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Friday, October 04, 2019

Giants prospects Joey Bart, Heliot Ramos could start 2020 in Triple-A

SAN FRANCISCO—Mike Yastrzemski was a hell of a find, and the Giants feel good about what they saw from Tyler Beede, Logan Webb, Tyler Rogers and others late in the year. But as they try and build a contender, the best developments in 2019 came at much lower levels.

For the first time in a decade, the Giants have a group of high-end prospects coming through the system, and a couple could arrive as early as next year. Joey Bart and Heliot Ramos finished the season in Double-A, and president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said on this week’s Giants Insider Podcast that both will enter spring training with “the opportunity but not with a guarantee of starting the season in Triple-A.”

Being in Sacramento in April would put Bart, a 22-year-old catcher, and Ramos, a 20-year-old outfielder, in position to debut next season.

“They’re going to have to earn that (promotion to Triple-A) and then we’ll see where things go from there,” Zaidi said. “One thing that we really wanted to emphasize and create a culture of this year was you earn your way through the system and there’s no fixed timetables. Guys will be moved on merit and be given opportunities. That’s true for guys that might be perceived as org guys and it’s also true for the top prospects.

Something to watch for, particularly for those of us lucky enough to live in a AAA city.

 

QLE Posted: October 04, 2019 at 01:09 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, heliot ramos, joey bart, prospects, triple a

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

After 114 losses, Tigers still waiting on top prospects

DETROIT (AP) — The most promising moment for the Detroit Tigers this year may have occurred far away from Comerica Park — or any other major league field.

On April 29, Casey Mize threw a no-hitter in his debut for Double-A Erie.

After narrowly avoiding triple-digit losses the previous two seasons, the big league Tigers sank all the way to a 47-114 record in 2019. They were particularly awful at home, going 22-59. If there was going to be any cause for optimism, it was going to be because of young prospects who might be able to help this team in the future.

“I think our fans down at spring training are going to see some of these guys,” manager Ron Gardenhire said. “They’re going to get their chances out on the mound during games and hopefully our fans will get to see those guys firsthand produce and throw the ball like we know they can throw the ball. Some of the infielders and outfielders that we’ve got, you’ll see them in spring training I’m hoping. I’m asking for some of those guys (from the) Double-A team.”

A brief reminder as for what the phrase “wait until next year” has such power in baseball.

 

QLE Posted: October 01, 2019 at 12:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: casey mize, prospects, tigers

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Here’s the final Top 100 Prospects list of the year

Now that the Minor League regular season and playoffs have concluded, we’re making a few adjustments to MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 Prospects list.

While Rays shortstop Wander Franco remains at No. 1, we’ve jumped a pair of position players to the Nos. 2 and 3 spots and anointed a new best pitching prospect in baseball. We’ve lightly reshuffled the first 15 prospects, moved eight others up and six others down, plus added three new guys to the list.

Other than replacing a couple of prospects who may lose their rookie/prospect status by exceeding 130 at-bats or 50 innings in the big leagues through the remainder of the season, these will be the last changes we make to the Top 100 until a total overhaul in January.

So, any thoughts on this list?

 

QLE Posted: September 19, 2019 at 01:16 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Monday, September 09, 2019

Source: A’s to call up No.1 prospect Jesus Luzardo for stretch run

Jesús Luzardo’s highly-anticipated major league debut appears to be on the horizon.

The A’s will call up their top prospect from Triple-A Las Vegas on Monday. MLB.com’s Martin Gallegos was the first to report the move.

Luzardo, 21, is ranked as the No. 3 left-handed pitching prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline and the No. 18 overall prospect. He has put together back-to-back excellent starts for Las Vegas, combining to allow just two runs in 11 2/3 innings with 17 strikeouts and two walks. In seven total starts for Las Vegas this year, he went 1-1 with a 3.19 ERA.

As a side-note, the Las Vegas team was just eliminated from the Pacific Coast League playoffs- I have no idea if it did (or should) have influence on the A’s decision, but the timing makes it seem like it wasn’t a coincidence.

