Each week from now until the end of April, we’ll take a look at the elite Class of 2013 baseball prospects by ranking the Top 5 players at each position. This week, we continue with the Top 5 corner infielders led by Fruitland (Idaho) two-sport star Joey Martarano. The Boise State football commit batted .475 on the diamond last year while adding 16 homers and 50 RBIs to lead Fruitland to a Class 3A state title.
1. Joey Martarano, 1B/3B, Fruitland (Idaho)
Martarano, standing 6-foot-3 and tipping the scales at 230 pounds, generates top-end bat speed and has big, raw power. The swing is lengthy, but the right-handed batter has quick wrists and hits the ball well to right-center field. There's a chance that Martarano outgrows third base and has to move across the diamond, but the power will play anywhere on the field. Martarano could be a first-round pick 14 months from now, but he's also committed to Boise State to play linebacker and could be difficult to sign.
2. Ryan Tellez, 1B, Elk Grove (Calif.)
Tellez has a sweet left-handed swing that produces plus power, and he's shown an ability to use the left-center field gap. He's not a great athlete but has a good arm and terrific hands, suggesting he should be able to handle first base adequately. He showed well at the Area Code Games last summer despite most of the field being a year older.
3. Dominic Smith, 1B, Junipero Serra (Gardena, Calif.)
Smith, committed to the University of Southern California, is a two-way prospect with above-average plate discipline and pitch recognition for a junior. His lefty swing is quick and he shows plus pull-power. On the mound, he's touched 92 mph, and he's played the outfield, where the arm strength would be of more use than at first base, but he's a below-average runner and lacks range.
4. Clint Frazier, 3B, Loganville (Ga.)
Thanks to big-time bat speed and power potential, Frazier projects as a middle-of-the-order bat. His sturdy, quiet lower half allows his immensely strong hands and forearms to whip the bat through the zone with tremendous authority. If his physical skills play through, he could shoot to the top of this list by the time the 2013 draft arrives. Frazier, a right-handed hitter, also runs well and has a good shot to remain at third base. He's committed to the University of Georgia.
5. Cavan Biggio, 3B, St. Thomas (Houston)
Cavan, the son of former MLB star and current St. Thomas coach Craig Biggio, is a good athlete with terrific feet and hands. He’s also got a plus arm and all kinds of potential at the plate. He’s a left-handed hitter and shows an advanced approach to go along with a good overall feel for the game.
Others to Watch
Travis Demeritte, 3B, Winder-Barrow (Winder, Ga.)
Ronnie Gideon, 3B, Hallsville (Texas)
Trey Michalczewski, 3B, Jenks (Okla.)
Jeff Paschke, 1B/3B, Valley Christian (Chandler, Ariz.)
Derek Rustich, 3B, Grossmont (El Cajon, Calif.)
Jason Sierra, 1B, Sarasota (Fla.)