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July 21, 2014

Monday Morning Ten Pack

July 21, 2014

by Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff


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Michael Taylor, OF, Nationals (Double-A Harrisburg)
Lost beside the incandescence of his Futures Game contemporaries, Taylor was a silent star in the pre-game batting practice, showing easy plus power with explosive hips and hands. It’s hard to champion any hitter after Gallo ruined our perception of power with his cage conquest, but I absolutely loved the way Taylor generated his pop, despite a body that doesn’t identify itself as a middle-of-the-order threat; Taylor is quite narrow in the hips and long, the body of an athlete but not the body commonly associated with a 23-year-old baseball player. Since being selected in the sixth round in the 2009 draft, Taylor has flashed tantalizing tools accompanied by maddening inconsistencies and on-the-field utility. But he has taken a big step forward so far in 2014, driving the ball with more authority and hanging in against arm-side pitching. The swing-and-miss is still a concern, and I don’t project Taylor to be a plus hit utility player at the major-league level. But if he can make enough contact to put the power and the speed into the game, his overall profile will play as a regular—and perhaps a first division impact talent if he can continue to refine at the plate. –Jason Parks

Victor Arano, RHP, Dodgers (Low-A Great Lakes)
When Baseball Prospectus ranked Arano 10th in the Dodgers system coming into the 2014 season, the most common question was: “Who in the hell is Victor Arano and how can you possibly put him on a top ten list?” After a strong stateside debut at the complex level in 2013, and an even stronger instructional league campaign, the simple answer to the aforementioned question was: the kid can pitch. Making the jump to full-season ball for 2014, the 19-year-old Mexican righty has continued to show a legit starter’s profile, using a solid-average fastball that sits 90-92 and touches 93 to set the table, showing strong feel for a mid-70s to low-80s breaking ball (slurve) that he can manipulate, and a developing changeup that could end up giving him three solid-average offerings. With size, good present strength, feel for strike-throwing and a three-pitch mix, Arano profiles as an innings-eating arm, a profile that lacks frontline potential and prospect sexiness but that will eventually provide value at the highest level, which is all that really matters. Don’t sleep on this prospect. –Jason Parks

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