Top Baseball Prospects for 2015
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Pitching prospect Brett Bochy might get a more wide-open opportunity from Bruce's team in San Francisco, but the tall, lanky righthander doesn't need nepotism to succeed. Bochy was a dominant closer at U Kansas before losing 2010 to TJ surgery, and he seems to be all-the-way back now. His fastball hums in the mid-90s with great natural movement, and his slider, which looked like his best pitch in college, now looks to have recovered its late break. A natural closer, Bochy is great under pressure, which means he might be the best internal bet to take over the Giants' ninth inning role sometime in the future.
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SB 491 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.
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SB 492 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.
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SB 493 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A stocky, powerful pitcher from Indiana, righthander Nolan Sanburn has a bulldog mentality and a big, heavy fastball. While his first owners in Oakland tried to maximize his value as a starter (as expected), he seems much better-suited to bullpen work, with good future-closer potential. Wait and see.
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SB 494 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.
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SB 495 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.
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SB 496 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.
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SB 497 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A former top prospect who's slid a bit in the ranks thanks to another year of shaky control, Baltimore righthander Parker Bridwell is young enough that he shouldn't suffer a serious discount. He still features great raw stuff and a true plus fastball that springs from a perfect pitcher's frame, so the Orioles will give the kid a few more chances. To get a handle on his future, watch his walk rate in 2013.
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SB 498 BA SC BP SN ES ML
An all-around athelete who could probably play any position (he's even pitched), Pittsburgh prospect Wyatt Mathisen will probably be groomed as a catcher in order to maximize his baseball smarts and cannon arm. Of course, there's nothing stopping the Pirates from developing him otherwise, so nothing will be certain here for another year or two. Whatever they do, they'll be getting a plus contact hitter who's shown more than a glimmer of power, too.
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SB 499 BA SC BP SN ES ML
The son of ex-Brave hitter of the same name, Blue Jays outfield prospect Dwight Smith is a slight but powerful hitter who shows the sort of advanced baseball smarts one expects from a second-generation ballplayer. While still very young and raw, he's already developed quickly, and looks to have a solid toolset, with good baserunning and fielding skills, a capable arm and at least average speed on the bases. He's a few years away, but baseball loves lineage, so he'll be given every opportunity, and then some, to succeed.
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SB 500 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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