Top Baseball Prospects for 2015
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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.
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SB 381 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.
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SB 382 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A big, strong lefthander who has already mastered the don't-mess-with-me look so important to mound presence, Indian righthander Nick Maronde found college success after transforming into a closer at the University of Florida. After being drafted by the Angels, he rocketed through the minors and wound up as a surprise LOOGY specialist in Anaheim at the tail end of 2013. Thanks to a deadline deal, he's now the best lefty prospect in the Indian system. If he returns to starting duty, he could be very good in another year or so. If the team leaves him in the bullpen, on the other hand, he could be great.
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SB 383 BA SC BP SN ES ML
An offense-first outfielder signed by the Angels out of Eastern Illinois, the hard-swinging Zach Borenstein led all 2013 California League hitters in slugging, batting average and home runs, quickly propelling him up the prospect charts. While his swing looks a little long for some scouts, others drool over the easy power he brings from the left side. He's not much on the basepaths and he won't even be a league-average fielder, but as long as he keeps laying off breaking balls, he's got a bright future in the Bigs. Acquired by the less-clogged Diamondbacks near the 2014 trade deadline, his future looks brighter than ever.
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SB 384 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A skinny lefthander in the Tiger system, California native Adam Wilk is an MLB-ready prospect who should see major league mound time in 2013. Wilk, who's been bubbling up the depth chart since being drafted back in 2009. He really turned the corner in 2011 when his already-fine fastball developed some late sink and his curve, a plus offering that acts as an effective changeup thanks to its frustrating slow velocity, gained a lot more bite. Wilk spent another full year AAA Toledo in 2012 for no good reason other than that the Tigers didn't really need him. In the process, he racked up another eye-popping season, posting a 3.66 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP (!) across 24 starts, while striking out nearly five times as many men as he walked: 128 in 150 innings. He really needs an opportunity, and if the Tigers won't give him one in 2013, another team would sure be happy to help.
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SB 385 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A sleeper prospect in the Nationals' system, Steven Souza is a quickly-rising bat who could be ready to help the big club in 2014 or so. After a disappointing 2011, Souza slashed a dazzling .297/.366/.572 across two levels of A-ball in 2012, adding 14 steals in the process. His power, long-expected but until now absent, also appeared, as he popped 23 homers in only 97 games. In the field, Souza has played across the spectrum from first base to shortstop, but looks most comfortable in the outfield, where his speed and athleticism are best showcased.
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SB 386 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Acquired from the Blue Jays for shortstop-closer Sergio Santos, Nestor Molina is a slip of a Venezuelan righthander who might be the best pitching prospect in the White Sox system. (Yes, yes, that's a little like being the most-shy of the Kardashian sisters, but the point stands.)
Molina zipped up the charts when he went 12-3 with a 2.21 ERA and 0.98 WHIP in 23 minor league starts in 2011 before sliding (some might say crashing) back to earth last season. He still shows plus control and excellent stuff, so we're hoping this year he returns to promise. The Sox are pushing him as a starter, but like teammate Addison Reed before him, Molina's crazy stuff might work best in relief. Stay tuned.
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SB 387 BA SC BP SN ES ML
He might not really be a third baseman, but his good eye and plus contact mean he should play at almost any position, and his versatility means that the M's will find a place for him when necessary. The M's Minor League Player of the Year on the strength of a .349, 25 homer season in 2011, Catricala vaulted into a leadership role immediately upon joining the system. It's starting to look like Seattle realy stole him in 2009's 10th round. The Mariners don't really have many offensive threats on the farm, but Catricala is a good one. Once the current batch of placeholding bats moves on, the team should have enough in the system to reload.
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SB 388 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A speedy outfielder who's been in the Giants' system since he was a 17 year old, Dominican Francisco Peguero is a solid defender with developing on-base skills. A line drive hitter whose build doesn't suggest future power (he's shaped more or less like Eugenio Velez, though he hits exclusively from the right side), Peguero will have to keep reaching base at a high clip in order to contribute. He's got some distance to close, too: despite the nice batting average, his walk rate is too low, and his speed, while above average, isn't of the base-burning variety. He tasted MLB last season, and could be back as an injury fill-in once again in 2013.
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SB 389 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The closer at Northwest State when he was drafted in 2012, lefthander (sic) Mason Melotakis looks like a fast-track candidate to help out in the Twins bullpen sometime in the second half of 2013. Of course, that's assuming that the brain trust doesn't decide that the pitching smarts he uses to deploy his fastball-curve combo wouldn't be better migrated to the rotation. If he takes that route, let's call it 2015, instead, for proper MLB playing time.
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SB 390 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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