Top Baseball Prospects for 2015
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A two-way high school player who most scouts like as an infielder, LA native Jack Flaherty was drafted as such by the Cardinals, who took him 34th overall, then quickly signed him with an well-over-slot $2M bonus to keep him from away from that nasty, nasty higher education. As a pitcher, Flaherty already shows four average pitches, with a nice-and-easy 90mph fastball with a little life and late action, as well as a changeup that's more advanced than most at his level. He's got a lot to learn about life in pro ball, of course, and about how to get the most from his natural ability, but he's in one of the very best organizations for exactly that.
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One of the lesser-known arms being sharpened in Doctor Ryan's No-Whining Pitching Clinic, righthander Neil Ramirez took another step forward in 2012, working at both double and triple A and racking up 108 strikeouts in 123 innings of work (28 starts).
The thin and wiry Ramirez has always had great stuff, but only recently has shown that he can command it, too. The 92mph fastball he's always featured has become more effective over the past two seasons, as he's sharpened his location, and the small improvements coaches squeezed from his curve and change make him look ready for MLB now. Ramirez would be a more highly-coveted prospect today if he hadn't struggled with vague shoulder soreness issues throughout 2011 and a little of 2012, but if that passes into history without further incident, he should zip up everyone's list very quickly now. We could see him in Arlington sometime this year, for at least a look-see, and depending on how the rearranged Ranger rotation pans out, maybe for a whole lot more than that.
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A lefty-hitting corner outfielder, Giant prospect Roger Kieschnick is a raw five-tool talent with both power and speed potential, and it's not at all surprising that he shares his nickname ('Hawk') with Hall of Famer Andre Dawson. In the field he's a giant with deceptive speed, a highlight-reel daredevil without any detectable fear of walls or other barriers. He's got above-average range which should improve as he polishes his routes and jumps, and an arm that has moments of true cannon-power. He's grappled with an awkward swing at times, and he'll need some more polish, but he could be a good one.
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Drafted out of high school by the Blue Jays in 2014, righthander Sean Reid-Foley is a nice, under-the-radar pitching prospect with four above-average offerings, none that project to be plus pitches but all four of which look like they'll be above average. He can scrape 95mph but works a few ticks lower, using a cross-body delivery that runs that fastball in lefties and makes many right-handed batters flinch. While his change is the least-developed of his offerings (naturally), he does show a good ability to throw it for strikes, and it seems to have some natural sink that could prove deadly if he sharpens it just a bit. He's a long way from MLB, but if he develops as expected he should be a quality middle-rotation type come 2019 or 2020.
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A fast, skinny hitter in the Oriole system, Baltimore native Glynn Davis is one of the team's best outfield prospects moving forward. He's shown good base-stealing ability to date, and if he can refine that he'll be a potent leadoff option soon. Alternatively, should he lose his leanness in favor of a bulkier build as he matures, he'll have a chance as a middle-order threat. After slashing a .253/.345/.301 line across two levels of A ball last year, he's ready for AA in 2013.
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A workhorse lefty with a quality curveball, Holmberg was the 71st pick overall in the 2008 draft. He's not an overpowering pitcher, but he's pretty well-developed, setting up his almost MLB-ready hammer with a 90mph fastball that features tricksy late movement: it cuts in on righthanded hitters in an especially nasty way. He's a year or so away from everyday usefulness at an MLB level, but he should move quickly. He'll break more than his share of bats along the way.
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Chris McGuiness, a mature Pirate prospect originally drafted by the Red Sox, has also been through the Cleveland and Texas systems, even picking up 34 at-bats while a Ranger in 2013. The rest of that season, the sweet-swinging McGuiness smacked 11 homers and slashed a .246/.369/.423 line at the Rangers' AAA affiliate in Round Rock.
A patient slugger, McGuinesss has maintained a good walk rate while moving up the ladder, and he doesn't strike out as much as one might expect. He's got no speed to speak of, however, no real room for further development (he'll be 28 in the Spring of 2015), and he's exclusively a first-base type defender, if you know what we mean, so his options in the National League are somewhat limited. That said, he's a decent enough power threat from the left side, which is probably enough to do some good on an MLB bench somewhere... even if it takes a few more transactions for him to find a long-term home.
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A high-school catcher whose future looks to be behind the plate, Baltimore prospect Chance Sisco has a good arm and soft hands, as should be expected, and his body does indeed look more like a catcher than infielder to us. At the plate, he should be able to bring his solid contact skills and quick bat to bear in the minors, while power may take a few years to really show up.
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Carlos Sanchez, a young Venezuelan shortstop who many scouts expected to be a defensive whiz with some batting skill, has turned out to be quite a bit better than that. Sanchez won the (high-A) Carolina League batting title as a 20 year old in 2012 with a .315 average, then stepped up to AA and looked even better, slashing .370/.424/.462 in a month of action. With good raw speed that he needs to harness, Sanchez looks like a very good MLB regular very soon. He doesn't have much power, and probably won't ever, but if he keeps raking the way he did last season, it won't matter. In a weak system, he's suddenly one of the best prospects around.
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