Top Baseball Prospects for 2015
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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 151 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 152 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 153 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 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
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 156 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 157 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 158 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 159 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
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