Top Baseball Prospects for 2015
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A smallish infielder drafted by the Tigers in the 13th round of the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft, FSU alum Devon Travis has already made a career out of outperforming expectations. A late signee, Travis only sampled 25 games in the low-A NYPL, but he looked ready for wooden bats and pro baseball immediately, slashing .280 /.352/.441 while popping three homers and stealing as many bases. In the field he has the skills for short but will probably live at second base due to his size and lack of a true cannon arm. A sparkplug for a future MLB lineup.
Full Scouting Report for Devon Travis
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Gary Sanchez is a very young but promising backstop from Austin, Texas with a tantalizing upside that should not be ignored. He's a big boy who could further grow into a Joe Mauer shape, and his bat comes from the same forest as the Minnesota superstar, if not quite the same tree. Unless he becomes part of a package used to upgrade Yankee pitching, he should be one of their top prospects for several more years to come.
Full Scouting Report for Gary Sanchez
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A second-round pick after two years at Oregon State, catcher Andrew Susac is the most promising backstop in the San Francisco minor league system. Behind the plate, he's a quality receiver with a strong arm, and he's very likely to remain a catcher in the future. At-bat, he's a solid gap hitter with a whiff of possible power to come, even if he's a bit swing-and-missy at present. Despite the college experienced, he's still a couple of years away from MLB. The Giants, of course, have no need to rush him.
Full Scouting Report for Andrew Susac
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A two-way player in high-school, Oakland announced Matt Olson as a first baseman when selecting him in 2012's First Supplemental Round, and that's probably what he'll be for the Athletics. He has a promising mix of power and patience that could play well in a system that covets both.
Full Scouting Report for Matt Olson
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With a nickname that sounds like something out of a Radical Feminist Manifesto, Manny Banuelos is a young and tiny lefthander signed out of Mexico who's already being heralded as a shining success story for the Yankees international scouting team. Man-Ban's fastball is an easy 92mph, while his changeup already looks like a plus pitch, remarkable in such a young player. He's been working on adding a curve and/or slider to his mix, which would silence those calling him a bullpen-only piece, but even his existing two-pitch arsenal has been effective so far. He'll be brought along slowly, as the ever-conservative Yankees have no need to rush him, but if his next year is as good as his last, he'll have to be considered one of the top young arms in the minor leagues.
Full Scouting Report for Manny Banuelos
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A first-round pick out of high school before selecting Vanderbilt anyway, righthander Tyler Beede wound up going seven spots higher on his second visit after being a Golden Spikes finalist in Tennessee. A fastball that touches 98mph has been his calling card for years, but his college days seem to have also added depth to his curveball and extra deception to his change. While control has always been a bit of an issue with Beede, perhaps due to how many moving parts he has in his delivery, there's no question he has the raw stuff necessary to succeed in pro ball.
Full Scouting Report for Tyler Beede
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Another product of the Mets' Latin American prospecting machine, Dominican righthander Rafael Montero is yet another hard thrower coming up fast through the minor league system. Montero has a lean and mean mound presence, not unlike the young Pedro Martinez, and he has the electric stuff to live up to that comp. Montero brings a mid-90's fastball that's solid and accurate, but it's the advanced nature of his secondary pitches (especially the wicked slider and sometimes-plus change) that frustrates hitters. And my, how those hitters do get frustrated.
Montero racked up crazy-good numbers in 2013, posting a combined 12-7 record and 2.78 ERA across 27 starts split between AA Binghamton and AAA Las Vegas. More improtant, he struck out 150 would-be hitters in only 155 innings. He looks unlikely to break camp with the Mets this spring, but he should be quick to move, should the team be ready for minor league help early in the year.
Full Scouting Report for Rafael Montero
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A forgotten 13th round pick in 2010, third baseman Brandon Drury wound up MVP of the Appy League in 2011 as an 18 year old slugger. While he looked a lot more mortal in A-ball during 2012 (.270/.333/.603), that's just reality setting in. He's a top corner prospect, a gritty player who could become a fan favorite.A= As mucn all-around infielder as he is a well-rounded hitter, he doesn't have any dazzling tools, and he isn't always pretty in the field, but he almost always gets the job done. Fans will like him.
Full Scouting Report for Brandon Drury
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