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Monday, January 16, 2017

Padres’ Margot tops prospects all defense team | MLB.com

These days, there may be more value placed on defense and certainly more time spent on evaluating and quantifying it than ever before. When MLBPipeline.com surveyed front-office officials as to which prospects stood out most for their glovework, there was no shortage of candidates.

In fact, there were so many talented defenders that among the 18 votes we received, no player garnered more than Padres outfielder Manuel Margot’s three and a half. Thirteen players received at least a half a vote—we allowed executives to split their picks—and another five were brought up as worthy of discussion.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 16, 2017 at 07:28 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Meet Rafael Devers, the last star prospect in Boston Red Sox’s system - Boston Red Sox Blog- ESPN

Would anyone reading this at ESPN.com not know what a seeing-eye single is?

“All of a sudden, he started getting some seeing-eye singles [one that goes right between two infielders] and some broken-bat hits that weren’t falling for him the first month, and you could see, here comes the confidence,” Oliver said. “Once he got a little more comfortable and started feeling like he belonged at that level and he could hit that pitching, he just took off.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 08, 2017 at 04:46 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, rafael devers, red sox

Saturday, January 07, 2017

2017 College Top 100 Draft Prospects | BaseballAmerica.com

Vanderbilt center fielder Jeren Kendall has established himself as the top college position player. A well above-average runner with surprising power in his wiry frame, he has the ability to impact the game in multiple ways. Scouts will also be keeping a close eye on another center fielder in Nashville, as Lipscomb’s Michael Gigliotti has the skill set to profile at the top of the lineup. Sluggers Keston Hiura (UC Irvine), J.J. Schwarz (Florida) and Pavin Smith (Virginia), as well as Florida shortstop Dalton Guthrie are among the other position players who will receive first-round consideration.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 07, 2017 at 09:04 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Baseball Prospectus | Dynasty Prospect Rankings

Here are your top 50 players for first-year dynasty drafts:

1) Nick Senzel, 3B, Cincinnati Reds

There’s not a ton of debating who the top pick is this year, even if he doesn’t have the type of upside you might truly desire from your first-overall pick. He’s a five-category third baseman who could move quickly enough to at least warrant a cup of coffee in 2017—though with the Reds comfortably out of contention, 2018 is much more likely.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 05, 2017 at 09:37 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Andrew Benintendi Alex Reyes top prospect poll | MLB.com

While Reyes was the obvious winner, it wasn’t a unanimous choice. Glasnow, who got a pair of votes in last year’s poll, got three this time. Though he struggled during his brief big league time in 2016, there are those who still believe he’ll figure it all out.

“He has frontline starter stuff with swing-and-miss ability,” another scouting director said. “He’s still continuing to get better and will be a dominant No. 1.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2017 at 11:38 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Monday, January 02, 2017

New York Mets prospects Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith are rising through the ranks | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Shortstop—Amed Rosario, St. Lucie (66 games), Binghamton (54 games): Despite being three years younger than the average position player at Double-A, Rosario flashed signs of being a future franchise cornerstone in 2016.

“Going back to last year when he was with us for the playoffs, I was impressed with his approach at the plate,” Lopez said. “Then this season, there was a big improvement in how he put together his at-bats. He did not miss a beat this season.”

After a wonderful start to the season with St. Lucie in which he hit .309 in 66 games, the Mets moved Rosario to Binghamton on June 23. The 20-year-old continued to excel in the Eastern League, and even though his season was interrupted by a couple of stints on the disabled list, Rosario put together a slash line of .341/.392/.481 with two homers and 31 RBIs in 54 games.

As good as his numbers looked on paper, his manager at Binghamton was even more encouraged by how Rosario’s entire game has come together.

“When you’re watching Amed run the bases, whether it’s going from first to third or from home to second, it’s pretty impressive to watch,” Lopez added. “Then you see him in the field and everything goes so smoothly, like there’s no effort involved. He plays with flash but is under control the whole time.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 02, 2017 at 07:40 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, prospects

Greg Allen, Francisco Mejia keep Cleveland Indians strong after trades | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Catcher—Francisco Mejia, Lynchburg (42 games), Lake County (60 games): Already one of Cleveland’s most talked-about prospects, the 20-year-old entrenched himself in the Minor League record book with a 50-game hitting streak in 2016. In just his fourth professional season, Mejia sported a slash line of .342/.382/.514 with 11 homers and 80 RBIs in 102 games while improving his defense all the while.

