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20. Neftali Soto – 1B – 23 Years Old – AAA
Acquired: 3rd Round, 2007 Draft
The Good: Soto has above-average to plus raw power and has shown above-average in game power at times in his career.
Needs to work on: Plate discipline. While he improved his Strikeout-to-walk ratio in 2012, he is still very aggressive at the plate that has led to struggles in using his power and his hit tool.
19. David Vidal – 3B – 22 Years Old – AA
Acquired: 8th Round, 2010 Draft
The Good: Just about every time I have seen Vidal he has made an impressive defensive play. The guy can play defense. Despite his size, he has a decent amount of pop in his bat.
Needs to work on: His plate discipline was solid in a limited time in High-A, but was poor in Double-A. If he can improve in that regard, he could be a solid Major Leaguer.
18. Ryan LaMarre – CF – 23 Years Old – AA
Acquired: 2nd Round, 2010 Draft
The Good: LaMarre is a very strong defensive center fielder who also uses his speed well on the base paths.
Needs to work on: His offense, particularly hitting wise, could use some work. For his size, he shows very little power that he may need to develop to become a starter at the Major League level.
17. Seth Mejias-Brean – 3B – 21 Years Old – RK+
Acquired: 8th Round, 2012 Draft
The Good: Mejias-Brean is a very good athlete with tools to become a very strong defender at third base. He began to show some of his previously untapped power potential in his debut while also showing good plate discipline.
Needs to work on: Taking those defensive tools and turning them into skills on the field. Continuing to develop his bat after his tools not playing up during college.
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16. Tucker Barnhart – C – 21 Years Old – AA
Acquired: 10th Round, 2009 Draft
The Good: Barnhart, short of a major injury, is going to at the very worst be a defensive first catcher in the Major Leagues. He has an above-average to plus arm that is quite accurate. Offensively he has solid plate discipline and a decent contact ability.
Needs to work on: Offensively Barnhart gets most of his current value from his ability to draw walks and make contact. Improving things on the offensive side where he struggled in 2012, particularly in Double-A, could improve his chances to be more than a back up Major League catcher.