Top Baseball Prospects for 2014
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A 2011 Golden Spikes Award finalist at the University of Texas, righthander Talor Jungmann was drafted by the Brewers in the first round and signed with big bonus money. He's already a polished and complete pitching package with crazy-good stuff and a nice-and-easy delivery, albeit one with an odd and twitchy follow-through. Perhaps best of all, he's the rarest of flamethrowers: the kind who doesn't fall in love with his own heat, preferring to dismantle hitters with changing speeds and great lateral control. He looked great in high-A ball in 2012, compiling a professional 11-6 record with a 3.53 ERA and 1.34 WHIP for the Manatees. He did show a little more wildness than expected, though, which means he really needs to rein himself in while preparing for AA's more patient and dangerous batters.
Full Scouting Report for Taylor Jungmann
SB 231 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Jonathan 'Mac' Williamson is a quick rising outfield prospect in the San Francisco system. Drafted in the third round in 2012, Williamson is an athletic ballplayer with a sweet power stroke. After signing, Mac quickly disposed of rookie ball and landed in low-A Salem, where he slashed an impressive .342/.392/.596 line in 29 games.
Full Scouting Report for Mac Williamson
SB 232 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Luke Jackson is a young, strong and raw righthander cooking up in the Texas Ranger system. Blessed with an easy 95mph fastball, Jackson overpowered Carolina League (High A) hitters in 2012 with 74 strikeouts in 65 innings of work, but didn't need much more than that heater to do it: his finesse and pitching savvy still have some distance to cover before he's Arlington ready. His curve and change aren't suitable for higher levels of minor league ball yet, but he's in a good system for development and shows the sort of pitcher's body and strength that old-school coaches love. If you like raw projectability over eye-popping early results, Jackson's your man.
Full Scouting Report for Luke Jackson
SB 233 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A lefthanded pitcher who also looks good in the outfield, high-schooler Trey Ball is probably the best of the 2013 draft class when it comes to viable two-way players. As a pitcher, Ball brings a fastball/slider/change combination from an easy three-quarter arm slot, with the slider being his best pitch at the moment. His velocity lasts deep into games, further supporting the scouting eye view that he has 'clean' mechanics. At the plate, he shows a quick bat that generates good power, especially to the opposite field. He's a better than average baserunner, though not a true plus one. He's most likely to be given his first opportunity as a pitcher, but it's awfully nice to know he has quality athletic ability and baseball tools to fall back on, should that fail to work out.
Full Scouting Report for Trey Ball
SB 234 BA 89 SC 54 BP SN ES ML 96
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 235 BA SC BP SN ES 99 ML
A smallish infielder with good all-around skills but no eye-popping tools, Christian Arroyo doesn't have an obvious fielding position, but he does have a quality line-drive hitter's swing, short and compact. Even if he ends up a utility player, he seems to have the polish and poise to be a good one.
Full Scouting Report for Christian Arroyo
SB 236 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The Cardinals' first pick of the 2010 Amateur Draft (25th overall), Arkansas' Zack Cox was shipped to Miami at the 2012 deadline, and assuming Miami doesn't change course four more times in the next twelve months, he should see MLB action there this year. A toolsy player with a high-end mix of baseball instincts and work ethic. his bat speed is exceptional, and allows him to turn on even the best heat while also letting him adjust to off-speed pitches with an ease seldom seen in such a young player. He's still a bit rough defensively, but he'll have time to mature as a pro player while waiting for his MLB career to begin. His bat seems close to ready now: he was probably St. Louis's best overall offensive prospect when he was shipped two seasons ago.
Full Scouting Report for Zack Cox
SB 237 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A classic Dominican shortstop prospect tucked away in the Twins system, young Daniel Santana is a glove-first player with a developing bat. A switch hitter with good raw speed, Santana needs to develop baserunning smarts in order to be a real base-stealer, and a more-discerning eye before he's anyone's idea of an on-base threat. Still, his raw tools and hardworking attitude helped elevate his game to a .286/.329/.410 line in his very first taste of high-A ball in 2012, the best performance of his young career despite the higher level of competition.
The Twins are likely to move slowly to ensure that his progress is both real and stable before allowing the youngster to step up much more quickly than a level per year. That means if he continues to develop, 2015 is the earliest we expect him to have serious MLB value.
Full Scouting Report for Daniel Santana
SB 238 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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 239 BA SC BP SN ES 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 240 BA SC BP SN ES ML 93
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