2014 Atlanta Braves Top 20 Prospect Rankings

By: J.P. Schwartz
Twitter: @Jaypers413

Every year around this time I like to rank each team’s top overall prospects. My criteria are based on A: Past Performance and B: Future Potential (50% of each per prospect)

Disclaimer: I am not a professional scout, nor did I attend any minor league games this year. These lists are the product of my own research of online scouting reports and statistics, and are compiled purely for entertainment purposes.

Send your questions or feedback to me on twitter @Jaypers413

To qualify for these lists, a prospect must have no more than 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the Major Leagues.

ATLANTA BRAVES

1. Lucas Sims RHP


2. J.R. Graham RHP


3. Jason Hursh RHP


4. Jose Peraza SS


5. Christian Bethancourt C


6. Mauricio Cabrera RHP


7. Wes Parsons RHP


8. Victor Caratini 3B


9. Victor Reyes OF


10. Tommy LaStella 2B


11. Todd Cunningham OF


12. Kyle Wren OF


13. Cody Martin RHP


14. Andry Ubiera RHP


15. Aaron Northcraft RHP


16. Josh Elander OF


17. Robby Hefflinger OF


18. Carlos Salazar RHP


19. Johan Camargo 3B


20. David Hale RHP

2014 Arizona Diamondbacks Top 20 Prospect Rankings

By: J.P. Schwartz
Twitter: @Jaypers413

Every year around this time I like to rank each team’s top overall prospects. My criteria are based on A: Past Performance and B: Future Potential (50% of each per prospect)

Disclaimer: I am not a professional scout, nor did I attend any minor league games this year. These lists are the product of my own research of online scouting reports and statistics, and are compiled purely for entertainment purposes.

Send your questions or feedback to me on twitter @Jaypers413

To qualify for these lists, a prospect must have no more than 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the Major Leagues.

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

1. Archie Bradley RHP


2. Braden Shipley RHP


3. Chris Owings SS


4. Brandon Drury 3B


5. Aaron Blair RHP


6. Stryker Trahan C


7. Andrew Barbosa LHP


8. Andrew Chafin LHP


9. Sergio Alcantara SS


10. Justin Williams OF


11. Matt Stites RHP


12. Matt McPhearson OF


13. Jake Barrett RHP


14. Brad Keller RHP


15. Jake Lamb 3B


16. Brandon Sinnery RHP


17. Jamie Westbrook SS


18. Brandon Jacobs OF


19. Jimmie Sherfy RHP


20. Jose Martinez RHP

Mid-Season Top 25 Baseball Prospect Rankings

My Midseason Top 25 Prospects List
by J.P. Schwartz
Twitter: @Jaypers413

Greetings, fellow prospectors.

As we approach the Futures Game, a.k.a. the All-Star game for minor leaguers, many are already making lists and checking them more than twice to see which prospects have gone above and beyond during the first half.

Here is my own personal list, based upon both potential and performance. Must currently be playing in the minors to rank. Note: there are no 2013 draft picks.

1) Byron Buxton (Twins) – Really, was there any doubt? He has destroyed the Midwest League and gotten a promotion to High-A already in a system known for not rushing their top guys. Shows everything you want in a 5-tool prospect.

2) Xander Bogaerts (Red Sox) – His abilities defy his youth, especially his power. Might force a call to Fenway this year if he keeps it up.

3) Miguel Sano (Twins) – I’d say the Twins have the top system overall, and he’s a big reason why, literally. Best power in the minors plus improved plate discipline make him more dangerous than ever.

4) Archie Bradley (Diamondbacks) – Made the hitter-friendly California league look like child’s play, and is the minors’ top arm right now, in my opinion.

5) Taijuan Walker (Mariners) – Very close debate between him and Bradley for top arm, and he’s off to a terrific year so far, including an excellent debut in AAA Tacoma.

6) Nick Castellanos (Tigers) – Improved plate discipline in AA Erie led to a promotion where his power is showing up. Only a matter of time before he’s up to the D.

7) Carlos Correa (Astros) – An all around performer, a slow start is all but forgotten as he’s leading his team in hitting and could soon be promoted to an even friendlier hitting environment at High-A Lancaster.

8 ) Oscar Taveras (Cardinals) – Injuries kept him off the top five, but when he’s healthy, he simply can’t be kept off the basepaths.

9) Robert Stephenson (Reds) – Prior to his injury, he was the Midwest League’s top arm, with both amazing heat and secondary stuff. I believe he’s worthy of a two level bump to AA Pensacola after he returns.

10) Francisco Lindor (Indians) – Can do it all, save power, especially in the field. Best hitter in the Carolina League for me, and I don’t see him staying there much longer.

11) Gregory Polanco (Pirates) – True 5-tool potential, with great hitting ability and speed. I could see him playing alongside McCutchen as early as next year.

12) Noah Syndergaard (Mets) – With Wheeler now in the bigs, this is their top arm. The Florida State League wasn’t much of a challenge, and the Eastern League doesn’t seem to be, either.

13) Javier Baez (Cubs) – Once he cuts back on the K’s, he’s going to be practically unstoppable at the plate. Awesome power, as the four-in-one-game earlier this year showed.

14) Maikel Franco (Phillies) – Showed flashes of brilliance in the second half of last year, and has gotten even better this year, in all areas.

15) George Springer (Astros) – One of the minors’ top power hitters, and is now just a phone call from Houston. I have a feeling we’ll see him there later this year.

16) Christian Yelich (Marlins) – When healthy, he has perhaps the best swing in the minors and at least average power. Easily their best prospect who has yet to get the call.

17) Gary Sanchez (Yankees) – I think he’ll turn out to be the guy Montero should have been for their system.

18) Jameson Taillon (Pirates) – Has everything necessary to succeed in Pittsburgh – except a free opening. Will likely need to try out AAA Indianapolis for a while first.

19) Henry Owens (Red Sox) – Went through a makeover in the offseason, including improved velocity and secondary pitches, and definitely impressed Cherrington himself recently. Portland beckons.

20) Taylor Guerrieri (Rays) – Proof you don’t need to strike everyone out to succeed. Currently has a 22 IP scoreless streak going, with great stuff in his arsenal.

21) Garin Cecchini (Red Sox) – Speed, both on the bases and in his bat, lead to success for him.

22) Jonathan Singleton (Astros) – After his 50-game suspension, it’s as if he never left. Breezed through two levels and will likely see Houston very soon.

23) Tyler Glasnow (Pirates) – The less talked-about arm in their system, he can strike batters out at will when his command is on point.

24) Addison Russell (A’s) – Started off slow after a lofty promotion, his tools are all above average across the board, and they’re showing now.

25) Kyle Crick (Giants) – Now healthy, he will be the latest in a line of home-grown arms in their system to succeed. Been compared to a young Cain already.

Helium Alert – Julio Urias (Dodgers) – a 16-year old in full season ball is rare enough, but his pitches are causing some serious chatter. One to watch, intently.

25 More Honorable Mentions – Dylan Bundy, Tyler Skaggs, Jorge Soler, Kevin Gausman, Alex Meyer, Aaron Sanchez, Carlos Martinez, Max Fried, Yordano Ventura, Raul Adalberto Mondesi, Michael Wacha, Albert Almora, Eddie Rosario, Jesse Biddle, Alen Hansen, Rafael DePaula, Kyle Zimmer, Jake Marisnick, Lance McCullers, Andrew Heaney, Justin Nicolino, Mike Foltynewicz, Eddie Butler, Jesse Winker, Sonny Gray.

2013 MLB Draft Results with Links to their Baseball Cards

The first 2 rounds of the 2013 MLB Draft were last night. Here are all of the picks who currently have cards with links to those cards.

#Astros get Mark Appel P Stanford with the 1st Pick of the 2013 #MLBDraft. Check out his cards & autographs

#Cubs get Kris Bryant 3B San Diego with 2nd Pick of #MLBDraft. Check out his cards & autographs

#Twins get Kohl Stewart RHP High School with 4th Pick of the 2013 #MLBDraft Check out his cards & autographs

#Indians get Clint Frazier OF High School with 5th Pick of 2013 #MLBDraft. Check out his cards

#RedSox get Trey Ball LHP High School with #7 pick of 2013 #MLBDraft. Check out his cards

#Pirates get Austin Meadows OF High School with 9th Pick of the 2013 #MLBDraft. Check out his cards & autographs

#Mets get Dominic Smith 1B High School with 11th Pick of 2013 #MLBDraft. Check out his cards

#Mariners get D J Peterson 3B New Mexico with 12th Pick of the 2013 #MLBDraft. Check out his cards & autographs

#Pirates get Reese McGuire C High School with 14th Pick of 2013 #MLBDraft. Check out his cards & autographs

#Phillies get JP Crawford SS High School with 16th Pick of the 2013 #MLBDraft. Check out his cards

#STLCards get Marco Gonzalez LHP Gonzaga with 19th Pick of the 2013 #MLBDraft. Check out his cards & autographs

#Tigers get Jonathan Crawford RHP Florida with 20th Pick of the 2013 #MLBDraft. Check out his cards & autographs

#Rays get Nick Ciuffo C High School with 21st Pick of the 2013 #MLBDraft. Check out his cards & autographs

#Orioles get Hunter Harvey RHP High School with 22nd Pick of the 2013 #MLBDraft Check out his cards

