Top Baseball Prospects for 2014
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A contact hitter with college experience and decent power, Reds outfield prospect Jeff Gelalich looks like he could fit into an MLB lineup very soon. Drafted as a junior, he'll need a solid thousand at-bats or so before the Reds can really schedule his itinerary. The 127 he logged in late-season rookie ball last year is a good start, of course. If the polish he showed in his last season at UCLA sticks, he'll be ready for bench duty on an MLB ballclub by September, 2014.
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A Vegas-born shortstop in the Tampa Bay system, young Jake Hager did that thing we love to see most at Scouting Book: improved his performance year-on-year even while moving up a level. The .281/.345/.412 Hager slashed in the A-Level Midwest League is substantial enough the he may even taste AA ball in 2013. A line-drive hitter with reasonable gap power for an infielder, he's also a smart baserunner and solid fielder, though his range may limit him to a second base job in the future. For now, though, he's remains a shortstop, and a pretty good one at that.
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The rising wave of Canadian pitchers continued when Seattle chose Quebec native Philipe Aumont with their first-round pick in 2007. He was traded to the Phillies in the winter 2009 blockbuster that moved Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee.
A 6-7 righthander with a 92-95 MPH sinking fastball, Aumont has an imposing mound presence that endears him to scouts and coaches alike. While he's barely 22, he's already raising eyebrows with a precocious ability to pound the lower part of the zone and work both sides of the plate. While he has a slider and changeup, neither is a plus pitch, which means he'll rise or fall on his sinker. Now that he's in the NL East, there's some talk of making him a reliever, but it's most likely that the Phils will keep him in a minor league rotation as long as possible to refine his secondary game and build his endurance, no matter how he ends up being used in his impending major league career.
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One of the best hitting prospects in the 2007 Amateur Draft, Beau Mills went to the Indians, who at the time enough had no long-term 1B or 3B solution in their system. He turned out to be pretty much as-expected, a lumbering slow slugger with so-so contact skills but plus power. The .300/.358/.522 line he posted in AA Akron in 2011 was validated by a month-long tour with the AAA Clippers in which he turned in similar numbers while homering seven times in 35 games.
While his stumbles in 2012 led the now-loaded-with-bats Indians to pawn him off to the Reds, he still deserves at least a look in MLB.
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Pittsburgh prospect Danny Collins (drafted in 2013's thirteenth round) is a sturdy, righthanded ballplayer without any eye-popping tools, but above-average contact, power and overall defense. Collins was expected by some be drafted even higher on the strength of his stellar junior season: he hit .360 this season with 11 homers and 25 doubles in 62 games, landing him selections as a first-team Louisville Slugger All-American, a first-team All-Sun Belt Conference player, and a Golden Spikes Award watch list candidate. Collins, who could be a solid all-around contributor for the Pirates in very short order, is seen as a plus defender, with average range but good instincts and sure hands, with enough arm for any outfield slot, and enough quickness for second or third base, should his team choose deploy and develop him that way.
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A first-round pick in the 2011 draft from the University of North Carolina, Twins shortstop prospect Levi Michael was the first everyday college player drafted first by the Twins since 1996 (Travis Lee.) Levi is an athletic switch-hitter with good bat speed and more than a hint of future power in his bat. Michael slashed .306/.432/.510 in his three years with the Tar Heels, stealing 40 bases with a nice 85% success rate.
While he played second, third and short during his UNC days, Michael's developing bat is expected to settle in at second base for the future Twins.
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SB 486 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A mature prospect with an equally-advanced eye at the plate, Pirate rookie Clint Robinson could provide some surprise punch for the ballclub in 2013. A big left-handed bat, Robinson's power looked a bit off last year when he slashed a still-tidy .292/.393/.452 in AAA, but his on-base skills are legitimate, as they didn't fade at all from his career-best .326/.399/.533 line the year before. He also walked more often than he struck out. Even if the lesser line represents his true ability (it may, it may not) he'd still be a useful addition to a Pirate lineup hungry for some offensive support. Expect him to get a long look in 2013.
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A massive slugger in the St Louis system, Anthony Garcia is a cleanup hitter in the making. His discipline isn't great, and he can't take a walk yet, but when he swings and connects, it can be a thing of beauty. Expect him to work on his judgement in high and double-A. If he can keep his average over .270, he's got a major league future.
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A well-rounded shortstop who's one of the most promising position prospects on the Kansas City farm, Orlando Calixte is on a fast track for Kauffman Stadium, and should arrive sometime in mid to late 2014. Last year, Calixte slashed .281/.326/.426 at high-A Wilmington, doing that thing we love so much here at Scouting Book: improving upon his previous season's performance even while stepping up against higher-level opponents. That's one of the strongest indicators of future success, and it's the biggest reason Calixte has been zipping up our list for the past year or so.
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A stocky righthander who many see as the future closer in the Bronx, Yankee prospect Mark Montgomery was showing off an MLB-quality fastball and slider combination while still in high school. In his first full professional season last year, he proved to be all that and more. Montgomery started at A-level Tampa in 2012 and ended the season with AA Trenton. Combined, he put together a 1.54 ERA, 0.88 WHIP season with an eye-popping 13.8 strikeouts per nine innings. He might already be too good for AA hitters, and could be ready for MLB as early as 2013, but the Yankees will surely show some restraint with the 22 year old... won't they?
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