Top Baseball Prospects for 2014
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A star player at Long Island University, Brooklyn native James Jones is a Mariner outfield prospect often overlooked by talent scouts, mainly due to the fact that he's never produced the power numbers expected from his strong frame. But he's a gap-to-gap left handed hitter with plus defense, good speed and a strong arm, certainly a good enough overall player to take the field for most franchises today. He slashed .275/.347/.419 at AA Jackson in 2013, with 14 doubles and 28 steals for the Generals. He'll start 2014 in AAA, and should get a look in Seattle sooner or later, probably in center.
Full Scouting Report for James Jones
SB 171 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 172 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 173 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A compact, wiry shortstop from Tuscaloosa, Tim Anderson's biggest weapon is his plus-plus speed, though he's also a good enough contact hitter to make that speed dangerous. A good but not standout shortstop, he shows plus range but only a so-so arm, which suggests a move to second base might be coming in the future. The 17th overall selection of the 2013 draft, he'll be moved slowly... it'll take some time for his hitting ability to develop enough to handle quality breaking stuff.
Full Scouting Report for Tim Anderson
SB 174 BA SC BP SN ES 98 ML
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 175 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 176 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 177 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 178 BA SC 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 179 BA SC BP 86 SN ES 83 ML
A mature prospect capable of playing on an MLB roster right now, Jacob deGrom is a wiry righthander from Stetson with a plus fastball and developing stuff. A converted shortstop, deGrom is still learning his secondary pitches. He seemed to blossom in 2013, blasting his way up to AAA in record time. After abandoning the hard slider, and with it his obvious bullpen ticket, he seems to have found a good handle on a natural curve, and if he can throw it with consistency, he'll get a look in MLB sometime soon, either as a spot starter or long reliever.
Full Scouting Report for Jake deGrom
SB 180 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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