#Athletics get Billy McKinney OF High School with 24th Pick of the 2013 #MLBDraft Check out his cards

#SFGiants get Christian Arroyo SS High School with 25th Pick of 2013 #MLBDraft Check out his cards & autographs

#STLCards get Rob Kaminsky RHP High School with 28th Pick of the 2013 #MLBDraft Check out his cards & autographs

#Rays get Ryne Stanek RHP Arkansas with 29th Pick of the 2013 #MLBDraft Check out his cards & autographs

#Rangers get Travis DeMeritte SS High School with 30th pick of the 2013 #MLBDraft Check out his cards

#Yankees get Ian Clarkin LHP High School with 33rd Pick of the 2013 #MLBDraft Check out his cards & autographs

#Orioles get Josh Hart OF High School with 37th Pick of 2013 #MLBDraft Check out his cards

#Reds get Michael Lorenzen RHP Cal St Fullerton with 38th Pick 2013 #MLBDraft Check out his cards & autographs

#Tigers get Corey Knebel RHP Texas with the 39th Pick of 2013 #MLBDraft Check out his cards

#Marlins get Trevor Williams RHP Arizona State with 44th Pick of 2013 #MLBDraft Check out his cards & autographs

#BlueJays get Clinton Hollon RHP High School with 47th Pick of 2013 #MLBDraft Check out his cards

#Mariners get Austin Wilson OF Standford with 49th Pick of 2013 #MLBDraft Check out his cards

#DBacks get Justin Williams SS High School with 52nd Pick of the 2013 #MLBDraft Check out his cards

#STLCards get Oscar Mercado SS High School with 57th Pick of 2013 #MLBDraft Check out his cards

#Rays get Riley Unroe SS High School with 60th Pick of the 2013 #MLBDraft Check out his cards & autographs

#Yankees get Gosuke Katoh 2B High School with 66th Pick of 2013 #MLBDraft Check out his cards

#Reds get Kevin Franklin 3B High School with 67th Pick of 2013 #MLBDraft Check out his cards

Video of Cubs Prospect Jorge Soler Bat Incident

Our twitter follower @BradleyEmery2 was at last night’s Daytona Cubs vs Clearwater Threshers game in which Chicago Cubs prospect Jorge Soler charged the Clearwater dugout with a bat in hand. He got video of the end of the incident which you can watch below. If you increase to Full Screen. You can see a coach or player take the bat from Soler and run away with it from the pile.

Be sure to follow @BradleyEmery2 on Twitter.

2013 Top 150 Major League Baseball Prospect Rankings

By: JP Schwartz
@Jaypers413

Every year at this time I like to rank my overall top prospects on one list. My two criteria are both past performance and future potential to a prospect’s parent team. I did not attend any minor league games this past year, nor do I claim to have any professional scouting experience. This list is the culmination of my own research of statistics and online scouting reports.

A new feature I have added this year is where each prospect ranked on last year’s Top 150 list, in parenthesis. “NR” means Not Ranked.

If you have any questions about my rankings, feel free to shoot me a message on twitter at @Jaypers413

#1 Jurickson Profar – SS – Texas Rangers (8)
Born 2/20/1993
Highest Level Reached MLB Texas Rangers
2012 Combined Stats
MLB: .176, 2(2B), 1HR, 2RBI
MILB: .281, 26(2B), 7(3B), 14HR, 62RBI, 16SB

#2 Dylan Bundy – RHP – Baltimore Orioles (10)
Born 11-15-1990
Highest Level Reached MLB Baltimore Orioles
2012 Combined Stats
MLB: 0-0, 0.00ERA, 1.2IP, 1BB, 0K, .200BAA
MILB: 9-3, 2.08ERA, 103.2IP, 28BB, 119K, .186BAA

#3 Wil Myers – OF – Tampa Bay Rays (27)
Born 12/10/1990
Highest Level Reached Triple-A Omaha Storm Chasers
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .314, 26(2B), 6(3B), 37HR, 109RBI

#4 Oscar Taveras – OF – St Louis Cardinals (70)
Born 6/19/1992
Highest Level Reached Double-A Springfield Cardinals
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .321, 37(2B), 7(3B), 23HR, 94RBI, 10SB

#5 Shelby Miller – RHP – St Louis Cardinals (7)
Born 10/10/1990
Highest Level Reached MLB St Louis Cardinals
2012 Combined Stats
MLB: 1-0, 1.32ERA, 13.2IP, 4BB, 16K, .184BAA
MILB: 11-10, 4.74ERA, 136.2IP, 50BB, 160K, .260BAA

#6 Gerrit Cole – RHP – Pittsburgh Pirates (12)
Born 9/8/1990
Highest Level Reached Triple-A Indianapolis Indians
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 9-7, 2.80ERA, 132IP, 45BB, 136K, .230BAA

#7 Jose Fernandez – RHP – Miami Marlins (144)
Born 7/31/1992
Highest Level Reached High-A Jupiter Hammerheads
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 14-1, 1.75ERA, 134IP, 35BB, 158K, .191BAA

#8 Carlos Correa – SS – Houston Astros (NR)
Born 9/22/1994
Highest Level Reached Rookie League Greeneville Astros
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .258, 14(2B), 2(3B), 3HR, 12RBI

#9 Miguel Sano – 3B – Minnesota Twins (18)
Born 5/11/1993
Highest Level Reached Low-A Beloit Snappers
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .258, 24(2B), 4(3B), 24HR, 100RBI, 8SB

#10 Zack Wheeler – RHP – New York Mets (47)
Born 5/30/1990
Highest Level Reached Triple-A Buffalo Bisons
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 12-8, 3.26ERA, 149IP, 59BB, 148K, .221BAA

#11 Tyler Skaggs – LHP – Arizona Diamondbacks (14)
Born 7/13/1991
Highest Level Reached MLB Arizona Diamondbacks
2012 Combined Stats
MLB: 1-3, 5.83ERA, 29.1IP, 13BB, 21K, .256BAA
MILB: 9-6, 2.87ERA, 122.1IP, 37BB, 116K, .246BAA

#12 Kyle Zimmer – RHP – Kansas City Royals (NR)
Born 9/13/1991
Highest Level Reached Low-A Kane County Cougars
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 3-3, 2.04ERA, 39.2IP, 8BB, 42K, .267BAA

#13 Byron Buxton – OF – Minnesota Twins (NR)
Born 12/18/1993
Highest Level Reached Rookie League Elizabethton Twins
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .248, 10(2B), 4(3B), 5HR, 20RBI, 11SB

#14 Taijuan Walker – RHP – Seattle Mariners (17)
Born 8/13/1992
Highest Level Reached Double-A Jackson Generals
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 7-10, 4.69ERA, 126.2IP, 50BB, 118K, .258BAA

#15 Xander Bogaerts – SS – Boston Red Sox (67)
Born 10/1/1992
Highest Level Reached Double-A Portland Sea Dogs
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .307, 37(2B), 3(3B), 20HR, 81RBI

#16 Jameson Taillon – RHP – Pittsburgh Pirates (13)
Born 11/18/1991
Highest Level Reached Double-A Altoona Curve
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 9-8, 3.55ERA, 142IP, 38BB, 116K, .225BAA

#17 Trevor Bauer – RHP – Cleveland Indians (9)
Born 1/17/1991
Highest Level Reached MLB Arizona Diamondbacks
2012 Combined Stats
MLB: 1-2, 6.06ERA, 16.1IP, 13BB, 17K, .230BAA
MILB: 12-2, 2.42ERA, 130.1IP, 61BB, 157K, .223BAA

#18 Archie Bradley – RHP – Arizona Diamondbacks (16)
Born 8/10/1992
Highest Level Reached Low-A South Bend Silver Hawks
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 12-6, 3.84ERA, 136IP, 84BB, 152K, .181BAA

#19 Kevin Gausman – RHP – Baltimore Orioles (NR)
Born 1/6/1991
Highest Level Reached High-A Frederick Keys
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 0-1, 3.60ERA, 15IP, 1BB, 13K, .200BAA

#20 Francisco Lindor – SS – Cleveland Indians (35)
Born 11/14/1993
Highest Level Reached Low-A Lake County Captains
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .257, 24(2B), 3(3B), 6HR, 42RBI, 27SB

#21 Billy Hamilton – OF – Cincinnati Reds (41)
Born 9/9/1990
Highest Level Reached Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .311, 22(2B), 14(3B), 2HR, 45RBI, 155SB

#22 Danny Hultzen – LHP – Seattle Mariners (20)
Born 11/28/1989
Highest Level Reached Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 9-7, 3.05ERA, 124IP, 75BB, 136K, .197BAA

#23 Jonathan Singleton – 1B – Houston Astros (34)
Born 9/18/1991
Highest Level Reached Double-A Corpus christi Hooks
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .284, 27(2B), 4(3B), 21HR, 79RBI

#24 Javier Baez – SS – Chicago Cubs (39)
Born 12/1/1992
Highest Level Reached High-A Daytona Cubs
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .294, 13(2B), 6(3B), 16HR, 46RBI, 24SB

#25 Travis d’Arnaud – C – New York Mets (21)
Born 2/10/1989
Highest Level Reached Triple-A Las Vegas 51′s
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .333, 21(2B), 2(3B), 16HR, 52RBI

