Posted by Mack Ade at 2:00 PM
Ranked No. 4 on the Baseball News Source Top 10 Prospects List for 2013, 20-year-old outfielder Oscar Taveras has a .321 average and a .906 OPS over four minor league seasons since he was signed as an international free agent from the Domonican Republic. Taveras hits for average and power and rarely strikes out. He also plays a proficient right field and is the heir apparent to Carlos Beltran.
One of the top prospects in baseball last year at this time, 22-year-old right-hander Shelby Miller struggled during the first half of 2012, made some adjustments and looked impressive in the second half. Featuring a mix of three plus pitches, Miller’s power arm even logged a 1.32 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP in six games (including one start) for the Cardinals late in the season.
Carlos Martinez has drawn comparisons to another power right-hander from the Dominican Republic with the same last name – Pedro Martinez. The 21-year-old Martinez boasts a high 90s fast ball, an exceptional change-up and a plus curve ball. He split 2012 between advanced Single-A and Double-A, and posted a 2.93 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP in 22 games (including 21 starts). He could make his Major League debut at some point in 2013 if he shows enough command.
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