Top Baseball Prospects for 2014
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A contact hitter with college experience and decent power, Reds outfield prospect Jeff Gelalich looks like he could fit into an MLB lineup very soon. Drafted as a junior, he'll need a solid thousand at-bats or so before the Reds can really schedule his itinerary. The 127 he logged in late-season rookie ball last year is a good start, of course. If the polish he showed in his last season at UCLA sticks, he'll be ready for bench duty on an MLB ballclub by September, 2014.
Full Scouting Report for Jeff Gelalich
SB 400 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A Vegas-born shortstop in the Tampa Bay system, young Jake Hager did that thing we love to see most at Scouting Book: improved his performance year-on-year even while moving up a level. The .281/.345/.412 Hager slashed in the A-Level Midwest League is substantial enough the he may even taste AA ball in 2013. A line-drive hitter with reasonable gap power for an infielder, he's also a smart baserunner and solid fielder, though his range may limit him to a second base job in the future. For now, though, he's remains a shortstop, and a pretty good one at that.
Full Scouting Report for Jake Hager
SB 401 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The rising wave of Canadian pitchers continued when Seattle chose Quebec native Philipe Aumont with their first-round pick in 2007. He was traded to the Phillies in the winter 2009 blockbuster that moved Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee.
A 6-7 righthander with a 92-95 MPH sinking fastball, Aumont has an imposing mound presence that endears him to scouts and coaches alike. While he's barely 22, he's already raising eyebrows with a precocious ability to pound the lower part of the zone and work both sides of the plate. While he has a slider and changeup, neither is a plus pitch, which means he'll rise or fall on his sinker. Now that he's in the NL East, there's some talk of making him a reliever, but it's most likely that the Phils will keep him in a minor league rotation as long as possible to refine his secondary game and build his endurance, no matter how he ends up being used in his impending major league career.
Full Scouting Report for Phillippe Aumont
SB 402 BA SC BP SN ES ML
An often-overlooked part of Oakland's wheely-dealy offseason, righthander Raul Alcantara is a flamethrowing righthander with very hot stuff that he's still learning how to control. He's got a near-perfect pitcher's body and seems to show an ability to learn from coaching, an ability that shouldn't be taken for granted among the young and naturally talented. While we're not confident he will stick as a starter, he should benefit from Oakland's clever approach to pitching development, so even the 'bad' result should allow him to become a strong piece of a vibrant young bullpen in just another couple of years.
Full Scouting Report for Raul Alcantara
SB 403 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The Yankees second round pick in 2013, Gosuke Katoh was a high-school infielder from San Diego with a very polished and well-rounded toolset. He's played mainly second base, but don't let that fool you: Katoh could play anywhere on the diamond thanks to fast feel, an accurate (though not especially strong) arm and very soft hands. His speed even makes him a viable outfielder, should the Yanks take that approach. A slap hitter with a compact angle of attack, a convenient left-handed stance and the aforementioned plus speed, Katoh looks like a junior version of Ichiro Suzuki: a leadoff hitter by any measure. His power isn't legit, at least not now, but like Ichiro he's more than capable of popping a few home runs if and when he chooses to let loose. A disciplined ballplayer, he could surprise many by grinding his way to MLB sooner than expected.
Full Scouting Report for Gosuke Katoh
SB 405 BA SC BP SN ES ML
One of the highest-rated high school prospects in the 2013 draft class, San Diego's Ian Clarkin is a lefthanded pitcher with two quality pitches. Both his fastball and curve should mature into better-than-average pitches in the future, with the hammer curve showing real plus potential. Scouts are mixed on the quality of his change, probably because it varies so much from outing to outing. He'll need that change to mitigate righthanders, so if he can refine it, he'll be a solid middle-rotation starter one day. If not, he's still got some potential as a lefty specialist. His mechanics are simple, leveraging a compact delivery from a high leg kick, and he has good finishing habits that might prevent injuries along the way. As with all high school pitching prospects, however, there's a lot that can go wrong along the way here.
Full Scouting Report for Ian Clarkin
SB 406 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Gabriel Rosa is a young but well-rounded infield prospect in the Reds system. A second round pick back in 2011, Rosa has played only short seasons punctuated by injury since. He'll get a full season of pro ball in 2013, we hope, and scouts remain anxious to see how his raw bat speed and baserunning talent develop. In the field, he's still pretty rough, but he's got a couple of years to master the fast feet and glove necessary for the hot corner.
Full Scouting Report for Gabriel Rosa
SB 407 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Pittsburgh prospect Danny Collins (drafted in 2013's thirteenth round) is a sturdy, righthanded ballplayer without any eye-popping tools, but above-average contact, power and overall defense. Collins was expected by some be drafted even higher on the strength of his stellar junior season: he hit .360 this season with 11 homers and 25 doubles in 62 games, landing him selections as a first-team Louisville Slugger All-American, a first-team All-Sun Belt Conference player, and a Golden Spikes Award watch list candidate. Collins, who could be a solid all-around contributor for the Pirates in very short order, is seen as a plus defender, with average range but good instincts and sure hands, with enough arm for any outfield slot, and enough quickness for second or third base, should his team choose deploy and develop him that way.
Full Scouting Report for Danny Collins
SB 408 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Three years after signing an IFA bonus totally three quarters of a million dollars back in 2009, the very young Twins prospect Jorge Polanco stepped up in rookie-league Elizabethton last year, slashing .318/.388/.514 with five homers and six stolen bases spread across 51 games while showing a real plus glove all over the diamond. It looks like all that winter ball and coaching paid off on defense, too, as the smallish prospect seems to be growing into a strong, potent athlete. He might not be the nimble, rangey shortstop that most Dominicans aspire to be, but Polanco is already looking like a solid second baseman from our seat, so that's how we'll label him for now. Give him a few years to refine his overall game and he'll be a good one.
Full Scouting Report for Jorge Polanco
SB 409 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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