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Kevin Plawecki, c

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Mets (Triple-A Las Vegas)
Born: Feb. 26, 1991.
Height: 6-2. Weight: 225. Bats: R. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Selected by Mets in supp. first round (35th overall) of 2012 draft; signed June 12, 2012.
Background: The Mets found a bargain with the Purdue catcher in the sandwich round of the 2012 draft. He climbed quickly to Double-A this year and has continued to hit for average and power.
What To Watch For: Plawecki controls the strike zone and lashes line drives to all fields with plus hand-eye coordination and feel for the barrel. He has improved as a receiver by catching quality arms in pro ball and has nabbed about one-third of basestealers for his career.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.329   222 32 73 18 0  6  44 14 27 0 .376 .491

Justin O’Conner, c

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Rays (high Class A Charlotte)
Born: March 31, 1992.
Height: 6-0. Wt.: 190. Bats: R. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Selected by Rays in first round (31st overall) of 2010 draft; signed June 11, 2010.
Background: A year before the 2010 draft, O’Conner was a third baseman/pitcher known most for his strong arm. He tried catching as a high school senior and quickly found a new home.
What To Watch For: O’Conner has one of the strongest arms in the minors behind the plate. He’s thrown out 58 percent of basestealers this year. Even baserunners who don’t try to run are in danger—he has picked off 10 this year after leading the minors with 13 last year. He also has raw power at the plate.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.266 218 19 58 22 2 5 25 7 57 0 .297 .454

D.J. Peterson, 1b

D.J. Peterson

Mariners (high Class A High Desert)
Born: Dec. 31, 1991.
Height: 6-1 Weight: 190. Bats: R Throws: R
Career Transactions: Selected by Mariners in first round (12th overall) of 2013 draft; signed June 12, 2013.
Background: The Mariners drafted Peterson in the 33rd round out of high school in 2010, and he turned down a six-figure offer to head to New Mexico. He was thriving in his pro debut until last August, when a pitch hit him in the jaw, breaking it and requiring two surgeries.
What to watch for: Clearly, the broken jaw has not slowed Peterson this season. The Mariners have played him at first and third, but he prefers third. His hitting mechanics are sound, with quick, strong hands, and he has keen pitch-recognition skills.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.323 269 49 87 23 1 17 71 23 64 6 .380 .606

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Peter O’Brien, 1b

Yankees (Double-A Trenton)
Born: July 15, 1990.
Height:
6-3. Weight: 215. Bats: R. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Selected by Yankees in second round of 2012 draft; signed June 23, 2012.
Background: As a collegian, O’Brien starred at Bethune-Cookman, then transferred to Miami for his senior season. He earned all-star honors in South Atlantic League last year and was named to the Arizona Fall League’s Rising Stars game.
What To Look For: O’Brien doesn’t carry the same name-brand value as Joey Gallo or Kris Bryant, but his raw power is up there with both of them, as shown by his 23 homers through 71 games this season. He’s still searching for a defensive home, having tried catcher and right field as well as first base.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.263 270 42 71 15 1 23 51 13 70 0 .306 .581

Mookie Betts

Mookie Betts, 2b

Selected to U.S. roster but will not play because of big league callup

Red Sox (Triple-A Pawtucket)
Born: Oct. 7, 1992.
Height:
5-9. Weight: 156. Bats: R. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Selected by Red Sox in fifth round of 2011 draft; signed Aug. 15, 2011.
Background: Drafted as a shortstop and quickly moved to second base, Betts added strength to his athleticism and has exploded as a prospect. He advanced to Triple-A in June after authoring a 66-game on-base streak that began at high Class A Salem in 2013 and concluded this year at Double-A Portland.
What To Look For: With a natural feel to hit and solid power, Betts has gone from a very good prospect to one of the best in the game. He’s instinctive enough to shine defensively at second base while mixing in time in center field. He’s also incredibly adept knowing when and how to steal bases.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.344 291 64 100 21 4 8 46 45 27 5 .429 .526

Sean Coyle, 2b

sean-coyle-2013-ckReplacement for Mookie Betts

Red Sox (Double-A Portland)
Born: Jan. 17, 1992.
Height: 5-8 Weight: 175. Bats: R Throws: R
Career Transactions: Selected by Red Sox in third round in 2010.
Background: Coyle’s older brother Tommy was North Carolina’s starting second baseman, and Sean was set to join him in Chapel Hill until the Red Sox swooped in with $1.3 million reasons to join them.
What To Watch For: A short, tightly wound ball of muscle, Coyle’s swing features a moderate leg kick and a little bit of handsiness in his load, but the stroke itself is flat and stays in the zone a very long time, giving him the ability to spray line drives and hit with surprising power.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.355     186    42    66     17     1     9     38  23    49     12  .437    .602

Micah Johnson

Micah Johnson, 2b

White Sox (Triple-A Charlotte)
Born: Dec. 18, 1990.
Height: 6-0. Weight: 190. Bats: B. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Selected by White Sox in ninth round of 2012 draft; signed June 8, 2012.
Background: An arm injury that required surgery spoiled Johnson’s junior season at Indiana, when the White Sox signed him for slot slot value. He’s been making up for lost time ever since, and he reached Triple-A in mid-May.
What To Watch For: Johnson led the minors with 84 stolen bases last year thanks to some of the best speed in the minors, but he’s not just a slap hitter. He’s got surprising pop from the left side, but defensively he’s working to soften his hands at second base.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.302 245 30 74 13 2 4 23 24 43 14 .368 .420

