FANFOOD FB’13 – Rookie/Prospects

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There are a lot of interesting rookie/prospects for 2013, and while none of them will have as big an impact in fantasy than Mike Trout did in 2012, you should get to know them, especially if you are in a dynasty league. (but you knew that already). Read on for profiles of 33 rookie/prospects that I think you should keep an eye on followed by over 30 more names you should remember for 2014 or for a cup of coffee this year.

Lets be clear, you should never count on one of these players to carry your entire team to a championship, but if you are smart and use a late round flier or waiver pickup on one of them, they may contribute nicely for you in case of injury or player busts. Hitting on a rookie/prospect can really make the difference for your squad.

 

 

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Here are some rookie/prospect profiles, followed by a recipe for Jerk Pork with Guava – Apple Relish

 

2013 Rookie/Prospects

 

Adam Eaton

Outfielder, Diamondbacks

Looking at recent events in the desert it sure seems like the Diamondbacks have gone out of their way to accommodate this guy. That should give you a good idea how they evaluate him internally. Eaton is a gamer who consistently has played larger than his tools and short stature. He’s a tough out who works at-bats and is capable of driving the ball. Eaton is probably more help in stolen bases than he is in home runs… but Chase Field will help some on that account. Eaton is the favorite to play centerfield and lead off for the D-Backs and that’s a very desirable fantasy asset. There is still potential for a bit of a logjam in the outfield with Kevin Towers holding on to Jason Kubel and signing Cody Ross. The injury to Ross could give Eaton a chance to run away with this and force others like Gerardo Parra to lose playing time. Eaton has one thing no other top-100 position player prospect has in 2013: a full-time job, While the team loves him because he is scrappy and gritty and plays hard and stuff, he also takes great at-bats, makes hard line-drive contact, and has improved his conditioning and agility to the point that he can handle center field if he improves his reads. A favorable ballpark also will help his candidacy for rookie of the year.

 

 

Jedd Gyorko
Second Base/Third Base, Padres

He is having a great spring, but temper expectations. Sure, the 24-year-old is one of the most MLB-ready hitters on this list, but he is best served for your team’s bench to start the season with plug and play capability. He’s in competition for the second base job this spring with Logan Forsythe, but is a natural third basemen by trade. After hitting .325 at Triple-A, Gyorko has nothing left to prove in the minors, but he’s blocked at the hot corner by Chase Headley, so the Padres are hoping the youngster can adjust to life at the keystone corner. The fact that Gyorko’s power spiked with the move to Triple-A suggests he’s really coming into his own, so he’s a very intriguing prospect in redraft leagues as well as keeper formats. He’s played in less than 50 games at second base in his minor league career, but Gyorko will be given every opportunity to win this position battle. San Diego’s second round pick in 2010, he has scored a combined 199 runs in the past two seasons in the minors and his BA potential (.328 at Triple-A last year; .365 at High-A in 2011) remains his chief weapon. Gyorko stole a dozen bases in 2011, but speed is not his thing, so don’t expect more than the occasional swipe in the bigs.

 

 

Aaron Hicks
Outfield, Twins

The biggest mark in Hicks’s favor is that he appears to be the favorite to be the Opening Day center fielder in Minnesota. In fact, Manager Ron Gardenhire yesterday pondered whether Hicks can handle the leadoff spot. Fantasy value is always about opportunity. Lesser talents who actually play are preferable to a superstar riding the bench. The Twins seem to want to give this prospect an opportunity and fantasy owners should take note. The appeal is obvious as Hicks has always been a toolsy player. In 2012 he made adjustments at the plate and showed he might be the late bloomer many hoped. I’m still concerned about how much Hicks will actually hit and he probably can’t be counted on for batting average this season. What he can potentially add are some home runs and stolen bases at a dirt cheap price. It’s good to target power and speed combination outfielders and I think Hicks fits that mold even if he doesn’t fully get there in 2013.