#26 Nick Castellanos – OF – Detroit Tigers (51)
Born 3/4/1992
Highest Level Reached Double-A Erie Seawolves
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .320, 32(2B), 4(3B), 10HR, 57RBI

#27 Mike Zunino – C – Seattle Mariners (NR)
Born 3/25/1991
Highest Level Reached Double-A Jackson Generals
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .360, 14(2B), 13HR, 43RBI

#28 Christian Yelich – OF – Miami Marlins (40)
Born 12/5/1991
Highest Level Reached High-A Jupiter Hammerheads
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .329, 29(2B), 5(3B), 12HR, 48RBI, 20SB

#29 Lucas Giolito – RHP – Washington Nationals (NR)
Born 7/14/1994
Highest Level Reached Rookie League GCL Nationals
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 0-0, 4.50ERA, 2IP, 0BB, 1K, .286BAA

#30 Mason Williams – OF – New York Yankees (86)
Born 8/21/1991
Highest Level Reached High-A Tampa Yankees
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .298, 22(2B), 4(3B), 11HR, 35RBI, 20SB

#31 Anthony Rendon – 3B – Washington Nationals (19)
Born 6/6/1990
Highest Level Reached Double-A Harrisburg Senators
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .233, 8(2B), 4(3B), 6HR, 12RBI

#32 Mike Olt – 3B – Texas Rangers (69)
Born 8/27/1988
Highest Level Reached MLB Texas Rangers
2012 Combined Stats
MLB: .152, 1(2B), 5RBI
MILB: .288, 17(2B), 1(3B), 28HR, 82RBI

#33 Bubba Starling – OF – Kansas City Royals (23)
Born 8/3/1992
Highest Level Reached Rookie League Burlington Royals
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .275, 8(2B), 2(3B), 10HR, 33RBI, 10SB

#34 Albert Almora – OF – Chicago Cubs (NR)
Born 4/16/1994
Highest Level Reached Short-A Boise Hawks
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .321, 12(2B), 1(3B), 2HR, 19RBI

#35 Jackie Bradley – OF – Boston Red Sox (NR)
Born 4/19/1990
Highest Level Reached Double-A Portland Sea Dogs
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .315, 42(2B), 4(3B), 9HR, 63RBI, 24SB

#36 Julio Teheran – RHP – Atlanta Braves (4)
Born 1/27/1991
Highest Level Reached MLB Atlanta Braves
2012 Combined Stats
MLB: 0-0, 5.68ERA, 6.1IP, 1BB, 5K, .217BAA
MILB: 7-9, 5.08ERA, 131IP, 43BB, 97K, .289BAA

#37 Matt Barnes – RHP – Boston Red Sox (105)
Born 6/17/1990
Highest Level Reached High-A Salem Red Sox
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 7-5, 2.86ERA, 119.2IP, 29BB, 133K, .225BAA

#38 Andrew Heaney – LHP – Miami Marlins (NR)
Born 6/5/1991
Highest Level Reached Low-A Greensboro Grasshoppers
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 1-2, 4.33ERA, 27IP, 6BB, 30K, .281BAA

#39 Jorge Soler – OF – Chicago Cubs (NR)
Born 2/25/1992
Highest Level Reached Low-A Peoria Chiefs
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .299, 7(2B), 5HR, 25RBI, 12SB

#40 George Springer – OF – Houston Astros (63)
Born 9/19/1989
Highest Level Reached Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .302, 21(2B), 10(3B), 24HR, 87RBI, 32SB

#41 Carlos Martinez – RHP – St Louis Cardinals (26)
Born 9/21/1991
Highest Level Reached Double-A Springfield Cardinals
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 6-5, 2.93ERA, 104.1IP, 32BB, 92K, .236BAA

#42 Robert Stephenson – RHP – Cincinnati Reds (119)
Born 2/24/1993
Highest Level Reached Low-A Dayton Dragons
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 3-4, 3.18ERA, 65IP, 23BB, 72K, .222BAA

#43 Nolan Arenado – 3B – Colorado Rockies (31)
Born 4/16/1991
Highest Level Reached Double-A Tulsa Drillers
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .285, 36(2B), 1(3B), 12HR, 56RBI

#44 Noah Syndergaard – RHP – New York Mets (107)
Born 8/29/1992
Highest Level Reached Low-A Lansing Lugnuts
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 8-5, 2.60ERA, 103.2IP, 31BB, 122K, .212BAA

#45 Addison Russell – SS – Oakland Athletics (NR)
Born 1/23/1994
Highest Level Reached Short-A Vermont Lake Monsters
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .369, 10(2B), 9(3B), 7HR, 45RBI, 16SB

#46 Aaron Sanchez – RHP – Toronto Blue Jays (102)
Born 7/1/1992
Highest Level Reached Low-A Lansing Lugnuts
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 8-5, 2.49ERA, 90.1IP, 51BB, 97K, .204BAA

#47 Luis Heredia – RHP – Pittsburgh Pirates (97)
Born 8/10/1994
Highest Level Reached Short-A State College Spikes
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 4-2, 2.71ERA, 66.1IP, 20BB, 40K, .224BAA

#48 Gregory Polanco – OF – Pittsburgh Pirates (NR)
Born 9/14/1991
Highest Level Reached Low-A West Virginia Power
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .325, 26(2B), 6(3B), 16HR, 85RBI, 40SB

#49 David Dahl – OF – Colorado Rockies (NR)
Born 4/1/1994
Highest Level Reached Rookie League Grand Junction Rockies
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .379, 22(2B), 10(3B), 9HR, 57RBI, 12SB

#50 Yordano Ventura – RHP – Kansas City Royals (NR)
Born 6/3/1991
Highest Level Reached Double-A Northwest Arkansas Naturals
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 4-7, 3.62ERA, 109.1IP, 42BB, 130K, .227BAA

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#51 Slade Heathcott – OF – New York Yankees (NR)
Born 9/28/1990
Highest Level Reached High-A Tampa Yankees
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .302, 18(2B), 2(3B), 5HR, 29RBI, 19SB

#52 Max Fried – LHP – San Diego Padres (NR)
Born 1/18/1994
Highest Level Reached Rookie League AZL Padres
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 0-1, 3.57ERA, 17.2IP, 6BB, 17K, .215BAA

#53 Allen Webster – RHP – Boston Red Sox (98)
Born 2/10/1990
Highest Level Reached Double-A Portland sea Dogs
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 6-9, 3.86ERA, 130.2IP, 61BB, 129K, .265BAA

#54 Kyle Crick – RHP – San Francisco Giants (NR)
Born 11/30/1992
Highest Level Reached Low-A Augusta GreenJackets
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 7-6, 2.51ERA, 111.1IP, 67BB, 128K, .193BAA

#55 Oswaldo Arcia – OF – Minesota Twins (NR)
Born 5/9/1991
Highest Level Reached Double-A New Britain Rock Cats
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .320, 36(2B), 8(3B), 17HR, 98RBI

#56 Adam Eaton – OF – Arizona Diamondbacks (NR)
Born 12/6/1988
Highest Level Reached MLB Arizona Diamondbacks
2012 Combined Stats
MLB: .259, 3(2B), 2(3B), 2HR, 5RBI
MILB: .375, 47(2B), 5(3B), 7HR, 48RBI, 42SB

#57 Courtney Hawkins – OF – Chicago White Sox (NR)
Born 11/12/1993
Highest Level Reached High-A winston Salem Dash
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .284, 15(2B), 3(3B), 8HR, 33RBI, 11SB

#58 Trevor Rosenthal – RHP – St Louis Cardinals (NR)
Born 5/29/1990
Highest Level Reached MLB St Louis Cardinals
2012 Combined Stats
MLB: 0-2, 2.78ERA, 22.2IP, 7BB, 25K, .175BAA
MILB: 8-6, 2.97ERA, 109IP, 42BB, 104K, .203BAA

#59 Jake Marisnick – OF – Miami Marlins (46)
Born 3/30/1991
Highest Level Reached Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .249, 29(2B), 10(3B), 8HR, 50RBI, 24SB

#60 Gary Sanchez – C – New York Yankees (43)
Born 12/2/1992
Highest Level Reached High-A Tampa Yankees
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .290, 29(2B), 1(3B), 18HR, 85RBI

#61 Brian Goodwin – OF – Washington Nationals (78)
Born 11/2/1990
Highest Level Reached Double-A Harrisburg Senators
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .280, 26(2B), 2(3B), 14HR, 52RBI, 18SB

#62 Arodys Vizcaino – RHP – Chicago Cubs (52)
Born 11/13/1990
Highest Level Reached MLB Atlanta Braves
2012 Combined Stats
Injured: Did Not Play in 2012

#63 Martin Perez – LHP – Texas Rangers (24)
Born 4/4/1991
Highest Level Reached MLB Texas Rangers
2012 Combined Stats
MLB: 1-4, 5.45ERA, 38IP, 15BB, 25K, .297BAA
MILB: 7-6, 4.25ERA, 127IP, 56BB, 69K, .258BAA

#64 Casey Kelly – RHP – San Diego Padres (66)
Born 10/4/1989
Highest Level Reached MLB San Diego Padres
2012 Combined Stats
MLB: 2-3, 6.21ERA, 29IP, 10BB, 26K, .322BAA
MILB: 0-2, 3.35ERA, 37.2IP, 3BB, 39K, .229BAA

