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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Cubs To Promote Addison Russell

Meh, we just got told Carlos Correa is a better version of A-Rod.

The Cubs will promote top infield prospect Addison Russell to the Majors, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports writes. It appears Russell, usually a shortstop, will play second base, where the Cubs have struggled this season.

Russell, 21, had been hitting .297/.308/.432 for Triple-A Iowa. He hit a combined .295/.350/.508 at the Class A+ and Double-A levels in 2014, spending part of the year in the Athletics’ system before they shipped him to Chicago as the key to the Cubs’ side of the Jeff Samardzija trade. Baseball Prospectus ranked Russell the No. 2 prospect in the game heading into the 2015 season, while Baseball America ranked him No. 3. MLB.com placed him at No. 5, praising his offensive game and noting that he’s received comparisons to Barry Larkin and Miguel Tejada.

The District Attorney Posted: April 21, 2015 at 12:22 AM | 136 comment(s)
  Beats: addison russell, cubs, minor leagues

Sunday, April 19, 2015

White Sox To Promote Carlos Rodon

He was also working on his defense.

The White Sox will promote left-hander Carlos Rodon, the third overall selection in last year’s draft, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Rodon will join the team tomorrow and will initially pitch out of the bullpen, according to Rosenthal.

The District Attorney Posted: April 19, 2015 at 05:57 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos rodon, minor leagues, white sox

Friday, April 17, 2015

Bryan Stow tosses first pitch for San Jose Giants home opener

SAN JOSE—With a simple toss from about 15 feet away, Bryan Stow brought a huge roar from the crowd Thursday night before the San Jose Giants home opener. Stow, the Giants fan who was nearly beaten to death four years ago outside Dodger Stadium, reached a major milestone in his recovery when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch. He did so while enjoying every minute of his special night.

boteman asks Where's My Ring? Posted: April 17, 2015 at 02:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, giants, minor leagues, san jose

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Cubs To Promote Kris Bryant

Even bigger than the Addison Russell news!

The Cubs will promote top prospect Kris Bryant to the Major Leagues for tomorrow’s game against the Padres, reports Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago (on Twitter)...

the Cubs opted to delay Bryant’s promotion by 12 days in order to extend their control over the phenom for an additional season.

The District Attorney Posted: April 16, 2015 at 09:45 PM | 85 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant, minor leagues

Report: Addison Russell to play 2B for the first time

Because La Stella is putting them through hell-a.

Here we go.

Maybe the Addison Russell watch can start a little sooner than we think.  According to Carrie Muskat, the Cubs “other” elite prospect will be playing 2B and batting 2nd for Iowa…

We could downplay this but in recent Cubs history under this front office, a change in position has often signaled that a promotion is at least under consideration in the near—not distant—future. Could that be the case with Russell as well?

Maybe. But let’s take it down a notch for now. The Cubs, specifically farm director Jaron Madison, have said they were going to play prospects at multiple positions and that Russell and [Javier] Baez would rotate to some extent.

Maybe it’s nothing, but it seems like a good night to catch the Iowa game and with no Cubs baseball today, it is going to be awfully hard to stop people from speculating about the team’s short term future.

And in case you are wondering, Kris Bryant is in the lineup for the first game and is playing 3B.

The District Attorney Posted: April 16, 2015 at 05:01 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: addison russell, cubs, minor leagues

A highly subjective and judgmental ranking of major league and Triple-A cities

We’re not simply ranking what Triple-A cities stink the most. That’s lame. This is a comparative exercise: is it worse to be sent from Big League City A to Minor League City B, or Big League City C to Minor League City D? This is a multi-variable poll, in which a GREAT big league city can find itself farther down this list if it’s paired with a really good minor league city. We’re ranking big gaps in desirability between affiliates, with the bigger the falloff ranking higher on the list;

Zach Posted: April 16, 2015 at 01:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues

Monday, April 13, 2015

Blue Rocks eye move to Double-A next season

Wilmington could be the home of a Double-A Eastern League franchise as early as 2016, a possibility revealed earlier this month because of a legal matter involving the potential sale of the Binghamton Mets.

The late Matt Minker, who founded the Blue Rocks and built Frawley Stadium for their 1993 rebirth, long envisioned Wilmington’s location and metropolitan population as ideal for an Eastern League franchise. He nearly secured one for a move several years before his death in 2007.

