 

    Slider is a future plus offering; thrown with excellent depth and pace at 82-87 mph; two-plane breaker; swing-and-miss potential; feel for adding and subtracting; shows confidence in pitch both in and out of the zone; tight spin and sharp bite; still learning to locate against left-handed hitters.

    Changeup is a fringe offering that projects to be at least average at maturity; generates two-seam-like fade and sink in the mid-80s; repeats arm slot well; throws it on the firm side; weapon against left-handed hitters; became more comfortable using it against righties this season; plenty of room to improve; employs a usable mid-70s curveball as his fourth pitch; used sparingly.

    Projection: No. 3 starter

    Risk: Medium

35. Andrew Heaney, LHP, Miami Marlins

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    Position: LHP

    DOB: 6/5/1991 (Age: 22)

    Height/Weight: 6’3”, 180

    Bats/Throws: L/L

    Drafted: First round, 2012 (Oklahoma State)

    ETA: 2014

     

    2013 Stats

    High-A/Double-A: 95.1 IP, 1.60 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, .211 BAA, 89/26 K/BB (19 G/18 GS)

      

    Scouting Report

    Projectable 6’2”, 190-pound frame; athletic build with long limbs; smooth delivery requires minimum effort; loose, whippy arm; present pitchability; suffered an oblique strain this season and will need to put meat on his bones to avoid future injuries. 

    Boasts a three-pitch mix of average-to-plus pitches; plus fastball works in the low to-mid-90s with late life; has touched mid-90s more consistently since returning from injury; breaking ball is at least above average and a legitimate swing-and-miss offering; has demonstrated more consistent feel for pitch this season; less "slurvy"; changeup is average and continues to improve; effective against right-handed hitters; advanced feel for entire arsenal could have him in the major leagues quickly.

    Projection: No. 3 starter 

    Risk: Medium

34. Kyle Crick, RHP, San Francisco Giants

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    Position: RHP

    DOB: 11/30/1992 (Age: 20)

    Height/Weight: 6’4”, 220

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted: First round, 2011 (Sherman HS, Texas)

    ETA: 2015

     

    2013 Stats

    High-A: 68.2 IP, 1.57 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, .201 BAA, 95/39 K/BB (14 GS)

      

    Scouting Report

    Possesses highly projectable frame at 6’4”, 220 pounds; strong core and lower half; struggles to maintain posture at times, cause his arm to drag slightly; effortless fastball velocity in the 93-96 range; bumps 97-98 mph; showed improved command of the pitch this season; establishes early in games; changeup is a second plus pitch; excellent arm speed and velocity separation relative to fastball; plus movement with considerable arm-side fade.

    Curveball is still a work in progress but flashes plus potential when he’s on; impressive shape and pace but shoddy command; struggles to get on top of pitch rather and will frequently come around the side; slider has late bite and should serve as a viable fourth pitch at maturity; aggressively attacks hitters and maintains consistent approach even when command is shaky; feel for sequencing should improve against more advanced hitters.

    Projection: No. 2 starter

    Risk: High

33. Eddie Butler, RHP, Colorado Rockies

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    Position: RHP

    DOB: 03/13/1991 (Age: 22)

    Height/Weight: 6’2”, 180

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted: First round, 2012 (Samford)

    ETA: 2014

     

    2013 Stats

    Low-A/High-A/Double-A: 149.2 IP, 1.80 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, .180 BAA, 143/52 K/BB (28 GS)

       

    Scouting Report

    Wiry frame at 6’2”, 180 pounds; still adding strength; three-quarters arm slot; good use of lower half driving toward the plate; crossfire delivery and long limbs create natural deception; delivery involves effort but he repeats it well; noticeable feel for mechanics; showcases a fast arm and smooth release; employs aggressive approach; simply knows how to get guys out. 

    Fastball is a present plus sitting consistently in the 93-96 mph range; tops out at 97-98; average command; features ridiculous movement with exceptional arm-side run and sink; attacks right-handed hitters with two-seam, which is a legitimate bat-breaker and -misser; turns to four-seamer when working up in the zone; also uses it to pound the inner half against left-handed hitters, which is impressive given the crossfire delivery.

    Changeup has late, splitter-like tumble; present plus pitch thrown in the mid- to upper-80s; generates fade and sink that mirrors two-seam fastball; plus-plus potential; nearly identical release point and arm speed relative to heater; throws pitch with conviction against both right- and left-handed hitters; shows confidence in pitch regardless of count. 

