AFL Preview: Surprise Rafters

raftersTeams: St. Louis, Yankees, Texas, Mets, Royals

Overview: This is the only team where the pitching prospects are more recognizable than the hitters.  The team’s roster features three starters who should appear in the Major Leagues reasonably soon.

Top Prospect:
No real “top prospect.”

Other Prospects:
Yankees Pitcher Ian Kennedy, who lost his elite prospect status, will look to re-emerge during the fall league and join Phil Hughes as Yankees pitchers having elite potential.  Tanner Scheppers is a pitcher from Fresno State who pitched last season in the independent league after contract negotiations fell through.  Unlike Matthew Purke, Scheppers managed to sign with the Rangers despite their financial troubles.  Another encouraging Rangers pitcher is Matt Harrison, who ranks as a solid prospect after several solid minor league campaigns. On offense, third baseman Mike Moustakas was picked second overall by the Royals two years ago, joining the plethora of corner infield prospects in Kansas City.  Reese Havens played with Justin Smoak at South Carolina, but has been a solid player in his own right since the Mets drafted him two seasons ago.