Now his son Clark, who is Blue Rocks managing partner and minority owner, along with majority owner Main Street Baseball, seems poised to make that move.

According to an injunction filed earlier this month in U.S. District Court in New York citing breach of contract, Minker and Main Street Baseball’s David Heller had an agreement with Binghamton Mets president Michael Urda to buy that franchise for $8.5 million. They then planned to move the team to Wilmington while selling their Carolina League franchise for $12.5 million to the Texas Rangers, who would relocate it.

The sale of the Carolina League franchise to Texas is conditional upon the purchase of the Binghamton club, so Wilmington will not be left without a team.


Hidden-ball trick during Triple-A game leaves broadcasters in silent confusion

You can judge the quality of a hidden-ball trick by the number of seconds of dead air it produces from the broadcast booth while everyone is trying to figure out what just happened. In this case: 16 seconds.

Corey Klübermensch (Dan Lee) Posted: April 13, 2015 at 03:15 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: general, hidden ball trick, minor leagues

Sunday, April 05, 2015

The New Yorker: Ways to Stay Sane in Baseball

This offseason, a few ball clubs announced new initiatives to support their players’ mental health. The Red Sox created a new department of behavioral health, headed by Richard Ginsburg, the co-director of the PACES Institute of Sports Psychology, at Massachusetts General Hospital. The Washington Nationals began spring training with a new position known as “life skills” coördinator. The former player Rick Ankiel was hired for the job, and will work specifically with the club’s minor-league teams—where such a position is arguably needed the most. Most minor-league players earn less than two thousand dollars a month and have to cover their own housing and living expenses. Insufficient funds and relatively few days off during a five-month season—which extends well beyond that if you consider spring training and winter ball—separates players from their families and loved ones for long stretches of time. And, after you’ve dedicated your life to the game, there’s the pressure that comes from the belief that you’ve only achieved success if you make it to the majors—a dream that, even for a player in the minor leagues, will likely never be realized.

Remember how curious it seemed when McGwire admitted to seeing a sports psychologist for years?

Cloude Atlas (Voxter) Posted: April 05, 2015 at 11:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mental health, minor leagues, nationals, red sox

Thursday, April 02, 2015

The Baseballist: Most Extreme Ballpark Contexts In The Minors

WHAT ABOUT THE MOON????

1. High Class A High Desert (California)

Situated in the Mojave Desert and with an elevation pushing 3,000 feet above sea level, High Desert annually ranks as the most most hitter-friendly venue in the minors. No full-season ballpark featured more total runs per game (13.97) or home runs per game (2.94) in 2014, and that’s not an isolated incident. For the 2010-12 seasons, teams at the Mavericks’ home park in Adelanto, Calif., combined to feature 14.65 runs and 3.10 home runs per game.

High Desert’s park factors for runs (133) and home runs (150) rank just third and ninth in the full-season minors, respectively, because the Mavericks spend plenty of time in hitter’s parks while on the road. This is particularly true when they visit division foe Lancaster, which featured 12.53 runs per game in 2014, about 25 percent more than in JetHawks road games.

 


Saturday, March 21, 2015


Thursday, March 05, 2015

Pictures of New Ballpark Food Items « Ben’s Biz Blog

I’m not a health food nut but this stuff doesn’t look appealing. (OK, maybe I’d try the bacon on a stick. Who doesn’t like bacon?)

Jim Furtado Posted: March 05, 2015 at 10:47 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: food, minor leagues

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Baseball America Top 100 Prospect List

Top 5;

Kris Bryant
Byron Buxton
Addison Russell
Carlos Correia
Corey Seager

Red Sox and Mets tied with seven players each

Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: February 19, 2015 at 11:00 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues

‘Better Call Saul’ starts turf war between Albuquerque Isotopes and Omaha Storm Chasers | MLB.com

The Omaha Storm Chasers and the Albuquerque Isotopes appreciate Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 19, 2015 at 08:48 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league promotions, minor leagues

Friday, January 30, 2015

Minor League Legend Rocky Bridges Dies at 87

There are minor league legends, and then there was Rocky Bridges. Jim Bouton called Bridges his favorite manager, even though he never played for him. Why? Because Bridges made the game fun for his players.

Bridges was also the man who dubbed Mike Epstein “Superjew” and Greg Minton “Moon Man.”

