Top Baseball Prospects for 2015
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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.
Full Scouting Report for Victor Roache
SB 191 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A high-school catcher blessed with a B-movie monicker, Stryker Trahan was drafted by the Diamondbacks at the tail end of 2012's first round. While the final call is more than half a decade away, the early returns suggest that the tallish Trahan may be able to stick at catcher, as he possesses more than the usual strong arm requirement. If he shows aptitude for game-calling, he'll move quickly, but 'quickly' in this context still means 2016 or so.
Full Scouting Report for Stryker Trahan
SB 192 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The Milwaukee Brewers fourth round selection in the 2012 draft, Tyler Wagner is a fast-rising righthander who shoes off exceptional pitchability. In other words, while he might not have devastating heat or unhittable stuff, he quite simply knows what he's doing on the mound. His sinking fastball is a 94mph offering that he commands well, mixing in an average change and a sometimes-excellent slider, but it's the way he commands and controls all three that keep hitters guessing, at least for the most part.
Full Scouting Report for Tyler Wagner
SB 193 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A strong, squat hitter with a wide open stance and plus bat speed, Cal-Poly's Mitch Haniger looks like a solid part of a future MLB offense. With accolades from all sides concerning his athleticism and professional demeanor, Hanny's only real shortcoming is a lack of speed, though good instincts and a strong arm have served him well in outfield duty to date. While there's never a shortage of possible road bumps on the way to MLB, he sure looks like a future star from here.
Full Scouting Report for Mitch Haniger
SB 194 BA SC 80 BP SN ES ML
A big, sturdy righthander drafted by the Reds in 2014, Nick Howard spent his first two seasons at Virginia in the starting rotation, posting a 6 4 record, a 3.38 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 61 innings during his sophomore year. He moved to the bullpen last year, taking over as the team's closer and racking up 19 saves while posting an even shinier 2.15 ERA and striking out an eye-popping 50 men in 29-2/3 innings of work. Oh, and while doing all that, he also slashed .303/.345/.400 while playing a mix of third base, first base and shortstop.
Thankfully, being drafted by an NL team means we'll still see him at the plate from time to time, but it's on the mound where his future focus will be. His fastball is a 94mph sizzler that reached 98mph in closing work, and when his secondary change, slider curve are working, he's pretty much unhittable. While he could move very quickly and excel in an MLB relief role for 2015, the Reds will probably exhaust his potential as a starter before writing off that nifty four-pitch mix altogether.
Full Scouting Report for Nick Howard
SB 195 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Jeimer Candelario is a corner infield prospect who's been rapidly moving up the planning charts for the Chicago Cubs. After showboating in the DSL as a seventeen year old in 2011, Candelario found his level in A ball in 2012, slashing .281/.345/.396 with 20 extra-base hits in 71 games with Boise. The following season, at A-level Kane County, Candelario produced at a respectable .256/.346/.396, easily adjusting to the better pitching. Questions linger about whether Candy can really handle the defensive requirements of third base. If he can't, there's a different question: can he hit with enough power to man first base productively? These questions will get answered over the next couple of years as he attempts to work his way into high and double-A ball. Lots of upside here, though there are many potential pitfalls along the way, too.
Full Scouting Report for Jeimer Candelario
SB 196 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Don't let that ugly .175/.303/.342 line from his Wrigleyville cup of coffee influence you too much. Brett Jackson is still a toolsy centerfielder who will have a chance to blossom in slow-growing Chicago. A well-rounded player without a single defining skill, the .297/.388/.551 line he stroked at AAA Iowa in 2011 is more typical of his results in pro baseball to date. Jackson's mix of plus speed and mature plate discipline portends a leadoff role, though his developing power might make him slot into the six hole just fine, too. He's primed and equipped for an opportunity in MLB, probably the only Cubs prospect really ready to do so, so he should get another chance in 2013.
Full Scouting Report for Brett Jackson
SB 197 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A sturdy righthander first drafted by the Orioles out of high school in 2010, Alex Gonzalez reentered and was selected by the Rangers in 2013's first round. Working from a consistent 3/4 arm slot, Gonzalez repeats his delivery very well, mixing a mid-90's fastball with a superior, late-breaking slider. Seen by some as a reliever, his future as a starting pitcher will hinge on whether or not his changeup, currently below-average, can be refined into a reliable offering. One big plus in his favor: he's known for maintaining his good stuff deep into ballgames.
Full Scouting Report for Alex Gonzalez
SB 198 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Pitching prospect Trevor May, a sometimes-forgotten part of the December 2012 trade for Ben Revere, has seen his spotlight turn a bit brighter thanks to his arrival in an organization well-known for developing quality arms.
Not that he needs all that much more development: as a Phillies prospect, May was already showing three good pitches with regularity, and he's already had some pretty eye-opening success at low levels of minor league ball. He stumbled a bit when first faced with higher level batters, but that sort of adjustment period is common, and it shouldn't scare the Twins or their fans. May remains a very solid and still-developing athlete. His fastball is a standard 92-94 offering with heavy sink, and his secondary pitches (a hammer curve and a straight change) are almost ready for more advanced hitters.
Full Scouting Report for Trevor May
SB 199 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The Pirates swear he's only eighteen years old, but young Luis Heredia sure looks a lot older than that, both physically and when you take a look at what he can do with a baseball. The big (6-6, 210) kid from Sinaloa throws hard: he touched 96mph in rookie ball as a sixteen-year old (!?), and he looks like as he grows into his body, he'll be able to increase number in the future, too.
Even as-is, though, that fastball will be enough if he can complement it with any decent secondary pitches. Good news for his mother and the fan club: Heredia's already packing a changeup that looks better than anything most 20-year olds can throw, and his work-in-progress curve is showing great movement, even if he can't really control it yet. He's only due to sample A-ball in 2013, which means he's still go a long way to go before he's wowing them in MLB, and we'll probably be hearing about all those other great Pirate pitching prospects first, but if his body holds together, the H-Bomb could be something special a few years down the road. Felix Hernandez comparisons are not completely outrageous here.
Full Scouting Report for Luis Heredia
SB 200 BA SC 87 BP SN ES ML
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