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J.P. Crawford, ss

Phillies (high Class A Clearwater)
Born: Jan. 11, 1995.
Height:
6-2. Weight: 180. Bats: L. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Selected by Phillies in first round (16th overall) of 2013 draft; signed June 18, 2013.
Background: Crawford has done nothing but impress since being drafted a year ago. One of the best players in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League last season—he hit .345 to win the batting title—he advanced to the Florida State League in June as a 19-year-old.
What To Look For: Smoothness all around. He plays silky defense up the middle and is adept at moving to his left to grab balls hit up the middle. He’s got a line-drive stroke right now and shows an ability to make contact and reach base. Some scouts see plus power for the position down the road.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.288 243 38 70 17 0 3 19 39 45 14 .391 .395

Corey Seager, ss

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Dodgers (high Class A Rancho Cucamonga)
Born: April 27, 1994.
Height: 6-4. Weight: 215. Bats: L. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Selected by Dodgers in first round (18th overall) of 2012 draft; signed June 30, 2012.
Background: The brother of Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager, Corey is on a fast track to joining his sibling in the big leagues, though scouts wonder whether he’ll have to move to third base. He’s an advanced hitter who leads the California League leaders with 41 extra-base hits.
What To Watch For: Seager has excellent power from a smooth lefthanded stroke that allows him to line the ball to all fields. He is relatively sure-handed on defense with good hands and an excellent arm that helps him on plays in the hole.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.346 263 46 91 26 2 13 52 20 59 5 .400 .608

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Joey Gallo, 3b

Rangers (Double-A Frisco)
Born: Nov. 19, 1993.
Height: 6-5. Weight: 205. Bats: L. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Selected by Rangers in supp. first round (39th overall) of 2012 draft; signed June 12, 2012.
Background: Gallo set the Nevada high school state record for career home runs, hit the 10th longest home run in Petco Park history with a wood bat while still in high school and broke the Rookie-level Arizona League home run record in his pro debut. Last year, he hit 40 home runs to lead the minors despite missing nearly 30 games.
What To Watch For: Gallo has the best pure power in the minors. He can hit the ball out to all fields and has hit home runs on popups, without fully squaring up the ball. He has shown better pitch recognition this year and a better two-strike approach.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.309 236 63 73 10 3 27 64 60 87 5 .447 .720

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Kris Bryant, 3b

Cubs (Triple-A Iowa)
Born: Jan. 4, 1992.
Height: 6-5. Weight: 215. Bats: R. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Selected by Cubs in first round (second overall) of 2013 draft; signed July 12, 2013.
Background: En route to being the College Player of the Year in 2013, Bryant hit 31 home runs for San Diego, 10 more than anyone else. He added nine more in just 36 pro games and was MVP of the Arizona Fall League. This season, he battles battling fellow Las Vegas product Joey Gallo for the minor league home run crown.
Watch To Watch For: Bryant is a potential future home run champ who will show that power both in batting practice and games. Defensively, he has more work to do at third base, where he made 14 errors in 62 games at Double-A Tennessee.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.345 264 64 91 20 0 25 63 43 85 8 .444 .705

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Josh BellPirates (high Class A Bradenton)
Born: Aug. 14, 1992.
Height: 6-3. Weight: 213. Bats: B. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Selected by Pirates in second round of 2011 draft; signed Aug. 15, 2011.
Background: A Dallas high school product, Bell signed for $5 million, setting a bonus record for a player drafted after the first round. A torn meniscus in his knee truncated his 2012 debut, but he’s been healthy and productive ever since.
What To Watch For: Bell swings a potent bat from both sides of the plate and this season ranks among the Florida State League leaders in average, RBIs and slugging. He began to tap into his home-run power in the first half and has tools that profile on an outfield corner.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.335 272 35 91 17 3 9 47 22 38 5 .385 .518

James Ramsey

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Cardinals (Double-A Springfield)
Born: Dec. 19, 1989.
Height: 6-0. Weight: 190. Bats: L. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Selected by Cardinals in first round (23rd overall) of 2012 draft; signed June 29, 2012.
Background: Drafted by the Twins in the 22nd round as a college junior, Ramsey opted to return to Florida State as a senior and it paid off with a trip to the College World Series and ascent to the first round.
What to watch for: Scouts describe Ramsey as having average to above-average tools but no true plusses. He has adjusted in his second pro season at Double-A, showing improved power and plate discipline, and he’s a versatile defender who can man center or right field.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.312 189 40 59 8 1 12 31 23 45 2 .394

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Padres (Double-A San Antonio)
Born: Jan. 28, 1992.
Height: 6-1. Weight: 200. Bats: R. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Selected by Padres in first round (13th overall) of 2013 draft; signed July 10, 2013.
Background: The Padres evaluated Renfroe as one of the top power bats available in the 2013 draft as he led Mississippi State to the College World Series finals. He wasted no time justifying their faith, leading the high Class A California League with 16 homers and 40 extra-base hits when San Diego promoted him to Double-A.
What To Watch For: Armed with prototype right-field tools, Renfroe can reach the deepest parts of the left field seats with his plus righthanded power. He also throws and runs the bases well, and his success hinges on how much contact he makes.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.284 296 48 84 21 3 17 53 30 84 8 .360 .547

