Top Baseball Prospects for 2014
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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 241 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 242 BA SC 97 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 243 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 244 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 245 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 246 BA SC BP 76 SN ES ML
There's a pun somewhere about a player named Pentecost being a five-tool prospect, but we're not quite sure how to put it into words. What we can say is that Kennesaw State graduate Max Pentecost could be one of the most athletic catchers in the Majors if he stays at the position long enough to reach MLB. A strong-armed, strong-willed ballplayer with 'plus-for-a-catcher' speed, Pentecost shows an advanced ability to hit for both average and power, as his MVP award from the (wooden-bat) Cape Cod League demonstrates. By the end of the summer, Pentecost had racked up a .962 OPS by spraying balls all over the field, mainly on the back of a .346 average. He'll need to spend the usual extra time in the minors, but he's a special enough prospect, especially as a catcher, that he's worth keeping a close eye on.
Full Scouting Report for Max Pentecost
SB 247 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A lefthander with wicked stuff and an unfathomable strikeout rate, Mets prospect Jack Leathersich is on a fast track to join the team's relief corps. Leathersich struck out 113 in only 72 Florida League innings, using his fastball-curve combo exclusively from the bullpen. He's got closer stuff, and if he rises that far, his small size will inspire many Billy Wagner comparisons.
Full Scouting Report for Jack Leathersich
SB 249 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A righthanded fireplug of a pitcher with the kind of name headline-writers dream about, Brewer prospect David Goforth is a U Mississippi alum drafted way back in 2011's 7th round. With a short, strong arm, Goforth can hit 99mph on the gun, though he's better when he switches to a darting cut fastball at about 92mph. His change and curve aren't anything special, but it shouldn't matter: everything about Goforth screams power reliever.
Full Scouting Report for David Goforth
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