Top Baseball Prospects for 2014
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A possible future closer, relief prospect Jake Barrett brings serious heat and good movement from the right side. His best second pitch is probably his curve, which is a bit odd for a closer, but it's been working. He struck out exactly one batter per one-inning outing for A-level South Bend in 2012, using that fastball about ninety percent of the time. He'll try to baffle hitters at higher levels in 2013, and could help out the Arizona bullpen at almost any time thereafter.
Full Scouting Report for Jake Barrett
SB 451 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A second-round pick after two years at Oregon State, catcher Andrew Susac is the most promising backstop in the San Francisco minor league system. Behind the plate, he's a quality receiver with a strong arm, and he's very likely to remain a catcher in the future. At-bat, he's a solid gap hitter with a whiff of possible power to come, even if he's a bit swing-and-missy at present. Despite the college experienced, he's still a couple of years away from MLB. The Giants, of course, have no need to rush him.
Full Scouting Report for Andrew Susac
SB 452 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A towering lefthander from Buffalo NY, Kevin Siegrist is just one of the many, many pitching weapons in St Louis's organization. A slow-riser after being drafted out of community college back in 2008, he made 49 minor league starts (22-11, 2.78, 1.13) up the ladder for the team over the past five years before being moved to the bullpen in 2013. A fastball-change pitcher with a developing slider, it'll be interesting to see how he adjusts to life as a reliever: that change could make him equally effective against righthanders, saving him from plain old LOOGY use.
Full Scouting Report for Kevin Siegrist
SB 453 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The Mariners snuck Carter Capps and Stephen Pryor into MLB without many noticing, and both contributed far above expectations. The same destiny could await Logan Bawcom, a promising but under-the-radar reliever who should throw his way into AAA this season, and perhaps right onto the Mariner roster for the second half. Bawcom, a burly righthander from Lubbock, Texas, was once seen as the Dodgers' closer-of-the-future before being shipped to Seattle, with others, for closer-of-the-present Brandon League.
Bawcom's 96mph fastball is a plus pitch, but it's really only there to set up his slider, a hard and biting offering that to date has been especially good at destroying right-handed hitters. If neither Capps nor Pryor seizes the closer mantle from the unlikely Tom Wilhelmsen in the next year or two, Bawcom could be in the conversation.
Full Scouting Report for Logan Bawcom
SB 454 BA SC BP SN ES ML
While Freddy Freeman might have first base locked down for the next decade or so in Atlanta, the Braves also have another promising hitter who could be good enough to merit a move to another position. While the power he showed in 2011 seemed dimmed, the unfortunately-named Joey Terdoslavich's nonetheless slashed a .262/.325/.394 composite line at two levels of higher-minor ball in 2012, keeping early concerns about his ability to switch-hit better pitching on the shelf. While a permanent move to third or an outfield spot remains likely, and a trade to a team in greater need is possible, Terdoslavich should manage to get to the Bigs one way or the other by mid-2014.
Full Scouting Report for Joey Terdoslavich
SB 455 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Drafted and signed right along with fellow Angel outfield prospect Mike Trout, Randall Grichuk is a slightly different kind of player, one probably better suited to a higher-power corner outfield spot than the athletic Trout. Grichuk zipped through three levels of minor league ball in 2011, then spent all of the next season with high-A Inland Empire, where he showed durability and consistent prowess by slashing .298/.335/.488 with 18 homers and 16 steals in 537 at-bats. He'll be in AA sometime this year, and knocking on the door at the Big A very soon after.
Full Scouting Report for Randal Grichuk
SB 456 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A pure hitter drafted 48th overall by the White Sox in 2012, Florida native Keon Barnum is already capable of putting on tentpole exhibitions in batting practice. With a big, strong bat from the left side with a stroke that might be a bit too long, we see a lot of longballs and an even larger number of strikeouts in his future. Chicago is a good place to showcase those skills.
Full Scouting Report for Keon Barnum
SB 457 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A massive righthander in the Pirate system, Alabama slammer Clay Holmes is a strike thrower who's skilled at pounding the lower half of the plate, even when he can't be more accurate than that, inducing more than his share of weak contact and grounders. Holmes zipped to everyone's attention late last season as he polished up a 2.28 ERA, 1.08 WHIP season across thirteen starts for the Pirate's low-A club in State College. Holmes throws mid-90's and mixes in a dirty curve that could be a plus pitch one day. He's rough, and has some learning to do on the finer arts of pitching, but on raw stuff alone, he's one of the Pirates' most promising arms.
Full Scouting Report for Clay Holmes
SB 458 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The 135th player taken back in the 2011 draft, Angel pitching prospect Mike Clevinger is a righthander with decent upside despite his so-so stuff. Making only eight starts for the Class A Cedar Rapids Kernals, Clevinger looked reasonably good, enough that he should sample high-A ball in 2013. His low-to-mid 90's fastball is good when he locates it well, and his breaking ball shows signs of real plus action. If he can put the whole package together and turn it up a notch, he'll be a solid innings-eater, but we really need to see him string a few months of good results together before we're completely on the bandwagon, here.
Full Scouting Report for Mike Clevinger
SB 459 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A righthanded power pitcher, Dillon Howard inherited the title of top pitching prospect in the weak Indians system almost by default the moment he was drafted. Howard went 9-1 with a 0.31 ERA in 12 starts for Searcy High School, striking out 115 batters in 58 innings (read that again if you like.) His perfect pitcher's frame, not to mention that 95mph fastball with natural sink and run, made him pretty projectable, or at least the Indians thought until he arrived at camp in 2012 badly out of shape. He spent most of the year getting back to playing size, which means 2013 is a bit of a do-over for him. He still has the big fastball with nice natural sink, and a developing curve that, while still a bit slurvy, shows real promise. Give the youngster time and coaching and he should be able to tighten it up into a solid-average offering. He's many years away.
Full Scouting Report for Dillon Howard
SB 460 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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