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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Proposing a Callup Rule Change

MLB needs to enact a daily 22-man roster for September games. When a manager hands his lineup card to the umpire, he would also hand over his full 22-man squad for the day. There are still 40 roster-eligible players in the clubhouse, and the Major League experience is not cheapened at all for prospects.

Without starting pitchers on the bench, teams lose the occasional option of Madison Bumgarner as a pinch-hitter or Andrew Cashner as a pinch-runner. But notice how we set the number at 22 instead of the 21 you’d have by subtracting four rotation members. If a pitcher is really that valuable to his team’s offense, he can stay on the roster with that extra spot. Or—even better—that spot could be used for someone who actually gets paid to pinch-hit or pinch-run.

With a 22-man roster, a manager’s options aren’t any more limited than they were on Opening Day. Plus, teams can choose to keep fatigued relievers off the daily roster entirely, meaning fresh bullpens every day. That eliminates any concern about pitching depth for a game that lasts, say, 15 innings.

It isn’t a perfect solution, but the way the game is played—and managed—hardly changes at all. Without a limitless supply of relievers, managers have the same tools at their disposal that they had over the first five months. The guess here is that teams would choose to put seven or eight men in the ‘pen—the same number most go with from April to August.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 30, 2015 at 09:38 PM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, rules, september roster expansions

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A Potential Baseball Powerhouse Blossoms in Uganda | VICE Sports

“Hello Joe. I have some good news for you. We want to bring you aboard as a full-time scout. As a matter of fact, we’d like you to be one of our Area Supervisors. We’re also going to start you at the top of our pay scale.” “Great, great! Am I staying in Florida?” “No, Joe. We want you to mine a great new area for us. YOU ARE GOING TO UGANDA!!”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 26, 2015 at 06:31 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: international players, prospects

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Ask BA: Watching The Best Rule 5 Class In Years

Last year only three players stuck with their new teams. No more than five players have been retained by their new team in any major league Rule 5 draft over the past seven seasons.

This year? It would appear that 10 of the 14 players taken in last December’s Rule 5 draft will stay with their new team. (...)The 10 who are likely to meet the requirements this year would make it the second-most numerous Rule 5 class this century, topped only by the 11 players who managed to stick from the 2002 Rule 5 draft.


Friday, August 21, 2015

The 2015 In-Season Prospect Update | FanGraphs Baseball

Kiley McDaniel updates his list.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 21, 2015 at 08:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Darnell Sweeney, John Richy have potential | phillies.com

Phillies get a couple of decent prospects.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2015 at 07:54 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, prospects

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

SoxProspects News: Scouting Scratch: Yoan Moncada

He’s still just 20.

Moncada has soft hands, plenty of range, and a plus arm that is more than enough for second base, but he seems to forget the fundamentals and lose focus there. His misplays during the series included: not staying down on the ball, trying to backhand a ball rather than surround it to get in front of it, attempting to make an off-balance throw rather than setting his feet, and issues on the transfer. On more difficult plays, Moncada showed plenty of effort and a willingness to dive when the occasion called for it, so even though he did not always make the play, the effort was there. He needs to clean up the easier, more routine plays. Those lapses in fundamentals are easily fixable and could be seen as teachable moments, but if he does not tighten things up at second, it’s hard to project him to stay at the position long-term.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2015 at 09:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, red sox, yoan moncada

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

J.P. Crawford

The next big thing in Philly.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 18, 2015 at 07:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: j.p. crawford, phillies, prospects

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Best Minor League systems in baseball | MLB.com

Jim Callis updates the list.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 15, 2015 at 08:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Thursday, August 13, 2015

2015 High Class A Best Tools - BaseballAmerica.com

Antonio Senzatela looks like someone to keep an eye on.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2015 at 09:39 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

10 Draft picks off to best starts as pros | MLB.com

Jonathan Mayo gives a list of the rabbits.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 12, 2015 at 08:21 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Friday, August 07, 2015

Does a great farm system mean big league success? For the Red Sox, not yet. - The Boston Globe

Speier is overcomplicating this question. You keep the best and trade the rest.

“Historically, [top farm system status] has translated over time,” said Cherington. “It doesn’t always in a given year. Obviously, it hasn’t for us this year. There are teams that have had periods of success at the big league level without having a very strong farm system, or at least the perception is that they don’t have one, and then there’s plenty of examples of teams that have.