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Michael Taylor, of

Nationals (Double-A Harrisburg)
Born: March 26, 1991.
Height: 6-3. Weight: 210. Bats: R. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Selected by Nationals in sixth round of 2009 draft; signed June 11, 2009.
Background: The Fort Lauderdale high school product didn’t last long as a shortstop in pro ball, moving out of the dirt in 2010, but Taylor has shown exciting raw tools as a center fielder the past two seasons.
What To Watch For: Tall and powerfully built, Taylor established a career high with 51 stolen bases last year and a personal best with 17 homers (and counting) at Double-A this year, making him one of the top power/speed threats in this year’s Futures Games. He’s a premium defender in center as well.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.336 262 57 88 12 2 17 52 34 87 19 .417 .592

Jesse Winker

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Reds (Double-A Pensacola)
Born: Aug. 17, 1993.
Height: 6-3. Weight: 210. Bats: L. Throws: L.
Career Transactions: Selected by Reds in supp. first round (49th overall) of 2012 draft; signed June 7, 2012.
Background: Winker played on stocked teams at Olympia High in the Orlando area, and he’s arguably the best pure hitter the Reds have drafted since second-rounder Joey Votto in 2002. He ranked among the California League leaders for on-base percentage and slugging when the Reds jumped him to Double-A in June.
What To Watch For: Winker draws walks, controls the strike zone and can use the whole field to spray line drives. He also can turn on the ball with surprising power, as evidenced by his home run derby titles in the Midwest League (2013) and California-Carolina League (2014) all-star games.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.312 218 47 68 15 0 13 50 45 50 5 .427 .560

Christian Binford, rhp

Christian Binford

Royals (Double-A Northwest Arkansas)
Born
: Dec. 20, 1992.
Height
: 6-6. Weight: 217. Bats: R. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Selected by Royals in 30th round of 2011 draft; signed Aug. 12, 2011.
Background: Binford, who had Tommy John surgery as a prep sophomore, signed for $575,000 when the Royals bought him out of a Virginia scholarship. He’s paid the Royals back by dominating his first three stops as a pro, striking out six times as many as he’s walked.
What To Look For: Binford’s pure velocity may look a little out of place at the Futures Game, but he succeeds with plus control of a 90-92 mph fastball and improved breaking ball and changeup.

W ERA G GS  CG  SV IP H HR  BB SO AVG
4 3 2.19 12 12 0 0 70 59 1 11 79 .231

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Lucas Giolito, rhp

Nationals (Low Class A Hagerstown)
Born: July 14, 1994.
Height: 6-6. Weight: 225. Bats: R. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Selected by Nationals in first round (16th overall) of 2012 draft; signed July 13, 2012.
Background: Giolito fell to the 16th pick in 2012 only because of an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery after he signed. He rehabbed from the procedure to impress scouts at the short-season level in 2013.
What To Watch For: Giolito’s fastball ranges from 93-100 mph and spins a deadly 12-to-6 power curveball with plus depth. He’s also 6-foot-6, so his stuff gets on hitters quickly and at a steep angle.

W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H HR BB SO AVG
2 2 2.59 11 11 0 0 49 33 5 20 52 .186

Marco Gonzales

Marco Gonzales, lhp
Selected to U.S. roster but will not play because of big league callup

Cardinals (Double-A Springfield)
Born: Feb. 16, 1992.
Height: 6-1. Weight: 195. Bats: L. Throws: L.
Career Transactions: Selected by Cardinals in first round (19th overall) of 2013 draft; signed June 18, 2013.
Background: Gonzales earns high marks for his character and brings with him a winning pedigree from his time at Gonzaga. He turned down the Rockies in 2010 after the team (which employs his father) drafted him in the 29th round. The move paid off when St. Louis signed him for $1.85 million three years later.
What To Watch For: Like Michael Wacha before him, Gonzales brings a plus changeup to the table. He also has a late-tailing fastball in the high 80s to low 90s and a two improving breaking balls. He’s a strong athlete who was a two-way player in college.

W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H HR BB SO AVG
5 4 1.89 13 13 0 0 76 67 3 18 78 .229

hunter-harvey-2014-mugHunter Harvey, rhp

Orioles (low Class A Delmarva)
Born
: Dec. 9, 1994.
Height
: 6-3. Weight: 175. Bats: R. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Selected by Orioles in first round (22nd overall) of 2013 draft; signed June 25, 2013.
Background: Harvey has a long way to go to be the best pitcher in his family, as his father Bryan Harvey was a two-time all-star reliever with the Angels and Marlins. The younger Harvey has already started as many pro games as his father, who quickly moved to the bullpen.
What To Watch For: Harvey should be able to stick as a starter long-term because he has a plus 92-95 mph fastball and a very good curveball. He quickly established himself as another top-notch arm in an Orioles system that hit in Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman in the 2011 and 2012 drafts.

W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H HR BB SO AVG
3 4 3.13 12 12 0 0 60 44 3 26 69 .200

Trevor MayTrevor May, rhp
Replacement for Cardinals lefthander Marco Gonzales, but injured, will not play

Twins (Triple-A Rochester)
Born: Sept. 23, 1989.
Height: 6-5. Weight: 215. Bats: R. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Traded by Phillies to Twins for OF Ben Revere, Dec. 6, 2012.
Background: May has carved out a side career as a DJ, and he’s having his best year with his main job, pitching. In his first stint at Triple-A, he leads the International League in opponent average (.203) while ranking in the top 10 in ERA and strikeouts.
What To Watch For: May has long featured swing-and-miss stuff, with a running fastball that reaches 95 mph to go with a hard downer curveball and improved changeup. Better control helped him author a four-start streak without allowing an earned run in May.

