Top Baseball Prospects for 2014
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 classic 'tools' player, BA's 2007 Youth Player of the Year Tim Beckham seemed like a safe pick for Tampa Bay as the #1 overall pick of the 2008 draft, if you can ever consider high school players 'safe'. While he's still a year or two away from breaking into the big leagues and some of the shimmer has faded from his aura, he's been making measurable progress on the farm, increasing his baserunning smarts and showing improving patience at the plate in the last two seasons.
Beckham still shows most of the hands and footwork needed for shortstop, too, and he hasn't yet physically outgrown the position, though he may need to move to second base to make way for Tampa's hotter shortstop prospects. If that happens, his bat might still carry him anyway: Beckham still has very quick wrists and an effortless-looking swing that could translate to 'easy power' down the road. He probably won't be the same superstar he was once projected to be, but he could be a useful piece of an MLB club soon.
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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 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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