“We’d like [a top farm system], because we think it helps us be better at the major league level in the long run. I can’t imagine that we’re ever not going to want a strong farm system. The question is how we build a more consistent, good big league team and how do we use the farm system in the best way?”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2015 at 08:32 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, red sox

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

The Change: Severino, Gray, Owens, Norris & Rookie Pitchers or Rookie Hitters?

There isn’t a lot of daylight between Jon Gray and Henry Owens, and neither is coming into a great situation for a pitcher. They’re also very different, in that the lefty Owens has two non-fastballs that should help his average velocity work, while Gray is a big velocity righty with a tight slider and a changeup with great fade but not much drop. Gray’s command might be better, but if you’re temped to move him ahead of Owens, you always have to remember that home park. At least Gray doesn’t throw a curve ball.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2015 at 09:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, sabermetrics

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Jim Callis: Ranking the best traded prospects | MLB.com

Click through for the rest of the list.

Plenty of words have been written about how the big leaguers will improve their new teams’ postseason chances, but not nearly as many about how the prospects will help their new clubs rebuild. Who were the best phenoms who changed addresses in the past eight days? We’ll rank the top 20:

1. Daniel Norris, LHP, Tigers (from Blue Jays in David Price trade)
Detroit parted with an ace left-hander in the present to get one for the future (not to mention two more intriguing southpaws in polished Matt Boyd and live-armed Jairo Labourt). Norris just needs to fine-tune his control, because his fastball and slider can be well above-average pitches and his changeup shows flashes of becoming a plus offering.

2. Brett Phillips, OF, Brewers (from Astros in Carlos Gomez /Mike Fiers trade)
Houston parted with its best trade-eligible prospect—shortstop Alex Bregman, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 Draft, can’t go anywhere until after the World Series—to upgrade center field and the back of its rotation. Phillips could have 55 or better tools across the board on the 20-80 scouting scale, profiling as a center fielder who could hit .280 with 20 homers and as many steals annually while erasing baserunners with his cannon arm.

3. Jose Peraza, 2B, Dodgers (from Braves in three-team Mat Latos trade)
Los Angeles came out the best in the 13-player deal with Atlanta and Miami, getting big league help in Latos, Alex Wood, Luis Avilan and Jim Johnson plus the best prospect involved in Peraza. He’s a speedster who excels at making contact at the plate, and he’s capable of playing second base, center field and possibly even shortstop.

4. Jeff Hoffman, RHP, Rockies (from Blue Jays in Troy Tulowitzki trade)
A candidate to go No. 1 overall in the 2014 Draft before he required Tommy John surgery, Hoffman has come back quickly and strong since having his elbow reconstructed 15 months ago. He has run his fastball up to 98 mph, his curveball can be just as overpowering, his changeup is a solid third offering and his control hasn’t suffered either.

5. Jake Thompson, RHP, Phillies (from Rangers in Cole Hamels trade)
The best of three MLBPipeline.com Top 100 Prospects Philadelphia got for Hamels, he also was part of a Deadline-week deal that sent Joakim Soria to Detroit 12 months earlier. With one of the better sliders in the Minors and a hard 90-95 mph sinker, Thompson has the upside of a No. 2 starter.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2015 at 07:56 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

2015 midseason Top 100 Prospects rankings | MLB.com

MLB Pipeline has updated their Top 100.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 28, 2015 at 06:30 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Braves Take Unorthodox Approach to Overhaul

A year after Arizona gave Toussaint a $2.7 million bonus as the 16th overall pick in the 2014 draft, the Braves assumed about $10 million owed to Arroyo to get Toussaint for themselves.

Arroyo is unlikely to throw a pitch for the Braves; Gosselin was included so the Diamondbacks would get something, besides financial relief, in return.

Clearly, the Braves believe it is more than $10 million. And it should be no surprise that Hart found a way, within the system, essentially to buy a prospect.

—-

Late in spring training, the Braves acquired Trevor Cahill, a fading and overpaid right-hander, from Arizona for a prospect. The Braves assumed $5.5 million in that deal and then made a separate move with the Diamondbacks on April 6, sending away another prospect in exchange for the 75th pick in the draft.

Some in the industry believe those moves were related because draft picks can be traded only during the season, but the Braves have denied the link. In any case, Cahill has since been released, and the Braves drafted a college pitcher, A. J. Minter, at No. 75.