#65 Chris Archer – RHP – Tampa Bay Rays (109)
Born 9/26/1988
Highest Level Reached MLB Tampa Bay Rays
2012 Combined Stats
MLB: 1-3, 4.60ERA, 29.1IP, 13BB, 36K, .215BAA
MILB: 7-9, 3.66ERA, 128IP, 62BB, 139K, .216BAA

#66 Hyun-Jin Ryu LHP – Los Angeles Dodgers (NR)
Born 3/25/1987
Highest Level Reached Played In Korea In 2012
2012 Combined Stats N/A

#67 Lance McCullers – RHP – Houston Astros (NR)
Born 10/2/1993
Highest Level Reached Rookie League Greeneville Astros
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 0-4, 3.46ERA, 26IP, 12BB, 29K, .202BAA

#68 Jedd Gyorko – 3B – San Diego Padres (117)
Born 9/23/1988
Highest Level Reached Triple-A Tucson Padres
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .311, 28(2B), 30HR, 100RBI

#69 Justin Nicolino – LHP – Miami Marlins (80)
Born 11/22/1991
Highest Level Reached Low-A Lansing Lugnuts
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 10-4, 2.46ERA, 124.1IP, 21BB, 119K, .241BAA

#70 Alen Hanson – SS – Pittsburgh Pirates (NR)
Born 10/22/1992
Highest Level Reached Low-A West Virginia Power
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .309, 33(2B), 13(3B), 16HR, 62RBI, 35SB

#71 Avisail Garcia – OF – Detroit Tigers (NR)
Born 6/12/1991
Highest Level Reached MLB Detroit Tigers
2012 Combined Stats
MLB: .319, 3RBI
MILB: .299, 17(2B), 8(3B), 14HR, 58RBI, 23SB

#72 Yasiel Puig – OF – Los Angeles Dodgers (NR)
Born 12/7/1990
Highest Level Reached High-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .354, 2(2B), 3(3B), 5HR, 15RBI

#73 Tyler Austin – OF – New York Yankees (NR)
Born 9/6/1991
Highest Level Reached Double-A Trenton Thunder
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .322, 35(2B), 6(3B), 17HR, 80RBI, 23SB

#74 Austin Hedges – C – San Diego Padres (140)
Born 8/18/1992
Highest Level Reached Low-A Fort Wayne Tin Caps
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .279, 28(2B), 10HR, 56RBI, 14SB

#75 Trevor Story – SS – Colorado Rockies (148)
Born 11/15/1992
Highest Level Reached Low-A Asheville Tourists
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .277, 43(2B), 6(3B), 18HR, 63RBI, 15SB

#76 Tony Cingrani – L – Cincinnati Reds (NR)
Born 7/5/1989
Highest Level Reached MLB Cincinnati Reds
2012 Combined Stats
MLB: 0-0, 1.80ERA, 5IP, 2BB, 9K, .200BAA
MILB: 10-4, 1.73ERA, 146IP, 52BB, 172K, .191BAA

#77 James Paxton – LHP – Seattle Mariners (65)
Born 11/6/1988
Highest Level Reached Double-A Jackson Generals
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 9-4, 3.05ERA, 106.1IP, 54BB, 110K, .244BAA

#78 Dorssys Paulino – SS – Cleveland Indians (NR)
Born 11/21/1994
Highest Level Reached Short-A Mahoning Valley scrappers
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .333, 19(2B), 6(3B), 7HR, 38RBI, 11SB

#79 Josh Bell – OF – Pittsburgh Pirates (32)
Born 8/14/1992
Highest Level Reached Low-A West Virginia Power
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .274, 5(2B), 1HR, 11RBI

#80 Roberto Osuna – RHP – Toronto Blue Jays (NR)
Born 2/7/1995
Highest Level Reached Short-A Vancouver Canadians
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 2-0, 2.27ERA, 43.2IP, 15BB, 49K, .201BAA

#81 Hak-Ju Lee – SS – Tampa Bay Rays (44)
Born 11/4/1990
Highest Level Reached Double-A Montgomery Biscuits
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .261, 15(2B), 10(3B), 4HR, 37RBI, 37SB

#82 Jesse Biddle – LHP – Philadelphia Phillies) (76)
Born 10/22/1991
Highest Level Reached High-A Clearwater Threshers
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 10-6, 3.22ERA, 142.2IP, 54BB, 151K, .237BAA

#83 Jake Odorizzi – RHP – Tampa Bay Rays (73)
Born 3/27/1990
Highest Level Reached MLB Kansas City Royals
2012 Combined Stats
MLB: 0-1, 4.91ERA, 7.1IP, 4BB, 4K, .267BAA
MILB: 15-5, 3.03ERA, 145.1IP, 50BB, 135K, .238BAA

#84 Taylor Guerrieri – RHP – Tampa Bay Rays (92)
Born 12/1/1992
Highest Level Reached Short-A Hudson Valley Renegades
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 1-2, 1.04ERA, 52IP, 5BB, 45K, .186BAA

#85 Delino DeShields – 2B – Houston Astros (NR)
Born 8/16/1992
Highest Level Reached High-A Lancaster Jethawks
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .287, 24(2B), 8(3B), 12HR, 61RBI, 101SB

#86 Henry Owens – LHP – Boston Red Sox (NR)
Born 7/21/1992
Highest Level Reached Low-A Greenville Drive
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 12-5, 4.87ERA, 101.2IP, 47BB, 130K, .256BAA

#87 Kaleb Cowart – 3B – Los Angeles Angels (NR)
Born 6/2/1992
Highest Level Reached High-A Inland Empire 66ers
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .276, 31(2B), 7(3B), 16HR, 103RBI, 14SB

#88 Alex Meyer – RHP – Minnesota Twins (87)
Born 1/3/1990
Highest Level Reached High-A Potomac Nationals
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 10-6, 2.86ERA, 129IP, 45BB, 139K, .211BAA

#89 Michael Wacha – RHP – St Louis Cardinals (NR)
Born 7/1/1991
Highest Level Reached Double-A Springfield Cardinals
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 0-0, 0.86ERA, 21IP, 4BB, 40K, .114BAA

#90 Kyle Gibson – RHP – Minnesota Twins (NR)
Born 10/23/1987
Highest Level Reached Triple-A Rochester Red Wings
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 0-2, 4.13ERA, 28.1IP, 6BB, 33K, .243BAA

#91 J.R. Graham – RHP – Atlanta Braves (NR)
Born 1/14/1990
Highest Level Reached Double-A Mississippi Braves
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 12-2, 2.80ERA, 148IP, 34BB, 110K, .228BAA

#92 Gavin Cecchini – SS – New York Mets (NR)
Born 12/22/1993
Highest Level Reached Short-A Brooklyn Cyclones
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .240, 9(2B), 2(3B), 1HR, 22RBI

#93 Corey Seager – SS – Los Angeles Dodgers (NR)
Born 4/27/1994
Highest Level Reached Rookie League Ogden Raptors
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .309, 9(2B), 2(3B), 8HR, 33RBI

#94 Matt Davidson – 3B – Arizona Diamondbacks (134)
Born 3/26/1991
Highest Level Reached Double-A Mobile Bay Bears
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .261, 28(2B), 2(3B), 23HR, 76RBI

#95 Michael Choice – OF – Oakland Athletics (57)
Born 11/10/1989
Highest Level Reached Double-A Midland Rockhounds
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .287, 15(2B), 2(3B), 10HR, 58RBI

#96 Aaron Hicks – OF – Minnesota Twins (127)
Born 10/2/1989
Highest Level Reached Double-A New Britain Rock Cats
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .286, 21(2B), 11(3B), 13HR, 61RBI, 32SB

#97 Roman Quinn – SS – Philadelphia Phillies (NR)
Born 5/14/1993
Highest Level Reached Short-A williamsport Crosscutters
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .281, 9(2B), 11(3B), 1HR, 23RBI, 30SB

#98 Kolten Wong – 2B – St Louis Cardinals (108)
Born 10/10/1990
Highest Level Reached Double-A Springfield Cardinals
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .287, 23(2B), 6(3B), 9HR, 52RBI, 21SB

#99 Marcell Ozuna – OF – Miami Marlins (NR)
Born 11/12/1990
Highest Level Reached High-A Jupiter Hammerheads
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .266, 27(2B), 2(3B), 24HR, 95RBI

#100 Jorge Bonifacio – OF – Kansas City Royals (NR)
Born 6/4/1993
Highest Level Reached Low-A Kane County Cougars
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .282, 20(2B), 6(3B), 10HR, 61RBI

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#101 Mike Foltynewicz – RHP – Houston Astros (NR)
Born 10/7/1991
Highest Level Reached Low-A Lexington Legends
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 14-4, 3.14ERA, 152IP, 62BB, 125K, .250BAA

#102 Richie Shaffer – 1B – Tampa Bay Rays (NR)
Born 3/15/1991
Highest Level Reached Short-A Hudson Valley Renegades
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .308, 5(2B), 2(3B), 4HR, 26RBI

#103 Rymer Liriano – OF – San Diego Padres (49)
Born 6/20/1991
Highest Level Reached Double-A San Antonio Missions
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .280, 32(2B), 4(3B), 8HR, 61RBI, 32SB

