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Friday, September 08, 2017

Braves prospect Acuna Pipeline Hitter of Year | MLB.com

This kids looks pretty, pretty good.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2017 at 02:08 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, prospects, ronald acuna

2017 Minor League All-Star Team | BaseballAmerica.com

That’s a lot of Blue Jays.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2017 at 10:39 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: prospect lists, prospects

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Placing 19-Year-Old Ronald Acuna’s Season In Context | BaseballAmerica.com

Some good comps. Delmon Young is there to remind us prospect numbers don’t always translate into MLB numbers.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 05, 2017 at 10:01 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, prospects, ronald acuna

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Crawford talks tattoos, dogs, slumps and motivation during breakout stretch - The Morning Call

Player development is not linear, Exhibit 24,243.

Crawford’s performance the last two months has given his desire credence.

“He was trying to do too much at the plate at times,” said IronPigs manager Dusty Wathan, who also saw him for parts of 2015-16 when he was Reading’s boss.

“He was a little too passive when he was ahead in the count. Now he is confident in his swing and being aggressive when he gets ahead. He’s not just hitting the ball, but driving it. Trying to do some damage.”

There was some desperation before breaking out.

Crawford looked at video prior to a road trip to Buffalo, something he does little of. He adjusted his hand position after that, but saw little results.

He also had a nagging groin injury, which gave him the perfect opportunity to rest physically and mentally.

“That time off helped big time,” he said. “It cleared my head, took the stress off my shoulders. I took a nice, deep breath.

“Once I got back from that, I worked on my swing and something just clicked in the cage. It started to work and here I am now.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 30, 2017 at 08:39 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: j.p. crawford, phillies, prospects

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Top 10 Prospects: August 28 - Prospect Roundup - Rotoworld.com

He’s hit much better in the 2nd half. The Phillies played him some at 3B. I still don’t see a 3B bat in him.

10. J.P. Crawford, SS, Philadelphia Phillies
2017 stats: 119 G, .239/.350/.393, 71 R, 17 2B, 6 3B, 13 HR, 56 RBI, 75 BB, 93 SO, 5 SB at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

The hits didn’t drop for Crawford, which was due to happen considering how hot he’s been since July. Even as his average dropped, however, he still showed the same quality approach at the plate that he has since for the past two years. A lot of hitters will stress and swing at pitches outside of the zone when they’re struggling. Crawford doesn’t, and while it doesn’t guarantee success at the highest level, it’s certainly better than the alternative.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2017 at 06:31 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Monday, August 21, 2017

Future Phillies Report: J.P. Crawford makes more sense at 3B than Scott Kingery | CSN Philly

Some info on the Phillies prospects. I thought Crawford’s defense was above-average at short?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 21, 2017 at 12:57 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, prospects

Friday, August 18, 2017

Summer Top-100 Prospects | FanGraphs Baseball

New top ten

1. Yoan Moncada, 2B, Chicago White Sox
2. Amed Rosario, SS, New York Mets
3. Rafael Devers, 3B, Boston Red Sox
4. Eloy Jimenez, OF, Chicago White Sox
5. Ronald Acuna, CF, Atlanta Braves
6. Gleyber Torres, SS, New York Yankees
7. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B, Toronto Blue Jays
8. Victor Robles, CF, Washington Nationals
9. Michael Kopech, RHP, Chicago White Sox
10. Francisco Mejia, C, Cleveland Indians

Jim Furtado Posted: August 18, 2017 at 07:58 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: prospect rankings, prospects

Monday, August 14, 2017

Top 10 Prospects: August 14 - Prospect Roundup - Rotoworld.com

If Honeywell played for a different team, we’d be getting inundated with articles about his team’s GM being stupid.

1. Brent Honeywell, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays
2017 stats: 23 G, 3.54 ERA, 125.0 IP, 122 H, 11 HR, 32 BB, 160 K at Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham.

