Top Baseball Prospects for 2015
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The child of two championship athletes (football and olympic swimming), Mets prospect Michael Conforto is a powerful lefty-swinging outfielder with a big uppercut swing that suggests he'll be a three-true-outcomes type of slugger in the majors one day. That power is what matters, as he's below-average defensively and doesn't have much speed or range to speak of, though his arm is strong enough for an outfield corner.
Full Scouting Report for Michael Conforto
SB 91 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A big shortstop who some prefer as a future outfielder Rosell Herrera lit up scoreboards in A-level Asheville last season (), inflating his stock tremendously. He'll have to do it again in 2014 to make it onto any shortlists as a Tulo replacement, however.
Full Scouting Report for Rosell Herrera
SB 92 BA 86 SC 67 BP SN ES 54 ML 99
A top pitching prospect from the 2013 draft, Sean Manaea (rhymes with pariah) went 5-3 with a 3.34 ERA in 17 starts for Indiana State in 2012, striking out 115 batters in 105 innings while walking only 32. The son of proud parents Opal and Faaloloi (yes, he's Samoan), Sean brings a mid-90's fastball to the plate that should improve as he fills out further. His secondary offerings, a nasty slider and a developing change, aren't good enough for the Show just yet, but they're advanced for his age. Sean is also known for having a Pettitte-like pickoff move that holds even talented baserunners at bay.
Full Scouting Report for Sean Manaea
SB 93 BA SC BP 78 SN ES ML
Luke Jackson is a young, strong and raw righthander cooking up in the Texas Ranger system. Blessed with an easy 95mph fastball, Jackson overpowered Carolina League (High A) hitters in 2012 with 74 strikeouts in 65 innings of work, but didn't need much more than that heater to do it: his finesse and pitching savvy still have some distance to cover before he's Arlington ready. His curve and change aren't suitable for higher levels of minor league ball yet, but he's in a good system for development and shows the sort of pitcher's body and strength that old-school coaches love. If you like raw projectability over eye-popping early results, Jackson's your man.
Full Scouting Report for Luke Jackson
SB 94 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A powerful Colombian infielder who'll probably settle at second base, Pirate prospect Dilson Herrera rose to attention-worthy status by hitting his way out of Rookie ball (.281/341/.482) and into low-A at the age of 18. Herrera has a nice speed/power combination (twelve steals, eight dingers in sixty games) and decent enough foot and glovework to cover shortstop if necessary. He's raw, like any teenage player, but he shows a strong work ethic and natural aptitude for the trials of the middle infield. If his power is legitimate, he'll be a fast-riser in the system.
Full Scouting Report for Dilson Herrera
SB 95 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A well rounded outfielder with great tools and a dedicated commitment to improving his skills, Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario could be a big sleeper star for Minnesota by mid-to-late 2013. He's only twenty, but Eddie's .296/.345/.490 Midwest line (with 48 extra-base hits in 95 games) looks frighteningly good, doesn't it? Miguel Sano will get the lion's share of glowing press in the next few years, but Eddie Rosario could be right at home hitting behind him.
Full Scouting Report for Eddie Rosario
SB 96 BA SC BP 60 SN ES 49 ML
A mature prospect who baffles hitters with a mix of split-fingered fastballs and off-speed 'palmballs', Pirate reliever John Holdzkom is big, strong, and nearly-unhittable in short use. Originally signed by the Mets from the 2006 draft, elbow injuries pushed Holdzkom into independent baseball for a couple of seasons, but when he returned to the circuit, his stuff was nastier than ever. Signed by Pittsburgh in mid-2014 as a free agent, he looks more than able to be a significant bullpen contributor right now.
Full Scouting Report for John Holdzkom
SB 97 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A forgotten 13th round pick in 2010, third baseman Brandon Drury wound up MVP of the Appy League in 2011 as an 18 year old slugger. While he looked a lot more mortal in A-ball during 2012 (.270/.333/.603), that's just reality setting in. He's a top corner prospect, a gritty player who could become a fan favorite.A= As mucn all-around infielder as he is a well-rounded hitter, he doesn't have any dazzling tools, and he isn't always pretty in the field, but he almost always gets the job done. Fans will like him.
Full Scouting Report for Brandon Drury
SB 98 BA SC BP SN ES ML
Not to be confused with the older Oakland outfielder, this Michael ('Anthony') Taylor is a centerfielder in the Nationals organization. The Nats, who drafted him out of high school in the sixth round of the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft, have a shortage of true centerfield prospects in the system, which makes Taylor one to watch.
His great mix of power (12 homers in AAA last season) and speed (18 steals) profiles really well into a future Washington roster that seems to have more power than it knows what to do with. Taylor's eye at the plate and defense need some work, and he's still really raw with his baserunning ability, but give him another couple of years and you should see him patrolling the outfield grass in DC.
Full Scouting Report for Michael Taylor
SB 99 BA SC BP SN ES ML
A highly-talented, very toolsy prospect from Georgia who was expected to be a top-ten pick before a dismal spring soggied his chances, outfielder Michael Gettys may end up looking like the steal of the 2014 draft for the Padres, who managed to pick him up in the middle of the second round. A classic combination of speed and power make him look like an All Star centerfielder at times, and he's hit triple digits on the radar gun with his arm, but his iffy contact rate is a concern. He has so much raw ability that the Padres are likely to be patient with him, and as long as brought along slowly and given time to acclimate to higher levels of play, he's likely to be a great MLB regular one day.
Full Scouting Report for Michael Gettys
SB 100 BA SC BP SN ES ML
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