    Slider is an above-average offering in the 84-88 mph range; flashes plus potential; feel for adding and subtracting; features later and sharper bite when thrown towards high end of velocity range; adept at throwing it for a strike and burying it when ahead in the count; another potential swing-and-miss offering; mixes in a low-80s curveball to offer the hitter a different look; decent shape and depth; future solid-average pitch.

    Projection: No. 2 starter/No. 3 starter

    Risk: Medium

32. Kolten Wong, 2B, St. Louis Cardinals

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    Position: 2B

    DOB: 10/10/1990 (Age: 22)

    Height/Weight: 5’9”, 190

    Bats/Throws: L/R

    Drafted: First round, 2011 (Hawaii)

    ETA: 2013

     

    2013 Stats

    Triple-A: .303/.369/.466, 39 XBH (10 HR), 20 SB, 60/41 K/BB (107 G)

    MLB: .151/.196/.170 (8-for-53), 3 SB, 11/3 K/BB (29 G)

      

    Scouting Report 

    Potential top-of-the-order left-handed bat capable of hitting for average and getting on base; understands the strike zone and drives the ball from line to line with a direct bat path; may need to simplify his load/timing mechanism, but it hasn’t hindered his production thus far; hit tool projects to be above average while his power should be good for 10-15 home runs per season; doesn’t possess typical up-the-middle speed but is a smart baserunner; high baseball IQ allows him to make in-game adjustments, which should aid his success as a major leaguer.

    Defense at second base is big league-ready; I have never been impressed by his range at the position, but he compensates with true instincts and a good first step; hands and actions are smooth and consistent; can be weak and tentative to the backhand; lack of arm strength limits him to a career at second base. 

    Projection: First-division regular

    Risk: Low

31. Joc Pederson, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers

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    Position: OF

    DOB: 4/21/1992 (Age: 21)

    Height/Weight: 6’1”, 185

    Bats/Throws: L/L

    Drafted: 11th round, 2010 (Palo Alto HS, Calif.)

    ETA: 2014 

     

    2013 Stats

    Double-A: .278/.381/.497, 81 R, 49 XBH (22 HR), 31 SB, 114/70 K/BB (123 G) 

     

    Scouting Report

    The 21-year-old possesses quiet strength at 6’1”, 185 pounds; showcases an all-around impressive set of tools and athleticism; speed is only average, but his hard-nosed, aggressive mentality makes it play up a grade.

    Has been developed as a center fielder over the past three seasons and may be able to stick there; both his reads and routes have an element of rawness; present athleticism and tremendous work ethic suggest that they will continue to improve; above-average arm strength is more than enough for the position and will translate if he moves to a corner spot.

    Power translated this season at Double-A; average or better power potential; demonstrates mature approach and works hard to put together at-bats; tracks the ball well and fires hands at the last minute; still has room to improve against same-side pitching; bat enters the zone on a nice downward angle, which results in backspin carry to all fields; potential for slightly above-average hit tool thanks to mature plate discipline and line-drive-oriented swing.

    Projection: Second-division regular

    Risk: Medium

30. Jackie Bradley, OF, Boston Red Sox

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    Position: OF

    DOB: 4/19/1990 (Age: 23)

    Height/Weight: 5’10”, 195

    Bats/Throws: L/R

    Drafted: First round, 2011 (South Carolina)

    ETA: 2013

     

    2013 Stats

    Triple-A: .275/.374/.469, 57 R, 39 XBH (10 HR), 7 SB, 75/41 K/BB (80 G)

    MLB: .196/.282/.348, 17 R, 8 XBH (3 HR), 30/9 K/BB (34 G)

     

    Scouting Report

    Left-handed hitter flashes potential for an above-average-to-plus hit tool; compact bat path; uses whole field; present feel for the strike zone; mature approach and secondary skills; falls into slumps when he pulls off the ball; natural stroke is back up the middle and the other way; pitch recognition against breaking balls needs refinement; above-average speed plays up due to excellent instincts.

    Profiles as a legitimate big league center fielder; gets excellent reads; has a quick first step; above-average range in all directions, especially laterally; arm strength is slightly above average and ideal for center field; could suffice at a corner spot if necessary; bat is better suited for center field.

    Projection: First-division regular

    Risk: Low

29. Lucas Giolito, RHP, Washington Nationals

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    Position: RHP

    DOB: 7/14/1994 (Age: 19)

    Height/Weight: 6’6”, 225

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted: First round, 2012 (Harvard-Westlake HS, Calif.)

