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Mike Rosenbaum's Updated Top 50 MLB Prospects After the 2013 MLB Draft

Mike RosenbaumMLB Prospects Lead WriterJune 10, 2013

Mike Rosenbaum's Updated Top 50 MLB Prospects After the 2013 MLB Draft

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    With the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft now in the books and countless prospects having already reached the major leagues, the top 50 overall prospect rankings has a much different look than it did just a few months ago.

    Besides the inclusion of several top prospects from this year's draft class, I have also decided to omit players who are currently in the major leagues, regardless of whether or not they've already exhausted rookie eligibility. Therefore, you will not find the likes of Jurickson Profar, Kevin Gausman, Michael Wacha, Anthony Rendon, Chris Archer and Yasiel Puig in the latest update.

    Meanwhile, players such as Trevor Bauer and Carlos Martinez, both of whom have reached the majors this season but have since been demoted, qualified for the list.

    With that being said, here's a look at Prospect Pipeline's updated top 50 prospects.

Methodology

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    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: How frequently does the player gets on base and why

    —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

    —Mechanics

    —Age vs. level

    —Injury history (durability)

    —Statistical trends

    —Arsenal: Quality vs. depth

    —Control/Command: Does he effectively command his stuff, or is he in need of refinement?

    —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

Close Calls...

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    Players who just missed a top-50 ranking:

    Austin Hedges, C, San Diego Padres

    Trevor Story, SS, Colorado Rockies

    Adam Eaton, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks

    Austin Meadows, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates

    Max Fried, LHP, San Diego Padres

    Kaleb Cowart, 3B, Los Angeles Angels

    Colin Moran, 3B, Miami Marlins

50. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates

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    Position: RHP

    DOB: 8/23/1993 (Age: 19)

    Height/Weight: 6’7”, 195

    Bats/Throws: L/R

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

    ETA: 2016

     

    2013 Stats

     

    Scouting Report

    6’7”, 195-pound right-hander throws fastball on a steep downhill plane; above-average velocity that will reach 94 mph, but should sit comfortably in the mid-90s when he matures. Curveball can be a hammer, but is inconsistent at the moment; doesn’t always stay on top and execute pitch; excellent shape when it’s on; potential out-pitch. Changeup isn't great, but that’s understandable; will become an integral part of his development this season. Command can be inconsistent; almost unhittable when firing on all cylinders.

49. Alen Hanson, SS/2B, Pittsburgh Pirates

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    Position: SS/2B

    DOB: 10/22/1992 (Age: 20)

    Height/Weight: 5’11”, 152

    Bats/Throws: S/R

    Drafted/Signed: July, 2009 (Dominican Republic)

    ETA: 2015

     

    2013 Stats

     

    Scouting Report

    Switch-hitter has the potential for a plus hit tool; quick bat from both sides; drives the ball from line to line; extra-base machine; hits the ball on the nose with consistency; average power potential; vulnerable to quality off-speed; struggles to keep weight back; handsy swing at times, but still barrels the ball.

    Plus runner. Defensive actions and range to remain at shortstop. Sound glove; smooth transfer; arm strength is only average; more projectable as a second baseman. Bat will always serve as calling card and should get him to the major leagues at one of the middle-infield positions.

48. 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/Signed: First round, 2011 by Nationals (Kentucky)

    ETA: 2014

     

    2013 Stats

     

    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, wipeout break; changeup shows signs of being at least average. Third pitch will be crucial towards development as a starter.

47. Chris Owings, SS, Arizona Diamondbacks

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    Position: SS

    DOB: 8/12/1991 (Age: 21)

    Height/Weight: 5’10”, 180

    Bats/Throws: R/R

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

    ETA: 2014

     

    2013 Stats 

     

    Scouting Report

    Owings is only 5’10”, 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 result in 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 reach the major leagues as a second baseman due to presence of Didi Gregorius.

46. 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/Signed: 11th round, 2010 (Palo Alto HS, Calif.)

    ETA: 2014

     

    2013 Stats

     

    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. He has been developed as a center fielder over the last 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.

    Has continued to hit for power this season outside of California League; average or better power potential; tracks the ball well and fires hands at the last minute; 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.

