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2013 MLB Draft: Top 20 High School Second Base Prospects

1. If your favorite player is missing, then chances are a lot higher it was a copy/paste fail and not my complete and utter lack of baseball knowledge. I mean, sure, it could still be the latter, but if there’s somebody obvious that I’ve ignored, please give a gentle reminder in the comments or via email (robozga at gmail dot com). It’s also possible I mentally shifted a guy’s position in my head, so don’t rule out your player suddenly popping up on another position list.

2. Players designated as FAVORITEs were given that tag prior to the season, or, in some cases, upon enrolling in college. In other words, just because a guy is a FAVORITE doesn’t mean he’s automatically guaranteed a high placement on the list. I’m stubborn about which players I like, true, but I’m also quite cognizant of the fact prospect status is fluid.

3. Final opinions are all mine, but information has been culled from a variety of sources. Like anybody likely reading this site, I’m an avid follower of all things Baseball America and Perfect Game. Seriously, if you are into the draft/prospects at all, I highly recommend getting subscriptions to both sites. I also have a small but trustworthy network of friends in the game I occasionally call upon for information on prospects, especially those off the beaten path. Consider the little scouting notes section on each player a synthesis on what I’ve read, heard, and seen about each player. I’m in no way an expert and literally nothing I write, positively or negatively, influences what pro teams actually do on draft day. I’m just a baseball loving guy who has taken a hobby way, way, way too far.

4. I’m happy to answer any and all questions I can over email or in the comments. Also, for the sake of my already waning sanity, I didn’t include everything I had on every player — you’ll see some blank spots sprinkled throughout — so please don’t hesitate to ask if there’s something about a specific guy you want answered.

5. There’s a little more science in scouting college prospects than when it comes to evaluating high school guys. This is all art and totally up to interpretation. The rankings are rankings because they are…rankings (I say it every year, but next year I want to do tiers), but that doesn’t mean Prospect #3 is leaps and bounds better than Prospect #15. I’m not trying to preempt any criticism of the list or anything, just getting it out there that nothing I write should be taken as more than the semi-educated opinions of what some weird guy on the internet thinks about a bunch of ballplayers. Cool? Cool. Here we go…

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1. 2B/SS Christian Arroyo (Hernando HS, Florida): above-average present hit tool; average at best speed; average at best arm; quick actions in field; love his approach; not loads of projection, but good ballplayer; some Kolten Wong to his game; not much power; 6-0, 180 pounds

2. 2B/SS Jamie Westbrook (Basha HS, Arizona): good defender; instinctive; strong arm; really quick bat; good hitter; average speed; double-digit HR pop; FAVORITE; 5-10, 180 pounds

3. 2B/OF Anfernee Grier (Russell County HS, Alabama): very quick bat; above-average arm; popular Brandon Phillips comp (PG?); interesting power with average upside, maybe more; good natural hit tool, at least average; could also play CF and play it well; my own Devon White comp; above-average speed; lightning quick wrists; questionable approach biggest current impediment to success as pro; FAVORITE; 6-0, 180 pounds

4. 2B Gosuke Katoh (Rancho Bernardo HS, California): good athlete; above-average to plus speed; smart hitter; fun to watch in field; very good glove, plus range; enough arm; great approach; sneaky pop, chance for average power

5. 2B Willie Calhoun (Benicia HS, California): love his hit tool, easy above-average; average defender; gap power; average speed; good enough arm; great patience; PG Ray Durham comp; have heard a shorter Jay Bell; 5-8, 170 pounds

6. 2B/SS Malik Collymore (Port Credit SS, Canada): well above-average speed; average at best arm; good athlete; should be average or better defender; some pop; we’ll see about the bat; 6-0, 190 pounds

7. 2B/3B Edwin Diaz (Ladislau Martinez Otero HS, Puerto Rico): good athlete; good defensive tools; below-average speed; solid arm; sure, steady hands; interesting hit tool; 6-2, 180 pounds

8. 2B/SS Dalton Dulin (Memphis University HS, Tennessee): above-average speed; good fielder; strong hit tool; love his baseball instincts; easy player to root for, guy you want on your side; 5-9, 165 pounds

9. 2B/SS Josh VanMeter (Norwell HS, Indiana): some pop; strong hit tool; good athlete; very quick bat; average speed; good approach; average arm; 6-0, 165 pounds

10. 2B Nate Mondou (Charles Wright Academy, Washington): good approach; nice swing; good bat speed; gap power; solid defensive tools; decent arm; productive hitter

11. 2B/SS Kramer Robertson (Midway HS, Texas): good hit tool; plus arm; 55 speed; gap power; fan of his defense; might be able to play SS; 90 FB; 5-11, 170 pounds

12. 2B/SS Errol Robinson: (St. John’s College HS, Maryland): really strong defender, may be able to stick at SS; quick hands; above-average arm; average speed; quick bat; 5-10, 170 pounds

13. 2B/SS Elliot Barzilli (Palisades Charter HS, California): above-average speed; good hit tool; good athlete; 6-1

14. 2B/SS Trevor Morrison (Archbishop Murphy HS, Washington): strong enough arm; smooth defender; smart base runner; interesting power upside; accurate arm; good speed; 6-0, 180 pounds

15. 2B Jordan Cowan (Kentlake HS, Washington): plus defender

16. 2B/RHP Hector Gutierrez (Western International HS, Michigan): quick hands defensively; good athlete; good speed; quick bat; gap power; 86-88 FB, 91 peak; CB; CU; 6-0, 170 pounds

17. 2B Felipe Rivera Adorno (Colegio De La Salle, Puerto Rico): plus speed

18. 2B/SS Ryne Birk (Seven Lakes HS, Texas): consistent hard contact; can get too aggressive; good speed; quick accelerator; 5-9, 175 pounds

19. 2B Colton Lightner (Venice HS, Florida): good defender; strong hit tool; good speed

20. 2B/RHP Seve Romo (El Dorado HS, California): average speed; uses the whole field well; good hit tool; may also be able to handle SS; 86-89 FB; 6-1, 165 pounds

And two for good luck…

21. 2B/SS Christian Padin (Colegio Carmen Sol HS, Puerto Rico): plus speed; plus arm; quick bat; 5-10, 170 pounds

22. 2B Mitch Bevacqua (Lake City HS, Idaho): strong hit tool

2013 MLB Draft: Top 100 College Second Base Prospects

1. Stats are park/schedule adjusted from College Splits. I dug around for stats for all junior college and non-Division I players; those numbers are obviously as is, i.e. not park/schedule adjusted.

2. If your favorite player is missing, then chances are a lot higher it was a copy/paste fail and not my complete and utter lack of baseball knowledge. I mean, sure, it could still be the latter, but if there’s somebody obvious that I’ve ignored, please give a gentle reminder in the comments or via email (robozga at gmail dot com). It’s also possible I mentally shifted a guy’s position in my head, so don’t rule out your player suddenly popping up on another position list.

