Top Baseball Prospects for 2015
Now updated for 2015's Top Prospects
Scouting Book's Top Prospects list is a Combined List, a calculated summary of the overall valuations of the entire prospect universe.
Remember: this page is the result of an automatic process that re-sorts and re-ranks players often. If you're coming to this page directly, you're missing 9/10ths of what we do, so please
also visit our
home page, and read this blog entry before telling us how stupid we are. Thanks!
The Red Sox second-round pick (87th overall) in 2012, righthander Jamie Callahan fits with the club's new focus on developing future pitching. Callahan is what scouts call a 'projectable' righty, and features a low-90's fastball that can reach 96mph, albeit at the cost of what little movement he can impart. His curveball is a classic twelve-to-six model that looks very solid, and his changeup, while spotty, actually looks like it might end up being the best pitch of the three. If that comes to pass, look out: Callahan will be a number-one pitcher. If he even half-masters it, he could still be a solid number three.
More Scouting Book Info on Jamie Callahan
SB 471 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A well-constructed shortstop with decent range and a strong arm, Mariner infielder Joe DeCarlo will be expected to play passable defense at short or (more likely) third base, while he will succeed on the strength of his bat. He has a great, basic baseball swing with a short stroke that generates good line drive power. He's a couple of years away from useful in MLB, but if he just stays on his current track, he'll get there.
More Scouting Book Info on Joe DeCarlo
SB 473 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A defense-first catcher from the Pittsburgh system, Ramon Cabrera nonetheless slashed a capable .276/.342/.367 line through the AA Eastern League in 2012. He looks almost ready to step in as an MLB backup, though he doesn't seem to have the bat or arm to really take over as a number one catcher anytime soon.
More Scouting Book Info on Ramon Cabrera
SB 474 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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.
More Scouting Book Info on Brenny Paulino
SB 475 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A power pitcher with a three-quarter delivery and a wicked 96mph fastball who's zoomed up the charts in the last year, lefthander Drake Britton was once one of the Red Sox's top pitching prospects before being dreailed by injury. Working his way back in 2011, he had a troubled year in high-A Salem, posting a nasty 6.91 ERA and hard to look at 1.70 WHIP, all of which resulted in a glaring 1-13 record. He works a plus curve from that fastball, but he seems to have lost the ability to throw his once devastating 80mph change reliably, which will keep him from advancing in the system.
More Scouting Book Info on Drake Britton
SB 476 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A power-slugging right-handed first baseman in the Cleveland system, Jesus Aguilar isn't the second coming of Almighty Pronk, but he's certainly good enough to mash some MLB-style dingers of his own in the years to come. Until then, he'll idle at AA Akron, where he slashed .292/.402/.500 in short duty last year, after doing much the same in high-A earlier in the season.
More Scouting Book Info on Jesus Aguilar
SB 477 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A lefty pitching prospect whose ascension was hampered by a stress fracture (in his foot), Matt Smoral has a nice and easy delivery to serve up a quality fastball in the 92-94mph range and a filthy breaking ball, though not one he can yet command effectively.
More Scouting Book Info on Matt Smoral
SB 478 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Trevor Bauer's rotation mate at UCLA, righthander Adam Plutko will probably endure comparisons for the rest of his career. Sadly for Plutko, his stuff isn't quite up to Bauer's level. A flyball pitcher who likes to use his fastball, slider and even change up in the zone, he's had a lot of success thus far, using good control and movement to shred the timing of college and low-level pro hitters alike. Whether his approach will translate to higher levels of play, however, is a very open question.
More Scouting Book Info on Adam Plutko
SB 479 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A big righthander acquired in trade from the Phillies, Astro prospect Josh Zeid is a classic relief ace who reminds scouts of Octavio Dotel. His fastball slider combination is enough to shred weak hitters, while his seldom-used change was once his best weapon, back when he was considered a starting pitcher. As a proto-closer, he won't need it much, though he may use it occasionally when faced with a tough lefty. Zeid's command has always been superior, which bodes well for an MLB future that should be relatively free of highlight-reel meltdowns.
More Scouting Book Info on Josh Zeid
SB 480 BA SC BP SN ES ML
470 to 480 of 750 Prospects
Top Prospects 2013