Top Prospects 2014 - 10 - 1

Myworld has put together the top 100 prospect lists from MLB.com, scouting book, baseball haven and baseball america, averaged them out and come up with our own top 100 list.  Below is the top prospects between 10 to the number 1 pick.  If you want to take a look at previous top 100 lists for myworld you can go to http://www.myworldofbaseball.com/id13.html.

10. Jameson Taillon RHP (Pirates) - Jameson was the second pick of the 2010 draft right after Bryce Harper.  The Pirates have stated that even if they had the first pick they would have selected Jameson over Bryce.  The 2014 season should be his major league debut.  Last year he got to pitch for Canada in the World Baseball Classic because his parents were born there.  He has a mid-90s fastball and a hard breaking curve.  To get major league hitters out he needs to develop confidence in his changeup.  For a pitcher with his stuff he got hit pretty good in AA (.257).  Those numbers improved in AAA (.223), but his walk numbers went up.

9. Francisco Lindor SS (Indians) - He is the best defensive shortstop on this list.  The first round pick of the 2011 draft out of Puerto Rico also had a pretty good offensive year (.306 in AA).  Lindor will probably never hit for power, but he could end up a solid number nine hitter, with speed to steal bases and act as the second lead off man.  If Orlando Cabrera has another poor year the Indians could choose to trade him for prospects and give the shortstop job to Lindor.  Francisco makes contact (49 walks, 46 K’s) and should begin his 2014 season in AA.

8. Archie Bradley RHP (Diamondbacks) - Bradley was the Diamondbacks first round pick in the 2011 draft.  He just missed making the team as the number five starter.  Last year in High A he struck out 13.5 hitters per nine innings in five starts with a 1.27 ERA.  When promoted to AA in 21 starts he still put together a 1.97 ERA.  He throws a fastball in the mid-90s with a good curveball.  The one big issue for him is throwing strikes.  When the Diamondbacks roster falters he will be the first player to be called up for the starting rotation.

7. Javier Baez SS (Cubs) - Baez is the second Puerto Rican drafted in the first round of the 2011 draft on this top ten list.  Last year he hit 37 homeruns, tied for second with George Springer for the most in the minor leagues.  Only Joey Gallo had more.  The downside is he made 44 errors.  Most figure Javier will move Starlin Castro to second if he can cut down on his errors.  If he can’t hack it at short he could move to third or second base.  Javier continued bashing homeruns in the spring, but because of his defensive troubles he will probably begin the season in AA.  Whether he gets promoted will depend on his consistency in the field.

6. Carlos Correa SS (Astros) - Carlos may be the best shortstop prospect in baseball, if he can stick at the position.  He was the first selection of the Astros in the 2012 draft.  This makes him the third Puerto Rican shortstop in this top ten list.  The one concern with Carlos is that at 6′4″ he may outgrow the position.  His one downside is he lacks speed, which may force a move to third base as his lower body gets thicker.  His power will develop as he matures.  Expect Carlos to start the season in Low A and move up quickly if he can handle that level.  Last year his .320 average was padded by his .432 average against lefthanded pitchers.

5. Taijuan Walker RHP (Mariners) - If healthy Taijuan may have made the Mariners starting rotation to begin the 2014 season.  Walker was a first round supplemental pick of the Mariners in 2010.  His fastball sits in the mid-90s and he has a slider that could be his best pitch.  He made his major league debut last year with three starts (3.60 ERA).  Major league hitters were limited to a .204 average against him.  He still needs to work on his command, walking over four batters per nine innings in AAA.

4. Migeul Sano 3B (Twins) - Miguel is the big bat for the Twins.  They signed him for $3.15 million out of the Dominican Republic in 2009.  Only Gary Sanchez, the Yankees minor league catcher was considered a better international prospect.  Unfortunately, the Twins will have to wait until the 2015 season to watch him play again.  Tommy John surgery will force him to miss all of the 2014 season.  Last year he slugged 16 homeruns in just 56 Florida State League games before being promoted to AA.  He hit 19 at AA to put his overall total at 35.  Miguel struggled a bit for average in AA (.236) after hitting .330 in High A.  Some think he will get too big to stay at the hot corner (6′3″, 230 pounds) and may have to move to first base or right field.

3. Xander Bogaerts SS (Red Sox) - The Aruba native signed for only $410,000 in 2009.  He made his major league debut last year playing third base.  In the playoffs he started a number of rallies by drawing critical walks.  In 2014 the Red Sox will make him their shortstop.  At 6′3″, 200 pounds many think he will be too big for the position.  His average speed will limit his range, but his power will make a slide over to third base an asset.  For a power hitter he makes good contact.  Last year Xander played third base for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic (Andrelton Simmons was the shortstop).  He also played for them in the World Cup in Panama when the Netherlands won the gold medal, but saw limited time playing right field when he got into the game.

2. Oscar Tavares OF (Cardinals) - Last year he was the seventh rated prospect on this list.  The six players rated ahead of him all played in the major leagues last year.  Two of them (Dylan Bundy and Trevor Bauer) are still considered prospects and dropped below Tavares.  Injuries prevented Tavares from making his major league debut last year.  The ankle injury prevented him from competing for the Cardinals major league right field job this year.  It is expected when he gets healthy Tavares will hit over .300 with over 20 homeruns.  He was signed out of the Dominican Republic for only $145,000, but because he played in Montreal while a youth he qualified to play for Canada in the World Baseball Classic.  He played for neither team, focusing on trying to win a job out of spring training for the Cardinals.

1. Bryan Buxton OF (Twins) - Bryan will begin the year on the disabled list.  He was the first round pick of the Twins in 2012, the second player selected in the draft after Carlos Correa.  Baseball America voted him the minor league player of the year after he hit .334 at two minor league levels, hitting 12 homeruns with 55 stolen bases.  The power is expected to increase as he matures.  His defense in centerfield is gold glove caliber.  Bryan is a perfect five tool player who should begin the 2014 season in AA once he gets healthy.  The Mike Trout comparisons should follow him in the major leagues.

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