 

 

Mike Olt
First Base/Third Base, Rangers

Mike Olt destroyed minor league pitching last year, hitting 28 HR and 82 RBI with a .977 OPS at Double-A Frisco. Olt was called up by the Texas Rangers in August, hitting just .152 in limited action. With Josh Hamilton, Michael Young and Mike Napoli no longer helping to lead the offense for the Rangers, Olt will get a long look this spring as a possible offensive weapon. While incumbent third baseman Adrian Beltre blocks his path, Olt could add value for the Rangers at first base, right field and as a designated hitter as well. He will open the season with a bench spot, but would be better served playing full time in AAA.

 

 

Bruce Rondon
Relief Pitcher, Tigers

Detroit decided to part ways with closer Jose Valverde during the offseason. Rather than signing another free agent, the Tigers opted to find an internal candidate to take Valverde’s place. That spot could be filled by fireballing right-handed pitching prospect Bruce Rondon. He saved 29 games across three minor league levels last season, often setting off the radar gun with a blazing 100 MPH fastball. While Rondon has no major league experience, the Tigers are confident they found their man. He has struggled this spring however, as the hard-throwing youngster has allowed three earned runs and issued six walks in just 3 2/3 innings this spring. The Tigers were hoping that the rookie would take control of the job, but it’s already obvious that he could be overmatched. The Tigers are looking to trade for an experienced closer, and if the team can’t find a fit outside the organization, they could rely on a closer-by-committee.

 

 

Wil Myers
Outfield, Rays

As I mentioned previously, The Rays are very likely to keep Myers in the minors to manipulate his service time. So you’re probably looking at a dead roster spot for a minimum of 6 weeks. That’s a pretty significant chunk of your fantasy season. The Rays were willing to sacrifice pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis in order to acquire a hitter of tremendous promise. Myers clubbed 37 home runs in the minors last season, including hitting .304 with 24 home runs at Triple-A Omaha. Myers will likely start the season at Triple-A Durham for the Rays. However, if the Rays offense fails to deliver early in the season, Myers’ major-league career could begin this season. When Myers does debut he is capable of mashing right away, but it should never come as a surprise to see a rookie struggle out of the gate. If you want to stash a rookie you obviously love to have Myers but I just don’t think there’s great value here between the hype, the playing time and the ballpark.

 

 

Jurickson Profar

Second Base/Third Base, Rangers

The 19-year-old top prospect was expected to start at second base for Team Netherlands in the 2013 WBC, but instead will stay with the major league club and try to win a roster spot. Rangers manager Ron Washington said that he doesn’t intend to play top prospect Jurickson Profar in the outfield. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said that Profar might end up getting some playing time in the outfield in an effort to increase his versatility and chances of making the team, but Washington apparently isn’t on board with the idea. “No,” said Washington. “He’s going to come in and work on the infield. I have no intentions on him playing the outfield.” Assuming Washington holds firm to his plan, I don’t see how Profar will get enough playing time to justify drafting him.

 

 

Julio Teheran
Starting Pitcher, Braves

My first starting pitcher to make my list throws two above-average pitches, including a fastball that can touch 97 and a deceptive changeup, along with one below-average pitch, a curveball that he is still developing (little-to-no movement or consistency at the moment). Teheran saw inconsistent results during his time with big league club in 2012, including an ERA of over 5 but with a WHIP of under 1 and a sub-.225 BAA. Teheran works quickly and has outstanding velocity. He’s not going to be a ground-ball pitcher, but he should be able to miss enough bats that giving up the occasional long fly won’t derail him. The big question is what kind of improvements will he be able to make with his command? The early results are in: The 22-year-old is off to a fantastic start in Grapefruit League play, boasting a 2.00 ERA, 0.67 WHIP and 12/2 K/BB ratio over nine frames.

 

 

Leonys Martin
Outfield, Rangers

Martin defected from Cuba in 2010, signed with Rangers in May of 2011. He has had 600 minor-league plate appearances since then with the vast majority at Triple-A and slashed line of .323/.388/.503 with a 51:77 walk-to-strikeout ratio. The 25-year-old is hitting .381 (8-for-21) with two doubles, two RBI and two stolen bases so far this spring and appears to be the favorite for the starting center fielder job or at least the strong side of center-field platoon with Craig Gentry.

