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2014 HS First Basemen

This list isn’t all that I wanted it to be, but it’s still a fairly strong representation of the players that I’ve either seen up close or feel like I have enough information on to make an educated guess about. Information becomes more scarce the further down the list you go, so keep it that in mind if you’re the type to think the guy listed at 15 is WAY better than the player listed at 10. In fact, it might just be best to focus on the rankings closer to the top of the list while using the back end as just a quick shorthand for the most notable tools each player possesses. Lastly, this list is just a quick version of what I have. If you want to know more about anybody — or want to add something — please don’t hesitate to ask/contribute any way you see fit.

  1. 1B/OF Braxton Davidson (Roberson HS, North Carolina): good athlete; average at best speed; average arm, maybe more; potentially special bat; good glove; serious raw power, easy plus; love his approach, every at bat matters; swing tweaks would help him take off; would pay to watch him hit; no problems turning around velocity; my own Freddie Freeman comp; PG comp: Travis Snider; FAVORITE; 6-2, 205 pounds
  2. 1B Jeremy Vasquez (Martin County HS, Florida): average power upside; well above-average hit tool; gorgeous swing; great vision at the plate; plus bat speed; good glove; McDaniel comp: Nick Longhi; FAVORITE
  3. 1B/3B Bobby Bradley (Harrison Central HS, Mississippi): above-average to plus power upside; average to above-average hit tool; great approach; makes some loud contact; average to above-average arm; steady glove; being tried at C, but still a 1B for me and many; slow; can see the popular Pedro Alvarez comp; FAVORITE; 6-2, 225 pounds
  4. 1B Justin Bellinger (St. Sebastian’s School, Massachusetts): others don’t love it, but I see a pretty lefthanded swing; big raw power; patient approach; 6-6
  5. 1B/LHP Pavin Smith (Palm Beach Gardens HS, Florida): quick bat; strong; interesting power upside (plus raw?), but a ways to get there; hit tool stands out, chance to be above-average; good athlete; strong arm; slow; FAVORITE; 87-90 FB; 6-2, 200 pounds
  6. 1B Josh Ockimey (Neumann-Goretti HS, Pennsylvania): good athlete; power upside; interesting hit tool; slow; 6-4, 220 pounds
  7. 1B/LHP Brian Gonzalez (Archbishop McCarthy HS, Florida): average or better raw power; average or better hit tool; 87-91 FB; CB flashes above-average; CU; 6-3, 230 pounds
  8. 1B/3B JJ Matijevic (Norwin HS, Pennsylvania): interesting power, above-average raw; average hit tool; average at best arm; below-average speed; 6-2, 200 pounds
  9. 1B Mitchell Bigras (St. Clair SS, Ontario): good approach; power upside; 6-5, 185 pounds
  10. 1B Cole Young (Norco HS, California): interesting power, above-average to plus; strong; iffy glove; 6-2, 200 pounds
  11. 1B/OF Cole Krzmarzick (Bishop Gorman HS, Nevada): strong hit tool
  12. 1B Dash Winningham (Trinity Catholic HS, Florida): interesting power
  13. 1B/LHP Hunter Williams (Cosby HS, Virginia): big power; 88-90 FB; 6-3, 215 pounds
  14. 1B Luke Ramirez (Eastlake HS, California): power upside; good glove
  15. 1B Eric Ramirez (Rio Mesa HS, California): good defender; really good hit tool; 5-10, 210 pounds
  16. 1B/RHP Joe Wainhouse (Kentridge HS, Washington): power upside; good defender; 87 FB; 6-6, 250 pounds
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