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Re: Baseball America Top 10 Prospects for 2013
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Re: Baseball America Top 10 Prospects for 2013
« Reply #27: January 22, 2013, 07:49:17 PM »
From 2010, this was their projected 2013 lineup. They got 6 right, would have been 7 if we hadn't signed Soriano.

Catcher   Derek Norris
First Base   Chris Marrero
Second Base   Danny Espinosa
Third Base   Ryan Zimmerman
Shortstop   Ian Desmond
Left Field   Josh Willingham
Center Field   Nyjer Morgan
Right Field   Adam Dunn
No. 1 Starter   Stephen Strasburg
No. 2 Starter   Jordan Zimmermann
No. 3 Starter   Ross Detwiler
No. 4 Starter   John Lannan
No. 5 Starter   Collin Balester
Closer   Drew Storen

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Re: Baseball America Top 10 Prospects for 2013
« Reply #29: January 30, 2013, 07:18:14 AM »
1.   Anthony Rendon, 3b   Born: Jun 6, 1990   B-T: R-R   Ht.: 6-0 Wt.: 195
Drafted: Rice, 2011 (1st round).  Signed by: Tyler Wilt
Background: Rendon is one of the most accomplished college players of the last decade, and his rise to elite prospect status has been slowed only by a succession of injuries. A 27th-round pick by the Braves out of Houston's Lamar High in 2008, Rendon burst onto the national scene at Rice the following spring, hitting .388/.461/.702 with 20 homers to win Baseball America's Freshman of the Year award. He tore ligaments in his right ankle after stepping on a sprinkler head in during NCAA super regionals that June, but he rebounded to hit .394/.530/.801 with 26 homers in 2010 to win BA College Player of the Year honors. Once again his summer was lost to injury, as he broke the same ankle while running the bases in his second game with the U.S. collegiate national team. A strained throwing shoulder largely limited him to DH duties as a junior, and he got few pitches to hit. Rendon still ranked as the 2011 draft's top prospect, but uncertainty about his shoulder caused him to drop to the Nationals as the sixth overall pick. He signed a $7.2 million big league contract that including a $6 million bonus at the Aug. 15 deadline. After a stellar spring training, Rendon once more succumbed to the injury bug on April 7, slightly fracturing his left ankle while running the bases in his second pro game. He returned to action on July 19 and quickly reached Double-A Harrisburg, but he didn't truly find his stride until the Arizona Fall League, where he batted .338/.436/.494.

Scouting Report: Rendon stands out most for his strong, lightning-quick hands. Rendon's tension-free swing allows him to stay back and then whip his bat through the zone, generating hard line drives from foul pole to foul pole. He has excellent balance, advanced pitch recognition and a patient approach (as evidenced by his 176-78 BB-K ratio at Rice), though his timing and pitch selection were off somewhat in his injury-shortened 2012 pro debut. Though he isn't overly physical, he has enough leverage in his swing to hit 20 or more homers annually while contending for batting titles. Rendon compiled an impressive defensive highlight reel in college, and the Nationals have been impressed with his body control, hands, footwork and instincts. He had a plus arm at Rice, but it now rates as more of a solid tool. He also has lost a step or two after his three ankle injuries, making him a slightly below-average runner.

The Future: If he can stay healthy, Rendon can be an all-star third baseman with a middle-of-the-order bat and quality defensive skills. But with Ryan Zimmerman in his prime and locked into Washington's third-base job for the foreseeable future, Rendon figures to wind up elsewhere—perhaps second base, where he has played on occasion in college and in spring training. He figures to return to Double-A to start 2013, and he could get his first taste of the majors later in the year because his skills are advanced.