3. Players designated as FAVORITEs were given that tag prior to the season, or, in some cases, upon enrolling in college. In other words, just because a guy is a FAVORITE doesn’t mean he’s automatically guaranteed a high placement on the list. I’m stubborn about which players I like, true, but I’m also quite cognizant of the fact prospect status is fluid.

4. Final opinions are all mine, but information has been culled from a variety of sources. Like anybody likely reading this site, I’m an avid follower of all things Baseball America and Perfect Game. Seriously, if you are into the draft/prospects at all, I highly recommend getting subscriptions to both sites. I also have a small but trustworthy network of friends in the game I occasionally call upon for information on prospects, especially those off the beaten path. Consider the little scouting notes section on each player a synthesis on what I’ve read, heard, and seen about each player. I’m in no way an expert and literally nothing I write, positively or negatively, influences what pro teams actually do on draft day. I’m just a baseball loving guy who has taken a hobby way, way, way too far.

5. I’m happy to answer any and all questions I can over email or in the comments. Also, for the sake of my already waning sanity, I didn’t include everything I had on every player — you’ll see some blank spots sprinkled throughout — so please don’t hesitate to ask if there’s something about a specific guy you want answered.

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This year’s college group of second basemen very closely resembles the college catching class profiled just a few days ago, especially when considering the prospects perched at or near the top of each list. There are a handful of guys I think who can be average or better big league regulars at the position (Kemp, Asuaje, Mazzilli, maybe Riddle), but I think the most realistic projection for any college second baseman this year — most years, really — is useful multi-position backup. That’s one of the factors heavily considered in these rankings: can this player handle a position other than 2B? We all know there is no room for a straight backup 2B in today’s game, so it is imperative that young second base “prospects” coming up show the ability to play at least passable defense at multiple spots, whether that’s SS (ideally), 3B, or even the OF.

2B

1. Vanderbilt JR 2B/OF Tony Kemp: easy plus speed, but needs to pick spots and read pitchers better; well above-average range at both 2B and CF; not much power, but enough punch to keep pitching honest; leadoff profile as hitter; takes mighty hacks, but does it with a pretty, compact swing; great athlete; reminds me a little bit of Zeke DeVoss, third round pick in 2011; love the shortness in his swing, very quick to the ball; 5-6, 165 pounds

2011: .337/.444/.425 – 39 BB/30 K – 252 AB
2012: .266/.402/.402 – 42 BB/39 K – 22/26 SB – 241 AB
2013: .427/.508/.546 – 31 BB/24 K – 28/40 SB – 218 AB

2. Nova Southeastern JR 2B Carlos Asuaje: strong hit tool; quick bat; surprising pop; good speed; good defender at both second and third, playable at SS; patient approach; could be plus at 2B with more reps; very smart hitter; level swing plane; line drive machine; FAVORITE; 5-8, 165 pounds

2011: .355/.432/.498 – 28 BB/15 K – 13/16 SB – 211 AB
2012: .389/.480/.611 – 30 BB/18 K – 15/18 SB – 190 AB
2013: .320/.441/.449 – 38 BB/13 K – 32/35 SB – 178 AB

3. Connecticut SR 2B LJ Mazzilli: above-average speed; good athlete; chance to be really good defender; no discernible platoon split; average power upside; chance to hit for enough power and show enough speed to play regularly; 6-1, 190 pounds

2011: .375/.425/.535 – 21 BB/28 K – 275 AB
2012: .389/.451/.619 – 23 BB/29 K – 16/21 SB – 239 AB
2013: .392/.436/.560 – 22 BB/23 K – 28/32 SB – 232 AB

4. Kentucky JR 2B/SS JT Riddle: good approach to hitting; solid power to gaps; could be good defender at 3B with time, some think he could be above-average or better at SS or CF; good speed; pretty swing; good arm; 6-3, 180 pounds

2011: .294/.369/.405 – 17 BB/31 K – 163 AB
2012: .279/.350/.407 – 17 BB/25 K – 3/4 SB – 226 AB
2013: .327/.408/.399 – 23 BB/13 K – 6/9 SB – 208 AB

5. Iowa Western SO 2B Grant Kay: good defensive tools; above-average power; all he does is hit; uses whole field; above-average speed; can also play 3B; average at best arm; can get too aggressive; good athlete; Louisville transfer; FAVORITE; 6-0, 185 pounds

2013: .381/.447/.619 – 7 BB/10 K – 10/12 SB – 97 AB

6. Austin Peay State JR 2B/C Jordan Hankins: strong hit tool; some pop; average defender; above-average arm; could also play 3B; FAVORITE; 5-10, 190 pounds

2011: .303/.394/.447 – 26 BB/22 K – 188 AB
2012: .292/.406/.480 – 37 BB/16 K – 3/5 SB – 250 AB
2013: .322/.432/.505 – 37 BB/22 K – 7/9 SB – 214 AB

7. Houston JR 2B Frankie Ratcliff: plus runner; sneaky pop; good defender; kicked off Miami team; Pensacola JC transfer; 5-9, 185 pounds

2013: .311/.426/.490 – 38 BB/33 K – 11/12 SB – 196 AB

8. Kansas State JR 2B Ross Kivett: plus speed; plus-plus instincts in field and on bases; great base runner; love his approach; sneaky pop; has to clean up defense, but has athleticism and reactions to do so in time; 6-0, 200 pounds

2012: .277/.390/.366 – 34 BB/26 K – 25/29 SB – 224 AB
2013: .372/.447/.475 – 23 BB/22 K – 27/37 SB – 223 AB

9. Clemson JR 2B Shane Kennedy: strong hit tool; emerging pop, really impressive power upside; 55 speed; can play anywhere in infield; 6-3, 190 pounds

2013: .358/.453/.487 – 38 BB/44 K – 19/24 SB – 193 AB

10. Clemson JR 2B/SS Steve Wilkerson: above-average speed; great athlete; good defensive tools; really good at 2B; power hasn’t come on; strong arm; FAVORITE; 6-1, 190 pounds

2011: .192/.333/.192 – 11 BB/13 K – 52 AB
2012: .310/.369/.399 – 23 BB/37 K – 11/13 SB -258 AB
2013: .348/.428/.490 – 28 BB/44 K – 10/14 SB – 198 AB

11. Arizona JR 2B Johnny Field: future average bat without much power, some to gaps; below-average arm, but accurate; below-average speed, but uses it as well as one can; transition to 2B will be one to watch, but should be fine there once re-acclimated; LF only in outfield; good approach; 5-10, 195 pounds

