One of the Giants’ top ten prospects, Clayton Blackburn has cruised through the the lower minors. In striking out more than a batter per inning and issuing fewer than two walks per nine innings pitched, the right-hander has sterling peripherals and youth on his side. The statistical analysis points to Blackburn being an impact pitcher at the Major League level. A decade ago, pitching prospect Yusmeiro Petit broke many SABRists’ hearts. He became the cautionary tale for those who abandon scouting in favor of stats alone. Is Blackburn is the latest example of this methodology? As Chris saw in 2012, breaking down Blackburn requires an in person look.
With Jameson Taillon joining the parade of Tommy John patients this spring, Nick Kingham becomes the next serious pitching prospect on deck for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Last season served as his breakout campaign, cruising through the Florida State League in the first half before finishing the year with the Altoona Curve. He returns to the Eastern League to begin this season, but a promotion to Indianapolis (or even Pittsburgh should they a rotation spot open up) may be in his near future.
Derek Fisher may be out with a broken hamate bone, but the Hoos still boast some of the best talent in the country. Nathan Kirby has blossomed into the ace of the staff, striking out 18 last Friday resulting in a no-hit shutout. Entering the year, Perfect Game ranked him ($) as the 5th best 2015 draft prospect. Collegiate realignment has thrown the Pittsburgh Panthers into the ACC, providing this look at an elite NCAA prospect. At present, the Virginia Cavaliers are the #1 NCAA baseball team in the country.
MLB Top Prospects will be on display in the Eastern League in 2014.With 12 affiliates, the Eastern League is rich in talent every year. 2013 alone saw budding stars Xander Bogaerts, Miguel Sano, Noah Syndergaard, Anthony Rendon, Jameson Taillon and Gregory Polanco all spend significant time there. Continuing in our series previewing the MLB Top Prospects, here are the ten we’re most excited to see in 2014:
Indians Prospect Insider ranked left-hander Luis Lugo its 12th best prospect for 2014. It’s the second consecutive year the prospect has ranked in the organization’s top-25. Bob Usselman highlighted him as a player to watch for the 2014 Lake County Captains in a recent scouting preview, so let’s add some color to the outline. With Lake County being a home park for Midwest League baseball, look for updated on Lugo throughout the season via YOUscout.
The 2014 season officially began last month with college baseball’s opening weekend, but winter lingers in the North. Whilst I wait for more pleasant weather, I wanted to revisit one of the most interesting prospects that I saw in the New York-Penn League (NYPL) last year — Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder, Harold Ramirez.
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