W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H HR BB SO AVG
8 4 2.94 14 14 1 0 80 59 4 31 81 .203

Alex Meyer, rhp
Replacement for Twins RHP Trevor May

Alex MeyerTwins (Triple-A Rochester)
Born: Jan. 3, 1990.
Height: 6-9. Weight: 220.
Career Transactions: Selected by Nationals in first round (No. 23 overall) in 2011; signed Aug. 15 for $2 million; Traded by Nationals to Twins for OF Denard Span, Nov. 29, 2012.
Background: Signed with the Nats in 2011 for the same $2 million he rejected from the Red Sox out of high school, Meyer is heir to a prominent Ford dealership outside Indianapolis.
What To Watch For: Armed with both the best fastball and best curveball in the organization, Meyer also has made significant progress with his changeup. His four-seam fastball sits at 95-96 mph. He mixes in a 92-95 mph sinker with good armside run.

W L ERA G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO AVG
5 4 3.46 17 17 83.1 71 37 32 7 39 93 .232

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Daniel Norris, lhp

Blue Jays (Double-A New Hampshire)
Born: April 25, 1993.
Height: 6-2. Weight: 180. Bats: L. Throws: L.
Career Transactions: Selected by Blue Jays in second round of 2011 draft; signed Aug. 15, 2011.
Background: Norris played quarterback in high school but gave up football to focus on baseball as a senior. A free spirit, Norris signed for $2 million and bought a 1978 Volkswagen Westfalia camper van, often residing there while making surfing excursions.
What to watch for: Norris struggled early in his pro career but has taken off in 2014, reaching Double-A for the first time. Norris’ fastball reaches 95 mph regularly, and he complements it with a changeup and curveball that both can be above-average as well.

W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H HR BB SO AVG
6 0 1.63 14 14 0 0 72 54 2 19 85 .208

henry-owens-2014-mugHenry Owens, lhp

Red Sox (Double-A Portland)
Born
: July 21 1992.
Height: 6-6. Weight: 205. Bats: L. Throws: L.
Career Transactions: Selected by Red Sox in supp. first round (36th overall) of 2011 draft; signed Aug. 15, 2011.
Background: The tall lefthander led the minors with a .177 opponent average last year, and he’s on pace to lead the minors again. Owens nearly pitched a no-hitter in the season opener this year, holding Reading hitless in a rain-shortened, six-inning game.
What To Watch For: Owens has elite stuff, with a 90-92 mph fastball that will touch higher. He’s thrown more strikes this spring after focusing on a curveball instead of a slider, but he sometimes has trouble repeating his delivery, leading to bouts of wildness.

W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H HR BB SO AVG
9 3 1.99 14 14 3 0 86 54 3 35 89 .178

Braden ShipleyBraden Shipley, rhp

Diamondbacks (high Class A Visalia)
Born: Feb. 22, 1992.
Height: 6-3. Weight: 190. Bats: R. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Selected by Diamondbacks in first round (15th overall) of 2013 draft; signed June 16, 2013.
Background: When Shipley fell in the draft last year, the Diamondbacks were more than happy to pop him with the No. 15 pick. A converted shortstop from his freshman year in college, Shipley has athletic bloodlines—his cousin Jordan is an NFL wide receiver.
What To Watch For: Shipley’s athleticism helps produce a top-notch arsenal. He has a quick arm that produces mid-90s gas, and he has an advanced feel for a changeup. He also showcased an excellent curveball during instructional league last year, and has used his arsenal to dominate at two levels this season.

W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H HR BB SO AVG
5 3 3.41 12 12 0 0 71 67 4 21 75 .252

noah-syndergaard-2014-mugNoah Syndergaard, rhp

Mets (Triple-A Las Vegas)
Born: Aug. 29, 1992.
Height:
 6-6. Weight: 240. Bats: L. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Traded by Blue Jays with three others to Mets for RHP R.A. Dickey and two others, Dec. 17, 2012.
Background: The Blue Jays caught Syndergaard on the upswing when they found him in the sandwich round of the 2010 draft, but they surrendered him in the 2012 trade for R.A. Dickey. He stands poised to make his big league debut in the second half.
What To Watch For: Syndergaard can bring heat in the high 90s, and he learned to better incorporate a solid curveball and changeup at Triple-A this year. Despite getting hit harder at hitter-friendly Las Vegas, he still controls the strike zone better than most power pitchers.

W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H HR BB SO AVG
6 4 4.98 13 13 0 0 65 75 9 20 67 .292

Robert-Stephenson-bmRobert Stephenson, rhp

Reds (Double-A Pensacola)
Born
: Feb. 24, 1993.
Height: 6-3. Weight: 195. Bats: R. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Selected by Reds in first round (27th overall) of 2011 draft; signed Aug. 15, 2011.
Background: If Stephenson were part of a different draft class, he likely would have gone earlier than 27th overall, but he had to wait in line behind Jose Fernandez, Dylan Bundy, Archie Bradley and others in the 2011 draft.
What To Look For: Stephenson’s walk rate has jumped since he moved to Double-A late in 2013. However, he has one of the better arms among minor league starters, and when his mid-90s fastball, curveball and changeup are all working for him, he can dominate.

