Top Baseball Prospects for 2014
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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.
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SB 161 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The Mets first round pick (13th overall) in 2011, outfielder Brandon Nimmo earned his high draft pick with superior tools and excellent projectability, thanks to his strong, mature physical frame. Nimmo slashed a respectable .248/.372/.406 in low-A ball, and should spend 2013 working up to higher A levels. He's still young, but in an offensively weak system, he could move quickly and land in New York before 2015.
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SB 162 BA SC BP SN ES 92 ML
Don't let that ugly .175/.303/.342 line from his Wrigleyville cup of coffee influence you too much. Brett Jackson is still a toolsy centerfielder who will have a chance to blossom in slow-growing Chicago. A well-rounded player without a single defining skill, the .297/.388/.551 line he stroked at AAA Iowa in 2011 is more typical of his results in pro baseball to date. Jackson's mix of plus speed and mature plate discipline portends a leadoff role, though his developing power might make him slot into the six hole just fine, too. He's primed and equipped for an opportunity in MLB, probably the only Cubs prospect really ready to do so, so he should get another chance in 2013.
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SB 163 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A strong, squat hitter with a wide open stance and plus bat speed, Cal-Poly's Mitch Haniger looks like a solid part of a future Brewer offense. With accolades from all sides concerning his athleticism and professional demeanor, Hanny's only real shortcoming is a lack of speed, though good instincts and a strong arm have served him well in outfield duty to date. While there's never a shortage of possible road bumps on the way to MLB, he sure looks like a future star from here.
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SB 164 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A sturdy righthander first drafted by the Orioles out of high school in 2010, Alex Gonzalez reentered and was selected by the Rangers in 2013's first round. Working from a consistent 3/4 arm slot, Gonzalez repeats his delivery very well, mixing a mid-90's fastball with a superior, late-breaking slider. Seen by some as a reliever, his future as a starting pitcher will hinge on whether or not his changeup, currently below-average, can be refined into a reliable offering. One big plus in his favor: he's known for maintaining his good stuff deep into ballgames.
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SB 165 BA SC 82 BP SN ES ML
Pitching prospect Trevor May, a sometimes-forgotten part of the December 2012 trade for Ben Revere, has seen his spotlight turn a bit brighter thanks to his arrival in an organization well-known for developing quality arms.
Not that he needs all that much more development: as a Phillies prospect, May was already showing three good pitches with regularity, and he's already had some pretty eye-opening success at low levels of minor league ball. He stumbled a bit when first faced with higher level batters, but that sort of adjustment period is common, and it shouldn't scare the Twins or their fans. May remains a very solid and still-developing athlete. His fastball is a standard 92-94 offering with heavy sink, and his secondary pitches (a hammer curve and a straight change) are almost ready for more advanced hitters.
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SB 166 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A smallish lefthanded pitcher from Montvale, New Jersey, Rob Kaminsky is best-known for throwing three no-hitters as a high-school junior in 2012. On his season, he surrendered only 12 hits in 53 total innings while striking out 103. His low-90's fastball reaches 93mph from time to time, and a nice low-80s changeup suggests he could be a good pitcher down the road. Best of all, his sharp curve suggests starting potential.
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SB 167 BA SC 99 BP SN ES 100 ML
The Sox second-round pick in 2009 out of high school, outfielder Trayce Thompson is a 6-4, 200 pound righthanded masher from Rancho Margarita, California. The son of ex-NBA player Mychal Thompson, Trayce is a high-quality athlete with a solid set of tools. Both his power and speed project as possible plus tools. Hopefully, the shortage of quality players on the Chicago farm won't force the Sox to move him too quickly, because while he's ready enough, he'll be even better with a bit more grooming.
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SB 168 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A dominant closer at Texas Tech, Rockies righthander Chad Bettis is exactly the right kind of pitcher to survive at Coors Field. He mixes a heavy and loose fastball with just enough of an effective mid-80's slider that prevents hitters from making square contact... the scariest kind of contact.
His time in the minors to date has been no challenge at all. Most recently he racked up 184 strikeouts in 170 innings in the high-A Cal League, posting a lovely 1.10 WHIP in doing so. He's being groomed as a full-time starter, at least for now, and he still has to master AA, but at this rate, he'll be banging on the door in Colorado in 2014.
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SB 169 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The premium Cuban defector available in the 2013 season, Miguel Alberto Gonzalez is aard-throwing right-hander has a fastball in the low- to miid-90s, a quality changeup and a decent curveball. He also throws a hard forkball, though it doesn't really stand out enough from the straight change to be considered an everyday offering just yet: some scouts would like to see him abandon it as an off-speed selection, suggesting he actually throw it harder. Converseley, his fastball, which can touch 96, actually works better in the low-90's, when he can produce considerable arm-side run with natural sink. But those nitpicks aren't much to fret about: Gonzalez looks only a dozen starts away from being a viable mid-rotation big-league starter right now.
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SB 170 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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