45. Raul Adalberto Mondesi, SS, Kansas City Royals

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    Position: SS

    DOB: 7/27/1995 (Age: 17)

    Height/Weight: 6’1”, 165

    Bats/Throws: S/R

    Drafted/Signed: July, 2011 (Dominican Republic)

    ETA: 2017

     

    2012 Stats

     

    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.

44. Clint Frazier, OF, Cleveland Indians

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    Position: OF

    DOB: 9/6/1994 (Age: 18)

    Height/Weight: 6’0”/190 lbs.

    Bats/Throws: R/R

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

    ETA: 2016

     

    Scouting Report

    6'1", 190-pounder has best bat speed in the 2013 draft class; wrists and forearms are loaded with quick-twitch muscles; compact, explosive swing; clean, direct bat path; gets through baseball with ease; aggressive hitter who attacks the baseball; can struggle to recognize spin at times; drives the ball off a firm front side; uses whole field; plus-plus raw power potential; drives the ball to all fields.

    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 even when taking a hearty cut.

    Above-average runner with quick feet; gets out of the box quickly; 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. Could alter the probability of shifting to a corner spot if it doesn’t improve.

43. Carlos Martinez, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals

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    Position: RHP

    DOB: 9/21/1991 (Age: 21)

    Height/Weight: 6’0", 185

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: April, 2010 (Dominican Republic)

    ETA: 2013 (MLB Debut: May 3, 2013)

     

    2013 Stats

     

    Scouting Report

    Undersized at 6’0”, 165 pounds; limited physical projection. Some effort to delivery; power arm; lightning-quick arm action; almost Pedro Martinez-like. Ball explodes out of his hand; pitch trajectory is inconsistent; release point varies.

    Plus fastball in the mid-90s with some sink; pumps four-seamer in the high 90s; should be able to touch triple digits in shorter (bullpen) stints. Secondary pitches are still on the raw side, but flash above-average-to-plus potential; curveball is a hammer when he throws it from a consistent release point; plus-changeup is a major asset given his excellent velocity and blinding arm speed.

42. Eddie Rosario, 2B-OF, Minnesota Twins

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    Position: 2B/OF

    DOB: 9/28/1991 (Age: 21)

    Height/Weight: 6’0", 170

    Bats/Throws: L/R

    Drafted/Signed: Fourth round, 2010 (Puerto Rico)

    ETA: 2015

     

    2013 Stats

     

    Scouting Report

    He has excellent athleticism and 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; slightly above-average power potential; starting to emerge in games. He has above-average speed, but is a sloppy, unrefined base-stealer. On-base skills have room to grow.

    Rosario moved from the outfield to second base prior to the 2012 season; endured a challenging transition; has the athleticism and arm strength, but his footwork and hands are still a work-in-progress. Hit tool and sneaky power will be what gets him to the major leagues; offensive profile of a No. 2 hitter.

41. Corey Seager, SS/3B, Los Angeles Dodgers

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    Position: SS-3B

    DOB: 4/27/1994 (Age: 19)

    Height/Weight: 6’4”, 215

    Bats/Throws: L/R

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

    ETA: 2015

     

    2013 Stats

     

    Scouting Report

    At 6’4”, 215 pounds, Seager has present physicality with room to tack on additional strength. He has a highly impressive left-handed bat with the potential for above-average hit and power tools; exhibits all-around good habits that are uncommon in an 18-year-old. 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; selective, but it doesn’t impede his ability to attack and drive the ball

    Possesses 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 good chance he outgrows the position as he matures and shifts to third base. 

40. 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

    Drafted/Signed: Oct. 2008 (Dominican Republic)

    ETA: 2013

     

    2013 Stats


    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. 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 fringy, but could be a weapon if it develops as hoped; potential to be highly effective considering his arm speed.

    Both command and control are raw but have improved this season; has shown a more consistent feel for arsenal. Development of changeup will dictate whether he remains a starter or is fast-tracked as a reliever.

39. 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/Signed: First round, 2010 (Germantown Friends HS, Penn.)

    ETA: 2014

     

    2013 Stats


    Scouting Report

    Projectable 6’4” frame with broad shoulders. Balanced delivery; minimum effort; durable innings eater. Throws on a downward plane; has continued to eliminate a lot of the cross-body delivery that previously hindered his command.

    Fastball sits 90-93 mph and he works it to both sides of the plate; will reach back for an extra tick or two; vastly improved control/command compared to previous season. Curveball features tight spin and late, downward 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 at least three above-average offerings. Secondary offerings in need of seasoning and refinement.

