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Scouting the Top Prospects 6 - 10


6. Aroldis Chapman, Reds


7. Mike Moustakas, Royals


8. Eric Hosmer, Royals


9. Jesus Montero, Yankees


10. Julio Teheran, Braves


  1. 6.Aroldis Chapman’s path to America was different then most, he defected from Cuba to play pro baseball, and now has succeeded. He has major league pitches, his Fastball, which casually sits from 97-100 as a starter, and 101-105 as a reliever. His slider sits in the high 80s and occasionally hits 90 with sharp tight break. The debate will continue to be starter or reliever; Chapman has the inability to repeat his delivery, causing him to have bad command, but there’s no guarantee that even if he was able to repeat his mechanics, he would be a successful starter in the big leagues since his fastball has so much late life, it runs out of the zone constantly. Chapman’s last pitch is an over thrown changeup. But if Chapman stays in the pen, which Reds GM, Walt Jocketty has already stated, he will only need two pitches (fastball and slider). Chapman has drawn comparisons to Randy Johnson, and if he stays in the pen can be a dominant closer today and for years to come with one of the highest K/9 in the league.















                                             









7.  In 2007, the Royals had the second pick in the draft, they chose Mike Moustakas, a big third baseman, with great power. In his first pro season, he hit 28 homeruns. There were huge expectations for Moustakas in 2009 and he could not come through, he hit .250, and only hit 16 homeruns, the expectations for Moustakas as a top prospect dropped greatly. With lower expectations, and less pressure, the Royal youngster put up insane numbers at AA and AAA. At AA he hit just under .350 with 21 long balls and 76 RBI in 259 AB’s. At AAA he hit over .290 with 15 homeruns and 48 RBI in 225 AB’s. Moustakes is very slow, and probably too big to stay at third his entire career. On the flip side he has a strong arm and soft hands. In 2011, Moustakas will get some seasoning at AAA, and could get called up in 2011 right around June or July. The combination of Moustakas and the number 8 prospect show that the future is bright in KC.
















               




  1. 8. The Royals had the third pick in the 2008 draft. They picked Eric Hosmer out of High School, he had a down year, and there was no explanation why. Eventually, someone realized that Hosmer needed LASIK eye surgery.  Hosmer destroyed minor league pitching last year, hitting .354 at Hi A with 7 home runs and 51 RBI, while at AA he hit .313 with 13 shots and 35 RBI and a .365 OBP. Hosmer has been compared to Joey Votto with his ability to go the other way at the plate, and his solid defense. He can cover a good amount of ground at first, and his arm was clocked at 97mph off the mound in High School. He’s not fast, but he’s a smart enough base runner to steal a few bases a season. Hosmer projects to be an All Star, hit .300 with a .380 OBP and drive 30 home runs per year in his prime. With Moustakas, Hosmer, Montgomery, Gordon, and Myers, Royals fans have a lot to look forward to.
















                                  



9. The Yankees signed a young Venezuelan Catcher in 2006, he was by far the top international free agent, and thus far in his professional career he’s lived up to the hype. He made AAA as a 20 year old, and struggled. Up until June 6, he hit .214, but after that he was one of the best in the game. Overall he hit .289 had an OBP of .353 with 21 homeruns and 75 RBI, keep in mind this was a down year with a terrible first half. There is no debate over the fact that Montero will rake in the big leagues, but the question is his defense. He’s very big, and not good at blocking or framing pitches. He had 15 passed balls, which lead the International League. The one thing Montero does have is a strong arm but it’s been known to be inaccurate evident by the fact he threw out 23% of attempted runners. If Montero can stay behind the plate, he will be one of the best catchers in baseball. If he can’t then he will be a dominant first baseman. In the future expect him to hit .300 have a .370 OBP hit

30-35 homeruns and drive in over 100 RBI. One thing to keep in mind is that the Yankees have a surplus of catching prospects, and a first baseman for a long time (Mark Teixeira). So if Montero can’t stay behind the plate, he could headline a trade for a top starter.






















                                      

  1. 10.Julio Teheran signed out of Columbia with the Braves in 2007. He has a great fastball, between 94-96, and doesn’t lose much towards the end of the game. He has a solid changeup that he isn’t afraid to throw. It has good break and he has good command with it. His curveball is also above average and it stays in the low 80s with great break. He can throw strikes at both sides of the plate, and keeps the ball down on most occasions.  He has been compared to Pedro Martinez, and sooner or later will be a great pitcher. In 2010, he went from Lo A to AA, and dominated every step of the way. In AA he held batters to a .204 average with a 3.38 ERA. He struck out more then a batter per inning in 2010, with a low amount of walks. In 2011, he will start at AA again, and if he progresses quickly will have a small shot at a September Call Up. Most likely he will be in Atlanta’s rotation in 2012, and when he’s there he will dominate. The Braves will have a great one – two punch in the future with the combination of Hanson and Teheran.