Top Baseball Prospects for 2015
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A very raw Dominican arm who can touch 99mph with his fastball already, eighteen year old Edwin Diaz is one of the most potent of a number of secret Mariner weapons for the future. While we're unlikely to see him until 2016 or so, he could be a force when he arrives. Stay tuned.
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An thin but athletic southpaw with a nasty breaking ball to complement a well-controlled fastball, ex-Nationals prospect Robbie Ray projects as a potent bullpen weapon once he builds up his strength a bit. A 12th round draft selection, Ray has looked a lot better than that, striking out 86 A-level hitters in 105 innings of work at Potomac last season. He's still a couple of years away from any potential dominating performances in the Majors, but he's certainly a valuable asset, considering how quality lefty relievers are so hard to come by in MLB.
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A late-blooming pitching prospect who's just now learning to pitch from his very big and strong frame after recovering from shoulder surgery a couple of years back, the Nationals' own Nathan Karns looks like he could step up into MLB soon. In 116 innings split between low and high-A ball last season, the right-handed Karns showed mastery of his 98mph fastball, turning in a scintillating 2.17 ERA, 1.01 WHIP season. A new ability to throw a quality curve for strikes and a developing change also helped him strike out nearly twelve batters per nine innings of work. A bit under the radar thanks to his advanced age, Karns could be a surprise savior if the Nats suffer injury this year. If not, he's on track for a storybook rookie debut at the age of 26 next season.
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A hulking righthander who missed the 2014 season recovering from a stress fracture in his back, the University of South Carolina's Chad Sobotka nonetheless landed a $400,000 bonus and a fourth-round selection by the Braves. Atlanta's brain trust, a group that probably deserves some faith, believed that other teams were frightened by Sobotka's injury, one that they expect will have no effect on his future career. Or maybe other teams just wanted the starting pitcher he looked like a year ago, rather than the 96mph fastball / 84mph slider reliever that he'll likely now be. If the Braves elect to rechannel him back into starting duties, of course, he'll need a year or two to sharpen his once-respectable changeup.
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A righthanded infielder who also pitches, Georgia native Travis Demeritte has all the things scouts like to see from young players. He's raw, but projectable and athletic, with a strong arm, soft hands, and excellent bat speed. Some scouts like him as a pitcher, but his all-around toolset suggests everyday player to most.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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