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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Evaluating the Prospects: New York Yankees | FanGraphs Baseball

Kiley McDaniel looks at the Yankees.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 27, 2015 at 07:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospect reports, prospects

Saturday, January 24, 2015

2015 Prospect Watch: Top 10 catchers | redsox.com

MLB.com’s list.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 24, 2015 at 08:41 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Friday, January 23, 2015

2015 Prospect Watch | Top 10 First Baseman | MLB.com

Pittsburgh’s Josh Bell is #1.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 23, 2015 at 03:54 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Are top prospects overvalued in baseball? - GammonsDaily.com

Publications such as Baseball America provide great information on a wealth of young players, but a significant number of those players covered never amount to anything of significance at the major league level. Consider this study from Matt Perez of Camden Depot which concluded that from 1990 through 2006, approximately 70 percent of Baseball America Top-100 prospects failed. Over at Royals Review, Scott McKinney conducted a similar study that came to a couple of conclusions: A) 70 percent of Baseball America Top-100 prospects fail. B) About 60 percent of position players ranked in the Top-20 succeed in the majors C) About 40 percent of pitchers ranked in the Top-20 succeed.

Although a lot of things impact winning, there is nothing more important than talent evaluation. This has always been true. Take this description of Branch Rickey from his SABR biography,Rickey proved a cold-blooded judge of talent, and a man with the knack for nurturing what talent he had. He was not the sentimentalist to hang on to an aging player who had contributed greatly to the team’s past success. It is better to trade a man a year too early than a year too late, he preached. He created the concept of the “anesthetic ballplayer,” the one who is good enough to be a major leaguer, but not good enough to help win a pennant or a World Series. Trading the anesthetics and the fading stars filled holes the farm system could not. And in the minors, Rickey was an innovator not just in creating, but in teaching.

The best organizations know who to keep and when to trade an “anesthetic ballplayer” before his value disappears.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 22, 2015 at 08:04 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Prospect Watch: Top 10 right-handed pitchers | MLB.com

There are always a ton of right-handed pitchers on our Top 100 list. The 2015 version is no different. All 10 on the list below are in the Top 100, and then some.
Some of the names are familiar. Five right-handers—the Mets’ Noah Syndergaard, the Rockies’ Jon Gray, Archie Bradley of the D-backs, the Orioles’ Dylan Bundy, Robert Stephenson of the Reds—were on this list a year ago. Bradley and Bundy have made the list four years running, while this marks the third straight Top 10 for Syndergaard.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 21, 2015 at 06:38 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Thursday, January 15, 2015


Friday, January 09, 2015

Visualizing 2015 Mookie Betts vs. 2015 Javier Baez | FanGraphs Baseball

Two prospects enter, one prospect leaves.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 09, 2015 at 08:14 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, javier baez, mookie betts, prospects, red sox, sabermetrics

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Finding The Next Garrett Richards | FOX Sports

This seems like a stretch. Still…

Jim Furtado Posted: January 08, 2015 at 06:29 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: garrett richards, michael pineda, prospects

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

WaPo - Smiley Aint Esmailyn No Mo

It’s now the Wilmer Difo show, fo sho.

Alvarez sympathizes with the pressures placed on Dominican players, many trying to improve their family’s financial footing. Players aren’t allowed to officially sign with a major league team until 16, but they are often giving up school and training heavily in their early teens. “What happened to me, I did it because I didn’t know how else to get ahead,” he said.

EDIT: Link shortened. Jim.

boteman Posted: January 06, 2015 at 04:29 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: captain_leatherpants, dominican, nationals, prospects

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Giolito discusses 2014, his future in Q&A

An interview with the next big thing.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2015 at 09:35 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: lucas giolito, nationals, prospects

Yankees finally have the prospects to make something happen | FOX Sports

Ken Rosenthal thinks the Yankees are on the upswing.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2015 at 09:26 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, yankees

Friday, January 02, 2015

Melotticus Presents - The Atlanta Braves Top 20 Prospects - Minor League Ball

A look at the Braves top prospects. Rather than using stars for the ratings, it would be better is the writer used the standard 20-80 scouting scale.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 02, 2015 at 09:26 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, prospects

Wednesday, December 31, 2014


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Toronto Blue Jays Top 20 Prospects for 2015 - Minor League Ball

The John Sickels Top 20.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 30, 2014 at 08:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, prospects

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Getting ready to gamble on Jung-Ho Kang | FOX Sports

Nobody is sure what to expect of Kang. We’ll find out soon enough.

