Top Baseball Prospects for 2015
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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 201 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 202 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 203 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The first Hawaiian first-rounder in more than a decade, lefthanded pitcher Kodi Medeiros was a star at Waiakea High before committing to Pepperdine, but with the combination of a an already-95mph fastball and two breaking balls that could be real plus pitches, he didn't exactly need much college ball, so he signed with the Brewers, who drafted him 12th overall in 2014.
While some scouts are wary about his smallish size and side-slinging low delivery, it's probably that combination that gives his pitches such electric life: his slider can break so dramatically that lefthanded hitters sometimes bail out of the box, only to see the pitch called a ball outside, on the other side of the plate entirely. His changeup is a sinking one, great for groundouts as well as strikeouts, and even his fastball has lateral sizzle. He'll need some seasoning, especially if the Brewers wish to commit to him as a starter, but if the bullpen is his destiny, he could be ready for big-league action before his 20th birthday.
Full Scouting Report for Kodi Medeiros
SB 204 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The best batting eye in the Marlins' system, ex-National Jake 'The Choirboy' Smolinski is a slow-growing outfield prospect that a few scouts seem to have forgotten about, though not for any good reason. A solid all-around player, he'll pop a few homers and steal a few bases, but the .388 OBP with 78 walks (!) he posted at Jacksonville in 2012 is pretty much the story on what he will give the Marlins.
Smolinksi's lack of stature (it's not hard to guess what his detractors call him) or of a standout tool might bore scouts, but he does pretty much everything well, with a mix of average-to-better tools across the board, including tasty morsels of both power and speed that should play well on the ragtag Marlins roster. He deserves a spot on the depleted Marlins roster; we like left field.
Full Scouting Report for Jake Smolinski
SB 205 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A power-arm in the Giants' system, Mike Kickham is yet another project in a pitching lab that's quickly becoming famous for producing quality arms. 3.05 ERA, 1.29 WHIP with 137 strikeouts in 150 innings. His control was iffy (he walked 75) but for the quality of his stuff, we can overlook that for now. Give him another year to sharpen his control and he could be another devastating San Francisco weapon.
Full Scouting Report for Michael Kickham
SB 206 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The MVP of the 2013 World Cup in Taiwan, righthander Luis Ortiz helped bring home the gold medal for the USA, notching a win and three saves for the tournament and striking out the side in the ninth to lock down the championship win over Japan. Ortiz, still a teenager when the Rangers drafted him at the end of 2014's first round, can hurl 94mph fastballs with a quick, fluid motion, while his low-80's slider is usually a quality strikeout pitch. A strong armed, well-built young man with a little room left to get even stronger, he'll need to maintain the effectiveness of those two pitches while working on a changeup if he's going to be effective in pro ball. Lucky for the Rangers, Ortiz seems to have the sort of hard-working mentality to do just that.
Full Scouting Report for Luis Ortiz
SB 207 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A strong, burly righthander with a good mix of pitches, Florida native Nick Travieso looks like he could find a nice long term home in the Cincinnati rotation, or at least the bullpen: that 94mph heat with a plus slider looks mighty attractive right now. He's a few years away, but has one of the highest upsides in the system.
Full Scouting Report for Nick Travieso
SB 208 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 209 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A big righthanded reliever from the glittering metropolis known as Cowpens, South Carolina, Red Sox prospect Richard (Heath) Hembree was acquired by the team as part of the 2014 deadline deal for Jake Peavy. A low-glamor, low-maintenance and highly durable farmhand, Hembree would probably take the mound 162 times each season if his coach asked him to. He looked pretty darn good at AAA Fresno in 2013, striking out 36 in 38 single-inning appearances. He did walk 20, however, which is a bit of a warning sign. Give him another half year and he should be ready to chew through some middle innings in Boston.
Full Scouting Report for Heath Hembree
SB 210 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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