Bernie Pleskoff has been a professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners.
|At the young age of 23, left-handed pitcher David Holmberg is currently pitching for his third organization. The Chicago White Sox selected him in the second round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. He was chosen directly from Port Charlotte (Fla.) High School. As a senior, he threw 132 strikeouts with a 0.22 ERA.
More»Lefty Holmberg could fill spot at back of rotation|
|Jorge Soler handled his transition to the Cubs extremely well. He hit .271 with a homer and six doubles among his 23 fall hits. Playing a very solid right field, Soler played in 20 games and went to the plate 85 times.
More»Cubs propsect Soler is a five-tool player|
|Rymer Liriano was at the San Diego Padres' Dominican Republic baseball academy when the facility opened in 2008. Now, after battling back from Tommy John surgery, he is the first player from the academy to make the Major League club. Liriano made his big league debut on Aug. 11.
More»A look at Liriano's track to the Majors in 2014|
|Righty John Holdzkom was drafted in 2006, but his road to pitching for the Pirates was long and winding. Now, he dispatches hitters with ease. In fact, in Holdzkom's first five Major League innings pitched over five late-game appearances, he yielded one hit and struck out nine. He walked one. He's a force.
More»Pirates have potential future closer in Holdzkom|
|The Mets are a club fortunate to have two young catchers with solid Major League tools. WithTravis d'Arnaud assuming the everyday catching role for the parent club, Kevin Plawecki is continuing his development in the Mets' pipeline as a promising offensive and defensive catcher.
More»Mets fans could see Kevin Plawecki in 2015|
|Right-handed-hitting Phillies third-base prospect Maikel Franco has power to spare. Once he refines a few issues, Franco will be a very welcome source of power at Citizens Bank Park.
More»Franco gets a September callup from the Phillies|
|Courtney Hawkins did it all in high school, pitching and hitting. But the White Sox turned their No. 5 prospect into a full-time outfielder, and the 20-year-old has the tools to become an above-average Major Leaguer.
More»Hawkins continues to develop in the Minors|
|The Cincinnati Reds have a very versatile power pitcher currently in development in 6-foot-3, 195-pound right-hander Michael Lorenzen. He has flown through the Reds' Minor League system, and it appears he could be on a very fast track.
More»Michael Lorenzen continues to develop in the minors|
|Due to his size, 6-foot-6, 205-pound Boston Red Sox left-hander Henry Owens may remind some people of a young Randy Johnson. Johnson was four inches taller and threw harder. But it would be understandable for people to see some Johnson in Owens.
More»Owens could boost Boston's rotation as early as 2015|
|Big and strong at 6-foot-6, 245 pounds, Jimmy Nelson has a power fastball with great sink that induces swings and misses as well as ground balls. His physical presence can be intimidating, pitching downhill and hiding the ball well. At the age of 25, he is not likely to grow beyond his current frame. He takes an aggressive, no nonsense approach on the mound, using his size and stature as a weapon, an ally.
More»Nelson profiles as a mid-rotation starter|
|Bernie Pleskoff runs down a report on Astros prospect Mike Foltynewicz, who has been helping the big league club in Houston. Pleskoff says his size and demeanor are that of an MLB pitcher.
More»Right-hander could land a spot in Astros' rotation|
|Bernie Pleskoff breaks down Mets prospect Rafael Montero, who has already seen MLB action. Montero is a right-handed pitcher, and he could end up helping New York as a starter in its rotation.
More»Montero has followed fast track to Major Leagues|
|Given J.R. Graham's sharp command and good control, and his experience in multiple pitching roles, the Braves have the luxury of being able to use his high-powered fastball and secondary pitches as a starter or reliever, depending upon the team's needs.
More»Pitcher Graham bouncing back from shoulder injury|
|Left-handed-hitting outfielder Steven Moya, the No. 7 player on the Tigers' Top 20 Prospects list, is the type of player that can bring much needed power to any lineup.
More»Lefty hitter Moya has impressive set of tools|
|Though quite short compared to most MLB pitchers, hard-throwing Brewers prospect David Goforth makes up for a lack of size with good mechanics. He has the physical skills and mental makeup necessary to be a big league closer.
More»Power reliever Goforth could be tabbed as a closer|
|Looking ahead, Pirates right-hander Stolmy Pimentel's value should remain high as he's still learning the finer nuances of pitching. His youth, his strong frame and his power arm bode well for versatility from a pitcher who has the ability to pitch in relief or eventually join the rotation.
More»Stolmy Pimentel made his MLB debut in September 2013|
|Los Angeles Dodgers outfield prospect Scott Schebler, No. 9 on the Dodgers' Top 20 Prospects List, has plenty of power, though he needs to cut down on his strikeouts.
More»Scott Schebler is the Dodgers' ninth-ranked prospect|
|As a low-risk former sixth-round Draft pick, Michael Taylor is poised to offer high reward to the Nationals. He projects as a fine Major League outfielder capable of breaking open a game with his bat or contributing with game-changing speed and above-average athletic ability.
More»Michael Taylor is the Nationals' no. 3 prospect|
|In a bit less than two full months of big league play, the sweet-swinging, hard-working David Peralta has entered the conversation as a serious contender for National League Rookie of the Year honors. Why not? He's become an impact hitter.
More»Perserverance paying off for 26-year-old outfielder|
|Jake Thompson projects as a middle-of-the-rotation starter. While he is making tremendous progress in his career, he is still only 20 years old. Working on consistently commanding his repertoire and refining his changeup, Thompson has more development ahead before he can be considered a finished pitcher ready to face Major League hitters.
More»Rangers acquired prospect Thompson for Soria|