Top Baseball Prospects for 2015
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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 191 BA SC 87 BP SN ES ML
A prep righthander with a nasty mid-nineties fastball, Texas prospect Jake Thompson is an imposing mound presence: a 6-4, 240lb 18-year old is a frightening thing for a teenager to face at the plate. Mix in a potentially plus slider and the situation becomes downright unfair. Thompson will work on some secondary pitches in the minors (that ever-elusive change needs a lot of work), but could well become the latest in a long line of Texas pitching finds.
Full Scouting Report for Jake Thompson
SB 192 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The Sox second-round pick in 2009 out of high school, outfielder Trayce Thompson is a 6-4, 200 pound righthanded masher from Rancho Margarita, California. The son of ex-NBA player Mychal Thompson, Trayce is a high-quality athlete with a solid set of tools. Both his power and speed project as possible plus tools. Hopefully, the shortage of quality players on the Chicago farm won't force the Sox to move him too quickly, because while he's ready enough, he'll be even better with a bit more grooming.
Full Scouting Report for Trayce Thompson
SB 193 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The number one son of Moss Bluff, Louisiana, San Diego's Jace Petersen is one of the organization's most promising middle-infielders. A raw, often unpolished prospect, Jace the Face nonetheless looks like a natural ballplayer. Peterson carries his athletic ability with natural grace, looking like nothing as much as a bundle of potential. His plus bat speed and first-step hustle look awfully good on film, and he looked very good handling low minors pitching over the past two seasons. He'll spend 2014 in the minors as well, but he's a fascinating prospect nonetheless.
Full Scouting Report for Jace Peterson
SB 194 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A highly-prized prospect for his combination of power and speed, Rodriguez was a free-agent prize when he was stolen by the Reds as a Latin American free agent in 2008. A very young and very raw talent, he probably has the highest ceiling of any hitter in the Reds' system... but he's a long way from polished or proven. Before he can move up through the minors, he'll need to learn to hit breaking balls, and to stop swinging at everything he can reach. He's still a year or two away from the Bigs, though, so hold your horses.
Full Scouting Report for Yorman Rodriguez
SB 195 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A crafty righthander from Juan Encarnacion's home town in Puerto Rico, Braves prospect Mauricio Cabrera is a sturdy-looking pitcher with a low-90's fastball and two quality secondary pitches. While it's not unusual to see a snappy curve in a young player, it is quite special to see a changeup as good as Cabera's. He looked good in his first full season of pro ball at rookie Danville, striking out twice as many as he walked and missing bats to the tune of a 1.18 WHIP. He'll move up as quickly as he gets comfortable, which shouldn't take long.
Full Scouting Report for Mauricio Cabrera
SB 196 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A high-school quarterback who only really focused on baseball in his senior year, Ryan McMahon is a hard-hitting prospect with plus power on the horizon, thanks to his still-growing frame and very quick bat. In the field, he looks strong and flexible enough for third base, though an outfield corner isn't out of the question, either. He'll take some time to learn the finer points of the baseball arts, but he's already looking very good with the broad strokes.
Full Scouting Report for Ryan McMahon
SB 198 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A dead-red power hitter who will need to learn some discipline to succeed as a pro, high school slugger Mitch Nay was lucky enough to be drafted by an American League ballclub with no fear of offense-only ballplayers. He's a long way away, and comes with significant risk attached, but Nay could be a contributor from a corner infield spot as early as 2017.
Full Scouting Report for Mitch Nay
SB 199 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Grant Hockin certainly has the look of his grandfather, Brewer great Harmon Killebrew, if not the same aptitude for smashing baseballs. What he does have, he dispenses from the mound, with a nice array of fastballs (92-94mph) and breaking balls (a sinking change and a splitter that also sinks) that all come from the same nice-and-easy arm action. He's also got a so-so slider that could use a little more work. He doesn't have ace stuff, at least not right now, but his expertise and heritage will go a long way. Signed by the Indians, who drafted him near the end of 2014's second round,
Full Scouting Report for Grant Hockin
SB 200 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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