Top Baseball Prospects for 2015
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Most two-sport, two-way amateur players are a bit of a novelty, and it's clear which way they'll fall when they turn professional. This isn't the case with Monte Harrison, an outfielder/pitcher/wide-receiver who received football and baseball scholarships from Nebraska before signing with the Brewers, who drafted him 50th overall in 2014. A raw athlete with pretty much wide-open ceiling, Harrison's already got a 97mph fastball and/or cannon arm from the field, near-plus speed, and a very quick, sharp batting stroke with a nice angle of attack that could blossom into a line-drive generator in time. He'll need a lot of time to practice, but now that he's focusing on baseball, he should develop a lot more quickly. Still, give this one a few years to see what's what.
Full Scouting Report for Monte Harrison
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A Georgia native who's already shown the ability to maintain a 95mph fastball deep into starts, White Sox prospect Chris Beck is a righthander with the usual college pedigree: he's only a year or two away from MLB ready, and when he arrives he should be adept at pounding the lower half of the strike zone while mixing in two different better-than-average breaking pitches to boot.
Full Scouting Report for Chris Beck
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A squat, mature 1B-3B-DH prospect who's spent several years mashing baseballs in the San Francisco Giant system, the righthanded Adam Duvall has proven just about all there is to prove in the minors. He's quietly risen one level per year since being signed in 2009, racking up a composite .346/.506/.852 slash line in the process, with a roughly 2:1 strikeout to walk ratio appropriate for a slugger of his ilk. At AA Richmond in 2013, Duvall seemed to take a step back, but nonetheless nailed 17 home runs in 430 plate appearances. Ignored by many for being too small and too right-handed for most MLB needs, he could definitely provide some extra right-handed pop to a lineup that needs it.
Full Scouting Report for Adam Duvall
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Sometime in the last decade or so, the Braves got very very good at identifying catchers. Victor Caratini, a product of the PR Baseball Academy, was another in the fast-growing line of top-notch backstops grown in Atlanta's system. A reliable defensive target, he's received a great deal of praise for his framing and blocking ability, and his arm, while not a full-bore cannon, is better than many MLB catchers already. At the plate, he's a viable switch-hitter, a disciplined and well-rounded talent who projects as a 10-20 home run guy in the future. (He hit .377 with six home runs and a .549 slugging percentage in 175 ABs with Miami Dade.) Now a member of the Cubs, Caratini zips up the depth chart: he's nearing heir-apparent status.
Full Scouting Report for Victor Caratini
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A howitzer-armed high school catcher from Oklahoma, Jonathan Denney promises both offense and defense from the backstop position. Denney has the makings of real plus power coupled with great pitch recognition. A smart player, he has soft hands and great reflexes behind the plate, and seems capable of handling a pitching staff someday, too. That means he should stay at catcher, where he has the most value. Drafted in the third round of 2013's draft by the Red Sox, he's in the right system for the kind of player he seems to be.
Full Scouting Report for Jonathan Denney
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Another product of the Latin American scouting machinery that runs overtime in Cleveland, infield prospect Ronnie Rodriguez looks like another success already. While it's too early to judge him in detail, Rodriguez turned one of our favorite tricks as a second-year player, improving on his lower-level results by slashing .264/.300/.452 as a 20-year old at high-A Carolina. He's a fast-riser in a system full of sleepers.
Full Scouting Report for Ronnie Rodriguez
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A tall, lithe righthander in the Mets system, Dominican-born Luis Mateo is a hard-throwing pitcher with a quality change. He outclassed the NY-Penn League last year, striking out 85 and walking only 9 in 73 innings, but he was a 22 year old pitching to younger hitters. He'll push through A-ball this year, and if he maintains anything close to those great numbers, he'll be in AA and knocking on the door in 2014.
Full Scouting Report for Luis Mateo
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A smallish IFA import from Guadalajara, Mexico, Christian Villanueva moved slowly through the Ranger system for a few years before being shipped north to Chicago at 2012's trading deadline. CV, who was a malnourished-looking 150lbs when he signed, has been bulking up as hoped, adding strength while still smashing baseballs with quick, easy power. Even his smooth defensive play hasn't suffered: he still looks pretty capable of covering shortstop if necessary.
At A-level Hickory in 2011 he was overshadowed by Jurickson Profar, but Villanueva quietly put up a very impressive offensive line of his own, with 17 homers and 32 steals (in 38 attempts). His base-stealing fell off a cliff last season, but he still produced offensive numbers. He still has a lot to prove, especially once he sees some quality breaking stuff at higher levels, but if that power/speed combination holds up as his body blossoms, he could soon become a high-impact contributor in the new-look Cubs offense we're all waiting to see come 2014 or so.
Full Scouting Report for Christian Villanueva
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He may sound like a fashion designer, but young Foster Griffin is actually one of baseball's more exciting young pitching prospects. A lefthander drafted straight out of First Academy (a K-12 Independent/Christian school in Florida) by the Royals in 2014, Griffin already has a low-90's fastball that hums, but it's his advanced command of a low-80's changeup that really captures scouting attention. A slider lags behind as his third-best pitch, but even that's more than adequate for such a young player. He'll be steeped in pro ball and moved slowly by the Royals, an organization known for not rushing young prospects.
Full Scouting Report for Foster Griffin
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