Sunday, January 9, 2011

2011 Top 10 Third Basemen Prospects




1. Mike Moustakas - Bats: L Throws: R - 5'11" 230 - KC - 9.11.88. As a high school senior in 2007, Moustakas smacked a California record 24 HR on his way to earning Baseball America's High School Player of the Year. That power has translated into the professional game as Moustakas has accumulated 74 HR in three minor league seasons. Though he was a shortstop in high school, I questioned his ability to stay in the infield but he's shown some improvement and was even voted as the top defensive third baseman by the Texas League managers.


Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

TL

AA

66

259

58

90

25

0

21

76

0

26

42

.347

.413

.687

2010

PCL

AAA

52

225

36

66

16

0

15

48

2

8

25

.293

.314

.564

2010

TOT

2 Lgs

118

484

94

156

41

0

36

124

2

34

67

.322

.369

.630


2. Lonnie Chisenhall - Bats: L Throws: R - 6'1" 200 - CLE - 10.4.88. Chisenhall stared as a freshman and #3 hitter on the same South Carolina Gamecocks team that included future first rounders Justin Smoak and Reese Havens before being arrested and kicked off the team for theft. He then spent a year at Pitt CC (NC) and the Indians made him their first round pick (29th Overall) in 2008. He should spend most of 2011 on a prospect laden AAA Columbus team that will include 2B Jason Kipnis, RHP Alex White and OF Nick Weglarz.


Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

EL

AA

117

460

81

128

22

3

17

84

3

46

77

.278

.351

.450


3. Miguel Sano - Bats: R Throws: R - 6'3" 230 - MIN - 5.11.93. The Twins inked the then 16 year-old Sano to a $3.15 MM bonus largely because of his power potential. Sano didn't disappoint in his first professional season posting an .870 OPS while showing more patience than I anticipated.


Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

DSL

Rk

20

64

11

22

2

1

3

10

2

14

17

.344

.463

.547

2010

GCL

Rk

41

148

23

43

14

0

4

19

2

10

43

.291

.338

.466

2010

TOT

2 Lgs

61

212

34

65

16

1

7

29

4

24

60

.307

.379

.491


4. Zack Cox - Bats: L Throws: R - 6'0" 215 - STL - 5.9.89. A University of Arkansas product, Cox was the best college bat in the 2009 draft but because of the leverage afforded to the draft eligible sophomore coupled with his high price tag, the Cardinals were able to steal him with the 25th overall pick and sign him for $2,000,000. There is no doubt that the former pitcher has the arm for 3B but the other aspects of his defense will be tested.


Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

GCL

Rk

4

15

0

6

1

0

0

1

0

1

3

.400

.471

.467


5. Nolan Arenado - Bats: R Throws: R - 6'1" 205 - COL - 4.16.91. The 2009 2nd round pick out of a California high school earned high marks in his 203 professional AB's that season by posting a 0.89 BB/K%. While that number took a nose dive to 0.37 in 2010, he showed tremendous power by smacking 41 doubles in just 92 games while keeping his strikeouts in check.


Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

SAL

A-

92

373

45

115

41

1

12

65

1

19

52

.308

.338

.520


6. Matt Dominguez - Bats: R Throws: R - 6'1" 205 - FLA - 8.28.89. Dominguez was the High School teammate of the prospect that led off this list, Mike Moustakas. Like Moustakas, Dominguez was a first round pick (12th overall) in 2007. Matt's glove work is so prodigious that I believe if he can continue to produce acceptable offensive numbers, he could have a 10 year career as an MLB regular.


Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

SO

AA

138

504

61

127

34

2

14

81

0

56

96

.252

.333

.411


7. Nick Castellanos - Bats: R Throws: R - 6'4" 195 - DET - 3.4.92. Bonus demands dropped Castellanos to the supplemental round but the right team took a chance on him. The Tigers are becoming renown for opening up their pocket books to sign draftees and they spent a supplemental round record $3.45 MM to sign Castellanos away from a Miami (FL) commitment. It's too early to use his small sample of professional at bats to make a any projections, but he profiles as a power bat with the ability to stay at 3B.


Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

GCL

Rk

7

24

5

8

2

0

0

3

0

4

5

.333

.414

.417


8. Kaleb Cowart - Bats: B Throws: R - 6'3" 190 - LAA - 6.2.92. As a two way standout from Georgia, Cowart was the 2010 Baseball America High School Player of the Year and the Angles took notice and made him the 18th overall pick. He'll focus on hitting as a professional where he's projected to have plus power.


Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

ARI

RK

6

21

0

3

0

0

0

4

0

0

6

.143

.136

.148

2010

PIO

RK

1

5

1

2

0

0

1

3

0

1

2

.400

.500

1.000

2010

TOT

2 Lgs

7

26

1

5

0

0

1

7

0

1

8

.192

.214

.308


9. Brent Morel - Bats: R Throws: R - 6'2" 220 - CWS - 4.21.87. Morel was a 3rd round pick out of Cal Poly in 2008 despite not being a top 200 draft prospect that year, but he's been a steady performer since signing for $440,000. Though he hasn't hit more than 16 HR in a season as professional, Morel's 40 doubles and 58 XBH in 2010 prove he should provide no lower than average power at his position.


Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

SO

AA

49

184

25

60

13

1

2

30

5

14

36

.326

.376

.440

2010

IL

AAA

81

306

40

98

24

4

8

34

3

13

50

.320

.348

.503

2010

TOT

2 Lgs

130

490

65

158

37

5

10

64

8

27

86

.322

.359

.480

2010

AL

MLB

21

65

9

15

3

0

3

7

2

4

17

.231

.271

.271


10. Kolbrin Vitek - Bats: R Throws: R - 6'2" 195 - BOS - 4.1.89. Though he played 2B and 3B at Ball State, many projected Vitek to move to the outfield as a professional, but he's played strictly 3B thus far. The Red Sox used the 20th overall pick in 2010 on Vitek and signed him quickly for the MLB slot recommendation $1.36MM. Vitek has the speed, quickness and arm strength to stay at 3B.


Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

NYP

Rk

56

204

30

55

13

3

4

30

13

26

61

.270

.360

.422

2010

SAL

A-

12

40

7

11

3

1

0

3

4

7

13

.275

.383

.400

2010

TOT

2 Lgs

68

244

37

66

16

4

4

33

17

33

74

.270

.364

.418



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