Top Baseball Prospects for 2015
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A compact and powerful outfielder with great raw athleticism, Kentrall Davis is one of the most promising prospects remaining on a somewhat-depleted Milwaukee farm, though he's not really close to major league star material just yet. He makes up for his stocky frame with superior raw power and above average speed. While he's currently viewed as a corner outfielder and has almost enough hustle to handle center in a pinch, a move to third or second base is still possible in the future.
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SB 241 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Don't let that ugly .175/.303/.342 line from his Wrigleyville cup of coffee influence you too much. Brett Jackson is still a toolsy centerfielder who will have a chance to blossom in slow-growing Chicago. A well-rounded player without a single defining skill, the .297/.388/.551 line he stroked at AAA Iowa in 2011 is more typical of his results in pro baseball to date. Jackson's mix of plus speed and mature plate discipline portends a leadoff role, though his developing power might make him slot into the six hole just fine, too. He's primed and equipped for an opportunity in MLB, probably the only Cubs prospect really ready to do so, so he should get another chance in 2013.
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SB 242 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A big lefty from Boston College, Baltimore's Mike Belfiore was originally selected 45th overall by the Diamondbacks in 2009. A closer and first baseman in college, he combines easy heat with a plus slider: the perfect combination for a relief pitcher. While his big body and strong bat could play in the field, the Diamondbacks looked at Belfiore as a starting pitcher first, and so far his new owners in Baltimore are sticking to that, too. He's been up and down the performance charts over the last couple of seasons, and has the checkered stats sheet to prove it, but as long as he keeps up his strikeout rate (an even one per inning), he's got a bright future somewhere on a major league roster, even if it's only as a lefty specialist.
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SB 243 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The White Sox first round pick out of LSU, outfielder Jared Mitchell is a fully-equipped toolbox on high-performance legs. A plus-plus runner with great instincts on the basepaths, he's also a developing bat with the type of body that could grow into significant power. There's still some question about his polish in the outfield, but he'll have a couple of years to develop the skills necessary to patrol the South Side lawn.
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SB 244 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A two-time minor league player of the year in the Blue Jays' system, Seattle outfielder Johermyn Chavez came to Seattle as part of the Brandon Morrow trade during the 2009 offseason. He chewed up high-A High Desert in 2010 (.315/.387/.577, 32 homers), but ran into a wall at AA last season, dropping to a mere .216/.312/.360 with 13 dingers. His strikeout rate has remained a consisten once-per-afternoon affair for his entire career, but at least it's not getting any worse. Still young, still with room to grow, but now carrying more concerns than hopes, he's starting to look like the modern version of Wladimir Balentine, enigmatic maybe-slugger.
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SB 245 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A small-framed midwestern shortstop drafted in the 21st round back in 2008, Vincent Logan Watkins has pulled himself up to the top tier of Cubs prospects on the strength of his steady bat. Whether he plays second, third, or a utility role, he looks like one of the the best bets (so far) to join Starlin Castro in a young and exciting infield in the near future... let's call it 2014.
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SB 246 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Pitching prospect Trevor May, a sometimes-forgotten part of the December 2012 trade for Ben Revere, has seen his spotlight turn a bit brighter thanks to his arrival in an organization well-known for developing quality arms.
Not that he needs all that much more development: as a Phillies prospect, May was already showing three good pitches with regularity, and he's already had some pretty eye-opening success at low levels of minor league ball. He stumbled a bit when first faced with higher level batters, but that sort of adjustment period is common, and it shouldn't scare the Twins or their fans. May remains a very solid and still-developing athlete. His fastball is a standard 92-94 offering with heavy sink, and his secondary pitches (a hammer curve and a straight change) are almost ready for more advanced hitters.
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SB 247 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Timothy 'Magoo' Melville is a bit of a sleeper prospect in the Royals system, where he doesn't get quite as much attention as he perhaps deserves. Drafted out of high school in 2008's fourth round, he's already blossoming as a starter. He uses a mid-nineties fastball to set up his strikeout curve, while his change is a better-developed pitch than any teenager deserves to have. Another year or two with the pitching coaches in KC and he should be ready to step into the Royals' rotation. It's not as if he needs much help, either: he struck out an even 300 in 350 innings across the lower levels in the past three seasons, and he looked almost the same in 2012, though it was a half-season ruined by knee surgery. He'll need to get his control back in check before he can dominate (he's still walking a batter for every two he strikes out), but it will only take a small improvement in this area to make him a viable major leaguer.
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SB 248 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The most-likely catcher of the future in Philadelphia, Mexican prospect Sebastian Valle is a young offensive dynamo with plus bat control and a powerful swing that should play at any level. Already holding his own against much older competitors, Valle is due to hit AA sometime in 2012. Give him another year or two to master the intricacies of handling a top-flight pitching staff, and he should be a fixture in Philly soon enough.
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SB 249 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The first round pick of the Houston Astros (21st overall) in 2009, Jiovanni James Mier was universally acclaimed as the best 'pure' shortstop in the draft class, as opposed to all of those not-really-shortstops that are listed that way because of their advanced athleticism. A superior defender with good range, soft hands and a strong arm, he seems very likely to stick at the position. Jio's bat isn't quite as beyond-question just yet, though his third trip through A-ball was his best so far, as he slashed .292/.396/.409 at high-A Lancaster last season. Of course, at 22 years old in a hitting-friendly league like the California, one shouldn't expect much else. If he can move to AA ball with the same results in 2013, he'll be on the Astro's roster soon thereafter. If not... well, the team has other infield options performing well in the minors.
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SB 250 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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