Top Baseball Prospects for 2015
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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.
Full Scouting Report for Stephen Pryor
SB 141 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.
Full Scouting Report for Arodys Vizcaino
SB 142 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.
Full Scouting Report for Cole Tucker
SB 143 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A smallish infielder with good all-around skills but no eye-popping tools, Christian Arroyo doesn't have an obvious fielding position, but he does have a quality line-drive hitter's swing, short and compact. Even if he ends up a utility player, he seems to have the polish and poise to be a good one.
Full Scouting Report for Christian Arroyo
SB 144 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Team USA's ace for 2013's 18-and-under World Cup, lefthander Brady Aiken has raw power and solid overall athletic ability, though he's still learning how to truly pitch. His stuff is certainly there: his mid-90's fastball approaches 100mph in short use, and his curve and change are very advanced for such a young ballplayer. Whether TNSTAAPP or not, Aiken looks like one of the best teenage arms to come along in a decade.
Full Scouting Report for Brady Aiken
SB 145 BA SC BP SN ES ML
An infielder from Seattle currently hard at work on the Arizona farm, Jake Lamb is a lefthanded slugger with a strong arm, making him look like a prototypical third baseman so far. The rookie Pioneer league was obviously no challenge to Lamb in 2012 (.329/.390/.539) but he should find some grounding in A-ball this season, presumably in an attempt to refine his batting eye. He's got good pop and decent speed, making for a player with good all-around potential. As a college hitter he could move quickly.
Full Scouting Report for Jake Lamb
SB 146 BA SC BP SN ES ML
An offense-minded catcher from Puerto Rico who percolated his way up the Red Sox system to AA Portland in 2013, Christian Vazquez is one of a handful of promising backstops on the Boston farm. His slash line in a full year with the Sea Dogs was an impressive .289/.376/.395, and while that might look a little light on power, his young frame still has some filling-in ahead.
Full Scouting Report for Christian Vazquez
SB 147 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The Topps Player of the Year for the (A-level) Midwest League in 2011, outfielder Rymer Liriano is a five-tool talent on the fast-track to major league duty in San Diego. His 2012 numbers (.251/.335/.377) might look inferior to his track record, but it was the youngster's first crack at AA, so it's actually pretty impressive. The Dominican native's award-winning minor league career is a tantalizing showcase of speed and power, just the thing the Padres could use at the top of the order. If he lights up AA pitching this spring, he could be in the majors by midseason. If not, he's still a near-lock for the 2014 lineup.
Full Scouting Report for Rymer Liriano
SB 148 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Victor Sanchez, the prize of the international free agent market in 2011, is a big-armed righthander who's growing up in a Seattle system that's positively overflowing with that particular blessing. A gifted athlete with a loose, easy motion and natural movement on his ball, he was a star in Venezuela from the time he was 12 years old, dominating hitters four years older than that with a 90mph fastball and a downright unfair curve. As a sixteen year old in showcases, Sanchez demonstrated he could hit 92 with that heater, not to mention the beginnings of a slider that has since blossomed into a genuine plus pitch. He's even shown indications of a working changeup, which is remarkable in such a young pitcher.
In his first taste of American ball at low-A Everett in 2012, Sanchez went 6-2, 3.18 over fifteen starts, striking out 69 hitters in 85 innings of work. He's still very young, of course, and his body will need to grow in just the right way to support the workload his arm is about to encounter. But right now he looks like the best Latin American pitching prospect we've seen since Julio Teheran, who was himself probably the best since some guy you may remember named Felix.
Full Scouting Report for Victor Sanchez
SB 149 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A polished college shortstop from St. John's, Joe Panik is the closest thing to MLB-ready in the Giants system today, though he's more likely than not to be deployed at second base for the big club. After signing with the team in 2011, he went straight to low-A Salem, where he promptly hammered out a nifty .341/.401/.467 line with six homers and thirteen stolen bases, all in only 270 at-bats. Last year's .297/.368/.402 line might look like a step back, but considering it came along with a promotion to high-A San Jose, it's very good production. As long as he plays up to his level, he'll be all set as a fixture in SF sometime in 2014, with a callup in late 2013 not out of the question.
Full Scouting Report for Joe Panik
SB 150 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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