Just like you and I, baseball players also have New Year’s resolutions. Whether it is to add muscle during the offseason or something simple like to stop chasing sliders off the plate, resolutions help players prepare for the upcoming season.
So, before 2013 is ushered in, I thought I’d suggest a resolution for five highly regarded prospects.
Trevor Bauer: Attack opposing hitters
Although he posted impressive numbers in the minor leagues last season and reached the majors in a little over a year, Bauer struggled with his command at each level.
With unorthodox mechanics and a deceptive five-pitch mix, the 21-year-old right-hander fell into a habit last year where he seemingly picked at the strike zone rather than attacking posing hitters. It was as if he was attempting to be too fine and trick big league hitters, which didn’t work out so well.
Miguel Sano: Pretend to care about defense
Sano has always been regarded as a power-hitting prospect with defensive concerns at the hot corner. But considering his offensive potential, the Minnesota Twins have remained steadfast in their development of the 20-year-old at the position.
At the same, it’s difficult to stomach 42 errors in 125 games; the total is too high and outrageous to blame on the cold-weather Midwest League (Low-A). There were even times this season when Sano seemed indifferent about defense.
Julio Teheran: Pitch like the Julio Teheran of 2011
Teheran ranked as one of the top pitching prospects in the game headed into the 2012 season, registering a 2.55 ERA with 122/48 K/BB at Triple-A Gwinnett. However, the right-hander regressed across the board, posting a 5.08 ERA and 1.2 HR/9 while repeating the level.
Regardless of whether it stems from a mechanical issue or a lack of an effective breaking, 2013 could be a make-or-break year for the 21-year-old.
Anthony Rendon: Stay on the field
Regarded as the best pure hitter in the 2011 draft class, Rendon’s development has been repeatedly delayed by serious injuries. In fact, in only the second game of the 2012 season—which was also his professional debut—the 22-year-old fractured his ankle while running the bases.
He still has a high offensive ceiling, but his injuries have gotten to the point where they can no longer be attributed to poor luck.
Jarred Cosart: Miss More Bats
One of the more frustrating pitching prospects in the game, Cosart has front-end-of-the-rotation stuff in a plus fastball and curveball, as well as an average changeup. Registering in the mid-90s, the right-hander’s fastball explodes out of his hand. However, his cross-body delivery and lack of lower-half drive can make his three-pitch mix difficult to command.
Considering his arsenal, the right-hander’s inability to miss bats is baffling.