 

QLE Posted: September 09, 2019 at 05:14 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, jesus luzardo, prospects

Monday, September 02, 2019

Report: Dodgers calling up prospect Gavin Lux

MLB.com’s William Boor reports that the Dodgers are promoting infield prospect Gavin Lux to the majors. Ron Cervenka of ThinkBlue LA was the first to break the news.

On the bright side, if baseball doesn’t work out, he can have a long and happy existence as a character in a soap opera.

 

QLE Posted: September 02, 2019 at 04:19 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, gavin lux, prospects

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Royals’ Van Buren records 5-K inning

While four-strikeout innings are impressive, five-strikeout frames are nearly unheard of. But that’s exactly what reliever Malcolm Van Buren recorded in the seventh inning of Rookie Advanced Burlington’s 7-6 win over Elizabethton on Wednesday night at Burlington Athletic Stadium.

“Honestly, I was kind of struggling with command at the time,” Van Buren said.

The right-hander began the inning simply enough, when Seth Gray swung and missed at a 3-2 curveball low in the zone. Parker Phillips whiffed at a 1-2 curve in the dirt for what should’ve been the second out, but he reached on a throwing error by catcher Jesus Atencio.

“I didn’t really realize that he struck out also,” Van Buren said, “because I was trying to focus and get in the zone.”

 

QLE Posted: August 01, 2019 at 03:44 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: malcolm van buren, minor leagues, prospects, strikeouts

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Astros land Greinke from DBack at deadline

HOU: Zack Grienke, $24MM
ARI: Seth Beer, J.B. Bukauskas, Corbin Martin, Josh Rojas

That’s a haul.  Beer could be a star, Martin looks like a decent mid-rotation guy, Bukauskas is K’ing more than 10/9 (albeit in AA), Rojas is a flier who is killing it this year.  This is how you restock a farm system.


Saturday, July 27, 2019

Prospects Traded At Deadline Rarely Make Big League Impact

In all, 86 of the 428 prospects traded in July deals from 2003-2014 went on to play the majority of at least two seasons in the major leagues and post a positive career WAR, as measured by Baseball-Reference. That’s just 20.1 percent of all prospects moved in such trades.

There are big hits among them to be found, however. Corey Kluber, Josh Donaldson, Adrian Gonzalez and Nelson Cruz were all traded as prospects in July deals. So were Jean Segura, Eduardo Escobar, Kyle Hendricks and Patrick Corbin. Mitch Haniger, Addison Russell and Josh Hader were among those were dealt in the most recent years of our sample, 2013 and 2014.

But, by and large, such players are the exception. Much more often than not, prospects traded at the deadline fail to make any significant impact in the major leagues.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 27, 2019 at 11:06 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Friday, July 26, 2019

How Dodgers prospect Gavin Lux developed into the hottest hitter in baseball

Augie Schmidt, a baseball lifer, sat alone in his home in Kenosha, Wisconsin last Thursday watching a Triple-A baseball game.

He was nearly brought to tears by what he saw.

The moment struck when Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop prospect Gavin Lux, Schmidt’s nephew and star pupil, parked a homer in the right field seats at Principal Park in Des Moines, Iowa.

Schmidt, a former minor leaguer and the head baseball coach at Division III Carthage College since 1987, knew he was witnessing the culmination of the work started more than a decade ago.

Note to self: Check back in at this time in 2029 to see how this panned out.

QLE Posted: July 26, 2019 at 07:40 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, gavin lux, prospects

Monday, June 24, 2019

Youngest MLB, Minor League Players By League In 2019

The next big thing in prospects is now the youngest player in LoA.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 24, 2019 at 08:11 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, wander franco

Thursday, June 20, 2019

John Sickels’ Top 100 prospects (UPDATED) – The Athletic

Sickel’s latest.

Here’s the current Top 100, with updated ranking and grade. Note that this does NOT include 2019 draftees.

1) Wander Franco, SS, Tampa Bay Rays, Grade A: Previously number 4; hitting .326/.396/.514 in Low-A; best position player long-term still in the minor leagues.

2) Mackenzie Gore, LHP, San Diego Padres, Grade A: Previously number 8; completely dominant in High-A with 1.21 ERA in 60 innings, spectacular 83/14 K/BB.

