Top Baseball Prospects for 2015
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A forgotten 13th round pick in 2010, third baseman Brandon Drury wound up MVP of the Appy League in 2011 as an 18 year old slugger. While he looked a lot more mortal in A-ball during 2012 (.270/.333/.603), that's just reality setting in. He's a top corner prospect, a gritty player who could become a fan favorite.A= As mucn all-around infielder as he is a well-rounded hitter, he doesn't have any dazzling tools, and he isn't always pretty in the field, but he almost always gets the job done. Fans will like him.
Full Scouting Report for Brandon Drury
SB 351 BA SC BP SN ES ML
He's not overpowering and his stuff is only a bit above average, but lefty Sean Gilmartin exceeded expectations by pitching smarter and with more cunning than anyone in the Braves organization. His guile brought him to the attention of the value-feeding Twins, who acquired him in December, 2013. A first round selection out of Florida State in 2011, his command and control look very good, especially his changeup, which seems a lot more advanced than his experience would suggest. Can smarts and touch get him all the way to The Show? And if he does it in Minnesota, will anyone notice?
Full Scouting Report for Sean Gilmartin
SB 352 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A big, durable workhorse, righty Zeke Sprull is a big strong starter originally ID'd by Atlanta before moving to Arizona as part of the Justin Upton deal of early 2013. A straightforward fastball and decent stuff combined with a bulldog mentality and fearlessness helps Sprull pitch better than his tools suggest he should. He's looking pretty MLB ready after posting a full-season 3.67, 1.262 over 162 innings with AA Mississippi. He doesn't strike out a ton of guys, but he gets the outs that matter. A true pitcher, not just a stuff-laced thrower.
Full Scouting Report for Zeke Spruill
SB 353 BA SC BP SN ES ML
While Freddy Freeman might have first base locked down for the next decade or so in Atlanta, the Braves also have another promising hitter who could be good enough to merit a move to another position. While the power he showed in 2011 seemed dimmed, the unfortunately-named Joey Terdoslavich's nonetheless slashed a .262/.325/.394 composite line at two levels of higher-minor ball in 2012, keeping early concerns about his ability to switch-hit better pitching on the shelf. While a permanent move to third or an outfield spot remains likely, and a trade to a team in greater need is possible, Terdoslavich should manage to get to the Bigs one way or the other by mid-2014.
Full Scouting Report for Joey Terdoslavich
SB 354 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A 2009 draftee who's still simmering in the Atlanta farm system, outfielder Mycal Jones is the benefactor of a positionally thin field. While the .253/.327/.363 he slashed at high-A Lynchburg in 2012 isn't exactly eyebrow-raising, it is good enough to keep him on the outfield depth chart in a Braves system that has a lot more of everything other than outfielders. He shows good overall athleticism, decent speed and good baseball instincts, making his future a pure question of his hitting ability. Unless he finds a higher gear, he doesn't look like much more than a toolsy fourth outfielder on a major league team from here.
Full Scouting Report for Mycal Jones
SB 355 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Originally drafted by the Dodgers in 2007, Matt Szczur passed on LA and went to Villanova University, where he played both baseball and football. (His complete college CV would read something like WR/RB/QB/KR/OF/2B/SS/Catcher.) Redrafted by the Cubs three years later, he thankfully dedicated himself to baseball and performed very well. Spending most of 2012 in high-A ball, Szczur (it sounds a lot like 'scissor') stroked a .295/.394/.407 line before bellyflopping during his AA dip in the pool. A small fielder but a fast one, with all the tools you'd expect from his background: good reflexes, smart and athletic, and generally durable. His centerfield defense needs work, but he'll probably have all year to work on that.
Full Scouting Report for Matt Szczur
SB 356 BA SC BP SN ES ML
2011 was a pitching-deep draft, so Dillon Maples, who might have gone in the first few rounds any other year, fell all the way to round 14, which means he might end up being the steal of the season. The Cubs, who also had to spend second round money to talk him out of UNC, end up with a short-arming righthander with bulldog attitude and a selection of developing fastballs and breaking balls. His sometimes-great changeup, though, is what will take him to the big leagues. If the Cubs can harness his stilted delivery, he should move quickly. He's very polished for such a young player.
Full Scouting Report for Dillon Maples
SB 357 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A nominal shortstop, Puerto Rican mini-Cub Javier Baez also looks just fine at second and third. With one of the highest overall upsides of any position player in baseball, there's really no question he'll end up an everyday MLB asset somewhere or other. His ultimate position will probably come down to some mix of organizational need and how his body develops.
That said, there's no reason to yet believe he can't stick at shortstop, thanks to a strong arm, soft hands and good feet. He hasn't yet shown the power for a corner, though, so his best route to the majors remains the middle of the diamond. He's not very widely known yet, but wait another year and Cubs fans will be clamoring for a Castro-Baez (or perhaps Baez-Castro) infield combination. They'll get one soon enough.
Full Scouting Report for Javier Baez
SB 358 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A big, strong pitcher secured as an international free agent in 2004, Rafael Dolis has developed slowly but surely on the Chicago farm, and today can throw a triple digit sinking fastball that looks like it could be bullpen magic one day soon. His second-best pitch is a nasty slider, and even though his third pitch (a straight change) is still sub-par, the Cubs don't seem too concerned, as they seem to see a shutdown reliever in the near future here. Despite some stumbles in 2012, he deserves a bullpen opportunity.
Full Scouting Report for Rafael Dolis
SB 359 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A tree-trunk of a young man, Cubs prospect Dan Vogelbach won't win any sprints or high-jumping contests, but lordy, lordy, the boy can hit baseballs. Plus contact, plus-plus power to all fields, and a bucketful of moon-shots every day in batting practice: these are the things young Vogelbach is made of. In the NL, a man this large (the Cubs list him at 250lbs, but they're being very polite) is destined for first base, like it or not, and thankfully Vogelbach does show good hands and footwork around the bag.
Full Scouting Report for Dan Vogelbach
SB 360 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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