    ETA: 2015

     

    2013 Stats

    GCL/Short Season: 36.2 IP, 1.96 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, .217 BAA, 39/14 K/BB (11 GS)

     

    Scouting Report

    Giolito and his big-time arm strength received consideration for the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2012 after sitting in the mid-to-high-90s early in the spring; tweaked UCL in March and missed the rest of the high school season; re-injured elbow in first professional start this summer and subsequently underwent Tommy John surgery; returned in early July this year and quickly made up for the lost time.

    6’6” right-hander boasts a smooth and balanced delivery; fastball will range anywhere from 94 to 99 mph and he could carry it deep into starts as an amateur; potential to reach triple digits when he regains full arm strength.

    Curveball is a potential plus-plus offering and flat-out nasty; pitch draws as many jelly-leg reactions as swing-and-misses; changeup was a borderline-plus pitch before the injury and should be excellent as he regains a feel against good competition; above-average command of all three offerings is impressive given the amount of movement.

    Projection: No. 2 starter

    Risk: High

28. Yordano Ventura, RHP, Kansas City Royals

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    Position: RHP

    DOB: 6/3/1991 (Age: 22)

    Height/Weight: 5’11”, 180

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Signed: October 2008 (Dominican Republic)

    ETA: 2013

      

    2013 Stats

    Double-A/Triple-A: 134.2 IP, 3.14 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, .238 BAA, 155/53 K/BB (26 G/25 GS)

    MLB: 11.1 IP, 7 H, 1.59 ERA, 5 BB, 9 K (2 GS)

     

    Scouting Report

    Right-hander has wiry frame at 5’11”, 180 pounds with room to add even more strength; lightning-quick arm that pumps fastballs in the mid- to high-90s; capable of reaching triple digits earlier in starts and in shorter stints; pitch lacks significant movement; demonstrates feel for cutting the pitch at times; will occasionally overthrow.

    Curveball has the makings of a second plus pitch with sharp downer break; comfortable throwing it in any count; legitimate out pitch but still needs slight refinement. Changeup is fringe-average and could be another weapon with further refinement; big upside considering his arm speed. Both command and control are raw but have improved this season; has shown a more consistent feel for arsenal.

    Projection: No. 3 starter; closer 

    Risk: Medium

27. Travis d'Arnaud, C, New York Mets

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    Position: C

    DOB: 2/10/1989 (Age: 24)

    Height/Weight: 6’2”, 195

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted: First round, 2007 by Phillies (Lakewood HS, Calif.)

    ETA: 2013

     

    2013 Stats  

    GCL/Double-A/Triple-A: .286/.420/.514, 17 XBH (3 HR), 23/25 K/BB (32 G)

    MLB: .185/.269/.250, 4 XBH, 19/11 K/BB (29 G)

    Scouting Report

    The 6’2” right-handed hitter has above-average bat speed; impressive raw power. Lift in swing generates backspin carry; power frequency continues to improve. Short, compact swing; good feel for bat head relative to zone; makes loud contact to all fields. Has some swing-and-miss in his game; will pull open with front side; needs to focus on driving the ball to right-center gap; keeps hands inside ball when in a groove.

    Defense has vastly improved over past two seasons; quiet athleticism; moves well laterally behind the plate. Has become a more aggressive blocker; boxes fewer balls; receiving skills continue to improve; ability to frame pitches at the bottom of the strike zone is impressive. Gives umpires a good look at pitches; has been lauded by pitchers and managers for putting down good fingers.

    Plus arm is strongest defensive asset. Footwork can get out of sync with arm; foot fracture that sidelined him this season shouldn't impact mobility behind the plate; decision-making has been tested in the major leagues.

    Projection: First-division regular

    Risk: High

26. Corey Seager, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers

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    Position: SS

    DOB: 4/27/1994 (Age: 19)

    Height/Weight: 6’4”, 215

    Bats/Throws: L/R

    Drafted: First round, 2012 (Northwest Cabarrus, N.C)

    ETA: 2015

     

    2013 Stats 

    Low-A/High-A: .269/.351/.473, 40 XBH (16 HR), 72 RBI, 10 SB, 89/46 K/BB (101 G)

     

    Scouting Report

    At 6’4” and 215 pounds, Seager has present physicality with room to tack on additional strength; boasts advanced left-handed bat with the potential for above-average hit and power tools; exhibits all-around good habits at the plate that are uncommon in an 19-year-old hitter; has an easy, direct swing that allows him to sting the ball from line to line with impressive power to the opposite field.

