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Top 2013 Baseball Prospects

It might be time to learn these names:
After Harper and Trout, which of these rookies could be the next phenom?


While we shouldn't forget the Mike Trout and Bryce Harper might be once in a lifetime talents who just happened to share the same rookie season, the next wave of prospects is also impressive. How they fit into their team;s plans is yet to be seen. But remember that Trout started the 2012 season in Triple A and Harper was no lock to make the Washington Nationals Opening Day roster. Here are 10 prospects ready to burst onto the scene, listed in the order of who is likely to have the biggest impact in 2013.
Wil Myers 1: Wil Myers
RF Tampa Bay Rays
Many believe the Kansas City Royals will regret trading Myers, USA TODAY Sports Minor League Player of the Year in 2012. The 22 year old is likely to start the season in Triple A, not only to push back his arbitration clock and free agency by a year, but to help ease the pressure of inevitable comparisons to Harper and Trout. It's only a matter of time, though, before Myers, who hit .314 with 37 home runs in 134 games between Triple A and Double A in 2012, assumes his spot in the middle of the Rays lineup.
Travis d'Arnaud 2. Travis d'Arnaud
C New York Mets
The top catching prospect in baseball and the centerpiece in the trade that sent NL Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey to Toronto, d'Arnaud is just about ready to take center stage in the big leagues. Injuries limited the 23 year old to 67 Triple A games in 2012, but he still managed to hit .333 with 16 homers in 279 at bats. He'll likely start the season in the minors with veteran John Buck handling catching duties in the majors. Before long, though, he'll be a regular on the Mets lineup card alongside Ike Davis and David Wright.
Dylan Bundy 3. Dylan Bundy
RHP Baltimore Orioles
It became clear early on that Bundy, the fourth overall pick in the 2011 draft, would have a short career as a minor leaguer. After dominating stints with Low A Delmarva and High A Frederick to start his pro career, Bundy was in Double A by mid-August and in the majors for the last two weeks of the regular season. The Orioles, despite having more pitching depth that they've had in years, still lack a true ace. That won't be the case much longer, though, with the 20 year old Bundy on the fast track.
Oscar Taveras 4. Oscar Taveras
OF St. Louis Cardinals
The heir apparent to the Cardinals right field job once Carlos Beltran's contract expires after this season, Taveras will probably make it difficult for the team to keep him in the minors until then. He put up big numbers in Double A last season - .321, 23 homers, 37 doubles, 7 triples, 94 RBI - even as on of the youngest players in the league. Expect the 20 year old to start the season in Triple A, where he'll be just Beltran DL stint or a Jon Jay slump away from getting called up.
Shelvy Miller 5. Shelvy Miller
RHP St. Louis Cardinals
With Kyle Lohse departing as a free agent and Jaime Garcia a question mark because of a shoulder injury that knocked him out of the playoffs, Miller will have a good shot to win a spot in the rotation out of spring training. If he continues to pitch like he did at the end of last season when he posted a 2.88 ERA with 70 strikeouts over his last 59.1 Triple A innings before recording a 1.32 ERA in six late season big league games, it would be a disappointment if he doesn't break camp with the Cardinals.
Mike Olt 6. Mike Olt
3B/1B/OF Texas Rangers
Versatility and right handed power already made Olt a strong candidate to help the Rangers in 2013, especially with Mike Napoli departing as a free agent. With the trade of Michael Young to Philadelphia, the 24 year old Olt could find himself in the lineup regularly as the designated hitter or first baseman. In 354 at bats in Double A, he hit .288 with 28 homers and 82 RBI before getting the call to the big leagues in early August.
Jurickson Profar 7. Jurickson Profar
SS/2B Texas Rangers
Two time All Star shortstop Elvis Andrus is signed though the 2014 season, so barring a trade or injury, Profar won't be manning his natural position or a regular basis until 2015. Still, the Rangers are looking at a variety of lineup combinations to get the uber talented 19 year old in the lineup. Regardless of role, the switch hitting Profar is plenty good enough to make an impact in the majors right now. A couple months of regular at bats in Triple A won't hurt, though.
Gerrit Cole 8. Gerrit Cole
RHP Pittsburgh Pirates
Just when it appeared the the Pirates were on the verge of breaking a historically long streak of losing, they fell apart in the second half to finish with a losing record for the 20th consecutive season. Cole, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 draft, could be a key to the team avoiding another second half collapse. A 22 year old with ace potential, the right hander posted a 2.80 ERA with 45 walks and 136 strikeouts in 132 innings over three levels in 2012 (Triple A, Double A, High A)
Trevor Bauer 9. Trevor Bauer
RHP Cleveland Indians
No longer slated for a spring competition with fellow top prospect and former Diamondbacks teammate Tyler Skaggs, Bauer now has an excellent chance to break camp with the Indians in 2013. The third overall pick in the 2011 draft, Bauer breezed through the minors with a 2.42 ERA and 157 strikeouts in 130.1 innings between Triple A and Double A. He struggled in four big league starts, however, proving he wasn't quite ready to live up to the hype. Most 21 year olds aren't. The Indians are hoping he's ready in 2013.
Zack Wheeler 10. Zack Wheeler
RHP New York Mets
If you thought Matt Harvey (2.73 ERA, 59.1 IP, 26 BB, 70 K in 10 starts) was impressive as a rookie, wait until you get a load of Wheeler, who might be even better. Acquired from the Giants for Carlos Beltran in July 2011, the 22 year old had a 3.26 ERA with 59 walks and 148 strikeouts in 149 innings between Triple A and Double A last season. Wheeler, who has a mid 90's fastball, plus curve, and developing changeup, could be ready to join the Mets rotation after a couple more months of seasoning in Triple A.
Honorable Mentions

Nick Franklin
SS/2B Seattle Marines

Didi Gregorius
SS Cincinnati Reds

Jonathan Singleton
1B Houston Astros

Tyler Skaggs
LHP Arizona Diamondbacks

Julio Teheran

RHP Atlanta Braves
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