Top Baseball Prospects for 2015
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A sixth round selection by the O's in 2011, catcher and third baseman Nick Delmonico probably had the best pure power bat in the Baltimore system at draft time, and he's shown flashes of that power already in pro ball. The best indicator for possible future success comes not from seeing his legit power, however, but in noticing that his success in high school came mainly on the strength of patience and selectivity at the plate: if that kind of discipline can be nurtured in pro ball, he could be a very powerful offensive force indeed. Now a Brewer thanks to the shrewd dumping of Francisco Rodriguez in mid-2013, he'll continue to develop in another system known for sharpening young hitters.
Full Scouting Report for Nick Delmonico
SB 151 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A headline acquisition as part of the trade of pitcher Matt Garza, Hak-Ju Lee is a big, powerful shortstop from Korea who's now prominently positioned in the Tampa Bay system. Already a polished hitter (.261/.336/.360 at AA Montgomery last year), Lee seems to have the footwork and arm to stick at shortstop, too, and he's shown improvement in the field every season. His 37 steals in 2012, a career best, is also a highlight worth remembering. As projected, he should get a shot at everyday Tampa life in 2013.
Full Scouting Report for Hak-Ju Lee
SB 152 BA SC BP SN ES 79 ML 84
A high-ceiling pitching prospect who scouts love for his arm strength and projectable frame, Tupela honey Chris Stratton projects as a future stalwart for the Giants. He's experienced as a reliever, but the repeatable nature of his four quality pitches looks a lot better in a starting spot to us. Stay tuned.
Full Scouting Report for Chris Stratton
SB 153 BA SC BP SN ES ML
An offensive-first shortstop with true light-tower power, California native Jacob Gatewood zoomed up the draft boards in early 2014, and his selection 41st overall by the Brewers may someday be looked back upon as the steal of the draft. That is, assuming he picks up the strength his frame looks able to support, and manages to tame or harness what looks like an overly-complex setup and load at the plate. Otherwise he may not make frequent enough contact to develop into an effective overall weapon. In the field, Gatewood's strong arm is his best asset. It's definitely enough to keep him at shortstop, though his merely-average range and first-step reflexes may inspire the Brewers to move him to third base eventually, or sooner than that if his body fills out quickly.
Full Scouting Report for Jacob Gatewood
SB 154 BA SC BP SN ES ML
One of baseball's top college hitters in 2010 (.344/.481/.656 at Clemson, with a homer every 12 at-bats), outfielder Kyle Parker is a big part of the Rockies plan to pump up their offense as they return to contention in the years to come. Parker, who slashed .308/.415/.562 with 23 homers in 102 California League (high-A) games, has plus power from the right side hat will only look better in Coors, and soon. Like many of the best Rockies prospects, he's due to arrive for real sometime in 2014, though we should see a taste of him in September.
Full Scouting Report for Kyle Parker
SB 155 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Casey Kelly is big, strong pitcher who came to San Diego from Boston in the Adrian Gonzalez trade. Young Kelly is already 6-3 and 200lbs, with more size and strength to come as he fills out.
He took an uncomfortable step backwards with the Red Sox back in 2010, which probably precipitated their sudden willingness to part with the once-untouchable asset, but his stuff is still there, just waiting for his ability to catch up: Kelly's fastball was rated the best heatuh in the Red Sox system in 2010. And so was his curve. And so was his changeup. Put all that together with his plus control, and it seems pretty clear we're looking at a possible Padres success story. Like any pitching prospect, he needs luck on his side to stay healthy, and if he gets that, he'll be a solid number two or three starter, and maybe even a future ace.
Full Scouting Report for Casey Kelly
SB 156 BA SC BP SN ES ML 87
A smart ballplayer who makes up for iffy tools with good skills and a hard-working approach to the game, Cleveland outfielder Tyler Naquin has a pretty lefthanded swing that can already pepper the gaps, with the potential for more power to come as he grows into his body a little. In the field he has a good glove and a strong arm, good enough for a corner spot already.
Full Scouting Report for Tyler Naquin
SB 157 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Originally signed out of the Dominican Republic by the A's back in 2010, righthander Michael Feliz saw that contract evaporate when he failed a requisite PED test. He was picked up by the Astros for less than half the signing amount. At Tri-City in 2013, Feliz looked promising, posting a 1.96 ERA to lead the short-season NY-Penn League. His 95mph fastball has been clocked as high as 99, and his slider, while still in development, already looks MLB-ready, at least on good days. On bad days, his dragging arm action can impair his command of both pitches, leaving him hittable up in the zone. Still very raw, he nonetheless shows all of the attributes associated with relief aces, and he should be on the long-term radar of those charting possible future closers in Houston.
Full Scouting Report for Michael Feliz
SB 158 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The fastest player in the 2012 draft class, young DJ Davis has base-stealing skills to burn to go along with great range in the outfield, signalling a bright future in a major league outfield as long as he can bring his bat along with him: MLB-average offensive production is all that's needed here, and Davis should be able to get there with a couple of years of experience and hard work.
Full Scouting Report for DJ Davis
SB 159 BA SC BP SN ES ML
An exceptional pitcher drafted and signed by the Red Sox out of Mt Pleasant (Texas) High School, Michael 'Meat' Kopech is a very tall, lanky pitcher who's been throwing 98mph fastballs since his mid-teens. He achieves this velocity with a twist of jangly yoga, bending himself backwards slightly before snapping his long right arm forward to deliver the ball, then landing with a little bonus shimmy. This gives his delivery a little deception, especially to new hitters, gives his fastball a downward tilt that's very difficult to square up, and lends considerable depth and break to his slurvy slider, which is probably his best strikeout weapon right now. If he adds a semi-reasonable changeup to his arsenal, he's going to be very, very good. Assuming he doesn't jam up his chakras with wooly young girls, that is.
Full Scouting Report for Michael Kopech
SB 160 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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