“He certainly put his name out there, didn’t he?” Hawkins said. “Not just by his numbers or the hitting streak, but by the way he handled the season overall.”

Mejia began the year with Class A Lake County and hit .347 before earning a promotion to Class A Advanced Lynchburg. The change in address and stronger competition had little effect on the young backstop as he batted .333 in 42 games with the Hillcats and .290 in seven playoff games.

“He really ramped up his work and his focus,” Hawkins said. “The pitchers wanted to throw to him while opposing hurlers didn’t want to face him. That’s a great combination. He continued to improve his communication skills and made a point of becoming a field general. We’re certainly glad he’s in our organization.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 02, 2017 at 02:23 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, prospects

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Prospect Debates Liven Up Handbook Season | BaseballAmerica.com

I look forward to reading this book more than any other.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 29, 2016 at 08:37 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: books, prospects

Renato Nunez Using Winter Ball As Springboard | BaseballAmerica.com

The true secret to his success?

“It makes me feel really good because my grandma, my mom, my cousins . . . everybody is able to watch me play,” Nunez said. “In the minor leagues it’s hard for my family to watch me play. So here, everybody goes to the field and watches me . . . It makes me feel real good.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 29, 2016 at 06:33 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, prospects, renato nunez

Thirteen former Red Sox first-rounders, and what scouts had to say at the time

This one includes an off-shoot of the “good face”.

4. Bruce Hurst, lefthanded pitcher
1976, 22d overall selection

Scout: Gordon Lakey.

What he said: “Tremendous natural ability. Premium draft. Mormon religion. Can become above-avg. major league pitcher. Desires to play basketball in JC even if he signs.”

What we say now: Hurst, a star of the 1986 World Series, is tied with Dennis Eckersley for 20th in Red Sox history with 88 wins. One nitpick with the scouting report: Lakey cites Hurst’s “strong facial features.” It’s so offensively absurd that a prospect had to look the part so recently.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 29, 2016 at 05:56 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, red sox, scouting reports

10 prospects poised for success in 2017 | MLB.com

MLBPipeline.com’s new Top 100 list doesn’t come out until the end of January, but the Pipeline crew is hard at work trying to sort out who should go where. The list will undoubtedly include players who weren’t previously Top 100-type prospects. There might be others who don’t start the year on the list, but they could make a jump that could land them there down the line.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 29, 2016 at 05:38 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Monday, December 26, 2016

Toolshed: What we learned from Minor League Baseball in 2016 | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

There was some hope that the rookie class of 2015 had opened a new era in how young talent would take over the game. Potential stars such as Kris Bryant, Francisco Lindor, Carlos Correa and Noah Syndergaard hit the ground running, despite all making their Major League debuts that summer. As a group, 2015 rookies were worth a collective 84.7 WAR, according to FanGraphs, shattering the previous record of 49.4 held by the Class of 1987.

The rookie class of 2016, by comparison, was worth only 39.9 WAR, 15th-best since 1871 (the first year FanGraphs has such data). That’s still pretty good in the grand scope, but it’s not quite a continuation of what seemed like a revolution in the game just 12 months ago.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 26, 2016 at 08:28 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, prospects

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Washington Nationals top prospect Victor Robles, Juan Soto look to rule in Washington | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Victor Robles, GCL Nationals (five games), Hagerstown (64 games), Potomac (41 games): The Nationals’ new top prospect showed off his many talents in his first full season. Robles was a South Atlantic League midseason All-Star after hitting .305 in 64 games with the Suns. MLB.com’s No. 10 overall prospect was promoted to the Carolina League on June 27 and finished the year hitting .280/.376/.423 with 75 runs scored and 37 stolen bases.