 

 

Trevor Bauer
Starting Pitcher, Indians

In four major-league starts last year Bauer posted this line: 16.1 IP, 22.1% K, 16.9% BB, 45.5% GB. He was traded to Cleveland in the offseason. He tossed four scoreless innings over his first two appearances this spring, but got hit hard the next time out. He gave up two hits, including a solo home run, while walking one and striking out a pair. Still, the talented young right-hander is very much alive in the competition for the fifth starter job.

 

 

Tyler Skaggs
Starting Pitcher, Diamondbacks

Skaggs is easily the best pitching prospect the Diamondbacks have, and he did see 6 games of MLB action in 2012. He is a pitcher with decent strikeout potential and a very mature command of his pitches. He has an above average fastball that he’s able to locate on both sides of the plate, as well as one of the most deceptive curves among rookies. He complements his arsenal with an above average changeup that does still need some work.
With Trevor Bauer gone, Skaggs will be in the thick of the fight for the fifth spot in Arizona’s rotation, where he looks to further improve his skill set.

 

 

Travis D’Arnaud
Catcher, Mets

Catchers are thought to take some time to adjust to the majors. They have a host of other adjustments they need to make to learn to deal with the responsibilities of handling a major league staff. Often the bat suffers in the meantime and it’s a steep learning curve. . During his last two years in the minors, he has seen a huge improvement in his offensive numbers, resulting on a .333/.380/.595 line in 2012. Add to this that CitiField is not a forgiving park for young hitters and d’Arnaud’s health and durability have been issues in the past. I do really like d’Arnaud’s game and expect him to be a very good major leaguer. I just wouldn’t bet my fantasy season on that happening in the first 1,000 major league at-bats of his career or so. The bottom line is that there are probably going to be safer options around.

 

 

Wily Peralta
Starting Pitcher, Brewers

The Brewers are hosting an open competition this spring among a handful of options for the final three positions in the starting rotation and they will be Mike Fiers, Mark Rogers, Wily Peralta, Chris Narveson, Tyler Thornburg, and Hiram Burgos. Peralta is the organization’s top prospect and posted a sub-3.00 ERA and FIP in his 28 innings with the big league squad in 2012.According to MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke “hinted strongly” that Wily Peralta will make the team’s rotation.
“Peralta has a huge upside,” Roenicke said. “If he pitches like he did a few of those games last year, he’s got a huge upside.” Only Yovani Gallardo and Marco Estrada are locked into rotation spots for the Brewers, and Chris Narveson seems likely to have a spot as long as he’s healthy. Peralta had an up-and-down year at Triple-A Nashville in 2012, posting a 4.66 ERA over 28 starts, but he held a 2.48 mark in 29 innings for the big club.

 

 

Billy Hamilton
Outfield, Reds

Hamilton is a speed demon. Last year, he broke the record of stolen bases on a single season, swiping 155 throughout the whole year. He started his career at shortstop, but was being used in center field for a big part of the 2012 season as he was getting ready to take a place in the majors. The concern surrounding Hamilton is that his hitting may not be good enough for the majors. Even though he’s hit for a decent average in Double-A, his lack of power and some other bat speed concerns have to be solved before he starts running in the MLB. Still, he’s probably going to see time with the Reds in 2013, especially if the defensive part of the Shin Soo Choo in center field experiment doesn’t go very well. The Reds recently announced that they were finally moving him from shortstop to center field, where’s he’s played exclusively this fall in the AFL. It’s doubtful that he’ll break camp with the club despite the position change, though it should accelerate his arrival in the major leagues.

 

 

Zack Wheeler
Starting Pitcher, Mets

Once Wheeler is able to crack the Mets’ starting rotation, he has the potential to be a staple there for years to come, thanks to a mature demeanor and excellent tangibles. He throws four pitches, including a fastball that averages 94-95, a cut fastball that he started developing just two years ago with decent movement, a very good curveball with a sweeping 12-6 break, and an improving changeup. One potential risk: Wheeler has never thrown more than 116 IP in a single season in his pro career. Wheeler should start the year in AAA, but The New York Mets open the season with three starters who missed significant time in 2012 due to injury. With Collin McHugh and Jenrry Mejia in the mix for starts should an injury occur, the organization can afford to be patient with Wheeler.

