Top Baseball Prospects for 2014
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Part of the big Cardinal haul in the 2012 draft, outfielder James Ramsey might be the best kind of replacement for a restocking franchise. A polished college player with few weak points in his game, Ramsey is probably only 548600 more minor league at-bats (give or take) away from being MLB ready right now.
Full Scouting Report for James Ramsey
SB 251 BA SC BP SN ES ML
One of the better college prospects from the Pacific Northwest, college pitcher Adam Conley was snapped up by the pitching-savvy Marlins in the 2011 draft after his odd delivery scared away a few other teams. Most in the Marlin organization see the big 6-3 lefty as a reliever, mainly due to the upper 90's heat he can bring, but the team will probably take a look at him for rotation work first. He already mixes in a slower but sinking 2-seam version of his fastball, and it's a nice ground-ball pitch when it breaks right, but as is always the case with young arms, it'll be the development of his other pitches that determine his long-term fate.
Full Scouting Report for Adam Conley
SB 252 BA SC BP SN ES ML
If there's one thing the Detroit farm has in spades, it's left-handed pitching, so it's not surprising that they dealt some of that surplus, including young Brian Flynn, for deadline help in 2012. A huge, sturdy power pitcher with good control, Flynn brings a heavy, heavy 96mph fastball down and in on hitters, and it's almost always enough to send them back to the bench. With a dominating mound presence and enough control to hold games in check, he's a fascinating upside guy in a crazy Miami system that could be going anywhere.
Full Scouting Report for Brian Flynn
SB 253 BA SC 99 BP SN ES ML
A big, solid catching prospect from Charleston, SC who's committed to South Carolina but probably signable, Nick Ciuffo is regarded as a perfect proto-catcher, both strong and athletic. He's a better than expected runner and shows good all-around tools, including a very good pop time and a strong arm behind the plate. A left-handed bat, he pleases scouts with a basic, line-drive approach with very good bat speed. If he develops as expected, he could be a future franchise catcher for Tampa Bay.
Full Scouting Report for Nick Ciuffo
SB 254 BA SC BP SN ES 95 ML
A prep righthander with a nasty mid-nineties fastball, Tiger prospect Jake Thompson is an imposing mound presence: a 6-4, 240lb 18-year old is a frightening thing for a teenager to face at the plate. Mix in a potentially plus slider and the situation becomes downright unfair. Thompson will work on some secondary pitches in the minors (that ever-elusive change needs a lot of work), but could well become the latest in a long line of Tiger pitching finds.
Full Scouting Report for Jake Thompson
SB 255 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A third base prospect in the Washington Nationals system (how discouraging for him), Matt Skole is also the brother of the better-known Jake. While Jake went to Texas in 2010's first round, Matt was drafted by the Washington Nationals in 2011's 5th.
A solid hitter with a plus eye at the plate and a nice-looking power swing that doesn't mess up his timing much, he looked very good at high-A Carolina in 2012, slashing .314./355/.486, which should be enough to get himself a ticket to AA ball this season and Washington's speed-dial thereafter. How he handles the increasingly-ungodly breaking balls in AA will be the bellweather for Skole, but there's no reason to doubt him yet. If he puts together another strong year in the minors, we'll probably see him in September.
Full Scouting Report for Matt Skole
SB 256 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A pitcher with enough bat to play a corner, Portland native Carson Kelly was selected by the Cardinals at the tail end of 2012's second round on the strength of that bat. A likely third baseman thanks to his cannon arm, he generates plus bat speed and shows a good ability to adjust to pitching at the plate. St Louis has always loved pitchers who can hit; in Kelly they may have landed a hitter who can pitch, too.
Full Scouting Report for Carson Kelly
SB 257 BA SC BP SN ES ML
No relation to Russ, though the righthanded pitcher does have at least one other thing in common with the catcher: both are viable backups at third base. Most baseball people are following the Dodgers' lead and are still looking at Ethan as a pitcher first, and his 2012 mound-work was his best ever: 13-6, 3.48, 1.25 WHIP in 27 Eastern and Southern League AA starts. Martin leads with a usually-straight fastball and falls back on a hard slider coming from a compact frame, a combination that makes him look like more of a reliever than a starter. He's closer, but still not really ready, and needs to get his walks a little more under control, but when he does add some experience to his talent, he could be yet another in a long string of powerful arms that came out of the Dodger system.
Traded to Philadelphia at 2012's deadline, Martin's challenge would seem to be a little bit greater today, but by all accounts he has the character and strength of will to weather adversity: tools that could prove helpful in the City of Brotherly Love.
Full Scouting Report for Ethan Martin
SB 258 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A mature prospect in the Boston stable, righthander Alex Wilson has already shown the ability to perform as both starter and reliever in the minors, most recently going 5-3 in three starts and 37 relief appearances for the PawSox in 2012. He posted a 3.72 ERA, striking out 78 (but walking 33) in 73 total innings. As a reliever, he'll use a mix of fastballs from a high three-quarter arm slot to set up a nicely-commanded slider that's always been his strikeout pitch. His changeup is average, but he won't need to use it as a reliever, anyway, other than as an occasional surprise. He has little left to prove in the minors and should help the big club as a middle-to-late relief specialist in 2013.
Full Scouting Report for Alex Wilson
SB 259 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A converted shortstop with a cannon arm and a terrific pop time, catcher Jake (JT) Realmuto was another part of Greensboro's A-level championship title in 2010. Untapped power and good speed (for a catcher) combine with a quickly-developing eye that should propel him to the majors one day. Realmuto is Miami's top catching prospect today, though he's still a year or two away from big-league baseball.
Full Scouting Report for JT Realmuto
SB 260 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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