3) Kyle Tucker, OF, Houston Astros, Grade A-: Previously number 11, got off to a slow start in AAA but has been on a tear recently, now up to .282/.356/.633 with 23 homers, 17 steals in 66 games.

4) Casey Mize, RHP, Detroit Tigers, Grade A-: Previously number 9; insane 0.92 ERA in 78 innings, 75/12 K/BB between A and AA; went on DL with sore shoulder recently, otherwise he would be number three; will have to monitor health status.

5) Keston Hiura, 2B, Milwaukee Brewers, Grade A-: Previously number 17; excellent in AAA at .315/.391/.663, performed well in big league trial at .281/.333/.531 in 64 at-bats; he’s ready and thus this ranking.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 20, 2019 at 03:48 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: pay site, prospects


Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Freeman heading to Carolina League | MiLB.com News

Lindor’s replacement.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2019 at 06:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, prospects

Alexander: Which Cal League All-Stars will become big league stars? – Press Enterprise

Consider: From that 2015 Cal League-Carolina League game, 10 players out of the 42 who played in it were in the big leagues at last look. Bellinger, of course, but also pitchers Ryan McMahon (Rockies), Zack Godley (Diamondbacks), Paul Fry (Orioles), Tyler Beede (Giants) and Nick Pivetta (Phillies), catchers Kyle Farmer (Reds, also part of the Puig trade) and Omar Narvaez (Mariners) and infielders Jack Mayfield (Astros) and Johan Camargo (Braves). Twelve others have had one or several cups of coffee in the big leagues.
And the crazy thing about that game, a 9-2 California victory? Bellinger was 1 for 4 with two RBIs. Quakes teammate Brandon Trinkwon was 2 for 3 with three runs scored and two RBIs and was named the game’s MVP.

Two years later, the Dodgers released Trinkwon, and he’s now out of baseball.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2019 at 05:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Report: Amateur prospect Carter Stewart opts for Japan over MLB draft

One of the top amateur baseball prospects is making a unique career decision, forgoing his chance to be selected in this June’s Major League Baseball draft to play overseas. 

Right-handed pitcher Carter Stewart, who was the No. 8 overall pick by the Atlanta Braves in the 2018 draft, agreed to sign with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of the Japanese Pacific League, according to The Athletic. Terms of the deal are unknown, but it is likely to be more than he was asking from the Braves.

After failing to reach an agreement with the Braves in 2018 over concerns about a wrist injury, Stewart enrolled at Eastern Florida State Junior College, which made him eligible for this year’s draft.

Instead, his decision to play in Japan will make his path to MLB a bit more difficult.

Any comments on the broader significance of this move?

 

QLE Posted: May 22, 2019 at 08:00 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: carter stewart, draft, japanese baseball, prospects

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Brewers calling up top prospect Keston Hiura

Robert Murray of The Athletic reports that the Brewers are calling up top prospect Keston Hiura. He’s a second baseman.

Milwaukee started the season with Mike Moustakas playing second and Travis Shaw at third, but Shaw’s struggles — he’s hitting .163/.266/.281 (46 OPS+) and that just can’t happen to a team defending a division crown. With Hiura in Milwaukee, Moustakas should switch back to third more regularly while the kid gets a chance. Ken Rosenthal reports that Shaw will either go on the injured list or be sent down to Triple-A.

So, where does this rank in terms of great baseball names?

 

QLE Posted: May 15, 2019 at 05:36 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, keston hiura, prospects

Friday, May 10, 2019

Mets Double-A prospects combine for no-hitter

Two Mets prospects combined for a no-hitter with Double-A Binghamton in Wednesday’s 7-0 win against the Harrisburg Senators.

Harol Gonzalez struck out six batters in 6 2/3 innings while Ryder Ryan finished it off by retiring all seven batters he faced for the Rumble Ponies’ first no-hitter in 13 years.

“Pretty much everything was working for me,” Gonzalez said, according to MILB.com’s Michael Avallone. “I looked at video from my last start and then some from earlier. I got back to using my legs more, which helped my fastball and throwing it for strikes. My curve was in the dirt a little too much early on, but I got it working in the sixth and went from there.”

