Still, Lopez hasn’t yet shown the pure power stuff the Diamondbacks saw before they signed him. On the day they gave the Cuban right-hander an $8.27 million deal — and had to pay another $8 million in penalties for exceeding their bonus pool — Diamondbacks General Manager Dave Stewart compared Lopez’s upside to that of a No. 1 overall pick. Stewart said Lopez had a mid-90s fastball that approached triple digits.
This spring, Lopez has mostly sat in the low-90s. In his start on Tuesday, he ...Read More...
Good stuff from a good blog.
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.
The soil here is not particularly arable, but those little rocks have helped produce some of the most talented middle infielders in baseball, softening their hands and honing their reflexes to react to the most unexpected of bounces. One of them, Didi Gregorius, will most likely succeed Derek Jeter as the Yankees’ shortstop. Others include Andrelton Simmons of the Atlanta Braves, considered by many baseball’s best defensive shortstop, and Jonathan Schoop, the second baseman of the ...
Another interesting article from David Lauria.
Elias on the Astros amateur scouting staff: “A lot gets made of what we do analytically, and rightfully so, because we put a lot of work into that, but we also have a very skilled scouting staff. We have a lot of baseball guys. My department, amateur scouting, is a 20-man staff with a wealth of experience. We have former big-leaguers, we have guys who had minor-league careers, we have guys who just had college careers. They all played the game at ...
Some good info on their methods and philosophies.
On methodology and valuation: “When you talk about our methodology, it’s not rocket science. It’s more, ‘Find a reliable metric; see what’s worked in the past and use it as a guide going forward.’ As a scouting director, I need to be disciplined to implement it and sell it to our department of scouts, who might not always agree with what we think the optimal decision is.
“Basically, we translate every piece of available ...
Beasley: Bryceslist: Killer job.
New Triple-A Syracuse manager Tony Beasley believes Harper could use some more seasoning but has also demonstrated hints of the complete package
“I would hate to see him come all the way through the system quickly, skip levels and then get the major league level and really skid,” Beasley said. “The thing he has that is special, and I have talked to him about it, is his mindset - the way he believes and the level of confidence he has and his ability to play ...
An interesting analysis of signing ages, signing bonuses, and success rates in the Dominican Republic, by Melissa Segura of Sports Illustrated ...
Teams pay premiums for 16-year-olds for two primary reasons: One, because teams often want to be the first to sign a promising player and, thus, avoid bidding wars with other teams; and two, clubs prefer to develop their players’ skills under the watchful eyes of their own club personnel rather than under those of unqualified and unaffiliated ...
System in 20 Words or Less: This is the youngest, riskiest, most volatile Top 11 I’ve ever done.
1. Francisco Lindor, SS
2. Dillon Howard, RHP
3. Ronny Rodriguez, SS
4. Austin Adams, RHP
5. Tony Wolters, SS
6. Nick Hagadone, LHP
7. Dorssys Paulino, SS
8. Luigi Rodriguez, OF
9. Scott Barnes, LHP
10. Robel Garcia, INF
11. Elvis Araujo, LHP
12. Jake Cisco, RHP: This 2011 third-round pick has size and stuff, but he’s raw.
(checks fine print for Calvin Riggar update)
CB: Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances are two of the brightest and most highly sought after pitching prospects in the Yankee system. While they each miss a lot of bats and generate big strikeout numbers; both have exhibited difficulties in limiting walks. After watching each struggle with their command in 2011, are you still projecting both pitchers to be top of the rotation starters?
JC: I don’t think I’ve ever projected Betances as a ...
Leapin’ Lukevics! What a mess!
1. Addison Reed, rhp
2. Nestor Molina, rhp
3. Simon Castro, rhp
4. Trayce Thompson, of
5. Jake Petricka, rhp
6. Keenyn Walker, of
7. Jhan Marinez, rhp
8. Tyler Saladino, ss
9. Juan Silverio, 3b
10. Ozzie Martinez, ss
With his farm system failing to supply impact players, GM Ken Williams constantly has had to be on the lookout for OPT—other people’s talent. He has chosen poorly in recent years, hamstringing Chicago with bad contracts for Adam Dunn, ...