2011: .257/.337/.411 – 18 BB/21 K – 175 AB
2012: .323/.441/.455 – 45 BB/26 K – 12/20 SB – 257 AB
2013: .297/.384/.446 – 26 BB/22 K – 16/22 SB – 222 AB

12. UC Santa Barbara JR 2B/SS Brandon Trinkwon: fantastic approach; fearless hitter, no problems swinging hard with two strikes; thin; good athlete; good defensive tools; not the strongest arm, but quick release; others worry about his arm strength, but I think he’s got enough to hang some at SS; defense is legit; average speed; FAVORITE; 6-2, 170 pounds

2012: .322/.440/.465 – 40 BB/24 K – 7/10 SB – 202 AB
2013: .290/.380/.400 – 28 BB/26 K – 10/12 SB – 210 AB

13. CC Southern Nevada FR 2B Evan Van Hoosier: love his approach; good speed; good defender; good enough arm; like his power upside; FAVORITE; 6-0, 190 pounds

2013: .369/.454/.608 – 20 BB/15 K – 16/21 SB – 176 AB

14. Louisville JR 2B/SS Ty Young: plus arm, others have it barely average but I like what I saw; good speed; smart baserunner; good defender; can also play 3B; employs a wide stance with a little bat waggle; intriguing opposite field power; little bit of a physical resemblance to a lefty Mike Young; 5-10, 180 pounds

2011: .209/.331/.295 – 22 BB/42 K – 139 AB
2012: .339/.463/.533 – 23 BB/34 K – 15/19 SB – 180 AB
2013: .392/.472/.593 – 23 BB/35 K – 26/31 SB – 199 AB

15. Tampa JR 2B/3B Zach Alvord: quick bat; strong arm; above-average speed; good glove; some pop; can also play SS when needed; Auburn transfer; FAVORITE; 6-0, 185 pounds

2011: .211/.282/.296 – 6 BB/23 K – 71 AB
2012: .253/.306/.404 – 14 BB/40 K – 1/4 SB – 178 AB
2013: .344/.404/.490 – 11 BB/10 K – 1/2 SB – 96 AB

16. Long Beach State JR 2B/OF Jeff McNeil: good approach; short to ball; solid defender; has also played SS; 6-1, 165 pounds

2011: .313/.366/.349 – 10 BB/20 K – 166 AB
2012: .299/.370/.345 – 13 BB/12 K – 6/12 SB – 194 AB
2013: .419/.466/.529 – 12 BB/10 K – 14/19 SB – 210 AB

17. Virginia SR 2B/OF Reed Gragnani: gap power; defense will have to be brought along; has always been able to hit, just needs pro at bats to show it; 5-11, 180 pounds

2011: .287/.406/.353 – 20 BB/14 K – 136 AB
2012: .391/.447/.420 – 2 BB/10 K – 0/1 SB – 69 AB
2013: .359/.426/.500 – 22 BB/9 K – 4/7 SB – 184 AB

18. Northwestern JR 2B/RHP Kyle Ruchim: gap power; great approach; solid defender; average speed; strong arm; makes all the plays; can also play some SS and CF; legitimate prospect on mound with 88-92 FB, 93 peak; flashes plus SL; 5-10, 180 pounds

2011: .219/.268/.318 – 13 BB/26 K – 192 AB
2012: .284/.369/.407 – 22 BB/23 K – 10/13 SB – 204 AB
2013: .389/.462/.563 – 23 BB/24 K – 10/14 SB – 167 AB

2011: 12.05 K/9 | 18.2 IP
2012: 11.57 K/9 | 2.41 BB/9 | 2.34 FIP | 18.2 IP
2013: 9.87 K/9 | 4.67 BB/9 | 3.21 FIP | 34.2 IP

19. North Carolina A&T JR 2B/SS Luke Tendler: gap power; good athlete; should stick up the middle; 5-11, 180 pounds

2011: .347/.370/.563 – 10 BB/16 K – 213 AB
2012: .285/.323/.466 – 10 BB/34 K – 2/3 SB – 221 AB
2013: .379/.442/.626 – 20 BB/27 K – 17/20 SB – 195 AB

20. Florida Gulf Coast JR 2B/3B Brandon Bednar: average speed; can also play 1B, SS, and all OF spots; intriguing size and upside; 6-4, 185 pounds

2012: .329/.411/.375 – 29 BB/34 K – 2/4 SB – 216 AB
2013: .399/.452/.527 – 15 BB/23 K – 7/10 SB – 243 AB

21. Regis SR 2B/OF Nick Billinger: gap power; above-average to plus speed; strong hit tool; little power; can play 2B, 3B, LF, and RF; average defender; strong utility future; 6-0, 170 pounds

2013: .403/.450/.511 – 19 BB/12 K – 8/10 SB – 186 AB

22. UNC Wilmington SR 2B Michael Bass: good speed; 5-9, 185 pounds

2011: .297/.383/.410 – 22 BB/46 K – 195 AB
2012: .339/.400/.407 – 20 BB/40 K – 20/23 SB – 221 AB
2013: .431/.517/.609 – 29 BB/26 K – 25/26 SB – 197 AB

23. Brigham Young rJR 2B/SS Adam Law: good speed; strong arm; can literally play anywhere; 6-1, 200 pounds

2012: .202/.279/.240 – 13 BB/25 K – 3/4 SB – 129 AB
2013: .381/.456/.536 – 28 BB/33 K – 14/17 SB – 194 AB

24. Oklahoma City SR 2B/SS Chase Jensen: good athlete; big power upside; lots of swing and miss; another worthy size and upside gamble; Houston transfer; 6-3, 185 pounds

2013: .332/.380/.610 – 14 BB/32 K – 15/17 SB – 205 AB

25. Cal State Bakersfield JR 2B/SS Tyler Shryock: average hit tool; average speed; gap power; steady glove; 6-0, 170 pounds

2012: .270/.341/.373 – 19 BB/39 K – 2/5 SB – 185 AB
2013: .341/.399/.410 – 23 BB/26 K – 4/6 SB – 249 AB

26. UC Davis rSO 2B Tino Lipson: plus speed; plus defender; might not be signable, but one to watch; 5-10, 150 pounds

2012: .338/.376/.375 – 9 BB/14 K – 3/7 SB – 160 AB
2013: .386/.444/.438 – 13 BB/10 K – 9/11 SB – 153 AB

27. Mississippi State JR 2B Brett Pirtle: 55 speed; strong arm; good glove; 5-9, 175 pounds

2013: .333/.448/.424 – 19 BB/20 K – 10/10 SB – 165 AB

28. Rice SR 2B Christian Stringer: average speed; solid defender; impressed with hit tool; 5-11, 185 pounds

2012: .356/.460/.470 – 39 BB/27 K – 6/11 SB – 236 AB
2013: .322/.427/.436 – 33 BB/25 K – 2/3 SB – 211 AB

29. Wake Forest SR 2B/3B Mark Rhine: strong hit tool; little power; good speed; strong arm; 6-1, 185 pounds

2011: .180/.276/.210 – 7 BB/15 K – 100 AB
2012: .275/.347/.339 – 16 BB/20 K – 5/7 SB – 171 AB
2013: .337/.476/.436 – 33 BB/20 K – 6/7 SB – 181 AB