W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H HR BB SO AVG
3 5 3.97 15 14 0 0 77 59 9 39 80 .210

jake-thompson-2014-mugJake Thompson, rhp

Tigers (high Class A Lakeland)
Born: Jan. 31, 1994.
Height: 6-4. Weight: 235. Bats: R. Throws: R
Career Transactions: Selected by Tigers in second round of 2012 draft; signed June 13, 2012.
Background: The Tigers lacked a first-round pick in 2012, making Thompson their top selection that year. Signed away from Texas Christian, he logged just 83 innings in 2013, but this year he ranks among the Florida State League leaders with a 2.43 ERA.
What to watch for: Thompson also has missed bats in the FSL, striking out 8.6 per nine innings while showing an ability to keep the ball in the park. He works off an 88-92 mph fastball that reaches 94 and has allowed just six homers in 178 professional innings.

W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H HR BB SO AVG
6 2 2.43 13 13 0 0 67 53 1 24 66 .222

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Jorge Alfaro, c

Rangers (high Class A Myrtle Beach)
Born: June 11, 1993.
Height: 6-2. Weight: 185. Bats: R. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Signed as international free agent by Rangers, Jan. 19, 2010.
Background: Alfaro’s $1.3 million bonus was the most ever given to a Colombian player, as Rangers’ scouts were enamored of his outstanding arm and excellent power.
What To Watch For: Alfaro is one of the most athletic catchers in baseball. He has a great arm, excellent power and speed befitting of a non-catcher. However, he struggles to block balls at times, and his great arm sometimes can’t compensate for footwork that needs to be cleaned up.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.262 260 42 68 14 3 8 44 16 69 4 .318 .431

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Christian Bethancourt, c

Selected to World roster but will not play because of big league callup

Braves (Triple-A Gwinnett)
Born: Sept. 2, 1991.
Height: 6-2. Weight: 205. Bats: R. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Signed as international free agent by Braves, March 12, 2008.
Background: Signed for $600,000 out of Panama six years ago, Bethancourt only seems like he’s been around forever. He actually is one of the youngest players in the International League this year, and also one of the toolsiest.
What To Watch For: Bethancourt has used elite arm strength and a quick release to gun down 37 percent of basestealers for his career. At the plate he has a contact-oriented approach, solid power and more speed than the typical catcher. His plate discipline continues to lag behind.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.265 215 17 57 11 1 3 30 8 37 3 .291 .367

Christian Vazquez
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Replacement for Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt; Called up to Boston, will not play

Red Sox (Triple-A Pawtucket)

Born: Aug. 21, 1990.Height: 5-9 Weight: 195. Bats: R Throws: R.

Career Transactions: Selected by Red Sox in ninth round in 2008.

What to Look For: One of the best defensive catchers in the minors, Vazquez has both an extremely strong arm and an excellent knack of calling the right pitch at the right time. Pitchers love to throw to him. He’s not a complete slouch at the plate either with some power potential.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.275 229 34 63 16 0 3 19 19 48 0 .331 .384

A.J. Jimenez, c

A.J. JimenezReplacement for Christian Vazquez, who was called up to Boston

Blue Jays (Triple-A Buffalo)
Born: May 1, 1990.
Height:
6-0. Weight: 22. Bats: R. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Selected in ninth round of 2008 draft by Blue Jays; signed July 2008.
Background: Some teams viewed Jimenez as a third-round talent in the 2008 draft, but his tender elbow made most clubs uneasy and he fell to the ninth round, where the Blue Jays snagged him and signed him for $150,000.
What To Look For: He has a feel for calling games and is a good receiver, allowing just six passed balls in 98 games. He also runs well for a catcher, rating close to average overall. As a hitter, Jimenez shows promising pitch recognition and bat speed with a contract-oriented, all-fields approach.

Year Club Class AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG OPS
2014 New Hampshire AA .223 25 94 11 21 8 0 1 13 6 19 1 .275 .340 .615
2014 Buffalo AAA .275 40 153 15 42 10 1 1 15 9 23 0 .311 .373 .684

Kennys Vargas, 1b
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Twins (Double-A New Britain)
Born: Aug. 1, 1990.
Height:
6-5. Weight: 275. Bats: B. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Signed as nondrafted free agent by Twins, Feb. 25, 2009.
Background: Vargas has struggled with his weight and got suspended for testing positive for a substance designed to aid him in that area. Signed out of high school in Puerto Rico, he made the postseason all-star team in the high Class A Florida State League last season.
What To Look For: His 19 home runs last season ranked fifth in the Twins organization, and he’s on pace to surpass that in 2014. Vargas has a track record for working counts, as shown by his .395 on-base percentage this season and .375 career mark.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.322 255 43 82 13 0 14 57 32 45 0 .395 .537

Maikel Franco, 1bmaikel-franco-2014-mug

Phillies (Triple-A Lehigh Valley)
Born: Aug. 26, 1992.
Height:
6-1. Weight: 180. Bats: R. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Signed as international free agent by Phillies, Jan. 13, 2010.
Background: Franco inked with the Phillies as an 17-year-old out of the Dominican Republic and exploded onto the prospect scene at the end of last year, when he dominated at Double-A Reading in the second half, hitting 15 of 31 homers.
What To Look For: Though he struggled mightily with the bat at Triple-A this season, Franco had been uniformly praised for his defense despite his slow feet and average range. He will have to adjust against better pitching to get to his plus raw power.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.210 281 34 59 16 1 5 29 21 46 1 .268 .327

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Jose Peraza, 2b

Braves (Double-A Mississippi)
Born: April 30, 1994.
Height: 6-0. Weight: 165. Bats: R. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Signed as international free agent by Braves, July 2, 2010.
Background: The Braves haven’t been afraid to move the precocious Peraza aggressively since signing him for $350,000 out of Venezuela four years ago, and he enters the second half this season as a 20-year-old at Double-A.
What To Watch For: Viewed more as a speed player after swiping 64 bags at low Class A last year, Peraza left the high Class A Carolina League this year as not only the steals leader (35 in 66 games) but also its batting leader (.342).