System In 20 Words Or Less: Considering the trades made for a 2012 run at the National Leaugue Central, there is still some strength in the system.
1. Billy Hamilton, SS
2. Devin Mesoraco, C
3. Zack Cozart, SS
4. Robert Stephenson, RHP
5. Daniel Corcino, RHP
6. J.C. Sulbaran, RHP
7. Didi Gregorius, SS
8. Todd Frazier, UT
9. Neftali Soto, 1B
10. Henry Rodriguez, 2B
11. Yorman Rodriguez, OF
12. Kyle Lotzkar, RHP: Can’t stay ...
System in 20 Words or Less: Two words: Not good.
1. Addison Reed, RHP
2. Nestor Molina, RHP
3. Trayce Thompson, OF
4. Jake Petricka, RHP
5. Simon Castro, RHP
6. Keenyn Walker, OF
7. Eduardo Escobar, SS
8. Jhan Marinez, RHP
9. Myles Jaye, RHP
10. Tyler Saladino, SS
11. Andre Rienzo, RHP
12. Juan Silverio, 3B: He’s a third baseman who has the ability to hit, and could move forward in 2012.
13. Jared Mitchell, OF: This ...
1. Matt Harvey, RHP
2. Zack Wheeler, RHP
3. Jeurys Familia, RHP
4. Brandon Nimmo, OF
5. Juan Lagares, OF
6. Jordany Valdespin, 2B
7. Jenrry Mejia, RHP
8. Reese Havens, 2B
9. Cesar Puello, OF
10. Michael Fulmer, RHP
11. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF
12. Cory Mazzoni, RHP: 2011 second-rounder was great in brief debut; will move to rotation in 2012.
13. Akeel Morris, RHP: 20-year-old Virgin Islands native has big, but unrefined, power ...
1. Michael Choice, OF
2. Jarrod Parker, RHP
3. A.J. Cole, RHP
4. Brad Peacock, RHP
5. Sonny Gray, RHP
6. Derek Norris, C
7. Grant Green, OF
8. Chris Carter, 1B
9. Collin Cowgill, OF
10. Raul Alcantara, RHP
11. Max Stassi, C
12. Michael Taylor, OF: He made some improvements in 2011, but the A’s showed “confidence” in Taylor by acquiring Reddick and re-signing Crisp.
13. Josh Donaldson, C: He doesn’t have any star-level ...
Pork Chop Pough, don’t ya know!!!
1. Francisco Lindor, ss
2. Dillon Howard, rhp
3. Nick Hagadone, lhp
4. Chen Lee, rhp
5. Luigi Rodriguez, of
6. Zach McAllister, rhp
7. Tony Wolters, ss
8. Austin Adams, rhp
9. Scott Barnes, lhp
10. Zach Putnam, rhp
If things don’t click for the Indians, they’ll likely have to turn back to trade market. The trades of White and Pomeranz and graduations of Chisenhall and Kipnis have left the system thin of talent. Cleveland’s strength in the minors is ...
Bundy: From Ann Rule to Oriole Way…always with the damn restrictions.
1. Dylan Bundy, rhp
2. Manny Machado, ss
3. Jon Schoop, inf
4. Parker Bridwell, rhp
5. L.J. Hoes, of/2b
6. Nicky Delmonico, 3b/1b
7. Ryan Flaherty, inf/of
8. Jason Esposito, 3b
9. Xavier Avery, of
10. Dan Klein, rhp
Angelos is now on his eighth different GM since buying the Orioles 18 years ago. MacPhail lasted the longest, at four and a half years. Before him, Angelos ran off baseball icon Roland Hemond, who left ...
1. Trevor May | RHP | Age – 21 | Grade – B
2. Jesse Biddle | LHP | Age – 20 | Grade – B
3. Phillippe Aumont | RHP | Age – 23 | Grade – B/B-
4. Maikel Franco | 3b | Age – 19 | Grade – B-
5. Justin De Fratus | RHP | Age – 24 | Grade – B-
6. Sebastian Valle | C | Age – 21 | Grade – C+
7. Larry Greene | LF/1b | Age – 19 | Grade – C+
8. Freddy Galvis | SS | Age – 22 | Grade – C+
9. Austin Wright | LHP | Age – 22 | Grade – C+
10. Jon Pettibone | RHP | Age ...Read More...
Next time I go to an EXXXOTICA Expo convention, I’m signing in as Xander Bogaerts.
