Tuesday, January 1, 2013

25 Predictions for 2013

1.) Xander Bogaerts is the number one hitting prospect in baseball at end of year
2.) Miguel Sano will have a huge slump to begin the year in the Florida State League. But don't give up on "The Beast". This challenge will be force him to make adjustments that will help him in the long term. He will still develop into a middle of the line-up masher, this will just be a detour.
3.) Jairo Beras will be this years version of Joey Gallo. After his suspension is lifted in July he will report to the Arizona League, and for the second time in as many years, a Ranger's farmhand will hit 15+ home runs in rookie ball.
4.) Not so bold on this one, but Wil Myers will be your 2013 AL Rookie of the Year.
5.) A little more risky on this one. Trevor Rosenthall will break camp as a starter and will run away with ROY in the Senior Circuit.
6.) Bryce Harper is better than Mike Trout in 2013.
7.) Kyle Gibson has a huge rebound year.
8.) Adalberto Mondesi is a top 50 prospect by years end. He will be even higher in 2014. See Jurickson Profar
9.) Robert Osuna is a huge climber on next years Top 100's.
10.) The best pitching prospect in baseball will be Taijuan Walker.
11.) Trevor Bauer becomes the ace of Cleveland's staff.
12.) Carlos Santana has a breakout year.
13.) Evan Gattis is for real. Darin Ruff is not.
14.) Despite the graduation of Profar and Olt, the Rangers have one of the best systems in all of baseball at end of year. The power potential of Beras, Brinson, Guzman, Gallo, and Mazara is nothing short of frightening.
15.) Billy Hamilton leads the International League in stolen bases despite playing less than 60 games. His big league debut however, is less than stellar.
16.) Bruce Rondon is one of best closers in American League.
17.) Blue Jays win the AL East.
18.) Brett Lawrie contends for a batting title.
19.) Yankees and Red Sox finish in 4th and 5th in division, respectively.
20.) Carlos Rodon is too good for College ranks once again. He starts to get Strasburg-level hype.
21.) Clint Frazier gets drafted before Austin Meadows.
22.) Just like last year, Mark Appel is not drafted in top 5 picks.
23.) Stanton will hit 50 bombs this year.
24.) Gerrit Cole gets torched in his debut season.
25.) The Nationals will win the World Series.

For any one who is reading this, I wish you a Happy New Year. Good luck with all your resolutions. I am looking forward to a great year of baseball. Please comment with your own boldest predictions.

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