The easiest way to summarize the risk is this: Kang just finished second in the league in home runs. In third, with 37, was one Eric Thames. Thames also finished with a four-digit OPS, and in North American Triple-A, he slugged .506. Thames, in the majors, has slugged .431. Meanwhile, Yamaico Navarro just hit 31 homers in Korea, with an OPS of .969. He was worse than that in Triple-A, and he never did anything in the bigs. This is the evidence that the KBO is relatively low on overall talent: Thames has mashed there. Navarro has mashed there. Brett Pill, Jorge Cantu, and Felix Pie just had strong seasons. The best pitchers in Korea aren’t the best pitchers in the States, and the worst pitchers in Korea might not even be professionals in the States.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 21, 2014 at 09:58 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: jung-ho kang, korean baseball, prospects

Someone old, someone new are Cards’ best : Sports

Who are the Cardinals prospects of the year?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 21, 2014 at 09:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, prospects

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Ranking the 12 prospects the Padres dealt | padres.com

MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo lays the groundwork for future complaints for Padres fans.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 20, 2014 at 12:59 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, prospects

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Morosi - Effects of US Shift on Cuba Policy

Don’t make me wish I’d chosen an “off-topic politics” tag for this thread!!

“The near (term) future baseball relationships will be with Japan. I don’t think Cuba is ready to hand over its baseball to MLB.”

Even if the Cuban government allowed U.S. sports franchises that level of autonomy, MLB clubs would want to see if an international draft is instituted under the next collective bargaining agreement before making infrastructure investments. The notion of a MLB-affiliated franchise in Cuba, which last occurred in 1960 with the Havana Sugar Kings of the Triple-A International League, is undoubtedly many years and political concessions away . . . but suddenly plausible, on a momentous day for the nation and national pastime.

boteman Posted: December 17, 2014 at 03:37 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cuba, politics, prospects

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

New York Mets Top 20 Prospects for 2015

We’ve had a run of good farm systems here: the Cubs, then the Rangers, and now the Mets. This farm system is in very good condition and continues to steadily improve.

One sign of a farm system with healthy depth: after the obvious top guys, it becomes very difficult to rank the huge amount of Grade C+ talent.

The big strength is pitching. Noah Syndergaard is one of the top pitching prospects in the game. Steven Matz is another Top 50 pitching prospect and his success is a testament to the efforts of the rehab staff, coaches, and his own work ethic in coming back from a difficult Tommy John recovery. Rafael Montero still looks like a solid prospect to me, and there is a large group of Grade C+ types who could be fourth/fifth starters or sound relief options. The Mets have done a particularly good job discovering solid arms for reasonable bonuses in Latin America, but they’ve found talent at the college and high school levels as well.

Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: December 16, 2014 at 09:58 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, prospects

Thursday, December 11, 2014

2014 AFL All-Star Team - BaseballAmerica.com

It was nice seeing most of these guys for the first time this fall. I wish MLB televised more games online, though.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2014 at 08:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: afl, prospects

Rule 5 Draft: Who Could Go And Why - BaseballAmerica.com

Baseball America runs down potential Rule 5 picks.

Multiple sources outside of the Diamondbacks organization believe that Arizona will take Rays catcher Oscar Hernandez with the first pick. The Twins are expected to take Braves righthander J.R. Graham with the fifth pick if Graham makes it that far.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2014 at 08:45 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, rule 5 draft

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Chicago Cubs Top 20 Prospects for 2015 - John Sickels/MiLB.com

In Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler, and Addison Russell, the Cubs have three of the top ten prospects in all of baseball. Kyle Schwarber isn’t far behind, and the system boasts rapidly improving depth behind the top group, including on the mound.

* * *

The Cubs probably have the best farm system in baseball. I’m only saying “probably” because I haven’t studied every organization in detail yet, but if they aren’t number one they’d be number two.

zonk Posted: December 09, 2014 at 10:59 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, prospects

Monday, December 08, 2014

Baseball America: Cuban Outfielder Dian Toscano Agrees To Sign With Braves

Playing for Villa Clara in Serie Nacional, Toscano batted .356/.400/.452 in 86 plate appearances with eight walks and eight strikeouts in 2012-13, his last season in Cuba. The year before, Toscano hit .287/.438/.380 with 35 walks and 16 strikeouts. He hit just three home runs that year and never showed much power in Cuba, though he’s in significantly better shape and has increased his strength since leaving Cuba.

He was a left fielder for Villa Clara, and he’s expected to stay there in pro ball because of his lack of arm strength, though he runs well enough that he could see some time in center field.

Anybody want to take a swipe at what this guy might become?

Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: December 08, 2014 at 06:18 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, cuban free agents, prospects

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Belgian Outfielder Sam Buelens signs with Toronto Blue Jays

After Thomas de Wolf signed with the New York Mets in 2008 to become the first player born and raised in Belgium in the Minor Leagues, Belgian Baseball has a second prospect. 18-year-old outfielder Sam Buelens, who becomes 19 on December 27, signed with the Toronto Blue Jays.

In 2014 Buelens played for the Borgerhout Squirrels and won the championship in the Belgian Division I. He appeared in 34 games and batted .348 (OBP .448/SLG .430) with six extra base hits, 50 runs, 23 RBI and 31 stolen bases (in as many attempts).

Good cripple hitter Posted: December 07, 2014 at 01:39 PM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: belgium, blue jays, double christmas, prospects

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Franklin Barreto: The Key to the Josh Donaldson Trade | FanGraphs Baseball

Prospect reports on the three minor leaguers the A’s picked up in the Donaldson deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2014 at 08:52 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: franklin barreto, kendall graveman, prospects, sean nolin, trades

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