Top Baseball Prospects for 2015
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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
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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 422 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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
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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 424 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
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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 426 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
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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
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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 429 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
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