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Jim Callis and I just duked it out in our most recent Pipeline Perspectives (I hope you guys are enjoying this series as much as we are writing them). The topic: The best hitting/pitching prospect duo in baseball. In case you missed it, I picked the Twins’ combination of Byron Buxton and Alex Meyer. Jim chose the Astros’ Carlos Correa and Mark Appel.
Here’s the video version of our debate:
Obviously, I’m right.
In all seriousness, that’s a very close call. And there are a number of other very interesting duos around baseball that should be exciting to watch in the future:
Gregory Polanco (OF) and Jameson Taillon (RHP), Pirates: Polanco is No. 13 on the Top 100; Taillon is No. 16. They’re the only other tandem in the Top 20.
Travis d’Arnaud (C) and Noah Syndergaard (RHP), Mets: d’Arnaud is the highest rated catcher, at No. 22; Syndergaard is No. 11 overall.
Xander Bogaerts (SS) and Henry Owens (LHP), Red Sox: Bogaerts, complete with his World Series experience, is No. 2. Owens is the 2nd-highest rated lefty on the list at No. 30.
Others in the Top 100 (taking the top hitting and pitching prospect from each organization, and only listing one pairing per system):
Chris Owings, SS (77) and Archie Bradley, RHP (5), D-backs
D.J. Peterson, 3B (88) and Taijuan Walker, RHP (6), Mariners
Javier Baez, SS (7) and C.J. Edwards, RHP (42), Cubs
Francisco Lindor, SS (10) and Trevor Bauer, RHP (73), Indians
David Dahl, OF (71) and Jon Gray, RHP (14), Rockies
Nick Castellanos, 3B (15) and Robbie Ray, LHP (97), Tigers
Billy Hamilton, OF (37) and Robert Stephenson, RHP (19), Reds
Austin Hedges, C (24) and Max Fried, LHP (43), Padres
Adalberto Raul Mondesi, SS (38) and Kyle Zimmer, RHP (25), Royals
Maikel Franco, 3B (26) and Jesse Biddle, LHP (53), Phillies
Colin Moran, 3B (51) and Andrew Heaney, LHP (29), Marlins
Corey Seager, SS (34) and Zach Lee, RHP (63), Dodgers
Hak-Ju Lee, SS (84) and Jake Odorizzi, RHP (56), Rays
Christian Bethancourt, C (82) and Lucas Sims, RHP (60), Braves
Matt Davidson, 3B (80) and Erik Johnson, RHP (70), White Sox
My colleagues Jim Callis (@JimCallisMLB) and Bernie Pleskoff (@BerniePleskoff) have already weighed in on players they liked in the Arizona Fall League who didn’t make MLBPipeline.com’s Top 20 list. Jim mentioned five players in his blog while Bernie filed two reports, one on outfielder Henry Urrutia and one on lefty Eduardo Rodriguez, both from the Orioles organization.
Teddy Cahill (@tedcahill), who also helped out with the Top 20 along with Jim and Bernie, listed these names when asked who were his non-Top 20 favorites: Eduardo Rodriguez, Andrew Susac, Brian Goodwin and Mason Williams. He also liked Richie Shaffer as a bit of a sleeper pick, not a guy who belongs on a Top 20, but one who “seemed to rebound from a so-so season” and who walked as much as he struck out in Arizona.
Where does that leave me? I, too, like Rodriguez and Susac, but I wanted to find a few players not mentioned by anyone else (a benefit of being late in posting this). So I’m definitely going more of the “sleeper pick” route, though all of these guys are prospects in their own right. In no particular order:
Chris Taylor, SS/2B, Mariners: Not saying he’s going to be a superstar or anything, but he’s hit everywhere he’s been, reaching Double-A this past year. He has good on-base skills and can play second and short. He’s the type of utlity guy (maybe an every-day 2B?) who helps teams win and I’m becoming a firm believer in University of Virginia guys hitting at the next level.
Yorman Rodriguez, OF, Reds: There were signs that the 21-year-old corner outfielder was starting to figure things out during the 2013 season as he reached Double-A for the first time. Yes, there’s swing and miss aplenty, but the tools are very much still there and he’s starting to use them. Oh, and he won’t turn 22 until mid-August.