 

 

Danny Hultzen
Starting Pitcher, Mariners

Selected by the Mariners with the second overall pick in the 2011 MLB draft, left-handed pitcher Danny Hultzen made a strong debut in his first professional season. He posted a 3.05 ERA in 25 starts between Double-A and Triple-A ball last year, striking out 136 batters in 124 innings. Hultzen will be vying for the final spot in Seattle’s starting rotation. With a high-90s fastball and solid secondary pitches, he could eventually become a strong left-handed complement to current Mariners ace Felix Hernandez but is slated to open the season in the minors.

 

 

Dylan Bundy
Starting Pitcher/Relief Pitcher, Orioles

Another promising pitcher selected in the first round of the 2011 MLB draft was former Oklahoma high school standout pitcher Dylan Bundy. Bundy was even more impressive than Danny Hultzen in his professional debut, posting a 9-3 record and 2.08 ERA in 23 starts across three minor league levels. Bundy also earned a late-season call-up by the Orioles, registering two scoreless relief appearances in late September 2012. Bundy may start the season at the Triple-A level but could easily find himself contributing at the major league level if any current Orioles starter gets hurt or falters early on.

 

 

Jonathan Schoop
Second Base, Orioles

Like Andruw Jones and Henley Meulins, Schoop hails from Curacao, where he was signed as a 17-year-old in 2009. Now 21, and a veteran of four minor league campaigns, Schoop held his own in the tough Double-A Eastern League last season, going .245-14-56 with 24 doubles, and 68 runs scored over 485 at-bats. He walked 50 times to 113 walks, not a bad ratio for a youngster at that level. Schoop is expected to open 2013 at Triple-A Norfolk, but could be in line for an earlier than expected promotion and second base at Camden Yards could be up for grabs as soon as later this year. Jonathan Schoop is playing for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic.

 

 

Dan Straily
Starting Pitcher, Athletics

Straily looked good when first recalled and was even harder to hit in September last year, Walks and long balls made life tougher on him. Straily will battle A.J. Griffin for the fifth starter job in a very young A’s rotation, but he may have to begin the season at Triple-A and wait for his chance. Last year, Straily looked like a workhorse at Double-A and was virtually unhittable after a promotion to Triple-A. He then held his own in the majors, although his command wasn’t as dominant. Straily paced the minors in strikeouts last year, but was unable to duplicate that in the majors, and that will be something to keep an eye on this year. The other big thing was his unsustainable BABIP in the majors — clearly, Straily was extremely fortunate to record a sub-4.00 ERA. His peripherals will need to improve to support that kind of mark. The 24-year-old right-hander is expected to begin the year in the A’s rotation, but chances are he’ll head back to the minors once Bartolo Colon is done serving the final five games of his suspension. As a result, he’s a risky fantasy property out of the gate.

 

 

Casey Kelly
Starting Pitcher, Padres

Kelly’s fantastic big league debut drew our attention in a late-August as he tossed six shutout innings of three-hit ball for the win. Unfortunately, it was pretty much all downhill from there. He’ll compete for the fifth starter job this season, but last year was a tough one for Kelly as a seemingly minor elbow injury wound up costing him three months. His results in San Diego left something to be desired as his normal stellar control went AWOL. Yet another injury saw San Diego shut Kelly down late in the season. He’s not a lock for a rotation spot by any stretch, but this former shortstop is likely to play a role at some point this year. In order for Kelly to have success in the majors, he’ll need to duplicate his home run rates from the minors. He remains one of the top prospects in the Padre system and is now fully healthy and ready to compete — but he faces an uphill battle. Taken 30th overall in 2008 by Boston, Kelly was dealt to San Diego in the Adrian Gonzalez deal, and while his overall package of tools lacks a dominant skill, if he can limit baserunners, he’ll be successful. Kelly won’t ever blow hitters away, but he’s got enough going for him to be a very fine No. 3 starter in time.