Welcome to the number one spot, Brent. Honeywell had two strong starts this week, throwing just under 12 innings without allowing a run. He also struck out 11, and only walked one. With all due respect to some of the other members of the Rays’ rotation, there’s just no way Honeywell isn’t one of their best five pitchers. If they have any chance of winning that second wild-card spot, Honeywell should occupy a spot in the rotation.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2017 at 07:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy baseball, prospects

Friday, August 04, 2017

Prospect Team Of The Month: July | BaseballAmerica.com

BA’s list.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2017 at 08:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Chavis slugs way to top of leaderboard | MiLB.com News

Exhibit 243,222: The development of prospects is not linear.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2017 at 08:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: michael chavis, prospects, red sox

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Prospect Trade Analysis - Minor League Ball

John Sickels and his team break down all the deals.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2017 at 12:00 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, trade deadline

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Dealing For Further-Away Prospects An Emerging Trend | BaseballAmerica.com

At the rate baseball is going, by 2020 teams will be signing international prospects on July 2 and trading them on July 3.

In the never-ending attempts to find an edge, the 2017 trade deadline has shown a developing pattern. Teams are willing to dig deeper into the furthest recesses of farm systems in an attempt to land a bargain.

Already a full one-fifth of Baseball America’s 2016 Top 20 Dominican Summer League Prospects list has swapped teams. Royals middle infielder Esteury Ruiz became the latest high-upside-if-far-away prospect to get a new home as he was traded to the Padres in the Trevor Cahill-Ryan Buchter-Brandon Maurer trade. Before him the Rays acquired Carlos Vargas from the Mariners, Jose King went to the Tigers in the recent J.D. Martinez trade and Brayan Hernandez was sent to the Marlins for David Phelps.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2017 at 09:20 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, trades

Yoan Moncada tops 2017 midseason Prospect list | MLB.com

One theme at the very top is youth. At age 22, Moncada is the elder statesman. Rosario is 21 and the next eight are 20 or younger. There are a pair of teenagers now in the top 10: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. of the Blue Jays and Ronald Acuna of the Braves.
1. Yoan Moncada, 2B, White Sox
2. Amed Rosario, SS, Mets
3. Gleyber Torres, INF, Yankees
4. Rafael Devers, 3B, Red Sox
5. Victor Robles, OF, Nationals
6. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B, Blue Jays
7. Eloy Jimenez, OF, White Sox
8. Ronald Acuna, OF, Braves
9. Brendan Rodgers, SS/2B, Rockies
10. Kyle Tucker, OF, Astros

Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2017 at 08:19 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: prospect rankings, prospects

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Kevin Maitan Thrilled To Be Finally Be Out In The Field | BaseballAmerica.com

The next, next big thing in Atlanta.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2017 at 09:51 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, kevin maitan, prospects

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Red Sox third base prospect Rafael Devers on a fast track to the majors

That might be a bit of an exaggeration in discussing a 20-year-old, but there are markers of change. Devers’s beaming smile no longer glistens with a mouth full of braces as it did in his prior Futures Game. He features a wisp of a mustache — the source of jibes among his Double A Portland teammates — but an impossibility for him as a teenager two years earlier. And the tattoo on his arm of his daughter Rachel’s name attests to a fundamental life change.

“Two years ago, I was playing basically for me,” Devers reflected through a translator. “My life has changed.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2017 at 10:39 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, rafael devers, red sox

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Baseball Prospectus | Dynasty Prospect Rankings

Finally, a reminder of ground rules here. This list is designed for keep-forever dynasty leagues without salaries or contracts, and with separate farm systems. It’s based on a medium-sized league, generally around 14-16 teams, and assumes one catcher rather than two. Home parks and organizations are factored in, as well as paths to playing time, since fantasy owners do care about these things. And as far as the player pools go, we are including anyone with prospect eligibility (regardless of whether they’re in the majors or not), and this year we are including recent draftees.