“Victor amazes us with the tools he has,” Scialabba said. “He flashes five tools on any given day, and all of them have a chance to be average or above. He’s an exciting young man with a passion for the game and a high energy level that makes those around him better. He wants to be the best in all facets, and he’s already a very confident hitter with quick, strong hands and above-average bat speed. We expect him to tap into his power once he fully matures and hit consistently with authority. He’s just a dynamic athlete and everything you want from a player.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2016 at 05:51 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, prospects, victor robles

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Top 2000 Prospects for 2015

We had a thread about this guy’s weird list of 2000 prospects in 2010, then forgot about it. He’s still at it! But it seems that his most recent list was in March 2015. It remains unclear what his definition of “prospect” is. It may be all a strange joke (check out who the last name on the list is).

The 2015 list does not have as many bizarre names as the 2010 list. (Exceptions: Gage Hinsz, Tito Polo, Jiandido Tromp)
Today’s player is more likely to be named after a hunky soap opera character.

221 Trenton Kemp
267 Slade Heathcott
309 Carson Sands
397 Buck Farmer
499 Stone Garrett
659 Jake Cave
724 Trevor Clifton
799 Kieran Lovegrove (British guy on the soap opera)
877 Dash Winningham
885 Elvis Escobar
1093 Melvin Mercedes
1232 Boone Whiting
1426 Drew Van Orden
1461 Ralston Cash
1491 Blake Drake
1587 Zach Granite
1656 Stetson Woods
1858 Roman Madrid

There are also 3 Graysons, 6 Tanners, and 12 Codys.


Sunday, December 18, 2016

Joey Gallo, Yohander Mendez leading charge for Texas Rangers | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Third baseman—Joey Gallo, Round Rock (102 games), Texas (17 games): While Gallo’s struggles at the Major League level continued (one hit, 19 strikeouts in 25 at-bats), his .529 slugging percentage and .896 OPS ranked sixth in the Pacific Coast League while his 25 home runs were tied for third. It was a step in the right direction for the 23-year-old slugger, who hit .195 with a .739 OPS in 53 games for the Express in 2015, although his strikeout rate remained well over 30 percent.

“Like the last two years, [he was] a bit up and down [in the Minors] and at the big league level,” Tingler said. “He’s still a work in progress—has all the ability and talent and is just finding a way to get a little more consistency with the at-bats. We have very high expectations for Joey; there’s not a thing on the field he can’t do—run, throw, defend, hit for power—he can do a lot of different stuff.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2016 at 06:37 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, rangers

Friday, December 16, 2016

Dodgers prospect Willie Calhoun not short on confidence - The Orange County Register

Where does he end up playing?

Calhoun knows exactly what he needs to work on whether opportunity knocks this spring or later. The Dodgers’ fourth-round pick in the 2015 draft has always been defined by his bat. After hitting .316 with a .909 OPS at three levels in 2015, he hit .254 with 27 home runs, 88 RBI and a .788 OPS with Double-A Tulsa last year. But he wears the label of a hitter without a position.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 16, 2016 at 07:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, prospects, willie calhoun

Tuesday, December 13, 2016


Here’s why the future Dodgers are downright scary

One problem the Dodgers will have going forward is they won’t be able to outspend people on the international market. In the draft, they’ll be working with lower draft positions.

If I were them, I’d invest in backend people. Get the best scouts. Get the best development people. Outspend everybody on analytics. Pour your money into medicine and family care. Of course, from what I’ve read, they are already doing a pretty good job at all that, so I’m not sure if they’ll be able to press an advantage in those areas.

When Friedman and Zaidi joined the Dodgers in the offseason after 2014, they didn’t bring with them some sort of small-market juju. There was actual substance to their approach: go piecemeal for a short while until the development system in which they have invested as much as any team turns into a talent spigot that won’t stop. The problem with the bloated Yankees of the 2000s and into this decade wasn’t all their bad contracts. It was that the team developed next to no talent alongside it.

I’m a big fan of Bellinger after watching him last spring training. The other guys, we’ll see.

