Top Baseball Prospects for 2015
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The younger brother to Boston's Garin, shortstop Gavin Cecchini is a contact hitter with solid tools who could develop into exactly the franchise shortstop the Mets suddenly need. He'll need a few years, though, and there are some legitimate-sounding concerns about whether he can round out his game well enough to be a front-line starter. We'll wait and see.
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SB 131 BA 74 SC 84 BP 51 SN ES 53 ML 57
Great name, great tools, great upside. He even has the Good Face. Bubba Starling is a Royals proto-outfielder who has that mix of speed, power and grace that so few sluggers manage. Only Jason Heyward in recent years really matches the sweet swing and long stride of Starling. He's very young and very raw, of course, so don't get too excited too soon (do Royals fans ever get excited, really?), but he's probably one of the best offensive prospects in all of baseball already, and he's still one of the youngest.
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SB 132 BA SC 69 BP SN ES ML
You know what the Atlanta Braves really need? More overpowering pitchers with electric stuff. No, wait, actually, they already have more of those than they know what to do with. No matter, JR Graham is exactly that kind of righthanded prospect, and he won't let a niggling thing like a logjam stop his 100mph sizzler.
A fourth round pick who has already surpassed the expectations of most scouts (you clever, clever Braves, you) Graham mixes his nasty fastball with a diving slider and a proto-cutter that he's still struggling to keep down and under control, but he's in exactly the right system to learn that. Still young, he probably won't be an MLB factor as an every-fifth-day starter for another couple of seasons, but if he stays healthy, he could be a quicker bullpen phenom in Atlanta. He's certainly got the stuff.
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SB 133 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A strong infielder with a nice line-drive stroke and an eye that's beyond his young years, second base prospect Taylor Lindsey showed better glovework than expected in low-level pro ball. He'll try to take his sparkplug style of play up to A-level in 2013. He's a couple of years away from scratching a living from the big league dirt, but he's exactly the sort of scrappy, line-drive hitting middle infielder who could ride out a long career away from the bright lights of bigger markets.
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SB 134 BA 93 SC 74 BP SN ES ML
The 2009-10 Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year, Kaleb Cowart is a switch-hitting two-way player that the Angels flip-flopped on a couple of times before finally deciding they'd most like to see him as a full-time infielder. That's a shame, because as a pitcher he's blessed with easy heat in the 92mph range and can also touch 95mph on occasion.
As a fielder, he's a plus defender with quick feet and the expected cannon arm. At the plate, he's a nominal switch hitter who is stronger from the right side, with a long swing but good bat speed. His overall balance of two-way skills has drawn comparisons to Ethan Martin and Casey Kelly. He's probably a better hitter than either of those, though.
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SB 135 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A big, sturdy reliever who's already had two samples of MLB duty, ex-Mariner prospect Stephen Pryor has been dominating minor leaguers for a couple of seasons now, though he's bad some bad injury luck when it's been time to step up to the Bigs. Still, his multiple stops in Seattle showed that he could handle the big-league pressure, and with an increasing confidence in his big, exploding fastball, Pryor should be mowing down MLB hitters this season.
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SB 136 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The Yankees top international signee back in 2007, righthander Arodys Vizcaino got a taste of MLB ball in 2011 and was looking like he would be back to stay in 2012, at least until x-rays found irreparable damage in his elbow, necessitating TJ surgery to replace his shredded ligaments. Pre-surgery, his fastball hovered in the low 90s, but could get even harder once he is fully recovered. He is known to complement his heat with an already-superb curve and a developing change, which he'll hopefully remember how to throw come 2014.
He's special enough to not write off, and may end up looking like a steal for the Cubs one day.
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SB 137 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The younger brother of pitcher Kyle, young Bradley Zimmer is a toolsy outfielder who shows an advanced understanding of the strike zone and his own ability to work within it. His lefthanded line-drive swing is smooth and quick, and he's expected to grow into at least average power as he matures further. In the field, he has the speed and smarts to take over centerfield, though he probably has enough arm for a corner, too. He'll take a year or two to study, and likely master, minor league pitching, but he should be a good-to-great everyday player soon thereafter.
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SB 138 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The starting shortstop on the 18 and under U.S. National Team, Phoenix native Cole Tucker is a potent switch-hitter with a vicious line-drive stroke that's most deadly from the left side of the plate, especially when his plus speed is factored into the equation. He doesn't have much power yet, but doesn't need it: many of those gap doubles will bloom into home runs as he grows into his body, without any special effort required. In the field, he's got soft hands, plus range and a strong arm: everything one looks for in a true shortstop. It'll be a few years before the rest of his game catches up to the level of polish he shows in the field, but he should be worth the wait.
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SB 139 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A lightly-built lefthanded starter from Venezuela, Boston prospect Eduardo Rodriguez is a steadily-developing pitcher who could help out the BoSox of the near future. He's risen smoothly through the minors so far, and is getting very close to MLB-quality.
Rodriguez isn't a strikeout artist, at least not yet, but his excellent control and quality slider do seem to inspire poor contact from hitters, giving him excellent ground ball ability. His fastball, which can touch 95mph, is good enough thanks to its natural movement, but his changeup isn't special yet. Keep an eye on him when he starts to face more advanced hitters to see if they're fooled as easily as low-level ones have been.
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SB 140 BA 65 SC 72 BP 61 SN ES 43 ML 68
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