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Note: This list's order was not set by me, but by MLB.com. I've provided my video, photo and interviews as additions. MLB’s list can be found here. Click each player's name for more content.


11. Luis Ysla

LHP | Augusta GreenJackets (A) | 6'1" | 185 lbs | Signed: 2013 | 22-years-old

From MLB: "Ysla became eligible to turn pro as a 16-year-old in 2008, but no one signed him out of Venezuela before the Giants offered him a $7,500 bonus at the relatively advanced age of 20, four years later. Though he didn't make his pro debut until 2013, or reach full-season ball until this year, his fastball has already caught the attention of scouts.

Ysla throws harder than most left-handers, dealing at 92-94 mph, and popping 97 mph on occasion. The tradeoff is that his velocity comes from a max-effort delivery, which doesn't bode well for his command or future health.

Ysla's slider lacks consistency but has its moments, arriving in the low 80s, with some sharp bite at its best. He hasn't demonstrated much aptitude for a changeup. Although San Francisco is currently using Ysla as a starter to get him innings and experience, his future likely will be as a reliever."

My take: Luis Ysla sat in the shadow of the Keury Mella hype with the AZL squad in 2013, but Ysla might have better stuff than Mella. The Venezuelan, who San Francisco signed just last season, is still very raw, like Mella, but has a better developed changeup and breaking pitch (slider) than Mella. Guys like Keith Law give Ysla a major league reliever ceiling, which is high praise, though I do believe he could mature into a solid starter.


12. Christian Arroyo

2B/SS | Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-Season) | 6’1″ | 180 lbs | 2013, 1st round | 19-years old

From MLB.com: "Arroyo was one of the biggest surprises in the first round of the 2013 Draft, generating little pre-Draft buzz for someone who would go 25th overall. But after signing for $1,866,500, he showed everyone what the Giants saw in him. Arroyo won MVP honors in the Arizona League after leading the Rookie circuit in runs (47), doubles (18), extra-base hits (25), RBIs (39), slugging percentage (.511) and OPS (.898).

Arroyo found the going tougher in 2014, struggling mightily at low Class A Augusta, before spraining his left thumb and getting sent to Short-Season Salem-Keizer upon his return. His pure hitting ability and bat speed were more apparent after his demotion. As he gets stronger, Arroyo could grow into average power.

Because Arroyo is just an average runner and athlete, some scouts question how long he can stay at shortstop. But he has solid arm strength and San Francisco's brass thinks he has more quick-twitch ability than he gets credit for. Arroyo played mostly second base at Augusta but returned to shortstop at Salem-Keizer."

Q&A with Arroyo from June 2014