Top Baseball Prospects for 2015
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A big power lefty from Kent State who's already had TJ surgery, Diamondback prospect Andrew Chafin was an A-round selection in the 2011 draft, though many expected him to go sooner than that. His fastball is a 94mph offering with a nice natural sink, perfect for Chase Field, and he locates it well inside and out to frustrate all types of batter. His secondary pitches, a curve and slider, are average and a bit erratic, but he'll have time to refine those, along with his underused and underdeveloped change. While he closed during his early days in college, he should now be considered a middle-rotation candidate as long as his bionic arm stays attached.
Full Scouting Report for Andrew Chafin
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Signed back in 2009 as a second baseman, Fidel Pena is a stocky and solid player recently converted to catching duties. That move might delay his MLB future, of course, but it also makes him a much more valuable asset, economically speaking. His offensive production has been improving steadily regardless of the equipment he wears (that .261/.334/.345 line in his first taste of A-ball looked especially promising) which makes him quite interesting.
While he's still going to need another year or three to really master catching, especially with Arizona still playing him at second on off-days, he seems to be capable of the defensive aspects already, and his bat looks very promising. If he can continue to learn as quickly as he seems to be doing, he'll be moving steadily up this list for the next couple of years, and you can pencil him into Arizona's lineup for spring, 2015.
Full Scouting Report for Fidel Pena
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Drafted by the Nationals out of high school before opting for college, righthander Anthony Meo put in three good years at Coastal Carolina before being re-drafted by the Diamondbacks in 2011. Best remembered for the no-hitter he threw during the Big South Tournament, his raw stuff is actually probably better suited to relief: his combination 96mph heat and plus slider would look very good coming out of the bullpen in the 8th or 9th inning, and such a role would let him abandon his change and curve, neither of which are really ready for pro ball anyway.
Full Scouting Report for Anthony Meo
SB 463 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Sometimes players take big steps forward when they're moved into the bullpen. In the case of big lefty Jay Voss, the opposite was true in 2011. Given the opportunity to start for the first time since college, Voss showed that his frame and workhorse mentality were better suited to weekly work, as he gutted out a nice 12-7, 3.67, 1.16 performance across 27 starts split between Lakeland and Erie. With a strikeout to walk ratio right around three and a propensity for getting himself out of trouble, he raised his own stock very high with coaches and scouts alike. Voss's fastball isn't record-breaking, touching 92mph only on his best days, but a whiplike throwing motion gives it good movement and he commands it well, mixing in enough so-so breaking stuff to get the job done. Now a Cardinal, he could see work in long relief, mopup or even spot starting for St Louis in 2013, especially if the rotation stumbles with injury.
Full Scouting Report for Jay Voss
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A strong, burly outfielder drafted by the Tigers in 2011, Texas native Tyler Collins is a high-potential offensive player in a system that needs them. Collins, who has flown a little under the radar thanks to a detour in Australian baseball (an All-Star, thank ya mate), Collins shows good bat control to go along with his significant power, and has better wheels than one might expect from his body type. He'll need another year of simmering stateside before he's ready for big-league play, but he shouldn't be ignored: he slashed .313/.360/.534 at low-A ball in 2011, and a matching .290/.371/.429 in 2012 at high-A. Let's see what he does with AA pitchers.
Full Scouting Report for Tyler Collins
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A contrarian righthander in a system stuffed with lefties, Dominican pitcher Brenny Paulino looks like a good candidate to bolster Detroit's pitching staff (or perhaps bullpen) in the years to come. Still a bit raw with youth, Paulino is a tall and thin slinger who can already hit 96mph on the radar gun with a nice fastball that features exceptional natural movement. That's often a big indicator of MLB success down the road. As should be expected, his breaking stuff (a curve and an iffy slider) and change are quite a distance behind in terms of quality, but he'll have a couple of years to work on those now that's moved stateside to continue his development. While he's not nearly as polished as some of Detroit's older prospect pitchers, his upside might actually be the highest in the group. Of course, a lot of risk comes along with that.
Full Scouting Report for Brenny Paulino
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A promising but very raw athlete in the Detroit system, young Tyler Gibson is a shortstop who's probably better-deployed in centerfield. He's many years away from adding the layers of skill and discipline needed to succeed in MLB, but his mix of plus power and genuine plus plus speed shows potential enough to propel him onto the short lists of many baseball scouts.
Raw athletes are always very high risk prospects, but the Tiger system is a patient and wise one peppered with old hands who know the business of hitting, fielding and living the life every day. So, with some caution attached, we still like Gibson's chances to blossom. Pencil him in as a long option for 2016 or so.
Full Scouting Report for Tyler Gibson
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A 6-6, 220lb specimen straight from Detroit's Secret Super Soldier laboratory, Tiger prospect Steven Moya might have the best raw power in the system, though he's got more learning to do before he knows how to harness it with enough regularity to be worth 600 major league at-bats. In the field he's no gem, either, but he shows enough promise to be able to capably man an outfield corner in the years to come. To stick in MLB, Moya will need to keep working on that all-important batting eye, while also logging the couple of thousand at-bats he's going to need to really develop into a quality player. One can only learn so much in the cloning tank: after that, it's all about practice, practice, practice.
Full Scouting Report for Steven Moya
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Now there's a (refreshing?) mouthful. Juaner Aguasvivas is a burly first base prospect from Dominica who has recently shown good offensive muscle in limited US action. A late-bloomer in America, Aguasvivas slashed .315/.364/.567 as a 21 year old in rookie ball in 2011, and though he took a step back in 2012, he should still have a future in pro baseball somewhere. If he can string together a strong month or two, he might be sent packing to a new opportunity: after all, there are still many teams in MLB who need a hard-hitting first basemen, and there are 28 teams who need one more than the Tigers do.
Full Scouting Report for Juaner Aguasvivas
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Tiger prospect James McCann is a catcher with exceptional defensive ability and a great game-calling head, though his offensive ability isn't quite so glimmering just yet. Still, McCann looks to have decent skills with a glimmer of future offensive growth, so it's going to take another year or two of long-season ball to really get a handle on his career, here.
Full Scouting Report for James McCann
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