Year   Team   AB   R   H   2B   3B   HR   RBI   BB   SO   SB   CS   AVG   OBP   SLG
'12   Nationals (R)   11   2   4   1   0   2   6   3   3   0   0   .364   .500   1.000
'12   Auburn (SS)   27   7   7   2   0   1   3   4   6   0   0   .259   .375   .444
'12   Potomac (HiA)   27   5   9   2   3   0   0   5   4   0   0   .333   .438   .630
'12   Harrisburg (AA)   68   14   11   3   1   3   3   11   16   0   0   .162   .305   .368
Minor League Totals   133   28   31   8   4   6   12   23   29   0   0   .233   .363   .489
2.   Lucas Giolito, rhp   Born: Jul 14, 1994   B-T: R-R   Ht.: 6-6 Wt.: 225
Drafted: Harvard-Westlake HS, Studio City, Calif., 2012 (1st round).  Signed by:
Background: Giolito's combination of elite stuff, size and polish gave him a chance to be the first high school righthander ever drafted No. 1 overall. But he sprained his ulnar collateral ligament in early March, ending his season and clouding his draft stock. The son of Hollywood actors Lindsay Frost and Rick Giolito, he made it clear a hefty bonus would be required to lure him away from a UCLA commitment. After drafting him 16th overall, the Nationals exceeded his assigned pick value by $800,000 and signed him for $2,925,000. He appeared in one game before having Tommy John surgery on Aug. 31.

Scouting Report: When healthy, Giolito works from 92-100 mph with his fastball, sitting comfortably at 94-96. He complements it with a plus-plus 82-86 mph curveball with depth and bite. He even flashes an above-average 82-84 mph changeup, giving him a third swing-and-miss pitch. He has an easy delivery, an advanced feel for pitching, a tenacious mound presence and a tireless work ethic.

The Future: Giolito has true No. 1 starter upside, and his makeup and command give him a solid chance to reach that ceiling. The Nationals successfully nursed Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann back form Tommy John surgery, and should be able to do the same with Giolito, though he might not pitch in 2013.

Year   Team   W   L   ERA   G   GS   SV   IP   H   R   ER   HR   BB   SO   AVG
'12   Nationals (R)   0   0   4.50   1   1   0   2   2   1   1   0   0   1   .250
Minor League Totals   0   0   4.50   1   1   0   2   2   2   1   0   0   1   .250
3.   Brian Goodwin, of   Born: Nov 2, 1990   B-T: L-L   Ht.: 6-1 Wt.: 195
Drafted: Miami Dade JC, 2011 (1st round supplemental).  Signed by: Alex Morales
Background: Signed for $3 million as a 2011 sandwich pick, Goodwin made progress refining his impressive raw tools in his first full pro season. He showed speed, power and plate discipline while starring at low Class A Hagerstown, then continued to dazzle with his physical ability despite having less success in Double-A and the Arizona Fall League.

Scouting Report: Goodwin has worked hard to put his hands into better hitting position, free up his swing and make it less rotational. When he's going well, he stays short to the ball, waits on offspeed stuff and drives pitches from left-center to right field. When he struggled at Harrisburg, he got pull-happy and chased pitches up and away. Goodwin must improve against southpaws, who held him to a .246 average last season. But his quick hands and feel for the strike zone give him a chance to be a tablesetter, and he generates enough leverage to add solid power. He's also an above-average runner, though he's still learning to use his speed on the basepaths and in center field. He has a chance to be a plus defender with a solid arm.

The Future: He could be a dynamic player in the mold of a Curtis Granderson with less power and better on-base skills. Goodwin figures to start 2013 back in Double-A.