30. Indiana State rSR 2B Koby Kraemer: surprising pop; above-average speed; capable defender all over diamond, strong at 2B; great athlete; 5-9, 190 pounds

2011: .322/.371/.466 – 18 BB/28 K – 236 AB
2012: .262/.319/.360 – 14 BB/45 K – 3/3 SB – 225 AB
2013: .294/.380/.450 – 22 BB/24 K – 6/10 SB – 180 AB

31. Ave Maria SR 2B/SS Alex Sanchez: steady defender; gap power; plus arm; average at best speed; 6-1, 190 pounds

2013: .386/.428/.488 – 19 BB/21 K – 19/24 SB – 246 AB

32. Seminole State CC SO 2B/SS Angelo Amendolare: plus speed; sneaky pop; average at best arm; 5-9, 165 pounds

2013: .366/.416/.421 – 9 BB/9 K – 23/28 SB – 183 AB

33. Louisville SR 2B Nick Ratajczak: good defender; average speed; swing geared for contact; don’t think he is as big as listed; makeup makes him potential org guy who should stick; 5-10, 180 pounds

2012: .339/.462/.392 – 28 BB/9 K – 6/11 SB – 245 AB
2013: .295/.409/.364 – 26 BB/8 K – 9/9 SB – 217 AB

34. Georgia Tech SR 2B/OF Sam Dove: above-average speed; steady defender; strong arm; 6-2, 190 pounds

2011: .322/.411/.368 – 21 BB/32 K – 171 AB
2012: .333/.400/.421 – 25 BB/41 K – 12/13 SB – 228 AB
2013: .304/.384/.430 – 28 BB/41 K – 6/9 SB – 214 AB

35. Arizona State JR 2B Mike Benjamin: good defender; too aggressive; some pop; solid speed; 6-0, 200 pounds

2012: .322/.408/.438 – 7 BB/20 K – 5/7 SB – 121 AB
2013: .375/.403/.611 – 8 BB/43 K – 4/8 SB – 216 AB

36. Villanova rSR 2B Tyler Sciacca: steady glove; impressive pop; runs everywhere; 5-10, 175 pounds

2012: .373/.441/.518 – 24 BB/54 K – 17/21 SB – 220 AB
2013: .371/.461/.547 – 21 BB/33 K – 8/11 SB – 170 AB

37. Georgia Tech JR 2B/SS Mott Hyde: strong arm; slightly above-average speed; steady glove that could be really good in time; gap power; whole field approach to hitting; 5-11, 180 pounds

2011: .288/.366/.410 – 24 BB/48 K – 229 AB
2012: .271/.329/.421 – 16 BB/48 K – 11/15 SB – 214 AB
2013: .255/.368/.433 – 28 BB/40 K – 6/10 SB – 203 AB

38. Alabama SR 2B Kenny Roberts: strong hit tool; 5-8, 190 pounds

2012: .169/.242/.254 – 9 BB/43 K – 3/3 SB – 142 AB
2013: .281/.384/.419 – 27 BB/41 K – 7/11 SB – 217 AB

39. Indiana SR 2B Michael Basil: steady glove; 6-1, 210 pounds

2011: .241/.286/.397 – 8 BB/43 K – 174 AB
2012: .272/.331/.379 – 16 BB/42 K – 4/8 SB – 224 AB
2013: .318/.413/.449 – 22 BB/25 K – 6/12 SB – 198 AB

40. Richmond JR 2B Adam Forrer: 5-7, 190 pounds

2012: .242/.385/.379 – 39 BB/25 K – 8/11 SB – 182 AB
2013: .272/.413/.451 – 37 BB/30 K – 3/8 SB – 162 AB

41. Longwood JR 2B/SS Matt Dickason: 5-11, 175 pounds

2012: .261/.309/.347 – 14 BB/36 K – 4/6 SB – 199 AB
2013: .363/.398/.450 – 11 BB/11 K – 2/3 SB – 181 AB

42. Alabama State SR 2B/SS Leo Rojas: good first step; above-average speed; good defensive tools; sneaky pop, stronger than you’d think; 5-9, 170 pounds

2012: .238/.306/.321 – 15 BB/33 K – 11/14 SB – 193 AB
2013: .320/.393/.459 – 13 BB/26 K – 13/15 SB – 172 AB

43. South Carolina SR 2B/3B Chase Vergason: steady glove; 5-11, 180 pounds

2013: .278/.370/.394 – 23 BB/21 K – 1/2 SB – 198 AB

44. Miami SR 2B/3B Michael Broad: above-average speed; refined approach at expense of some first pitch pop; has gotten stronger over years; not a very good defender; 5-11, 200 pounds

2011: .272/.401/.440 – 24 BB/24 K – 125 AB
2012: .249/.342/.393 – 19 BB/36 K – 9/14 SB – 173 AB
2013: .283/.388/.354 – 12 BB/18 K – 2/4 SB – 99 AB

45. Mississippi State rSO 2B/OF Demarcus Henderson: great athlete; plus speed; good range at SS, plus range at 2B; solid arm; might yet be moved to CF, but tools still play at 2B if focus improves; 5-10, 170 pounds

2012: .235/.339/.265 – 14 BB/24 K – 6/9 SB – 102 AB
2013: .298/.406/.314 – 20 BB/25 K – 2/6 SB – 121 AB

46. Wichita State JR 2B/SS Dayne Parker: strong hit tool; gap power at best; not much of a defender at present, but think he could be very steady with time; average at best speed; strong arm; can play 3B; great bat control; 5-10, 185 pounds

2012: .267/.331/.355 – 19 BB/20 K – 0/2 SB – 217 AB
2013: .244/.335/.259 – 15 BB/16 K – 0/0 SB – 135 AB

47. Cal State Bakersfield JR 2B Oscar Sanay: 5-7, 185 pounds

2011: .355/.384/.418 – 8 BB/20 K – 220 AB
2012: .312/.385/.337 – 18 BB/25 K – 7/8 SB – 205 AB
2013: .364/.448/.493 – 23 BB/22 K – 4/6 SB – 217 AB

48. San Jose State JR 2B Jacob Valdez: 5-9, 185 pounds

2011: .307/.402/.396 – 22 BB/24 K -192 AB
2012: .230/.309/.290 – 13 BB/21 K – 4/6 SB – 183 AB
2013: .351/.412/.434 – 16 BB/12 K – 8/11 SB – 205 AB