 

 

Kyle McPherson
Starting Pitcher, Pirates

Taken by Pirates in 14th round of 2007 draft out of University of Mobile, Kyle has posted nearly 5:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in six minor-league seasons. He made 10 appearances (three starts) in majors last season and his velocity was 93-94 mph in relief; 91-93 as a starter. The door is ajar for McPherson this spring with Charlie Morton (definitely), Francisco Liriano (probably) and Jeff Karstens (maybe) all potentially absent from the season-opening rotation, giving him a reasonable chance of winning fifth spot in rotation.

 

 

Hyun-Jin Ryu
Starting Pitcher, Dodgers

The Dodgers expect Ryu to be part of their starting rotation and joins Greinke, Clayton Kershaw, Josh Beckett, Chad Billingsley, Ted Lilly, and Chris Capuano, with Aaron Harang moving to middle relief. The Korean left-hander mostly sat in the high-80s with his fastball in his latest spring start, giving up three hits and a walk while fanning five. Ryu has a 6.00 ERA (four earned runs allowed in six innings) this spring, so the Dodgers’ big investment hasn’t been overly impressive thus far.

 

 

Jonathan Singleton
First Base, Astros

Astros top prospect Jonathan Singleton, who has been suspended 50 games for testing positive for marijuana, will participate in Minor League camp during spring training.
Despite the setback though, Astros GM Jeff Lunhow believes that Singleton could reach the majors during the 2013 season. The 21-year-old slugger hit .284/.396/.497 with 21 homers and 79 RBI at Double-A Corpus Christi in 2012, and could be an instant fantasy contributor upon his arrival.

 

 

Shelby Miller
Starting Pitcher, Cardinals

Taken 19th overall out of high school by St. Louis in 2009, Shelby has been top-100 prospect per Baseball America for last three preseasons. He made six appearances (one start) in majors last year, posting this line: 13.2 IP, 29.6% K, 7.4% BB, 42.4% GB, 2.72 He will compete (alongside Joe Kelly and Trevor Rosenthal) for fifth spot in rotation. Monitor closely.

 

 

Xander Bogaerts
Shortstop, Red Sox

Bogaerts is an exciting prospect who is just beginning to get the attention he deserves from the non-Boston crowd. One of the best hitting prospects in the minors, the native of Aruba played the 2012 season at the age of 19 and reached double-A. He has an advanced hitting approach and generates outstanding power despite having a slender frame. His pop comes from above-average bat speed. He is currently blocked by Stephen Drew, but in Beantown, you never know.

 

 

Mike Zunino
Catcher, Mariners

The third-overall selection in the 2012 draft, Zunino, 21, absolutely raked in his professional debut, and was bumped three levels from Short-Season to Double-A to finish the year. However, the aggressive promotion couldn’t didn’t slow him down, as the 6’2”, 220-pound backstop ultimately batted .360/.447/.689 with 27 extra-base hits (13 home runs), 43 RBI and 33/23 K/BB in 44 games.While both Zunino’s receiving and catch-and-throw skill set shows big league readiness, his blocking is raw and will need considerable refinement. But given his potential as a middle-of-the-order run-producer, there’s a strong chance his bat will always outweigh any defensive concern. Zunino has been getting extensive playing time this spring, and is currently hitting .231 over 14 plate appearances. He’ll likely continue his seasoning in the minors to start the year, but the soon-to-be 22-year-old is on the fast track the majors. He should make it all the way to Triple-A Tacoma by the early part of 2013.

 

 

Nick Castellanos
Outfield/Third Base, Tigers

Castellanos has seen most of his time in left field this spring. It’s highly unlikely that the Tigers will carry him as a bench player initially although he’d be better off playing regularly in the majors. He might end up as the platoon partner for Andy Dirks in left later this summer.

 

 

Christian Yelich
Outfield, Marlins

Originally considered a first base prospect coming out of high school, Yelich was immediately installed in the outfield as a pro and has settled into center field. He’s developed into one of the best pure hitters in the minor leagues. The California native was the Marlins’ first round draft pick in 2010 and he spent last season in high-A ball where he hit .330 with solid power and 20 steals in 26 attempts. After the 2012 season, Yelich attended the Arizona Fall League and hit more than .300 but he didn’t show much pop. The lack of pop could be attributed to a long seasons in which Yelich wore down a bit at the end. He doesn’t offer a projection of plus power, but this tool should be abouve average. Combined with his other tools — plus hit tool, above-average speed, above-average defense, average arm — the young prospect is close to being a complete player. Like any young hitter, he has some work to do at the plate. Yelich will move up to double-A in 2013 and could reach the majors by the end of the season. He’ll face some long-term competition for center field by recent acquisition Jake Marisnick.

