Top Baseball Prospects for 2014
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Headline writers the world over are definitely praying for him to become an MLB closer one day, but right now Scott Blewett has all the makings of an innings-eating starter. Drafted by Kansas City near the end of 2014's second round, Blewett is a very big pitcher with a fastball that isn't quite as heavy as you'd expect, at least not yet: give him a couple more years to work on that. He shows a curve and change that at times look MLB-ready, though he doesn't have near the consistency to lean on them much, especially as he tires in later innings. Now a member of the Royals, he'll be working on that command and stamina in one of the better farm systems for just that.
Full Scouting Report for Scott Blewett
SB 411 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The Tigers' sixth round pick in 2009, high school shortstop Dan Fields is the son of former Tigers' hitting coach Bruce Fields, which might explain his allegedly-advanced hitting ability as well as the stretch that the team took by selecting him so early. Big and strong for a real shortstop, even in this post-Ripken era, Fields is probably better off at third base or in the outfield, but it shouldn't really matter where he plays: he'll rise or fall on his bat, which we have to assume will get a lot of careful coaching in the years to come.
Full Scouting Report for Daniel Fields
SB 413 BA SC BP SN ES ML
One of Colorado's top catching prospects, 2012 third rounder Tom Murphy slashed .288/.349/.462 in 212 at-bats with the low-A Tri-City Dust Devils in 2012. Reminding some scouts of JP Arencebia, Murphy makes strong and solid contact from gap to gap, with a level swing and developing power that should help him reach the cheap seats more as he fills out. He's not a base-clogger, with good speed and good baserunning smarts for a catcher. Murphy is a standout defensive backstop with an above average arm (he shot down 42% of base stealers last season.) He'll take a couple of years to sharpen his game-calling and hopefully keep his strikeout totals from climbing as he gets stronger, but other than that he looks like a pretty sweet catcher of the future to us.
Full Scouting Report for Tom Murphy
SB 414 BA SC BP SN ES ML
New York's second round pick in the 2010 Draft, young Angelo Gumbs was the first high school position player drafted that year, which should help you guess the gist of his ups and downs. To wit, and by the book: he's a gifted athlete, one of the best pure physical specimens in the Yankee stable, with all the signs of plus speed and power hanging on his room-to-grow frame.
He's got a strong arm, shows good range, and though the Yanks have thus far looked to him as an infielder, trying him out at short and second, but any position designation should be considered the lightest of pencil at this point: there's nothing about his toolset that wouldn't work well in left field, for example. Like almost all young players, he lacks real discipline or judgment in the strike zone, and he has a propensity to swing for the seats even when all the team really needs is a poke to the opposite field. But that's all a maturity thing, and the Yankees have nothing but time to season Gummo: he'll still be a teenager for two more years.
Full Scouting Report for Angelo Gumbs
SB 415 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A hard-throwing righthander in the Astros system, pitcher Jose Cisnero is a young strikeout artist who seems to be finally harnessing an ability to control his heat. While he's maintained a nice 10-ish K:BB ratio throughout his minor league career, it's only recently that he's shown adeptness at enticing hitters to make poor contact, helping his results in the process. In addition to the nifty fastball, he mixes in a sinking two-seam version and a very good slider. His off-speed pitches aren't stellar, but thus far he hasn't really needed them. While he's shown enough stamina to start, his max effort delivery and stuff make him most attractive as a reliever. Either way, we should see what he's got in mid-2013, if not sooner.
Full Scouting Report for Jose Cisnero
SB 416 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A hard-hitting centerfielder from the city of shortstops, Micker Zapata wows scouts with explosive bat speed and plus plus power. Combine that with his superior defensive chops (he should stick in center) and you have all the makings of a future superstar here... assuming he learns how to handle breaking balls.
Full Scouting Report for Micker Zapata
SB 417 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, the Angels' own 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 before the end of year. He's the best lefty prospect in the Angels system today. 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.
Full Scouting Report for Nick Maronde
SB 419 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A two-way player who most prefered as a pitcher, Tuscon native Alex Verdugo was drafted and signed as an outfielder by the Dodgers at the tail end of the 2014 draft's second round.
On the mound, Verdugo is a left-handed pitcher who brings a nice tilted 92mph fastball from a three-quarter slot, along with a looping curve and a change that has some promise. At the plate, he's a lefty-swinging line drive hitter who nailed baseballs to a .532 clip as a high-school senior. Scouts admire how his short, compact swing generates power nonetheless. Obviously, he's a project that will take a few years to develop, but the Dodgers are very good at this sort of thing, at least if their experience with James Loney is any indication.
Full Scouting Report for Alex Verdugo
SB 420 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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