Top Baseball Prospects for 2015
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A two-way player who the White Sox have chosen to develop as an outfielder, young Courtney Hawkins has plus power potential, though his swing also comes with more than the preferred number of gaping holes, at least for now. He'll have a couple of more years to tighten that up, of course.
Full Scouting Report for Courtney Hawkins
SB 161 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Part of the big Cardinal haul in the 2012 draft, outfielder James Ramsey was shipped to Cleveland at 2014's trade deadline. He might be the best kind of replacement for a restocking Indians franchise as it parts with its increasingly-expensive players. A polished college player with few weak points in his game, Ramsey is probably only 800 more minor league at-bats (give or take) away from being MLB ready right now.
Full Scouting Report for James Ramsey
SB 162 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A Dominican lefthander signed in 2012, Giant prospect Adalberto Mejia showed good control in his first visit to American ball, charting a respectable 3.97 ERA and 1.34 WHIP across 107 innings. He spent half his time as a starter and half in relief, as the Giants are looking hard at him as a fast-track bullpen option. Should they reconsider, he could impress with his quality changeup. If he remains in the bullpen, it'll be his low-90's fastball with decent motion and occasional wipeout slider that are called upon most often.
Full Scouting Report for Adalberto Mejia
SB 163 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Not to be confused with the Mississippi product and Royals prospect of the same name, the Cody Reed drafted and signed by the Diamondbacks in 2014 is a stronger, sturdier and younger lefty who could be a faster-riser despite his younger age and later start in pro ball. He's also even more of a power pitcher. In his senior year of high school, he posted a 10-2 record and a 0.46 ERA, not to mention racking up five different no-hitters. Most of his appeal comes from his mid-90's fastball and strong, projectable frame, but his changeup shows flashes of brilliance, and his slider/cutter (we've watched it hundreds of times and we're still not sure) is a real professional's offering. Still very young, he's also blessed with almost everything he needs to succeed in the bigs, so he could move rather quickly. As always, consistency of command, especially with that off-speed pitch, will set the milestones here.
Full Scouting Report for Cody Reed
SB 164 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A Venezuelan righthander getting a great deal of 2013 attention in Detroit, Bruce Rondon is a pitcher stuffed with stuff, though still a bit challenged for control of it. In other words, a prototypical closer in the making. Not a huge man, Rondon nonetheless gets plenty of action on his heavy fastball, which can break 100mph but usually clocks-in closer to 96. His best trick, however, is the way he adds deception with a low arm angle that's near-sidearm. Not only does that arm action make his fastball hard to pick up, it also makes his slider have more movement than it really needs, which is probably the main cause of some of that wildness. Rondon displayed an occasional change back in 2009, but that's nothing he'll really be needing in the bullpen, so it's probably best to consider it at least semi-retired.
Rondon reall could use another year of cooking in order to practice dealing with more patient hitters, the kind less likely to flail at his dirtballs, but the Tigers could use him in the bullpen immediately. Whether or not he opens 2013 closing for the team, he'll almost certain end the season that way.
Full Scouting Report for Bruce Rondon
SB 165 BA SC 63 BP SN ES ML
A line drive hitter with a clever eye and advanced approach at the plate, Nationals outfielder Brian Goodwin is a quality outfield prospect. He's got the range, speed and instincts to cover centerfield, which is probably where he's best-used, though his arm might be better showcased in right. No matter whether his power develops further or not (he looks like a 15-homer guy right now), he'll need to cut down on his strikeouts to get to the next level.
Full Scouting Report for Brian Goodwin
SB 166 BA SC BP 86 SN ES 83 ML
A big, strong hitter who's all potential at this point, Aaron Judge is drooled over by some scouts due to his raw power and sheer physical strength. Perhaps best known as the winner of the the TD Ameritrade Home Run Derby in 2012, Judge hasn't yet really shown that he can hit for big power in ballgames that count. While he isn't yet reaching many grandstands, he is a decent all-around talent, with a good eye at the plate and better than average speed on the bases. In the field, he's not much to write about, but his appeal has nothing to do with the glove, anyway. Selected by the Yankees in the compensation round of 2013's draft, he'll spend some time learning to hit curve balls and play first base, we're betting.
Full Scouting Report for Aaron Judge
SB 167 BA SC BP SN ES 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.
Full Scouting Report for Delino DeShields
SB 168 BA SC BP SN ES 80 ML 66
Someone in the Texas system is very, very good at finding high quality shortstops. Signed by the Rangers back in 2010 as an IFA, Luis Sardinas is an underrated shortstop prospect from Venezuela who has all the raw tools to be a superstar. After a rookie 2011 cut short due to injury, Sardinas showed what he could do at A-level Hickory last season by slashing an easy .291/.346/.356 line while wowing the crowd with highlight-reel defensive wizardry.
A natural switch-hitter, Sardinas shows equal effectiveness from either side of the plate, and brings superior speed to the table as well. He's not shown much power yet, but he has a body to grow into, so some pop should be coming along presently. If he has a weak spot, he's a bit twitchy and impatient at the plate, but that's hardly a serious flaw in a still-teenaged prospect. While the baseball world is busy writing about an imaginary battle between Elvis Andrus and Jurickson Profar, Sardinas might eventually surpass both of them.
Full Scouting Report for Luis Sardinas
SB 169 BA SC BP 73 SN ES ML 76
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.
Full Scouting Report for Rob Kaminsky
SB 170 BA SC 82 BP SN ES 100 ML
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