49. St. Bonaventure SR 2B Jason Radwan: 5-10, 185 pounds

2012: .311/.403/.425 – 29 BB/27 K – 1/2 SB – 193 AB
2013: .422/.493/.514 – 23 BB/20 K – 2/4 SB – 185 AB

50. Monmouth JR 2B/SS Jake Gronsky: 6-1, 185 pounds

2012: .308/.371/.432 – 12 BB/38 K – 4/5 SB – 227 AB
2013: .327/.396/.478 – 16 BB/25 K – 3/5 SB – 205 AB

51. North Dakota State JR 2B Wes Satzinger: 6-3, 200 pounds

2012: .281/.380/.371 – 23 BB/32 K – 6/6 SB – 210 AB
2013: .296/.366/.489 – 10 BB/22 K – 3/3 SB – 135 AB

52. Cal Poly SR 2B Denver Chavez: 5-10, 180 pounds

2011: .277/.379/.345 – 16 BB/14 K – 119 AB
2012: .288/.429/.388 – 16 BB/22 K – 8/11 SB – 80 AB
2013: .384/.443/.484 – 16 BB/18 K – 17/18 SB – 219 AB

53. Ohio State rSR 2B Ryan Cypret

2011: .318/.396/.423 – 21 BB/25 K – 201 AB
2012: .245/.359/.312 – 37 BB/57 K – 5/7 SB – 237 AB
2013: .287/.387/.426 – 25 BB/25 K – 5/10 SB – 188 AB

54. Sacramento State SR 2B Andrew Ayers: 5-11, 200 pounds

2012: .377/.433/.518 – 17 BB/27 K – 3/5 SB – 220 AB
2013: .348/.395/.570 – 12 BB/28 K – 4/5 SB – 207 AB

55. Oregon JR 2B Aaron Payne: above-average speed; plus defender; 5-11, 180 pounds

2012: .311/.434/.396 – 28 BB/40 K – 17/23 SB – 235 AB
2013: .291/.419/.343 – 27 BB/31 K – 14/19 SB – 172 AB

56. Baylor rJR 2B Lawton Langford: plus defender; 5-10, 150 pounds

2012: .301/.424/.354 – 39 BB/39 K – 7/10 SB – 206 AB
2013: .297/.427/.326 – 33 BB/26 K – 6/9 SB – 172 AB

57. Kentucky JR 2B Matt Reida: good glove; 5-11, 180 pounds

2012: .235/.296/.310 – 16 BB/44 K – 4/5 SB – 213 AB
2013: .275/.371/.330 – 26 BB/29 K – 5/8 SB – 182 AB

58. Southern California SR 2B/SS Adam Landecker: 6-1, 180 pounds

2011: .307/.416/.347 – 16 BB/27 K – 150 AB
2012: .349/.438/.375 – 17 BB/17 K – 4/6 SB – 152 AB
2013: .432/.475/.584 – 8 BB/22 K – 5/7 SB – 185 AB

59. Stanford JR 2B/SS Danny Diekroeger: average at best speed; steady glove; 6-1, 190 pounds

2012: .365/.431/.521 – 9 BB/6 K – 1/1 SB – 96 AB
2013: .329/.374/.419 – 11 BB/24 K – 6/8 SB – 210 AB

60. Tulane SR 2B Brennan Middleton: solid speed; good defender; can play some SS; strong utility future; 6-0, 190 pounds

2011: .291/.379/.381 – 16 BB/17 K – 134 AB
2012: .378/.436/.454 – 17 BB/32 K – 14/18 SB – 196 AB
2013: .360/.432/.408 – 13 BB/28 K – 9/13 SB – 211 AB

61. Loyola Marymount SR 2B Cullen Mahoney: pretty swing; can get too aggressive; gap power; steady defender; good hit tool; 6-2, 190 pounds

2012: .277/.405/.376 – 34 BB/34 K – 4/7 SB – 173 AB
2013: .305/.357/.399 – 16 BB/37 K – 7/13 SB – 203 AB

62. Gonzaga SR 2B Clayton Eslick: 5-11, 170 pounds

2011: .273/.329/.326 – 10 BB/21 K – 132 AB
2012: .350/.469/.447 – 33 BB/15 K – 0/1 SB – 197 AB
2013: .289/.399/.404 – 23 BB/19 K – 0/1 SB – 166 AB

63. UCLA JR 2B/OF Kevin Williams: interesting yet underdeveloped hit tool; great athlete; plus defensive tools; average speed; all the pieces are there, but hasn’t put it together yet; 6-0, 200 pounds

2011: .210/.261/.226 – 4 BB/17 K – 62 AB
2012: .289/.405/.358 – 20 BB/26 K – 4/7 SB – 159 AB
2013: .229/.319/.289 – 10 BB/22 K – 1/2 SB – 83 AB

64. Howard JC SO 2B/SS Josh Ake: good range; UNC transfer

2013: .278/.363/.356 – 12 BB/11 K – 3/5 SB – 90 AB

65. New Mexico State SR 2B Parker Hipp: 6-2, 200 pounds

2011: .272/.407/.396 – 38 BB/17 K – 169 AB
2012: .258/.424/.344 – 59 BB/30 K – 4/6 SB – 209 AB
2013: .208/.350/.337 – 35 BB/17 K – 6/8 SB – 178 AB

66. Kent State JR 2B/SS Derek Toadvine: good athlete; plus speed; leadoff profile; 5-11, 180 pounds

2012: .244/.305/.267 – 20 BB/42 K – 8/11 SB – 225 AB
2013: .288/.375/.332 – 26 BB/49 K – 26/27 SB – 226 AB

67. Maine SR 2B/SS Mike Fransoso: 6-0, 180 pounds

2011: .311/.387/.518 – 16 BB/25 K – 164 AB
2012: .341/.424/.529 – 27 BB/25 K – 19/27 SB – 223 AB
2013: .364/.438/.513 – 18 BB/21 K – 18/22 SB – 195 AB

68. James Madison SR 2B/SS Casey Goss: good defender; some power upside; 5-11, 180 pounds

2012: .270/.335/.333 – 17 BB/22 K – 21/29 SB – 222 AB
2013: .379/.446/.480 – 20 BB/16 K – 4/7 SB – 177 AB

69. San Diego State JR 2B Tim Zier: 5-10, 200 pounds

2011: .311/.382/.338 – 19 BB/26 K – 219 AB
2012: .313/.389/.374 – 22 BB/31 K – 10/14 SB – 211 AB
2013: .366/.432/.446 – 16 BB/29 K – 14/16 SB – 224 AB

70. Maine JR 2B/SS Troy Black: 6-1, 165 pounds

2011: .373/.454/.470 – 10 BB/14 K – 83 AB
2012: .350/.398/.382 – 10 BB/15 K – 17/19 SB – 157 AB
2013: .377/.425/.437 – 14 BB/22 K – 12/15 SB – 167 AB

