Top Baseball Prospects for 2014
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A tall and thin righthander from Oakland, Joe Ross was the 25th overall draft selection in 2011, taken by the San Diego Padres. Reports on Ross are uniform in noting that his fastball and curve project to be major league average (that's good) while his change needs a great deal of work (that's bad, but not unusual for a youngster like Ross). Given the good pitching climate and coaching staff in the Padre system, Ross ranks a bit higher than he would elsewhere.
Full Scouting Report for Joe Ross
SB 191 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Yet another quality shortstop prospect from a system that suddenly can't stop producing them, Venezuelan Jose Peraza follows Pastornicky and Simmons, Salcedo and Ahmed into the Braves spotlight. Peraza has an all-around strong offensive toolset, hitting for average and with good gap power while also showing plus speed and savvy on the bases. He slashed .296/.350/.374 and stole 25 of 30 bases while moving up from Danville to the GCL last season. In the field he looks like a true shortstop, with the range and arm to stay at the position. He'll try to bring his hard-nosed and smart approach to A-ball in 2013.
Full Scouting Report for Jose Peraza
SB 192 BA SC 100 BP SN ES 99 ML
The nephew of ex-Dodger Antonio Asuna, Mexican righthander Roberto Osuna is a raw but talented pitcher growing up in the Toronto Blue Jays system. A thick fireplug of a pitcher, Osuna uses his legs well, generating power and keeping his arms from flailing out of control, with the net result being a smooth and easily-repeatable delivery.
Osuna showed off good command of a low-90's fastball and spotty command of a developing change and slurvy curveball while performing way above his head in the much older Mexican League last season, and the Jays expect both of those pitches will improve as he develops. He's nowhere close to MLB, especially in the conditioning and mental aspects of the game, but does have the physical gifts to perform well once he gets there. Eventually.
Full Scouting Report for Roberto Osuna
SB 193 BA SC BP SN ES ML 93
A solid, squarely-built righthander in the Cards' system, Texan Tyrell Jenkins was a first round (supplemental) pick in the 2010 draft. A two-sport star who almost went to Baylor as a quarterback, Jenkins works with a 92mph heater than can touch 96. At the moment, he can also bring a slow curve, a passable slider and an (unreliable) changeup to bear. It'll be the development of those secondary pitches that controls his rise through the minors. He's a couple of more years away from relevant, possible tastes of MLB notwithstanding.
Full Scouting Report for Tyrell Jenkins
SB 194 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A devasting lefthander who has struck out more than one batter per inning throughout his college career, Texan Matt Purke signed with the Nats after being drafted in 2011's third round. The man who went 16-0 as a college freshman is one of several Nats youngsters who could rise to dominate as a closer, though his lefthandedness should tempt the Nationals to at least explore using him in longer outings before committing him to a 9th inning future. Short action in 2012 showed the filthiness of Purke's stuff but also the risks inherent in banking on young pitchers: the youngster was shut down after only three starts due to shoulder problems that eventually required surgery. He'll be kid-gloved for the next little while, making him an easy-to-forget-about sleeper for 2015 or so.
Full Scouting Report for Matt Purke
SB 195 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Originally drafted out of high school by the Oakland A's back in 2007, outfielder Gary Brown chose college instead before entering the 2010 draft, when he was selected 24th overall by the San Francisco Giants. A plus-plus runner with a centerfielder's natural graces, Brown's bat has been weak but improving (.279/.347/.385 as a 23 year old at AA Richmond in 2012), giving him the right mix of tools for an MLB leadoff slot just as soon as the big brains upstairs are willing to give him a chance.
Full Scouting Report for Gary Brown
SB 196 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A second round pick by the Phillies in the 2011 Draft, Roman Quinn is a sleeper-ish prospect who's now looking like the best in-house bet to take over for Jimmy Rollins sometime in the 2015-2016 timeframe. A fast-developing defender with plus speed and great overall athleticism, Quinn is also a switch-hitter, helpful in the table-setting role he's learning to master. We'd still like to see a bit less sloppiness in the field, a concern of some scouts that's hard to see from raw numbers.
Full Scouting Report for Roman Quinn
SB 197 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A smart ballplayer who makes up for iffy tools with good skills and a hard-working approach to the game, Cleveland outfielder Tyler Naquin has a pretty lefthanded swing that can already pepper the gaps, with the potential for more power to come as he grows into his body a little. In the field he has a good glove and a strong arm, good enough for a corner spot already.
Full Scouting Report for Tyler Naquin
SB 198 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A slight Venezuelan outfielder still busy digging his way out of the Philly farm, Carlos Tucci stroked a passable but empty .278/.330/.299 in his first taste of pro ball, so it'll be awhile until he's hammering anything in Citizen's Bank. Still, his combination of raw speed and athletic ability is nothing if not upwardly mobile. We'll know more if and when he reaches A-ball.
Full Scouting Report for Carlos Tocci
SB 199 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A very young prospect deep in the Toronto system, Dominican righthander Alberto Tirado opened a lot of eyes by posting a 2.62 ERA and 1.021 WHIP in 14 rookie league starts after signing as an IFA. He slings a quality fastball and a plus-movement slider from a low three-quarters arm angle that screams future relief ace. If that birth certificate can be believed, Alberto will be 18 and challenging A-level hitters in 2013, with AA not outside the realm of possibility by the end of the season. There's a lot of risk here, but the upside is tantalizing.
Full Scouting Report for Alberto Tirado
SB 200 BA SC BP 76 SN ES ML
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