Top Baseball Prospects for 2014
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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.
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A pure fire relief ace in the Angel system, RJ Alvarez is on a fast track to join a bullpen known for having both depth and quality. RJ posted a crazy-good 12.5 strikeout-per-nine rate in A-level Cedar Rapids last season, and will be working hard to get his 100mph heater into AA this season. He could even see MLB action as a late-season surprise, a la Franky Rodriguez back in 2002.
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SB 442 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.
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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.
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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.
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SB 446 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.
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SB 447 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.
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SB 448 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A workhorse lefty with a quality curveball, Holmberg was the 71st pick overall in the 2008 draft. He's not an overpowering pitcher, but he's pretty well-developed, setting up his almost MLB-ready hammer with a 90mph fastball that features tricksy late movement: it cuts in on righthanded hitters in an especially nasty way. He's a year or so away from everyday usefulness at an MLB level, but he should move quickly. He'll break more than his share of bats along the way.
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SB 449 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A high-school catcher whose future looks to be behind the plate, Baltimore prospect Chance Sisco has a good arm and soft hands, as should be expected, and his body does indeed look more like a catcher than infielder to us. At the plate, he should be able to bring his solid contact skills and quick bat to bear in the minors, while power may take a few years to really show up.
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