Bruce Markusen Posted: January 30, 2015 at 08:47 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: colorful characters, deaths, managers, minor leagues

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-30-2015

A followup on yesterday’s Link of the Day, from the Pittsburgh Press, January 30, 1915:

Two major leagues only will be recognized by the powers of organized baseball so long as the civic laws of the land permit the operation of the national pastime under existing circumstances.
...
A number of promoters of fast minor league clubs evidently have fooled themselves into the idea that their circuit will be granted classification equal to the big two. It is a foolish hope.
...
According to stories from the west the American association has taken for granted that it is to be raised to major classification because the National and American leagues have expressed a willingness to lift the draft on it. Such an absurd conclusion scarcely can be imagined.

So I guess that’s a “no”.

Corey Klübermensch (Dan Lee) Posted: January 30, 2015 at 08:06 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, minor leagues

Monday, January 12, 2015

Dodgers finalize Minor League coaching staffs

We wondered how Guggenheim’s money combined with Friedman’s forward thinking would manifest itself in the organization. Maybe healthier training tables for minor-league players?

After radically reshaping the front office, the Dodgers announced their Minor League staff for 2015 with only a handful of personnel changes, including the addition of a third coach at all levels.

The Dodgers coaching staff runs almost a dozen deep, so why skimp out in the minors? I guarantee this is common practice throughout baseball within five years.
What else?

New director of player personnel Gabe Kapler said the added coach helps ensure at least one Spanish-speaking staff member on every affiliate.

This, too, is a move that seems so obvious - yet it’s 2015 and the Dodgers are making news by doing it.


Saturday, December 27, 2014

2014 Organization All-Stars | MiLB.com

Since this is such a slow baseball news period, here’s a link to MiLB’s organizational reports.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 27, 2014 at 12:19 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues

Friday, December 12, 2014

MiLB Opposes Players, Supports MLB In Lawsuit

Brand announced that beginning next year, he will petition Congress to add minor league baseball players to the list of 35 occupations not required to receive minimum wage or overtime pay as dictated in the Federal Labor Standards Act. If successful, minor leaguers would fall into a group that includes seasonal workers, trainees and babysitters—likely dooming the lawsuit.

JJ1986 Posted: December 12, 2014 at 01:10 PM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues

Monday, December 08, 2014

Minor League Salaries Challenged in New Antitrust Lawsuit

But exempted monopolistic trusts are the best kind of monopolistic trusts!

The Miranda suit alleges that MLB unlawfully suppresses minor league players’ salaries in a variety of ways. By subjecting North American amateur players to the first-year player draft each June, Major League Baseball prevents draftees from selling their services to the highest bidder — instead forcing them to negotiate with only a single team. MLB then artificially reduces the size of the signing bonuses that entry level players receive through its domestic and international signing bonus pool restrictions.

Once players have entered the minor leagues, their annual salaries are then largely dictated on a take-it-or-leave-it basis by their teams in accordance with MLB-imposed, minor league salary “guidelines.” And because MLB teams retain the exclusive rights to their minor league players’ services for seven years, many players go their entire careers without ever being able to sell their services in a competitive market. As a result, the suit asserts that most minor league players earn as little as $3,000 to $7,500 per year.

The Miranda suit challenges the legality of each of these restraints, effectively launching a full-frontal attack on the contractual underpinnings of baseball’s player development system. Specifically, the suit contends that by agreeing to these practices collectively, the 30 MLB teams have illegally conspired to restrain trade and monopolize the industry, in violation of the Sherman Act.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 08, 2014 at 05:30 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: anti-trust, litigation, minor leagues, players salaries

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Running list of 2014 40-man roster additions | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

On the surface, getting added to a 40-man roster may feel like a small move. It doesn’t guarantee a Major League spot. In fact by rule (and math), 15 of the players on said roster aren’t with the big club at any given time until September when rosters are allowed to expand.

But it does provide two things for the players involved. The first is protection. To be more specific, that’s protection from the Rule 5 Draft, coming up Dec. 11. Players who were 18 or younger when they signed their first pro contract are eligible to be selected in the Rule 5 Draft five years after putting pen to paper. Players who were 19 or older can be taken four years afterwards. Unless of course, they are added to the 40-man roster. Players on the 40-man as of Thursday at midnight ET, however, are not eligible to be taken and are therefore protected from moving to another organization.

