Wednesday, February 19, 2014
The definitive list of baseball’s up and coming talent celebrates its 25th edition this year.
1. Byron Buxton
2. Xander Bogaerts
3. Oscar Taveras
4. Masahiro Tanaka
5. Javier Baez
Posted: February 19, 2014 at 10:09 PM | 39 comment(s)
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Cherington, formerly the Sox’ director of player development, has plenty of experience in terms of both the reality of pitching prospects hitting on their ceilings and the impact of trading away young talent.
The Red Sox have had 22 instances of pitchers in Baseball America’s top 100 prospects list since 2000. While the career arcs of the most recent pitchers who were thusly recognized (Casey Kelly in 2010; Anthony Ranaudo and Drake Britton in 2011; Matt Barnes, Allen Webster and Henry Owens in 2013) remain to be determined, a nearly complete picture of the pre-free agent years of the pitchers who ranked among the publication’s top 100 prospects in the 10-year span from 2000-09 can be made.
Posted: January 23, 2014 at 08:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
MLB started publishing its top ten list by position. Bogaerts is number one at short.
Posted: January 14, 2014 at 06:27 AM | 21 comment(s)
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Thursday, November 07, 2013
And Twins’ fans everywhere (hello Aaron Gleeman) cringe!
On the heels of a dispiriting 96-loss season in the American League, the Twins now feel the sting of injuries to two of the game’s premier prospects. The organization believes neither injury is serious, however.
Third baseman Miguel Sano won’t play the remainder of the Dominican League season because of a strained collateral ligament in his right elbow. He appeared in two games for the Estrellas and went 1-for-5 with four walks and two strikeouts. Sano stands as the top power-hitting prospect in the minors and ranked No. 3 on our midseason Top 50 update.
Meanwhile, center fielder Byron Buxton likely will miss the rest of the Arizona Fall League season after straining his left, non-throwing shoulder, Twins director of minor league operations Brad Steil told Berardino. The BA Minor League Player of the Year and consensus top talent in the minors, Buxton hit .212/.288/.404 in 52 at-bats for Glendale.
Posted: November 07, 2013 at 03:24 PM | 11 comment(s)
Monday, November 04, 2013
The future is highly uncertain for outfielder Gustavo Cabrera, the Giants’ prized signee from last year’s international free-agent class, after he sustained a horrific right wrist injury in the Dominican Republic.
Baseball America’s Ben Badler broke the story and saw pictures of the injury, which he described as “gruesome” and “graphic.”
“Cabrera appeared to nearly lose his right hand,” Badler wrote.
Sunday, November 03, 2013
I’m only in the seventh inning on the DVR but I’ve seen a lot of impressive looking players already. I can’t find a replay on the schedule but I would hope they will show it again.
Edit: Link fixed. Sorry. Jim
Posted: November 03, 2013 at 11:46 AM | 3 comment(s)
Friday, November 01, 2013
1. Noah Syndergaard, rhp
2. Travis d’Arnaud, c
3. Rafael Montero, rhp
4. Dominic Smith, 1b
5. Kevin Plawecki, c/1b
6. Wilmer Flores, 2b/1b
7. Amed Rosario, ss
8. Brandon Nimmo, of
9. Gavin Cecchini, ss
10. Jake deGrom, rhp
The Mets believe they have as much pitching depth as anybody. For proof, they can point to the fact that their pitchers at the full-season levels finished with a collective 2.79 K-BB ratio, better than any of the other 29 organizations. They handed out the second-fewest unintentional walks (7.6 percent of batters) and struck out the third-most (21.3 percent).
Outside of Travis d’Arnaud and Wilmer Flores, who made their big league debuts in 2013, all the Mets’ brightest position-player prospects spent the season in the low minors. That list includes catcher Kevin Plawecki, shortstop Amed Rosario and the club’s three successive high school first-rounders from 2011-13: outfielder Brandon Nimmo, shortstop Gavin Cecchini and first baseman Dominic Smith.
d’Arnaud just hit the majors at 24 (yeah, I know). Plawecki’s 22 and has played half a season at high-A. Nimmo’s 20 at low-A. Cecchini’s turning 20 and hasn’t played above short-season yet. None had particularly strong seasons, although all showed signs of progress. None of these guys are particularly young for their levels, and none have stood out to the point where they force you to pay attention (Las Vegas skews context a lot). I like Smith but he’s already 19 and a long way away. I just don’t see stars here, just good, solid major leaguers at best. Nothing wrong with that, but the Mets need some stars.
Posted: November 01, 2013 at 04:29 PM | 7 comment(s)
Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Kevin Kiermaier is fun to watch. For me he fits the definition of what John Manuel calls a “personal cheeseball”, a player who isn’t the most talented prospect and who’s a real longshot to have a major league career of any value, but who you’d just like to see make it.
Scouts noticed, and in a Baseball Prospectus piece from August ($), one noted that he “displays a Brett Gardner-like toolset” and “shows top-shelf speed and instincts in tracking down balls in center field.” The same scout believes he could be an everyday player in center field.
Probably everyone would’ve been surprised by that assessment a couple seasons ago. Kevin Kiermaier, starting center fielder for the Rays? With Desmond Jennings in the majors and (Mikie) Mahtook expected to be a potential option, a 31st rounder could be an everyday guy for the Rays. The tools are certainly appealing; legitimate center field defense isn’t easy to come by, his arm is solid, and he has the speed to steal some bases too. He can put bat on ball and has gap-to-gap power. He’s a left-handed bat, but he hasn’t shown any consistent splits throughout his career.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
More than 250 players in the full-season minors out-homered Byron Buxton this season. Yet that didn’t prevent the 19-year-old center fielder from ranking as the No. 1 prospect in baseball at midseason or from winning the Midwest League MVP award or from—spoiler alert—ranking as the top prospect in both Class A leagues in which he played this season.
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