1. Miguel Sano – 3B, Minnesota Twins (featured right)
Not to be confused with Miguel Cabrera, at least just yet, Miguel Sano is an absolute masher. The raw 20 year-old Dominican jacked 35 HRs between Single-A and Double-A last year within the Twins organization. One of the purest sluggers as far as prospects are concerned, Sano will be a reliable power-source comparable to Giancarlo Stanton, once he arrives in Minnesota.
2. Oscar Taveras – OF, St. Louis Cardinals
While an August ankle surgery stalled his ascent to the bigs in 2013, Oscar Taveras possesses superstar potential for the Cardinals. In a full season at Double-A Springfield in 2012, Taveras slashed an impressive .321/23/94 line. While the recent acquisition of Peter Bourjos from the Angels may potentially halt Taveras’ fast-track to MLB, he’s the more likely successor to the departed Carlos Beltran, in St. Louis.
3. Kevin Gausman – SP, Baltimore Orioles
A former 4th overall pick in the 2012 draft, this former LSU Tiger has a bright future in Baltimore. A pure power pitcher, Gausman got his first taste of big-league action last year to the tune 49 strikeouts in 47.2 innings. Of course with the gaudy strikeout ratio comes a learning curve, as the 22-year-old flamethrower posted a 3-5 record accompanied by a 5.66 ERA. Look for Gausman to seize control over a spot in the Orioles wide-open pitching staff, in 2014.
One of my personal favorites in terms of high-ceilings for 2014, Byron Buxton is a 5-tool stud who should stick as a stalwart in the Twins lineup for years to come. Buxton swiped 55 bags in time split between High and Single-A last year, while posting an absurd .424 on-base-percentage. If this kid keeps balling once he cracks the Twins lineup, you could be looking at numbers similar to Carl Crawford from his prime.
5. Kole Calhoun – OF, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
With the departure of Peter Bourjos in the Angels OF, a corner outfielder-job is Calhoun’s to lose moving forward. With Mike “Ehrman” Trout entrenched in CF, the Angels have a desperate void on the corner-outfield slots on the heels of Josh Hamilton’s abysmal 2013. The productive 26-year-old looks to build off a solid 2013 while he is widely expected to be the Halos everyday Right Fielder for this upcoming season.