Was 2012 a break-through year for Seth Mejias-Brean, or was it just a small sample size fluke? After hitting only 2 home runs in 663 collegiate PAs, Seth honked 8 wangers in 46 Pioneer League games, finishing his first pro season with a very impressive .925 OPS. His defense is reportedly solid, with a very strong arm that led some scouts to believe he could eventually end up getting moved behind the plate. He wasn't exactly a slap hitter in college, showing gap power with a lot of line drives and doubles, and at 21 years old, it's not out of the question that his power could still be developing. If he can continue to rake like he did in Billings, expect to see him finish a lot higher in these rankings next year.
'Mibby gets his wish, as Theo Bowe is added to the list with just two more days left of voting.
THEO BOWE, OF, 22
Highest 2012 Level: High A (Bakersfield Blaze)
Eye-Poppingest Fact: .314/.391/.383 slash line in 96 games at Bakersfield in 2012.
Most Worrisome Fact: .186/.286/.244 slash line in 24 games at Dayton in 2012.
Alias(es): Theo Huxta-Bowe, Tennis el Bowe, T-Bowe
Best Case Scenario: Dave Roberts, but more likely Norris Hopper.
Without a doubt, Bowe had an impressive season in 2012, stealing 70 bases with a .371 OBP over two levels. Whether he can do it again is the question. Theo has shown a good eye and great base running in his pro career so far. He needs to keep that up to advance through the system, but his diminutive stature (5'9", 160 lbs.) puts him at a disadvantage. The Jose Altuves and Justin Pedroias of the baseball world are the exception, not the rule.
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