Top Baseball Prospects for 2014
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Carlos Sanchez, a young Venezuelan shortstop who many scouts expected to be a defensive whiz with some batting skill, has turned out to be quite a bit better than that. Sanchez won the (high-A) Carolina League batting title as a 20 year old in 2012 with a .315 average, then stepped up to AA and looked even better, slashing .370/.424/.462 in a month of action. With good raw speed that he needs to harness, Sanchez looks like a very good MLB regular very soon. He doesn't have much power, and probably won't ever, but if he keeps raking the way he did last season, it won't matter. In a weak system, he's suddenly one of the best prospects around.
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SB 451 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A high-school catcher with a tantalizing power bat (15 homers in 27 games in his senior year), the double-named Tommy Joseph was scooped up by the Giants in 2009. In addition to his terrific raw power, Joseph displays a very strong throwing arm and shows signs of excellent leadership and discipline on the field. With the catcher's position in San Francisco locked up for the foreseeable future, the Giants found it easy (?) to part with Joseph at 2012's trade deadline, giving the Phillies a very obvious catcher of the future.
ToJo can also play a reasonable first base, and is athletic enough to learn third if necessary. He's still a bit away away from the big leagues, but he shows every sign of being well-equipped to get there in the near future. We expect to see him get everyday at-bats in 2015, with spot-duty possible before that.
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SB 452 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A hulking, powerful outfielder from the Dominican Republic, Ranger prospect Jairo Beras earned the second highest (non-Cuban) international signing bonus of all time when he inked with Texas in February, 2012. Beras, who survived a drama involving false birth certificates, is
probably seventeen years old, rather than the sixteen he first claimed when signing. Beras joins a stable of young, high-ceiling Latin players gobbled up by Texas over the last two or three years. He has projectable plus power from the right side of the plate, good overall athleticism, a strong throwing arm and good speed for a man of his size. He looks like a prototypical 'lumbering thunder' corner outfielder to us.
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SB 453 BA SC BP SN ES ML
An infield prospect in a Washington system that doesn't have all that many, the fast-rising Zach Walters could muscle his way to the MLB bench in 2013. Walters, who's competent across the infield but best-deployed at third thanks to his strong arm and quick feet, could also fill in at shortstop if necessary. Walters showed a bit of power in AA last season, slashing .293/.326/.518, which puts a nice frosting on his traditionally solid on-base game. He maintained most of that even after a bump to AAA (.269/.304/.399), which shows that he's got the skills to survive, if only as a bench player.
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SB 454 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A versatile, toolsy ballplayer drafted and signed by the Red Sox despite prevailing wisdom that he'd elect to attend Clemson, Michael Chavis is a well-rounded prospect without a single standout tool, or even a clear position. A small, scrappy player (my, how the Red Sox love those), Chavis has a smooth, quick, line-drive swing from the right side of the plate that suggests a future filled with gap power. In the field, he has the speed and glove to handle the outfield, though his arm is even better, making third base or even catcher possibilities as well. How the Red Sox deploy him a few months from now will tell us some of his future, but he might need to develop a bit more before anyone really knows what to do with him.
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SB 458 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Seattle-born Blake Snell is a tall, physically ideal lefthander with a bright future in Tampa Bay. Drafted in 2011's first (compensation) round, Snell looked very good in his full-season at Rookie level Princeton (Appalachian League) in 2012, striking out 53 batters while walking only 17. His 1.08 WHIP was also impressive enough to guarantee an A-level promotion this season.
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SB 459 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A massive first baseman with equally massive power potential, Diamondback prospect Jonathan Griffin destroyed the Cal League (.304/.366/.523 with 26 homers) in 2012 before being bumped to AA. That's where he'll keep mashing in 2012, trying to cut back on the strikeouts a bit. His glove at first is adequate for a right-hander, but a little more refinement there wouldn't hurt either. If the Diamondbacks need a mid-season boost, he may get a shot, but otherwise we're looking at Griffin competing for a 2014 roster spot.
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SB 460 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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