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Marty Knows Prospects: Volume One

This week,
we’re going to touch upon prospects a bit further down the list.

  These players may not be on your radar yet,
but you had better follow them soon.

 
They’ll be household names by this time next year.

  Each day over the next 5, we’ll give you a
prospect to watch for 6 teams.

  Today,
we’re targeting the Diamondbacks through the White Sox

 

Arizona Diamondbacks- Tyler Skaggs, LHP.

  While Trevor Bauer is going to get the
majority of the publicity for this club, he’s not the only arm that this team
has waiting in the wings.

  Though he is
not overpowering, Skaggs has enough velocity to get his fastball by
hitters.

  He struck out 198 batters in
159 innings last year between high-A and AA ball.

  His strikeout rate actually increased upon
his promotion, and he established himself as a top pitching prospect.

  Skaggs has excellent command and a filthy
curveball, which leads to many of his strikeouts.

  Again, Bauer will get the majority of the
publicity, but Skaggs is right on his heels, and could be ready for a promotion
at the end of the 2012 season.

Atlanta Braves-Evan Gattis, C.

  He’ll be 26 by the end of the year, and only
has 2 seasons of playing professional baseball.

 
Brian McCann is not going to leave Atlanta, and Christian Bethancourt is
certainly the better prospect, with an elite skill set.

  So why Gattis?

  He’s got a story that you wouldn’t believe.

  Battling substance abuse at an early age,
Gattis wound up living out of his car and traveling around the country before
he finally settled into a JC, and showed he could pound the baseball.

  Last year in the South Atlantic League, he
hit .322 while hitting 22 HR.

  Not too
shabby.

  Will he make the big
leagues?

  Well, the odds are certainly
stacked against him.

  That has never
stopped him though.

  I have a feeling he
starts this season in AA, and if he makes some progress, you may see him with a
cup of coffee in September.

Baltimore Orioles-Manny Machado, SS.

  Ok, so I lied a little.

  Machado is an elite prospect, and is widely
regarded as such.

  The problem is….I just
don’t see a lot of elite upside in this system.

 
Dylan Bundy is right there with him, but is a very long way away from
contributing.

  Machado has all the tools
you’re looking for, and if he develops as is projected, he may be an elite SS
for a long time.

Boston Red Sox-Xander Boegarts, SS.
Boegarts is another name you may have heard of, as he has been rising up
prospect boards rapidly.

  Big, strong,
and athletic, Boegarts possesses immense power for a SS.

  Playing last year in the South Atlantic
League at the age of 18, Boegarts was unbelievable.

  He hit 16 HR in 265 AB.

  For his progression rate, he’s way ahead of
the curve.

  For you dynasty leaguers, I
would not draft him in hopes of a SS future, he’s likely to fill out and wind
up at 3B or OF. Still, he possesses more potential than most players out there,
and if you haven’t yet heard of him, it is time to start paying attention.

Chicago Cubs- Javier Baez, SS.

  Baez is a very strong player who possesses
fantastic power.

  He’s a long way away
from contributing to the Cubs, but there’s reason for optimism here.

  Scouts have been touting Baez’ hitting
ability and power.

  These tools can carry
him to success at just about any position, which is a good thing.

  Baez is apparently destined to play 3B in the
future, but with his hitting ability, this doesn’t appear to be a problem.

  He’s likely to start the year either in
Low-A, or more than likely in extended spring.

 
Either way, he’s one that bears watching during this summer.

Chicago White Sox-Trayce Thompson, OF.

  The Sox are another system that is badly in
need of an impact player.

  I’m not sure
Thompson is that guy, but he has a great athletic pedigree.

  His dad is Mychal Thompson, former NBA
player.

  Both of his brothers play
Division I college basketball.

 
Obviously, athletic ability is a plus for Trayce.

  Big and strong, he has the ability to hit the
ball out of any park, anywhere.

  The
biggest problem?

  Plate discipline.

  172 strikeouts in the South Atlantic League
doesn’t bode well for the higher levels.

 
Still, the power alone gives reason to be optimistic.

  

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