Top Baseball Prospects for 2015
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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 341 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 342 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 343 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 345 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 346 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 347 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A third-round pick from the 2014 draft, Bobby Bradley is a big, offense-first prospect with a sweet, smooth left-handed swing. He hails from Matt Lawton's old high school in Gulfport, Mississippi, which the Indians apparently never stopped watching.
Bradley, though still growing into his frame, is already more of a power threat than Lawton ever was, however, using his quick bat to drive balls deep to all fields. His defense, if you can call it that, will probably limit him to first base or DH duties, but that shouldn't be a problem as long as he keeps growing into that bat.
Full Scouting Report for Bobby Bradley
SB 348 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A 6-6, 250lb monster back in high school, Taylor avoided an early draft by committing to Stanford. When he emerged from college, he was gobbled up by the Phillies in the same 5th round selection that netted them Ryan Howard six years earlier. Scouts saw similar things in the two sluggers.
After ditching his 'Stanford Swing' for a bigger and more wide open hammer, Taylor started to tear up the minors in 2009. He strikes out a bit too much, especially on quality breaking pitches, but his new owners in Chicago have never been afraid of that kind of hitter as long as the production averages out. As an outfielder, he has limited range, though his speed is probably average, or even a bit better than average. His strong throwing arm that suggests right field is his natural position. While his approach at the plate looks crude, he's actually a pretty polished product: he seems more than capable of a starting job with any MLB club. We'll see him in September, if not sooner.
Full Scouting Report for Michael Taylor
SB 349 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A righthanded power arm from The Citadel (South Carolina), Asher Wojciechowski is a strong, solid pitcher whose 94mph fastball comes with some nice natural sink. His secondary pitches need work, of course, but he's already impressing scouts with his overall gamesmanship and baseball skills. A hard worker with plus smarts, Wojo's been getting a lot of hard second looks from scouts. While he was a bit blocked in a pitching-rich Blue Jays system, since the trade to Houston his stock has been on a steady rise. In fact, he looked so good in AA at the end of the season that there's buzz he could make the weaker Astros out of Spring Training. Even if he falls short of that, he's still got all the earmarks that usually signify an early-season callup.
Full Scouting Report for Asher Wojciechowski
SB 350 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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