Victor Sanchez has passed away.
In today’s Pipeline Perspectives, Jonathan and I debate which farm system has been the most productive since the end of the 2009 season. My choice was the Nationals, who have developed three budding superstars in Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon, two more All-Stars in Ian Desmond and Derek Norris, plus a bunch of complementary players and trade fodder….
Kansas City nearly rode its system to a World Series championship last year, building the second-most ...
Santana’s actual production on each BIP type is indicated in the AVG and SLG columns, and it’s converted to run values and compared to MLB average in the REL PRD column. That figure then is adjusted for context, such as home park, luck, etc., in the ADJ PRD column. For the purposes of this exercise, SH and SF are included as outs and HBP are excluded from the OBP calculation.
More abstruse analysis of stats nobody has ever adequately explained from the #6 numbers guy in baseball.
MLB.com releases the rest of its team Top 30 lists.
That doesn’t sound good.
Lefthander Brady Aiken, pitching for IMG Academy’s postgraduate team for the first time this spring, left his start with an apparent injury after making just 12 pitches and getting two outs.
See even teams read Baseball America.
Independent league teams are not affiliated with MLB or Minor League Baseball, but they can often be a good venue for players to get experience and potentially get noticed by a big league scout. Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava became a memorable success story when he joined an indy club, hit .371 and was ranked by Baseball America as the best prospect in the independent leagues. The Red Sox saw his name on the list and purchased his contract in 2008, leading ...
John Sickels released a Top 175 list this year. He also is close to releasing his book, which you can get in pdf form.
Some pitchers to keep an eye on.
1. Boston Red Sox
The challenge for the Red Sox now is to find the best way to turn some of their position-player surplus into pitching. They bet heavily on Sandoval, Ramirez and Moncada in a way other teams wouldn’t dream of because of the uncertainty involved.—Buster Olney
The Red Sox still lack a true top-of-rotation starter; having one would make them the favorite to represent the American League in the World Series once again. So far they’ve been reluctant to ...
Other than 3B, there are no exciting prospects in this article to get excited about for the start of this season.
A Reds minor-league prospect was arrested early Saturday morning in Glendale, Ariz., after he was accused of knocking his girlfriend unconscious with a giant rock, azcentral.com reported.
Tanner Rahier, 21, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and assault with intent to injure, according to police reports. He was later released.
Rahier told investigators he did not know the woman and didn’t throw rocks at her. However, police say he got into an argument with a bartender ...
MiLB’s top defensive minor league center fielders.
MLB.com is releasing their team top 30’s. I just wish the release dates were more exact.
John Sickels’ Top 20.
The next big thing in New York.
Some info about the Mets top outfield prospects.
I do feel like the people who say “Get rid of this guy who hits mediocrely in the NL! This other guy has been hitting great in AA for over a year!” were more often correct 15 years ago.
On the other hand, every prospect who can’t make the leap seems to be countered by a prospect who succeeds in the majors after nobody noticed he got promoted, like Khris Davis.
Austin Hedges is the most overrated prospect in baseball.
“I don’t blame them. If you look at my numbers last season, they weren’t great,” said Hedges, who hit .225 last season with Double-A San Antonio. “Those guys weren’t in the Texas League every day and didn’t see what wasn’t on paper, which was a lot of quality at-bats and hard-contact outs.”
Is Snydergaard really going to get a lot of MLB time this year?
1. Noah Syndergaard, Mets (No. 10 overall prospect)
Projected ERA: 3.57
1. 2006 Diamondbacks
SS Justin Upton (#2), SS Stephen Drew (#5), 1B Conor Jackson (#17), OF Carlos Quentin (#20), OF Chris Young (#23), OF Carlos Gonzalez (#32), RHP Dustin Nippert (#67)
The First Six Seasons
Arizona went 477-495 (.491) from 2006-11, with three winning seasons and two trips to the playoffs, one courtesy of an National League West division title.
The precedents aren’t as strong as I would have expected.
And I’ve been following Baseball America the whole time.
It was 25 years ago that Baseball America unveiled its first Top 100 Prospects list.
And veterans cost a hell of a lot more than prospects.
The story of Matzek’s winding road to the big leagues.
Jim Callis really likes the prospects haul the Braves obtained this off-season.
Two great prospects.
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