Top Baseball Prospects for 2015
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A ripening player who's outperformed scouting expectations at every level of minor league ball, Angel third base prospect Luis Jimenez pops up on sabermetric radar a lot more often than he does in spiral notebooks or conference calls. Jimenez's impressive .309/.334/.495 AAA numbers in a full season with Salt Lake might look freakish, but it's exactly consistent with the .302/.338/.518 line he's posted in a five year minor league career that's included every level of play in six different leagues. He's even raked in winter ball.
Old-time scouts grouse about his smallish frame and lack of 'big league' power, but any team that can get an .856 OPS and solid fielding from a short, line-drive hitting third baseman is a very lucky team indeed. Look for him to touch MLB this season. A great 'unknown' breakout candidate.
Full Scouting Report for Luis Jimenez
SB 361 BA SC 91 BP SN ES ML
A strike-throwing righthander from the Dominican, Ariel Pena is a pitcher who uses a combination of raw heat and deceptive stuff to embarrass hitters. Spending most of 2011 at high-A Inland Empire, Pena went 10-6 while striking out almost 11 batters per game, mainly with his wipeout slider, though he did also walk nearly five. That mix of unhittable and wild has always been attached to Pena, though he's shown control improvements of late.
The good news when fishing for further upside with Pena is that after his 98mph fastball, the pitch he has the next-best handle on is a low-90's sinker, not the electric but erratic slider: that mix portends a future in the rotation, rather than the bullpen duty often assigned to hot but wild young arms.
Full Scouting Report for Ariel Pena
SB 362 BA SC 68 BP SN ES ML
Originally drafted out of high school by the Mets, lefty pitcher AJ Reed opted to go to the University of Kentucky instead, where he dominated with a heavy, sinking fastball and sweeping curve. As a new member of the Astros system, however, he'll almost certain be developed as a first-baseman or corner outfielder, because his bat is even better than his arm, with very good bat speed and the makings of true plus power. He's nowhere close to fleet of foot, and so he's probably destined for a corner spot, but he's good enough with the glove to avoid being a liability. He'll take some time to brew, but he could be a surprise everyday contributor to Houston's young lineup come 2017 or so, with the potential for a look-see earlier than that.
Full Scouting Report for AJ Reed
SB 364 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A medium-sized lefthanded pitcher with excellent pitchability and smarts, Miami graduate Andrew Suarez was drafted and signed by the Nationals in the summer of 2014. His fastball is only low-90's, but comes in with nice natural movement, and the pitches he mixes in (a classic change, curve, slider combination) all look like at least average offerings in pro ball, especially if he continues to throw all of them for strikes. Suarez looks like a middle-rotation candidate right now, but give him a couple of years to practice on better and better hitters, and see how he adjusts and grows.
Full Scouting Report for Andrew Suarez
SB 365 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The Big Ten's freshman of the year in 2012, Hoosier slugger Sam Travis helped propel the team to their first ever College World Series appearance. While he lacks the size or left-handedness to really fill out most scouting checklists for first baseman, Travis's bat is exceptional enough to be worth consideration anyway. He has exceptional bat speed and strength, giving him plus power, as well as very good bat control and judgment, suggesting he'll hit for a high average as well. He's got good enough instincts and hands to handle third base in a pinch, but most scouts don't feel he has the arm for it, limiting him to first base or DH in the majors. If he stays the same sort of hitter he's been throughout college, he'll make it on those terms, too.
Full Scouting Report for Sam Travis
SB 367 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The rare kind of lefty who can hit the upper 90's, Tigers prospect Casey Crosby has been working hard to grow in the shadow of Rick Porcello, who presumably has a better publicity department. Crosby has a live curve and a developing change, but his command isn't ready for the majors just yet, as evidenced by the iffy ratios he displayed over the past two seasons in the minors. Still, the Tigers know good stuff when they see it, and tried him in MLB last year to so-so results. If he sharpens his touch a bit, he could step in as a strong number two or three in the Tigers rotation by the end of 2014. He already has good mound presence, great baseball smarts and instincts, and the competitiveness to succeed, so it really does look like a simple accumulation' of time and experience is all that's missing.
Full Scouting Report for Casey Crosby
SB 368 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The prospect formerly known as Rafael Figueroa finally took his turn on the mound in the DSL in the summer of 2012, showing off the 99mph fastball that helped him rise to attention in the first place. A nominal starter thanks to his quality curve and change, he'll try to push his way through A-ball in 2014, but he could also move to the bullpen on short notice, should the Yankees see a need for late-inning heat.
Full Scouting Report for Rafael De Paula
SB 369 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A smallish lefty drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the third round of the 2011 MLB Draft, Georgia native Adam C. Morgan is a quality pitcher on his way to Citizens Bank in the near future. After spending most of the year in high-A Clearwater, Morgan enjoyed a late-season promotion to AA Reading, where he struck out 29 batters in 35 innings and turned in a 1.27 WHIP. He's likely to return to Reading for most or all of 2013, during which time he'll work on sharpening his already-plus change and trying to get some repeatable movement on his 92mph fastball, which can flatten out at times. Some scouts cringe at his stiff-legged high-effort delivery, but when you're only six feet tall, you need to generate power somehow. While a bit risky going forward, he seems to have the smarts and work ethic to succeed. Pencil him in as bullpen help next year and a fifth-starter competitor the year after that.
Full Scouting Report for Adam Morgan
SB 370 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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