Top Baseball Prospects for 2014
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A huge righthanded power pitcher from Texas, Brandon Workman is probably best known for striking out 10 batters while throwing a no-hitter in March of 2009. With the build and style of a solid, sturdy innings-eater, Workman works his fastball and cutter around 92-94mph, and can throw his 12-6 curve for strikes on command at any time. He's still developing a straight change, but he's already looking pretty polished as-is, and he'd probably be almost ready to step into a less-picky MLB rotation right now. In Boston, he'll need another year.
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SB 181 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A huge beast of a pitcher, the six foot eight Anthony Ranaudo is one of many premium righthanded arms from the 2010 Amateur Draft. The LSU alum works with a mid-90's fastball on an (obviously) downward plane, mixing in an average curve and changeup that will have to improve before he's MLB-worthy. There are still some concerns with his mechanics, as is often the case with tall pitchers, and his slightly jerky delivery worries a few scouts. Despite those concerns, though, Ranaudo is a pitcher with significant upside who should be worth the XL risk the Sox took on him.
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SB 182 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A 2011 Golden Spikes Award finalist at the University of Texas, righthander Talor Jungmann was drafted by the Brewers in the first round and signed with big bonus money. He's already a polished and complete pitching package with crazy-good stuff and a nice-and-easy delivery, albeit one with an odd and twitchy follow-through. Perhaps best of all, he's the rarest of flamethrowers: the kind who doesn't fall in love with his own heat, preferring to dismantle hitters with changing speeds and great lateral control. He looked great in high-A ball in 2012, compiling a professional 11-6 record with a 3.53 ERA and 1.34 WHIP for the Manatees. He did show a little more wildness than expected, though, which means he really needs to rein himself in while preparing for AA's more patient and dangerous batters.
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SB 183 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Jonathan 'Mac' Williamson is a quick rising outfield prospect in the San Francisco system. Drafted in the third round in 2012, Williamson is an athletic ballplayer with a sweet power stroke. After signing, Mac quickly disposed of rookie ball and landed in low-A Salem, where he slashed an impressive .342/.392/.596 line in 29 games.
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SB 184 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.
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SB 185 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Luke Jackson is a young, strong and raw righthander cooking up in the Texas Ranger system. Blessed with an easy 95mph fastball, Jackson overpowered Carolina League (High A) hitters in 2012 with 74 strikeouts in 65 innings of work, but didn't need much more than that heater to do it: his finesse and pitching savvy still have some distance to cover before he's Arlington ready. His curve and change aren't suitable for higher levels of minor league ball yet, but he's in a good system for development and shows the sort of pitcher's body and strength that old-school coaches love. If you like raw projectability over eye-popping early results, Jackson's your man.
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SB 186 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A lefthanded pitcher who also looks good in the outfield, high-schooler Trey Ball is probably the best of the 2013 draft class when it comes to viable two-way players. As a pitcher, Ball brings a fastball/slider/change combination from an easy three-quarter arm slot, with the slider being his best pitch at the moment. His velocity lasts deep into games, further supporting the scouting eye view that he has 'clean' mechanics. At the plate, he shows a quick bat that generates good power, especially to the opposite field. He's a better than average baserunner, though not a true plus one. He's most likely to be given his first opportunity as a pitcher, but it's awfully nice to know he has quality athletic ability and baseball tools to fall back on, should that fail to work out.
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SB 187 BA 89 SC 81 BP SN ES ML 96
Yangervis Solarte is a talented, switch-hitting infield prospect who somehow slipped through both the Twins and Rangers systems before landing on the New York Yankees' opening day roster in 2014. Drafted as an IFA from Valencia, Venezuela, Solarte has played all over the diamond, though the Rangers seem to prefer his hands at second base, where his tools (a little power, a little speed) look most valuable.
After taking his AA career to a .329/.367/.466 plateau in the Eastern League's 2011 campaign, Solarte did much the same with AAA pitching in 2012, slashing .288/.340/.405 with 11 homers at AAA Round Rock. A four time MiLB All Star, Solarte has little left to prove in the minors, and on an injury-riddled Yankee team, he should stick.
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SB 188 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A smallish infielder with good all-around skills but no eye-popping tools, Christian Arroyo doesn't have an obvious fielding position, but he does have a quality line-drive hitter's swing, short and compact. Even if he ends up a utility player, he seems to have the polish and poise to be a good one.
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SB 189 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The Cardinals' first pick of the 2010 Amateur Draft (25th overall), Arkansas' Zack Cox was shipped to Miami at the 2012 deadline, and assuming Miami doesn't change course four more times in the next twelve months, he should see MLB action there this year. A toolsy player with a high-end mix of baseball instincts and work ethic. his bat speed is exceptional, and allows him to turn on even the best heat while also letting him adjust to off-speed pitches with an ease seldom seen in such a young player. He's still a bit rough defensively, but he'll have time to mature as a pro player while waiting for his MLB career to begin. His bat seems close to ready now: he was probably St. Louis's best overall offensive prospect when he was shipped two seasons ago.
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SB 190 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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