Top Baseball Prospects for 2015
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Cameron 'Rock' Bedrosian is a righthanded sleeper working his way (back) up the Angels' ladder after spending 2011 recovering from TJ surgery. In 2012, he looked almost recovered, flashing an occasional plus slider while working from the same very good fastball that's always paid his room and board.
He's tried a curve and straight change in the past, but neither is looking top-shelf right now, and as is common with recuperating TJ victims, his control is still a bit of a mess. Still, if and when he can regain his pre-surgery touch and if either of his third pitches blossoms to even average quality, this son of a Cy Young winner will be ready to take his place in an MLB rotation. Even if he can't add to the fastball-slider combo, he'll still be a solid bullpen option in another year or two.
Full Scouting Report for Cam Bedrosian
SB 431 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A tough, throwback-style catcher, Astro prospect Max Stassi is one of the best defensive backstops in the minor leagues, with plus catch-and-throw skill and a work ethic that's helped him rise through the prospect ranks. His game took a couple of detours through shoulder surgery and subsequent recovery in the past couple of seasons, but he should be back at full strength for 2013. At the plate, that strength makes him look increasingly like an all-or-nothing slugger, striking out more than once per game but reaching the bleachers with increasing frequency. With a solid knack for game calling and the leadership style to hold a team together, he's got all the makings of a major league captain... and probably a manager someday after that, even if he can't ever really hit a good curve ball.
Full Scouting Report for Max Stassi
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A Tommy John victim drafted by the Nationals anyway, righthander Erick Fedde is (or was) a tall and thin pitcher with a lively 94mph fastball that he controls very well, and two developing secondary pitches (a slider and change) that he doesn't. His three-quarters arm action gives all his pitches movement, though, and if he comes back looking like his old self, he could be a solid reliever in fairly short order. Check back again near the end of 2015 for the first real sense of what the Nationals picked up, here.
Full Scouting Report for Erick Fedde
SB 433 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A big lefty from the 2012 draft class, Giant prospect Steven Okert is a likely reliever and possible closer of the future, at least if his track record closing at Oklahoma is any indication. He could move quickly into the Giants' bullpen, perhaps a soon as late 2013. At low-A Salem late last year, Okert struck out 22 batters in 26 innings, and he'll attempt to make the jump into AA shortly. Other than repeating his delivery and logging experience, he's pretty much an MLB-ready reliever.
Full Scouting Report for Steven Okert
SB 434 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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.
Full Scouting Report for Jack Flaherty
SB 436 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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.
Full Scouting Report for Neil Ramirez
SB 437 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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.
Full Scouting Report for Roger Kieschnick
SB 438 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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.
Full Scouting Report for Sean Reid-Foley
SB 439 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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.
Full Scouting Report for Glynn Davis
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