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Friday, September 14, 2018

Prospects who had big seasons in 2018

Someone for everyone.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 14, 2018 at 07:50 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Friday, September 07, 2018

2018 Pipeline’s Prospect Team of the Year

A year after making their full-season debuts, Blue Jays third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and White Sox right-hander Dylan Cease dominated the Minor Leagues throughout 2018. Guerrero made a run at becoming the Minors’ first .400 hitter in 29 years and Cease was unhittable for much of the season, especially down the stretch.

Guerrero was a no-brainer choice as MLB Pipeline’s Hitter of the Year, and Cease was nearly as obvious a pick as our Pitcher of the Year. They also headline our annual Prospect Team of the Year, which includes eight Top 100 prospects on the 12-player first team.

To be eligible for the Prospect Team of the Year, a player must have spent at least half of the season in the Minors and ranked on MLB Pipeline’s Top 30 Prospects list for his organization at some point.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2018 at 02:35 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Should We Adjust How We Evaluate Pitching Prospects? | FanGraphs Baseball

Each season I consolidate prospect ratings and rankings from multiple sources. The last two years, based on research about typical WAR yields, I’ve shifted most pitchers downward and now spend most of my top picks on position players and try to stock up on pitchers later in the drafts. My stockpile of position players is really growing, while I’m still occasionally hitting on pitchers later.

My interest in these three specific pitchers relates to my work on last winter’s top-100 list with Eric. He and I purposely moved pitchers, as a population, down our rankings a bit to better reflect how many wins pitchers create relative to position players. Traditionally, there appears to be too little consideration in these lists for pitcher attrition. (This is the case for our own old lists, as well.) It’s easy to downgrade the Cease/Manning types due to questions about their future roles, but it’s also just as easy to boost them on the grounds that they could be the power-over-feel types who turn into Max Scherzer.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 06, 2018 at 10:40 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: prospect rankings, prospects

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

End of season top 100 prospects part 1 (1-50) the top players I saw in 2018 |

Stumbled on this site today. Looks promising.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 05, 2018 at 10:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Sunday, September 02, 2018

Top prospects among 2018 September callups

Some interesting players.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 02, 2018 at 10:14 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, september roster expansions

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Lou Trivino thriving in loaded A’s bullpen

Yes, you read that right.

Just three years ago, when Trivino was a starter for Class A Advanced Stockton, he says his fastball sat in the low 90s on a good day. Mike Connors, who Trivino enlisted at the Tri-State Elite Baseball Academy in Quakerstown, Pa., emphasized urgency and discipline to a revamped conditioning regimen that slowly led to an uptick of nearly 10 mph.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2018 at 01:30 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, lou trivino, prospects

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Mets finally calling up one sizzling prospect [Jeff McNeil]

The Mets are calling up Jeff McNeil from Triple-A Las Vegas, The Post’s Joel Sherman confirmed Tuesday morning, after he tore up the Eastern League and then Pacific Coast League. The utilityman hit .368/.437/.600 in Vegas [after hitting .327/.402/.626 at AA Binghamton] and the Mets will hope he can help replenish a lineup that has struggled to produce.

The corresponding roster move has yet to be announced, though there is no shortage of expendable players in the Mets’ infield.


Is this the end of Jose Reyes?

Adam Starblind Posted: July 24, 2018 at 11:55 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, prospects

Monday, July 16, 2018


Thursday, July 12, 2018

Toolshed: Futures Game tale of the tape | MiLB.com News

One of the most interesting games of the year.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 12, 2018 at 01:12 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: futures game, prospects

Monday, June 11, 2018

The Updated Top 131 Prospect Rankings | FanGraphs Baseball

Ronald Acuna is number 1.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2018 at 06:28 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Thursday, May 10, 2018

White Sox prospect Jake Burger tears Achilles tendon for 2nd time

Hahn said the long-term prognosis remains positive and he expects Burger to have “no restrictions” once his leg heals. Hahn said the latest injury occurred at Burger’s home in Arizona.

“He was walking in his backyard and took a step and unfortunately felt a pop,” Hahn said. “It appears nothing could have been done to prevent this, much like the first one.

“Doctors are very optimistic that this repair, the second repair, will take, especially with the graft-tissue attachment. It’s a step that’s made to help solidify the strength of the tendon and the repair.

Bad luck for one of the Pale Hose’s top prospects.


Monday, April 30, 2018

MetsMerizedOnline.com:  White Hot [Peter] Alonso Named Eastern League Player of the Week

Overall, Alonso is hitting .403/.500/.778 with six doubles, seven homers, and 18 RBI.

Those stats make him the league leader in batting average, OBP, SLG, OPS, runs, hits, homers, extra base hits, and total bases. Simply put, Alonso has been dominating the Eastern League.  If he keeps this up, we may very well see him accumulate many more awards this season.


In case you didn’t know the Mets had a prospect.  Alonso is a former 2nd round pick and is a few months older than Dominic Smith.  He also may be a much better baseball player.  How long before he supplants Smith and the corpse of Adrian Gonzalez?

Adam Starblind Posted: April 30, 2018 at 08:40 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, prospects

Saturday, April 21, 2018

NYTimes: Now Batting in Class AA: Biggio, Bichette and Guerrero

Each player has a striking difference or two from his father. Dante Bichette was a muscular outfielder; Bo is a wiry shortstop. Craig Biggio hit right-handed and came up as a catcher; Cavan hits left-handed and has played five positions as a pro, but never catcher. Guerrero is 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds, shorter and stockier than his father at the same age. He played the outfield when he signed, like his father, but switched to third base for the Blue Jays.

I didn’t realize the Jays’ AA affiliate also has Biggio’s son.  The team also has Lourdes Gurriel, brother of the Astros’ Yuli, and a coach, Andy Fermin, son of Felix Fermin.

puck Posted: April 21, 2018 at 06:57 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: bloodlines, blue jays, prospects

Saturday, April 07, 2018

Opening Day Rosters Analysis

Baseball America does a rundown of where every team’s top prospects will begin the season.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 07, 2018 at 08:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Baseball America - Best Tools In The Minors

Best Defensive Outfielder

Victor Robles, OF, Nationals
Cristian Pache, OF, Braves
Brett Phillips, OF, Brewers
Magneuris Sierra, OF, Marlins
Braden Bishop, OF, Mariners

The greats make everything look easy, and Victor Robles makes the difficult task of playing center field look remarkably sol. With elite speed, a big arm and amazing natural reflexes and reads, Robles takes care of everything in center field in all directions to give the Nationals a future Gold Glove candidate. Christian Pache draws similar raves at the lower levels, while Brett Phillips already has shown flashes of elite defense at all three outfield spots in the majors. Magneuris Sierra and Braden Bishop are elite defensive center fielders who edged out a strong crop of remaining candidates, including the Braves’ Ronald Acuna, the Reds’ Jose Siri and the Indians’ Greg Allen.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2018 at 02:46 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Friday, March 30, 2018

Top 26 Prospects: Philadelphia Phillies | FanGraphs Baseball

Fangraph’s prospect gurus really dropped the ball this year. The season has started and only 14 teams are done. They either have to get all teams done or just focus on the top 300 or so prospects. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a huge task. They need to involve more people if the goal is to be an alternative to Baseball America and MLB.com.

Kudos to Keith Law for doing such a great job by himself.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 30, 2018 at 07:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, prospects

 

 

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