All 30 MLB Teams' Top 5-Tool Prospect in Spring Training Camp

Mike RosenbaumMLB Prospects Lead WriterFebruary 19, 2013

All 30 MLB Teams' Top 5-Tool Prospect in Spring Training Camp

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    Some of the top tools and pitches in the minor leagues will be seen this spring, as many of the game’s top prospects have been invited to participate in big league spring training. Whether it’s Billy Hamilton’s speed, Wil Myers’ power or Gerrit Cole’s fastball, the future of baseball will undoubtedly be on display over the next month.

    A true above-average-to-plus tool causes a prospect to stand out on the baseball field, primarily because they make the execution seem so effortless and fluid. At the same time, loud tools can also be misleading; they all-too-often obscure present value and inflate future projections.

    As part of my ongoing spring training coverage, I thought that I’d begin the week with a look at each team’s “toolsiest” prospect in big league camp. Unfortunately, there are several organizations without a tools-rich position player. Therefore, I instead decided to highlight the team’s top pitching prospect when applicable.

    Some of the overall scouting reports contained in this article are derived from Prospect Pipeline’s Top 100 prospects, which was unveiled last week.

    For this piece, however, I’ve also included scouting grades—based on the 20-80 scouting scale where 50 represents major league average—for each prospect’s notable tools. Additionally, I've offered my prediction about each player's chances of making the Opening Day roster, as well as their estimated time of arrival in the majors.

Baltimore Orioles: Jonathan Schoop, IF

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    Age: 21

    Top Tools: Hit (35/55); Arm (50/50); Defense (50/50)

    Scouting Report: Spent entire age-20 season at Double-A Bowie; power began to develop; defensive versatility on the infield could get him to major leagues ahead of schedule; smooth footwork and defensive actions thanks to good instincts; have seen him play both second base and shortstop where he makes the plays, but lacks the agility and quick feet; solid glove and arm strength at each position is apparent; will likely lose a step as he adds strength, suggesting third base may be best fit in the major leagues.

    Important to not read too far into 2012 stats given his age relative to level; understands how to attack pitches and is comfortable driving the ball the other way; ball jumps off his bat; showcased ability to generate more backspin carry last season; both approach and pitch recognition skills leave something to be desired, but should improve with more experience; has a tendency to bar his front arm and wrap bat, making him vulnerable to premium velocity on his hands; hit and power tool both have above-average potential.

    ETA: 2014

    Chance of Making Opening Day Roster: 10%

Boston Red Sox: Xander Bogaerts, SS

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    Age: 20

    Top Tools: Hit: 50/70; Power: 50/65; Arm: 65/65

    Scouting Report: At 6’3”, 175 pounds, Bogaerts is a right-handed hitter with one hell of a bat; employs an upright stance; big leg lift load; gets all of his weight to backside and then through the ball; vicious swing results in loud contact to all fields; possesses plus bat speed with exceptional raw power to all fields; backspin carry; lift to stroke and flight of ball; extension after contact; can turn around good velocity; hit tool has developed better than expected despite aggressive, free-swinging approach; plus potential with improved pitch recognition; has posted oddly low line-drive rates throughout minor league career; will have to cut down on strikeouts; chases too many breaking balls out of the zone; lunges and dips during takes.

    Will continue to be developed as a shortstop until he’s forced to move from position; clean fit as a third baseman or corner outfielder; solid hands; plus arm strength; lacks quick feet and explosiveness for up-the-middle future; still demonstrates excellent overall athleticism; slightly above-average speed with similar range; could lose a step as he matures; wouldn’t surprise me if he reaches the big leagues by September.

    ETA: 2013

    Chance of Making Opening Day Roster: 35%

New York Yankees: Slade Heathcott, OF

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    Age: 22

    Top Tools: Hit: 35/60; Run: 70/70; Field: 60/60

    Scouting Report: Hard-nosed player; high-energy; does everything 100 percent; plus defensive center fielder with 70-grade wheels and great range; arm strength has waned since a pair of shoulder surgeries; improvement as a basestealer was good to see after time off.