    Noticeably employs a consistent approach at the plate and doesn’t get himself out; he’s selective, but it doesn’t impede his ability to attack and drive the ball; potential impact bat capable of reaching the majors ahead of schedule.

    Possesses slightly above-average speed on both sides of the ball that tends to play up due to his instincts; range is only average but enough to remain at shortstop for the time being; plus arm is suitable for either left side of the infield position; there’s a chance he outgrows the position as he develops physically and shifts to third base.

    Projection: First-division regular

    Risk: Medium

25. George Springer, OF, Houston Astros

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    Position: OF

    DOB: 9/19/1989 (Age: 24)

    Height/Weight: 6’3”, 200

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted: First round, 2011 (Connecticut)

    ETA: 2013

     

    2013 Stats 

    Double-A/Triple-A: 303/.411/.600, 106 R, 68 XBH (37 HR), 108 RBI, 45 SB, 161/83 K/BB (135 G)

      

    Scouting Report

    The 6'3", 200-pounder has the potential for five average-to-plus tools in the major leagues. Hit tool has surpassed expectations but still has question marks; struggles to showcase consistent approach; tries to pull everything. Pitch recognition needs refinement, especially against breaking balls. Long swing inhibits consistent contact. Plus-plus raw power to all fields; has made max-effort swing work thus far.

    Has the athleticism and defensive skills to remain in center field; above-average speed lends to his range; adept and aggressive base stealer. Projects to be at least an above-average defender in the major leagues; strong arm plays anywhere in the outfield. He's 24 but still has a high ceiling; the development of hit tool will determine whether he becomes a star.

    Projection: Potential All-Star

    Risk: High

24. Kris Bryant, 3B, Chicago Cubs

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    Position: 3B

    DOB: 1/4/1992 (Age: 21)

    Height/Weight: 6’5”, 215

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted: First round, 2013 (San Diego)

    ETA: 2015

     

    2013 Stats

    AZL/Short Season/High-A: .336/.390/.688, 25 XBH (9 HR), 32 RBI, 35/11 K/BB (36 G)

     

    Scouting Report

    Understands how to utilize massive 6’5”, 215-pound frame. Wide stance and base; effortless, quiet swing for slugger; toe-tap load with balanced weight transfer through the baseball. Will be forced to improve pitch selection and recognition in the majors. Swing has some length and makes him vulnerable to plus velocity on the hands; present plus-plus raw power to all fields.

    Chance to boast elite power at maturity with improvements. Loose hands and wrists; outstanding bat speed; power should always be there, even if average isn’t. Showcases impressive barrel control through the strike zone; excellent hip rotation creates extension through the baseball; favorable point of contact off a firm front side; generates backspin carry to all fields.

    Moves well for a player of his size; present athleticism. Not a base-clogger; could gain half a grade with improved conditioning/training as a professional. Should be able to stay at hot corner as a professional, at least initially; able to get low enough to make the plays; actions can be too deliberate and stiff; glove and hands profile favorably as a corner infielder; average range.

    Has also seen time in right field this spring, where his actions, athleticism and long strides could make him a solid-to-average defender at the position. Plus-arm strength is strongest defensive asset; clean arm stroke and release; good carry on throws; above-average accuracy, more than enough for third base and/or right field.

    Projection: Potential All-Star 

    Risk: High

23. Alex Meyer, RHP, Minnesota Twins

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    Position: RHP

    DOB: 1/3/1990 (Age: 23)

    Height/Weight: 6’9”, 220

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted: First round, 2011 by Nationals (Kentucky)

    ETA: 2014

     

    2013 Stats

    GCL/Double-A: 78.1 IP, 2.99 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, .227 BAA, 100/32 K/BB (16 GS)

      

    Scouting Report

    This 6’9” right-hander has a massive frame and long limbs; shows body control and repeatable mechanics uncommon in players his size. Throws everything on a steep downhill plane; continues to surprise with command.

    Fastball is difficult to barrel; registers between 93-97 mph and can flirt with triple digits in shorter stints; plus slider has a sharp, wipe-out break; uses it consistently against both right- and left-handed hitters; vs. lefties: he demonstrates a feel throwing it backdoor for a strike and the hitter’s back foot for a swing and miss; changeup shows signs of being at least average but needs refinement; development of third pitch will be crucial to development as a starter.