The second is respect. Talk to a player or two that’s been added to a 40-man roster for the first time, and they’ll tell you how important it is to officially see that their organization thinks highly enough of them to give them that spot.

“It was pretty humbling, I’d say,” said Red Sox right-hander Anthony Ranaudo after being added last offseason. “It’s great to be officially on the roster now. It feels good knowing that I had a good year, and they had enough confidence in me after what they saw last year.”

With that in mind, here’s a breakdown of prospects (to be updated all day Thursday) who are ranked in the Top 20 in their respective organizations by MLB.com and were added to 40-man rosters before Thursday’s deadline:

Edit: Link fixed. Sorry, Jim.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 20, 2014 at 06:43 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, rule 5 draft

Friday, November 07, 2014

Minor League Free Agents 2014

Twelve players selected in the first three rounds of the 2008 draft are free for the first time to seek an opportunity with a new organization, including first-rounder Kyle Skipworth (Marlins), supplemental picks Zach Collier (Phillies) and Jeremy Bleich (Yankees), second-rounders Xavier Avery (Orioles), Destin Hood (Nationals), Kenny Wilson (Blue Jays) and Derrik Gibson (Red Sox); and third-rounders Zach Stewart (Reds), Stephen Fife (Red Sox), Kevin Eichhorn (Diamondbacks), Ryan Chaffee (Angels) and Ross Seaton (Astros).

Among those available:

RHP/LHP: Pat Venditte (AAA)

JJ1986 Posted: November 07, 2014 at 08:24 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, transactions

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Addison Russell, Peter O’Brien, Jason Adam, Blake Taylor talk about their experience being traded | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

While new teammates are nice, there’s one aspect of being traded that can prove particularly tough: what to wear.

“That was a little bit of a process, because we had flown to Colorado Springs, so my truck was at the airport in Omaha,” Adam said. “I left it there for the rest of the season, and I flew straight into New Britain. I got in and watched the rest of the game and was just a normal guy on the team the next day.

“We had been on a five-day road trip and I had in my suitcase just enough clothes for five days. I lived on that for the rest of the year. I actually still am living on it out here in Arizona. I think the people around me might be getting sick of seeing me in the same stuff.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 05, 2014 at 12:44 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: addison russell, blake taylor, jason adam, minor leagues, peter o'brien, trades

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Beasley: Bryce Harper “can handle” starting season with Nationals

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 the game of baseball. I don’t think you want to shake that, especially at this age. I don’t think you want to take the chance of shaking that.”

...But all you can go on is what you have seen and Beasley believes in what Harper has produced in one season. He believes it is a very positive sign for what lies ahead for the Nationals and their top prospect.

“I think so far he has done outstanding. That is the tough call for general manager Mike Rizzo and manager Davey Johnson (to make). All we can do as a minor league field staff is to prepare him as best we can for on and off field situations. I think so far he is way, way ahead of his years and he gets it. I think (Harper) really understands it,” Beasley said.

So, is Harper ready?

“If he gets the call out of spring training this year,” Beasley said, “I have a feeling that he can handle it.”

Repoz Posted: January 21, 2012 at 11:03 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, nationals, prospect reports, scouting

SI.com: Economic considerations at heart of Carmona’s decision

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 coaches or trainers.

But are 18-year-old Latin American players really worth 70 percent less than their 16-year-old counterparts? Here’s another data analysis that calls into question the industry practice of placing a premium on youth. Let’s assume the most basic marker of a successful signing is making it to the majors. We’ll make it simple and look at the 79 players who have made their major league debuts from 2008-2011 from Carmona’s Dominican Republic. Of those 79, only six were signed as 16-year-olds. The debuts suggest older players were more likely to advance to the majors. ...

[...]

What’s more, SI tracked down the bonus data for 60 of the 79 players. Fernando Martinez, signed by the Mets in 2005 for $1.3 million, was the only one to receive a seven-figure bonus. Only nine others signed for six figures and one — the Rockies’ Juan Nicasio — received nada to sign, according to the data obtained by SI. The median signing bonus among them tallied a paltry $35,000.

Joe Kehoskie Posted: January 21, 2012 at 04:09 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, international, mets, miami, minor leagues, rockies, scouting

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