1. Will Middlebrooks, 3b
2. Xander Bogaerts, ss
3. Blake Swihart, c
4. Anthony Ranaudo, rhp
5. Bryce Brentz, of
6. Brandon Jacobs, of
7. Garin Cecchini, 3b
8. Matt Barnes, rhp
9. Ryan Lavarnway, c
10. Jackie Bradley, of
The Red Sox may have embarrassed themselves and missed the playoffs for a second straight season, but they still won 90 games and will remain a contender in the near future. Likewise, ...
System In 20 Words Or Less: There’s a good combination of near big league-ready talent and youngsters to dream on.
1. Nolan Arenado, 3B
2. Drew Pomeranz, LHP
3. Wilin Rosario, C
4. Chad Bettis, RHP
5. Tim Wheeler, OF
6. Tyler Matzek, RHP
7. Rosell Herrera, SS/3B
8. Trevor Story, SS
9. Josh Rutledge, SS
10. Tyler Anderson, LHP
11. Kent Matthes, OF
12. Charlie Blackmon, OF: He reached the majors and got hurt. Scouts ...
System In 20 Words Or Less: The system finds some depth and star power in Yelich, but there is still an overall lack of elite-level talent.
1. Christian Yelich, OF
2. Jose Fernandez, RHP
3. Marcell Ozuna, OF
4. J.T. Realmuto, C
5. Chad James, LHP
6. Matt Dominguez, 3B
7. Jesus Solorzano, OF
8. Jose Ceda, RHP
9. Jose Urena, RHP
10. Rob Rasmussen, LHP
11. Noah Perio, 2B
12. Austin Brice, RHP: Big, athletic righty with well ...
1. Wily Peralta | RHP | Age – 22 | Grade – B
2. Taylor Jungmann | RHP | Age – 22 | Grade – B
3. Tyler Thornburg | RHP | Age – 22 | Grade – B/B-
4. Jed Bradley | LHP | Age – 21 | Grade – B-
5. Jorge Lopez | RHP | Age – 19 | Grade – B-
6. Logan Schafer | CF | Age – 25 | Grade – C+
7. Scooter Gennett | 2b | Age – 22 | Grade – C+
8. Cody Scarpetta | RHP | Age – 23 | Grade – C+
9. Taylor Green | INF | Age – 25 | Grade – C+
10. Michael Fiers | RHP | Age ...Read More...
Damn rotter, Eenhoorn!
1. Jesus Montero, c
2. Manny Banuelos, lhp
3. Dellin Betances, rhp
4. Gary Sanchez, c
5. Mason Williams, of
6. Dante Bichette, 3b
7. Ravel Santana, of
8. Austin Romine, c
9. J.R. Murphy, c/3b
10. Slade Heathcott, of
It wasn’t all great news for New York on the player-development front. Righthander Andrew Brackman, a 2007 first-round pick who collected nearly $6 million on the big league deal he signed without reaching the majors, didn’t have his $2.2 million ...
As we used to say back in the 80’s…Hurry up Todd, Demeter is running.
1) Jesus Montero, C-DH, Grade A: What he did in the majors last year was not a fluke. It was at the high end of expectation, yes, and I wouldn’t expect him to hit like that over 500 plate appearances at age 22. He may need some adjustment time, but his bat is truly outstanding and he wasn’t just getting lucky. His glove isn’t very good and while he’s not a complete player in terms of contributing speed or defense, his ...
“The horror. . .the horror.”
1) Nestor Molina, RHP, Grade B+: Acquired from the Blue Jays for Sergio Santos, and immediately became Chicago’s first or second-best prospect. I think he can remain a starter. Molina was a big topic of discussion earlier this month.
2) Addison Reed, RHP, Grade B+: The best closer prospect in baseball thanks to superior command of 93-97 MPH fastball and devastating slider. You can make a case to rank him ahead of Molina, if you think Molina will be a reliever.
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