Top Baseball Prospects for 2015
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It's not often that a college pitcher's best weapon is a changeup, but that's how it is for Gonzaga's Marco Gonzales. It's also why he's a top pitching prospect: the change is usually the hardest and last pitch for any professional to master. More traditionally. Marco commands a low-90's fastball well and leans on a good slider against lefthanded hitters. A two-way player while in college, he's no slouch with a bat, which could be extra-attractive to his future in the National League. In a Cardinal system adept at getting the most from smart pitchers, Gonzales has a very bright future.
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SB 181 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A Tommy John veteran, Oklahoma State grad Jason Hursh was drafted in 2013's Compensation Round by the Atlanta Braves. A strong, sturdy righthander who brings easy heat from a loose, easy delivery that's a lot less violent than it first appears, Hursh can touch 99 but usually works around 94mph. His fastball has nice natural sink and some late tailing action that serves him well: missed strikeouts are often still weak grounders. Hursh's secondary pitches are less impressive, with a so-so changeup and a slider that often stays flat and hittable. He'll need both to deal with hitters in MLB.
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A first-round pick out of high school before selecting Vanderbilt anyway, righthander Tyler Beede wound up going seven spots higher on his second visit after being a Golden Spikes finalist in Tennessee. A fastball that touches 98mph has been his calling card for years, but his college days seem to have also added depth to his curveball and extra deception to his change. While control has always been a bit of an issue with Beede, perhaps due to how many moving parts he has in his delivery, there's no question he has the raw stuff necessary to succeed in pro ball.
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A high-school running back with plus speed and great instincts in the outfield, Milwaukee prospect Tyrone Taylor could yet grow into a corner, though right now he looks like future leadoff material. Shaking off doubts he could handle pro pitching, Taylor slashed a combined .387/.434/.667 in two Rookie league stops in 2012, opening the door for A-ball and ungodly breaking stuff. He cranked a .274/.338/.400 line at A-level Wisconsin, with 8 homers in 485 at-bats. He'll probably open 2014 back in A-ball, though a hot start could see an early promotion here. He's still a couple of years away.
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SB 184 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A protege pitching machine from the Dominican Republic, Royals prospect Miguel Almonte outclassed his peers in his first taste of American pro ball in 2013, rocketing into the league's ERA leaders and all the way to the Futures Game. Almonte leans heavily on the give-and-take of his mid-90's fastball (that's the give) and near-plus changeup (that's the take), leaving a frustrated pile of would-be hitters in his wake. His breaking ball, a slurvy slider (or maybe it's a hard curve) is nothing special, but it's coming along, and if the fastball-change combo keeps looking this good, he won't need it much anyway. A poor man's Felix Hernandez? Maybe.
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SB 185 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Bad from the bullpen (7.72 ERA). Great in the rotation (2.12). That's the short version of John Hellweg's 2010 tour at high-A Inland Empire. That's enough to get him a lot of asterisks and scribbled marginalia, but it was also enough to inspire the Angels to commit to the big enigma as a starter going forward, at least provisionally.
With a high-90's fastball that looks even faster coming from his huge 6-8 frame and a serviceable change, he's definitely got the raw talent to succeed, assuming his body can obey. Also, while it's his best breaking ball, Hellweg's slider is still an angry inch away from big-league ready, so he's probably not that close yet. His experiences so far make him an interesting story to watch.
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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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A strong outfielder with plus bat speed and power, Milwaukee prospect Victor Roache is more than a pull hitter: he can spray line drives to all fields, and displays superior pitch recognition. One of the best bets to succeed offensively, he'll enjoy hitting in a near-future Milwaukee lineup.
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