38. George Springer, OF, Houston Astros

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    Position: OF

    DOB: 9/18/1989 (Age: 23)

    Height/Weight: 6’3”, 200

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2011 (Connecticut)

    ETA: 2013

     

    2013 Stats

     

    Scouting Report

    6'3", 200-pounder has the 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; still needs to dial back 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 where he comes close to reaching it.

37. Kris Bryant, 3B/OF, Chicago Cubs

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    Position: 3B/OF

    DOB: 1/4/1992 (Age: 21)

    Height/Weight: 6’5”/215 lbs

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted: First round, 2013 (San Diego)

    ETA: 2014

     

    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.

36. Noah Syndergaard, RHP, New York Mets

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    Position: RHP

    DOB: 8/29/1992 (Age: 20)

    Height/Weight: 6’6”, 240

    Bats/Throws: L/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2010 (Legacy HS, Texas)

    ETA: 2014

     

    2013 Stats

     

    Scouting Report

    6’6” right-hander has a power pitcher’s frame; physical presence on the bump. Throws everything on a solid downward plane; pounds lower portion of strike zone. He is still learning how to use his legs. Fast arm; repeats mechanics well given his size. Strong core; moderate effort involved in delivery.

    Fastball sits in the mid-90s with late, arm-side life; flirts with triple digits in shorter stints. Amasses a healthy mix of strikeouts and ground-ball outs. Curveball has plus potential; tight breaker with late downward bite; command of the pitch is inconsistent but has improved this season. Features better control of his changeup, but it is not as dynamic of a pitch; thrown with deceptive arm speed. If breaking ball doesn’t develop as planned, he still has an incredibly high ceiling as a late-inning reliever.

35. Jonathan Singleton, 1B, Houston Astros

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    Position: 1B

    DOB: 9/18/1991 (Age: 21)

    Height/Weight: 6’2”, 235

    Bats/Throws: L/L

    Drafted/Signed: Eighth round, 2009 (Millikan HS, Calif.)

    ETA: 2013

     

    2013 Stats

     

    Scouting Report

    Physically strong player at 6’2”, 235 pounds. Plus raw power from the left side; hit tool survived the jump to Double-A in 2012; 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; bat should continue to outweigh defensive concerns; clear path to playing time in the major leagues with DH now in play.

34. Trevor Bauer, RHP, Cleveland Indians

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    Position: RHP

    DOB: 1/17/1991 (Age: 22)

    Height/Weight: 6’1”, 190

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2011 (UCLA)

    ETA: 2013

     

    2012 Stats

     

    Scouting Report

    6’1”, 190-pound right-hander is limber and athletic; employs an unorthodox, torque-oriented delivery. Well-documented training regimen includes pole-to-pole long toss before starts; cerebral hurler who utilizes physics to optimize delivery. Head pulls off to glove side and prevents consistent release point; explosive, quick arm; everything masked with deception.

    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.

    Continues to struggle in majors. Nibbles at the strike zone; doesn’t trust his pure stuff; tries to fool hitters with deep arsenal. More concerned about executing perfect pitches; ongoing concerns about his makeup and coachability.

33. Danny Hultzen, LHP, Seattle Mariners

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    Position: LHP

    DOB: 11/28/1989 (Age: 23)

    Height/Weight: 6’3”, 200 lbs

    Bats/Throws: L/L

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2011 (Virginia)

    ETA: 2013

     

    2013 Stats

     

    Scouting Report

    Left-hander is loaded with polish relative to his age and experience. Should be able to regain the command that made him a top draft pick. Features the classic Virginia cross-body delivery; doesn’t always extend toward the plate; varying release point; creates deception. He has spent most of current season on DL with shoulder tightness.

    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 hitter. Changeup plays well off 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.

32. Gary Sanchez, C, New York Yankees

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    Position: C

    DOB: 12/2/1992 (Age: 21)

    Height/Weight: 6’2”, 220 lbs

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: 2009, Dominican Republic

    ETA: 2015

     

    2013 Stats

     

    Scouting Report

    Continues to improve plate discipline and contact rate; above-average power potential from a well-balanced swing; better feel for putting barrel on ball. Still needs to control the strike zone better. Impressive young hitter; bat will play regardless of future position.