Year   Team   AB   R   H   2B   3B   HR   RBI   BB   SO   SB   CS   AVG   OBP   SLG
'12   Hagerstown (LoA)   216   47   70   18   1   9   38   43   39   15   4   .324   .438   .542
'12   Harrisburg (AA)   166   17   37   8   1   5   14   18   50   3   3   .223   .306   .373
Minor League Totals   382   64   107   26   2   14   52   61   89   18   7   .280   .384   .469
4.   Matt Skole, 3b   Born: Jul 30, 1989   B-T: L-R   Ht.: 6-4 Wt.: 230
Drafted: Georgia Tech, 2011 (5th round).  Signed by: Eric Robinson
Background: After hitting 47 homers in three years at Georgia Tech, Skole led the short-season New York-Penn League with 23 doubles and 48 RBIs in his 2011 pro debut. He was even better in 2012, winning low Class A South Atlantic League MVP honors and topping the circuit in homers (27), walks (94), on-base percentage (.438) and slugging (.574). His prospect stock has climbed higher than that of his younger brother Jake, a Rangers first-round pick in 2010.

Scouting Report: The Nationals have helped Skole get more out of his big, physical frame by minimizing his leg kick, solidifying his base and improving his balance. As he has implemented a more consistent load and better posture, he has hooked fewer balls and started driving back-door breaking pitches to the opposite field. Most of his plus power comes to the pull side. His improving ability to use all fields, good pitch recognition and patient approach suggest he can be an average hitter. Skole will never be a rangy defender at third base, but he has improved his footwork and body control. His hands are sure enough to play at either corner and his arm is solid.

The Future: Blocked at third by Ryan Zimmerman and Anthony Rendon, Skole has more of a future with Washington as a slugging first baseman. He should reach Double-A in 2013.

Year   Team   AB   R   H   2B   3B   HR   RBI   BB   SO   SB   CS   AVG   OBP   SLG
'11   Auburn (SS)   272   43   79   23   1   5   48   42   52   2   1   .290   .382   .438
'12   Hagerstown (LoA)   343   73   98   18   0   27   92   94   116   10   0   .286   .438   .574
'12   Potomac (HiA)   70   11   22   10   1   0   12   5   17   1   0   .314   .355   .486
Minor League Totals   685   127   199   51   2   32   152   141   185   13   1   .291   .410   .511
5.   Nate Karns, rhp   Born: Nov 25, 1987   B-T: R-R   Ht.: 6-5 Wt.: 230
Drafted: Texas Tech, 2009 (12th round).  Signed by: Jimmy Gonzales
Background: Karns has flashed power stuff since his high school days in Texas, but his command held him back in college at North Carolina State and Texas Tech. He appeared to turn the corner in 2009 in the Texas Collegiate League, where he ranked as the top prospect before signing for $225,000 as a 12th-round pick, but he tore the labrum in his shoulder shortly afterward and didn't pitch again until 2011. He came out of nowhere to lead the minors in opponent average (.174) in his 2012 full-season debut.

Scouting Report: Karns throws a heavy fastball at 92-94 mph, topping out at 96. He always has been able to get hitters to chase his downer curveball, a low-80s hammer with depth and finish, and he improved his ability to throw it for strikes last season. His curve should become a true plus pitch as he continues to learn to repeat it, and his changeup has a chance to be average. He has smoothed out his delivery somewhat, and his command has improved so much that he has a chance to stick as a starter.

The Future: Added to the 40-man roster in November, Karns will advance to Double-A in 2013 and could reach Washington in the second half. He could be a mid-rotation workhorse or a late-inning reliever, depending on how his changeup and feel for pitching progress.

Year   Team   W   L   ERA   G   GS   SV   IP   H   R   ER   HR   BB   SO   AVG
'11   Nationals (R)   0   0   0.00   5   5   0   19   2   0   0   0   6   26   .034
'11   Auburn (SS)   3   2   3.44   8   8   0   37   27   14   14   1   27   33   .197
'12   Hagerstown (LoA)   3   0   2.03   11   5   2   44   23   11   10   1   21   61   .147
'12   Potomac (HiA)   8   4   2.26   13   13   0   72   47   23   18   1   26   87   .179
Minor League Totals   14   6   2.20   37   31   2   172   99   99   42   3   80   207   .161
6.   Christian Garcia, rhp   Born: Aug 24, 1985   B-T: R-R   Ht.: 6-5 Wt.: 215
Drafted: Gulliver Prep, Miami, 2004 (3rd round).  Signed by: Dan Radison
Background: After converting from catcher to pitcher as a prep senior, Garcia rocketed into the third round of the 2004 draft and signed with the Yankees. But his career was derailed by two Tommy John surgeries, costing him all of 2007 and most of 2010. He signed with Washington as a minor league free agent in July 2011 and thrived in his first full season as a reliever in 2012, earning a September callup and a spot on the playoff roster.