#104 Joc Pederson – OF – Los Angeles Dodgers (NR)
Born 4/21/1992
Highest Level Reached High-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .313, 26(2B), 4(3B), 18HR, 70RBI, 26SB

#105 Blake Swihart – C – Boston Red Sox (72)
Born 4-3-1992
Highest Level Reached Low-A Greenville Drive
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .262, 17(2B), 4(3B), 7HR, 53RBI

#106 Tyler Naquin – OF – Cleveland Indians (NR)
Born 4/24/1991
Highest Level Reached Short-A Mahoning Valley Scrappers
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .270, 11(2B), 2(3B), 13RBI

#107 Wily Peralta – RHP – Milwaukee Brewers (81)
Born 5/8/1989
Highest Level Reached MLB Milwaukee Brewers
2012 Combined Stats
MLB: 2-1, 2.48ERA, 29IP, 11BB, 23K, .242BAA
MILB: 7-11, 4.66ERA, 146.2IP, 78BB, 143K, .275BAA

#108 Sonny Gray – RHP – Oakland Athletics (55)
Born 11/7/1989
Highest Level Reached Triple-A Sacramento River Cats
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 6-9, 4.26ERA, 152IP, 58BB, 99K, .271BAA

#109 Zach Lee – RHP – Los Angeles Dodgers (82)
Born 9/13/1991
Highest Level Reached Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 6-6, 4.38ERA, 121IP, 32BB, 103K, .271BAA

#110 Marcus Stroman – RHP – Toronto Blue Jays (NR)
Born 5/1/1991
Highest Level Reached Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 3-0, 3.26ERA, 19.1IP, 9BB, 23K, .219BAA

#111 Leonys Martin – OF – Texas Rangers (90)
Born 3/6/1988
Highest Level Reached MLB Texas Rangers
2012 Combined Stats
MLB: .174, 5(2B), 2(3B), 6RBI
MILB: .359, 18(2B), 2(3B), 12HR, 42RBI, 10SB

#112 Manny Banuelos – LHP – New York Yankees (22)
Born 3/13/1991
Highest Level Reached Triple-A Scranton Yankees
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 0-2, 4.50ERA, 24IP, 10BB, 22K, .299BAA

#113 Tommy Joseph – C – Philadelphia Phillies) (NR)
Born 7/16/1991
Highest Level Reached Double-A Reading Phillies
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .257, 24(2B), 11HR, 48RBI

#114 Brandon Nimmo – OF – New York Mets (99)
Born 3/27/1993
Highest Level Reached Short-A Brooklyn Cyclones
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .248, 20(2B), 2(3B), 6HR, 40RBI

#115 Chris Stratton – RHP – San Francisco Giants (NR)
Born 8/22/1990
Highest Level Reached Short-A Salem Keizer Volcanoes
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 0-1, 2.76ERA, 16.1IP, 10BB, 16K, .237BAA

#116 Nick Franklin – 2B – Seattle Mariners (137)
Born 3/2/1991
Highest Level Reached Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .278, 32(2B), 9(3B), 11HR, 55RBI, 12SB

#117 Joe Panik – SS – San Francisco Giants (NR)
Born 10/30/1990
Highest Level Reached High-A San Jose Giants
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .297, 27(2B), 4(3B), 7HR, 76RBI, 10SB

#118 Enny Romero – LHP – Tampa Bay Rays (133)
Born 1/24/1991
Highest Level Reached High-A Charlotte Stone Crabs
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 5-7, 3.93ERA, 126IP, 76BB, 107K, .201BAA

#119 A.J. Cole – RHP – Washington Nationals (61)
Born 1/5/1992
Highest Level Reached High-A Stockton Ports
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 6-10, 3.70ERA, 133.2IP, 29BB, 133K, .267BAA

#120 Ty Hensley – RHP – New York Yankees (NR)
Born 7/30/1993
Highest Level Reached Rookie League GCL Yankees
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 1-2, 3.00ERA, 12IP, 7BB, 14K, .174BAA

#121 J.O. Berrios – RHP – Minnesota Twins (NR)
Born 5/27/1994
Highest Level Reached Rookie League Elizabethton Twins
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 3-0, 1.17ERA, 30.2IP, 4BB, 49K, .140BAA

#122 Cody Allen – RHP – Cleveland Indians (NR)
Born 11/20/1988
Highest Level Reached MLB Cleveland Indians
2012 Combined Stats
MLB: 0-1, 3.72ERA, 29IP, 15BB, 27K, .266BAA
MILB: 3-2. 1.87ERA, 43.1IP, 9BB, 53K, .166BAA

#123 Bruce Rondon – RHP – Detroit Tigers (NR)
Born 12/9/1990
Highest Level Reached Triple-A Toledo Mudhens
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 2-1, 29 Saves, 1.53ERA, 53IP, 26BB, 66K, .172BAA

#124 Didi Gregorius – SS – Arizona Diamondbacks (NR)
Born 2/18/1990
Highest Level Reached MLB Cincinnati Reds
2012 Combined Stats
MLB: .300, 2RBI
MILB: .265, 21(2B), 11(3B), 7HR, 54RBI

#125 Justin Grimm – RHP – Texas Rangers (NR)
Born 8/16/1988
Highest Level Reached MLB Texas Rangers
2012 Combined Stats
MLB: 1-1, 9.00ERA, 14IP, 3BB, 13K, .367BAA
MILB: 11-6, 2.81ERA, 134.2IP, 30BB, 103K, .245BAA

#126 Trayce Thompson – OF – Chicago White Sox (NR)
Born 3/15/1991
Highest Level Reached Triple-A Charlotte Knights
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .253, 31(2B), 6(3B), 25HR, 96RBI, 21SB

#127 Daniel Corcino – RHP – Cincinnati Reds (138)
Born 8/26/1990
Highest Level Reached Double-A Pensacola Blue wahoos
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 8-8, 3.01ERA, 143.1IP, 65BB, 126IP, .216BAA

#128 Tyler Thornburg – RHP – Milwaukee Brewers (123)
Born 9/29/1988
Highest Level Reached MLB Milwaukee Brewers
2012 Combined Stats
MLB: 0-0, 4.50ERA, 22IP, 7BB, 20K, .279BAA
MILB: 10-4, 3.20ERA, 112.1IP, 37BB, 113K, .230BAA

#129 Cody Buckel – RHP – Texas Rangers (NR)
Born 6/18/1992
Highest Level Reached Double-A Frisco RoughRiders
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 10-8, 2.49ERA, 144.2IP, 48BB, 159K, .206BAA

#130 Brandon Maurer – RHP – Seattle Mariners (NR)
Born 7/3/1990
Highest Level Reached Double-A Jackson Generals
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 9-2, 3.20ERA, 137.2IP, 48BB, 117K, .260BAA

#131 Alex Colome – RHP – Tampa Bay Rays (NR)
Born 12/31/1988
Highest Level Reached Triple-A Durham Bulls
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 8-4, 3.44ERA, 91.2IP, 43BB, 90K, .244BAA

#132 Christian Bethancourt – C – Atlanta Braves (NR)
Born 9/2/1991
Highest Level Reached Double-A Mississippi Braves
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .243, 5(2B), 1(3B), 2HR, 26RBI

#133 Dan Straily – RHP – Oakland Athletics (NR)
Born 12/1/1988
Highest Level Reached MLB Oakland Athletics
2012 Combined Stats
MLB: 2-1, 3.89ERA, 39.1IP, 16BB, 32K, .237BAA
MILB: 9-7, 2.78ERA, 152IP, 42BB, 190K, .202BAA

#134 D.J. Davis – OF – Toronto Blue Jays (NR)
Born 7/25/1994
Highest Level Reached Short-A Vancouver Canadians
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .250, 10(2B), 3(3B), 5HR, 18RBI, 25SB

#135 Adalberto Mondesi – SS – Kansas City Royals (NR)
Born 7/27/1995
Highest Level Reached Rookie League Idaho Falls Chuckars
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .290, 7(2B), 2(3B), 3HR, 30RBI, 11SB

#136 Jonathan Schoop – 3B – Baltimore Orioles (74)
Born 10/16/1991
Highest Level Reached Double-A Bowie Baysox
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .245, 24(2B), 1(3B), 14HR, 56RBI

#137 Garin Cecchini – 3B – Boston Red Sox (116)
Born 4/20/1991
Highest Level Reached Low-A Greenville Drive
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .305, 38(2B), 4(3B), 4HR, 62RBI, 51SB

#138 Joey Gallo – 3B – Texas Rangers (NR)
Born 11/19/1993
Highest Level Reached Short-A Spokanne Indians
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .272, 12(2B), 1(3B), 22HR, 52RBI

#139 Daniel Norris – LHP – Toronto Blue Jays (62)
Born 4/25/1993
Highest Level Reached Short-A Vancouver Canadians
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 2-4, 8.44ERA, 42.2IP, 18BB, 43K, .320BAA

#140 Jorge Alfaro – C – Texas Rangers (NR)
Born 6/11/1993
Highest Level Reached Low-A Hickory Crawdads
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .261, 21(2B), 3(3B), 5HR, 34RBI

#141 Jose Campos – RHP – New York Yankees (104)
Born 7/27/1992
Highest Level Reached Low-A Charleston RiverDogs
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 3-0, 4.01ERA, 24.2IP, 8BB, 26K, .213BAA