    Leadoff hitter-type who can fly down the line; constant extra-base threat at the plate; tendency to rip open front side and not use hands; lack of fluidity in swing may be result of lack of experience; needs to start making more consistent contact in 2013.

    ETA: 2014

    Chance of Making Opening Day Roster: 25%

Tampa Bay Rays: Wil Myers, OF

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    Age: 22

    Top Tools: Hit: 50/60; Power: 55/70; Arm: 60/60

    Scouting Report: At 6’3”, 205 pounds, Myers' upper body is loaded with quick-twitch muscles; seemingly flicks his wrists at the ball without sacrificing hard contact; setup is upright and slightly open; allows him to clear his hips and tap into his plus pull-side power; excellent bat-to-ball skills; has a tendency to drop his back shoulder; swing can get long; streaky at times; gets out on his front foot; can over-commit against offspeed; cast hands around ball; mechanical/timing issues that will be ironed out with experience.

    Developed as a catcher up until the 2011 season; surprisingly athletic for his size; showcases smooth, natural actions in the outfield; good instincts; average range; plus arm strength that will play at any outfield position; played 87 games in center field last season; will likely play a corner position in the major leagues.

    ETA: 2013

    Chance of Making Opening Day Roster: 70%

Toronto Blue Jays: Sean Nolin, LHP

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    Age: 23

    Top Tools: FB: 50/50; CB: 45/55; SL: 50/55; CH: 50/60

    Scouting Report: Adept to adding and subtracting from his 88-95 mph fastball and commands it well to both sides of the plate; changeup is a second plus offering thrown with deception, especially when used off his well-located fastball; slider has the makings of a legitimate out pitch and he’s comfortable using it to back-foot right-handed hitters; curveball has some depth and he feels good using it to get ahead in counts.

    ETA: 2014

    Chance of Making Opening Day Roster: 30%

Chicago White Sox: Trayce Thompson, OF

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    Age: 21

    Top Tools: Power: 50/65; Run: 60/60; Field: 60/65

    Scouting Report: Athletic bloodline; father and brother both played in the NBA; enjoyed breakout season in 2012, opening the year at High-A and finishing in Triple-A; highly impressive athlete who fills out a uniform; swing is long and his bat can drag though the zone on an upper-cut plane; chases breaking pitches out of the zone; questionable whether he’ll be able to touch good velocity; too much swing-and-miss, which will probably always be a part of his game; offensive tools are there but lacks overall consistency.

    Natural center fielder with above-average speed; has the arm strength to move to right field if needed; improved his defense last season; more consistent reads; good instinct allows him to play the position aggressively; a lot to like as a power-speed player, but still has a long way to go in order to be serviceable in the majors.

    ETA: 2014

    Chance of Making Opening Day Roster: 25%

Cleveland Indians: Trevor Bauer, RHP

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    Age: 22

    Top Tools: FB: 60/60; CB: 55/65; SL: 40/50; CH: 45/60

    Scouting Report: Fastball sits in the low-to-mid-90s with some late arm-side action; flattens out when left up in the zone; curveball is an absolute hammer and a second plus pitch; delivery makes it especially deceptive and difficult to recognize out of his hand; loaded arsenal also features a tumbling splitter, slider and above-average changeup.

    Struggled in majors as he tried to nibble at the strike zone; didn’t trust his pure stuff; attempted to fool hitters with deep arsenal; more concerned about executing perfect pitches; concerns about his makeup and coachability; shaky relationship with organization contributed to disappointing showing.

    ETA: 2013

    Chance of Making Opening Day Roster: 75%

Detroit Tigers: Nick Castellanos, OF-3B

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    Age: 20

    Top Tools: Hit: 50/65; Power: 40/55; Arm: 60/60

    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; a ton 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; barrel control to be a plus hitter in the major leagues; needs to refine his approach and pitch recognition.

