Top Baseball Prospects for 2015
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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
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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 462 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 463 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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High school righthander Garrett Fulenchek came out of nowhere (or more accurately Howe ,Texas, technically a suburb of nowhere) to be drafted and signed by the Braves at the end of the 2014 Draft's second round. Fulenchek's calling card is a hard sinking fastball that's already at 94 mph and could get even faster as he grows into his lanky frame. His slider, while not the most reliable offering, also shows promise thanks to a very hard bite, and could be a plus pitch in the future. The seldom-used changeup is a question mark at this point, as is usually the case with high-schoolers. He's a long way from ready, but if the Braves know anything, it's how to find and develop surprisingly good young pitchers, so Fulenchek merits a close eye in the years to come.
Full Scouting Report for Garrett Fulenchek
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A toolsy, fast college player with a potent bat from the right side of the plate, Jason Esposito is a nice sleeper prospect clawing his way quickly up the Baltimore system. Esposito slashed a nice .330/.405/.514 in three full seasons of ball at Vanderbilt, with a homer every 30 at-bats and 60-of-79 steals. He's not exactly patient at the plate yet, but he's got a little time to work on that. If plate discipline is something that can be learned (and the jury's still out on that one, officially), Esposito's powerful mix of offensive tools is just what a team like the Orioles should be looking for: a premium project. He looked overmatched in A-ball last year, but we'll chalk that up to adjusting to the pro game and wait to see what he does in 2013. We're cautiously optimistic.
Full Scouting Report for Jason Esposito
SB 466 BA SC BP SN ES ML
An international signee from 2008, when he was signed as a teenager from San Cristobal, D.R., outfielder Julio Morban is a smooth and talented outfielder with good all-around tools. He swings a mature bat from the left side of the plate with some projectable power. In the field, he's raw but talented. He's battled injuries the past season and a half, so he's really looking to put together an impressive year or two to get back into consideration as a top prospect.
Full Scouting Report for Julio Morban
SB 467 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A powerful righthander with genuinely filthy stuff, ex-Pirate prospect Victor Black looks like a future closer, as long as he can throw his prime stuff with consistency. At AA Altoona in 2012, Black struck out an ungodly 85 batters in only 60 innings of work, wrapping up 38 games for the Curve and earning respect as one of the league's nastiest relievers. Since moving to Flatbush, he's quickly become a fascinating bullpen option for the Mets in 2015... and maybe even sooner than that.
Full Scouting Report for Victor Black
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Matt Magill is a nearly MLB-ready right-handed pitching prospect in the Dodger system. He relies on a 92-94mph fastball that's at worst average, and sometimes shows enough movement to be near plus, but his best pitch is his strikeout slider, which he commands very well. Magill went 11-8 in 26 starts for AA Chattanooga last season, striking out an eye-popping 168 batters in only 146 innings while holding them all to a .232 average. If there's a knock against him, other than the usual spelling of his surname, it's that he doesn't have real plus stuff, and still needs to learn to pitch to contact a little better: throughout his career, hitters who manage to make contact make pretty solid contact. With the Chattanooga roster bursting at the seams, he's likely to spend most of 2013 in AAA Albuquerque, with hopes of bolstering the Dodger roster sometime in midseason. If that doesn't happen, he's a 2014 rotation candidate.
Full Scouting Report for Matt Magill
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A very big, strong shortstop, Justin Williams is a high-school player most likely destined for a corner spot in MLB thanks to his increasing size and strength. The proud owner of a very big power bat from the left side of the plate, Williams lit up the PG National Showcase with upper-deck bombs in the Metrodome. His swing, while a bit complicated for some scouts, is definitely quick: he doesn't rely on a loopy, loaded pull swing like some young power hitters. With an arm good enough for an outfield corner or third base, the real question will be how quickly he can rise as a hitter, through the ranks of better and better pitching in professional ball.
Full Scouting Report for Justin Williams
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