#142 Matt Smoral – LHP – Toronto Blue Jays (NR)
Born 3/18/1994
Highest Level Reached Did Not Play: 2012 Draft Pick

#143 Tyrell Jenkins – RHP – St Louis Cardinals (88)
Born 7/20/1992
Highest Level Reached Low-A Quad Cities River Bandits
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 4-4, 5.14ERA, 82.1IP, 36BB, 80K, .267BAA

#144 Nomar Mazara – OF – Texas Rangers (NR)
Born 4/26/1995
Highest Level Reached Rookie League AZL Rangers
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .264, 13(2B), 3(3B), 6HR, 39RBI

#145 Brett Jackson – OF – Chicago Cubs (37)
Born 8/2/1988
Highest Level Reached MLB Chicago Cubs
2012 Combined Stats
MLB: .175, 6(2B), 1(3B), 4HR, 9RBI
MILB: .256, 22(2B), 12(3B), 15HR, 47RBI, 27SB

#146 Victor Sanchez – RHP – Seattle Mariners (NR)
Born 1/30/1995
Highest Level Reached Short-A Everett AquaSox
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 6-2, 3.18ERA, 85IP, 27BB, 69K, .223BAA

#147 Mauricio Cabrera – RHP – Atlanta Braves (NR)
Born 9/22/1993
Highest Level Reached Rookie League Danville Braves
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 2-2, 2.97ERA, 57.2IP, 23BB, 48K, .213BAA

#148 Ronald Guzman – 1B – Texas Rangers (NR)
Born 10/20/1994
Highest Level Reached Rookie League AZL Rangers
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: .321, 15(2B), 3(3B), 1HR, 33RBI

#149 Luke Sims – RHP – Atlanta Braves (NR)
Born 5/10/1994
Highest Level Reached Rookie League Danville Braves
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 2-4, 3.71ERA, 34IP, 13BB, 39K, .217BAA

#150 Adam Morgan – LHP – Philadelphia Phillies (NR)
Born 2/27/1990
Highest Level Reached Double-A Reading Phillies
2012 Combined Stats
MILB: 8-11, 3.35ERA, 158.2IP, 39BB, 169K, .235BAA

Honorable Mentions:

Rio Ruiz – 3B – Houston Astros
Rafael DePaula – RHP – New York Yankees
Carter Capps – RHP – Seattle Mariners
Chris Reed – LHP – Los Angeles Dodgers
Matt Adams – 1B – St Louis Cardinals
John Lamb – LHP – Kansas City Royals
Anthony Alford – OF – Toronto Blue Jays
Jimmy Nelson – RHP – Milwaukee Brewers
Brad Peacock – RHP – Houston Astros
Jarred Cosart – RHP – Houston Astros
Drew Vettleson – OF – Tampa Bay Rays
Onelki Garcia – LHP – Los Angeles Dodgers
Jairo Beras – OF – Texas Rangers
Ethan Martin – RHP – Philadelphia Phillies
Angelo Gumbs – 2B – New York Yankees
Gabriel Guerrero – OF – Seattle Mariners
Gary Brown – OF – San Francisco Giants
Lewis Brinson – OF – Texas Rangers

2013 Organizational Top 20 Prospect Rankings

By J.P. Schwartz
@Jaypers413

Each year at this time I like to rank each team’s top overall prospects. My criteria are based upon 1) past performance and 2) future potential (50% each). I have expanded my list of prospects this year, from 15 to 20 per team.

Disclaimer: I am not a scout, nor did I attend any minor league games this year. These lists are merely the product of my own research of online scouting reports and statistics.

Send your questions or feedback to J.P. on twitter @Jaypers413

To qualify for these lists, a prospect must have no more than 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the Major Leagues.

AZ Diamondbacks

1) Tyler Skaggs
2) Archie Bradley
3) Adam Eaton
4) Matt Davidson
5) Stryker Trahan
6) David Holmberg
7) Didi Gregorius
8 ) Chris Owings
9) Andrew Chafin
10) A.J. Pollock
11) Jake Barrett
12) Alfredo Marte
13) Nick Ahmed
14) Anthony Meo
15) Evan Marzilli
16) Zeke Spruill
17) Felipe Perez
18) Michael Perez
19) Ronnie Freeman
20) Brandon Drury

ATL Braves

1) Julio Teheran
2) J.R. Graham
3) Luke Sims
4) Sean Gilmartin
5) Mauricio Cabrera
6) Christian Bethancourt
7) Edward Salcedo
8 ) Luis Merejo
9) Jose Peraza
10) Alex Wood
11) Cody Martin
12) Tommy LaStella
13) Kyle Kubitza
14) Todd Cunningham
15) Josh Elander
16) Matt Lipka
17) Andry Ubiera
18) Bryan de la Rosa
19) Evan Gattis
20) Aaron Northcraft

BAL Orioles

1) Dylan Bundy
2) Kevin Gausman
3) Jonathan Schoop
4) L.J. Hoes
5) Eduardo Rodriguez
6) Branden Kline
7) Adrian Marin
8 ) Xavier Avery
9) Ty Kelly
10) Mike Wright
11) Torsten Boss
12) T J McFarland
13) Nicky Delmonico
14) Clay Schrader
15) Jason Esposito
16) Lex Rutledge
17) Parker Bridwell
18) Trent Howard
19) Tyler Townsend
20) Bobby Bundy

BOS Red Sox

1) Xander Bogaerts
2) Matt Barnes
3) Allen Webster
4) Jackie Bradley
5) Blake Swihart
6) Deven Marrero
7) Ty Buttrey
8 ) Brian Johnson
9) Garin Cecchini
10) Keury de la Cruz
11) Brandon Workman
12) Henry Owens
13) Brock Holt
14) Drake Britton
15) Bryce Brentz
16) Anthony Ranaudo
17) Pat Light
18) Jose Iglesias
19) Christian Vazquez
20) Austin Maddox

CHI Cubs

1) Javier Baez
2) Albert Almora
3) Jorge Soler
4) Arodys Vizcaino
5) Brett Jackson
6) Christian Villanueva
7) Pierce Johnson
8 ) Jeimer Candelario
9) Josh Vitters
10) Daniel Vogelbach
11) Dillon Maples
12) Arismendy Alcantara
13) Logan Watkins
14) Gioskar Amaya
15) Juan Carlos Paniagua
16) Barrett Loux
17) Marco Hernandez
18) Paul Blackburn
19) Matt Szczur
20) Dae Eun Rhee

CHI White Sox

1) Courtney Hawkins
2) Carlos Sanchez
3) Jared Mitchell
4) Trayce Thompson
5) Erik Johnson
6) Keenyn Walker
7) Chris Beck
8 ) Nestor Molina
9) Simon Castro
10) Keon Barnum
11) Andre Rienzo
12) Tyler Saladino
13) Todd Kibby
14) Brandon Brennan
15) Jacob Petricka
16) Kyle Hansen
17) Charlie Leesman
18) Jhan Marinez
19) Marcus Semien
20) Kevan Smith

CIN Reds

1) Billy Hamilton
2) Robert Stephenson
3) Tony Cingrani
4) Tanner Rahier
5) Nick Travieso
6) Daniel Corcino
7) Kyle Lotzkar
8 ) Jon Moscot
9) Jesse Winker
10) Dan Langfield
11) Jonathan Reynoso
12) Henry Rodriguez
13) Beau Amaral
14) Jeff Gelalich
15) Ryan LaMarre
16) Ryan Wright
17) Neftali Soto
18) Yorman Rodriguez
19) Amir Garrett
20) Juan Duran

CLE Indians

1) Trevor Bauer
2) Francisco Lindor
3) Tyler Naquin
4) Dorssys Paulino
5) Jesus Aguilar
6) Ronny Rodriguez
7) Mitch Brown
8 ) Tony Wolters
9) Cody Allen
10) Elvis Araujo
11) Dillon Howard
12) Anthony Santander
13) Jorge Martinez
14) Luis Lugo
15) Danny Salazar
16) D’Vone McClure
17) Dylan Baker
18) Yan Gomes
19) Luis DeJesus
20) Scott Barnes

COL Rockies

1) David Dahl
2) Nolan Arenado
3) Trevor Story
4) Jayson Aquino
5) Tyler Anderson
6) Edwar Cabrera
7) Tom Murphy
8 ) Chad Bettis
9) Kyle Parker
10) Eddie Butler
11) Tim Wheeler
12) Christian Bergman
13) Wilfredo Rodriguez
14) Max White
15) Rosell Herrera
16) Seth Willoughby
17) Will Swanner
18) Tyler Matzek
19) Ryan Wheeler
20) Charlie Culberson

DET Tigers

1) Nick Castellanos
2) Avisail Garcia
3) Bruce Rondon
4) Danry Vasquez
5) Jake Thompson
6) Austin Schotts
7) Casey Crosby
8 ) Brenny Paulino
9) Dean Green
10) Joe Rogers
11) Tyler Collins
12) Harold Castro
13) Steven Moya
14) James McCann
15) Tyler Gibson
16) Eugenio Suarez
17) Logan Ehlers
18) Melvin Mercedes
19) Alex Burgos
20) Adam Wilk

