Top Baseball Prospects for 2015
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Has it been that long already? Son of the Blake Street Basher himself, Dante Jr. is a pretty disciplined power hitter for such a young player, and seems capable of playing a more than reasonable third base in the bargain. The easy pick as GCL MVP for 2011 (.342/.446/.505), he's found a better level in full-A ball, and should remain there until his bat can propel him into AA, which could come by the end of the season. His advanced batting eye is the key to his success so far, and if he can maintain it, he should be able to put up solid numbers again.
Full Scouting Report for Dante Bichette
SB 451 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A quality righthander in the lower levels of the Tampa Bay organization, young Jeff Ames is one of the lesser-known arms in a pitching-heavy system that seems to have a special propensity for drafting players from the state of Washington. He combines a quality fastball with a slider that looks like a plus pitch at times, which means even if he can't master the emerging changeup, he could have a bright future in a major league bullpen someday. Ames looked terrific in his first 64 innings of work in the low-A level NYPL (1.96 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 70:20 K:BB), and will attempt to make the same short work of high-A ball in 2013.
Full Scouting Report for Jeff Ames
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Cuban lefthander Gerardo Concepcion is a young phenom who's been quiet all winter, while arranging his citizenship in Mexico, working out in the Dominican Republic and generally getting ready for his new life in America. That life will have a North Side address, now, as the new Cubs brain trust scooped him up when nobody else was looking.
No fifth starter, Concepcion was the Rookie of the Year in the Cuban National League last season with the Industriales. In his first and final year in Cuba, Concepcion posted a 3.36 ERA in sixteen starts and five relief appearances. He defected in Rotterdam last winter. Comparisons to Aroldis Chapman are inevitable, though Noel Arguelles might be a better choice. In Concepcion's case, either comparison is almost fair. Concepcion can't come close to Chapman's heat, and he's even less polished, but he does bring similarly wicked stuff from a similarly tall, wiry frame. He got shellshocked a bit from his first exposure to US ball in 2012, but he's young enough that he should have time to adjust. That might take a couple of years.
Full Scouting Report for Gerardo Concepcion
SB 453 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A Padre prospect with the nastiest sinker-slider combo in the minors, righthander Donn Roach can also toss a borderline curve just often enough to infuriate free swingers. Jumping across two levels of play in 2012, Roach combined for a ground-ball heavy 1.88 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 105 innings of work as a starter. He looks like an innings-eating ground ball machine who should be ready in mid-2014, though the team could use him sooner than that. He'll idle and polish his third pitch in AA this season.
Full Scouting Report for Donn Roach
SB 454 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A third round pick by the always-clever Pirates in the 2011 draft, and signed despite concerns about his future plans, ex-Hoosier Alex Dickerson is a slugger of the first order. He should help the Pirates offset a pitching-heavy talent pool in the near future. While dropping to the third round helped him fade from some writers' memories, his first-year pro line at low-A State College (.313/.393/.493) propelled him back into the top ranks.
A prototypical slugger, Dickerson is big, wide and strong. He's the kind of friend you'd call to help you move, or maybe to stand behind you while you visit someone who owes you money. Dickerson's left-handed swing is a bit long, but his bat speed seems more than adequate to cover that right now. He's not getting fooled by breaking balls yet, either, though he hasn't seen many truly great ones. We're dying to see him in Altoona. Until then, he's a couple of years away from the majors (let's say... mid-to-late 2014?), but if he continues to chew through pitching the way he has so far, he'll be a great asset by that time.
Full Scouting Report for Alex Dickerson
SB 455 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A righthanded pitcher with one of the best fastballs in the 2013 draft class, Bobby Wahl is a savvy, well-rounded pitcher who posted a 7-4 record with a 2.55 ERA over 17 starts for Mississippi in 2012. His 104 strikeouts in 99 innings was one of the best marks among starters, and the tidbit that gained him the most attention. He needs to refine his secondary offerings, but that's pretty much what's expected from such a young arm. If he stays healthy, he could be a viable mid or even top-of-rotation starter in MLB a few years from now.
Full Scouting Report for Bobby Wahl
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A raw hitter with good upside, Texas Tech's Barrett Barnes was drafted in 2012's Compensation Round by the offensively-challenged Pirates. Even if he reaches his potential, he won't be enough to power the Pirate offense all on his own, but he won't hurt the team, either. In the field, he's average to above-average, with a good arm and reliable glove. We're anxious to see what he does with higher-level pitching this season: if he finds his floor in AA, he'll be in Pittsburgh in 2014.
Full Scouting Report for Barrett Barnes
SB 457 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A fast, lanky outfielder who signed as an international free agent, Mets prospect Cesar Puello is one of the most promising offensive prospects in the system, and one of the fastest rising. Already finished with rookie ball at age 18, Puello shrugged off Sally League pitching in 2010 and high-A in 2011: he stroked .259/.313/.397 with 10 homers and 19 steals at St. Lucie. He spent all of 2012 brewing back at St. Lucie, turning in a more-polished .260/.328/.423 line and looking ready for AA. He should spend most of 2013 there, furthering the softer skills.
Full Scouting Report for Cesar Puello
SB 458 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The most promising middle infield prospect in the Marlins' system today, Noah Perio is a California boy with a solid frame and a quick, line-drive swing. With a good set of all-around tools, he's not a standout in any one category but on the upside, he doesn't have any clear weaknesses, either. Still young, he'll be looking to build on the so-so .248/.293/.311 line he posted at high-A Jupier in 2012. We're looking forward to seeing how he adjusts to leagues with better pitching. Maybe this year.
Full Scouting Report for Noah Perio
SB 459 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A big, strong Sooner with a solid fastball in the low to mid-90's, Yankee prospect Ty Hensley won't blow many away with his heat, but that's all right: it's really there to set up his plus curve anyway, a devastating hammer that can make hitters look foolish. He needs to polish it for a few more years so that he can throw it for a strike, too, but he's already looking like a very interesting rotation addition for the Future Yankees.
Full Scouting Report for Ty Hensley
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