    Projection: No. 2/No. 3 starter 

    Risk: Medium

22. Kyle Zimmer, RHP, Kansas City Royals

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    Position: RHP

    DOB: 9/13/1991 (Age: 22)

    Height/Weight: 6’3”, 215

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted: First round, 2012 (San Francisco)

    ETA: 2013

     

    2013 Stats

    High-A/Double-A: 108.1 IP, 4.32 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, .224 BAA, 140/36 K/BB (22 GS)

     

    Scouting Report

    Projectable frame at 6’3”, 215 pounds. Had surgery following the season to remove bone chips in his elbow. Clean, repeatable mechanics; fast, fluid arm action; lack of mileage after moving to the mound as a college sophomore. Works on consistent downhill plane; lack of deception can give hitters too good of a look at times.

    Zimmer’s fastball sits in the low- to mid-90s with late life. Jumps out of his hand thanks to quick arm; can reach back for 96-98 mph at times. Curveball projects to be a second plus pitch with sharp downer break. Also throws an average slider with tight rotation. Changeup has come along nicely and gives him a deep, four-pitch mix; gets into trouble when he throws too many strikes; stuff plays lighter and soft-ish when left up in the zone.

    Projection: No. 2 starter

    Risk: Medium

21. Jorge Soler, OF, Chicago Cubs

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    Position: OF

    DOB: 2/25/1992 (Age: 21)

    Height/Weight: 6’4”, 215

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Signed: June 2012 (Cuba)

    ETA: 2015

     

    2013 Stats

    High-A: .281/.343/.467, 22 XBH (8 HR), 38/21 K/BB (55 G)

      

    Scouting Report

    Strong, physical player at 6’4”, 215 pounds; mature frame requires little projection. Ball absolutely jumps off his bat; dynamic bat speed and plus raw power; extension and lift after contact. Comfortable driving the ball with authority to all fields; approach was more developed than expected in pro debut.

    Comfortable hitting when behind in the count; decent pitch recognition relative to stateside experience. Swing can be rushed and choppy; timing mechanism and load will be simplified; premium velocity may exploit weaknesses at higher levels.

    Above-average runner who moves well despite size; range will be at least average and more than enough for a corner outfield position; plus arm is second-strongest attribute; ideal for right field; routes and reads have improved since beginning professional career.

    Projection: Potential All-Star 

    Risk: High

20. Mark Appel, RHP, Houston Astros

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    Position: RHP

    DOB: 7/15/1991 (Age: 22) 

    Height/Weight: 6’5”, 215

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted: First round, 2013 (Stanford)

    ETA: 2014

     

    2013 Stats

    Short Season/Low-A: 38 IP, 3.79 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, .245 BAA, 33/9 K/BB (10 GS)

     

    Scouting Report

    Physically stronger and in better shape than 2012. More durable; delivery still involves some effort, but easier and smoother this season. Generates extension toward plate with long limbs and consistent release point over front side; utilization of strong lower half and core has resulted in cleaner mid-three-quarter arm action; allows him to create a consistent plane toward the plate. Can almost be too smooth at times, which limits his natural deception; near-elite combination of size, athleticism and arm strength.

    Fastball sits consistently in the 93-97 mph range; comes out of his hand cleanly and can jump on opposing hitters. Holds mid-90s velocity deep into his starts; lacks plus movement; tends to flatten out when elevated; flashes some sink and arm-side run when located down in the strike zone; needs more consistent extension to generate consistent life. Control has always been sharp; command is average but plays up against college hitters. Pitch should naturally improve in more competitive environment and against professional hitters.

    Mid-three-quarter arm angle inhibits his ability to throw slider with consistent shape and pace; registers in 84-88 mph range; slurve-like spin gives the offering some glove-slide slice; too much sweeping action as he pushes it to the plate; offering will need to be cleaned up upon turning pro. Changeup vastly improved pitch in terms of its movement, effectiveness and usage.

    Legitimate plus offering with chance for future plus-plus grade; thrown in the 83-85 mph range with fastball-like arm speed; demonstrates natural feel for turning it over; generates late sinking action with steep fade to the arm side; confidence throwing it in any count; true out pitch at the next level; needs to create a more distinct speed differential relative to slider.

    Projection: No. 2/No. 3 starter

    Risk: Medium

19. Albert Almora, OF, Chicago Cubs

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    Position: OF

    DOB: 4/16/1994 (Age: 19)

    Height/Weight: 6’2”, 180

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted: First round, 2012 (Mater Academy, Fla.)

