Top Baseball Prospects for 2014
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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SB 435 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.
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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.
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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.
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A fifth round pick by the Mariners in 2012, infielder Chris Taylor is an all-around ballplayer who looks best-suited to second base from here. That position in Seattle is blocked by $240 million dollars, of course, so he may end up a trading chip in the near future. If so, he's a chip of increasing value, after slashing .314/.409 /.455 across two levels of minor league play in 2013 that included 300 at-bats in AA Jacksonville. Taylor even went 3-for-7 with 2 RBIs for the Mariners that fall. His approach at the plate is high on patience, though he does take more than his share of for-the-fences swings, an approach that could be exploited by craftier pitchers once they get a handle on him. In the field, he's sure-handed with passable arm strength and good feet, and he performs well on the bases for a player with only average speed.
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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.
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