2013 Community Prospect Rankings: Theo Bowe Steals the #24 Spot

Base theft threat #2 - Michael Chang

Speedy OF looks to repeat his high-OBP and base-stealing to move up the prospect ladder

And with that, we're down to the last spot on the list. Theo "Huxta" Bowe barely edged out Neftali Soto for the penultimate spot on the list. The 22-year-old outfielder stole 70 bases last year--a feat overshadowed by Billy Hamilton's record-breaking mark--and managed an almost-.400 OBP over 96 games in Bakersfield. He's a little guy, listed at a generous 5'9", but he wouldn't be the first successful short guy to play in the majors if he makes it. He'll probably start the year in Bakersfield again, moving up to Pensacola as rosters shift, though there's a chance he could start at AA. Last chance to vote!

BRYSON SMITH, OF, 23
Highest 2012 Level:
AA (Pensacola Blue Wahoos)
Eye-Poppingest Fact: Never hit below .307 in any professional season
Most Worrisome Fact: 3.9% BB-rate in 2012, including a 1.8% mark in 50 AA games
Alias(es): Big Ginger; Peabo
Best Case Scenario: High-average 4th OF with defensive versatility

GABRIEL ROSA, 3B, 18
Highest 2012 Level:
Rookie League (Billings Mustangs)
Eye-Poppingest Fact: At this point, it's all projection. Potential for above-average power and speed
Most Worrisome Fact: All of his pro stats so far.
Alias(es): Gabriel "Surfer" Rosa
Best Case Scenario: Above-average starting 3B

KYLE WALDROP, OF, 21
Highest 2012 Level: Low A (Dayton Dragons)
Eye-Poppingest Fact: Not a single thing stands out as of yet, but he is starting to put everything together slowly but surely.
Most Worrisome Fact: 151 strikeouts to 49 walks so far in his professional career.
Alias(es): Waldrop-Astoria; "Brick" Waldrop; NASCAR
Best Case Scenario: 4th outfielder with a chance to be a starter, maybe?

JON MOSCOT, RHP, 21
Highest 2012 Level:
Rookie League (Billings Mustangs)
Eye-Poppingest Fact: 4.33 K/BB
Most Worrisome Fact: Low ceiling, unproven
Alias(es): Gopper; The Muskrat
Best Case Scenario: Mid-rotation potential. Mike Leake-type?

JOSH FELLHAUER, OF, 24
Highest 2012 Level: AA (Pensacola Blue Wahoos)
Eye-Poppingest Fact: 1:1 K:BB ratio in 399 PAs in 2012
Most Worrisome Fact: Lack of HR power
Alias(es): The Hellflower
Best Case Scenario: 4th OF with an outside shot at starting

NEFTALI SOTO, 1B, 23
Highest 2012 Level:
AAA (Louisville Bats)
Eye-poppingest Fact:
31 dingers and a .909 OPS in 2011.
Most Worrisome Fact:
Only 14 dingers and a .713 OPS in 2012
Alias(es):
Sotomatic for the People; Nefherder; Hernando de Soto
Best Case Scenario:
He could very likely end up a AAAA guy, maybe a 1B/DH for an AL club if he turns it around.

DREW CISCO, RHP, 21
Highest 2012 Level:
Rookie League (Billings Mustangs)
Eye-poppingest Fact: 1.08 BB/9 in 2012 coming off of Tommy John
Most Worrisome Fact:
Inexperience; K/9 under 7
Alias(es):
Thong Song
Best Case Scenario:
Back-end starter

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