HOU Astros

1) Jonathan Singleton
2) Carlos Correa
3) Lance McCullers
4) Delino Deshields
5) Mike Foltynewicz
6) George Springer
7) Jarred Cosart
8 ) Brad Peacock
9) Domingo Santana
10) Rio Ruiz
11) Nick Tropeano
12) Asher Wojciechowski
13) Nolan Fontana
14) Carlos Perez
15) Jonathan Villar
16) Max Stassi
17) Tyler Heineman
18) Jose Cisnero
19) Brett Phillips
20) Robbie Grossman

KC Royals

1) Kyle Zimmer
2) Bubba Starling
3) Yordano Ventura
4) Jorge Bonifacio
5) Kyle Smith
6) Adalberto Mondesi
7) Orlando Calixte
8 ) Sam Selman
9) Alexis Rivera
10) Cheslor Cuthbert
11) Jason Adam
12) Miguel Almonte
13) Christian Colon
14) Bryan Brickhouse
15) Elier Hernandez
16) Humberto Arteaga
17) Chris Dwyer
18) John Lamb
19) Brett Eibner
20) Cam Gallagher

LA Angels

1) Kaleb Cowart
2) Nick Maronde
3) C.J. Cron
4) Taylor Lindsey
5) R.J. Alvarez
6) Mark Sappington
7) Travis Witherspoon
8 ) Alex Yarbrough
9) Mike Clevinger
10) Cam Bedrosian
11) Austin Wood
12) Chevy Clarke
13) Reid Scoggins
14) Randal Grichuk
15) Daniel Tillman
16) Wendell Soto
17) Kole Calhoun
18) Nick Mutz
19) Jeremy Moore
20) Michael Roth

LA Dodgers

1) Zach Lee
2) Yasiel Puig
3) Joc Pederson
4) Corey Seager
5) Chris Reed
6) Garrett Gould
7) Alex Castellanos
8 ) Steven “Paco” Rodriguez
9) Ross Stripling
10) Onelkis Garcia
11) Zach Bird
12) Jesmuel Valentin
13) Aaron Miller
14) James Baldwin
15) Angel Sanchez
16) Matt Magill
17) Jose Dominguez
18) Scott Van Slyke
19) Jarret Martin
20) Pratt Maynard

MIA Marlins

1) Jose Fernandez
2) Christian Yelich
3) Jake Marisnick
4) Justin Nicolino
5) Andrew Heaney
6) Rob Brantly
7) Adeiny Hechavarria
8 ) Zack Cox
9) Alfredo Silverio
10) Adam Conley
11) Marcell Ozuna
12) Derek Dietrich
13) Brent Keys
14) Jose Urena
15) Chad James
16) J.T. Realmuto
17) Jesus Solorzano
18) Yordy Cabrera
19) Viosergy Rosa
20) Joe Mahoney

MIL Brewers

1) Wily Peralta
2) Tyler Thornburg
3) Jimmy Nelson
4) Johnny Hellweg
5) Ariel Pena
6) Clint Coulter
7) Scooter Gennett
8 ) Hunter Morris
9) Victor Roache
10) Taylor Jungmann
11) Mitch Haniger
12) Tyrone Taylor
13) Khris Davis
14) Michael Reed
15) Hiram Burgos
16) Kentrail Davis
17) Jorge Lopez
18) Jed Bradley
19) Logan Schafer
20) Caleb Gindl

MIN Twins

1) Byron Buxton
2) Miguel Sano
3) J.O. Berrios
4) Oswaldo Arcia
5) Alex Meyer
6) Eddie Rosario
7) Trevor May
8 ) Aaron Hicks
9) Max Kepler
10) Kyle Gibson
11) Travis Harrison
12) Felix Jorge
13) Mike Tonkin
14) Mason Melotakis
15) J.T. Chargois
16) Matt Summers
17) Kennys Vargas
18) Luke Bard
19) Adam Brett Walker
20) Hudson Boyd
20) Joe Benson

NY Mets

1) Travis d’Arnaud
2) Zack Wheeler
3) Noah Syndergaard
4) Michael Fulmer
5) Brandon Nimmo
6) Domingo Tapia
7) Luis Mateo
8 ) Gavin Cecchini
9) Rafael Montero
10) Wilmer Flores
11) Matthew Koch
12) Vicente Lupo
13) Jeurys Familia
14) Hansel Robles
15) Tyler Pill
16) Logan Verrett
17) Kevin Plawecki
18) Cesar Puello
19) Brandon Welch
20) Cory Vaughn

NY Yankees

1) Gary Sanchez
2) Mason Williams
3) Tyler Austin
4) Ty Hensley
5) Mark Montgomery
6) Manny Banuelos
7) Jose Campos
8 ) Rafael DePaula
9) Slade Heathcott
10) Dante Bichette Jr.
11) David Adams
12) Adam Warren
13) Bryan Mitchell
14) Jose A. Ramirez
15) Dellin Betances
16) Ravel Santana
17) Nik Turley
18) Austin Aune
19) Zoilo Almonte
20) Peter O’Brien

OAK Athletics

1) Addison Russell
2) Dan Straily
3) Michael Choice
4) Sonny Gray
5) Miles Head
6) Daniel Robertson
7) Renato Nunez
8 ) Grant Green
9) Nolan Sanburn
10) Matt Olson
11) B.J. Boyd
12) Kris Hall
13) Bobby Crocker
14) Vicmal de la Cruz
15) Blake Treinen
16) Michael Taylor
17) Josh Bowman
18) Michael Ynoa
19) B.A. Vollmuth
20) Pedro Figueroa

PHI Phillies

1) Jesse Biddle
2) Tommy Joseph
3) Maikel Franco
4) Adam Morgan
5) Ethan Martin
6) Roman Quinn
7) Carlos Tocci
8 ) Shane Watson
9) Julio Rodriguez
10) Cody Asche
11) Jonathan Pettibone
12) Brody Colvin
13) Sebastian Valle
14) Larry Greene
15) Jiwan James
16) Mitch Gueller
17) Darin Ruf
18) Tyson Gillies
19) Phillippe Aumont
20) Zach Collier

PIT Pirates

1) Gerrit Cole
2) Jameson Taillon
3) Gregory Polanco
4) Josh Bell
5) Alen Hanson
6) Luis Heredia
7) Wyatt Mathisen
8 ) Tyler Glasnow
9) Clay Holmes
10) Barrett Barnes
11) Kyle McPherson
12) Justin Wilson
13) Dilson Herrera
14) Adrian Sampson
15) Jin-De Jhang
16) Gift Ngoepe
17) Jose Osuna
18) Alex Dickerson
19) Tony Sanchez
20) Stetson Allie

STL Cardinals

1) Oscar Taveras
2) Shelby Miller
3) Carlos Martinez
4) Michael Wacha
5) Trevor Rosenthal
6) Tyrell Jenkins
7) Kolten Wong
8 ) Matt Adams
9) Mike O’Neill
10) Stephen Piscotty
11) Patrick Wisdom
12) Carson Kelly
13) Silfredo Garcia
14) Ryan Jackson
15) James Ramsey
16) Anthony Garcia
17) Steve Bean
18) Colin Walsh
19) Charlie Tilson
20) Tim Cooney

SD Padres

1) Jedd Gyorko
2) Max Fried
3) Austin Hedges
4) Rymer Liriano
5) Casey Kelly
6) Matt Wisler
7) Joe Ross
8 ) Zach Eflin
9) Travis Jankowski
10) Robbie Erlin
11) Adys Portillo
12) Keyvius Sampson
13) Walker Weickel
14) Cory Spangenberg
15) Matt Stites
16) Joe Wieland
17) Jace Peterson
18) Donn Roach
19) Dane Phillips
20) Rey Fuentes

SF Giants

1) Kyle Crick
2) Chris Stratton
3) Clayton Blackburn
4) Gary Brown
5) Mike Kickham
6) Joe Panik
7) Edwin Escobar
8 ) Heath Hembree
9) Stephen Johnson
10) Adam Duvall
11) Mac Williamson
12) Martin Agosta
13) Adalberto Mejia
14) Francisco Peguero
15) Chris Heston
16) Jesus Galindo
17) Andrew Susac
18) Steven Okert
19) Ty Blach
20) Brett Bochy

SEA Mariners

1) Taijuan Walker
2) Mike Zunino
3) Danny Hultzen
4) Victor Sanchez
5) James Paxton
6) Nick Franklin
7) Brandon Maurer
8 ) Tyler Pike
9) Brad Miller
10) Gabriel Guerrero
11) Stephen Pryor
12) Stefen Romero
13) Leon Landry
14) Carter Capps
15) Timmy Lopes
16) Phillips Castillo
17) Edwin Diaz
18) Jochi Ogando
19) Francisco Martinez
20) Joe DeCarlo

TB Rays

1) Wil Myers
2) Taylor Guerrieri
3) Hak-Ju Lee
4) Chris Archer
5) Jake Odorizzi
6) Alex Colome
7) Blake Snell
8 ) Richie Shaffer
9) Enny Romero
10) Drew Vettleson
11) Jeff Ames
12) Mikie Mahtook
13) Mike Montgomery
14) Felipe Rivero
15) Jake Hager
16) Nick Sawyer
17) Josh Sale
18) Tyler Goeddel
19) Tim Beckham
20) Pat Leonard

