Top Baseball Prospects for 2015
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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 411 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Small but tough, Red Sox prospect Sean Coyle is a scrappy infielder from Pennsylvania who seems engineered to perform well in Boston. Coyle's batting eye looks sabermetrically-promising already, and when he swings, he displays great bat speed from a short, compact stroke.
He's still a line-drive and gaps hitter, and unless he gets on the Pedroia Plan he should remain one, though his plus speed can make his bat into a strong offensive asset. In the field, he's a bit of a tweener, with defense that projects as adequate at several positions but great at none of them. He won't ever be replacing Pedroia or Middlebrooks in production, but he does look like a capable stand-in for the Mike Aviles of the world: he could be a solid everyday major leaguer someday.
Full Scouting Report for Sean Coyle
SB 412 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A fast-rising prospect drafted as an IFA by the Mariners in 2010, Ketel Marte is a Dominican defensive whiz with whispers of an emerging offensive presence. A switch-hitter who's stronger from the right side of the plate, Marte mixes enough plate savvy and consistent contact to suggest a solid on-base ability in the future, and his fringe-plus speed could keep him near the top of the batting order, too. In the field, he has the range, quickness, and soft hands to stick at shortstop, though his arm and footwork are a bit clumsy at times. If he can stick at shortstop, he could be a very good everyday MLB regular someday. If not, he'll still be a fine utility and bench body.
Full Scouting Report for Ketel Marte
SB 413 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Once a top Royals pitching prospect, Kyle Smith was traded to the Astros in mid-2013. Drafted out of high school by KC in the 4th round of the 2011 Draft, Smith is built more like an infielder than a power pitcher, barely tipping the scales at 180lbs and not cracking the six-foot barrier at all. But he can pitch, using a true plus curve to make his average 92mph fastball look a lot more impressive than it would be alone. He shows an advanced ability to work counts and outsmart hitters already, as evidenced by the 12.2 batters he struck out per game in Rookie and A ball in 2012. He needs only a little improvement to his changeup to have a chance to break out.
Full Scouting Report for Kyle Smith
SB 414 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A graceful, gifted athlete despite his deceptively compact build, Indians prospect Justus Sheffield brings easy 92mph gas from the left side, with some quick-developing secondary pitches (a change and curve) that look very advanced for such a young arm. He's a long way away from being a seasoned pitcher, but as far as raw talent goes, you could do a whole lot worse. Expect a mid-to-back rotation lefty in 2019 or so.
Full Scouting Report for Justus Sheffield
SB 415 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The 20th overall selection of the 2011 Draft, lefthander Tyler Anderson is a high upside pitcher who most scouts agree is close to MLB-ready. Many see a younger version of Jeff Francis, a fast-moving pitcher who was able to succeed even in rarefied Colorado. In his last year of college ball, Anderson struck out 114 batters in just 108 innings, mainly on the strength of a solid fastball-change combination that he commands well. His other pitches aren't anything to write home about, but he's good enough right now that he could step into a mediocre Colorado rotation and improve it immediately.
Full Scouting Report for Tyler Anderson
SB 416 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A strong, burly outfielder drafted by the Tigers in 2011, Texas native Tyler Collins is a high-potential offensive player in a system that needs them. Collins, who has flown a little under the radar thanks to a detour in Australian baseball (an All-Star, thank ya mate), Collins shows good bat control to go along with his significant power, and has better wheels than one might expect from his body type. He'll need another year of simmering stateside before he's ready for big-league play, but he shouldn't be ignored: he slashed .313/.360/.534 at low-A ball in 2011, and a matching .290/.371/.429 in 2012 at high-A. Let's see what he does with AA pitchers.
Full Scouting Report for Tyler Collins
SB 417 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A college infielder with an up-and-down career at Stanford, prospect Alex Blandino is a nominal shortstop who's probably destined to move off the position in the near future. Drafted at the tail end of 2014's first round, Blandino brings good bat speed and a sharp eye to the plate every time out, lashing singles and doubles to all fields. While he may or may not ever develop the power teams like to see from corner infielders, he's already got the quick hands, glove and strong arm to man third base.
Full Scouting Report for Alex Blandino
SB 418 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A young, tools-heavy outfielder picked up in the 2011's A-round, White Sox prospect Keenyn Walker broke out quickly at Rookie-level Great Falls, slashing .333/.441/.483 and looking like a loaded weapon with eleven steals in only fifteen games. He struggled hard when moved up to low-A ball, however, squeezing out only a .228/.296/.259 line while looking overmatched by even average breaking pitches.
But, and you know how this part goes: he's young, and has a lot to learn and a lot of time to learn it. Still only 20 years old, his plus plus speed should manifest itself into better defense, while his already-impressive batting eye should help him improve his on-base results in the years to come. He won't ever develop massive power, but he should be capable enough of doubles and triples, once he learns to swing at the right pitches.
Full Scouting Report for Keenyn Walker
SB 419 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A two-way player (third base) while a member of the Maryland Terrapins, California native Jake Stinnett only really turned to pitching full-time in 2013. Right now, he's a big, powerful righthander with a mid-90's sinking fastball and a slashing, wipeout slider. Naturally, he's working on a changeup, though he seems to have a better handle on it than most young players. A likely reliever with a starter's upside, he probably won't be rushed by the Cubs, despite the high pick (45th overall) they spent on him.
Full Scouting Report for Jake Stinnett
SB 420 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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