Prospects on the Rise:
1. OF/IF Andrew Pullin: A fifth-round draft pick in 2012, Pullin shows very good bat-to-ball ability, and if he can make the transition to second base, has the type of offensive profile to have value at the position.
2. C Gabriel Lino: Loud tools, especially the raw power and arm strength, but so far the promising physical characteristics have yet to make an impact in game action. He’s a long shot, but a promising dream nonetheless, and if he can bring those tools to baseball life, he has a chance to become a very legit prospect.
3. RHP Mitch Gueller: A supplemental first-round pick in 2012 and a promising two-way amateur player, Gueller has an excellent combination of present size and projectable stuff, including a fastball that already sits in the plus velocity range and could develop into a legit plus-plus offering.
Factors on the Farm (Prospects likely to contribute at the ML level in 2013
1. OF/1B Darin Ruf: Ruf was the 2012’s season pop-up prospect of the year, trashing the minors before an impressive 12-game clip at the highest level. The scouting industry is mixed on his future, with the a vocal majority questioning his sustainability at the level, while others insist this is a legit major-league bat, one capable of 25-plus home runs.
2. RHP Phillippe Aumont: It seems like Aumont has been a prospect for a decade, but the former first-round pick just turned 24, and after a major-league taste in 2012, will look to bring his heavy mid-90s bowling ball fastball to a late-innings role.
3. LHP Jake Diekman: 95 mph from the left-side is always a thing of beauty, and when that heat is delivered from a lengthy 6’4’’, 200 lb. frame, along with a sharp slider that misses bats, you have yourself a prospect that should develop into a major-league force. The command needs to improve to find sustainable success, but as his 27-inning sample showed, Diekman can miss bats at any level of professional baseball.