These guys may not be household names unless you are a prospect guru, but they are some guys to keep an eye on...
Wilmer Flores (NYM - SS) - 16 year old international signing .310/.352/.490 with 8HR in 245ab in rookie league. Still, he is mentioned here strictly for his heaps of upside, which some have mentioned may be a similar career trajectory to Miguel Cabrera.
Tyson Ross (OAK - SP) - 6'6" 230 with a mid 90s fastball and developing secondary stuff. He has ace upside.
Ethan Martin (LAD - SP) - mid 90s fastball with a great curveball, similar to Ross in that no minor league stats yet.
Jaff Decker (SD - OF) - ARI rookie league MVP where he hit .361/.531/.555 with 5HR in 211ab. The most surprising thing is 54BB to 36Ks. For a kid born in the 90s, those are great numbers.
Jordan Lyles (HOU - SP) - mid 90s fastball with developing off speed stuff. K'd 64 in 49.2ip with only 10BB.
There are many more players, but hopefully this just gets the ball rolling...
Just quickly pulled some of the younger guys off my spreadsheet, who aren't as widely talked about, that has at least showed me a little something that they may be worth following. Obviously some of these guys are higher rated than others but there is at least a little something there that I've liked and will keep an eye on.
Neftali Soto, 3b, CIN 2/28/1989 Kyle Lotzkar, rhp CIN 10/24/1989 Evan Hildenbrandt, rhp CIN 2/13/1989 Joseph Austin, of HOU 8/10/1990 Caleb Gindl, of MIL 8/31/1988 Michael Brantley, of MIL 5/15/1987 Jacob Odorizzi, rhp MIL 3/27/1990 Daryl Jones, of STL 6/25/1987 Deryk Hooker, rhp STL 6/21/1989 Tanner Scheppers, rhp PIT 1/17/1987 Eliecer Navarro, lhp PIT 10/26/1987 Nelson Pereira, lhp PIT 2/12/1989 Robert Brooks, 2b CHC 5/29/1988 Brett DeVall, lhp CHC 1/8/1990 Robert Stovall, lhp CHC 12/27/1989 Matt Dominguez, 3b FLA 8/28/1989 Brad Hand, lhp FLA 3/20/1990 Edgar Olmos, lhp FLA 4/12/1990 Isaac Davis, 1b NYM 3/22/1987 Anthony Hewitt, of PHI 4/27/1989 Zach Collier, of PHI 9/8/1990 Dominic Brown, of PHI 9/3/1987 Michael Cisco, rhp PHI 5/23/1987 Michael Burgess, of WAS 10/20/1988 Luis Ortega, rhp WAS 8/4/1987 Daniel Schlereth, lhp ARI 5/9/1986 Sammy De Los Santos, rhp ARI 12/9/1989 Hector Gomez, ss COL 3/5/1988 Christian Friedrich, lhp COL 7/8/1987 Austin Gallagher, 3b LAD 11/16/1988 Joshua Lindblom, rhp LAD 6/15/1987 Michael Watt, lhp LAD 2/24/1989 Antonio Castillo, lhp LAD 3/5/1988 James Darnell, of SD 1/19/1987 Allan Dykstra, 1b SD 5/21/1987 Cedric Hunter, of SD 3/10/1988 Matt Latos, rhp SD 12/9/1987 Pedro Hernandez, lhp SD 4/12/1989 Jose De Paula, lhp SD 3/4/1990 Conner Gillaspie, 3b SF 7/18/1987 Nick Noonan, 2b/ss SF 5/4/1989 Josh Reddick, of BOS 2/19/1987 Casey Kelly, ss BOS 10/4/1989 Derrik Gibson, ss BOS 12/5/1989 Ryan Kalish, of BOS 3/28/1988 Oscar Tejeda, ss BOS 12/26/1989 Nick Hagadone, lhp BOS 1/1/1986 Bryan Price, rhp BOS 11/13/1986 Manuel Banuelos, lhp NYY 3/13/1991 Elias Otero, 2b TB 12/19/1987 Kyle Lobstein, lhp TB 8/12/1989 Matthew Moore, lhp TB 6/18/1989 Joseph Cruz, rhp TB 7/20/1988 Brent Morel, 3b CHW 4/21/1987 Steven Upchurch, rhp CHW 9/14/1989 Lonnie Chisenhall, 3b CLE 10/4/1988 Nick Weglarz, of CLE 12/16/1987 Danny Salazar, rhp CLE 1/11/1990 Curtis