Alvarez, a 20-year-old Cuban for whom the Dodgers paid $32 million, could be one of the five best pitching prospects in baseball by this time next season. He throws an easy 100 from the right side. Bellinger, 21, is the most-asked-for player in trade talks and the heir apparent to Adrian Gonzalez at first base. Calhoun, 22, may take over at second if the Dodgers don’t acquire one this offseason. Verdugo more than held his own last season in Double-A as a 20-year-old. Diaz, another costly Cuban, should spend all season at Double-A as a 20-year-old this season. De Leon could crack the Dodgers’ rotation at some point in 2017. Barnes is the rare legitimate 27-year-old prospect. Buehler and Stewart and De Jong and Sborz and Oaks all will pitch in the big leagues sooner than later. And that’s just the start.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 13, 2016 at 07:10 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, prospects

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Rule 5 Draft Expanded Preview | BaseballAmerica.com

What do the Padres know that everybody else doesn’t know?

Yimmi Brasoban, rhp, Padres: Brasoban ranked 19th in the Padres system a year ago. The Padres’ system is significantly deeper this year, but it is still a surprise that San Diego left the hard-throwing righthander unprotected as he has two major league pitches (a 95-98 mph fastball and an excellent slider) and he has Double-A experience. Brasoban’s control wavers at times, but with an ability to eat up righthanded hitters (who hit .190/.292/.238 against him in Double-A), he is a very intriguing potential pick.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2016 at 08:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, rule 5 draft

Trading Top 10 Prospects Carries Risk, But Also A Reward | BaseballAmerica.com

Moncada will assuredly again rank in the top five of next February’s Top 100 Prospects and he will be in the discussion for No. 1 overall. Since 2000, there have been eight other players who were traded away during the season/offseason in which they were ranked among the Top 10 Prospects by Baseball America.

image: http://www.baseballamerica.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Top-100.png

top-100Of those eight, there have been hits and misses, but generally those traded prospects were very productive big leaguers. Only one of those eight, Jesus Montero, has failed to post at least one season of 3+ Wins Above Replacement (using Baseball Reference’s WAR).

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2016 at 05:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, trades

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Pittsburgh Pirates prospects Josh Bell and Tyler Glasnow rise to the top of team’s Organization All-Stars | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Right-handed starter—Tyler Glasnow, Altoona (2 games), Indianapolis (20 games), Pittsburgh (7 games): Glasnow rang up 144 strikeouts over 116 2/3 innings in the Minors to pace the organization for the second straight year. While he compiled a 1.93 ERA and .176 opponents’ average in the Minors, the 6-foot-8, 220-pound hurler also issued 5.2 walks per nine innings. However, his command improved as the year went on, especially after making the jump to the Majors in July and September.

“I think there were points where his age became a factor,” Treanor said. “He tried to strike everybody out, and then once he settled in and got to Pittsburgh and understood that he just needs to force contact and not try to strike everybody out, you saw some flashes of what he can be.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2016 at 09:52 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates, prospects

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

2016 Arizona Fall League Top 20 Prospects | BaseballAmerica.com

Intriguing profile.

4. Cody Bellinger, 1b/of, Glendale (Dodgers)

Bellinger’s prospect stock continues to rise as his lean body gains strength, helping his swing work better. He was Glendale’s most productive hitter this fall, producing a .314/.424/.557 slash line, with three home runs in 70 at-bats with 14 walks. With above-average bat speed and plenty of leverage in his swing, Bellinger, 21, projects to eventually have plus power. The consensus among AFL scouts is that his first base defense grades as plus, or even plus-plus, with one observer calling it Gold Glove caliber. His athleticism also plays in center field, where he is an average defender with an average arm.


Read more at http://www.baseballamerica.com/minors/2016-arizona-fall-league-top-20-prospects/#3eOqSRPQzySEuIIO.99

Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2016 at 06:55 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: afl, prospects

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Next Big Leaguers: MLB’s future stars | MLB.com

They pick five standouts.

I was joined by fellow MLBPipeline.com reporter Jim Callis, Jesse Sanchez from MLB.com and LasMayores.com, D-backs broadcaster and SiriusXM host Mike Ferrin and MLB.com columnist and MLB Network Insider Tracy Ringlosby. Here are the five players we focused on in the first edition of “The Next Big Leaguers:”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 29, 2016 at 06:27 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Monday, November 28, 2016

Hunter Greene Climbs To The Top | BaseballAmerica.com

The next, next big thing.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2016 at 06:58 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateurs, hunter greene, prospects

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