Scouting Report: Garcia's stuff is electric. His fastball sits at 93-96 mph and regularly bumps 97 with good life and angle. His plus changeup has late sink, and he trusts it against both lefties and righties. The shape of his hard-biting curveball can vary, making it look more like a slider at times, but it has tight spin and good power in the low 80s. He's still learning how to command its break consistently, though it shows flashes of becoming a plus pitch. Garcia's command is a tick below average, but his stuff is good enough that he doesn't need pinpoint accuracy to succeed.

The Future: Garcia has a smooth delivery without much effort, but his medical history will keep him in the bullpen. He'll open 2013 as a set-up man for the Nationals.

Year   Team   W   L   ERA   G   GS   SV   IP   H   R   ER   HR   BB   SO   AVG
'04   Yankees (R)   3   4   2.84   13   6   0   38   26   13   12   1   17   47   .186
'05   Yankees (R)   0   0   4.50   2   1   0   6   4   4   3   0   5   7   .182
'05   Charleston, SC (LoA)   5   6   3.91   21   20   0   106   102   57   46   3   53   103   .243
'06   Yankees (R)   0   1   9.53   5   3   0   11   15   13   12   1   4   15   .306
'06   Charleston, SC (LoA)   2   3   3.46   7   7   0   42   37   19   16   2   12   45   .228
'08   Yankees (R)   0   2   14.73   3   3   0   7   19   12   12   3   2   9   .463
'08   Tampa (HiA)   4   2   2.90   10   10   0   50   45   20   16   2   17   60   .232
'08   Trenton (AA)   0   0   3.38   1   0   0   5   4   2   2   0   6   5   .200
'09   Trenton (AA)   2   0   0.71   5   5   0   25   15   3   2   1   17   24   .165
'10   Trenton (AA)   1   0   0.00   1   1   0   6   2   0   0   0   1   3   .105
'11   Auburn (SS)   3   1   2.95   10   0   1   18   17   6   6   1   2   28   .236
'11   Syracuse (AAA)   0   0   0.00   1   0   0   2   0   0   0   0   1   2   .000
'12   Harrisburg (AA)   1   0   1.35   18   0   7   20   13   6   3   0   6   28   .178
'12   Syracuse (AAA)   1   1   0.56   27   0   14   32   18   4   2   0   11   38   .157
'12   Washington (MAJ)   0   0   2.13   13   0   0   13   8   3   3   2   2   15   .174
Major League Totals   0   0   2.08   13   0   0   13   8   8   3   2   2   15   .170
Minor League Totals   22   20   3.23   124   56   22   368   317   317   132   14   154   414   .223
7.   Eury Perez, of   Born: May 30, 1990   B-T: R-R   Ht.: 6-0 Wt.: 180
Signed: Dominican Republic '07 Signed by: Dana Brown/Moises de la Mota
Background: Perez hit .303 in his first five pro seasons and made great strides with his mental approach in his sixth, helping him advance three levels and earn a September callup in 2012. He improved his English and became a better communicator, implemented a plan for practice as well as games and did a better job staying within himself at the plate.

Scouting Report: Perez's carrying tool is his speed, which rates an 80 on the 20-80 scale. He's learning to make better use of it by maintaining a slashing approach at the plate, after trying to muscle up and pull pitches in the past—something that makes little sense with his well below-average power. He has good feel for the barrel and makes consistent contact, though he still needs to become more patient in order to realize his potential as a tablesetter. Perez has dramatically improved his pre-pitch positioning and reads, translating to well above-average range at times.

