MLB prospects to watch down the stretch in 2013

8/21/13 in MLB   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

One of the fun things to do late in the MLB season - particularly when your real team and fantasy team have both hit rock bottom - is keep tabs on some of the game's best prospects and see who looks to have a bright future. We have already seen youngsters such as Jose Fernandez, Yasiel Puig, and Wil Myers come in and dominate, but there are still plenty more prospects who have yet to make their impact in the big leagues. Here is a list of prospects who either were recently called up or have yet to be, but will be worth keeping an eye on down the stretch of the 2013 season:

Aug 18, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (15) after an out against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY SportsC Travis d'Arnaud (NYM): Spending most of his career as a highly valued trade piece (was involved in the deals that landed Roy Halladay in Philadelphia and R.A. Dickey in Toronto), d'Arnaud's MLB debut had been long delayed due to injuries. After finally recovering from a troublesome foot ailment this summer, d'Arnaud was able to make his first Major League appearance on August 17. He has batted only .091 (1-for-11) in four games this season, but has shown a good eye at the plate, drawing four walks to bring his OBP up to .375. The premier catching prospect in the game, d'Arnaud has the potential to hit for both average and power, and he'll be the Mets' primary starting catcher down the stretch this year.

RHP Taijuan Walker (SEA): While Walker possesses some filthy stuff, he has struggled with control to this point in his career, leaving him more as a work-in-progress than an MLB-ready pitcher. Having just turned 21 on August 13, the Mariners have no reason to rush him to the Majors. With a team that will not make the playoffs, however, getting a few starts under their best prospect's belt might be a good idea. Walker has a nasty fastball and cutter, while his curveball has shown some promise and he also has a changeup in his arsenal - but once again, control issues are all that are holding him back.

SS/3B Xander Bogaerts (BOS): Debuting on August 20 and going 0-for-3, the world has certainly not yet seen what Bogaerts is capable of. This is a kid who reached Double-A at the age of 19 thanks to sensational bat speed and a wealth of raw power. He was batting .297 (.388 OBP) with 67 RBI and 72 runs scored before being called up to the Red Sox this year. He'll get a few starts per week in Boston down the stretch, mixing in with Stephen Drew and Will Middlebrooks at shortstop and third base. Still only 20 years old, Bogaerts may not be a big-time player this season, but has a very bright future ahead of him.
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8/21/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Fantasy wise... maybe Sonny Gray, SP Oak...Alex Wood SP Atl....both pitched this week....and others SP;s fun time of the year... thanks...

8/21/13   |   Jess   |   35116 respect

I've heard a LOT of chatter about Walker lately. It'll be nice to see him doing his thing

8/21/13   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

These prospects are what make September baseball fun for a lot of fans of teams that are out of contention. I got a glimpse of Bogaerts yesterday, and he looks the part for sure. He is a bit raw, but he passes the will-be-a-stud eye test.

I am very much looking forward to seeing Ventura. People discount him because he is short, but he throws fire and could be a stud. 

Thanks for doing this, Matt.