Top Baseball Prospects for 2014
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A big, strong and hungry monster with plus contact skills and off-the-charts power, Phoenix native CJ 'Crusher' Cron slashed a nasty-looking .308/.371/.629 right through the rookie Pioneer League in 2011, capped by eight homers in his final ten games. In 2012, he did much the same in the Cal League, posting a .293/.327/.516 line while knocking no less than
twenty-seven dingers. We expect he'll be crushing AA pitching sometime in 2013, just as soon as they open the cage to let him out.
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SB 151 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A high-school running back with plus speed and great instincts in the outfield, Milwaukee prospect Tyrone Taylor could yet grow into a corner, though right now he looks like future leadoff material. Shaking off doubts he could handle pro pitching, Taylor slashed a combined .387/.434/.667 in two Rookie league stops in 2012, opening the door for A-ball and ungodly breaking stuff. He cranked a .274/.338/.400 line at A-level Wisconsin, with 8 homers in 485 at-bats. He'll probably open 2014 back in A-ball, though a hot start could see an early promotion here. He's still a couple of years away.
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SB 152 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Bad from the bullpen (7.72 ERA). Great in the rotation (2.12). That's the short version of John Hellweg's 2010 tour at high-A Inland Empire. That's enough to get him a lot of asterisks and scribbled marginalia, but it was also enough to inspire the Angels to commit to the big enigma as a starter going forward, at least provisionally.
With a high-90's fastball that looks even faster coming from his huge 6-8 frame and a serviceable change, he's definitely got the raw talent to succeed, assuming his body can obey. Also, while it's his best breaking ball, Hellweg's slider is still an angry inch away from big-league ready, so he's probably not that close yet. His experiences so far make him an interesting story to watch.
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SB 153 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Jacksonville University's ace in 2013, righthander Chris Anderson is one of the best pitching prospects from the 2013 draft class. The very template of a front-line starter, Anderson has size, velocity, command and poise enough to succeed at the MLB level. Working from a high-90's fastball with good sink, he mixes in a quality wipeout slider to great effect, and a promising (though raw) change to lefthanders. Sharper changeup command is really all he needs to do to perform well in MLB tomorrow.
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SB 154 BA SC 94 BP SN ES 96 ML
The junior Delino is a shorter, stronger, faster and very much more righthanded version of his father. Which is to say, he's not very much like his father at all. What Delino is is a highly athletic all around ballplayer with superior defensive skills, a contact bat that should play at almost any position and serious plus plus speed. While he's still a ways from MLB, he's been making steady up-the-ladder progress through the minors, putting the work in: it's more than just his built-in athleticism and bloodline that puts him at the front of Houston's weak farm.
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SB 156 BA SC BP SN ES 80 ML 66
A lefty who can touch 96mph with a sizzling fastball, Toronto's Daniel Norris is a bit of a sleeper who should be gaining a lot more attention in the months and years to come. Norris already complements his heat with a hammer curve that can be devastating, and if he manages to get a third pitch up to even major-league average, he'll be an ace on a team known for discovering gems.
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SB 157 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A strong outfielder with plus bat speed and power, Milwaukee prospect Victor Roache is more than a pull hitter: he can spray line drives to all fields, and displays superior pitch recognition. One of the best bets to succeed offensively, he'll enjoy hitting in a near-future Milwaukee lineup.
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SB 158 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Jeimer Candelario is a corner infield prospect who's been rapidly moving up the planning charts for the Chicago Cubs. After showboating in the DSL as a seventeen year old in 2011, Candelario found his level in A ball in 2012, slashing .281/.345/.396 with 20 extra-base hits in 71 games with Boise. The following season, at A-level Kane County, Candelario produced at a respectable .256/.346/.396, easily adjusting to the better pitching. Questions linger about whether Candy can really handle the defensive requirements of third base. If he can't, there's a different question: can he hit with enough power to man first base productively? These questions will get answered over the next couple of years as he attempts to work his way into high and double-A ball. Lots of upside here, though there are many potential pitfalls along the way, too.
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SB 159 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The Athletics drafting a high-school player with their first round pick? Times have changed in the land of Moneyball. Billy McKinney is an advanced bat from Texas who might enjoy a quick rise through minor-league baseball, assuming his coaches find a fielding position for him. Should he opt not to sign, Texas Christian University already has a pretty solid hold on his future.
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SB 160 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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