Originally posted on Fangraphs  |  Last updated 11/8/12
I felt pretty comfortable ranking the first five prospects in the system and then things started to get murky. There were definitely some intriguing players that got cut from the list – such as Tony Zych, Juan Paniagua, Gioskar Amaya, and Robert Whitenack. I also stumbled across a few sleepers to keep an eye on, such as catcher Justin Marra.   #1 Javier Baez (SS) Age PA H 2B HR BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG wOBA 19 381 98 15 20 16 83 27 .280 .331 .529 .381 Opening Day Age: 20 2012 Level: A/A+ Acquired: 2011 draft (9th overall) Projected 2013 Level: A+/AA Baez was a consensus first round draft pick in 2011 – and went 9th to the Cubs – but there were questions surrounding his defensive abilities and maturity. A scout I spoke with recently, though, never doubted Baez’ abilities in the field, stating that the shortstop possesses good hands, a strong arm and great instincts. He also down played concerns over his make-up, saying that Baez works hard, is a fierce competitor and is confident. I
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