Top Baseball Prospects for 2015
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The best outfield prospect in Texas that you may not have heard of yet, Florida teenager Lewis Brinson is a five tool talent with a burning desire to play in big league baseball. Signed to little fanfare at the tail end of 2012's first round, 'LL Bean' Brinson quickly dispatched rookie ball pitchers with a .283/.345/.523 line with seven homers and 22 doubles, and proved he's all that on the bases by swiping 14 of 16 over 54 games, too. In the field, Brinson has played center, exclusively for the Rangers and that's how he'll be pushed, in order that his plus speed and good glove can be used to maximum effect. He needs a couple of years for his skills to catch up to his tools, but if he keeps hitting in A-ball, watch out.
Full Scouting Report for Lewis Brinson
SB 261 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A big, strong Dominican ox in the Mets system, Domingo Tapia is a righthanded pitcher with serious, serious heat. His fastball is probably the best on the Mets farm, and one of the best in the minors today. Tapia used that heater to strike out 101 hitters last season in 108 A-ball innings (19 starts) while walking only 32. He should start 2013 in high A, spend 2014 in AA, and join the Mets late that year.
Full Scouting Report for Domingo Tapia
SB 262 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A pure tools selection by the Orioles in the 2008 draft, high school centerfield star Xavier Avery will be one of the fastest players in MLB one day. The question has always been whether he will have enough bat to get there and to stick on the roster. The answer to the first question, at least, is yes: he snuck almost 100 ABs from the injury-rattled Orioles in 2012, doing well enough (.223/.305/.340) to get some consideration this spring. To answer the second question, have a look at his numbers over three and a half seasons of minor league ball: .260/.325/.356 with a 2:1 strikeout to walk ratio and a 74% steal success rate. That looks like a fourth outfielder to us, but it was enough to get the attention of the Seattle Mariners, who acquired him in a 2013 post-deadline swap for veteran Michael Morse.
Full Scouting Report for Xavier Avery
SB 264 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A tall righthander who mixes a hard breaking ball in with his high 90's heat, Jonathon Crawford is one of the best pitchers of 2013's draft class. In 2012, Crawford went 6-2 with a 3.13 ERA and a 73:24 K:BB ratio across 78 innings for the Florida Gators, leading the team to the College World Series. His changeup and curve are works-in-progress, but if even one of those two can come along to a level even close to his fastball, he'll be a mid-rotation starter in the Bigs in only a year or three.
Full Scouting Report for Jonathon Crawford
SB 265 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The best in-house bet for a first-baseman of the future, Milwaukee's Hunter Morris stroked an easy .303/.357/.563 (with 28 home runs) at AA Huntsville in 2012. There's not much more he needs to prove in the minors, which means he'll be banging on Milwaukee's door in 2013.
Full Scouting Report for Hunter Morris
SB 266 BA SC BP SN ES ML
He's not overpowering and his stuff is only a bit above average, but lefty Sean Gilmartin exceeded expectations by pitching smarter and with more cunning than anyone in the Braves organization. His guile brought him to the attention of the value-feeding Twins, who acquired him in December, 2013. A first round selection out of Florida State in 2011, his command and control look very good, especially his changeup, which seems a lot more advanced than his experience would suggest. Can smarts and touch get him all the way to The Show? And if he does it in Minnesota, will anyone notice?
Full Scouting Report for Sean Gilmartin
SB 267 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Three years after signing an IFA bonus totally three quarters of a million dollars back in 2009, the very young Twins prospect Jorge Polanco stepped up in rookie-league Elizabethton last year, slashing .318/.388/.514 with five homers and six stolen bases spread across 51 games while showing a real plus glove all over the diamond. It looks like all that winter ball and coaching paid off on defense, too, as the smallish prospect seems to be growing into a strong, potent athlete. He might not be the nimble, rangey shortstop that most Dominicans aspire to be, but Polanco is already looking like a solid second baseman from our seat, so that's how we'll label him for now. Give him a few years to refine his overall game and he'll be a good one.
Full Scouting Report for Jorge Polanco
SB 268 BA SC BP SN ES ML
An athletic righthander from Southlake, Texas, Dodger prospect Ross Stripling leans heavily on a sinking 94mph fastball with good natural movement. His secondary pitches are qualiity curve and very good changeup, and when he's on his game he can slice and dice hitters by mixing all three pitches in the lower part of the zone. Stripling struck out a batter per inning in 12 Rookie League starts last season. but it'll be mid-2013 before the Dodgers really know what he can do. He could move quickly if he keeps up his sharp command: keep an eye on his peripherals to see whether he'll arrive in LA in mid-2014, which would be right on schedule, or sooner than that, which is very possible. Coaches are buzzing about him already.
Full Scouting Report for Ross Stripling
SB 269 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A tall, slender righthander from Florida State, Cardinal prospect Luke Weaver draws a few comparisons to Tim Hudson, probably due to his size, shape and arm angle. Like Hudson, he doesn't overpower with raw stuff, choosing to dial his fastball down to 92-93mph in order to give him better control of its late life, while mixing in a very, very good low-80s changeup with natural sink. His soft slider (or is it a hard curve?) isn't anything special yet, but he's shown an affinity for study and practice, which means it wouldn't shock anyone to see him develop a quality third or fourth pitch in the years to come.
Full Scouting Report for Luke Weaver
SB 270 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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