Top Baseball Prospects for 2014
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Chris McGuiness, a Citadel grad originally drafted by the Red Sox, came to the Indians a Rule 5 selection from Texas. That means he'll need to stick on the major league roster to remain an Indian, and there are indications he may be able to do just that. McGuiness smacked 24 homers and slashed a .268/.366/.474 line at AA Frisco last season while playing first base exclusively. If he can do that again in the majors, well... those are numbers that the Indians would take from a left-handed first baseman / designated hitter.
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SB 351 BA SC 95 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.
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SB 352 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.
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SB 353 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.
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SB 355 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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.
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SB 356 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.
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SB 358 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.
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SB 359 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.
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SB 360 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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