Tim Federowicz, the TBLA #15 prospect - Harry How
Who will be the TBLA's community's #16 - #20 prospects heading into 2013?
Because the #14 prospect vote was basically a two man race, with Jesmuel Valentin narrowly beating out Tim Federowicz, I'm naming them the #14 and #15 prospects, respectively. That way we can move onto the final vote in which you can rank the last 5 prospects in the order of who you think should be #16 - 20. To do so, simply list the 5 players you think should round out in the TBLA top 20 prospects in the order they should be ranked. Please cast the final vote in the voting thread.
Since this is the last one I'll leave the voting thread open until Friday morning, and then I'll tally up the votes and post the final 2013 TBLA prospect results. I've listed several new candidates below with a short summary about these players, and at the very end I also included several other names who you might want to consider. Feel free to vote for anyone in this final vote even if I haven't mentioned their name.
Here are some of the candidates for the TBLA #16 - 20 prospect:
Scott Van Slyke - OF/1B (26.25 years old) - Van Slyke only accumulated 54 major league at bats in 2012 so he still qualifies for this list, and during that time he hit .167 with the Dodgers but did show some power with a couple of bombs. Down in AA and AAA over the past two seasons Scott has been extremely successful combining for an OPS of over 1.000 to go along with 38 homers. In the Venezuelan Winter League Van Slyke is batting just .230 but has smacked 7 homers in 26 games.
Aaron Miller - LHP (25 years old) - The Dodgers first pick in the 2009 draft, Miller is a left handed starter who has seen his velocity fluctuate over the past few years, but has always had a solid slider and a decent changeup. In 2011 injuries plagued Aaron's season, but he came back healthy in 2012 and while his numbers weren't eye popping in AA (4.45 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, 8.15 K/9), he was a relatively consistent starter for the Lookouts. Because he wasn't added to the 40 man roster last week he'll be exposed in the upcoming Rule 5 draft.
Alfredo Silverio - OF (25.5 years old) - Silverio is a real wildcard after missing all of 2012 due to a devastating car crash he was involved in last January. One of the injuries he suffered caused him to have Tommy John surgery, so while he should return next year he almost certainly won't be ready for spring training. Considered by some to be the Dodgers top position prospect just one year ago, it's too early to tell if he'll be the same prospect he once was, although even at his best he didn't have the highest of ceilings and to some was considered to be a 4th outfielder type at the big league level.
Julio Urias - LHP (16 years old) - Not a lot is known about one of the Dodgers most significant international signees in recent memory (including his actual birth date and actual bonus amount), but Baseball America did have a scouting report on the Mexico native so I'll summarize that here. He's not all that tall at 6 feet, but is already reaching into the low 90's with his fastball and has good command of the pitch. His changeup is his best pitch, however, and some scouts think it will be plus-plus in the future.
James Baldwin - OF (21 years old) - For the most part Baldwin had a miserable year in 2012 in his first taste of full season ball. With the Loons James hit just .209 and lead the Midwest League with 177 K's (striking out in 35.7% of his plate appearances). That being said Baldwin is still young and still has a lot of potential, and has the type of raw talent you want to see in a young ball player. He has great speed and led the league with 53 stolen bases, and while he only hit 7 homers he does good size and solid power. He is also a good defensive center fielder. If he could fix the hole in his swing he could really be a breakout player.
Ross Stripling - LHP (23 years old) - The 2012 5th round pick out of Texas A&M had a unique professional debut because his heavy college workload limited his availability. While he was allowed to pitch deeper into games as the season progressed, for the most part Stripling threw 3 innings or less per outing. That didn't stop him from dominating the opposition, however, as Ross gave up just 1 earned run through the month of July and overall had an ERA of 1.24. He also struck out more than a batter per inning and walked just 6 batters all year. Coming out of college as a senior Ross was known as a great athlete that was able to repeat his delivery well. According to more recent scouting reports he mixes a mid 90's fastball with a plus curveball and a developing changeup.
Blake Smith - OF (25 years old) - After crushed 20 home runs in 2011 despite missing a good chunk of the season due to a sports hernia, Smith moved up to AA in 2012 and solid yet unspectacular season for the Lookouts. Blake led the club with 13 homers, but hit just .267 and had an OPS of .790. Smith has an outstanding arm and thus is a very good right fielder, but the lack of power for the left handed batter this past year diminishes his value some.
Alex Santana - 3B (19.25 years old) - The Dodgers surprise 2nd round pick in 2011, Santana continued to show that he's still a raw player in 2012 as he struggled in the rookie leagues. The 3rd baseman made a ton of errors at the hot corner, and combined for a .671 OPS while striking out in one third of his plate appearances. Still very young at 19 Santana has a big frame and plenty of time to turn the corner in his young career. He has good raw power potential and could eventually become a strong fielder.
Josh Wall - RHP (25.75 years old) - Wall has to get some consideration after making his big league debut in 2012 and having decent success as he allowed just 3 hits in 5.2 innings with the Dodgers. The hard throwing right hander also had a decent amount of success in AAA as the Isotopes closer and while he probably doesn't have a spot in the Dodgers current bullpen plans, he'll be a good option as a mid-season injury replacement.
Kyle Russell - OF (26.25 years old) - Russell had a down season in 2012 and missed a decent amount of games due to injury, yet he still had a solid .833 OPS and smacked 11 homers in 81 games. His power potential is what keeps him relevant, but now at 26 years old he's going to have to turn the corner if he wants to make a big league impact. He's a good outfielder and did reduce his strikeout rate this past year, and he should finally get a chance to play a full season in AAA in 2013.
Miguel Sulbaran - LHP (18.5 years old) - After dominating the Dominican Summer League as a 17 year old in 2011, Sulbaran had another breakout season in 2012 as he had a very strong year for the Arizona Dodgers. That earned him a promotion all the way to LoA late in the year, and while he struggled there it shows that the organization thinks highly of him. I don't have an updated scouting report, but he was already hitting 90 mph as a 17 year old and has worked with both Ramon and Pedro Martinez so he's had some good coaching. The one negative about the lefty is that he is currently listed at just 5'10".
Yimi Garcia - RHP (22.25 years old) - Garcia put together the 3rd great season of his young professional career in 2012, but this is the first time he's really gotten noticed because he was able to succeed against more advanced competition. Playing in both LoA and HiA in 2012 Yimi had a 2.92 ERA, a 14.1 K/9, and an incredible 1.38 FIP over 52.1 innings. He's another guy who I'm lacking a great scouting report, but he throws hard and has a good slider while keeping the ball in the strike zone.
Jesus Valdez - 1B/OF (23.5 years old) - The former pitcher has made the transition to an offensive player look easy as Valdez tied for the Ogden team league with 9 homers, was among the Pioneer League leaders in several categories, and hit a robust .324. The 2011 19th round pick has a great frame and 6'3" and had a respectable walk to strikeout ratio. While he is listed as a 3rd baseman, Jesus split his time between 1st base and the outfield and should profile as a solid right fielder given his strong arm.
Other names to consider: Angel Sanchez, Jonathan Garcia, Angelo Songco, Jake Lemmerman, Scott Griggs, Griff Erickson, Brian Cavazos-Galvez, Scott Barlow, O'Koyea Dickson, Jonathan Martinez, Andres Santiago, Javier Solano, Justin Chigbogu
Please use this post as the discussion thread, and cast your actual vote in this prospect voting post. For those of you who don't remember from last year, having the voting in a separate post makes it easier for me to count up the results.