71. Arkansas-Little Rock JR 2B Chris Burk: 5-8, 180 pounds

2012: .254/.389/.416 – 23 BB/53 K – 7/10 SB – 173 AB
2013: .355/.453/.533 – 23 BB/42 K – 6/11 SB – 197 AB

72. Saint Louis SR 2B Mike Levine: 5-8, 170 pounds

2011: .281/.371/.331 – 19 BB/18 K – 178 AB
2012: .290/.421/.378 – 30 BB/21 K – 6/11 SB – 217 AB
2013: .365/.433/.453 – 18 BB/15 K – 3/6 SB

73. Sam Houston State SR 2B Jessie Plumlee: 5-11, 200 pounds

2012: .277/.333/.309 – 20 BB/21 K – 4/6 SB – 191 AB
2013: .340/.451/.436 – 21 BB/23 K – 5/5 SB – 156 AB

74. Seattle SR 2B Nick Latta: 6-3, 190 pounds

2012: .225/.317/.326 – 8 BB/21 K – 3/3 SB – 89 AB
2013: .352/.425/.560 – 12 BB/30 K – 5/7 SB – 125 AB

75. Stephen F. Austin State SR 2B Freddy Villalobos: average at best defender; 6-0, 190 pounds

2012: .330/.376/.447 – 7 BB/35 K – 3/6 SB – 206 AB
2013: .341/.397/.505 – 10 BB/33 K – 1/2 SB – 208 AB

76. Arkansas SR 2B Jacob Mahan: 6-0, 185 pounds

2012: .250/.319/.271 – 13 BB/18 K – 2/2 SB – 144 AB
2013: .278/.394/.361 – 26 BB/16 K – 1/2 SB – 158 AB

77. Wake Forest JR 2B Conor Keniry: 6-2, 190 pounds

2012: .273/.369/.338 – 29 BB/40 K – 12/16 SB – 198 AB
2013: .273/.379/.360 – 24 BB/29 K – 2/6 SB – 150 AB

78. James Madison SR 2B/C Brad Shaban: 6-0, 200 pounds

2011: .252/.373/.376 – 26 BB/35 K – 210 AB
2012: .249/.362/.392 – 21 BB/27 K – 6/8 SB – 181 AB
2013: .297/.357/.492 – 5 BB/18 K – 2/2 SB – 118 AB

79. Nicholls State JR 2B Phillip Lyons: 6-0, 170 pounds

2012: .340/.407/.396 – 16 BB/29 K – 16/23 SB – 212 AB
2013: .303/.395/.375 – 30 BB/27 K – 14/21 SB – 208 AB

80. Binghamton JR 2B Daniel Nevares: 5-10, 180 pounds

2012: .336/.403/.455 – 14 BB/19 K – 0/2 SB – 143 AB
2013: .339/.369/.483 – 10 BB/25 K – 0/2 SB – 174 AB

81. Virginia Commonwealth SR 2B/SS Jordan Weymouth: Texas transfer; 5-11, 180 pounds

2012: .294/.371/.382 – 14 BB/32 K – 8/11 SB – 228 AB
2013: .335/.399/.447 – 14 BB/22 K – 3/3 SB – 179 AB

82. San Francisco SR 2B Jason Mahood: 5-9, 185 pounds

2012: .289/.361/.378 – 17 BB/21 K – 1/5 SB – 201 AB
2013: .308/.395/.370 – 18 BB/25 K – 3/7 SB – 208 AB

83. North Florida SR 2B Joe Wielbruda: good glove; 5-11, 180 pounds

2012: .312/.354/.362 – 6 BB/13 K – 4/6 SB – 199 AB
2013: .352/.415/.383 – 15 BB/16 K – 8/13 SB – 230 AB

84. Delaware SR 2B DJ Long: 5-11, 190 pounds

2011: .261/.354/.394 – 28 BB/34 K – 218 AB
2012: .264/.359/.421 – 32 BB/31 K – 2/4 SB – 235 AB
2013: .261/.332/.440 – 24 BB/33 K – 2/2 SB – 218 AB

85. Lafayette SR 2B/RHP Kevin Casey: 6-1, 180 pounds

2012: .290/.393/.420 – 15 BB/31 K – 0/0 SB – 100 AB
2013: .311/441/.421 – 32 BB/38 K – 9/9 SB – 164 AB

86. Fordham SR 2B Mike Mauri: can play anywhere but SS and C; 5-9, 175 pounds

2012: .335/.412/.415 – 23 BB/38 K – 9/12 SB – 200 AB
2013: .286/.417/.323 – 39 BB/17 K – 12/20 SB – 189 AB

87. Middle Tennessee State SR 2B Johnny Thomas: New Orleans transfer; 5-10, 170 pounds

2011: .250/.317/.309 – 20 BB/23 K – 220 AB
2012: .277/.324/.442 – 14 BB/22 K – 231 AB – 9/15 SB
2013: .284/.372/.362 – 29 BB/20 K – 5/7 SB – 218 AB

88. Liberty SR 2B Bryan Aanderud: strong hit tool; steady defender; 5-10, 190 pounds

2012: .364/.467/.450 – 32 BB/18 K – 5/6 SB – 220 AB
2013: .342/.421/.388 – 24 BB/20 K – 3/3 SB – 219 AB

89. Appalachian State SR 2B Hector Crespo: plus speed; 5-10, 175 pounds

2011: .295/.412/.379 – 38 BB/29 K – 190 AB
2012: .269/.388/.368 – 45 BB/46 K – 30/33 SB – 234 AB
2013: .318/.372/.444 – 18 BB/33 K – 21/27 SB – 223 AB

90. Missouri JR 2B Dillon Everett: good defender; 5-11, 185 pounds

2011: .205/.286/.227 – 5 BB/10 K – 44 AB
2012: .200/.326/.231 – 22 BB/24 K – 2/4 SB – 195 AB
2013: .281/.348/.356 – 10 BB/25 K – 1/2 SB – 146 AB

91. Siena JR 2B Vince Citro: 6-3, 200 pounds

2012: .285/.366/.325 – 24 BB/29 K – 4/10 SB – 200 AB
2013: .326/.409/.405 – 22 BB/15 K – 14/19 SB – 190 AB

92. Massachusetts JR 2B Rob McLam: 5-9, 165 pounds

2012: .296/.412/.337 – 15 BB/15 K – 7/11 SB – 98 AB
2013: .288/.371/.356 – 16 BB/15 K – 11/14 SB – 177 AB

93. Nebraska-Omaha JR 2B Caleb Palensky: good approach; 6-1, 190 pounds

2012: .233/.329/.339 – 19 BB/34 K – 3/5 SB – 180 AB
2013: .266/.351/.350 – 17 BB/17 K – 2/4 SB – 143 AB

94. Wright State SR 2B Sam Picchiotti: 5-8, 180 pounds

2012: .235/.310/.302 – 15 BB/21 K – 4/5 SB – 149 AB
2013: .308/.367/.442 – 11 BB/11 K – 2/3 SB – 120 AB

95. Furman SR 2B/OF Will Muzika: 5-11, 185 pounds

2011: .257/.352/.400 – 27 BB/32 K – 210 AB
2012: .264/.368/.375 – 28 BB/41 K – 18/21 SB – 208 AB
2013: .300/.384/.457 – 25 BB/48 K – 22/28 SB – 223 AB