Haley, rhp CLE 6/21/1990 Danny Duffy, lhp KC 12/21/1988 Daniel Cortes, rhp KC 3/4/1987 Mike Montgomery, lhp KC 7/1/1989 Kelvin Herrera, rhp KC 12/31/1989 Deybi De La Cruz KC 3/25/1990 Tyler Robertson, lhp MIN 12/23/1987 Adrian Salcedo, rhp MIN 4/24/1991 Dan Osterbrock, lhp MIN 1/27/1987 Bradley Tippett, rhp MIN 2/11/1988 Hank Conger, c LAA 1/29/1988 Peter Bourjos, of LAA 3/31/1987 Jordan Walden, rhp LAA 11/16/1987 Baudilio Lopez, rhp LAA 11/20/1990 Ariel Pena, rhp LAA 5/20/1989 Sean O'Sullivan, rhp LAA 9/1/1987 Henry Rodriguez, rhp OAK 2/25/1987 Michael Inoa, rhp OAK 10/1/1991 Greg Halman, of SEA 8/26/1987 Dennis Raben, 1b SEA 7/31/1987 Juan Ramirez, rhp SEA 8/16/1988 Marcus Lemon, ss TEX 6/3/1988 Blake Beavan, rhp TEX 1/17/1989 Kasey Kiker, lhp TEX 11/19/1987 Robert Ross, lhp TEX 6/24/1989 Tim Murphy, lhp TEX 5/7/1987 Neil Ramirez, rhp TEX 5/25/1989
Wilson Ramos - C - MIN is a guy that I think will be moving up alot of lists this offseason and I think will have a breakout year. I think he suffered an injury early this season and then got off to a slow start in a pitcher's league.
I thought that I had a scouting report on Dan Osterbrock that had him with a 89-90 mph fastball with an excellent curveball. Pretty much he's a college pitcher with an excellent secondary pitch that is feasting on raw kids that haven't seen good secondary pitches yet in rookie ball. Kind of Mike McCardell-ish. Nice guys to have as prospects in your system, but likely bottom of the rotation starters if they can make it to the big leagues.
Angel Morales OF - MIN is a raw athlete that put up ridiculous numbers at higher level rookie ball (Appy league same as Osterbrock). Also a ridiculous amount of K's. kind of Mike Stanton-ish.
"His body and offensive ability stick out like a sore thumb," Arias said. "In batting practice, he was just hitting them over the trees in our complex, hitting them out to center and right-center field. You can tell just tell from the way the ball jumps off his bat.
"I've never seen a 16-year-old with this type of ability. I talked to some people in the Dominican Republic who crossed paths with Vladimir Guerrero at that age, guys who have been scouting in the Dominican for more than 20 years, and they said they've never come into contact with a bat like this. He's got 80 power potential (on the 20-80 scouting scale) and just gets tremendous loft. In my opinion, in terms of his bat and his body, he's a better overall package than Angel Villalona. "
Julio Teheran (ATL - SP) -
"The top pitcher on the Latin American market last summer, Teheran signed for $850,000. A Colombian, he showed off a 94-95 mph fastball, a late-biting 78-79 mph curveball and an 81-82 mph changeup with nice sink during instructional league. I'm anxious to see how he does in his pro debut this year, because he does have the best arm among international amateurs since Hernandez signed with the Mariners for $710,000 in 2002." - Jim Callis
As far as pitchers go, I really like Ethan Martin and could see him being considered an elite SP prospect as soon as next year. And for hitters, Weglarz is a guy I thought could of broke out more last year but really see him doing it this year.