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July 15, 2013

Monday Morning Ten Pack

Monday, July 15

by Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff


Nolan Sanburn, RHP, Athletics (Low-A Beloit)
After seeing the start to his season delayed as a result of a shoulder injury suffered in spring training, Sanburn made his Midwest League debut this week after four brief innings in the Arizona Complex League. Sanburn’s debut for the Low-A Beloit Snappers went well, with the former Arkansas Razorback throwing two hitless innings while walking and striking out two. He sat a comfortable 90-92 mph with his fastball, moving it around the zone and touching 94 twice. Sanburn also mixed in two distinct breakers in the form of a hard 83-84 mph slider with tilt and a downer upper-70s curve with good bite. Sanburn also throws a straight change with some late dip, but did not utilize it in-game. The plan is still to eventually shift Sanburn over to a starter role, but for now the A’s will look to build up his arm strength and help him get innings under his belt. --Nick J. Faleris

D.J. Peterson, 1B, Mariners (Short-season Everett)
Peterson was arguably the most advanced bat of the 2013 draft class, and he has begun to put his lumber to work through his first 21 games with the short-season Everett AquaSox. Over 93 plate appearances, Peterson is hitting .286/.344/.536 with eight walks and 15 strikeouts, while launching five home runs and six doubles in his short pro career. The former Lobo boasts a tight bat path and good extension through contact, as well as balance at the plate and an ability to utilize a full-field approach. Peterson likely won’t see his first true test until he reaches High-A (potentially later this summer) or Double-A (most likely next year), where the caliber of pitching is more likely to match up with his advanced approach. --Nick J. Faleris

J.P. Crawford, SS, Phillies (Rookie GCL Phillies)
Crawford didn't appear in the first six games of the Gulf Coast season, but has been fun to watch since taking the field. He's quite possibly the smoothest shortstop I've seen in my three years covering the GCL, with the natural ability to make tough plays look routine on a regular basis. He has soft hands and his actions and transfers at the position are clean and crisp. His arm is plenty strong and accurate, even while making throws on the run. He was the best shortstop available in this year’s draft class and all signs point to his having no problem staying at that position.

Offensively, the most impressive part of Crawford’s game thus far has been his two-strike approach--taking what the pitchers have given him while simplifying and shortening his swing. Crawford has been making contact on a regular basis, but there is work to be done with his mechanics before he starts facing more advanced pitching. He doesn't possess blazing speed like his cousin Carl, but runs well enough and is a very athletic player. As long as he continues to work and improve, he could profile as a top-of-the-order bat for the Phillies who will hit for average with some pop. In addition to the on-field tools, the word around Clearwater is that he has been an outstanding teammate and truly enjoys showing up to play hard every day. The Phillies were excited when they drafted him and so far he's been everything they thought he would be, and more. --Chris King

Dorssys Paulino, SS, Indians (Low-A Lake County)
After a slow start to his 2013 season, Paulino has seen a steady rise in offensive production across the board, culminating in a scorching first half of July in which the talented 18-year old has hit .316/.381/.526 over 43 plate appearances. Paulino has quick hands and generates loud contact through bat speed and an ability to find the ball with the barrel. His actions in the field remain stiff and unrefined, with timid feet frequently leading to difficult hops and rushed throws. Paulino will play the entire year as an 18-year old and will look to continue his positive momentum through the final eight weeks of the season. --Nick J. Faleris

Andrew Aplin, OF, Astros (High-A Lancaster)
While not a sexy prospect, Andrew Aplin can play the game. A fifth-round selection in the 2012 draft out of Arizona State, Aplin possesses decent bat-to-ball skills and an advanced plate approach for the Cal League. He has natural actions in center field and glides around the outfield with ease, though he unfortunately lacks plus speed at a position where it’s a prerequisite. His solid average arm is light for an everyday right fielder, making a move to left the most logical shift.

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