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.351 302 51 106 14 9 1 30 10 33 37 .373 .467

carlos-correa-2014-mugCarlos Correa, ss
Selected to World roster but will not play because of leg injury

Astros (high Class A Lancaster)
Born: Sept. 22, 1994.
Height:
6-4. Weight: 205. Bats: R. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Selected by Astros in first round (first overall) of 2012 draft; signed June 7, 2012.
Background: Correa is the highest-drafted player ever out of Puerto Rico, and he has been everything the Astros could have hoped for. He hit very well in the Midwest League in 2013 and was doing the same in the Cal League this season until a late-June ankle injury landed him on the disabled list.
What To Look For: If he plays, look for a smooth hitter with the chops to hit for both average and power, and a defender graceful enough at shortstop to belie his already large—and still growing—frame. Correa has the raw pop to put on a batting practice show.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
 .325 249 50 81  16 6  6  57  36  45  20  .416  .510

Jose Rondon, ss
Replacement for Astros shortstop Carlos Correa

Angels (high Class A Rancho Cucamonga)
Born
: March 3, 1994.
Height: 6-1. Weight: 160. Bats: R. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Signed as international free agent by Angels, Jan. 13, 2011.
Background: When the Angels signed Rondon as a 16-year-old, they liked his ability to hit, but they knew he would have to add strength. He’s added 25 pounds since then, allowing him to take advantage of the hard contact he generates.
What To Look For: Rondon isn’t a flashy shortstop, but he catches what he can reach. The Angels aggressively jumped him to the California League this year, and he has handled the jump, using the whole field to spray line drives for singles and doubles.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.326 233 30 76 14 3 0 20 11 36 8 .358 .412

javier-baez-2014-mugJavier Baez, ss

Cubs (Triple-A Iowa)
Born: Dec. 1, 1992.
Height: 6-0. Weight: 200. Bats: R. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Selected by Cubs in first round (ninth overall) of 2011 draft; signed Aug. 15, 2011.
Background: A Puerto Rico native who played high school ball in Jacksonville, Baez was considered one of the top bats in the 2011 draft. He emerged as one of the top prospects in the game with 37 homers and 20 steals last year.
What To Watch For: After a strong performance in big league camp, Baez has struggled this year for the first time as a pro. Triple-A pitchers have taken advantage of his swing-for-the-fences approach, especially with two strikes, when Baez swings big on breaking balls out of the zone. He still has elite bat speed, however.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.222 239 32 53 11 2 11 42 16 90 13 .275 .423

francisco-lindor-2013-mugFrancisco Lindor, ss

Indians (Double-A Akron)
Born: Nov. 14, 1993.
Height:
5-11. Weight: 175. Bats: B. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Selected by Indians in first round (eighth overall) of 2011 draft; signed Aug. 15, 2011.
Background: Born in Puerto Rico, Lindor has moved quickly through the Indians system and has put up impressive numbers at Double-A as a 20-year-old. He’s used to being among the youngest players at each stop but still has logged a .363 career on-base percentage.
What To Look For: Lindor will provide the best defense of any shortstop on the field and will show a smooth, compact, line-drive stroke from both sides of the plate. He’s also got an acute sense of the strike zone, especially for someone his age.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.277 274 45 76 8 4 5 41 35 50 19 .358 .391

Rosell HerreraRosell Herrera, ss

Rockies (high Class A Modesto)
Born: Oct. 16, 1992.
Height: 6-3. Weight: 190. Bats: B. Throws: R
Career Transactions: Signed as international free agent by Rockies, July 2, 2009.
Background: Herrera signed for $550,000 out of the Dominican Republic and won the MVP award of the South Atlantic League in 2013, when he won its batting title (.343) and slammed 16 homers for Asheville.
What to watch for: Herrera missed time this spring with soreness in both wrists, but his energetic, exciting play remains apparent even as his raw production has dipped. In the field, he’s athletic with good hands, and at the plate he has a knack for barreling the ball.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.285 130 12 37 3 0 2 16 8 22 4 .324 .354

Renato Nunez, 3b

Renato NunezAthletics (high Class A Stockton)
Born: April 4, 1994.
Height: 6-1. Weight: 185. Bats: R. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Signed as international free agent by Athletics, July 2, 2010.
Background: Signed for $2.2 million out of Venezuela during the 2010 international signing period, Nunez continues to tantalize with a pure righthanded stroke and plus raw power, which he began tapping into with 19 homers at low Class A in 2013.
What To Watch For: Pushed aggressively to high Class A, Nunez struggles to control over-aggressiveness at the plate and erratic footwork on defense, but when he’s going well he has profile power for a corner position.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.262 256 40 67 16 2 11 35 21 59 1 .331 .469

dariel-alvarez-2014-mugDariel Alvarez, of

Orioles (Double-A Bowie)
Born: Nov. 7, 1988.
Height: 6-2. Weight: 180. Bats: R. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Signed as international free agent by Orioles, July 26, 2013.
Background: The Orioles followed the signing of Henry Urrutia in 2012 by signing fellow Cuban outfielder Alvarez for $800,000 last July. The 25-year-old turned in a loud first half in 2014, ranking among the Eastern League leaders with 32 extra-base hits and 57 RBIs.
What To Watch For: Alvarez can catch up to good fastballs and spray the ball around the field, though his power is just modest and he lacks a carrying tool. He fits best in right field with average range and a strong arm.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.313 288 44 90 19 1 12 56 8 30 3 .330 .510