Also, at the behest of several commenters who’ve weighed in on our past lists, we’ve added “Fantasy Impact ETA” to try and give you a sense as to when we think these players can be relied upon as fantasy assets—not necessarily when we think they’ll first be summoned to the majors. We’ve listed Preseason Rank, or “PS Rank,” next to each player as well so you can get a sense as to their movement.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 12, 2017 at 08:38 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospect rankings, prospects

Red Sox Draft History 2017 | SoxProspects.com

Great job, as always, by SoxProspects.com. Everything you want to know about Sox draft bonuses.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 12, 2017 at 08:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, prospects, red sox

Acuna’s hot July continues with big blast | MiLB.com News

Click through to see the monster homer. Five-tool player.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 12, 2017 at 07:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, prospects, ronald acuna

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Top 100 Prospects Chat | BaseballAmerica.com

Great Q/A at Baseball America.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2017 at 07:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Monday, July 10, 2017

Futures Game players on fast track to MLB | MLB.com

1. Yoan Moncada, 2B, White Sox: It has to be a matter of when, not if, right? Moncada didn’t follow up his 2016 Futures Game MVP performance this year, but his tools (11 homers, 16 SB) have to be an upgrade over what the White Sox have at second base currently, no?

2. Amed Rosario, SS, Mets: See above. Mets fans have been clamoring for Rosario to get called up and he’s making it tough to stay patient as he continues to hit while Jose Reyes is batting .215 in New York.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 10, 2017 at 09:18 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: futures game, prospects

Acuna, Fisher, Kopech star in Futures Game | MLB.com

And he was only signed for $100,000.

Entering the day hitting .325/.374/.507 since being promoted to Double-A, Acuna cracked the hardest-batted ball of the game, 112.3 mph with a 13-degree launch angle, in the seventh inning off of Royals prospect Foster Griffin. That combination falls for a hit 78 percent of the time, and it was actually the only Barrel of the day—a ball that qualifies as the near-perfect combination of exit velocity and launch angle. Unfortunately for Acuna, center fielder Corey Ray (Brewers) was positioned perfectly, preventing the hit.

That’s not all. Acuna had the three hardest outfield throws of the game, hitting 92.9 mph, 95.2 mph, and 96.7 mph. Forget the 0-for-4; suddenly, it’s easy to see why MLBPipeline calls him a five-tool talent, and reminds us that “evaluators get downright giddy when discussing Acuna.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 10, 2017 at 09:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: futures game, prospects

Friday, July 07, 2017


Monday, July 03, 2017

Mets’ emerging catching prospect could make d’Arnaud expendable | New York Post

Interesting perspective.

“The first time I ever met Yadi, the first thing he asked me was what kind of relationship I had with my pitchers,” Nido said over the phone about the Cardinals catcher, whom he lists as an idol and friend. “From a guy I’ve never met, he asked about the relationships. And that kind of opened my eyes, and I realized even him, who’s had that much success, is not worried about hitting primarily. It’s about handling your pitching staff, knowing everyone on the pitching staff. That’s always stuck with me.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 03, 2017 at 10:52 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, prospects, tomas nido

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Pipeline Inbox: 2017 All-Star Futures Game | MLB.com

I have been to every Futures Game except one (the birth of my daughter won out over the 2004 edition in Houston), so there’s a lot of history to sift through. In some ways, answering this question really would require a longer look at future success, sort of like evaluating the Draft. I don’t mean to kick this down the road, but seeing how many of this year’s Futures Gamers go on to not only get to the big leagues, but become impact players would be the true measure.

I will say that in terms of number of Top 100 players, it’s right up there. The last four years:

2016: 18
2015: 23
2014: 27
2013: 24

This year’s rosters have 27 Top 100 players, so by that measure it’s as good as any group in recent memory. Eight of the top 13 prospects will be on the field at Marlins Park. That’s some serious elite-level prospect power.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 01, 2017 at 08:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: futures game, prospects

Thursday, June 29, 2017

MLB Prospects Rankings - Top Fantasy Baseball Rookies for 2017 (Week 13) | RotoBaller

Ranking the prospects based on fantasy baseball impact.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 29, 2017 at 08:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

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