    Drafted and developed as a third baseman until mid-2012; moved to the outfield as a way to potentially expedite his arrival in the big leagues; has the arm strength and hands for the position, footwork and reads remain raw; has received playing time at both corner outfield positions; 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; can’t rule out an eventual shift back to the hot corner.

    ETA: 2014

    Chance of Making Opening Day Roster: 10%

Kansas City Royals: Yordano Ventura, RHP

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    Age: 21

    Top Tools: FB: 80/80; CB: 40/55; CH: 50/65

    Scouting Report: Right-hander has a lightning-quick arm that pumps fastballs in the mid-to-high-90s; capable of reaching triple digits early in starts and in shorter stints; 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 refinement; changeup is fringy, but could be a weapon if it develops; potential to be highly effective considering his arm speed; both command and control are raw; doesn’t always show a consistent feel for arsenal; development of changeup will dictate whether he remains a starter or is fast-tracked as a reliever.

    ETA: 2013

    Chance of Making Opening Day Roster: 30%

Minnesota Twins: Aaron Hicks, OF

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    Age: 23

    Top Tools: Hit: 40/50; Run: 70/70; Arm: 70/70; Field: 65/70

    Scouting Report: He's a toolsy switch-hitter with above-average raw power and solid on-base skills. He has more present gap-power than home-run power and bat speed from both sides of the plate. His left-handed swing is more vulnerable to velocity.

    His hit tool is the biggest question. It may only be average in the major leagues. His above-average speed makes him a consistent basestealer. His approach lacks aggression, which hinders his power.

    His athleticism and speed profile favorably in center field. His plus arm plays up even more at the position. If his offensive skills continue to improve, Hicks could find himself in the major leagues by the end of the 2013 season. If his bat develops as hoped, he may be able to shift to right field and accommodate Byron Buxton in center field a few years down the road.

    ETA: 2013

    Chance of Making Opening Day Roster: 85%

Houston Astros: George Springer, OF

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    Age: 23

    Top Tools: Power: 50/65; Run: 60/60; Arm: 60/60; Field: 55/65

    Scouting Report: One of those rare college draft picks with untapped potential and a high ceiling; potential for five average-to-plus tools in the major leagues; hit tool is lacking; struggles to showcase consistent approach; borders between too passive and over aggressive; pitch recognition needs refinement, especially against breaking balls; long swing inhibits consistent contact; plus raw power to all fields; needs to dial back his current max-effort swing.

    Has the athleticism and defensive skills to remain in center field; above-average speed lends to his range; projects to be at least an above-average defender in the major leagues; strong arm plays anywhere in the outfield; he’s 23, but still has a high ceiling; hit tool will determine whether he comes close to reaching it; should open 2013 season at Double-A, and it will be a telling year.

    ETA: 2013

    Chance of Making Opening Day Roster: 30%

Los Angeles Angels: Randal Grichuk, OF

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    Age: 21

    Top Tools: Power: 40/60; Arm: 55/60; Field: 55/65

    Scouting Report: Grichuk possesses above-average bat speed and raw power thanks to quick-twitch wrists and wiry strength; simplified his swing last season, but it still has too much wasted movement; frequently bars his front arm, which leads to a problematic bat wrap; pulls off too many pitches as a result; solid bat-to-ball skills that should improve following swing adjustments; his pitch recognition skills are solid, though his feel for the strike zone is still raw and he chases too many pitches.

    Had the speed to play center field when drafted, but has lost a few steps since then; capable of double-digit stolen bases, but he’s not an efficient basestealer; strong arm leads to clean projection as a right fielder; he may be challenged next season at Double-A Arkansas.