Mike Montgomery, LHP, Rays: Yeah, I know what you’re going to say. Him again? Been there, done that. But he’s still big and left-handed, and he threw pretty well this fall. He’s still only 24 and has decent stuff. It’s all about command, and it was pretty good in the AFL.
Nick Wittgren, RHP, Marlins: OK, I have to admit. I’m kind of stealing this from Bernie Pleskoff, who really likes Wittgren. So do I, though maybe not quite as much as Bernie does. Wittgren put up video game numbers during the 2013 season (0.77 ERA, .198 BAA, 9.5 K/9, 1.5 BB/9), then did it some more in a much more hostile pitching environment in the AFL (0.66 ERA, .130 BAA, 19 K, 2 BB in 13 2/3 IP). He had 26 saves during the regular season, but he’s likely not a closer in the big leagues. But he could be pitching there in 2014.
Not surprisingly, the stories generated considerable discussion and debate. And, truthfully, we both had a hard time making decisions in some cases.
So we decided we’d come up with a 2nd team, All-Prospect. Mine is below. You can find Jim’s over at Callis’ Corner. We decided only to go for the positional assignments and not the “biggest jump,” or “most to prove” categories.
1B C.J. Cron, Angels — Not a deep position, I decided not to cave to Yankee fans bugging me about Greg Bird (who had a very nice year). Cron had a solid, if unspectacular, season in the Texas League.
2B Rougned Odor, Rangers — Some great choices, even for the 2nd team, from Delino DeShields Jr. to Eddie Rosario. But Odor’s still a teenager, made it to (and raked in) the Double-A Texas League, finishing with a combined .305/.365/.474 line to go along with 32 steals.
SS Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox — Just edges other fine choices like Javier Baez or Carlos Correa. Holding his own in the big leagues is just icing on the cake.
3B Miguel Sano, Twins — I went off the board a bit by taking Maikel Franco for my first team, so there’s no question Sano is the best choice here.
C Austin Hedges, Padres — Yes, Evan Gattis has had a solid offensive year, but is he really a catcher? Hedges was just so-so with the bat, but has the chance to be special defensively.
OF Wil Myers, Rays — It was hard to leave him off the first team. Watching him help the Rays in the Wild Card race has been great fun.
OF Joc Pederson, Dodgers — Twenty-two homers and 31 steals all while playing a good center field in Double-A. Could help in 2014.
OF Gregory Polanco, Pirates — He was my “biggest jump” selection on the 1st team. Tons of speed (38 steals), power is coming (12 HR, 30 doubles). Right field in PNC Park will be calling soon.
RHP Archie Bradley, D-backs — Need to give a shout out to Taijuan Walker of the Mariners, but Bradley finished with a 1.84 ERA, .215 BAA while striking out 9.6 per nine innings across two levels.
LHP Andrew Heaney, Marlins — Jim’s 1st team choice, the 2012 first-rounder only threw 95 1/3 innings, but did reach Double-A and finished with a combined 1.60 ERA and .211 BAA.
We’re starting to see pitching prospects head out for their second starts of the season and, so far, they’ve thrown very well in outing No. 2. Case in point (Read about all Top 100 on Prospect Watch and/or MLBPipeline.com) are the following… even the so-so outings weren’t too shabby:
No. 8 Zack Wheeler, Mets (AAA): 5 1/3 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K
No. 18 Danny Hultzen, Mariners (AAA): 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
No. 51 Robert Stephenson, Reds (A): 5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K
No. 64 Wily Peralta, Brewers (MLB): 6 2/3 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
No. 66 Tony Cingrani, Reds (AAA): 6 1/3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
Cingrani gets bolded as the “Pitcher of the second start,” and also because that’s his second straight really good outing. his overall line now:
12 1/3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 21 K, .079 BAA
Pretty good, right?
