SS Brad Miller, Seattle Mariners
He is a fairly tall, athletic shortstop. He’s good all-around on offense but his glove is the question mark. He could be a Jed Lowrie type player, although Miller is bigger. A move to secondbase isn’t out of the question, at some point, and he probably has the bat to provide value there. He’s big and athletic enough to play pretty much anywhere.
1B Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox
Abreu looks like former journeyman firstbaseman Eduardo Perez, but obviously projects to be a much better player. Abreu is the typical, big right-handed hitting firstbaseman. This will be Abreu’s age 27 season so expect him to be one of the most productive firstbasemen in the game.
OF Kole Calhoun, Los Angeles Angels
Calhoun is Trot Nixon reincarnate. Calhoun is slightly shorter and a bit heftier, but like Nixon, he isn’t some flashy, athletic type. He just looks like a ballplayer. Calhoun doesn’t quite have Nixon’s skills but he’s a solid corner-guy that will provide value as a second-division guy or a role player on a good team.
OF Abraham Almonte, Seattle Mariners
Almonte is built a lot like Kirby Puckett. With his body type, you have to do a double-take when you see him in centerfield and displaying his impressive speed. Almonte is a switch-hitter. There’s no denying his solid tools and high-energy play but there is a lot of swing and miss. The fact that he plays a good centerfield helps but I think his bat will keep him from being anything more than an adequate major league centerfielder.
2B/SS Dean Anna, New York Yankees
Anna looks like the type of utility infielder who isn’t great at anything but is very good at a lot of things. He looks like a decent hitter with decent power that can play the middle infield. And he bats left-handed, so he’ll have a platoon advantage most of the time. He’s sort of a Kelly Johnson with better defensive ability and not quite as much pop.
C Josmil Pinto, Minnesota Twins
Pinto is built and moves a lot like Mike Napoli. Napoli had more power as a minor leaguer but Pinto has been better in the hit department. Pinto has a good arm but receiving has been a question mark. Still, it looks like he’ll be good enough behind the plate to stick.
SP, Yordano Ventura, Kansas City Royals
Ventura has that Pedro spin on his front (left) leg when he finishes his delivery but he comes over the top with the ball, almost like Tim Hudson. Ventura has a big-time fastball, clocked at over 100 mph. He also features a plus curve and a solid changeup.
SP Taijuan Walker, Seattle Mariners
Walker looks more like he should be playing outfield or perhaps wide receiver in the NFL. He has a very athletic 6’4″, 230 lb. frame. The size and athleticism reminds me of Chris Carpenter. He has a curve, cutter and changeup to go along with a plus fastball.
SP Marcus Stroman, Toronto Blue Jays
Stroman is another guy who has a little Tim Hudson and Pedro Martinez in his actions. He’s just 5’9″ and 185 lbs but he efficiently explodes to the plate. He’s a fastball-slider guy who will also throws a good changeup.
SP Kevin Gausman, Baltimore Orioles
Gausman is the closest thing to Matt Harvey going right now. He’s not quite as big as Harvey but he’s a couple of years younger and could easily add a little more muscle. His fastball and changeup are his best pitches but his slider also impresses.
SP Erik Johnson, Chicago White Sox
Johnson is built like Joe Blanton. He’s 6’3″ with a beefy frame but he’s not fat. He has the kind of repertoire you want out of a right-handed starter: A fastball in the low-to-mid 90′s, a plus slider, a decent curve and a change-up that isn’t too shabby.