    ETA: 2015

    Chance of Making Opening Day Roster: 0%

Oakland Athletics: Addison Russell, SS

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    Age: 19

    Top Tools: Hit: 40/60; Power: 45/60; Run: 55/60; Arm: 65/65; Field: 50/60

    Scouting Report: Dynamic right-handed hitter; explosive wrists; strong hands; ropes line drives to all fields; demonstrates a knack for barreling the ball; 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 basestealer who picks his spots and gets good jumps.

    Plus runner; plenty of range; athleticism for any position on the field; slick glove was especially impressive during debut; plays through the ball and gets rid of it quickly; gathers momentum toward target; active and agile defender; above-average arm strength; throws across the infield with a fast arm and smooth transfer.

    ETA: 2014

    Chance of Making Opening Day Roster: 0%

Seattle Mariners: Brad Miller, SS-3B

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    Age: 23

    Top Tools: Hit: 45/55; Power: 40/50; Run: 60/60; Arm: 55/60

    Scouting Report: 6’2” left-handed hitter boasts a line-drive swing with excellent bat-to-ball skills; doesn’t try to do too much at the plate and knows how to let hands work; has plus raw power but doesn’t always tap into it; extra-base machine capable of hitting 50 doubles over a full season; biggest asset may be his plate discipline, as he tracks the ball deep and generally has an excellent feel for the strike zone; attacks the ball with consistency rather than feeling for contact; speed is slightly above-average and he should have no problem swiping 20 bags until he loses a step.

    Miller made necessary improvements on defense and was able to remain at shortstop the entire season; has the instincts, actions and quick feet to stick at the position; possesses a strong arm but lacks a consistent release point (36 errors in 2012); will need to trim down the error totals in his ascent to the major leagues; if not, his bat-speed combo still offers upside at either second or third base.

    ETA: 2014

    Chance of Making Opening Day Roster: 25%

Texas Rangers: Jurickson Profar, SS-2B

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    Age: 20

    Top Tools: Hit: 45/60; Run: 60/60; Arm: 65/65; Field: 65/75

    Scouting Report: The 6’0”, 165-pound switch-hitter has wiry strength; showcases plus bat speed from both sides of the plate; short, compact swing should give him an easy above-average-to-plus hit tool; right-handed swing is more line-drive oriented; shows exciting raw power and lift from the left side; more of a leverage swing; loftier extension after contact; possesses an advanced knowledge of the strike zone that’s uncommon for players his age.

    Excellent defensive middle infielder with fluid actions and a strong, accurate arm; exhibits plus range in all directions due to quick feet and tremendous instincts; moxie grades through the roof, and he’s adept to handling himself in high-pressure situations.

    ETA: 2013

    Chance of Making Opening Day Roster: 75%

Atlanta Braves: Julio Teheran, RHP

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    Age: 22

    Top Tools: FB: 60/60; CB: 40/50; SL: 40/50; CH: 55/65

    Scouting Report: Organization tinkered with his mechanics throughout the 2012 season; reverted back to original mechanics this winter and pitched well in the Dominican Winter League; outstanding arm speed; clean arm action; loose body; can open up with his front side at times.

    Fastball was flatter last season; still in the 91-95 mph range to both sides of the plate; left up in the zone too often; changeup is still a plus pitch; speed differential; deceptive arm speed; lack of a third legitimate pitch continues to impede the final stages of development; both curveball and slider are fringe pitches.

    ETA: 2013

    Chance of Making Opening Day Roster: 85%

Miami Marlins: Christian Yelich, OF

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    Age: 21

    Top Tools: Hit: 50/65; Power: 45/60; Run: 60/60; Field: 50/55

    Scouting Report: Smooth, balanced left-handed swing; repeats bat path with consistency throughout the strike zone; no wasted movement; quick wrists; keeps weight back and drives ball to all fields; approach noticeably present in each at-bat; advanced pitch recognition; average runner who glides when he gets going; efficient basestealer; development of usable power is only question mark; more of a line-drive hitter who clears fences; bat good enough to handle corner position even if power is only marginal.