    ETA: 2015

     

    2013 Stats

    Low-A: .329/.376/.466, 24 XBH (17 2B), 30/17 K/BB (61 G)

     

    Scouting Report

    Premium athlete who showcases all five tools, mature work ethic and advanced baseball skills. His 6’2”, 180-pound frame leaves room for projection. Above-average bat speed results in consistent, hard contact to all fields. Quiet and efficient swing with little wasted movement; power will develop as he matures; should be above-average by the time he reaches the major leagues. All-around offensive skill set highly advanced for his age; 20-20 offensive upside with above-average hit tool.

    Slightly above-average runner; demonstrates excellent instincts in center field through his reads, jumps and positioning; average arm strength that’s best suited for center field; above-average defensive outfielder with natural ability and an all-out style. He also has high baseball IQ and mature on-field demeanor.

    Projection: First-division regular

    Risk: Medium

18. Jonathan Gray, RHP, Colorado Rockies

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    Position: RHP

    DOB: 11/5/1991 (Age: 21)

    Height/Weight: 6’4”/255

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted: First round, 2013 (Oklahoma)

    ETA: 2014

     

    2013 Stats

    Rookie/High-A: 37.1 IP, 1.93 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, .189 BAA, 51/8 K/BB (9 GS)

     

    Scouting Report

    Classic power pitcher frame at 6’4” and 255 pounds; broad shoulders; strong lower half and core with a knowledge of how to use both. Drives off the rubber; power doesn’t require maximum effort; fast and fluid arm action. Explosive; can appear stiff at times; will still get underneath the ball and drag arm; has a feel for his mechanics and understands when to make adjustments.

    Possesses the stamina to work deep into starts; demonstrates body control overall; rarely rushes delivery; can pull open with front shoulder at times and lose pitches up and to the arm-side. Will occasionally lose the feel for his release point from the stretch; can offer left-handed hitters too good of a look at the ball at time of release.

    Effortless plus-plus fastball velocity; borderline elite; registers in the 94-98 mph range deep into games; will crack triple digits early in starts; topped out at 102 mph this spring. Fastball is reliant upon velocity and explosiveness; lacks movement; doesn’t shy away from challenging hitters. Plus slider sits consistently between 85-88 mph; late, wipe-out break; sharp tilt with great pace; present plus offering; will need to bury it more as a professional.

    Straight changeup is weakest of his offerings and is an average pitch with the chance to improve a grade; 81-84 mph; thrown with convincing fastball-like arm speed; some fading action to the arm side.

    Projection: No. 2 starter

    Risk: High

17. Dylan Bundy, RHP, Baltimore Orioles

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    Position: RHP

    DOB: 11/15/1992 (Age: 20)

    Height/Weight: 6’1”, 195

    Bats/Throws: S/R

    Drafted: First round, 2011 (Owasso HS, Okla.)

    ETA: 2014

     

    2013 Stats (DNP—Tommy John surgery)

     

    Scouting Report

    The 6’1” right-hander is physically strong; broad shoulders; utilizes lower half and core strength; finishes well out front. Minimal effort; repeats delivery; durable; quick arm; hard to pick up out of hand; poised from the stretch. Possesses a feel for his mechanics well beyond his years. Has yet to take the mound this season due to minor elbow/forearm injury.

    Bundy boasts an advanced four-pitch mix highlighted by a mid-90s two-seam fastball with exceptional run; blows hitters away with a four-seamer that reaches the high 90s; breaking ball is a hammer and plus pitch; tight rotation; still developing command of the pitch; occasionally leaves it up in the zone. Changeup is his most consistent secondary pitch; potential to be another above-average offering; also has a slider but primary breaking ball is the curve. 

    Projection: No. 2 starter 

    Risk: High

16. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates

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    Position: RHP

    DOB: 11/18/1991 (Age: 21)

    Height/Weight: 6’6”, 235

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted: First round, 2010 (The Woodlands HS, Texas)

    ETA: 2014

     

    2013 Stats

    Double-A/Triple-A: 147.1 IP, 3.73 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, .249 BAA, 143/52 K/BB (26 G/25 GS)

     

    Scouting Report

    The 6’6” power pitcher has a huge ceiling; long limbs give him exceptional reach; tall, lanky frame; loose arm. Can be long and tight on backside. Hides ball well overall, though left-handers seem to get a decent look; difficult arm angle; repeatable mechanics; still establishing a feel for delivery; needs to utilize height and work downhill; should improve as he learns to finish with consistency.