 

 

Taijuan Walker
Starting Pitcher, Mariners

The Mariners’ farm system has been highly ranked for several years, but prospect production has been unimpressive at the major-league level. Now, though, the Mariners’ potential rotation is promising. In addition to Felix Hernandez, Seattle could add him, Hultzen and James Paxton before the season’s end. Walker, a 20-year-old from California, was considered a high-upside pick when the Mariners drafted him out of high school in 2010. Despite a statistically unappealing year, the Mariners couldn’t be happier with how he’s developed. Walker’s has two plus-pitches, a mid-90s fastball and a tight curveball that projects as a true major league out-pitch. Reports out of Mainers’ camp are that Walker has replaced his previous curve with a “spike curveball.” The development of the new offering — and his changeup — should be monitored closely this season.

 

 

Jose Fernandez
Starting Pitcher, Marlins

The 14th-overall selection in 2011, Fernandez is a raw talent who needs to improve the consistency of his command as well as his secondary pitches in general. He throws an exploding fastball with plenty of life which touches 96mph. His curveball has considerable potential as well while he continues to develop his changeup. He has a low chance of winning a starting job in 2013 and Fernandez projects to start the season in A-ball and will continue to develop his arsenal’s variety and consistency.

 

 

Avisail Garcia
Outfield, Tigers

Garcia, 21, saw his prospect value skyrocket in 2012 as he jumped from high-A ball to the majors — including the MLB playoffs. The young outfielder hit .300 in 2012 but he still has work to do with his overall game. He’s too aggressive for his own good and walked just 18 times in 122 games. Garcia has the potential to develop at least average power for a corner outfielder, his speed is average but he’s a good base runner and could nab 15-20 bases in a full season. In the field, the Venezuela native should be a slightly-above-average right-fielder with a strong arm and solid range. With veteran Torii Hunter under contract for 2013, Garcia will likely open the year in triple-A, although he could eventually beat out Andy Dirks, Quintin Berry and fellow prospect Nick Castellanos for the starting left field job. Although he has a lot to learn, Garcia looked very impressive and handled the pressure very well in the MLB playoffs in 2012.

 

 

Miguel Jean, A.K.A Miguel Sano
Third Base, Twins

16-year-old shortstop Miguel Jean has been granted a U.S. work visa, completing his $3.15 million deal with the Twins. Jean, formerly known as Miguel Angel Sano, agreed to terms with the Twins in September and took on his father’s surname last week. Questions about his actual age remain, but the Twins were willing to take the chance. “Many teams were interested in Sano’s talent,” his agent, Rob Plummer, said Saturday, “but Minnesota always trusted that everything was right and that’s why today they have one of the best young players in the world.” He’s expected to begin his professional career in the Gulf Coast League.

 

 

Byron Buxton
Outfield, Twins

Twins signed 2012 first-round pick outfielder Byron Buxton and will get a $6 million bonus, which will likely be the highest bonus handed out in the draft class. No. 1 overall pick Carlos Correa received a $4.8 million bonus from the Astros. Buxton, a five-tool outfielder from Georgia, will begin his pro career with the organization’s Rookie-Level Gulf Coast League team, but like Jean above is one to watch.

