Top Baseball Prospects for 2014
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A switch-hitting infielder of the smallish Venezuelan variety, Tiger prospect Eugenio Saurez was an IFA signee who made Tiger scouts look pretty brilliant in 2011, destroying the GCL Lwith a .341/ before being properly promoted to the NY-Penn league. Slick fielding shortstops aren't rare at lower levels, but slick-fielding shortstops who can use a bat well most definitely are, and the Tigers look like they might have struck some gold with Suarez. Eugenio's mix of power and speed looks very promising, and if he can perform at higher levels with anything like the ability he's already shown at low ones, he could be a valuable everyday part of the Detroit lineup a couple of years from now. The lack of shiny infield prospects ahead of him on the depth chart should keep him hungry, too.
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SB 301 BA SC BP SN ES ML
With one of the fastest home-to-first sprints since Ichiro and an OBP over .400 in his first season of pro ball, Padres prospect Cory Spangenberg is already looking very capable of sitting atop a San Diego batting order very soon. The versatile infielder played third base in college but will almost certainly be a second baseman in San Diego. He's still a bit rough around the edges, so give him a year to push his way into AA ball before you start expecting him to crack the Padres' everyday roster.
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SB 302 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Ynoa, the child of two accomplished ballplayers, is a towering, flame throwing teenager who already had a mid-90s fastball and an advanced changeup when he was scooped up by the Athletics for a $4.25M during 2008's IFA season.
He's hit more than his fair share of obstacles since then, and has spent as much time in operating rooms as he has on the mound. Already a veteran of Tommy John surgery before his twentieth birthday, Ynoa should finally be back on the mound in 2012 trying to work his way back to that once well-deserved phenom-hood. Expect some rehab in the Dominican and/or extended spring training, followed by a hopefully full season on assignment with the A's A-level team in Vermont. Unless he puts in more than a full season or two without improvement, it's impossible to give up on Ynoa: his potential really is (was?) that high.
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SB 303 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A surprise pick by the Yankees in the 2013 draft (26th overall), Eric Jagielo is a power-hitting third baseman from Notre Dame. He's played in the outfield and at the infield corners, and since it's third base that's the obvious need for the Yankees moving forward, that's how he should probably be treated for now. A left-handed hitter, he has the mix of patience and power that the Yankees like to find, with quick hands and a good idea of the strike zone. He'll take a couple of years, and of course we need to see how he handles better pitching, but he could be a solid MLB bat one day.
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SB 304 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Pitching prospect Ryne Stanek is a college-seasoned righthander who looks very nearly MLB ready, at least as a wipeout reliever. Blessed with easy heat from a textbook projectable pitcher's body, Ryne mixes in a plus slider that would play in the bigs tomorrow. Of course, he's rough around the edges, fighting with control and command issues at times, and struggling to master the changeup he sorely needs to survive as a starting pitcher. Ryne started 17 games for the Razorbacks in 2012, posting an 8-4 record and a 2.82 ERA, while striking out 83 in 93 innings of work.
Ryan spurned the Mariners when they selected him from high school back in 2012, but he was re-selected by the Rays the second time around.
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SB 305 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Adys (or, sometimes, Adis) Portillo is a hard-throwing right-hander who shows more polish than most Venezuelan prospects. Portillo exhibits a dominating mound presence and great composure, featuring a moving fastball that tops out at about 94mph. It's the raw stuff he wields with three possible plus pitches, though, that puts him into the upper ranks of pitching prodigies.
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SB 306 BA SC BP SN ES ML
One of the highest-rated high school prospects in the 2013 draft class, San Diego's Ian Clarkin is a lefthanded pitcher with two quality pitches. Both his fastball and curve should mature into better-than-average pitches in the future, with the hammer curve showing real plus potential. Scouts are mixed on the quality of his change, probably because it varies so much from outing to outing. He'll need that change to mitigate righthanders, so if he can refine it, he'll be a solid middle-rotation starter one day. If not, he's still got some potential as a lefty specialist. His mechanics are simple, leveraging a compact delivery from a high leg kick, and he has good finishing habits that might prevent injuries along the way. As with all high school pitching prospects, however, there's a lot that can go wrong along the way here.
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SB 307 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The most-likely catcher of the future in Philadelphia, Mexican prospect Sebastian Valle is a young offensive dynamo with plus bat control and a powerful swing that should play at any level. Already holding his own against much older competitors, Valle is due to hit AA sometime in 2012. Give him another year or two to master the intricacies of handling a top-flight pitching staff, and he should be a fixture in Philly soon enough.
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SB 308 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A solid, sturdy pitcher with excellent command of three pitches, KC prospect Jason Adam won't be bumping anyone from the front of the MLB rotation this year, but he has a good chance to slip in at the back end sometime in 2014. Adam, a local product of nearby Overland Park (Kansas), posted a nifty 123 to 36 ratio of strikeouts to walks last year at high-A Wilmington, a career best from a pitcher who's always been labeled a high-control workhorse. Expect a higher workload in AA ball this year, with perhaps a slight regression in numbers, followed by likely uptick in early 2014. After that, it's Kauffman all the way.
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SB 309 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Another solid all-around young catching prospect from a draft class full of them, Ypsiliati native Coulter has the makings of real plus power and good bat control. Behind the plate, he's shown a strong arm and good reflexes, which means he might remain there, too.
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SB 310 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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