Top Baseball Prospects for 2015
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A big-bodied righthander from Orlando, Padres pitching prospect Walker (sic) Weickel was the 55th player selected overall in the 2012 draft. The 94mph he's already reaching with his fastball will increase as he fills out, and the good cut and sink he can add make him look ready to be a dominant reliever very soon. Of course, he's durable-looking and armed with a quality curveball, too, so he'll be given every possible opportunity to succeed as a starter long before it comes to that, especially given the wealth of hot relief arms in the Padre system.
Full Scouting Report for Walker Weickel
SB 321 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Originally drafted by the Rangers, Righthander Joe Wieland is today a premium Padres pitching prospect with his sights set squarely on San Diego. A tall and thin kid with easy gas, Wieland works comfortably at 90-94mph, spiced with a genuine plus curve. Even his change shows above-average flash.
With exceptionally good command and control, he brought all that quality stuff to bear in 2012, making six starts for the Padres and posting a veteran-looking 1.27 WHIP and 24:9 strikeout to walk ratio. A fly-ball/strikeout pitcher, he should improve further in 2013 and fit perfectly into San Diego's style of play, not to mention that ballpark. If he's not in the rotation to open 2013, he will be by the end of the season.
Full Scouting Report for Joe Wieland
SB 322 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A second round pick from the 2006 draft, outfielder Joe Benson skipped out on Purdue to jump into the Twins system, where he's been growing and developing ever since. He's the proud owner of above average wheels at near plus speed, and a solid plus arm, making his defense high quality all around. At the plate, the Twins will be looking for a little more discipline, since he does have a habit of chasing breaking balls, but other than that he's looking awfully close to ready. Benson smashed a precocious .303/.395/.485 at high-A Ft Myers, then looked outclassed in AA and during a relief stint on the MLB roster in 2012, but try not to hold that against him. He should be back and better than that in 2013.
Full Scouting Report for Joe Benson
SB 323 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A smallish closer candidate who came from the Padres minor league system, U Missouri alum and current Diamondback prospect Matt Stites ran his high-90's fastball right through the Midwest League in 2012, posting this insane performance line that contains no typographical errors: 50 innings, 0.74 ERA, 0.58 WHIP, 60 strikeouts and (wait for it) 3 walks.
Stites complements his heat with a 'changeup' that still clocks in the high 80's and a breaking ball that's either a 12-7 slider or a hard curve, depending on your school of thought. Either way, it's devastating when it comes in unannounced. Despite his smallish stature, Stites has all the confidence and swagger you expect from a quality relief pitcher. He's shown no fear of any hitter, at least not yet.
Full Scouting Report for Matt Stites
SB 324 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Taken by the Red Sox in the 10th round of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft, outfielder Brandon Jacobs was sort of lost man in the Boston system ever after. Overshadowed by a number of other players while in Boston, Jacobs nonetheless slowly climbed his way into relevance, and should have an easier path to the Majors from the White Sox starting blocks.
A running back in high school, Jacobs still looks the part. Now he's a strong, fireplug-shaped outfielder destined for a corner (probably left). His fielding is still rough, and he won't win any 100m dashes, but he's got a power hitter's body and a strong (if long) swing with plus bat speed. If anything gets him to MLB, it'll be what he can do with a fastball that drifts too far over the plate. Give him another year or two.
Full Scouting Report for Brandon Jacobs
SB 325 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A fifth-round pick by the Nationals in 2013, righthander Austin Voth is a classic 'pitchability' prospect: while he lacks dominating presence or overpowering stuff, he more than makes up for it with craft and hard work. For example, while he's capable of reaching the mid-90's with his fastball, he usually works around 89-91mph for better control and movement. His curve is a 12-6 offering with good depth, and his offspeed offering has improved dramatically over the last year or two. An unlikely ace, what Voth does look like is a solid mid-rotation workhorse in the years to come.
Full Scouting Report for Austin Voth
SB 326 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Drafted by the Yankees in 2012's fifth round out of the University of Arizona, hitting prospect Robert (Rob) Refsnyder went largely unreported-upon at the time, but has blossomed into one of New York's best young players thanks to a solid .283/.408/.404 slash line at high-A Tampa in 2013. Better still, he walked more often than he struck out, all while showing an increasing propensity for the power game. His short, powerful stroke looks quite polished, and when combined with that batting eye, looks likely to make him a very good on-base machine for the near-future Yankee ballclub.
Originally an outfielder, he's not fleet-of-foot nor strong-armed enough to profile very well there, and so the Yankees have been trying to turn him into an infielder over the past two seasons, with second base the most likely destination.
Full Scouting Report for Rob Refsnyder
SB 327 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A strong and rugged-looking righthander, Cleveland's Mitch Brown is a workhorse in the making. His breaking pitches don't really exist in any meaningful way yet, but the adroitness he exhibits with his sinking 94mph fastball is impressive, making him a promising project from here on out.
Full Scouting Report for Mitch Brown
SB 328 BA SC BP SN ES ML
An IFA signed from the Dominican in 2012, Tiger prospect Domingo Leyba is a versatile middle infielder who seems gifted at all aspects of the game. While he goes unnoticed by many scouts due to his small size and lack of showstopping power, he's a quietly-effective hitter, spraying balls to all fields from both sides of the plate. In the field, he has soft hands but iffy range, making second or third base his most likely job postings in the future.
Full Scouting Report for Domingo Leyba
SB 329 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The brother of prospect Colby, young Grant Holmes is probably the stronger pitcher, mixing a fastball that has touched 100mph with a hard, sharp-breaking curve and a promising change. He'll need to use his changeup more at the next level, though it does show some promise. He already looks like a quality reliever, but if he can convince the Dodger staff that he can handle the workload, he'll be given a chance to start first.
Full Scouting Report for Grant Holmes
SB 330 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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