The Future: Washington's November trade for Denard Span leaves Perez looking at a reserve job in Washington. A little more time in Triple-A Syracuse could be good for him.

Year   Team   AB   R   H   2B   3B   HR   RBI   BB   SO   SB   CS   AVG   OBP   SLG
'07   Nationals1 (R)   158   41   40   5   1   0   14   32   39   15   5   .253   .399   .297
'08   Nationals 1 (R)   213   51   69   9   2   4   44   32   36   28   6   .324   .428   .441
'09   Nationals (R)   181   38   69   3   5   3   24   15   20   16   8   .381   .443   .503
'10   Hagerstown (LoA)   438   88   131   17   5   3   42   23   74   64   13   .299   .345   .381
'11   Potomac (HiA)   424   54   120   9   2   1   41   22   63   45   15   .283   .319   .321
'12   Nationals (R)   22   4   9   1   0   0   2   1   0   5   0   .409   .435   .455
'12   Harrisburg (AA)   351   34   105   11   2   0   30   7   53   26   10   .299   .325   .342
'12   Syracuse (AAA)   159   21   53   7   1   0   10   8   26   20   5   .333   .373   .390
'12   Washington (MAJ)   5   3   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   3   0   .200   .200   .200
Major League Totals   5   3   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   3   0   .200   .200   .200
Minor League Totals   1946   331   596   62   18   11   207   140   311   219   62   .306   .363   .374
8.   Sammy Solis, lhp   Born: Aug 10, 1988   B-T: R-L   Ht.: 6-5 Wt.: 230
Drafted: San Diego, 2010 (2nd round).  Signed by: Tim Reynolds
Background: By visiting the AIDS orphanage his family owns in Africa, the laid-back Solis gained an uncommon sense of perspective, which has been an asset during his injury-plagued career. He missed almost all of 2009 at San Diego with a herniated disc in his back. Signed for $1 million as a 2010 second-rounder, he saw his first full pro season in 2011 delayed by a quadriceps injury. He returned to post a strong season in Class A, but after impressing in the Arizona Fall League, he felt some discomfort in his elbow, which eventually required Tommy John surgery last spring.

Scouting Report: Solis has quality stuff when healthy, starting with a 90-94 mph fastball that peaks at 96 and has late, tailing life. The depth, speed and shape of his spike curveball varies, looking like a plus downer curve at times and more like a slider at others. He has good feel for his changeup, which projects as a solid or better pitch. He throws strikes but gets in trouble when he leaves balls up in the zone.

The Future: Solis was progressing well in his rehabilitation and throwing again by the fall. The Nationals expect him to begin 2013 in extended spring training, but he could see game action at high Class A Potomac or Harrisburg by June 1. He projects as a mid-rotation starter, though he must prove he can stay healthy.

Year   Team   W   L   ERA   G   GS   SV   IP   H   R   ER   HR   BB   SO   AVG
'10   Hagerstown (LoA)   0   0   0.00   2   2   0   4   2   0   0   0   0   3   .143
'11   Hagerstown (LoA)   2   1   4.02   7   7   0   40   39   18   18   3   12   40   .244
'11   Potomac (HiA)   6   2   2.72   10   10   0   56   61   20   17   5   11   53   .265
Minor League Totals   8   3   3.15   19   19   0   100   102   102   35   8   23   96   .254
9.   Matt Purke, lhp   Born: Jul 17, 1990   B-T: L-L   Ht.: 6-4 Wt.: 205
Drafted: Texas Christian, 2011 (3rd round).  Signed by: Ed Gustafson
Background: The 14th overall pick in the 2009 draft, Purke agreed to a $6 million bonus with the Rangers, but MLB controlled the club's finances and refused to approve the deal. He went 16-0 to lead Texas Christian to its first College World Series and win Baseball America's Freshman of the Year award in 2010, but shoulder bursitis hampered him as a draft-eligible sophomore in 2011. The Nationals took him in the third round and signed him to a big league deal with a $2.75 million bonus and $4.15 million total guarantee. He pitched just 15 innings in his 2012 pro debut before having surgery in August to relieve the bursitis and clean out scar tissue in his shoulder.