    The 6’4”, 189-pound outfielder is an excellent athlete who’s been developed in center field; lacks range commonly associated with the position; above-average defender overall; only down tool is his arm, which is below average and could restrict him solely to center field; rangy thanks to long strides; instinctual; good first step.

    ETA: 2014

    Chance of Making Opening Day Roster: 20%

New York Mets: Travis d'Arnaud, C

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    Age: 24

    Top Tools: Hit: 50/60; Power: 55/65; Arm: 55/65

    Scouting Report: 6’2” right-handed hitter has above-average bat speed; impressive raw power; lift to stroke; 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 last two seasons; quiet athleticism; moves well laterally behind the plate; has become a more aggressive blocker; boxes fewer balls; receiving skills continue to improve; 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; career-best 30 percent caught-stealing rate prior to injury.

    ETA: 2013

    Chance of Making Opening Day Roster: 60%

Philadelphia Phillies: Jesse Biddle, LHP

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    Age: 21

    Top Tools: FB: 50/60; CB: 55/65; CH: 45/60

    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 2011.

    Fastball sits 90-93 mph, and he works it to both sides of the plate; vastly improved control/command compared to previous season; curveball features tight spin and late, downer bite; comfortable throwing it for a strike; spots it out of zone to induce whiffs; changeup improved steadily last season; gives him a chance to have three at least above-average offerings; secondary offerings in need of seasoning and refinement; overall pitchability.

    ETA: 2015

    Chance of Making Opening Day Roster: 0%

Washington Nationals: Anthony Rendon, 3B

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    Age: 22

    Top Tools: Hit: 50/70; Power: 45/55; Field: 50/60

    Scouting Report: A right-handed hitter, Rendon has explosive bat speed thanks to quick-twitch muscles; relaxed wrists; loose, quick hands; can track pitches deep and still make loud contact; chance for a plus hit tool if he can stay healthy; power is yet to be seen due to lack of experience; should be at least average.

    One NL evaluator I spoke with mentioned that he’s skeptical of Rendon’s ability to hit with wood at higher levels; biggest asset is plate discipline, which ranks among the best in the game; advanced pitch recognition; patient hitter who rarely wastes at-bats.

    At 6'0'', 195 pounds, Rendon isn’t a physical third baseman; range has understandably decreased after ankle injuries; relies on excellent instincts, clean footwork and above-average glove; defensive actions are solid; develop slowly at times; arm used to be stronger prior to shoulder injury at Rice; still above average and enough for the hot corner; would like to see the Nats give him more reps at second base.

    ETA: 2013

    Chance of Making Opening Day Roster: 35%

Chicago Cubs: Javier Baez, SS

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    Age: 20

    Top Tools: Hit: 40/60; Power: 45/70; Run: 55/55; Arm: 60/60

    Scouting Report: Right-handed hitter with potential for above-average to plus hit tool; raw power is an easy plus attribute; elite, plus-plus bat speed yields loud contact to all fields; 20-20 potential; will jump on velocity; extremely strong wrists and top hand; max-effort swing every time; lacks a feel for the strike zone and will chase too many pitches; needs to show some restraint; will need to improve pitch recognition; chases too many breaking balls; can be beat by quality sequencing; has to work more hitter counts; aggressive basestealer; secondary skills leave something to be desired.

    6’1”, 205-pounder is a shortstop at the moment; addition of too much strength may prompt a move to third base; above-average athlete with smooth, natural defensive actions; speed may lose a grade as he develops physically; should always be at least solid-average; plus arm ideal for left side of the infield; high-intensity player who needs to employ a more cognizant on-field mindset. 

