Top Baseball Prospects for 2014
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A well rounded outfielder with great tools and a dedicated commitment to improving his skills, Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario could be a big sleeper star for Minnesota by mid-to-late 2013. He's only twenty, but Eddie's .296/.345/.490 Midwest line (with 48 extra-base hits in 95 games) looks frighteningly good, doesn't it? Miguel Sano will get the lion's share of glowing press in the next few years, but Eddie Rosario could be right at home hitting behind him.
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A flamethrowing lefthander, Montgomery was grabbed early by the Royals in the 2008 draft. Four minor league seasons later, he's still looking pretty legitimate, if unspectacular. He's assembled a 4.17 ERA, a 1.34 WHIP and a 460:212 collection of strikeouts versus walks over 546 innings that have propelled him to AAA and the major league doorstep. Traded to the Rays during the 2012 winter, he'll be looked to sooner than he might have been in KC. He's only 23 years old, and suffered some flameout control issues at times last season, but we still expect to see him in the majors this season. A new coaching staff might be all that it takes to restore his onetime shine.
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A shortstop who outgrew the position, as so many tall men do, Red Sox prospect Garin Cecchini zipped up prospect lists last year mainly on the strength of his .298/.398/.500 performance at Low-A Lowell in 2011, and that season was obviously no fluke: he slashed .305/.394/.433 a year later at higher-level Greenville. Cecchini shows good (but not great) glove and footwork, and his arm can certainly handle the long throws from third, so there's little worry that he'll be able to play there. While there's no special reason for pessimism, we'll see how he can handle higher quality pitching, including his first taste of ungodly breaking stuff in 2013 before anointing him as a better third base option than Will Middlebooks.
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A headline acquisition as part of the trade of pitcher Matt Garza, Hak-Ju Lee is a big, powerful shortstop from Korea who's now prominently positioned in the Tampa Bay system. Already a polished hitter (.261/.336/.360 at AA Montgomery last year), Lee seems to have the footwork and arm to stick at shortstop, too, and he's shown improvement in the field every season. His 37 steals in 2012, a career best, is also a highlight worth remembering. As projected, he should get a shot at everyday Tampa life in 2013.
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A Washington draftee who made a detour to Oakland in 2012, re-Nationalized pitcher AJ Cole is a six-foot-five, lanky righthander who can touch 95mph with his fastball. Cole also mixes in a power curve and passable changeup that could develop into plus pitches with good coaching and support. He's already drawing comparisons to Justin Verlander, who was a similar pitcher at the same age, complete with the erratic control that's still holding Cole back from a breakout. Give him time and watch his peripherals. Trading a couple of MPH for greater control could accelerate his timeline.
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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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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 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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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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