Top Baseball Prospects for 2015
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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.
Full Scouting Report for Austin Wilson
SB 261 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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.
Full Scouting Report for Chris Reed
SB 263 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.
Full Scouting Report for Ronnie Williams
SB 264 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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.
Full Scouting Report for Willy Adames
SB 265 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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.
Full Scouting Report for Trea Turner
SB 266 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.
Full Scouting Report for Spencer Adams
SB 267 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The Nats' second round pick in 2010, lefthander Sammy Solis brings a competent fastball and reasonable curve from a delivery that's almost sidearm, but it's his straight change that is his best, and that's the plus offering that should be his ticket to MLB success. He took a solid step toward that future in 2011, when he worked his way up from A-ball into high-A Potomac, posting a 6-2 record with a 2.72 ERA and a nice 1.28 WHIP at the higher level.
Full Scouting Report for Sammy Solis
SB 268 BA SC BP SN ES ML
An Iron Mike style strike throwing machine from Venezuela, righthander Jose Campos looked awfully polished in his first taste of Yankee ball in 2012, averaging a 1.15 WHIP across five A-league starts before succumbing to injury. Campos's 95-98mph fastball comes with pinpoint control, making him more of a strikethrower than a stuff pitcher at present... not that that's anything at all to complain about.
If he can grind his way through the A levels this year while refining his course curve and so-so slider, and can maintain even half his crazy strikeout to walk rate, he should be primed for AA in 2013. Seattle was so full of premium pitching prospects that they decided to shed Campos in the effort to pick up slugger Jesus Montero in 2012's spring. In New York, Campos can and should still simmer another year or two.
Full Scouting Report for Jose Campos
SB 269 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A Cuban outfielder who signed late in 2012, Baltimore prospect Henry Urrutia is a line-drive hitter with pretty good discipline (for a Cuban hitter). The son of Cuban star Ermidelio Urrutia, Henry lacks plus speed but isn't a liability on the basepaths, and while it's a question how much power he'll show in US ball, his .397/.461/.597 and twelve homer line in his final year in Cuba sure looks good from here. Of course, our rational side is more impressed with the 32:23 walk-to-strikeout ratio. He'll be tested in AA this year, though he may start in A ball first.
Full Scouting Report for Henry Urrutia
SB 270 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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