Pitching today (some underway already)
No. 9 Gerrit Cole, Pirates (AAA)
No. 24 Archie Bradley, D-backs (A+)
No. 46 Chris Archer, Rays (AAA)
No. 49 Kyle Gibson, Twins (AAA)
No. 60 Jesse Biddle, Phillies (AA)
No. 71 Allen Webster, Red Sox (AAA)
No. 72 Justin Nicolino, Marlins (A+)
No. 78 Zach Lee, Dodgers (AA)
No. 89 Jarred Cosart, Astros (AAA)
Since the Opening Day post about how the Top 100 in the Minors did seemed to go over so well, I thought I’d do it again, updating all 100 players, at all levels, and how they’ve fared heading into Monday’s action. As always, you can check out all 100 guys, or the top 20 for every team, over on Prospect Watch. And MLBPipeline is an excellent one-stop shopping destination for your Prospect needs.
Just about everybody has played at this point, with some exceptions:
Dylan Bundy (elbow and forearm stiffness, expected back by end of month)
Christian Yelich (plantar fasciitis, expected back within 2 weeks)
Rymer Liriano (out for season, elbow surgery)
Didi Gregorius (elbow, should start rehab games soon)
Casey Kelly (out for season, elbow surgery)
Jake Marisnick (hand fracture, back end of April/beginning of May)
Lucas Giolito (out for season, elbow surgery)
Andrew Heaney (strained lat, will start throwing program in about a week)
Martin Perez (fractured wrist, out until June)
Adam Eaton (elbow, out at least 6-8 weeks)
Jonathan Singleton is serving his suspension. Albert Almora is in extended Spring Training. A few pitchers are making debuts today: Matt Barnes (Portland, AA), Taylor Guerrieri (Bowling Green, A), Jake Odorizzi (Durham, AAA).
Oscar Taveras was back home attending to a personal matter, but is expected to be in Triple-A Memphis’ lineup today.
Organization-mate Carlos Martinez is on the Temporary Inactive List. He missed nearly all of Spring Training because of visa issues. He’ll catch up in Extended Spring Training and join Double-A Springfield eventually.
A couple of notes:
* Trevor Bauer is listed as with Triple-A Columbus, but his stats are from the big league start he made before being sent back down.
**David Dahl played one game for Class A Asheville in the Rockies system, but was then sent to Extended Spring Training for disciplinary reasons.
|1||TEX||Jurickson Profar||Round Rock||AAA||4-12, 1 RBI, 3 SB|
|3||STL||Oscar Taveras||Memphis||AAA||Personal matter – back today|
|4||TB||Wil Myers||Durham||AAA||4-12, 2 2B, 3 RBI|
|5||SEA||Taijuan Walker||Jackson||AA||5 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 8 K|
|6||NYM||Travis d’Arnaud||Las Vegas||AAA||3-8, 2 2B, 2 RBI|
|7||MIA||Jose Fernandez||Miami||MLB||5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K|
|8||NYM||Zack Wheeler||Las Vegas||AAA||3.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K|
|9||PIT||Gerrit Cole||Indianapolis||AAA||4 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K|
|10||ARI||Tyler Skaggs||Reno||AAA||6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, W|
|11||CIN||Billy Hamilton||Louisville||AAA||4-11, 2 2B, 1 3B, 3 SB|
|12||MIN||Miguel Sano||Fort Myers||A+||7-16, 2 2B|
|14||CLE||Francisco Lindor||Carolina||A+||6-11, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 SB|
|15||PIT||Jameson Taillon||Altoona||AA||5 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, W|
|16||CHC||Javier Baez||Daytona||A+||3-16, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 SB|
|17||CLE||Trevor Bauer||Columbus||AAA||5 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 7 BB, 2 K, L*|
|18||SEA||Danny Hultzen||Tacoma||AAA||6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, W|
|19||MIN||Byron Buxton||Cedar Rapids||A||9-16, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 SB|
|20||BOS||Xander Bogaerts||Portland||AA||3-14, 1 RBI|
|21||DET||Nick Castellanos||Toledo||AAA||5-18, 2 2B, 1 RBI|
|22||TEX||Mike Olt||Round Rock||AAA||1-16, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 10 K|
|23||SEA||Mike Zunino||Tacoma||AAA||5-12, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 8 RBI|
|24||ARI||Archie Bradley||Visalia||A+||5.2 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 9 K|
|25||STL||Shelby Miller||St. Louis||MLB||5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, W|
