Top Baseball Prospects for 2015
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Pierce Johnson is a wiry righthander snapped up by the Cubs in 2012's Supplemental Round after a few too many ballclubs were frightened away by a forearm strain. Silly ballclubs: Johnson is a legit first-round talent who brings a solid mix of three quality pitches to the mound already, and his 95mph fastball could be a real plus pitch as long as he can maintain its natural motion even when using it exclusively down in the zone, which he still struggles to do consistently. If he develops as expected, Johnson could be a solid part of a revitalized Chicago rotation come 2015 or so.
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Aaron Blair, a 21st round selection last season, spent the interim playing Cape Cod baseball before returning to the 2013 draft. Blair, a power righthander, can reach 95mph with his fastball, and it often looks better than that thanks to his better-than-average change. He doesn't yet command his curve with the same confidence he brings to other offerings, but overall he's a good pitcher, not just a raw arm, and he should continue to develop in the years to come.
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The 31st overall pick in the 2011 Draft, new Tampa Bay Ray prospect Michael Anthony Mahtook is a big, strong, fast centerfielder who starred at LSU. Mahtook hit .383 with 14 homers in his final year, and led the Southeast Conference with 39 steals. Mahtook started in A+ and ended up in AA last season, slashing a combined .277/.342/.415 with 9 homers in just under five hundred at-bats. He'll spend most (if not all) of 2013 back in AA, but he's scout's darling with good makeup and a great work ethic, and he's already showing all the tools necessary, so it's possible he could rise to action in Tampa sooner than the natural timetable suggests.
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A starter moved to the bullpen in the spring of 2014, Mississippi State's Jacob Lindgren thrived in the role, enough to gain the attention of the New York Yankees. The Bombers took Lindgren with their first draft pick in 2014 (55th overall), and whether they were after the devastating fastball/slider combination he displays as a reliever, or the grinding sinker that he rode through his earlier college days is anyone's guess. If they choose the path of the reliever, he's a player who could see action very very soon, and who looks a lot like a future closer, even if he'd be a lefthanded one.
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A power pitcher from Columbia (that's Columbia, South Carolina), Taylor Guerrieri is a bit of a shadow prospect in the Rays system, easy to miss when you're busy being starstruck by all the bigger names. But Guerrieri is a solid and fast-rising pitching prospect in his own right, uncoiling a nice mid-90's fastball from a classic power pitcher's frame that can even reach 98 on occasion. His curve shows flashes of greatness and could humiliate major leaguers someday, and he's continue to sharpen it as he also works on a change and cutter. His mechanics seem solid, as much as mechanics can be judged, and at least he's consistent with his delivery, a vanilla 3/4 without any scary snapbacks or recoil. This year, he'll continue to sharpen his command in the minors, but could be a mid-rotation contender in Tampa, especially if injuries strike.
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A highly-talented, very toolsy prospect from Georgia who was expected to be a top-ten pick before a dismal spring soggied his chances, outfielder Michael Gettys may end up looking like the steal of the 2014 draft for the Padres, who managed to pick him up in the middle of the second round. A classic combination of speed and power make him look like an All Star centerfielder at times, and he's hit triple digits on the radar gun with his arm, but his iffy contact rate is a concern. He has so much raw ability that the Padres are likely to be patient with him, and as long as brought along slowly and given time to acclimate to higher levels of play, he's likely to be a great MLB regular one day.
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A compact, wiry shortstop from Tuscaloosa, Tim Anderson's biggest weapon is his plus-plus speed, though he's also a good enough contact hitter to make that speed dangerous. A good but not standout shortstop, he shows plus range but only a so-so arm, which suggests a move to second base might be coming in the future. The 17th overall selection of the 2013 draft, he'll be moved slowly... it'll take some time for his hitting ability to develop enough to handle quality breaking stuff.
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The Athletics drafting a high-school player with their first round pick? Times have changed in the land of Moneyball. Now a member of the Cubs' farm, Billy McKinney is an advanced bat from Texas who might enjoy a quick rise through minor-league baseball, assuming his coaches find a fielding position for him.
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Tampa Bay's first selection in the 2014 draft, Casey Gillaspie (yes, Connor's brother) is a big, strong, power-hitting first base/DH type who is as close to major league ready as a college player can be. A switch-hitter, he evokes easy and obvious comparisons to Berkman and Teixeira, though not without merit: he squares up the ball very well from both sides of the plate, and should show real plus power once he's finished growing. Since he's already approaching 6-5 and 250, we hope he stops growing soon. In the field, he's got soft hands and good command of the field, but lacks the speed need to really man any other position for more than an emergency game or two.
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A promising high-school bat scooped up by the Rockies in 2011's compensation round, Irving alum Trevor Story is a sweet-swinging youngster with an all-fields line drive stroke, and better than average wheels in the field.
After a .268/.364/.436 line across 47 rookie league games, Story stepped up to A ball and performed much the same, slashing .277/.367/.505 in a full season and showing advanced baserunning ability to boot . He's viable at either short or third right now, but won't be MLB-ready for a couple more years.
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