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Re: Baseball America top 20 prospects by league

Posted: 10/15/2012 6:19 PM

Re: Baseball America top 20 prospects by league 

Scouting reports of Oscar Taveras, Carlos Martinez, Trevor Rosenthal, and Kolten Wong.


"Taveras might be the best pure hitting prospect in the minors. Like Profar, he had no trouble bypassing high Class A. Taveras led the TL in batting (.321), doubles (37), extra-base hits (67) and total bases (270) as a 20-year-old, earned  league MVP honors and won a league title for the third straight year.

He has a smooth stroke that generates good bat speed and he uses the whole field. While Myers generally gets higher marks for his pop, some scouts think Taveras will have more playable power in the big leagues. He has a tendency to chase high fastballs, but his hand-eye coordination allows him to keep his strikeout numbers low.

Taveras improved his fundamentals this season, particularly with baserunning and defense. A center fielder for the bulk of the season, he's an average runner and defender with a solid arm."

After finishing 2011 in high Class A, Martinez opened 2012 back there and came down with shoulder tendinitis that sidelined him for a month. Once he recovered, he joined Springfield and excelled. His 2.90 ERA would have ranked second in the TL if he had enough innings to qualify and he turned in two strong playoff starts, including seven scoreless innings to win Game One of the TL finals.

Martinez attacks hitters with an overpowering fastball that touched triple digits in his first Double-A appearance and usually sits at 94-98 mph. His curveball and changeup both have the potential to be plus pitches. The Cardinals are trying to get him smoother and more consistent with his mechanics, which would improve his command."

"Rosenthal dominated in low Class A in 2011, then jumped to Double-A to open this season. Called to St. Louis in mid-July, he bounced between the big leagues and Triple-A before going up for good at the end of August. He worked out of the bullpen for the Cardinals but has all the ingredients to be a quality starter.

Rosenthal dials his fastball anywhere from 92-100 mph, usually working in the mid-90s with good life. He used a cutter more this year and also throws a hard curveball with late bite and a solid changeup. He has average control and a solid frame that should lend itself to durability, though he dealt with a nagging back injury this season that he sustained while working out.

"This year, he became more of a complete pitcher," Springfield manager Mike Shildt said. "He's been quicker to make adjustments. He's got a tremendous arm, tremendous work ethic and that made it fun for instruction."

"When they took Wong in the first round of the 2011 draft, the Cardinals thought they were getting a polished hitter and solid second baseman who could move quickly through their system. In a year and a half in pro ball, he has done nothing to change that view. Solid and steady is a great way to describe him, but it undersells his overall game.

Wong makes lots of hard contact, showing the ability to hit for average with some surprising power. He batted leadoff most of the season and was actually too aggressive at times. He did a better job of working counts and understanding how pitchers were attacking him at the end of the season.

Wong is a reliable defender who uses his instincts to position himself well and make the most of his range. His arm is fringy but enough for second base, and he has good hands. He has average speed and runs the bases well."
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Posted: 10/15/2012 6:23 PM

Re: Baseball America top 20 prospects by league 

Per the chat

BA user asked

" Rosenthal has been great out of the pen for Cards and can clearly be an asset there next year. Do you think the Cards will still send him back to AAA to stay stretched out as a starter? What's a realistic upside - good #2 or more run of the mill #3 inning eater?"
"Will Lingo: Lots of Rosenthal questions, and with good reason. He made as significant an impression as any pitcher in the league. I love guys getting a chance to break into the big leagues as relievers, but I think you'd be crazy not to give Rosenthal every chance as a starter. You can read the scouting report in the main text, but he's a power arm who's relatively inexperienced as a pitcher, having originally gone to junior college as a shortstop. An interesting description I heard about him this season was that he showed creativity in his pitching, mixing in his offspeed stuff and not just trying to overpower hitters. If he fully develops all of his pitches, he could pitch toward the top of a rotation."
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Posted: 10/31/2012 10:16 AM

Re: Baseball America top 20 prospects by league 

Bumping this towards the top as we are still voting on our top 50.
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Posted: 10/31/2012 1:43 PM

Re: Baseball America top 20 prospects by league 

Also BA has started with their top 10 for each team. And Sickels has released his first top 20 (Twins). Braves next with the rest coming in November-December.

BA will do the Cardinals Jan 16th.

Last edited 10/31/2012 1:45 PM by SoonerinNC

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Posted: 9/27/2013 9:57 AM

RE: Baseball America top 20 prospects by league 

Just ran across this from last year. I thought I would bump this for others to read.

Keep in mind this is after 2012 season not 2013.
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