    Defense and work ethic significantly improved since start of 2012. Athletic frame with agility; receiving skills leave room for improvement. Arm is biggest asset behind the plate; game-calling and leadership has improved with experience.

31. 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/Signed: First round, 2012 (Mater Academy, Fla.)

    ETA: 2015

     

    2013 Stats

     

    Scouting Report

    Premium athlete who showcases all five tools, mature work ethic and advanced baseball skills. 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.

30. Jackie Bradley, Jr., 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/Signed: First round, 2011 (South Carolina)

    ETA: 2013 (MLB Debut: April 1, 2013)

     

    2013 Stats

     

    Scouting Report

    Left-handed hitter flashes potential for an above-average-to-plus hit tool; compact bat path; uses whole field; tremendous feel for the strike zone. Top-of-the-order bat and secondary skills; advanced pitch recognition. Above-average speed should result in 20-plus stolen bases annually.

    Profiles as a legitimate center fielder; gets excellent reads; has a quick first step; above-average range in all directions, especially laterally. Arm strength is slightly above-average. Ideal for center field, but would suffice at a corner spot, if necessary; bat is better suited at center.

29. Robert Stephenson, RHP, Cincinnati Reds

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    Position: RHP

    DOB: 2/24/1993 (Age: 21)

    Height/Weight: 6’2”, 190

    Bats/Throws: R/R

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

    ETA: 2015

     

    2013 Stats

     

    Scouting Report

    Fastball is a plus-pitch with effortless 94-96 mph velocity and can touch 98 mph. Commands it well to both sides of the plate and isn’t afraid to aggressively attack opposing hitters. Has an advanced feel for fading changeup and sells it with a similar arm speed. His breaking ball will need to be cleaned up, but its present pace and shape suggests it’ll be at least an above-average pitch. With more experience and ongoing development of his secondary pitches, Stephenson should have no problem reaching his ceiling as a front-line starter.

28. 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/Signed: Fourth round, 2010 (Alfred M. Barbe HS, La.)

    ETA: 2014

     

    2013 Stats

     

    Scouting Report

    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. 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 continue to make adjustments.

    6’2” left-handed hitter has projectable frame and should continue to add strength as he fills out. Love his swing. Plus-bat speed and bat-to-ball ability gives him the potential for an above-average hit tool. Compact swing yields consistent, hard contact; gets extension after contact, which allows him to drive the ball from line-to-line. Present gap power could evolve into solid-average power in big leagues; plate discipline is advanced given his lack of experience, as is his pitch recognition. Possesses slightly above-average speed, but is an instinctual and adept base stealer.

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

    ETA: 2013

     

    2013 Stats

     

    Scouting Report

    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 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; foot fracture that sidelined him this season shouldn't impact mobility behind the plate.

26. 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/Signed: First round, 2011 (Spring Valley HS, S.C.)

    ETA: 2015

     

    2013 Stats

     

    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. Arms work well; clean release; can get a little long on the backside. Works against his body, though it does create cross-body deception in his delivery.

    Flashes the potential for four above-average-to-plus pitches; 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 95-96 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.

25. 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/Signed: First round, 2010 (Archbishop McCarthy HS, Fla.)

    ETA: 2013

     

    2013 Stats

     

    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. 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, but moved to the outfield as a way to potentially expedite his arrival in the big leagues. Has the arm strength and actions for the position. Has shown noticeable improvements this season; 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.

24. Kyle Zimmer, RHP, Kansas City Royals

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    Position: RHP

    DOB: 9/13/1991 (Age: 21)

    Height/Weight: 6’3”, 215

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2012 (San Francisco)

    ETA: 2014

     

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    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 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.

23. Billy Hamilton, OF, Cincinnati Reds

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    Position: OF

    DOB: 9/9/1990 (Age: 22)

    Height/Weight: 6'0", 160

    Bats/Throws: S/R

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

    ETA: 2013


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    Scouting Report

    Has done a much better job putting the ball in play since start of 2012 season. 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 

    Developed as a shortstop up until this fall; Reds moved him to center field in the 2012 Arizona Fall League; showed speed and range to handle shortstop. Arm strength 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.

