August 8, 2013
Minor League Update
First Round Selections: American League
Tim Anderson, SS, White Sox (Low-A Kannapolis): .266/.337/.343 with 7 2B, 3 3B, 0 HR, 13 SB, 3 CS, 15 BB, and 49 K in 169 at-bats.
Anderson is a toolsy player selected out of junior college. He was finally able to focus all of his time on baseball in 2013 after previously being a multi-sport athlete. Anderson offers plus-plus running ability and good bat speed, and some believe he has a chance to hit for power. It is going to be difficult for Anderson to stay at short, but scouts believe he could transition to center field if necessary. The White Sox paid $2.16 million for Anderson, and he was instantly in the conversation for the top prospect in their system.
Nick Ciuffo, C, Rays (GCL Rays): .293/.327/.370 with 5 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 0 SB, 0 CS, 5 BB, and 19 K in 92 at-bats.
Ciuffo shows all-around baseball ability. Scouts believe he could be a solid-average hitter with average power. Defensively, Ciuffo has improved and shown solid catch-and-throw ability, leading scouts to believe that he can stay behind the plate long term. Ciuffo received a $1.97 million bonus and profiles as a solid-average everyday catcher.
Travis Demeritte, SS, Rangers (AZL Rangers): .277/.411/.429 with 3 2B, 3 3B, 3 HR, 3 SB, 1 CS, 25 BB, and 44 K in 119 at-bats.
Demeritte is a quick-twitch player who has the potential to provide some power because of his excellent bat speed. Defensively, Demeritte will most likely have to move off of short, probably to third base. The Rangers gave Demeritte $1.9 million, and if he is able to increase his contact rate to fully tap into his power, he will profile as an everyday third baseman.
Hunter Dozier, SS, Royals (Short-Season Idaho Falls): .283/.381/.488 with 19 2B, 0 3B, 5 HR, 3 SB, 0 CS, 25 BB, and 23 K in 166 at-bats.
With the surprise of the first round, the Royals selected Dozier, out of Stephen F. Austin, and paid him $2.2 million. Dozier shows good bat speed and has plus raw power. He is athletic and quicker than you would expect from a 6-foot-4, 220-pounder, but most likely will use his plus arm at third base. Dozier is feasting on inferior pitching and will need to continue to do so to prove the Royals’ strategy correct. He profiles as a prototypical third baseman who provides power as well as a strong arm in the field.
Clint Frazier, CF, Indians (AZL Indians): .303/.363/.515 with 4 2B, 4 3B, 3 HR, 1 SB, 2 CS, 9 BB, and 36 K in 99 at-bats.
The stories that amateur scouts share about Frazier are almost silly when you sit down and think about them. Frazier displays top-of-the-scale bat speed and potentially could have hurt a lot of people if he had been using aluminum bats. Frazier has plus-plus power potential, above-average running ability, and a developing defensive skill set in center field. Frazier’s ceiling is that of an All-Star-caliber center fielder, which is why the Indians gave him $3.5 million.