Top Baseball Prospects for 2015
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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.
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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.
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One of the hardest-throwing prospects on the Phillies farm (he hit 103mph last year in, appropriately enough, Daytona) righthander Kenny Giles is one of the team's best future closer prospects. Giles struck out 111 in 82 innings of A-ball action in 2012, and 34 more in 26 AA innings in 2013. He's pretty much ready for MLB, and could be a part of the Philadelphia bullpen at any time.
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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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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.
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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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A tree-trunk of a young man, Cubs prospect Dan Vogelbach won't win any sprints or high-jumping contests, but lordy, lordy, the boy can hit baseballs. Plus contact, plus-plus power to all fields, and a bucketful of moon-shots every day in batting practice: these are the things young Vogelbach is made of. In the NL, a man this large (the Cubs list him at 250lbs, but they're being very polite) is destined for first base, like it or not, and thankfully Vogelbach does show good hands and footwork around the bag.
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A powerful lefthanded outfielder, Yankee prospect Slade Heathcott has looked like a future offensive monster for some time now, though his development has been slowed a great deal by shoulder injuries that have required two surgeries already. A professional hitter, Heathcott has plus contact and power skills, not to mention superior baserunning ability. He's more than adequate in the field, and while he can play center, his body type might be better-suited to a corner outfield position. All told, he's a legitimate 30-30 candidate as long as he stays focused on development. Mumblings about possible off-field issues seem to be more smoke than substance, the occasional brawl notwithstanding, but even if there's something there, the button-down Yankees system is a good place to straighten out any young man looking for discipline and guidance. He's dropped off a lot of lists, but given some time to heal and straighten himself out, he should be working his way back up again in the next couple of seasons.
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Showing no certain confidence in the mercurial Carlos Marmol, the Cubs outbid several other teams in 2012's offseason to secure the services of Japanese veteran closer Kyuji Fujikawa. Fujikawa, who finished 48 games for the Hanshin Tigers in 2012, did so while posting a miniscule 1.32 ERA and 1.028 WHIP while striking out eleven batters per nine innings of work. And those numbers aren't aberrations: Fujikawa's career ERA over six seasons in Japan is only 1.36, and he's struck out five times as many men as he 's walked. While it's always iffy to assume an 'overpowering' pitcher in Japan can turn the same trick in America, Fujikawa at least brings closing experience in many bigger-game situations than the Cubs are likely to see in the next few years.
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A tall, thin lefty sneaking his way up the ladder in Tampa, Dominican pitcher Enny Romero won't get a lot of attention due to the richness of pitching the Rays have in stock, but in another system he could be a top prospect, if only for his natural ability.
Rough-edged but generally pretty projectable, his sometimes-clanky delivery seems to be the root of his control struggles, though he did pitch a little more within himself last year, so there's hope. He's been improving in that regard recently, which is critical: until he can keep that sinking 92mph fastball consistently down, he'll have to lean on the change and curve a bit too much to keep hitters honest, and neither of those pitches is quite all-there yet. Romero looked better at high-A Charlotte last year than he did at a lower level the year before, which is a great sign, and managed to increase his workload to 123 innings without any significant setbacks, quelling our earlier concerns about his stamina for now. He'll look to improve again this year and try to work his way into the AA rotation.
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