Top Baseball Prospects for 2014
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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 481 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
SB 482 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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 484 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 485 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 486 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
SB 487 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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
SB 488 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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 489 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A second round (2011) draft pick of the Atlanta Braves, shortstop Nick Ahmed moved to the Diamondbacks when the team removed Justin Upton's salary and headaches from their makeup. A sharp-hitting, well-heeled infielder who's progressing rapidly, he's the shadow on Didi Gregorious's heels, and he could be a starting shortstop in MLB by late 2014.
Full Scouting Report for Nick Ahmed
SB 490 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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