|26||KC||Bubba Starling||Lexington||A||1-12, 2 R|
|28||WSH||Anthony Rendon||Harrisburg||AA||3-15, 3 R|
|29||NYM||Noah Syndergaard||St. Lucie||A+||4 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K|
|30||HOU||Carlos Correa||Quad Cities||A||6-20, 2 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 1 SB|
|31||ATL||Julio Teheran||Atlanta||MLB||5 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K|
|32||BOS||Jackie Bradley||Boston||MLB||3-21, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 5 BB|
|33||STL||Carlos Martinez||Springfield||AA||Temporary Inactive List|
|34||KC||Kyle Zimmer||Wilmington||A+||5 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K|
|35||TOR||Aaron Sanchez||Dunedin||A+||5 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K|
|36||NYY||Gary Sanchez||Tampa||A+||7-17, 1 2B, 4 RBI, 1 SB|
|37||BAL||Kevin Gausman||Bowie||AA||4 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, L|
|38||BOS||Matt Barnes||Portland||AA||Makes debut today|
|39||CHC||Albert Almora||Extended ST||TBD|
|40||MIN||Alex Meyer||New Britain||AA||5 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 8 K|
|41||NYY||Mason Williams||Tampa||A+||6-16, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SB|
|42||CHC||Jorge Soler||Daytona||A+||7-16, 2 HR, 3 RBI|
|43||STL||Trevor Rosenthal||St. Louis||MLB||4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K|
|44||TB||Taylor Guerrieri||Bowling Green||A||Makes debut today|
|45||TB||Jake Odorizzi||Durham||AAA||Makes debut today|
|46||TB||Chris Archer||Durham||AAA||5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, W|
|47||SEA||Nick Franklin||Tacoma||AAA||Flu-like symptoms|
|48||OAK||Addison Russell||Stockton||A+||2-8, 2 BB|
|49||MIN||Kyle Gibson||Rochester||AAA||5 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 4 K|
|50||SD||Jedd Gyorko||San Diego||MLB||6-23, 3 2B, 3 RBI|
|51||CIN||Robert Stephenson||Dayton||A||5 IP,|
|52||WSH||Brian Goodwin||Harrisburg||AA||5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K|
|53||SD||Max Fried||Fort Wayne||A||4 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K|
|54||PIT||Alen Hanson||Bradenton||A+||4-19, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 2 SB|
|56||TB||Hak-Ju Lee||Durham||AAA||4-11, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 3 SB|
|57||HOU||George Springer||Corpus Christi||AA||3-14, 1 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI|
|58||COL||David Dahl||Extended ST||TBD||0-4**|
|59||KC||Yordano Ventura||NW Arkansas||AA||5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K|
|60||PHI||Jesse Biddle||Reading||AA||6 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K|
|61||SEA||James Paxton||Jackson||AAA||4 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K|
|62||COL||Nolan Arenado||Colorado Springs||AAA||7-13, 2 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI|
|64||MIL||Wily Peralta||Milwaukee||MLB||5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, L|
|65||PIT||Gregory Polanco||Bradenton||A+||4-15, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 SB|
|66||CIN||Tony Cingrani||Louisville||AAA||6 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 14 K|
|67||LAA||Kaleb Cowart||Arkansas||AA||1-12, 1 SB|
|68||CWS||Courtney Hawkins||Winston-Salem||A+||1-10, 1 SB|
|71||BOS||Allen Webster||Pawtucket||AAA||5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K|
|72||MIA||Justin Nicolino||Jupiter||A+||5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, L|
|73||SD||Austin Hedges||Lake Elsinore||A+||1-14, 1 SB|
|75||NYY||Tyler Austin||Trenton||AA||4-13, 2 2B, 1 RBI|
|76||LAD||Yasiel Puig||Chattanooga||AA||5-10, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 SB|
|77||ARI||Matt Davidson||Tucson||AAA||7-18, 1 HR, 4 RBI|
|78||LAD||Zach Lee||Chattanooga||AA||4 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K|
|79||STL||Kolten Wong||Memphis||AAA||4-16, 1 2B, 4 RBI, 1 SB|
|80||PHI||Ethan Martin||Lehigh Valley||AAA||4.1 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 3 K|
|82||MIA||Adeiny Hechavarria||Miami||MLB||6-20, 1 R|
|83||STL||Michael Wacha||Memphis||AAA||4 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K|
