(Vanessa Parker / Salem-Keizer Volcanoes)

(Vanessa Parker / Salem-Keizer Volcanoes)

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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.


13. Hunter Strickland

RHP | San Francisco Giants (MLB) | 6'4" | 220 lbs | 2007, 18th round | 26-years old

From MLB.com: Strickland took a long road to the Major Leagues after the Red Sox drafted him in the 18th round in 2007. He was traded, claimed on waivers and underwent Tommy John surgery. But when he finally arrived in September, it was worth the wait. After just nine regular season appearances, he made the Giants playoff roster and helped them to their third World Series title in five years. 

Strickland's ascension can be traced to his powerful fastball. He has added velocity in recent years, and his fastball now sits in the upper 90s and touches 100 mph. He pairs it with a sharp slider that has become a swing-and-miss pitch. He also mixes in a changeup. 

After dominating Minor League hitters, Strickland showed some weaknesses during the postseason. In eight appearances, he gave up six home runs -- five to left-handed hitters. He'll need to improve those numbers to become a reliable late-innings option for the Giants.


14. Ryder Jones

3B/SS | Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-Season) | 6’2″ | 200 lbs | 2013, 2nd round | 20-years old

From MLB.com: "Jones is the son of longtime college assistant and current Appalachian State head baseball coach Billy Jones. He passed on an opportunity to attend Stanford, to sign for $880,000 as a second-round pick last summer. A high school shortstop, Jones moved to third base in pro ball and played alongside 2013 first-rounder Arroyo in the Rookie-level Arizona League.

Jones has a chance to contribute on both sides of the ball as a third baseman. He projects as a solid hitter with average power once he gets stronger.

Though Jones doesn't have the quickness desired in a big league shortstop, he has received extended time at the position in 2014. Jones moves and fits better at third base. His arm isn't a question, as he was clocked in the low 90s as a prep pitcher."