By Jacob Kornhauser on June 14, 2014
Everyone is always looking for the next big thing, especially in sports. More so in baseball, where players typically take three to four years to develop, people get excited when top prospects reach the next level. When these 10 players reach the pros, they will become household names and will be in the all-star discussion every year.
MLB Comparison: Adam Jones
Buxton is the pre-2014 No. 1 prospect in baseball for a reason. He's a legitimate five-tool player with speed as his top tool. As someone who can grow into his power and steal bases while he's developing, Buxton is likely to be an impact player in the near future.
MLB Comparison: Josh Hamilton
Tavares got a limited taste of the major leagues when first baseman Matt Adams was on the DL and he disappointed, but he will be back soon. The corner outfielder has plus power and has decent speed as well. As long as he improves his plate approach without sacrificing power, he will be a difference maker for the Cardinals.
MLB Comparison: Paul Goldschmidt
Bryant is playing like the best all-around hitter in all of minor league baseball right now. Currently, he's hitting .358 with 22 home runs and 57 RBI, all of which lead Double-A. He will soon be in the major leagues and he may be the Cubs' best hitter right now.
MLB Comparison: Pedro Martinez
Walker has a great 6-foot-4, 210 pound frame and his stellar mechanics make him a future ace. He draws the comparison to Pedro because of the ease at which he can hit between 93-96 mph on the gun. It remains to be seen if he ends up being as dominant as Martinez, but he certainly has the ability.
MLB Comparison: Tim Hudson
Acquired for R.A. Dickey a couple seasons ago, Syndergaard has developed into one of baseball's top prospects through velocity and command. He touches 94 mph on the gun and can spot on the corners with the best of them. He and Matt Harvey should make a very formidable 1-2 punch in the Mets' future rotation.
MLB Comparison: Hanley Ramirez
Lindor's plate approach is very professional for someone yet to reach his 20th birthday. He's a switch hitter who has gaps power and plus speed as well as elite defensive skills at shortstop. It's likely he will join the Indians at some point next season and he can start showing the league what he's all about.
MLB Comparison: Manny Ramirez
Polanco recently got the call up to the big leagues and has already put a 5-for-5 performance on his resume. He's touted as a five-tool player with a raw plate approach. His see ball, hit ball approach is what draws the comparison to Manny. He's faster and more intelligent in the field than Manny was though.
MLB Comparison: David Wright
With his skill set, Russell is likely to make the move to the hot corner by the time he's in Oakland. He has better than average speed and has plus power as well. That combination of talent is what makes him the best hitter in the Athletics' system.
MLB Comparison: Matt Cain
The Astros' first round pick from 2013 is progressing nicely and is almost ready to make an impact in the majors. Appel features a plus fastball and is developing an above average slider and change up as well. With all of these tools and his command improving, he could be in Houston by next season.
MLB Comparison: Pedro Alvarez
Sano has shown off his raw power in the minor leagues, hitting a combined 35 home runs in 2013. Like his comparison Alvarez, he will swing and miss at plenty of balls as well. His value comes with his elite power, but with his strikeouts come bust potential. Nonetheless, he has the potential to hit 40 home runs a season very soon.
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