1. Jorge Soler, 23, Chicago Cubs
Jorge Soler’s 2014 minor league season (340 BA (200 at-bats), 15 HR, 23 2B, 1.132 OPS, 33 BB, 48 K) opened many eyes and has general manager Theo Epstein chomping at the bit to get him in the everyday lineup in the majors. He displayed power, an excellent hitting average and has been compared to Los Angeles Dodgers Yasiel Puig. Soler’s major leagues numbers: (292 BA (89 at-bats), 5 HR, 8 2B, .903 OPS, 6 BB, 24 K. He went from Double A to the majors last year and he’s looked upon as one of the top prospects going into the season. He’s a top 30 outfielder already as the Cubs embark on a World Series push in 2015.
2. Rusney Castillo, 27, Boston Red Sox
Rusney Castillo was acquired by the Red Sox in late summer. He had a small stint in the minors that helped him get acclimated after defecting from Cuba and not playing baseball for a year. Castillo was called up in September and had a major league .333 BA (36 at-bats), 2 HR, 3 SB, .928 OPS, 3 BB, 6 K. While at the start he didn’t produce power, he improved week by week as he grew more comfortable with top level pitching. He’s a middle round selection that has value written all over it.
1. Joc Pederson, 22, Los Angeles Dodgers
Pederson was named the 34th-best prospect in baseball by Baseball America and his 2014 triple AAA minor league statistics show why: .303 BA, 33 HR, 30 SB, 106 R, 1.017 OPS, 100 BB, 149 K. Despite playing in the overly offensive style of the California and Pacific Coast leagues, Pederson’s potential has the Dodgers looking to move Matt Kemp to open a spot for him after what seems to be a reloading year for the blue. He struggled in the majors in limited play: 143 BA (4 for 28), 9 BB, 11 K), however, that’s mostly due to the lack of opportunities that he’ll surely get in 2015. He has tremendous upside in the middle rounds.