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August 9, 2013

Minor League Update

Second Round Selections

by Zach Mortimer


Position Players

Victor Caratini, C, Braves (Short-Season Danville): .307/.409/.445 with 14 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 21 R, and 18 RBI in 137 at-bats.
Caratini offers a feel for hitting with developing power. He improved his draft stock by leaving the impression that he would be able catch after transitioning from third base.

Kevin Franklin, 3B, Reds (AZL Reds): .221/.294/.319 with 8 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 10 R, and 16 RBI in 113 at-bats.
Franklin’s carrying tool is his power which grades out as easy plus. The issue was most scouts were not sold on the fact that he will make enough contact to tap into his power. Defensively, Franklin has plus arm strength, but is not the cleanest defender. Franklin has the power to be a difference maker, but the profile has a high fail rate.

Ryder Jones, 3B, Giants (AZL Giants): .352/.434/.462 with 7 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 22 R, and 15 RBI in 91 at-bats.
Jones has solid-average raw power, but scouts feel his lack of bat speed will be exploited by quality pitching. In the field, Jones has a plus arm, but lacks major mobility. The hot start in the complex league is a good sign, but the breakdown of the tools makes me think it could be a mirage.

Gosuke Katoh, 2B, Yankees (GCL Yankees): .319/.427/.563 with 7 2B, 5 3B, 4 HR, 18 R, and 19 RBI in 119 at-bats.
Katoh has excellent bat-to-ball ability and developing power. Scouts that I have spoken with believe Katoh’s power may reach somewhere just shy of average, but he is a plus runner. The issue with Katoh is that he is limited to second base because of a below-average throwing arm. The second-base profile will put immense pressure on the bat, but Katoh has impressed in his professional debut.

Andrew Knapp, C, Phillies (Short-Season Williamsport): .254/.327/.403 with 11 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 19 R, and 17 RBI in 134 at-bats.
Knapp, a switch hitter, has the potential to have an average hit tool with average power. Knapp is still raw behind the plate, but scouts believe his solid-average arm and strong makeup give him a chance to stay at catcher.

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