 

 

FANFOOD Top Rookie/Prospects

 

Leonys Martin, TEX
Jedd Gyorko, S.D.
Jurickson Profar, TEX
Adam Eaton, ARZ
Mike Olt, TEX
Bruce Rondon, DET
Wil Myers, T.B.
Julio Teheran, ATL
Wily Peralta, MIL
Aaron Hicks, MIN
Shelby Miller, STL
Jonathan Singleton, HOU
Travis D’Arnaud, NYM
Dylan Bundy, BAL
Dan Straily, OAK
Hyun-Jin Ryu, LAD
Tyler Skaggs, ARZ
Trevor Bauer, CLE
Casey Kelly, S.D.
Kyle McPherson, PIT
Nick Castellanos, DET
Xander Bogaerts, BOS
Jose Fernandez, MIA
Mike Zunino, SEA
Christian Yelich, MIA
Billy Hamilton, CIN
Zack Wheeler, NYM
Danny Hultzen, SEA
Jonathan Schoop, BAL
Taijuan Walker, SP, SEA
Avisail Garcia, DET
Miguel Sano, MIN
Byron Buxton, MIN
Oscar Taveras, STL
Gerrit Cole, PIT
Carlos Correa, HOU
Nolan Arenado, COL
Javier Baez, CHC
Jameson Taillon, PIT
Kyle Zimmer, K.C.
Archie Bradley, ARI
Kevin Gausman, BAL
Francisco Lindor, CLE
Anthony Rendon, WAS
Jackie Bradley, BOS
Mason Williams, NYY
Albert Almora, CHC
Jorge Soler, CHC
Bubba Starling, K.C.
Chris Archer, T.B.
George Springer, HOU
Carlos Martinez, STL
Trevor Rosenthal, STL
Matt Barnes, BOS
Oswaldo Arcia, MIN
Andrew Heaney, MIA
Max Fried, SD
Yasiel Puig, LAD
Addison Russell, OAK
Allen Webster, BOS
Lance McCullers, HOU
Gregory Polanco, PIT
David Dahl, COL
Noah Syndergaard, NYM
Courtney Hawkins, CWS
Robert Stephenson, CIN
Jake Marisnick, MIA

 

 

Links:

Here are some top 100 lists that have been released (2/13):

1) Baseball America’s Top 100

2) Baseball Prospectus’ Top 101

3) ESPN.com’s Top 100

4) MLB.com’s Top 100

 

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 Jerk Pork with Guava – Apple Relish

“Jerk” is the Caribbean term for very hot, spicy marinade.  Jerk meat, marinated and cooked over the fire, is sold throughout Jamaica, in restaurants and ramshackle street carts alike

 

INGREDIENTS:

2 Pork Tenderloin

Caribbean Jerk:

1 onion, finely chopped

2 Tbs lemon or lime juice

1/3 Cup olive oil

1 green chili, chopped

2 Tbs ground allspice

5 Garlic Cloves, finely chopped

1/2 tsp dried thyme

1/2 tsp fresh ground nutmeg

1 tsp chopped fresh ginger

1/2 tsp crushed dried red chilis

smoked sea salt

fresh cracked black pepper

1/4 cup of Rum

3 Tbs dark brown sugar

10-15 bay leaves

Guava – Apple Relish:

2 Guavas, peeled and diced

1 small apple, peeled cored and diced

dash of Lemon juice to taste

pinch of sugar to taste

 

PREPARATION:

Combine all the jerk ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Place tenderloin in a large freezer bag and add jerk marinade.  Place in fridge overnight

Drain the Pork from the marinade and pat dry with a paper towel.  Let sit at room temperature for 30-45 minutes.

Prepare your Charcoal Grill.

Remove Bay leaves from marinade and scatter on grill around pork. cook over hot coals, turning after a few minutes. Cook over direct heat

Now the real trick here is to treat the tenderloin like it has four sides. Being a long round roast you need to get the insides cooked through without burning the surface. Grill the tenderloin for about 3 to 4 minutes on each of its four sides.

The last thing to do is remove the tenderloin from the grill when its internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F. Of course this is a little low for pork, so what you do is cover the tenderloin with foil and let it stand for about 5 minutes. Because grilling uses a very high heat food will continue to cook after they are removed from the grill. Use this to let the tenderloin reach around 150o before you serve it. Make sure that you place the resting tenderloin in a spot where it won’t be artificially cooled.

Once done, slice the tenderloin about 1/2 inch thick and serve with Guava – Apple Relish or Banana Chutney

 

Banana Chutney

1 banana, chopped
3/4 cup mango chutney
3 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes
Mix together banana, chutney, 1 tablespoon of lime juice and coconut

 

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