Top Baseball Prospects for 2015
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A power righthander who many see as the next Dodger ace, first round draft pick Zach Lee has a ways to go before he's a sure thing, but he did nothing to frighten away believers in 2011, racking up a great start to his pro career in A ball. With a 92mph fastball, plus curve and a developing change, he's a young pitcher worth worth watching closely: that 103:32 strikeout to walk ratio he posted across two leagues in 2012 portends a solid future.
Full Scouting Report for Zach Lee
SB 131 BA 95 SC 51 BP 84 SN ES 75 ML 63
While a slurry of trades last year left the Yankee farm as not quite the best-smelling in baseball, Mason Williams is still occupying the biggest stall in the stable, providing the sweet scent of offense-to-come. Mason, the son of former NFL receiver Derwin and the proud owner of a monicker that any power-suited New York attorney would be happy to carry, has already shamed the teams that passed him over four or five times each. The fourth-round pick arrived as a fiery, aggressive hitter and baserunner, with plus speed and solid defense in center. He's already looking like a better leadoff hitter and all-around player than Brett Gardner... and Curtis Granderson can play right field, can't he? Williams is rehabbing from an injurious 2012, but should be full strength and lighting up the minor leagues will full fury by midseason. He's still a couple of years away from the Stadium, but should spend a long career there.
Full Scouting Report for Mason Williams
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A lefthanded power pitcher with a dominating mound presence, top Angel prospect Sean Newcomb has a heavy, sinking fastball that lives around 95mph but can reach 99, more than enough to qualify him as one of the hardest-throwing lefty prospects in the game. His sweeping, hard slider is already a strikeout pitch, while a developing change and curve, while still rough, show occasional flashes of quality. He'll need some time to smooth out his big delivery and learn to repeat it more easily, but he's an exciting pitching prospect in an organization desperately in need of some.
Full Scouting Report for Sean Newcomb
SB 133 BA SC BP SN ES ML
One of Japan's most talented all-around ballplayers, Oakland rookie Hiroyuki Nakajima is a toolsy, accomplished shortstop with a good line-drive swing and an exemplary work ethic. Playing all season at shortstop for Seibu in 2011, Hiroyuki slashed .297/.354/.433 with 16 home runs and 27 doubles, which is actually a poor year compared to his .310/.381/.479 career line. He also stole 21 out of 23 bases, showing exceptional skill. He's a solid player, with the same speed and discipline usually seen in Japanese players, plus a little more power than American fans might expect. A three-hole hitter with Seibu, Hiro would fit well into the number two or seven slot for the A's, or as a decent lead off man.
Full Scouting Report for Hiroyuki Nakajima
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A Colorado IFL signing from the Dominican, outfielder Raimel Tapia stepped right into the rookie-level Pioneer League as a 19 year old in 2013, and did more than hold his own. The sweet-swinging lefthander won the league batting title with a .399/.562/.961 slashline.
A contact hitter who doesn't see many balls he can't handle, Tapia's smooth swing drives balls to all fields, and as he grows he should find additional power. His speed is near plus, though he hasn't yet mastered the art of the steal: he's thrown out far too often for a player so nimble. In the field, he looks fast enough for center, though it's more likely the Rockies will try him all over the place until they find his dream position. He'll tackle A-ball next, with his sights set on Coors Field, 2016.
Full Scouting Report for Raimel Tapia
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A righthanded pitcher from San Pedro de Macoris, DR (his parents must have missed the shortstop delivery truck), Alexander Colome is a right-handed pitcher in the Rays system. Improving his control somewhat last season, Colome struck out 90 and walked 43 in 92 innings split between AA and AAA
His 94mph heat is probably enough to guarantee a comfy career all on its own, but it won't have to: his second pitch is a power curve that's almost ready, though the control could still improve further. He should see time in an MLB uniform this year.
Full Scouting Report for Alex Colome
SB 136 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A top-tier hitting prospect whose glamor was dulled by two different shoulder injuries in high school, Rockies infielder Forrest Wall remains one of the best teenaged bats in the game, even if his recovering shoulder limits him to second base duties for now. A good athlete with fringe-plus speed, Wall's left-handed swing is short and quick, making regular hard contact and producing consistent array of line drives to all fields. His power ceiling is higher than one might expect, at least if batting practice light shows count, but he's probably better off sticking to the gaps for now.
Full Scouting Report for Forrest Wall
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A strong, squat outfielder with plus power potential, Phillip Ervin is an outfielder with good speed who could actually stick in centerfield for a future Reds team. The Pucketesque ballplayer was a good hitter in 2012 (327/.406/.519, 10 homers, 16 steals) and an even better one in wooden-bat Cape Cod League action in the fall, where he raked .323/.429/.631 with 11 homers and 10 more steals in a near-identical number of at-bats. While he'll get some knocks for his smallish size, he has more than a few believers in the scouting ranks, and could surprise many by outperforming expectations.
Full Scouting Report for Phillip Ervin
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While little brother Zach Burdi gets settled in his new Louisville dorm room, older brother Nick is on his way to Minnesota, and probably very soon. The Twins' second-round draft pick in the summer 2014, pitcher Nick Burdi is already showing off a triple-digit fastball and 90mph slider that's absolutely devasting, especially against righthanded hitters who end up flailing at empty air. Everything about Burdi screams 'closer', and in a Twins system that's atypically bereft of other top-notch relief candidates, he can now be considered one of the frontrunners. Only a few months of minor league ball seem necessary here.
Full Scouting Report for Nick Burdi
SB 139 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.
Full Scouting Report for Gareth Morgan
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