    ETA: 2015

    Chance of Making Opening Day Roster: 0%

Cincinnati Reds: Billy Hamilton, OF

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    Age: 22

    Top Tools: Hit: 40/55; Run: 80/80; Field: 50/60

    Scouting Report: Did a much better job putting the ball in play; always puts pressure on opposing defense; feet never stop moving on the baseball field, especially on the basepaths; more of a slap hitter from natural right side; more extra-base power from left side; more leveraged swing; without a doubt the fastest player I’ve ever seen on a baseball field; best home-to-first time I’ve ever recorded or heard of; legitimate top-of-the-order potential; legendary, game-changing speed; vastly improved secondary skills

    Was developed as a shortstop up until this fall; Reds moved him to center field in the Arizona Fall League; showed speed and range to handle shortstop; arm strength was always lacking with an awkward stroke; actually plays well in center field given his length on the backside; speed should allow him to compensate for poor reads; has all of the tools to be a top-of-the-line defensive center fielder; he’ll get to even more balls as his jumps and instincts improve; will learn to sprint to spots rather than track balls.

    ETA: 2013

    Chance of Making Opening Day Roster: 35%

Milwaukee Brewers: Wily Peralta, RHP

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    Age: 23

    Top Tools: FB: 60/70; SL: 50/60

    Scouting Report: He throws a weighted fastball in the low-to-mid-90s that generates lots of ground-ball outs; slider and changeup are both solid-average secondary offerings that play up when he’s locating his heater down in the zone; both can still be inconsistent and need further refinement; will need to sharpen three-pitch mix; eliminate some of the free passes; ceiling of a mid-rotation starter, maybe a No. 2 on a second-division team.

    ETA: 2013

    Chance of Making Opening Day Roster: 90%

Pittsburgh Pirates: Gerrit Cole, RHP

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    Age: 22

    Top Tools: FB: 80/80; SL: 60/75; CH: 55/65

    Scouting Report: Large, durable, 6’4”, 220-pound frame; physically strong; epitome of a power pitcher; athletic for his size; repeated his mechanics and delivery during his professional debut; extends toward plate; effortless; loose arm action; bouts of inconsistency and wildness; will still land open on occasion.

    Power arsenal is highlighted by a plus-plus fastball that sits in the high-90s; routinely touches triple digits; fairly straight; relies on velocity; needs to establish early in games; complements heater with a plus slider thrown in the high-80s; features a devastating, wipeout break; completes elite arsenal with an above-average changeup; excellent speed differential; filthy when around the zone; shouldn't take him long to reach the major leagues.

    ETA: 2013

    Chance of Making Opening Day Roster: 65%

St. Louis Cardinals: Oscar Taveras, OF

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    Age: 20

    Top Tools: Hit: 55/75; Power: 50/65; Field: 50/60

    Scouting Report: A left-handed hitter, Taveras employs a powerful yet balanced swing; keeps bat head in the zone for an extended period of time; strong hands, forearms; always gets ahead through the zone; extends arms; successful even when forced to muscle the ball; began to tap into his power last season against advanced competition; 25-plus home run potential; lift to swing; ball has carry; extra-base machine; hits same-side pitching; makes loud contact to all fields; comfortable hitting any pitch in any count; doesn’t walk a ton; strikeouts will always be minimal given his pitch recognition and excellent hand-eye coordination; baserunning can be overaggressive.

    Capable of playing all three outfield positions; has seen a majority of time in center field; nothing flashy, but makes the plays; solid actions; slightly above-average range; tracks ball well; bat profiles best at whatever position will get him in the lineup; average runner; routes in the outfield have improved over the last year. 

    ETA: 2013

    Chance of Making Opening Day Roster: 40%

Arizona Diamondbacks: Adam Eaton, OF

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    Age: 24

    Top Tools: Hit: 50/60; Run: 70/70; Arm: 70/70; Field: 55/65

    Scouting Report: Left-handed hitter has a plus hit tool; adept at working deep counts in a leadoff role; makes loud contact to all fields; below-average power potential; could conceivably amass 50 doubles in a given season; puts ball in play and utilizes top-of-the-line speed; smart basestealer; always looks to take an extra base; advanced secondary skills; polished plate discipline; understands limitations as a hitter; should always score a ton of runs.

