Top Baseball Prospects for 2014
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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.
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SB 141 BA 84 SC BP SN ES ML
The Mets top infield prospect, Wilmer Flores is on a trajectory for Flushing that will be difficult to derail. Flores's reached AA in 2012, slashing .311/.361/.494 in 66 Binghamton games that included 8 homers and 18 doubles. He's still a year or so away from Flushing, and it's possible he could outgrow shortstop, but right now he looks like he could be a slightly-dimmer East Coast version of Starlin Castro by early 2014.
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SB 142 BA SC BP 71 SN ES ML
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.
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SB 143 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.
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SB 144 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The number two overall pick in 2011, Seattle pitching prospect Danny Hultzen is a solid lefthander who draws more than his share of Cliff Lee comparisons. With a fastball that drops in around 94mph and a no-nonsense workmanlike approach to the game, the comparison isn't far off base, either. In three seasons of duty at the University of Virginia, Hultzen went 32-5 with a 2.08 ERA. The Cavs ace also struck out a nasty 148 batters in 103 innings in his final season.
In addition to the well-advertised pinpoint fastball, he showed advanced ability to find and locate a nifty cutter, a decent change, and an occasionally-wicked slider, though he may back-shelf that one for awhile. He looked ready for MLB last season, but with not much to play for, the Mariners erred on the discretionary side, which should keep their soon-to-be-stellar rotation affordable a little bit longer. Look for him this season.
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SB 145 BA SC 88 BP SN ES ML
Reds prospect Jesse Winker is a solid hitting prospect who's already showing an advanced ability to work an at-bat, with power enough to line-drive anything to any field on command. He has a little pull power, but that's probably something the Reds would rather he forgot about: he's a top-to-middle of order bat who should be an on-base threat, and he hasn't found anything to slow him down yet: he led the entire Pioneer league in OBP last year. Defensively, he's competent in the outfield or a corner infield spot, but he won't win any gold gloves.
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SB 146 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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.
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SB 147 BA SC BP SN ES 87 ML 75
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.
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SB 148 BA SC BP 63 SN ES ML
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.
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SB 149 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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 150 BA 74 SC 84 BP 51 SN ES 53 ML 57
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