    Fastball sits in the mid- to high-90s with late movement to the arm side; velocity plays up due to extension; jumps out of his hand and on opposing hitters. Curveball is a second plus pitch thrown with velocity and a sharp, two-plane break. Made strides with changeup this season; throws it too firmly at times; will be crucial toward overall progress; needs to iron out some minor issues with his mechanics and refine his overall command.

    Projection: No. 3 starter

    Risk: Medium

15. Nick Castellanos, OF, Detroit Tigers

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    Position: OF

    DOB: 3/4/1992 (Age: 21)

    Height/Weight: 6’4”, 210

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted: First round, 2010 (Archbishop McCarthy HS, Fla.)

    ETA: 2013

     

    2013 Stats

    Triple-A: .276/.343/.450, 81 R, 56 XBH (18 HR), 100/54 K/BB (134 G)

    MLB: 5-for-17 (.294), K (9 G)

     

    Scouting Report

    Pure hitter with highly advanced bat-to-ball skills; ability to consistently barrel the ball; natural inside-out swing with lots of power to right-center field; quick hands and bat speed; loose wrists and a fluid swing; lots of extension after contact but not a lofty swing. Not physically strong for his size but possesses plenty of wiry strength.

    Power should continue to develop as he gains more experience at higher levels; should always be an extra-base machine; prone to chasing sliders low and off the plate; has barrel control to be an above-average hitter in the major leagues; noticeably improved approach and pitch recognition this season at Triple-A. 

    Drafted and developed as a third baseman until mid-2012 but moved to the outfield as a way to potentially expedite his arrival in the big leagues; has the arm strength for the position. Has shown noticeable improvements this season but has his bad days out there; still needs to learn how to make consistent reads; actions can be stiff; not a particularly strong runner but moves well once he hits full stride.

    Projection: First-division regular

    Risk: Medium

14. Austin Hedges, C, San Diego Padres

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    Position: C

    DOB: 8/18/1992 (Age: 21)

    Height/Weight: 6’1”, 190

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted: Second round, 2011 (Junipero Serra Catholic HS, Calif.)

    ETA: 2015 

     

    2013 Stats 

    High-A/Double-A: .260/.333/.390, 30 XBH (25 2B), 8 SB, 54/28 K/BB (86 G)

     

    Scouting Report

    The top defensive catcher in the minor leagues—hands down; Hedges’ defensive prowess alone will get him to the major leagues; stifles opponents’ running game with a plus arm and quick catch and release; consistent plus pop times; outstanding receiver with little movement behind the plate; gives the umpire an ideal look at every pitch; blocking continues to improve; has received praise from both his pitchers and managers for his game-calling skills and ability to slow down the game.

    Hit tool projects to be average to above-average; has held his own against advanced pitching; will get beaten by velocity on the hands; mature approach for his age; shows willingness to coax walks; plenty of gap power; over-the-fence pop should continue to emerge; more speed and athleticism than typical catcher; instincts should allow him to approach double-digit stolen bases totals.

    Projection: Potential All-Star 

    Risk: Medium

13. Robert Stephenson, RHP, Cincinnati Reds

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    Position: RHP

    DOB: 2/24/1993 (Age: 20)

    Height/Weight: 6’2”, 190

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted: First round, 2011 (Alhambra HS, Calif.)

    ETA: 2015

     

    2013 Stats 

    Low-A/High-A/Double-A: 114.1 IP, 2.99 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, .217 BAA, 136/35 K/BB (22 GS)

     

    Scouting Report

    Stephenson is a durable 6’2” right-hander with a projectable frame and elite arm strength; loose body and arm action. Fastball is a plus pitch with effortless 94-98 mph velocity; routinely bumps triple digits; easy release creates deception; jumps out of the hand; commands pitch well to both sides of the plate; attacks opposing hitters; will overthrow at times.

    Has an advanced feel for fading changeup and sells it with fastball-like arm speed. His breaking ball will need to be cleaned up, but its present pace and shape suggests it’ll be another plus offering. Secondary offerings lack consistency, though that should improve with experience against advanced competition. Should have no problem reaching his ceiling as a front-line starter.

    Projection: No. 2 starter

    Risk: High

12. Addison Russell, SS, Oakland Athletics

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    Position: SS

    DOB: 1/23/1994 (Age: 19)

    Height/Weight: 6’0", 195

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted: First round, 2012 (Pace HS, Fla.)