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Domingo Santana, of

Astros (Triple-A Oklahoma City)
Born: Aug. 5, 1992.
Height:
6-5. Weight: 225. Bats: R. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Traded by Phillies with three others to Astros for OF Hunter Pence, July 29, 2011.
Background: Acquired from the Phillies, Santana should become the fourth player Houston received in the Hunter Pence deal to make the majors. With roots both in the Bahamas and Dominican Republic, Santana is bilingual and has been pushed as a prospect, playing at Triple-A this year at age 21.
What To Look For: Santana has plus power but also a lot of swing and miss. He also possesses probably the best throwing arm you’ll see in the Futures Game, and his total package evokes comparisons with Jermaine Dye.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.293 290 42 85 19 1 11 46 37 87 4 .375 .479

gaby-guerrero-2013-pgGabriel Guerrero, of

Mariners (high Class A High Desert)
Born: Dec. 11, 1993.
Height:
6-3. Weight: 190. Bats: R. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Signed as international free agent by Mariners, Jan. 13, 2011.
Background: He’s the cousin of Vladimir Guerrero, which is made clear by looking both at his face and the tool set he brings to the table—right down to the aggressive approach at the plate. The Mariners signed him for $400,000 out of the Dominican Republic.
What To Look For: Guerrero has incredible raw power and shows it in batting practice, but he doesn’t get to it consistently in games because of poor discipline. He also has a double-plus throwing arm.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.310 287 52 89 16 1 8 50 20 74 11 .355 .456

dalton-pompey-2014-mugDalton Pompey, of

Blue Jays (Double-A New Hampshire)
Born: Dec. 11, 1992.
Height: 6-1. Weight: 170. Bats: B. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Selected by Blue Jays in 16th round of 2010 draft; signed June 15, 2010.
Background: The Ontario native was 17 and a half when drafted by the Blue Jays, so even though he’s in his fifth pro season, he’s still just 21. He had prepped for the draft by facing quality competition as part of Canada’s junior national team.
What To Look For: Pompey is an excellent defender in center field thanks in part to his well-above-average speed. This year, he’s improved his ability to work counts and get on base, and once he reaches, he’s stolen 26 bases in 28 tries.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.313 259 47 81 11 5 6 34 34 54 26 .394 .463

steven-moya-2014-mugSteven Moya, of

Tigers (Double-A Erie)
Born
: Sept. 8, 1991.
Ht.: 6-6. Wt.: 230. Bats: L. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Signed as international free agent by Tigers, Oct. 1, 2008.
Background: Moya was born in Puerto Rico, but he grew up in the Dominican Republic. The Tigers saw plus power potential when they scouted him, but it took time for that power to manifest. He had Tommy John surgery in 2012 and missed time with a separated shoulder in 2013.
What To Look For: Thanks to his size and long limbs, Moya generates excellent leverage that gives him his power. It also makes him vulnerable to strikeouts, though he has shortened his swing to try to make more contact.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.260 265 39 69 18 2 16 50 8 81 12 .284 .525

Alfonso Alcantara, rhp

Angels (low Class A Burlington)
Born: April 3, 1993.
Height: 6-2. Weight: 190. Bats: R. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Signed as international free agent by Angels, June 10, 2011.
Background: One of the more unheralded prospects in this year’s Futures Game, Alcantara signed as a projectable 18-year-old out of the Dominican in 2011 and captured attention the following year by hitting 100 mph in the Dominican Summer League.
What To Watch For: Alcantara still has rough edges—such as lack of control or secondary stuff—but he also has explosive fastball velocity and life. He sits in the mid-90s, and he held opponents to one of the lowest hit rates in the Midwest League.

W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H HR BB SO AVG
4 4 4.43 15 9 0 1 65 44 3 38 60 .193

J.O. BerriosJose Berrios, rhp

Twins (high Class A Fort Myers)
Born: May 27, 1994.
Height: 6-0. Weight: 187. Bats: R. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Selected by Twins in supp. first round (32nd overall) of 2012 draft; signed June 15, 2012.
Background: The Twins popped Berrios with the 32nd pick two years ago, making him the highest Puerto Rican hurler ever drafted. He’s a strong, confident competitor who has toyed with Florida State League batters this season.
What To Watch For: Berrios may have the best stuff in the FSL, and his arsenal includes a lively fastball that sits at 94 mph and can touch 97. He also throws a changeup in the low 80s as well as a slider that rates at least above-average.

W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H HR BB SO AVG
7 2 2.09 13 13 1 0 77 62 3 21 90 .215

Edwin EscobarEdwin Escobar, lhp

Giants (Triple-A Fresno)
Born:
 April 22, 1992.
Height: 6-1. Weight: 185. Bats: L. Throws: L.
Career Transactions: Traded by Rangers to Giants for LHP Ben Snyder, April 1, 2010.
Background: Escobar is related to big leaguers past and present in Kelvim and Alcides Escobar. The Venezuelan southpaw had never pitched in full-season ball when the Giants acquired him from the Rangers, but he’s blossomed in the new organization.
What to watch for: Solidly built, Escobar has a feel for pitching and a three-pitch mix including an above-average fastball. He must keep his elbow up to help him stay on top of his slider and locate his fastball and changeup well.

