Top Baseball Prospects for 2015
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The kind of all-around outfielder that Dexter Fowler once promised to be, Sacramento State's Tim Wheeler was universally regarded as one of the safest 'college hitters' available in the 2009 draft. With plus speed and a good set of instincts for the outfield, he's a solid defender, while his high-contact, high-smarts approach to hitting have always made it look like it could fit right into the top of the Rockies order soon enough.
He hit a career-best .303 in 2012 in AAA, though his power evaporated mysteriously, and he's still struggling to steal bases efficiently. He needs to put in more work.
Full Scouting Report for Tim Wheeler
SB 481 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A fast-developing outfielder who slashed .309/.364 /.403 at AA Mississippi last year, Thomas David (Todd) Cunningham is one of Atlanta's most-potent future offensive threats. A switch hitter, Cunningham combines an ability to hit for a high average with good speed and developing power. Cunningham has true plus speed and can cover a large amount of outfield ground, though he's still learning to use that speed effectively on the bases. He'll be ready for MLB in another year or so: if there's no place for him in Atlanta, he could become a significant mid- or offseason trade target for a team without a clear CF option.
Full Scouting Report for Todd Cunningham
SB 482 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A big, hard-throwing Dominican righthander signed by the Mets as an international free agent in 2006, Cleto is a raw pitcher who features a moving fastball at 97mph, a real thunderbolt that looks like a genuine plus pitch. His slider is a work in progress, however, and his other pitches aren't anything special yet.
Cleto was acquired by the Cardinals in the 2011 offseason after a Cal League year with Seattle in which he posted a 6.16 ERA in 23 appearances (21 starts). If his change develops, he could still blossom into a strong starting role, but so far (as expected/feared) its' been the slider that's developed best, earmarking Cleto as a late-inning strikeout artist: in nine late-season innings with the MLB Cards last year, Clete struck out fifteen hitters. Expect him to remain a bullpen weapon in 2013, with a move to the rotation possible one day down the road.
Full Scouting Report for Maikel Cleto
SB 483 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A smart, athletic Venezuelan whose offensive game has improved markedly since his signing, Oakland prospect Renato Nunez projects as one of those non-lumbering third basemen with solid all-around baseball skills. After proving his bona fides in the DSL last year, Nunez went on to rake .325/.403/.550 in stateside Rookie ball, making him a lock for A-level play in 2013. While he doesn't yet show much grace at third, he does have a strong enough arm for it, and he's already shown that he's not afraid of working very hard to study and improve his game now that he's got a tantalizing career ahead. He's a fast riser who is quickly convincing scouts that he deserves far more attention than he's yet received.
Full Scouting Report for Renato Nunez
SB 484 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Critics howled when Baltimore reached for Simon too early in the draft, but after he posted sub-1.00 WHIPs at three different levels of play in 2011, they became a lot quieter. A very tall, ground-ball throwing righthander from Arizona, Kyle Simon could churn through batters at almost any level as long as he keeps repeating his delivery, and so far he's shown every sign of being able to do just that, day in and day out. A hard worker without the glitz of a rockstar prospect or 100mph strikeout arm, Simon was shipped to the Phillies as part of the midseason Jim Thome trade in 2012. He's looking like a viable future closer from here, and could be a hot setup arm before that.
Full Scouting Report for Kyle Simon
SB 485 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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.
Full Scouting Report for Jamie Callahan
SB 486 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Originally drafted by the Brewers in round fifteen of the 2012 Draft, Farmer returned to Georgia Tech for his senior year instead, reentering the draft and landing in the third round instead, this time with the Tigers. A sturdy workhorse sort of pitcher without great velocity, Farmer nonetheless has had success by mixing four quality pitches and leveraging a very good changeup to make them all seem nastier than they otherwise might.
Full Scouting Report for Buck Farmer
SB 487 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.
Full Scouting Report for Joe DeCarlo
SB 489 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.
Full Scouting Report for Ramon Cabrera
SB 490 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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