    ETA: 2014

     

    2013 Stats

    High-A/Triple-A: .269/.369/.495, 86 R, 56 XBH (17 HR), 21 SB, 125/61 K/BB (110 G)

     

    Scouting Report

    Dynamic right-handed hitter; explosive wrists; strong hands; ropes line drives to all fields. Demonstrates a knack for barreling the ball; maintains balance throughout swing; present strength projects for above-average power; should always tally a high number of doubles and triples. Over-the-fence power should begin to show itself in coming years; takes aggressive hacks; swings to strike the baseball rather than feel for contact; advanced bat control yields loud contact to all fields. Smart base stealer who picks his spots and gets good jumps.

    Plus runner with quick feet; plenty of range; athleticism for any position on the field; doesn’t always showcase the prettiest actions at shortstop but makes all the plays. Plays through the ball and gets rid of it quickly; gathers momentum toward target. Active and agile defender; above-average arm strength; throws pills across the infield with a fast arm and smooth transfer.

    Projection: Potential All-Star

    Risk: High

11. Gregory Polanco, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates

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    Position: OF

    DOB: 9/14/1991 (Age: 22)

    Height/Weight: 6’4”, 170

    Bats/Throws: L/L

    Signed: April 2009 (Dominican Republic)

    ETA: 2015

     

    2013 Stats 

    High-A/Double-A/Triple-A: .285/.356/.434, 44 XBH (12 HR), 71 RBI, 38 SB, 73/52 K/BB (127 G)

     

    Scouting Report

    Top-flight athlete; projectable 6’4”, 170-pound frame; plenty of room to add strength; has outstanding tools and surprisingly mature secondary skills; left-handed hitter has the potential for an above-average or better hit tool at the highest level; showcases excellent bat speed and bat-to-ball ability; already comfortable driving the ball to all fields; swings to drive the ball but doesn’t sell out for power; bat enters zone at steep angle to generate backspin carry; can overload at times and get long; may be susceptible to premium velocity.

    Plus athleticism, excellent speed and range profile favorably in center field; long strides; rangy; gets good jumps; routes are still improving; may lose a step or two as he fills out; should hit enough even if he’s forced to a corner spot.

    Projection: First-division regular

    Risk: Medium

10. Francisco Lindor, SS, Cleveland Indians

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    Position: SS

    DOB: 11/14/1993 (Age: 19)

    Height/Weight: 5’11”, 175

    Bats/Throws: S/R

    Drafted: First round, 2011 (Montverde HS, Fla.)

    ETA: 2014

    2013 Stats 

    High-A/Double-A: .303/.380/.407, 31 XBH (7 3B), 25 SB, 46/49 K/BB (104 G)

     

    Scouting Report

    Switch-hitter works deep counts and demonstrates feel for strike zone; advanced pitch recognition and approach; will collect plenty of extra-base hits. Below-average power; more pop from left side; potential for above-average hit tool from both sides. Present bat control; above-average speed; advanced and instinctual base stealer; mature secondary skills.

    Legitimate wizard at shortstop; potential to be elite defender in the major leagues; does things at the position that no teenager should be able to do; ridiculously good glove; soft hands; above-average range; always gains momentum through the baseball and toward the target; accurate, above-average arm; defense would play in the major leagues right now; could have a long career in majors even if bat doesn’t translate; outstanding makeup and instincts.

    Projection: First-division regular

    Risk: Medium

9. Noah Syndergaard, RHP, New York Mets

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    Position: RHP

    DOB: 8/29/1992 (Age: 21)

    Height/Weight: 6’6”, 240

    Bats/Throws: L/R

    Drafted: First round, 2010 by Blue Jays (Legacy HS, Texas)

    ETA: 2014

     

    2013 Stats

    High-A/Double-A: 117.2 IP, 3.06 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, .243 BAA, 133/28 K/BB (23 GS)

     

    Scouting Report

    The 6’6” right-hander has a power pitcher’s frame; physical presence on the bump; throws everything on a solid downhill plane; pounds lower portion of strike zone; repeats mechanics well for his size; delivery requires minimal effort; consistently lands square to the plate; fast arm; strong core; moderate effort involved in delivery.

    Fastball sits in the mid- to upper-90s with late, arm-side life; scraped 100 mph in the Eastern League playoffs; amasses a healthy mix of strikeouts and ground-ball outs thanks to steep plane. Curveball has plus potential in the upper 70s; tight breaker with sharp downward bite; command of the pitch has improved this