96. Manhattan SR 2B/SS Nick Camastro: good speed; 6-0, 190 pounds

2011: .327/.437/.381 – 18 BB/26 K – 168 AB
2012: .319/.438/.410 – 24 BB/18 K – 20/26 SB – 210 AB
2013: .315/.413/.404 – 17 BB/16 K – 15/20 SB – 203 AB

97. Creighton SR 2B/SS Alex Staehely: 6-0, 180 pounds

2011: .281/.336/.447 – 12 BB/48 K – 228 AB
2012: .216/.276/.269 – 13 BB/42 K – 2/3 SB – 208 AB
2013: .275/.386/.392 – 26 BB/29 K – 1/5 SB – 171 AB

98. East Tennessee State SR 2B Derek Niesman: 5-11, 200 pounds

2012: .263/.355/.331 – 12 BB/19 K – 6/8 SB – 118 AB
2013: .289/.359/.378 – 15 BB/15 K – 3/6 SB – 180 AB

99. Buffalo SR 2B Jon Mestas: 6-0, 185 pounds

2012: .277/.358/.404 – 20 BB/36 K – 1/3 SB – 188 AB
2013: .268/.386/.361 – 26 BB/26 K – 7/9 SB – 183 AB

100. North Dakota SR 2B Kris Kwak: 6-3, 200 pounds

2012: .298/.407/.423 – 38 BB/28 K – 1/2 SB – 208 AB
2013: .277/.405/.343 – 29 BB/23 K – 8/13 SB – 137 AB

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And because I can’t help myself, here are 10 extra players to keep tabs on for draft day and beyond…

101. Central Arkansas SR 2B/SS Blake Marchal: 5-10, 185 pounds

2012: .274/.397/.298 – 30 BB/32 K – 19/23 SB – 168 AB
2013: .256/.387/.340 – 35 BB/35 K – 25/29 SB – 203 AB

102. South Dakota State SR 2B Andrew Melton: 5-10, 165 pounds

2012: .232/.335/.317 – 22 BB/27 K – 3/3 SB – 142 AB
2013: .255/.385/.329 – 31 BB/29 K – 2/4 SB – 161 AB

103. Valparaiso SR 2B/3B Tanner Vavra: smart hitter; 6-0, 190 pounds

2012: .323/.418/.406 – 16 BB/35 K – 15/19 SB – 229 AB
2013: .332/.419/.388 – 14 BB/27 K – 11/16 SB – 196 AB

104. Cornell SR 2B Brenton Peters: 5-9, 150 pounds

2011: .305/.397/.438 – 14 BB/12 K – 105 AB
2012: .292/.440/.398 – 33 BB/26 K – 5/8 SB – 161 AB
2013: .283/.368/.375 – 14 BB/25 K – 5/8 SB – 120 AB

105. Tennessee Tech SR 2B Michael Morris: 5-10, 190 pounds

2012: .292/.368/.415 – 22 BB/41 K – 0/1 SB – 195 AB
2013: .302/.386/.390 – 22 BB/29 K – 6/6 SB – 159 AB

106. North Carolina State SR 2B/SS Matt Bergquist: good defender; has shown big improvement; gotten stronger; 6-0, 180 pounds

2011: .294/.362/.438 – 22 BB/48 K – 201 AB
2012: .222/.333/.313 – 22 BB/33 K – 2/2 SB – 144 AB
2013: .167/.266/.204 – 6 BB/11 K – 1/1 SB – 54 AB

107. Texas A&M JR 2B/SS Charlie Curl: good athlete; good speed; can play all over, including outfield; good strength; average arm, maybe a touch better now; strong; some pop; solid defender all over; good instincts; quick bat; 5-11, 180 pounds

2011: .276/.336/.336 – 5 BB/28 K – 116 AB
2013: .222/.298/.287 – 6 BB/31 K – 4/4 SB – 108 AB

108. Rhode Island rSR 2B Pat Fortunato: 6-3, 200 pounds

2011: .284/.356/.355 – 18 BB/39 K – 155 AB
2012: .289/.382/.384 – 29 BB/44 K – 11/13 SB – 211 AB
2013: .307/.349/.414 – 13 BB/41 K – 6/7 SB – 215 AB

109. Delaware State SR 2B/3B JP Frey: plus speed; 6-1, 185 pounds

2012: .276/.332/.321 – 13 BB/27 K – 9/11 SB – 196 AB
2013: .304/.345/.348 – 7 BB/26 K – 24/31 SB – 207 AB

110. Holy Cross SR 2B/SS Alex Maldonado: good glove, not so good bat; above-average speed; average at best arm; 5-9, 175 pounds

2011: .274/.316/.325 – 11 BB/40 K – 197 AB
2012: .269/.345/.335 – 21 BB/44 K – 14/21 SB – 212 AB
2013: .239/.330/.290 – 20 BB/25 K – 9/13 SB – 176 AB

College Second Basemen to Know

Using older scouting reports and numbers that don’t include 2013 performances isn’t exactly a recipe for great prospect lists. However, with a few notable exceptions (Elvin Soto!), the lists have held up pretty well so far, something that should come as no surprise to anybody who buys my “once you show a tool, you own it” philosophy of prospect evaluation.

After the catcher and first base lists, I was feeling pretty good. Then…second base happened. I don’t move guys around too much for this exercise — big shifts are coming soon, what with the draft in less than a month — but this second base group was so hard to look at, I had to make some little tweaks. The top name on my pre-season list is/was…Lonnie Kauppila. I still like Kauppila just fine — he’s such a good glove that he may wind up with the shortstop group after more thought — but, man, he hasn’t hit a lick this year. Same goes for original number two (Riddle) and five (Williams). For the sake of both time and my sanity, I bumped up a few names and kept the struggling guys in the same order but down a few pegs from their preseason perches. It’s not exactly rocket science, but it’ll have to do for now.

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: The list only includes players from the conferences I’ve profiled so far. That would be the Big 10, SEC, ACC, Big East, Ivy, Mountain West, WCC, Sun Belt, Pac 12, WAC, Conference USA, Missouri Valley, and Big 12. As referenced above, players from the rest of college ball will be added in the very near future.

