Prospects2pros broke the first of (hopefully) many milestones on Sunday when the 100th view was recorded by the view tracker. In celebration of this, I will be doing a twenty part series on the top 100 prospects in baseball right now. This series will go by fives, from Giants prospect outfielder Gary Brown all the way to Rangers shortstop Jurickson Profar. Without further delay, we start profiling the top 100 baseball prospects for 2013.
100: Gary Brown, Outfielder, San Francisco Giants
School: Cal State Fullerton
Draft: First Round, 24th overall, 2010
2012 Teams: Richmond Flying Squirrels (AA Eastern League)
My Take: Brown is a speedy specimen and will fit in the top of any National League Lineup. He cannot hit for power, but he does compensate with a decent on base percentage. If Brown were to stay in San Francisco (not be dealt), then there is a possibility that he can use the ballpark’s build to his advantage, and possibly win a stolen base title. He currently is blocked by Angel Pagan and Andres Torres, but if the latter cannot get back to his 2010 form, expect Brown to be up by September at the latest.
99: Trevor Story, Shortstop, Colorado Rockies
School: Irving High School (Irving,Texas)
Draft: First Round (Comp.) 45th overall, 2011
2012 Teams: Asheville Tourists (A South Atlantic League)
Assets: Opposite field power, solid contact
My Take: Story is another in a long line of potentially successful hitting prospects that populate the Colorado Rockies system. As mentioned, he can develop into a solid hitter, with a power potential, especially with the thin air of Denver. Story’s biggest problem though, is his competition at shortstop. While he has years to go before he can stay in the bigs for good, he is behind Troy Tulowitzki, who despite the injuries that he has suffered this year, is still locked up in Denver for the long run. There are some, however, who believe that Story’s potential lies beyond shortstop, and that he could move to a weaker position in order to have a better chance at a roster spot. If Story is going to stay in Colorado long term, like his superior, he has the potential to be a mainstay in the 5th or 6th spot in the Rockies’ lineup.
98: Aaron Hicks, Outfield, Minnesota Twins
School: Woodrow Wilson High School (Long Beach, California)
Draft: First Round, 14th overall, 2008
2012 Teams: New Britain Rock Cats (AA Eastern League)
Assets: Switch Hitter, Strong Arm, Patience
My Take: I’ll let you in on a secret: The 2008 draft class is one of my favorite draft classes of all time, right behind the 2011 and 2005 classes. Hicks came from that draft class amid plenty of fanfare, but in his first few seasons, he looked a little lost, and seemed to be destined for the “bust” label. It wasn’t until this past year that Hicks finally got himself back on track and managed to bring his stock back up. Hicks’ ability as a switch hitter will certainly help him, as he had decent power numbers in New Britain last year. Right now, with the trades of Ben Revere and Denard Span depleting Minnesota’s outfield, Hicks, as well as Darin Mastroianni, have every opportunity to patrol Target Field, as it has been stated that arbitration status will not play a role in Hicks’ placement for this year. When Hicks does make the leap to the Show, expect him to fulfill Span’s role as a speed-power hybrid.
97: Adam Eaton, Outfield, Arizona Diamondbacks
School: Miami University (Ohio)
Draft: 19th Round, 2010, 571st Overall
2012 Teams: Mobile Baybears (AA Southern League), Reno Aces (AAA International League) Arizona Diamondbacks
Assets: Consistently high OBP, Speed, Range, Arm
My Take: Adam Eaton is a late round gem, which are harder to find these days in position players. A former Mid American Conference outfielder, Eaton has already shot through Arizona’s minor league system, and figures to fight for a job in Spring Training. Eaton can be compared to Gary Brown, but he does have more power in his swing, and the benefit of playing in a more hitter-friendly park. The one issue that Eaton has to deal with is an outfield logjam. With Gerardo Parra, Jason Kubel, Cody Ross, and others all vying for spots, Eaton will either have to seriously impress Arizona management or pray for a trade if he wants the starting time that he would get in any other system.
96: Jose Iglesias, Shortstop, Boston Red Sox
2012 Teams: Lowell Spinners (A New York-Penn League), Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA International League), Boston Red Sox
Assets: Glove, Arm, Speed
My Take: Jose Iglesias is your typical more glove than bat shortstop, which is a bit of a throwback, considering the emergence of the hitting shortstop in the past 20 years. In a way, he could be compared to a faster Rey Ordoñez with a little more hitting. Iglesias did get a customary cup of coffee this past season, but with the Red Sox signing Stephen Drew to a one year deal, he will have to have an excellent spring to draw consideration for the major league roster. It is entirely possible that he could be up earlier than expected though, provided Drew continues to have injury issues. If Iglesias can get past his health issues, then he has every opportunity to be a permanent fixture in the Sox infield.
Stay tuned for prospects 95-91, Martin Perez, Henry Owens, Oswaldo Arcia, Bruce Rondon, and AJ Cole.