Top Baseball Prospects for 2014
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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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SB 192 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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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SB 193 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A smallish lefthanded pitcher from Montvale, New Jersey, Rob Kaminsky is best-known for throwing three no-hitters as a high-school junior in 2012. On his season, he surrendered only 12 hits in 53 total innings while striking out 103. His low-90's fastball reaches 93mph from time to time, and a nice low-80s changeup suggests he could be a good pitcher down the road. Best of all, his sharp curve suggests starting potential.
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SB 194 BA SC 82 BP SN ES 100 ML
Jacksonville University's ace in 2013, righthander Chris Anderson is one of the best pitching prospects from the 2013 draft class. The very template of a front-line starter, Anderson has size, velocity, command and poise enough to succeed at the MLB level. Working from a high-90's fastball with good sink, he mixes in a quality wipeout slider to great effect, and a promising (though raw) change to lefthanders. Sharper changeup command is really all he needs to do to perform well in MLB tomorrow.
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SB 195 BA SC BP SN ES 96 ML
The junior Delino is a shorter, stronger, faster and very much more righthanded version of his father. Which is to say, he's not very much like his father at all. What Delino is is a highly athletic all around ballplayer with superior defensive skills, a contact bat that should play at almost any position and serious plus plus speed. While he's still a ways from MLB, he's been making steady up-the-ladder progress through the minors, putting the work in: it's more than just his built-in athleticism and bloodline that puts him at the front of Houston's weak farm.
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SB 197 BA SC BP SN ES 80 ML 66
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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SB 198 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Not to be confused with the Mississippi product and Royals prospect of the same name, the Cody Reed drafted and signed by the Diamondbacks in 2014 is a stronger, sturdier and younger lefty who could be a faster-riser despite his younger age and later start in pro ball. He's also even more of a power pitcher. In his senior year of high school, he posted a 10-2 record and a 0.46 ERA, not to mention racking up five different no-hitters. Most of his appeal comes from his mid-90's fastball and strong, projectable frame, but his changeup shows flashes of brilliance, and his slider/cutter (we've watched it hundreds of times and we're still not sure) is a real professional's offering. Still very young, he's also blessed with almost everything he needs to succeed in the bigs, so he could move rather quickly. As always, consistency of command, especially with that off-speed pitch, will set the milestones here.
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SB 199 BA SC 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.
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SB 200 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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