Scouting Report: When he's at his best, Purke can pound the strike zone with a 91-94 mph fastball that reaches 96. He backs it up with a plus 78-82 mph slider and shows good feel for a changeup. He was never healthy in 2012 and his stuff was down in the three starts he did make. He has a slingy, low three-quarters delivery, and Washington has worked to raise his arm angle in order to prevent his pitches from flattening out.

The Future: Purke's history of shoulder problems clouds his prospect status, but he has shown No. 2 starter upside in the past. He's expected to be ready for spring training and to open 2013 in low Class A.

Year   Team   W   L   ERA   G   GS   SV   IP   H   R   ER   HR   BB   SO   AVG
'12   Hagerstown (LoA)   0   2   5.87   3   3   0   15   15   11   10   1   12   14   .246
Minor League Totals   0   2   6.00   3   3   0   15   15   15   10   1   12   14   .250
10.   Zach Walters, ss   Born: Sep 05, 1989   B-T: B-R   Ht.: 6-2 Wt.: 195
Drafted: San Diego, 2010 (9th round).  Signed by: Jeff Mousser
Background: Acquired from the Diamondbacks for Jason Marquis in July 2011, Walters broke the hamate bone in his right hand during his first spring training with the Nationals. The injury limited him to eight games in April but he played his way to Triple-A by August. He had a solid winter in Puerto Rico as well.

Scouting Report: Walters stands out for his smooth, fluid swing from both sides of the plate, though he fared markedly better from the left side than the right in 2012. His swing has excellent extension and leverage, giving him a chance to be an average hitter with fringy power if he can improve his plate discipline. He needs to stick with a plan at the plate. Walters' other notable tool is his plus arm, which is accurate and gives him a chance to play shortstop in the big leagues. His hands work in the infield, but he must improve his pre-pitch positioning and routes. He's a fringy runner.

The Future: Washington believes Walters has the athleticism and aptitude to play six different positions, suggesting he could be a valuable utilityman with a quality bat if he can't force his way into an everyday role. He'll head back to Syracuse in 2013.

Year   Team   AB   R   H   2B   3B   HR   RBI   BB   SO   SB   CS   AVG   OBP   SLG
'10   Yakima (SS)   275   44   83   18   4   4   43   16   59   14   4   .302   .338   .440
'11   South Bend (LoA)   361   69   109   27   6   9   56   42   96   12   10   .302   .377   .485
'11   Potomac (HiA)   116   15   34   7   1   0   11   8   33   7   1   .293   .336   .371
'12   Potomac (HiA)   193   24   52   8   1   5   24   10   43   6   3   .269   .304   .399
'12   Harrisburg (AA)   164   23   48   11   4   6   19   8   38   1   0   .293   .326   .518
'12   Syracuse (AAA)   98   9   21   4   0   1   6   6   28   0   0   .214   .260   .286
Minor League Totals   1207   184   347   75   16   25   159   90   297   40   18   .287   .337   .438
 

Offline mikehughes

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Re: Baseball America Top 10 Prospects for 2013
« Reply #30: January 30, 2013, 07:19:15 AM »
Info and scouting reports for baseball americas top 10 prospects listed above, source Baseballamerica.com.

Offline Tyler Durden

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Re: Baseball America Top 10 Prospects for 2013
« Reply #31: January 30, 2013, 08:55:38 AM »
Interesting - that says Karns could be up in the 2nd half of 2013.  With Karns and Garcia, they should have decent depth in the minors in case of injury.