Rafael Montero, RHP, New York Mets
2013 Stats (AA/AAA): 73.1 IP, 2.45 ERA, .202 BAA, 77/11 K/BB (12 GS)
After excelling at both Class-A levels last year, Montero has made a seamless transition to Double-A this season thanks to outstanding command of a four-pitch mix.
Yordano Ventura, RHP, Kansas City Royals
2013 Stats (AA/AAA): 67.1 IP, 2.81 ERA, .198 BAA, 85/26 K/BB (13 GS)
The starting pitcher for the World Team in the 2012 XM Futures Game, Ventura, a 5’11” right-hander, still boasts the upper-90s fastball that he showcased in last year’s event, but has since developed into a more complete pitcher with two legitimate secondary options.
Jose Ramirez, RHP, New York Yankees
2013 Stats (AA): 42.1 IP, 2.76 ERA, .192 BAA, 50/15 K/BB (9 G/8 GS)
After struggling to harness his control and command during three years between both Class-A levels, Ramirez’s vastly improved command has helped the right-hander turn the corner in his first season in Double-A.
Rafael De Paula, RHP, New York Yankees
2013 Stats (A-): 64.1 IP, 2.94 ERA, .189 BAA, 96/23 K/BB (13 GS)
De Paula, 22, has been absolutely dominant in his stateside debut this season for Low-A Charleston. The 6’2”, 212-pound right-hander boasts three average or better offerings including an explosive fastball that reaches the upper 90s.
J.O. Berrios, RHP, Minnesota Twins
2013 Stats (A-): 48.1 IP, 3.17 ERA, .263 BAA, 56/16 K/BB (9 GS)
Coming off an impressive showing for Team Puerto Rice in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, the 19-year-old has displayed pitchability and poise beyond his years this season for Low-A Cedar Rapids.
Ariel Pena, RHP, Milwaukee Brewers
2013 Stats (AA): 66 IP, 3.00 ERA, .204 BAA, 63/40 K/BB (13 GS)
After struggling at Double-A during the second half of the 2012 season, Pena’s lack of control has been exploited this year while repeating the level.
Domingo Tapia, RHP, New York Mets
2013 Stats (A+): 43.2 IP, 3.30 ERA, .213 BAA, 37/20 K/BB (10 GS)
A wiry-thin right-hander at 6’4”, 186 pounds, Tapia will run his fastball into the triple digits while flashing a changeup with at least above-average potential. However, the development of a legitimate third pitch will ultimately determine whether he remains a starter.
Miguel Almonte, RHP, Kansas City Royals
2013 Stats (A-): 56.1 IP, 3.83 ERA, .246 BAA, 53/21 K/BB (11 GS)
Almonte is one of the more intriguing pitching prospects in Low-A this year thanks to a projectable, 6’2”, 180-pound frame, ridiculous arm speed and feel for commanding three pitches.
Jose Urena, RHP, Miami Marlins
2013 Stats (A+): 66.2 IP, 4.05 ERA, .246 BAA, 47/12 K/BB (13 G/12 GS)
A 6’3”, 172-pound right-hander, Urena has big-time arm strength with a fastball that reaches the upper 90s, but lacks consistent secondary offerings. And even though his command needs considerable refinement, the 21-year-old has demonstrated a legitimate feel for the strike zone.
Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP, Baltimore Orioles
2013 Stats (A+): 75.1 IP, 2.99 ERA, .252 BAA, 61/21 K/BB (12 GS)
Rodriguez emerged as the best left-handed pitcher in the Orioles system in 2012 during an impressive full-season debut at Low-A Delmarva. The 20-year-old has built upon his success this season in the Carolina League (High-A), and is on pace to finish the year at Double-A Bowie.