Top Baseball Prospects for 2014
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One of the top international prospects in the Milwaukee system, young shortstop Orlando Arcia looked a little bit too good for the Dominican League last summer, slashing .294/.387/.459 with six homers and thirteen steals in two months of action. He also walked more often than he struck out. Big and strong for his age (hmm), it looks like he has a lot of room left to fill out, which might move him off shortstop, where he's raw but capable.
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SB 321 BA SC BP SN ES ML
One of the very best college catchers of 2014, Giant prospect Aramis Garcia draws rave reviews for not just his ability, but his baseball intelligence. A lean, powerful line-drive hitter, he's expected to grow more into a slugger as he fills out. Behind the plate, he looks solid: a good defender with excellent maneuverability and blocking skills, his arm is better than average. What we're really looking forward to, though, is how he learns and handles the art of game-calling: Garcia is the kind of catcher who will be a student of both pregame strategy and in-game tactics, and he's likely to outsmart a lot of hitters throughout his career.
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SB 322 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A young phenom infielder currently raising eyebrows in the Cleveland system, Dorssys is a 2012 IFA signee that the Indians brass is cautiously excited about. Dorssys destroyed rookie ball as a 17 year old, outclassing his teenaged opponents to the tune of an ungodly .355/.404/.610 batting line. He was a bit of a mess in the field, making 20 errors in only 31 Rookie League games at short, but we like to think he'll develop enough glove to at least man second base. He does display quick feet and a strong arm, so the Indians will give him plenty of time to soften up those hands in the next couple of years. Expect him to spend all of 2013 in A ball, and if he dominates those pitchers, AA in 2014 and MLB soon thereafter. Of course, there are many opportunities to stumble along the way, so temper your excitement for now.
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SB 323 BA SC BP SN ES ML
One of the higher-upside hitters in the 2012 Draft, Tampa Bay's Richie Shaffer is a nominal third baseman who can not only play first, but also a corner outfield position, thanks to his powerful arm. A right-handed hitter, Shaffer has strong wrists that deliver real plus bat speed. He only logged 138 plate appearances at low-A Hudson Valley last year, but he looked good doing it: .308/.406/.487 with four dingers and a nice walk rate for a player whose strike zone judgment has been a question to date. His power potential high, so he's definitely worth keeping an eye on, even if he struggles a bit moving up the ladder.
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SB 324 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A massive lefthander from New York state who grew even more massive during his time in Texas, Sean Nolin is an advanced Blue Jay prospect who spent most of 2012 in high-A ball. At Dunedin, Nolin racked up a nice 2.19 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in fifteen starts, striking out more than a batter per inning while walking less than a third as many. Nolin mixes a very good slider with a decent curve, but it's his plus change that makes his low-90's fastball look a couple of ticks better than that. On the newly-depleted Blue Jay farm, he's one of the nearest to ready. If he dominates at AA the way he did at lower levels, he'll be in Toronto before the year is up.
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SB 327 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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.
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SB 328 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Like all Florida shortstops, Oscar Mercado is often compared to a young Alex Rodriguez. And there's some similarity: the lean athleticism, the discerning eye that seems to see right through pitchers, the all-around grace and strong arm from the field. He's gifted with a bit less raw power than young A-Rod was, however, and quite a bit faster: he'll be more of a consistent 40-steal threat than a 40-homer one. Still, he looks every inch a true shortstop, probably the best high school infielder of his draft class.
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SB 329 BA SC BP SN ES ML
An infielder from Seattle currently hard at work on the Arizona farm, Jake Lamb is a lefthanded slugger with a strong arm, making him look like a prototypical third baseman so far. The rookie Pioneer league was obviously no challenge to Lamb in 2012 (.329/.390/.539) but he should find some grounding in A-ball this season, presumably in an attempt to refine his batting eye. He's got good pop and decent speed, making for a player with good all-around potential. As a college hitter he could move quickly.
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SB 330 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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