|84||TEX||Luis Sardinas||Myrtle Beach||A+||4-12, 1 RBI|
|85||LAD||Joc Pederson||Chattanooga||AA||3-14, 1 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1 SB|
|86||SF||Kyle Crick||San Jose||A+||4 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 K|
|87||TEX||Cody Buckel||Frisco||AA||2.2 IP, 5 H, 7 ER, 5 BB, 2 K|
|88||TEX||Jorge Alfaro||Hickory||A||3-10, 1 2B, 1 RBI|
|89||HOU||Jarred Cosart||Oklahoma City||AAA||4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K|
|90||TOR||Roberto Osuna||Lansing||A||5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, W|
|91||WSH||A.J. Cole||Potomac||A+||5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 7 K|
|92||DET||Bruce Rondon||Toledo||AAA||2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K|
|93||MIN||Oswaldo Arcia||Rochester||AAA||6-15, 2 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI|
|94||BOS||Henry Owens||Salem||A+||5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K|
|96||BOS||Jose Iglesias||Boston||MLB||9-17, 2 2B, 1 RBI|
|98||MIN||Aaron Hicks||Minnesota||MLB||2-26, 3 RBI|
|99||COL||Trevor Story||Modesto||A+||1-15, 1 R|
|100||SF||Gary Brown||Fresno||AAA||4-18, 1 3B, 1 RBI|
I was at Jet Blue Park yesterday to watch the Pirates-Red Sox — it was a little light on Top 20 prospects, but a pair from the Red Sox’ list did see action. Again, rankings in parentheses.
Jackie Bradley Jr. (2) went 0-for-1 with two walks. Our own Ian Browne did an outstanding job in his feature on JBJR.
Jose Iglesias (6) went 0-for-2 with a walk. But the guy can play a little shortstop.
The Pirates didn’t have any Top 20 guys in action, though I did get to glimpse Gregory Polanco (4), who made the trip. He didn’t play, but he did take BP. The young man is big. When he fills out, watch out. I’ll be talking to Polanco and fellow Pirates prospect Alen Hanson in the next couple of days. I also was impressed by Phillip Irwin (even wrote a note about him). He’s an under-the-radar type who’s been impressive this spring.
You can see all of MLB.com’s coverage of prospects (and there’s plenty this time of year) on MLBPipeline.com.
Recently, I talked to several scouts about who has stood out in big league camp in the early going. Some quick notes, keeping in mind that this is just a smattering and not comprehensive (so don’t get made there isn’t a note about how good Oscar Taveras is):
- Twins’ prospects Eddie Rosario and Aaron Hicks were playing extremely well. Hicks “looked like a big leaguer” and Rosario was swinging a very good bat for Team Puerto Rico.
- Phillies lefty Adam Morgan didn’t have good results in his first outing, but did in his second. In both, his stuff was good across the board.
- The Royals’ Yordano Ventura was creating a lot of early buzz in Arizona.
- Addison Russell of the A’s looked like he belonged in big league camp
- The D-backs’ Adam Eaton had his tools on display as he continues to exceed expectations.
- Javier Baez of the Cubs may have learned a thing or two over the offeason in terms of staying in control. He appears to have calmed down his game a bit, for hte better.
- Michael Wacha of the Cardinals is impressing with his secondary stuff and his command.
- The Angels’ Kaleb Cowart has played well in his first big league camp, showing nice poise at the plate and strong defensive skills at third.
- The Tigers’ Avisail Garcia is a big kid that can run and has man strength.
- The Pirates’ Gerritt Cole (and this was before his six K’s against Spain) has a gig power arm with life through the zone.
- The Rays’ Wil Myers keeps you on the edge of your seat. Exudes confidence in the box with 80 batspeed.
- Chris Archer of the Rays has always had dominant frontline type stuff, and continues to show it. He also has good poise on the mound. Even stronger physically than last year.
Or STPR for short. Just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?
I’m in Florida now for a two-week stretch and it’s like a gold mine for us prospect fans. Especially this early and especially with the World Baseball Classic, prospects are and will get a lot of playing time in Grapefruit League action.