W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H HR BB SO AVG
3 6 5.31 15 15 0 0 81 96 10 27 75 .292

Domingo German, rhp

Marlins (low Class A Greensboro)
Born: Aug. 4, 1992.
Height: 6-2. Weight: 175. Bats: R. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Signed as international free agent by Marlins, Aug. 8, 2009.
Background: The Marlins have moved German slowly, giving him two years each in the Dominican Summer and Gulf Coast leagues, plus another season in the New York-Penn League before unleashing him on the South Atlantic League as a 21-year-old this year.
What To Watch For: German commands the zone very well and throws his fastball up to 94 mph with life. He complements it with an excellent changeup and sweepy curveball that he can use to get swings and misses

W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H HR BB SO AVG
7 2 2.28 15 15 0 0 83 80 4 14 76 .253

Tayron Guerrero, rhp

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Padres (high Class A Lake Elsinore)
Born:
Jan. 9, 1991.
Height: 6-7. Weight: 189. Bats: R. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Signed as international free agent by Padres, Dec. 18, 2009.
Background: Tall pitchers typically take longer to develop because they must learn to coordinate their long limbs and repeat their deliveries. The 6-foot-7 Guerrero, a Colombia native, had more delivery issues than most, but it all started to click for him this year.
What To Look For: Guerrero combines outstanding velocity at 95-97 mph with plus extension and angle. He’s a much better fit as a reliever than he ever was a starter, and the one-pitcher-per-inning format of the Futures Game should suit him.

W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H HR BB SO AVG
6 1 0.96 27 0 0 1 38 23 2 14 44 .169

jorge-lopez-2014-mugJorge Lopez, rhp

Brewers (high Class A Brevard County)
Born: Feb. 10, 1993.
Height: 6-4. Weight: 165. Bats: R. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Selected by Brewers in second round of 2011 draft; signed Aug. 5, 2011.
Background: Drafted out of high school in Puerto Rico, Lopez moved tentatively through the system at first before finding his footing at low Class A in 2013. After entering 2014 with a 4.98 career ERA as a pro, he improved his performance in the first half of the season, notching a career best 1.18 WHIP and 2.8 SO/BB ratio.
What To Watch For: Lopez emphasizes a low-90s sinker to get early-count groundballs, and his smooth pitching mechanics help him get the most of a solid curveball and changeup.

W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H HR BB SO AVG
7 3 3.00 13 13 0 0 72 65 3 20 56 .246

francellis-montas-2014-mugFrancellis Montas, rhp

White Sox (high Class A Winston-Salem)
Born: March 21, 1993.
Height: 6-2. Weight: 185. Bats: R. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Traded by Red Sox to White Sox as part of three-team deal involving RHP Jake Peavy, July 30, 2013.
Background: A Red Sox signee out of the Dominican in 2009, Montas missed the first month of the season while recovering from a knee injury. He’s a big-bodied pitcher with limited projection, but the early results with the White Sox have been impressive.
What To Watch For: Montas can bring some serious heat. He has touched 100 mph in the past and reaches well into the upper 90s frequently, with improved control this year. He couples the fastball with a slider and changeup.

W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H HR BB SO AVG
3 0 1.64 9 9 0 0 55 38 1 11 51 .193

enny-romero-2014-mugEnny Romero, lhp

Rays (Triple-A Durham)
Born:
Jan. 24, 1991.
Height: 6-3. Weight: 210. Bats: L. Throws: L.
Career Transactions: Signed as international free agent by Rays, June 2, 2008.
Background: The Rays made a renewed push to sign Latin American players late in the previous decade. Romero was one of the first prospects they landed, and the Dominican will make his third trip to the Futures Game.
What To Look For: As a starter, Romero’s control wavers, but his stuff should play up in the one-inning format of the Futures Game. With a 92-95 mph fastball from the left side and an above-average slurve, Romero makes for an uncomfortable at-bat.

W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H HR BB SO AVG
3 7 5.35 14 14 0 0 69 73 8 29 46 .266

luis severinoLuis Severino, rhp

Yankees (high Class A Tampa)
Born: Feb. 20, 1994.
Height: 6-0. Weight: 195. Bats: R. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Signed as international free agent by Yankees, Dec. 26, 2011.
Background: After pitching in the Dominican Summer League in 2012, the Yankees aggressively moved Severino to low Class A in 2013. He held his own and returned there to begin 2014, earning a promotion to high Class A Tampa in late June.
What To Watch For: Severino throws a ton of quality strikes and can bring his fastball up to 99 mph. He throws a changeup that features excellent fade away from lefthanders as well as a slider, but it’s his clear third pitch at this point.

W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H HR BB SO AVG
3 3 2.99 15 15 0 0 72 67 2 16 78 .245

julio uriasJulio Urias, lhp

Dodgers (high Class A Rancho Cucamonga)
Born: Aug. 12, 1996.
Height: 5-11. Weight: 160. Bats: L. Throws: L.
Career Transactions: Signed as international free agent by Dodgers, Aug. 17, 2012.
Backgroun: That ’96 birthday isn’t a mistake. Urias is pitching in high Class A even though he’s younger than some members of the 2015 draft class. He earned the right to be there by dominating the Midwest League last year.
What To Look For: Urias sure doesn’t pitch like a 17-year-old. He now has a plus fastball that will touch 97 mph, and he can cut it to make things even tougher. He also varies the bite on his curveball and has a remarkably advanced changeup for his age.

W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H HR BB SO AVG
1 1 3.35 14 11 0 0 46 37 2 21 48 .223