Top Baseball Prospects for 2015
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A steal of a signing by the Cardinals just before the 2014 season, 23-year-old Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz hit .315 with 12 homers and 11 stolen bases for Los Naranjas de Villa Clara in 2012. Interestingly, that's the same franchise that produced Aroldis Chapman, Yoenis Cespedes and Yasiel Puig. Maybe it's the water.
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A handsome, linebacker-like outfielder from Stanford, Austin Williams is one of the premium offensive prospects available in the 2013 MLB Draft. Williams passed on the Cardinals out of high school, electing to attend Stanford instead. As a college hitter, he's shown exceptional discipline and on-base ability (almost .400 in his sophomore year), coupled with good speed and developing power that hasn't yet translated into light-tower shots, but probably will. With a strong college performance near the end of the season, he rose into the second round of the draft, where he was snapped up by hitting hungry Seattle.
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SB 242 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A very big, very strong slugger signed as a teenaged free agent from Canovanas, Puerto Rico, Twins prospect Kennys Vargas draws a lot of comparisons to Kendrys Morales, and not just for the unusual first name. While his size and lack of mobility confines him to first base or DH duties, it shouldn't much matter: the switch-hitting Vargas has the sort of easy power from both sides of the plate that makes him a valuable middle-order bat. At high-A Fort Myers in 2013, Vargas slashed .267/.344/.468 while drilling 19 homers in 457 at-bats. While he still strikes out a bit too much, that's a downside the offensively-challenged Twins will gladly take if Vargas can take a full time place in the lineup for the next five or six years. He's ready for AA ball in 2014, with a late-season look in Minnesota not out of the question.
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The Dodgers first-round pick (16th overall) in 2011, Chris Reed is a big, strong lefty with a solid 94mph fastball and a polished breaking ball. His stuff is electric, especially his strikeout slider: he could be a powerful piece of an MLB bullpen at any time. The Dodgers are thus-far more inclined to let him develop as a starter, though, and given the dodgy state of their rotation, they're probably wise to do so. Reed's physique and mentality do look ideal for a rotation-anchor. Give him a year or two.
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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.
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SB 246 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The final player drafted in the second round of 2014's First Year Player draft, Ronnie Williams is a smallish righthander. While his size didn't get him much consideration, his 98mph fastball certainly got him attention from the Cardinals, who signed him quickly and assigned him to their Gulf Coast facility for close observation and training. Many are already comparing Williams to the similarly-built Chris Archer, who not only found success in MLB, but found it very quickly. The Cardinals like Williams's easy, repeatable delivery, and their coaches detect an advanced feel for the curve and changeup. That means St Louis will develop Williams as a starter, with a bullpen assignment only a measure of last resort at this time.
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Willy Adames is a textbook Dominican shortstop with a better bat than most. At the plate, he shows a mature, patient approach, using a short stroke to drive the ball to all fields. In the field, he has soft hands and a strong arm, though perhaps not enough range or speed to ever be an elite defender. Signed by the Tigers at 16, he's still looking like a shortstop today, though as with all such players, as his body fills out, he may end up outgrowing the position. If he does, it seems likely his bat will play well enough to lock down a third base job. He's still very young and raw, but he's one of the more intriguing shortstop prospects in the game today.
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The thirteenth overall selection in the 2014 draft, San Diego infield prospect Trea Turner has the eye, bat and legs to be a premium tablesetter on top of an MLB roster someday. Better than the usual crop of defense-first players with speed, Turner also brings a plus contact bat and very good plate discipline to his game, at least when he doesn't get homer happy. Hopefully the Padres will remind Turner they don't need him to be a power threat: they'll be more than happy enough with the on-base skills and superior defense he's more equipped to deliver.
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SB 249 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A well-rounded high school athlete who just happens to be a pitcher at the moment, Georgia native Spencer Adams was snapped up by the pitching-hungry White Sox in 2014's June amateur draft, and looks like one of the team's top prospects as a result. Adams already mixes a tight 95mph fastball and sharp slider, with a reasonable curve and changeup still in development. Scouts like Adams's lithe frame and loose, easy delivery, suggesting a higher likelihood of smooth, healthy development without setbacks or injuries. Since he's still very young, it also means he could gain more strength and velocity as he matures.
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