Top Baseball Prospects for 2015
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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 231 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 232 BA SC 58 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 233 BA SC 97 BP SN ES ML
A lot of teams like to do it, but the Dodgers really, really, really love drafting major league bloodlines, and shortstop Jesmuel Valentin (Jose's son) fits that habit perfectly. A switch-hitter, just like his daddy, Jez's swing is quite different looking, though he follows through with the familiar plus bat speed and some sneaky-deceptive power. On the bases, he's above average, though his raw speed falls short of truly plus-level, and in the field he seems capable of handling shortstop, though not in the most elegant way. Second base might be a better long-term home, though if he inherited his father's flexibility, he should be capable of playing any of the eight fielding positions in a pinch.
Full Scouting Report for Jesmuel Valentin
SB 234 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Drafted by the Royals in 2014's first round despite posting a 0-8 record as a starter at Texas Christian, lefthander Brandon Finnegan can uncork a powerful 95mph fastball from his smallish frame. His secondary pitches, a loopy erratic slider and a below-average changeup, won't get many hitters out yet, but any time a lefthander can touch the mid or upper-90's, he's going to be coveted. The Royals are most likely to bring Finnegan along as a reliever, but the right coaching to help his secondary pitches along could make him a viable starter one day, too.
Full Scouting Report for Brandon Finnegan
SB 235 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Ynoa, the child of two accomplished ballplayers, is a towering, flame throwing teenager who already had a mid-90s fastball and an advanced changeup when he was scooped up by the Athletics for a $4.25M during 2008's IFA season.
He's hit more than his fair share of obstacles since then, and has spent as much time in operating rooms as he has on the mound. Already a veteran of Tommy John surgery before his twentieth birthday, Ynoa should finally be back on the mound in 2012 trying to work his way back to that once well-deserved phenom-hood. Expect some rehab in the Dominican and/or extended spring training, followed by a hopefully full season on assignment with the A's A-level team in Vermont. Unless he puts in more than a full season or two without improvement, it's impossible to give up on Ynoa: his potential really is (was?) that high.
Full Scouting Report for Michael Ynoa
SB 236 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 237 BA SC 90 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 238 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A gritty, hard-noised infielder taken by the Nationals in the second round of the 2012 draft, Anthony (Tony) Renda will be compared to Dustin Pedroia for the rest of his career. And it's not just his small size and tenacity that earn the comp, either: Renda has plus bat speed, which means in time he could disply enough power to bang balls into outfield walls and occasionally over them. For now, though, he's a singles hitter with great hustle and baseball instincts, which means he could be a fan favorite in Washington by 2015.
Full Scouting Report for Tony Renda
SB 239 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 240 BA SC BP 76 SN ES ML
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