 

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: July 28, 2015 at 02:54 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, prospects

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Top 10 Fantasy Prospects: Conforto Coming? - BaseballAmerica.com

1. Michael Conforto, of, Mets

Update: Conforto raked at high Class A St. Lucie and has been even better since a promotion to Double-A Binghamton, slashing .317/.401/.518 in 43 games.

Prognosis: Drafted No. 10 overall just a year ago out of Oregon State, Conforto is forcing the Mets’ hand into considering a callup quicker than they would like. An inept offense and an injury to Michael Cuddyer have Conforto on the precipice of a major league stint and scouts believe his lefthanded bat and power to all fields will play.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2015 at 11:53 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, blue jays, dodgers, mets, prospects, rangers, yankees

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Cuban defector Yoan Moncada has turned a corner for the Red Sox affiliate in Greenville - Minor League Ball

I spoke with Greenville manager Darren Fenster after the game and he discussed Moncada’s disappointing start.

“His first month and half he didn’t perform the way he expected to, and the way a lot of people expected him to.” said Fenster. ” There’s a lot of things you can probably attribute to that, whether he was putting undue pressure on himself, whether because of the layoff or just coming into a new culture. Here in the second half he’s really turned the corner and put a lot of things together.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2015 at 08:57 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, red sox, yoan moncada

Friday, July 17, 2015

Philadelphia Phillies summon Aaron Nola to make Major League debut Tuesday | MiLB.com

RHP AaronNola10 will make his MLB debut on Tuesday, July 21, against the Tampa Bay Rays at Citizens Bank Park.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 17, 2015 at 05:06 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron nola, prospects

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Corey Seager, J.P. Crawford highlight Keith Law’s Top 50 MLB prospects - Keith Law Blog - ESPN [PAY]

1. Corey Seager
2. J.P. Crawford
3. Lucas Giolito
4. Julio Urias
5. Joey Gallo
6. Nomar Mazara
7. Tyler Glasnow
8. Rafael Devers
9. Brendan Rogers
10. Kyle Schwarber

Jim Furtado Posted: July 16, 2015 at 11:13 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Stock Watch: First-Half All-Risers team | MiLB.com

A look at the prospects with the most helium this year.

Edit: Link fixed. Jim.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 15, 2015 at 12:25 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

From fringe prospect to All-Star starter: Dallas Keuchel - Minor League Ball

John Sickels’ take.

If you look at Keuchel’s career going back to college there is a clear pattern: when he reaches a new level, he often struggles initially but makes some adjustments and ends up performing very well in the end. It happened in college; it happened when he reached Double-A; it happened when he reached Triple-A, and it happened in the majors.

Keuchel’s adaptability and intelligence maximize his physical tools, a key advantage in the Darwinian environment of professional baseball.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 15, 2015 at 12:22 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dallas keuchel, prospects

Tuesday, July 14, 2015


Monday, July 13, 2015


The nerd who throws 98: Meet the top prospect who stays true to his gamer roots - Yahoo Sports

Giolito has an interesting background.

From the time he turned 11, Giolito’s life was baseball. Even though he was surrounded by Hollywood – Rick is a golfing buddy with Samuel L. Jackson, and Giolito has a signed Mace Windu purple light saber in his room at home – Giolito gravitated toward pitching. Granted, he had no clue where the ball was going, his freshman and sophomore years in high school peppered with 90-plus-mph radar gun readings and balls bouncing in the dirt. After working with his high school pitching coach, Ethan Katz – now a coach in the Angels organization – Giolito learned how to throw strikes and quickly became the most highly regarded high school pitching prospect in years.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2015 at 11:31 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, prospects

Albies showcases talents at Futures Game | braves.com

If he’s not already on your prospect radar, it’s time to put him there.

MLB.com ranks Albies as the Braves’ fifth-best prospect and considered him to be the top speed prospect on the World Team roster that was assembled for the Futures Game. The 18-year-old shortstop has played just 137 games at the professional level, but in the course of doing so, he has given the Braves reason to believe he has special talent.

Albies has batted .343 with a .410 on-base percentage and 47 stolen bases (60 attempts) through his first 137 games at the professional level. Despite being one of the youngest players in the South Atlantic League, he has hit .331, compiled an .812 OPS and proven successful with 25 of 33 stolen-base attempts with Class A Rome this year.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2015 at 08:50 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, ozhaino albies, prospects

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