Top Baseball Prospects for 2014
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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 441 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 442 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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 443 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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 444 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 445 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A speedy outfielder with leadoff potential, National Eury Perez is one of the hidden gems in the still-underappreciated Washington system. Perez looked solid and impressive during a season split between AA and AAA in 2013, slashing .314/.344/.361 nd swiping 51 of 66 bases (that's 77 percent, good enough for us.) Perez even ended the season with the MLB Nationals, getting into thirteen games (mainly as a pinch runner) and stealing three bases. He'll be 23 in 2013, and looks ready to help the team immediately, though it'll probably be from the bench again, at least initially.
Full Scouting Report for Eury Perez
SB 447 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 448 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 449 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 450 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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