Below are our top 16 prospects with 2013 opening day age, position, and comments on each player. Below the top 16 is a small list of additional notable names. Enjoy.
|1||Wil Myers (22-OF)||The best position prospect in the game not named Jurickson Profar. Myers has plus power with one of the smoothest right-handed swings in the game and he has plenty of arm for right field. He draws walks, could hit for average, and reminds me of Evan Longoria at the plate.|
|2||Taylor Guerrieri (20-RHP)||Armed with a plus fastball/curveball combo, plus command, and a good frame, Guerreri was already ahead of his peers and the results were proof. He still has some maturing to do but his stuff and pitchability look like a potential #2 starter. Taylor Guerrieri Interview.|
|3||Chris Archer (24-RHP)||Archer has the stuff of an ace with a plus fastball and a slider that flashes plus-plus to go with a starter’s frame. He is a very intelligent kid but his command and change-up still need work and he turns 25 in September. At worst he will be a high-leverage reliever but I see a true starter here.|
|4||Jake Odorizzi (23-RHP)||Odorizzi has above-average tools across a deep arsenal to go with great mechanics and a good frame. He is very polished and would likely be starting for most teams already. I struggled with ranking him below Archer but that is not a knock on Odorizzi who reminds me a lot of the guy he was traded for.|
|5||Hak-Ju Lee (22-SS)||Lee is still a plus defender with a plus arm who could have some gold on his trophy mantle in the future. His speed is plus and he shows good contact skills and will take a walk. Lack of power and trouble against good velo is a concern but the glove is ready now.|
|6||Richie Shaffer (22-3B)||Shaffer had probably the best bat speed out of the last draft and shows the potential for plus hit tool and power but does strikeout a bit much. Has a good enough arm for 3B and could be average there but a move to RF could work but if he ends up at 1B the bat will need to play up more.|
|7||Enny Romero (22-LHP)
The plus fastball from the left-hander mixed with a potentially plus curveball and a frame to eat innings that still has room to add muscle are the reasons I have him just ahead of Colome. His command is still below-average but he is younger than Colome and has time to figure things out.
Alex Colome (24-RHP)
|Colome has a plus fastball and a deep arsenal but his small frame and lack of command could land him in the bullpen where his stuff will play up. He has the chance to be a special starter but turns 25 shortly after the season ends.|
|9||Drew Vettleson (21-OF)
||Vettleson was five homers shy of a 20-20-20-20 season (HR-SB-2B-OF Assists). He has above-average tools across the board but nothing plus and strikes out a bit. He squares the ball up well and he shows good instincts and his speed looks like it plays higher than it grades.|
|10||Mikie Mahtook (23-OF)||I refuse to give up on Mahtook after his first year in pro ball. I love the overall ability and the way he plays the game. He draws walks, has a good arm, but the power did not come to fruition. He may not be the 20-20 CFer I thought but he could still play the position and post good OBP numbers and steal bases.|
|11||Blake Snell (20-LHP)||Snell had a great showing at Princeton and show above-average fastball, slider, and change-up to go with his frame that can add muscle and durability. He has the ceiling of a #3 starter but is probably three years away.|
|12||Jake Hager (20-SS)||Hager has a great feel for the game to go with his good contact skills and 10+ homer 15+ steal potential. He has the tools to stay at SS but if he adds muscle and weight for more power he could move off short or be a good utility guy. He has the potential to jump into the top 10 next season.|
|13||Jeff Ames (22-RHP)||Ames has a workhorse’s body to go with his above-average fastball/slider combo. He has a ways to go with the change-up and needs to get better downhill plane on his fastball but he has the makings of a good third starter or solid reliever.|
|14||Felipe Rivero (21-LHP)||Has the stuff and repertoire of a potential third starter but lacks size and command gets worse as his workload increases. Could end up in the pen.|
|15||Tyler Goeddel (20-3B)||Strikes out a lot but has the raw tools to be a regular and the range and arm to play almost anywhere on the diamond outside of short and catcher.|
|16||Jesse Hahn (23-RHP)||Hahn is recovering from Tommy John surgery but his plus fastball, deep repertoire, and big frame all have the makings of a potentially great starter. What’s holding him back, though, is lack of experience and command, something he needs reps to improve. He could shoot way up with a healthy 2013.|
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