Gonzalez, a 24-year-old right-hander who has been in the Mets organization since 2014, walked just two batters. He was at 91 pitches before he was lifted for Ryan, a reliever who joined the Mets’ farm system in the 2017 Jay Bruce trade.

 

 

QLE Posted: May 10, 2019 at 08:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: double a, harol gonzalez, mets, no-hitter, prospects, ryder ryan

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Get to know Oregon State baseball’s star catcher Adley Rutschman

Meet Adley Rutschman, Oregon State’s star catcher who could soon be the future of Major League Baseball. The junior is coming off National College Baseball Writers Association National Player of the Month honors and could become the first pick in MLB’s first-year draft in June.

The 6-foot-2, 216 pound physical, switch-hitting backstop hit .455 over 18 games in April and recorded five doubles, seven home runs, and 23 runs batted last month. This season, he’s hitting .429 with 16 home runs and 53 RBI. Rutschman holds the OSU single-season record with 59 walks and leads the nation with a .579 on-base percentage.

So, what say we about his future?

 

QLE Posted: May 09, 2019 at 05:36 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: adley rutschman, catchers, oregon state, prospects

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Top Giants pitching prospect Logan Webb suspended 80 games for PEDs

Logan Webb, one of the San Francisco Giants’ top pitching prospects has been suspended 80 games for PEDs. The substance: Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone. Which I dare you to say three times super fast.

 

QLE Posted: May 02, 2019 at 06:07 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: logan webb, peds, prospects

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Report: Reds to call up top prospect Nick Senzel soon

Jon Heyman is hearing that the Reds are “contemplating” a call-up for top prospect Nick Senzel and that it could happen as soon as Friday. Friday would make sense as that’s when the Reds begin their next home stand.

Mind you, with Heyman one needs to take grains of salt so big they’d keep an entire deer park happy….

 

QLE Posted: May 01, 2019 at 05:48 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: nick senzel, prospects, reds

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Rays to call up first base prospect Nate Lowe

The Tampa Bay Rays are calling up first base prospect Nate Lowe.

Lowe, 23, a top-100 overall prospect and one of the best first base prospects in the game, was the Rays’ Minor League Player of the Year last year. In 2018 he hit .330/.416/.568 with 27 homers and 102 RBI over 130 games at three different minor league levels. So far this year he’s batting .300/.444/.543 with three home runs and 14 RBI through 21 games at Triple-A Durham.

Will they pull him after the first inning for strategic purposes?

 

QLE Posted: April 30, 2019 at 04:29 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: nate lowe, prospects, rays

Life after Vlad: Former No. 1 pick tosses no-hitter to enter top prospect conversation

With Vladimir Guerrero Jr. finally in the majors where he belongs, it will soon be time to crown a new No. 1 prospect.

There are no shortage of possibilities for that title, though plenty of players who were top prospects entering this season have already joined Guerrero in the majors. That includes Baseball America’s No. 2 and 3 prospects in San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. and Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez. Four more members of the top 10 are also expected to debut this year.

So where does that leave us in the top prospect race? Well, we could start with one former top pick who has dominated the competition to a comical degree so far this season. And it got even better on Monday.

Riffing on the subject of prospects, using Casey Mize as a jumping-off point.

 

QLE Posted: April 30, 2019 at 04:01 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: casey mize, double a, no-hitter, prospects

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Toronto Blue Jays’ Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to make MLB debut Friday

April 24 (UPI)—Vladimir Guerrero Jr., considered one of the top prospects in baseball, is heading to the MLB.

The Toronto Blue Jays will call up Guerrero on Friday and he is expected to make his major league debut, the team announced Wednesday.

“We plan to call up Vladimir Guerrero for Friday’s game,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo told reporters. “We’re planning to. Will he play? Yes.

“It’s a big moment for the Toronto Blue Jays. He’s the number one prospect in baseball and he’s coming on Friday. It’s a big moment for us. Hopefully he becomes what everybody thinks he can become and that’s gonna be good for all of us.”

Is this the dawning of the Age of Guerrero?

 

QLE Posted: April 25, 2019 at 05:50 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, prospects, vladimir guerrero jr.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Ray’s Ramblings: April 22nd – Prospects365.com

Some good prospect updates.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2019 at 08:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

 

 

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