Top Baseball Prospects for 2015
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Jordan 'Magic' Swagerty is a righthanded pitcher in the Cardinals system who most expect to carry on from his college success as a reliever in the future. The jury is far from settled on that just yet, though: while most of the 52 strikeouts he logged in 54 innings at high-A Palm Beach last year came from the bullpen, the Cards also allowed him to make seven starts.
The former Arizona State closer certainly has shut-down stuff: that 92mph dart can touch 94 when it's used sparingly, and it could look even less hittable when it comes right after a nasty, dirt-biting slider. But it's Swagerty's advanced command of the change and curve that keeps St Louis from committing him to ninth-inning work just yet. A switch-hitter, Magic also racked up a .484 average in his junior year of high-school play, so he should enjoy National League style ball, too.
Full Scouting Report for Jordan Swagerty
SB 341 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A power-slugging right-handed first baseman in the Cleveland system, Jesus Aguilar isn't the second coming of Almighty Pronk, but he's certainly good enough to mash some MLB-style dingers of his own in the years to come. Until then, he'll idle at AA Akron, where he slashed .292/.402/.500 in short duty last year, after doing much the same in high-A earlier in the season.
Full Scouting Report for Jesus Aguilar
SB 342 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A Taiwanese lefty with MLB guile, if not the raw stuff, Wei-Chung Wang is an up and coming prospect currently in the Brewer system after slipping out of Pittsburgh via the Rule 5 draft. The opportunity to stick on Milwaukee's MLB roster (as he'll need to do if he doesn't want to return to Pennsylvania) is a huge opportunity for Wang, even if he's never faced competition higher than Rookie ball before. Still, he did post a 42:4 strikeout to walk ratio in that taste of pro action, and the Brewers have little reason to not at least try to hold onto the talented pitcher, whose fastball-slider combination should be more than enough to put most left-handed hitters away, even in MLB. The changeup, more effective against right-handers, probably needs more time to develop, however.
Full Scouting Report for Wei-Chung Wang
SB 343 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A corner outfielder with a well-rounded toolset, Drew Vettleson is a Washington state native currently stewing in the Rays system. His lefthanded bat has good pop, as shown in the .275/.340/.432 line and 15 homers he smashed in his first taste of A-ball, 113 games played with in the Midwest League. His power will be interesting to watch as he moves up the ladder: if he can sustain numbers close to those early ones, he'll be an everyday lineup power by mid-2015.
Full Scouting Report for Drew Vettleson
SB 344 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The Dodgers Minor League Player of the Year for 2008, DeJesus doesn't have much left to prove in the minors, especially after idling with a bubbling .304/.343/.416 during another full year of AAA parking-lot ball in 2012. When he makes contact, he's a hitter in the Howie Kendrick style: gap to gap line drives with excellent bat control. In the field, he has soft hands and excellent (inherited?) baseball instincts. While he has something of a quad-A reputation, he's certainly deserving of an MLB opportunity by now.
Full Scouting Report for Ivan De Jesus
SB 345 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A solidly-built righthander from Madison, Mississippi, Tiger prospect Spencer Turnbull zipped up draft boards in 2014 by improving his control and velocity. He can now hover around 97mph with his fastball, which has nice late sizzle and downward tilt thanks to his three-quarter motion. A potentially plus slider, combined with a developing changeup, make him look like a quality MLB starter one day, though with that fastball, it's quite possible he'll be turned out as a reliever sooner than later.
Full Scouting Report for Spencer Turnbull
SB 346 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A college ace at Georgia Tech, lefthander Jedidiah Custer Bradley compiled a three year record of 18-11, 4.62, though it was his 7-3, 3.49 final season that got him a ticket to the first round of the MLB draft, when he was selected 15th overall by Milwaukee. While his 94mph heater isn't anything special, his advanced command of the changeup is what moved him to the highest levels of the draft, and it's that same change that will get him to MLB sooner or later. Probably sooner.
Full Scouting Report for Jed Bradley
SB 348 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Signed by the Orioles US Naval Academy after a stealth 43rd round pick back in the 2008 draft, righthander Oliver Drake has been a bit of an under the radar (sonar?) prospect ever since. Drake is a tall, powerful pitcher with a fastball that lives around 93mph but can reach 95, and it comes with some nice natural sink that makes him a real ground-ball machine. His slider is one of the best in the Orioles system, a true wipeout pitch that he relies on for strikeout after strikeout: he's struck out three batters for every walk at each level of play while slowly climbing the ladder. While his changeup never really developed, his fastball/slider combo has improved at each stop, and there's no real reason he can't step up to an MLB bullpen at any time. A nice closer candidate.
Full Scouting Report for Oliver Drake
SB 349 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A polished prep pitcher who should provide some 'veteran' balance to the very very young core that Pittsburgh is building, the University of Mobile's Kyle McPherson is not surprisingly closer to the majors than most of that deservedly-hyped talent. The burly righthander sliced his way up to the majors last year, and should stick there in 2013, even if he doesn't break camp with the team. In three and a half seasons of minor league ball, he's now racked up 528 K's versus only 109 walks, pretty impressive numbers that should provide a long big league career.
Full Scouting Report for Kyle McPherson
SB 350 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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