One of my favorite activities as both a scout and prospect analyst is identifying potential breakout candidates—both pitching and position prospects. Typically, the process involves combing the low minors for raw, high-upside talent, as statistics don’t always tell the whole story.
Often times, such players come out of nowhere and excel in a competitive league relative to their age, and, in turn, put themselves on scouts’ radars. Other players involve more projection; it's important to consider how a player—in this case a pitcher—will develop as they age and gain experience.
So, with the 2012 minor league season complete, it’s time to look at 10 sleeper pitching prospects to follow closely in 2013.