22. Gregory Polanco, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates

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    Position: OF

    DOB: 9/14/1991 (Age: 21)

    Height/Weight: 6’4”, 170

    Bats/Throws: L/L

    Drafted/Signed: April, 2009 (Dominican Republic)

    ETA: 2015

     

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    Scouting Report

     Raw but athletic prospect; projectable 6’4”, 170-pound frame; plenty of room to add strength; outstanding tools and secondary skill. The left-handed hitter has the potential for an above-average hit tool in the major leagues; showcases excellent bat speed and bat-to-ball ability. Already comfortable driving the ball to all fields; swings to drive the ball, which helps explain his improved power utility. Effortlessly generates backspin carry. Bat can get long when he overloads; may get beat by velocity,

     Plus athleticism, speed and range could make him a force in center field; long strides; rangy; gets good jumps; routes are still improving; may lose a step or two as he fills out.

21. Aaron Sanchez, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays

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    Position: RHP

    DOB: 7/1/1992 (Age: 20)

    Height/Weight: 6’4”, 190

    Bats/Throws: R/R

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

    ETA: 2015

     

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    Scouting Report

    Highly athletic and projectable 6’4” frame; will add more strength. Effortless and fluid delivery with a quick arm; clean arm action. 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. Both secondary pitches are raw; will need to refine command as he continues to move up the ladder.

20. Jonathan Gray, RHP, Colorado Rockies

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    Position: RHP

    DOB: 11/5/1991 (Age: 21)

    Height/Weight: 6’4”/239 lbs

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2013 (Oklahoma)

    ETA: 2014

     

    Scouting Report

    Classic power-pitcher frame at 6’4”, 240 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; has 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, wipeout 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.

19. 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

    Drafted/Signed: June 2012 (Cuba)

    ETA: 2014

     

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    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.

18. Mark Appel, RHP, Houston Astros

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    Position: RHP

    DOB: 7/15/1991 (Age: 21) 

    Height/Weight: 6’5”, 215

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2013 (Stanford)

    ETA: 2014

     

    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.

17. Mike Zunino, C, Seattle Mariners

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    Position: C

    DOB: 3/25/1991 (Age: 22)

    Height/Weight: 6’2”, 220

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2012 (Florida)

    ETA: 2013

     

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    Scouting Report

    Power is only outstanding tool; drives the ball with backspin carry to all fields; doesn’t rely on exceptional pull power, but isn’t afraid to turn it loose. Swing can get a little long at times; still finds a way to barrel and drive through the baseball; lots of extension after contact. Excellent hand-eye coordination; power to right-center; advanced approach at the plate. May continue to exploit minor league pitching until challenged in the majors.

    Aggressive backstop who takes control of game; surprisingly agile despite thicker frame. Worked with solid core of Mariners pitching prospects in pro debut. Game-calling ability vastly improved; needs to refine his blocking skills and scale back number of passed balls.

    Average arm strength plays up due to his consistent footwork and catch-and-throw skills; has drawn rave reviews from both pitchers and coaches for his ability to slow down the game; excellent baseball acumen and makeup; high baseball IQ should help get him to the big leagues in a hurry.

16. Carlos Correa, SS, Houston Astros

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    Position: SS

    DOB: 9/22/1994 (Age: 18)

    Height/Weight: 6’4”, 190

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2012 (PR Baseball Academy, P.R.)

    ETA: 2016

     

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    Scouting Report

    Physically blessed shortstop at 6’4”, 190 pounds. Five average-to-plus tools. Phenomenal athleticism and baseball skills give him superstar potential; hit tool will be a work in progress for several years; above-average potential; should add serious strength; plus-bat speed projects for 20-plus-home run potential. Swing is inconsistent; will benefit from work with professional instruction.

    Fluid actions, despite size; excellent instincts with above-average speed; needs to improve body control. Arm is legit plus-plus and an absolute cannon; soft hands with a smooth transfer; needs more reps in game situations. Will likely graduate to Low-A at some point next season; still incredibly raw with a large gap between present and future.

15. 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/Signed: First round, 2010 (The Woodlands HS, Texas)

    ETA: 2014

     

    2013 Stats

     

    Scouting Report

    6’6” power-pitcher with a huge ceiling; long limbs give him exceptional reach; tall, lanky frame; loose arm. Can be long and tight on backside. Hides ball well; difficult arm angle; more of a thrower; 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 with sharp, two-plane break. Development of changeup will be crucial toward overall progress; needs to iron out some minor issues with his mechanics and refine his overall command.

