Top Baseball Prospects for 2015
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One of the more intriguing new wave of Cuban prospects, outfielder Jorge Padron is a stocky contact bat who hits from the left side. As Pinar del Rio's left fielder, Padron was among the league leaders with a .345 average. A spray hitter with gap-to-gap power, his performance against lefties makes him iffy to stick as everyday player in MLB, but his dominance of righthanded pitching and some hard work in the minors for a year or two should be enough to get him a look in Boston. Kendry Morales wasn't as polished at the same age, after all.
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A mature prospect who'll be 28 (or so) later this year, Cuban Yadil Mujica is a contact hitter with plus speed, good range and a plus arm from shortstop. In his last year in Cuba, he hit .358/.432/.440, an average good enough for twelfth-best in the league (modern Cuban baseball is hitter-friendly, which might explain why so few Cuban pitchers stick in MLB.)
In the Yanks' AA system last year, Mujica scraped out a commendable .294/.273/.567 line, stole a few bases and knocked a home run. That's awfully good for a first turn in US pro ball, of course, but age isn not on his side, so he'll need to do a bit better in 2012 if he's going to have a future in MLB.
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A big, strong righthander from Illinois, Brewer pitcher Cody Scarpetta is one of a half-dozen cogs grinding away in the minors while working his way higher in the prospect machine. Scarpetta still lacks a true third pitch, leaning hard (maybe too hard) on a fastball he can usually control, and falling back on a curve that has enough bite to be a plus pitch. The fastball isn't on fire, but it has enough late movement and sink to be very effective, especially against righthanders. He's getting a lot of swing-and-miss strikes on balls out of the zone thanks to this movement, which is something that higher-level hitters will probably be able to lay off. With his style, demeanor, body type and skillset, though, he should power through his problems, even if his walk rate rises a little. He looks a lot like a Joe Blanton-style workhorse from here.
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A righthanded pitcher from San Pedro de Macoris, DR (his parents must have missed the shortstop delivery truck), Alexander Colome is a right-handed pitcher in the Rays system. Improving his control somewhat last season, Colome struck out 90 and walked 43 in 92 innings split between AA and AAA
His 94mph heat is probably enough to guarantee a comfy career all on its own, but it won't have to: his second pitch is a power curve that's almost ready, though the control could still improve further. He should see time in an MLB uniform this year.
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A Dominican phenom who was hotly pursued by the Mariners and Yankees for several years, young Edward Salcedo finally signed a free agent contract with the Atlanta Braves in the spring of 2010, more than making up for the team's absence of a first-round pick in the 2010 Draft. A big, strong infielder with soft hands and a very quick bat, Salcedo is currently a gap-to-gap line drive hitter, though his size and strength project out to significant power in the future, as scouts who compare him to Hanley Ramirez and Alex Rodriguez are applying only a little exaggeration.
The (certified) 20 year old appears talented enough to stick at shortstop, despite a sloppiness that comes with youth, but if he doesn't, his bat is so advanced that he will remain a top prospect, even at third base or in right field. His prime won't really start until 2014 or so, though he could get a look-see sooner than that.
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Tyson Gillies is a Canadian center fielder who came to the Phillies as part of the wild winter trading season of 2009. Most noticed him when he stole two bases in the Futures Game that year, and those who did were seeing the best part of his game: he's a very fast player without any other plus tools at present. An important thing to note, though, is that he lost a lot of development time in 2010 and 2011 due to recurring but minor injuries, which means he's still in learning mode, and could still grow enough to develop quite a bit further. Even if it takes until 2014 to see MLB, he's likely to do so sooner or later. If he does make the majors as a reserve, he'll also provide an extra valuable benefit to the team: as a hearing-impaired player, he's an excellent lip-reader, which could come in awfully handy when on the field.
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Juan Yasser Serrano is lanky Cuban righthander who defected to the United States in April 2009. Serrano gained some attention in the US when he helped the junior national team to a 2-1 defeat of the USA for at the Pan-Am Games, but that's the extent of his exposure in America. Back in Cuba, he posted a 16-23 'lifetime' record as a starter, and didn't look like much of a premium prospect in his final year with Villa Clara. We can forgive his mind being on his pending defection, but what we have trouble forgiving is the 6.46 ERA and .312 opponents' batting average across sixteen starts.
Yasser's fastball is a 92mph variety with some natural late movement. His breaking pitch, a slurvy slider, isn't major league quality and his changeup is undeveloped. A raw prospect, he belongs in some organization's rookie league, where instructors can break him down and build him up into a polished pitching machine.
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A Dominican who will probably be most-remembered for being one of the prospects traded for new Miami manager Ozzie Guillen, Jhan Marinez is a bit of an under-the-radar sleeper prospect now in the White Sox system who doesn't get as much attention as he probably deserves, despite his appearance in the Futures Game in 2011. Marinez is a slight player with a power fastball that can touch 98, but he has more success with his two-seamer, a 92mph offering with exceptional movement. His change and slider still need to improve before they're ready for the big stage, but he has so much raw talent that he's bound to make it sooner or later.
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Adalberto Ibarra is a multitalented utility bat who enjoyed great success in the Cuban League, where he hit .341/.470/.481 in his final (2008-2009) season at the age of 22. He auditioned for many major league clubs in spring of 2009, and impressed many scouts with his bat and arm, but the Red Sox won the war for his services. Ibarra is usually listed as a catcher, and certainly has the right body type for the position, but that's a position he only began to play in 2009, which means he's a long way from MLB-ready behind the plate. Before that he played first, second and third base, which is where he projects as the safest bet right now, thanks to his cannon arm. Despite the fact that his name can be translated as 'intelligent fielder' with only the slightest amount of cheating, his defense is probably his weakest skill. He is, however, a plus contact hitter with good opposite-field sense, he has below-average raw speed but is a competent baserunner nonetheless. He could develop power as he matures. His future value will come down to whether the Red Sox commit to educating him as a catcher, or parking him as a corner infielder, where he'll develop more quickly but be less valuable in the long term. He's a few years away.
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Originally drafted out of high school by the Oakland A's back in 2007, outfielder Gary Brown chose college instead before entering the 2010 draft, when he was selected 24th overall by the San Francisco Giants. A plus-plus runner with a centerfielder's natural graces, Brown's bat has been weak but improving (.279/.347/.385 as a 23 year old at AA Richmond in 2012), giving him the right mix of tools for an MLB leadoff slot just as soon as the big brains upstairs are willing to give him a chance.
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