  1. Connecticut SR 2B LJ Mazzilli
  2. Clemson JR 2B Shane Kennedy
  3. Kansas State JR 2B Ross Kivett
  4. Houston JR 2B Frankie Ratcliff
  5. Virginia SR 2B Reed Gragnani
  6. Princeton JR 2B Alec Keller
  7. Louisville JR 2B Ty Young
  8. Stanford JR 2B/SS Lonnie Kauppila
  9. Kentucky JR 2B JT Riddle
  10. UCLA JR 2B Kevin Williams
  11. Wichita State JR 2B Dayne Parker
  12. Rice SR 2B Christian Stringer
  13. Tulane SR 2B Brennan Middleton
  14. Georgia Tech SR 2B Sam Dove
  15. Georgia SR 2B Kyle Farmer
  16. Georgia Tech JR 2B Mott Hyde
  17. Arizona State JR 2B Mike Benjamin
  18. Texas Christian SR 2B Josh Gonzales
  19. Baylor rJR 2B Lawton Langford
  20. Stanford JR 2B Brett Michael Doran
  21. Indiana State rSR 2B Koby Kraemer
  22. New Mexico State SR 2B Parker Hipp
  23. Oregon JR 2B Aaron Payne
  24. Sacramento State SR 2B Andrew Ayers
  25. Southern California SR 2B Adam Landecker
  26. Gonzaga SR 2B Clayton Eslick
  27. Loyola Marymount SR 2B Cullen Mahoney
  28. Miami SR 2B Michael Broad
  29. North Carolina State SR 2B Matt Bergquist
  30. Middle Tennessee State SR 2B Johnny Thomas
  31. Kentucky JR 2B Paul McConkey
  32. San Diego State JR 2B Tim Zier
  33. Louisville SR 2B Nick Ratajczak
  34. Cornell SR 2B Brenton Peters
  35. Wake Forest SR 2B Mark Rhine
  36. South Alabama rSO 2B Logan Kirkland
  37. Texas A&M JR 2B Charlie Curl

Projecting the First Round: MLB Draft 2013 Middle Infield Prospects

“Locks”

SS: Oscar Mercado, JP Crawford (2)

I’m on board with the Mercado as Elvis Andrus 2.0 comps and was out ahead of the “hey, he’s ahead of where Francisco Lindor was at the same stage just a few years ago” talk, so, yeah, you could say I’m a pretty big fan. That came out way smarmier than I would have liked – I’m sorry. The big thing to watch with Mercado this spring will be how he physically looks at the plate; with added strength he could be a serious contender for the top five or so picks, but many of the veteran evaluators who have seen him question whether or not he has the frame to support any additional bulk. Everything else about his game is above-average or better: swing, arm strength, speed, range, hands, release, pitch recognition, instincts. The way I feel about Mercado is how many of the professionals in the business feel about Crawford, a steady riser who now sits atop the majority of big league clubs’ middle infield boards. What’s funny about Crawford’s recent rise is that so much of it is predicated on his improved defense up the middle. In my first looks at Crawford last year, it was actually his defense at shortstop that stood out to me the most. Not for nothing, but I heard down in Florida that the Astros really, really, really like Crawford. Really.

Definite Maybes

SS: Andy McGuire, Chris Rivera, Riley Unroe, Connor Heady (4)

McGuire, Unroe, and Heady all look to have the defensive tools to stay at shortstop in pro ball. Rivera could also be included in that group, but I’m part of the growing contingent that would really like to see what he can do behind the plate between now and June. A big spring could propel any of the four into the first round.

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Second base prospects don’t typically crash the first round party and 2013 looks to be no exception. We’ll look a few interesting names in the interest of thoroughness and, more honestly, more baseball talk is better than less baseball talk.

Anfernee Grier, Christian Arroyo, and Dalton Dulin are currently the best bets of this year’s prep second basemen to rise into the first round. In a way, that’s damning with faint praise as being the best of any year’s top prep second basemen list doesn’t guarantee much more than the cost of the electronic paper such proclamations are printed on. Thankfully, each player listed above has a contingency plan that you don’t typically see with second base prospects. Grier could wind up as an above-average glove in CF, Arroyo has an outside shot at sticking at shortstop, and Dulin, well, Dulin is pretty much a second baseman or bust but his makeup has been so universally lauded that you wonder if he may go a few spots earlier than his talent warrants. That last one is a bit of a stretch, but that’s what you do over seven months ahead of the draft in November.

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Once again we get down to the college ranks where, once again, there isn’t a whole lot to get excited about. As covered with the other positions we’ve touched on, it wouldn’t be a shock to see half a dozen or more high school players off the board before the first college guy gets selected. I’ve previously written about my appreciation for Frazier, an underrated guy with just enough tools to profile as a big league player:”Frazier, yet another up the middle prospect, reminds me some of last year’s underrated all season (at least until draft day) Nolan Fontana. Frazier won’t wow you with the glove — some have him moving to 2B due mostly to an iffy arm, but I think he’s just steady enough to stick at SS for now — but he’s an on-base machine with a relatively high floor. Besides the potential switch off of shortstop, I do worry some about a lack of natural strength/in-game power.” I felt similarly about Mazzilli prior to the draft last year: “He has a little toe-tap timing mechanism that reminds me a little bit of Mark Reynolds’ swing, only without the swing-and-miss length. Good speed, good athleticism, and good hands should keep him up the middle, and a little physical maturation at the plate could help turn him into one of those super annoying scrappy middle infielders we all know and love (or hate, depending on the player).”

Kennedy has a little bit of breakout potential now that he’s finally on a big stage at Clemson, Riddle has a strong hit tool but may be better off at 3B down the line, and Henderson could be this year’s plus athlete who steps up with a big spring. Arguably the three biggest names on the list belong to Gonzalez, Asuaje, and Alvord. Gonzalez has been a consistent producer for a big time program with more raw power than your typical middle infield, Asuaje had a great showing on the Cape and has no real weaknesses to his game, and Alvord, an Auburn transfer, has been on the radar since his high school days.

  • 2B Shane Kennedy (Clemson)
  • 2B LJ Mazzilli (Connecticut)
  • 2B JT Riddle (Kentucky)
  • 2B Demarcus Henderson (Mississippi State)
  • 2B Ross Kivett (Kansas State)
  • 2B/SS Lonnie Kauppila (Stanford)
  • 2B Carlos Asuaje (Nova Southeastern)
  • SS Justin Gonzalez (Florida State)
  • SS/2B Adam Frazier (Mississippi State)
  • SS Brandon Trinkwon (UC Santa Barbara)
  • SS Zach Shank (Marist)
  • SS/2B Zach Alvord (Tampa)
  • SS Zac LaNeve (Louisburg JC)
  • SS Tim Anderson (East Central CC)
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