My goal is to give updates regularly here on B3 about the players I get to see. When I can, I’ll also wrinkle in some opinions from scouts about prospects in big league camps in general. so lets get this thing started, shall we?
Yesterday (Tuesday) was my first game and I took in the Rays-Twins game. There were prospects-aplenty, with both the Rays‘ and the Twins‘ Top 20s well-represented (rank in team top 20 in parentheses):
Will Myers (1): Started in RF, went 1-for-2 with a walk. He told me he’s really working on turning on the ball so he can tap into his power to the pull side more consistently.
Hak-Ju Lee (5): Came into the game and played shortstop, went 1-for-2 with a run scored. Drove in the tying run with an infield single, stole second and third and scored during the five-run Rays’ 8th.
Mike Montgomery (8): The lefty who came in the James Shields trade tossed a scoreless eighth inning, allowing one hit and one walk (Keep an eye out today for a story I wrote about him).
Joe Benson (13): Benson started in center and hit lead off as he competes with others for the spot. He went 0-for-4 with a walk and a run scored.
Much, much more to come. Today, I’m at the Pirates-Red Sox. Jackie Bradley Jr.’s starting in center for the Red Sox and I see that Gregory Polanco is on the travel roster for the Pirates.
There’s some depth at the position, and not just in Arizona (they now have Didi Gregorius, Chris Owings AND Nick Ahmed!). Here’s who would make the 11-15 list:
Adeiny Hechavarria, Marlins — He came over in the huge deal with the Blue Jays. The glove has never been a question. Now he’ll get to show if he can hit big league pitching.
Luis Sardinas, Rangers — Yup, that’s right, another shortstop prospect in the Rangers system. He’s taken a bit longer to develop, but has the chance to be a good one, too.
Jose Iglesias, Red Sox — He needs to stay on the field and he needs an opportunity to show he can hit big league pitching, especially with Xander Bogaerts charging up from behind him.
Trevor Story, Rockies — Very intriguing all-around skills. Even if he outgrows the position, should be enough bat for third.
Adalberto Mondesi, Royals — Raul’s kid is exceptionally young and exceptionally talented. Don’t be surprised to see him higher on this list in years to come.
Coming up with an 11-15 is easier for some position lists than others. Right-handed pitchers? A piece of cake. When the outfielders run the beginning of next week, that’ll be an easy assignment. But not all positions are as deep and there’s a drop-off the further you go down. There’s a reason why good catching is always in high demand — there isn’t enough supply to go around. So keep that in mind when looking at the 11-15 catchers.
Sebastian Valle, Phillies – He can really defend and has some pop, but plate discipline is holding him back.
Rob Brantly, Marlins – Quietly has made his way to the big leagues, chance to play every day for Marlins after Anibal Sanchez trade
Michael Perez, Diamondbacks — A 2011 draftee from Puerto Rico, Perez had a very solid Pioneer League season and is a solid defender.
Wyatt Mathieson, Pirates — A solid debut for the 2012 draftee, making the GCL All-Star team. Whether he catches long-term remains to be seen.
Tim Federowicz, Dodgers — The former UNC standout doesn’t have a huge ceiling, but he can defend and can hit a bit.
Tuesday, it was time to launch our rankings of the Top 10 left-handed pitching prospects in the game. And, as promised, I wanted to post the next group of lefties to keep an eye on, as we continue to move toward the “big reveal” of the Top 100 list on Jan. 29.
So, without further ado, here are lefties No. 11-15:
Sean Gilmartin, Braves — Advanced college lefty made it to Triple-A in his first full season of pro ball.
Casey Crosby, Tigers — He’s had two healthy seasons in a row. Now it’s time for him to produce. Could have future as a reliever.
John Lamb, Royals — Before Tommy John surgery, he was one of the better southpaws in the Minors. All signs point to him reclaiming that status in 2013.
Robbie Erlin, Padres — The undersized lefty the Padres got in the Mike Adams trade missed time with elbow tendinitis, but continues to get people out with command and competitiveness.
Daniel Norris, Blue Jays — He had a rough pro debut, but the 2011 second-rounder has plenty of time to fulfill his enormous potential.