Top Baseball Prospects for 2014
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A shortstop who's probably better off at second or third, Curacao native Jonathan Schoop's second turn through high-A ball in the Oriole system was a lot more successful than his first. Schoop silenced critics by slashing .271/.329/.375 at Carolina after shredding the low-A Sally League with a .316/.376/.514 line in the spring of 2011. In 2012, facing AA for the first time, he looked a little more grounded (.245/.324/.386) but wasn't beaten by the better pitching and continued to play solid defense. A high-contact hitter with developing power, Schoop is still adding bulk, which should help some of the 24 doubles he hit in 2011 turn into future homers. As it is, he still looks near ready for the bigs, with only another year or so of eyeball-training remaining. He'll return to AA to open 2013, and should apply a new focus. If he takes the expected step forward, he'll be ready for MLB action in 2014.
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SB 101 BA SC BP 82 SN ES 86 ML
A lefty who can touch 96mph with a sizzling fastball, Toronto's Daniel Norris is a bit of a sleeper who should be gaining a lot more attention in the months and years to come. Norris already complements his heat with a hammer curve that can be devastating, and if he manages to get a third pitch up to even major-league average, he'll be an ace on a team known for discovering gems.
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SB 102 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Once expected to be drafted in 2014's first round, Toronto-born outfielder Gareth Morgan instead fell to Seattle in the second, who signed him by doubling the $1M recommended slot bonus. A fast, athletic athlete who's already looking like a premium hitter, he's been drawing comparisons to Edwin Encarnacion, Justin Morneau, Jose Bautista... and other sluggers familar to Canadians everywhere... ever since he was the youngest member of Canada's National Junior team at the age of 14. With more near-pro experience than a typical high-schooler, he'll likely be fast-tracked to the majors, and could arrive in Seattle's left field as a 20-year-old, possibly as early as 2016.
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SB 103 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A Cardinal prospect picked up in the St. Louis treasure trove known as 2012's Supplemental draft round, California native Stephen Piscotty is an offensive-first corner glove who won the Cape Cod batting title in 2011, also picking up the award as the league's best pro prospect. While his name almost makes us wish he was a part of the Tampa Bay farm system, he'll do just fine in St. Louis, too. He should move quickly through the ranks.
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SB 104 BA 70 SC 66 BP 66 SN ES 57 ML 98
A college catcher with a short, powerful stroke at the plate, Mets prospect Kevin Plawecki is a throwback tough-guy catcher whose game is already quite advanced. Given a year or three to absorb the finer points of game-calling, he could blossom into a regular on a rebuilt Mets club of the near future.
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SB 105 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A polished college righthander who went from good to great when tested as a closer, VT's Jessie Hahn has dropped off many prospect lists due to his TJ surgery, but his need for it was well-known when Tampa drafted him, and he's no less exciting now that he's returning to action as a member of the Padres. Hahn struck out 55 in 52 innings of NY-Penn ball last year working as a starter once again, which isn't surprising considering his background, but what impresses us most is that he walked only 14 batters all season. Hahn already has a near-unhittable 99-101mph fastball with movement, so if he's really managed to tune up his control, he's going to be very good indeed. Look for him mid-to-late season, probably as a spot starter or long reliever. Either way, he should compete for a rotation job in 2015.
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SB 106 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A big, durable looking righty, Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia signed as an IFA from Dominica in 2007, and since then has been to visit every development guru on the East Coast, as scouts and coaches all tinker with his awkward delivery in the hope of adding some consistent location to his 96mph heater and stumbling slider. Everyone who's worked with Familia agrees that his control needs a great deal of work, but that's typical in a young player with such electric stuff. As with many such players, whether he ends up a starter or reliever will depend almost completely on whether he can learn to throw his raw change with consistency and deception. We won't really know for another year or two, here.
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SB 107 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The son of Dodger scout Orsino Hill, outfielder Derek is one of the fastest prospects in baseball, with true game-changing speed in the Billy Hamilton fashion, though he's probably a better defender, with a stronger arm. At the plate, he's growing, already showing superior bat speed and gap power, with every possibility he could add power to an already-sweet line-drive swing as he grows into his lanky frame. Come to think of it, Starling Marte might be a better comparison.
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SB 108 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The Braves' first round selection in the 2014 First Year Player Draft, North Carolina native Braxton Davidson looks every bit the kind of player that Atlanta loves to see: a smart, well-mannered southern boy who can hit baseballs 500 feet. While he doesn't have the wheels that Justin Upton or Jason Heyward offer, he might have a bigger bat than either, and his defense looks solid enough to stick in an outfield corner. His arm, for certain, is strong enough: when moonlighting as a pitcher, he averages 92mph on the radar gun.
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SB 109 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A mature pitching prospect, righthander David Hale is a local Georgia boy who attended Princeton before being drafted by the Braves back in 2009. Hale's path through the minors has been a long but steady one, recently racking up a 3.77, 1.29 season at AA Mississippi. Since he's continued to improve even while moving up to higher levels, he looks to be on a tidy trajectory for MLB in 2014, as either a long-reliever or starter.
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SB 110 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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