    Plus speed is apparent in all his actions on the field; excellent instincts, speed and all-out mentality in center field; accurate, plus arm that plays anywhere in the outfield; above-average range; solid closing speed; sacrifices body.

    ETA: 2013

    Chance of Making Opening Day Roster: 95%

Colorado Rockies: Nolan Arenado, 3B

27 of 30

    Age: 21

    Top Tools: Hit: 45/60; Power: 50/60; Arm: 60/60; Field: 50/60

    Scouting Report: Hit tool receives higher future grade than power; makes loud contact to all fields; bat travels through zone on unique, flat path; advanced plate discipline; impressive hand-eye coordination; swing is efficient with little wasted movements; still makes too much weak contact.

    Size is a clean fit at third base; clean actions since losing weight last season; instinctual player with good reactions; range is limited, but enough for the hot corner; soft, giving hands; plus arm strength is an asset; has a path to playing time in Colorado, where his production could be inflated; plate discipline and hit tool should make him a major leaguer despite the lack of power.

    ETA: 2013

    Chance of Making Opening Day Roster: 40%

Los Angeles Dodgers: Yasiel Puig, OF

28 of 30

    Age: 22

    Top Tools: Power: 50/70; Run: 50/60; Arm: 60/60

    Scouting Report: Strong wrists and forearms help generate plus bat speed to whip the barrel through the zone; impressive hand-eye coordination allows him to barrel tough pitches and suggests the potential for an above-average hit tool; lofty swing with plus raw power to all fields; some swing and miss to his game; hyper-aggressive approach and inconsistent load; tends to get out on his front side too often, which hinders his pitch recognition; lack of experience is evident in his propensity to chase breaking balls out of the strike zone.

    His defense in right field is currently his weakest attribute; struggles to get consistent reads and, at times, seemingly lacks the necessary instinctual first stop; more experience and reps should lead to more direct routes with less of a need to track to the ball; even if he gets bulkier, his athleticism should keep him in the outfield; prototypical plus arm strength for a right fielder, but lacks accuracy; speed is presently above average and plays up a grade once he hits full stride; has the potential to lose a grade as he matures and adds strength.

    ETA: 2014

    Chance of Making Opening Day Roster: 0%

San Diego Padres: Austin Hedges, C

29 of 30

    Age: 20

    Top Tools: Hit: 40/60; Arm: 70/70; Field: 60/70

    Scouting Report: Already an advanced receiver and blocker, it’s nearly impossible to identify a flaw in Hedges’ defensive package; he stifles opponents’ running game with a plus arm and quick catch and release; has also received praise from both his pitchers and managers for his game-calling skills and ability to slow everything down.

    Even if he never hits, there’s still a strong chance that he will reach the major leagues; plenty of gap power with emerging game power; hit tool projects to be average to above-average; more speed and athleticism than typical catcher; instincts should allow him to approach double-digit stolen bases totals; high-level prospect with All-Star potential.

    ETA: 2015

    Chance of Making Opening Day Roster: 0%

San Francisco Giants: Gary Brown, OF

30 of 30

    Age: 24

    Top Tools: Run: 70/70; Field: 60/70

    Scouting Report: Doesn’t utilize speed at the plate and needs to improve on-base skills; leadoff-hitter-type due to speed and potential to stick at up-the-middle position; not a fan of his swing: starts hands too close to body, gets out on front side too early and frequently casts hands around ball; makes too much weak contact.

    Given his speed, Brown’s lack of basestealing prowess is disconcerting and will have to improve in a hurry; will likely reach big leagues due to plus speed and defense in center field; showcases excellent instincts in center and gets good reads.

    ETA: 2013 

    Chance of Making Opening Day Roster: 40%