14. Javier Baez, SS, Chicago Cubs

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    Position: SS

    DOB: 12/1/1992 (Age: 20)

    Height/Weight: 6’0”, 195

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2011 (Arlington Country Day School, Fla.)

    ETA: 2014

     

    2013 Stats

     

    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; needs to work more hitter counts. Aggressive base-stealer; secondary skills leave something to be desired. 

    6’0", 195-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 defensively; plus-arm ideal for left side of the infield; high-intensity player who needs to employ a more cognizant on-field mindset.

13. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates

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    Position: RHP

    DOB: 9/8/1990 (Age: 22)

    Height/Weight: 6’4”, 240

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2011 (UCLA)

    ETA: 2013 (Will make MLB debut on Tuesday)

     

    2013 Stats

     

    Scouting Report

    Large, durable, 6’4”, 240-pound frame; physically strong; epitome of a power pitcher. Athletic for size; repeats his mechanics and delivery with some consistency; extends toward plate; effortless; loose arm action. Bouts of inconsistency and wildness; will still land open on occasion.

    Power arsenal 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. Key to future success is execution and consistency.

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/Signed: First round, 2012 (Pace HS, Fla.)

    ETA: 2014

     

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    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; 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 pills across the infield with a fast arm and smooth transfer.

11. 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/Signed: First round, 2011 (Owasso HS, Okla.)

    ETA: 2013

     

    2012 Stats

     

    Scouting Report

    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. 

10. Archie Bradley, RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks

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    Position: RHP

    DOB: 8/10/1992 (Age: 20)

    Height/Weight: 6’4”, 225

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2011 (Broken Arrow HS, Okla.)

    ETA: 2014

     

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    Scouting Report

     6’4”, 225-pound right-hander has excellent athleticism for his size and was recruited as a quarterback by University of Oklahoma out of high school. Athletic delivery that includes a momentum-building leg kick; impedes his control at times, but is nothing that can’t be ironed out. Live arm; throws everything with weight on downhill plane.

    Right-hander’s fastball sits in the low to mid-90s; heavy pitch thrown consistently on a downhill plane; holds velocity deep into starts; can scrape 95-96 mph when needed. Curveball is a hammer with sharp, downward bite; plus-offering that should be a legitimate out pitch in the big leagues. Changeup flashes above-average potential with late fade. Command of pitch varies, but he shows a solid feel for it. Improved control/command has already led to a promotion to Double-A.

9. Zack Wheeler, RHP, New York Mets

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    Position: RHP

    DOB: 5/30/1990 (Age: 22)

    Height/Weight: 6’4”, 185

    Bats/Throws: L/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2009 by Giants (East Paulding HS, Ga.)

    ETA: 2013 (Will make MLB debut on June 16 vs. Cubs)

     

    2013 Stats

     

    Scouting Report

    The 6’4” right-hander has a very projectable frame; present strength; loose body; athletic delivery; lightning-quick arm; creates excellent shoulder angle and downhill trajectory toward plate; results in overall deception. Arm whips through window; consistent release point; good finish in extension; falls off to third base side. Throws each of his pitches with tilt and depth; adept at stifling running game; quick to the plate; varies looks. 

    Plus-fastball sits 93-96 mph with explosive arm-side run. Effortless velocity overwhelms hitters; pitch is difficult to barrel; lots of helpless swings from right-handed hitters. Curveball is a hammer and a second plus-offering. Mixes in a slider and changeup; potential four-pitch mix of above-average-to-plus offerings.

8. Wil Myers, OF, Tampa Bay Rays

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    Position: OF

    DOB: 12/10/1990 (Age: 22)

    Height/Weight: 6’3”, 205

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: Third round, 2009 by Royals (Wesleyan Christian Academy, N.C.)

    ETA: 2013

     

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    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 and streaky at times; gets out on his front foot. Can over-commit against off-speed pitches; 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. Can handle center field, but will likely play a corner position in the major leagues.

7. 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/Signed: First round, 2011 (Montverde HS, Fla.)

    ETA: 2014


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    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.

    Wizard in the field; potential to be elite defensive shortstop in the major leagues. Does things at the position that no teenager should be able to do. Plus-glove; soft hands; above-average range; always gains momentum toward target. Accurate, above-average arm. Defense could play in the major leagues right now. Could have a long career in majors even if bat doesn’t pan out; outstanding makeup and instincts.

