Top Baseball Prospects for 2015
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Daniel's little brother doesn't have the near-100mph heat of his older sibling, but he does mix his 94mph version with a power slider that's been more than just effective. While he worked most of the season as GT's closer, his bulldoggery earned him a fillin spot in Georgia Tech's rotation later in the year, and a draft selection by the pitching-savvy Twins. A future in the bullpen will always be the backup plan, but the Twins are still hoping to test him as a starter first.
Full Scouting Report for Luke Bard
SB 411 BA SC BP SN ES ML
An infielder with legit five-tool potential, Pirate prospect Jacoby Jones was drafted by the team in 2013's third round, and should take a long and slow route to MLB. Jones zipped up the charts when he won the Cape Cod League's home run derby last season, and his speed is either plus or plus-plus, depending on who you ask, so he's got the raw ability. In results-based viewpoints, however, he's clearly showing his inexperience. He struck out far too much (55 times in 139 ABs in that Cape Cod showcase), and he really hasn't found a home in the field yet, though his tools suggest the outfield might be best. It'll be awhile before he learns how to play well enough to really take advantage of his toolset, but if he develops as expected, he could be an all-around All Star quality player one day.
Full Scouting Report for Jacoby Jones
SB 412 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A Mississippi high school who will be compared to Red Billy Hamilton because of his lineage and draft position, Texas prospect TiQuan (or Tiquan) Forbes is bigger, stronger and not quite as fast as Hamilton, though his speed and skill on the bases is still better than most. In the field he's called a shortstop, at present, but he's probably a third baseman or right fielder eventually, unless he flat-out stops growing very soon. He has a good enough arm and range for any position, thus far. His swing has lots of pop right now, too, and the addition of a little loft could turn him into a real power hitter in the years to come. He'll need several years of sharpening his baseball skills first, however: at present he's more of an athlete than a ballplayer.
Full Scouting Report for TiQuan Forbes
SB 413 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A football star (safety) at Rutgers, Mariner prospect Pat Kivlehan is a raw, toolsy player with no end of potential, though it'll be awhile before we know if he'll ever reach it. The 2012 New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association Division Player of the Year gained the M's attention by hitting .392 with 14 home runs, not to mention 24 steals in 28 attempts. A third baseman for now, he may end up in a corner outfield position or even first base, but it won't matter as long as his natural batting eye keeps on controlling plate appearances.
Full Scouting Report for Patrick Kivlehan
SB 414 BA SC 43 BP SN ES ML
Drafted but unsigned back in 2011 due to signing concerns, slugger Derek Fisher returned to the draft in 2014 and was scooped up in the first competitive balance round by the Astros. A plus hitter with superior raw power, Fisher is an all-around offensive weapon who should make a nice addition to a rapidly-improving Houston squad once he polishes his professional game for a year or two.
Full Scouting Report for Derek Fisher
SB 415 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A big, toolsy third baseman with high power potential, Reds prospect Taylor Sparks looks like a slugger already, right down to his high strikeout and low walk rate. He'll need to hit for average in order to really reach the top level of offensive prospectdom. In the field, he looks like a better-than-average defender at third, with good range, soft hands and a strong arm, and he shows of better speed than one usually sees from a corner infielder, too. With so many tools to work with, and work upon, he'll be fun to watch develop.
Full Scouting Report for Taylor Sparks
SB 416 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A versatile, polished infielder, Rockies prospect Cristhian Adames is one of a number of multi-talented ballplayers cooking in the Rockies system. Adames slashed .267/.331/.350 at AA Tulsa in 2013 while playing a mix of shortstop and second base, and is likely to see MLB action toward the end of 2014. A spraychart-filling switch-hitter with a little pop and sub-par baserunning skills, he's still looking like a bottom-of-order hitter right now, but he's young enough that his development could go in any of several directions over the next few seasons.
Full Scouting Report for Cristhian Adames
SB 417 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A polished closer with a clean, sharp delivery, Virginia's Branden Kline wouldn't sign with Boston three years ago when he was first drafted, paving the way for Baltimore to snap him up in 2012. Kline draws comparisons to Brandon Morrow thanks to his lanky (and still growing) frame, which means that 94mph fastball could pick up a few more notches in the years to come, too.
Full Scouting Report for Branden Kline
SB 418 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A smallish righthander with plus velocity, Corey Black gains most of the attention he earns thanks to that triple digit heat, but he does have a reasonable changeup to go with it. His slider and curve are very much works in progress, as might be expected from such a prodigy. If he can improve his breaking balls, he could blossom into a good rotation candidate in a couple of years. If not, he still has power relief potential.
Full Scouting Report for Corey Black
SB 419 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A young man who must have already dealt with more name mixups than he deserves, Connor Joe is a hard-hitting outfield prospect drafted by the Pirates in 2014. He's played first base and corner outfield, but he's most intriguing as a catcher, a position for which he's shown quite a lot of affinity. His arm is better than average, and his overall athleticism makes him a solid defender behind the plate. No matter where he plays the field, though, he should be a power-hitter at the plate, as his combination of raw strength and bat speed give him a high offensive ceiling. How long the Pirates let that bat idle while he learns the art of catching will define the beginning of his MLB career.
Full Scouting Report for Connor Joe
SB 420 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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