TX Rangers

1) Jurickson Profar
2) Mike Olt
3) Martin Perez
4) Joey Gallo
5) Cody Buckel
6) C.J. Edwards
7) Lewis Brinson
8 ) Nomar Mazara
9) Rougned Odor
10) Ronald Guzman
11) Jairo Beras
12) Justin Grimm
13) Luke Jackson
14) Leonys Martin
15) Luis Sardinas
16) Jorge Alfaro
17) Hanser Alberto
18) Leury Garcia
19) Nick Williams
20) Jordan Akins

TOR Blue Jays

1) Aaron Sanchez
2) Marcus Stroman
3) Roberto Osuna
4) D.J. Davis
5) Daniel Norris
6) Anthony Alford
7) Matt Smoral
8 ) Chase DeJong
9) Taylor Cole
10) John Stilson
11) Tyler Gonzales
12) Adonys Cardona
13) Alberto Tirado
14) Mitch Nay
15) Sean Nolin
16) A.J. Jimenez
17) Christian Lopes
18) Dwight Smith Jr
19) Franklin Barreto
20) Kellen Sweeney

WAS Nationals

1) Anthony Rendon
2) Lucas Giolito
3) Brian Goodwin
4) A.J. Cole
5) Michael Taylor
6) Matt Skole
7) Tony Renda
8 ) Nate Karns
9) Sandy Leon
10) Matt Purke
11) Eury Perez
12) Brett Mooneyham
13) Estarlin Martinez
14) Jason Martinson
15) Destin Hood
16) Chris Marrero
17) Robbie Ray
18) Jeff Kobernus
19) Sammy Solis
20) Zach Walters

Interview With Pittsburgh Pirates Pitching Prospect Nick Kingham

By: Andrew Martin
Twitter: @HistorianAndrew
BaseballHistorian.Blogspot.com

Stockpiling quality young pitching is always a priority for a losing team trying to change their fortunes and culture. The Pittsburgh Pirates, who last had a winning season in 1992, have recently drafted highly touted arms like Jameson Taillon and Gerrit Cole to jumpstart their rebuilding process. However, the team is also high on Nick Kingham, another recent draftee, who they believe has a bright future in Pittsburgh.
Kingham, a tall right-handed starter, was taken in the fourth round of the 2010 MLB Draft out of high school in Las Vegas. According to Pirates prospect site Buried Treasure, Kingham was planning to attend the University of Oregon, but was convinced to turn pro when Pittsburgh offered him a generous signing bonus.
About to turn 21 later this week, Kingham possesses a low-nineties fastball and promising secondary pitches. He impressed in his first two professional seasons in short-season ball, combining for a 2.07 ERA. This past year he made 27 starts in Class-A, and held his own, posting a 6-8 record and 4.39 ERA, while striking out nearly a batter an inning.
Last year I had a chance to interview Kingham and get to know the up-and-coming Pirates prospect a little better.

How did you first become interested in baseball? My parents; my Dad grew up playing high school ball. He never played college, but he got me my first interest in it. I started playing it and stuck with it.

Did you have a favorite team or player when you were growing up?
Nope. No favorite team and no favorite player. I was just a fan of the game.

Do you model yourself after any current player?
(Josh) Beckett would be the closest now. I mean it is who I like the most now, but it is pretty hard to emulate somebody that great. I try.

How did you know the Pirates were interested in drafting you?
My scout called me when I was at work with my Dad. He called to tell me that they had drafted me and that they would be in touch. I heard from them two weeks later.

After you signed, did you do anything special for yourself or your family?
We had a few people over two nights before I left, but nothing too special.

What type of pitches do you throw?
Just a fastball, curve and change right now. The fastball is definitely the most important pitch. It’s sitting 91, 92, but reaching 94 or 94.

How has minor league life been?
It’s different. It’s a grind, but no complaints at all. You have to love what you do.

Be sure to check out Nick Kingham’s Baseball Cards

Interview With USA Baseball Alum and 2013 MLB Draft Prospect Christian Pelaez

By Andrew Martin
Twitter: @HistorianAndrew
BaseballHistorian.Blogspot.com

Most high school baseball players struggle to make varsity and get into college, where if they are lucky they might continue being able to play ball. Two months into his senior year, left-handed pitcher Christian Pelaez not only has all of that under control, he’s developed renown so great that he has already been featured on an assortment of baseball cards. Needless to say, he is not your average high school baseball player.

Pelaez has become one of the top prep players in the country pitching for Florida Christian High School in Miami. Eliciting comparisons to Washington Nationals southpaw Gio Gonzalez, Pelaez committed to LSU for next year, but depending on what happens during the 2013 MLB Draft those plans could change. He already is better known than most high school players thanks to the baseball cards he’s had in Topps, Bowman, and Panini sets; a distinction many seasoned professionals can’t claim. But it is his skill as a player that will make him a top draft choice or one of the best college players in the country.

Even with his busy schedule as a student athlete, Pelaez recently took the time to answer some questions I had for him about baseball and what he sees in his future. Whether you pick up some of his cards or check out one of his games, Pelaez is definitely a prospect worth keeping tabs on.

Who is your favorite player, and why? My favorite ball player is Gio Gonzalez, just because he came from my hometown of Miami and is a lefty pitcher that I have gotten a lot of comparisons to!

What are your plans for college or the draft?
Right now I am committed to play ball at LSU. I sign in November, but when the draft comes we will climb that hurdle when it gets here. Depending on the money and where I am as a player I will see if I sign.

How difficult is it to balance school and the work it takes to maintain your status as a top baseball prospect?
It isn’t very hard at all; I just have to stay disciplined through the school year and be responsible because it won’t get any easier at LSU.

What was it like to have mainstream baseball cards while still in high school? What kind of reaction did you get from classmates?
It is kind of surreal. I get fan mail and stuff from fans wanting me to sign them all the time. My friends find it pretty cool; they always mess with me about them!
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Which pitches do you throw; and which is your best; and which do you believe needs the most work?
I throw four pitches; I have a fastball, curveball, changeup, and slider. No doubt my best pitch is my curveball. I feel like I can throw it at any time. My changeup needs the most work; I just need to be a little more consistent with it.

Can you talk a little bit about what the recruitment and scouting process has been like?
The process has been a little bit of a rollercoaster ride. It has been amazing and I’m blessed to be in this position. It is always fun for any player. I just want to have a solid senior year and see where it takes me.

Have you had the opportunity to get any instruction from current or former major league players?
I’ve gotten some instruction from Livan Hernandez. He trains in the off-season in Miami, and him and my dad are good friends, so I have tossed with him a couple times!

In a perfect world, Christian Pelaez will get drafted by…
In a perfect world Christian Pelaez will get drafted by the Boston Red Sox!

Interview With San Francisco Giants Prospect Chris Heston

By Andrew Martin
Twitter: @HistorianAndrew
BaseballHistorian.Blogspot.com

The San Francisco Giants advanced into this year’s NLCS in large part because of their strong starting rotation. The staff’s longterm outlook is good, as another young gun in the form of right-handed Chris Heston is poised to make his presence felt at AT&T Park in the near future.

Heston attended Bayside High School in Palm Bay, Florida before enrolling at Seminole Community College. He eventually transferred to Eastern Carolina University, where he finished his college career. He pitched consistently for both schools and was drafted by the Twins in 2007 (47th round) and Nationals in 2008 (29th round), but declined to sign. His patience was rewarded when the Giants made him their 12th round pick in 2009.

Heston spent the entire 2012 season in Double-A, and lived up to his reputation as a polished pitcher with three solid pitches. He has improved each year in the Giants system, highlighted by a 12-4 record and 3.16 ERA in 2011 and a 9-8 mark and 2.24 ERA in 2012.

Having shown consistent growth and ability, Heston is poised to pitch in San Francisco at some point next season. I recently had the opportunity to catch up with and find out a little more about the talented pitching prospect.

Who was your favorite player when you were growing up, and why?
Growing up I was always a big Chipper Jones fan, and still am. He was just the man at the time when I was growing up playing ball, and he was always a lot of fun to watch play. I wanted to do everything like him.

Before being selecting by the Giants you had previously been drafted by the Nationals and Twins; what made you decide to not sign with them?
At the time I was drafted by the other teams I just didn’t feel like I was ready to take the next step to pro ball. I thought there was still some things I needed to learn and it ended up being a good decision because I got to go to ECU and that was a great learning experience.

Can you describe what your 2009 draft day experience with the Giants was like?
It was exciting and a little nerve racking waiting around for your name to get called, but I had done it a couple other times and kind of knew what to expect. I just tried to enjoy it and I couldn’t have ended up in a better place.

What are the main challenges faced by minor league baseball players?
It’s a grind; it really is. The travel is tough, and eating right is tough, so you just have to try and enjoy it with your teammates

Which pitches do you throw, and which is your best and which do you believe needs the most work?
I throw a sinker, curveball, slider and changeup. I think everyone kind of says it, but the fastball/sinker would have to be the go-to pitch. I think everything can use work; there is always room to get better, so that’s what you have to work at.

Have you had any opportunity to get any advice from Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, or Madison Bumgarner?
In the past some of those guys have came in and talked to us as a group, and I think it’s great. All those guys know what they’re doing, and do it at a high level. Hopefully I will have more opportunities to get more advice from them in the future.

Your production has gotten better every time you have been promoted; what do you attribute this to?
I think it’s just learning as much as possible and trying to apply it to your game. I have had the opportunity to work with some great pitching coaches, so I just try to take as much from them as possible and keep working to get better.

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