6. Taijuan Walker, RHP, Seattle Mariners

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    Position: RHP

    DOB: 8/13/1992 (Age: 20)

    Height/Weight: 6’4”, 210

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2010 (Yucaipa HS, Calif.)

    ETA: 2014

     

    2013 Stats

     

    Scouting Report

    Walker has a highly projectable frame at 6’4”, 210 pounds; excellent athleticism; little mileage on his arm. Still learning to be a pitcher and not a thrower; improved use of lower half; needs to finish with more consistency, extension and follow-through. Easy, fluid mechanics that he repeats well; love his smooth yet explosive arm.

    Fastball consistently registers at 93-96 mph; jumps on opposing hitters; dials it up to 97-98 mph on occasion; sustains velocity well into his starts. Plus-curveball has great shape and a late, downward bite; will over-grip and spike it on occasion. Changeup has come a long way over the last season; looks to be a third viable above-average offering. Mariners introduced a cutter into his arsenal last season; should offer a tough look; knows how to make in-game improvements.

5. Miguel Sano, 3B, Minnesota Twins

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    Position: 3B

    DOB: 5/11/1993 (Age: 20)

    Height/Weight: 6’3”, 195

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: October 2009 (Dominican Republic)

    ETA: 2014

     

    2013 Stats

     

    Scouting Report

    Best raw power (80-grade) in the minor leagues and present power frequency. Powerful swing generates backspin carry to all fields; has some holes and results in too many swings-and-misses. Has the bat speed and strength to still be successful. Hit tool could also be a plus at maturity; vulnerable to sequence. Utility will depend on the continued development of plate discipline and pitch recognition.

    Defense at the hot corner has improved over last year. Present athleticism despite his 6’3”, 195-pound frame; will likely lose a step as he fills out. Glove and footwork have become cleaner and consistent; showcasing better range. Actions can be stiff at times. Average range; plus-arm strength. Accuracy of throws has noticeably improved this season; less lazy/careless errors overall.

4. Christian Yelich, OF, Miami Marlins

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    Position: OF

    DOB: 12/5/1991 (Age: 21)

    Height/Weight: 6’4”, 195

    Bats/Throws: L/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2010 (Westlake HS, Calif.)

    ETA: 2013

     

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    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 base-stealer. 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”, 195-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.

3. Xander Bogaerts, SS, Boston Red Sox

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    Position: SS

    DOB: 10/1/1992 (Age: 20)

    Height/Weight: 6’3”, 185

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: August 2009 (Aruba)

    ETA: 2013

     

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    Scouting Report

    At 6’3”, 185 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 every field; 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 develop as a shortstop unless he’s forced to move from position; also profiles as a third baseman or corner outfielder. Solid hands; plus-arm strength; lacks quick feet and explosiveness for sure-fire up-the-middle future. Still demonstrates excellent overall athleticism; slightly above-average speed with similar range; could lose a step as he matures.

2. Byron Buxton, OF, Minnesota Twins

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    Position: OF

    DOB: 12/18/1993 (Age: 19)

    Height/Weight: 6’2”, 189

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2012 (Appling County HS, Ga.)

    ETA: 2015

     

    2013 Stats

     

    Scouting Report

    6’1”, 188-pounder has tapered build with wiry strength; strong wrists; plus-bat speed; above-average raw power potential; quick-twitch muscles. Approach and hit tool continue to be better than expected. Could enjoy a quick rise through the minors; may need to simplify his swing to handle better velocity and sequencing.

    Plus-plus speed gives him excellent range. Safe bet to stick in center field; plus-arm strength is more than enough for the position. Above-average defensive profile in center; reads and routes have improved. Lauded for his makeup; still needs experience despite outstanding start to professional career.

1. Oscar Taveras, OF, St. Louis Cardinals

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    Position: OF

    DOB: 6/19/1992 (Age: 20)

    Height/Weight: 6’2”, 200

    Bats/Throws: L/L

    Drafted/Signed: November, 2008 (Dominican Republic)

    ETA: 2013

     

    2013 Stats

     

    Scouting Report

    Left-handed hitter who employs a powerful yet balanced swing; keeps bat head in the zone for an extended period of time; strong hands, forearms; always gets head through the zone. Outstanding plate coverage; successful even when forced to muscle the ball. Began to tap into his power last season against advanced competition. Has 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; base-running 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; still has plenty to gain from experience.

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