Top Baseball Prospects for 2015
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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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SB 111 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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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SB 112 BA SC BP SN ES 66 ML 94
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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SB 113 BA SC BP SN ES 98 ML
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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SB 114 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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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SB 115 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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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SB 116 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A 4th round 2007 pick out of Newberry Park (Los Angeles) high school, first baseman Andrew Lambo fell lower than his talent dictated due to character concerns, but now that he's maturing, he's a civilized monster waiting to happen. The Dodgers preferred to use his all-around athletic ability in the outfield, but his new owners in Pittsburgh may reopen the question of Lambo as a future first baseman. In any case, he'll need to develop a little more contact ability if his power is going to have much impact: his .184 average across 60 AAA games last season wasn't exactly impressive.
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SB 117 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A big, limber righthander who was hitting 98mph on the radar gun before going under the Tommy John knife in May 2014, pitcher Jeff Hoffman still has enough upside to be selected ninth overall by the Blue Jays in that summer's draft. Before surgery, Hoffman was commanding that fastball along with a plus curve (a true 12-6 knee-buckler that he used as a strikeout pitch) and a very good changeup, two pitches that he'll need to rebuild in the years to come. A textbook long-term investment by the Blue Jays.
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SB 118 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Austin Wates has a compact, line-drive swing from the right side that's done about all he can do in the minors: that .304/.375/.429 line at AA Corpus Christi last year is enough to indicate his future: he's ready for MLB right now.
To stick on the MLB roster, though, he'll need to show he can perform reliably with the same sharp eye and quick hands that have kept him on the radar. His mix of a good eye and near-plus speed, with a little power on top, could play well enough to play everyday in a poppy Marlins lineup, too.
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SB 119 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A big, strong strikeout artist who's been held back thus far by control issues, homegrown Phillies lefty Jesse Biddle still gets a very high nod thanks to his crazy-good stuff. He struck out a batter per inning at low-A Lakewood last year, which is enough to give him a pass (for now) on the fact that he also walked exactly one batter per odd inning. 96
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SB 120 BA 71 SC 60 BP 94 SN ES 77 ML 53
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