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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Mariners’ baserunning and situational hitting game offers a glimpse at the talent of two top prospects | The Seattle Times

Just call him Mr. Glass.

There was an injury on the first play of the base running/situational hitting game. Mariners prospect Kyle Lewis, who has been more than unlucky with injury issues, suffered a dislocated right pinkie finger on a slide into second base. Lewis, who is rated as the Mariners’ No. 8 prospect by Baseball America, dove headfirst into second, jammed his hand against the base and felt the pain. He stood up after being called safe, shook his hand and then looked down and saw his finger pointing at an odd angle. He motioned for the coaches and the trainers.

“It happens,” Servais said. “You can’t use kid gloves or wrap them up in bubble wrap, you have to play the game. Getting out and running the bases hard and playing like a real game is important.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 21, 2019 at 06:47 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, prospects

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

2019 Top 100 Prospects | FanGraphs Baseball

1. Vlad
2. Franco
3. Tatis
4. Whitley
5. Robles
6. Lewis
7. Senzel
8. Jimenez
9.Bichette
10. Tucker

Franco and Whitley a little higher than some of the other lists.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 13, 2019 at 11:17 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: prospect rankings, prospects

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Phillies land Realmuto for 3 players, int’l signing money

Alfaro, Sixto Sanchez, Will Stewart and $250k in international signing money.  I guess it’s better than what they could have gotten for Fakemuto.

Ziggy's screen name Posted: February 07, 2019 at 03:39 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, prospects, trades

Sunday, January 27, 2019

MLB’s Top 100 Prospects list for 2019 | MLB.com

No surprise at #1.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 27, 2019 at 08:28 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: prospect rankings, prospects

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Baseball America: 2019 Top 100 Prospects

Pair of sons of big leaguers at the top.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 23, 2019 at 01:32 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Friday, January 18, 2019

Remember That Guy: Chris Snopek

Chris Snopek was born September 20, 1970 in Cynthiana, KY. He was a multi-sport standout in high school, averaging 18.5 points and 8.0 assists on the hardwood, as well as hitting .576 with 20 HR as a senior on the diamond. He was a standout third baseman/shortstop at Ole Miss, hitting .407/.491/.725 with 13 home runs and 62 RBI (a school-record at the time) in 54 games as a junior. The White Sox made him a 6th round draft pick in 1992.

In 1994, Snopek played for the Double-A Birmingham Barons, where he was one of two players on the team with 50+ RBI and 50+ walks. The other one was Michael Jordan.By 1995, Snopek hit .323/.402/.494 with 12 HR in 113 games for Nashville (AAA); that batting average good for second in the American Association. He made his MLB Debut on July 31, 1995, going 2 for 3 with a run, RBI, walk and stolen base as the starting third baseman. The 6’1” right-handed infielder drew a walk in each of his first five career MLB games; the first White Sox player to do so since Ray Morehart in 1924.

The White Sox had Robin Ventura at third and Ozzie Guillen at short, so Snopek had to settle for a start here and a start there. He was sent back down to the minors but returned in September. On September 20, 1995, Snopek connected for his first career home run; the blast coming off Indians starter Joe Roa. The milestone round tripper came on Snopek’s 25th birthday. He remains the only player in White Sox history whose first career home run came on his birthday. It was his lone homer of 1995, though Snopek did quite well in his first taste of MLB action, hitting .324 (22 for 68), .407 vs lefties (11 for 27) in 22 games.

A prospect’s tale, and one offering a chance to reflect on prospects of years past.

 

QLE Posted: January 18, 2019 at 07:57 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: chris snopek, prospects, white sox

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

2019 Top 10 left-handed pitching prospects

Highest Ceiling: Luzardo
As a 20-year-old pitching for the first time since Tommy John, Luzardo showed all the ingredients needed to become a frontline starter in the big leagues—and possibly very soon. He has a premium arsenal in a fastball, curveball and changeup that all grade as above-average or better, as well as control and command that allow him to execute each pitch. If it all comes together for him, Luzardo could be one of the game’s best left-handed pitchers and a perennial Cy Young Award candidate.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 16, 2019 at 09:50 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

2019 Top 10 right-handed pitching prospects

Prospect ranking season is upon us.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 15, 2019 at 08:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, scouting reports

Monday, January 14, 2019

Bowden: Sizing up the rookies who are ready to make their mark in the majors in 2019 – The Athletic

Saw him pitch last year in Spring Training. He looked like he could pitch in the majors then.

6. Jesus Luzardo, LHP, Oakland Athletics

Age: 21 Height: 6-1 Weight: 205 B: L T: L
Scouting Grades
FB: 60 CB: 50 CH: 60 CTL: 65

The Athletics showed great discipline in not bringing up Luzardo last September, instead opting to make sure he was fully developed, but they’re prepared to let him compete for a rotation spot in spring training. Based on their lack of starter depth, it would be a surprise if he didn’t make their team out of camp. Luzardo made 23 starts last year at three different levels, finishing with a 2.88 ERA with 129 strikeouts and 30 walks in 109 1/3 innings pitched. I got to watch him in the Futures Game, and all I could think about is what a great trade Billy Beane made in acquiring both him and their closer, Blake Treinen, from the Nationals in the trade that sent Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson to Washington in July 2017.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 14, 2019 at 09:37 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: pay site, prospects

Finding This Season’s Chris Paddack – Prospects365.com

Here’s a nice list of buy-low guys you might have available in your dynasty league.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 14, 2019 at 09:03 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Friday, January 04, 2019

Chicago White Sox 2019 Top 50 Prospects | Prospects1500

A lot of effort going into this prospect site. I wish they would use the standard 20/80 scale instead of tiering prospects. If I have time I’ll add them to my prospects rankings sheet. It’s always interesting to me to see where there is consensus and to find outliers. Anyway, take a look.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2019 at 06:29 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: prospect rankings, prospects

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

10 MLB Prospects We Hope Have A Healthy 2019 After Struggling With Injuries

Huge question mark.

1. Sixto Sanchez, RHP, Phillies

After Astros righthander Forrest Whitley, Sanchez has a compelling argument as the next best pitching prospect in baseball. He sits in the mid- to upper 90s and can break triple-digits, doing it without much effort and while filling the strike zone.

Yet Sanchez threw just 46.2 innings last year, with his final outing coming on June 3 before he went on the disabled list with right elbow inflammation. The Phillies say Sanchez is healthy and ready to go for spring training, but he was out longer than they initially anticipated and missed the Arizona Fall League. He’s still only 20, but his 95 innings in 2017 are the most he has ever thrown. If he can handle a starter’s workload, Sanchez has the potential to anchor a rotation.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 02, 2019 at 11:27 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Ray Butler’s 2018 December Top 100 Prospects:

Top prospects rankings are dropping all over. Happy New Year!

Jim Furtado Posted: January 01, 2019 at 09:00 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: prospect rankings, prospects, prospects reports

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Baby Birdland Signing Off, A Bid Farewell and Many Thanks

I have written hundreds of articles over the past two and a half years, but this one will surely be the hardest and last one. I have made the decision that on January 1, 2019, Baby Birdland will be closed.  I did not come to this decision lightly, but with the demands of my personal and professional life, I simply cannot give Baby Birdland, my contributing writers, and most importantly you the readers, the attention deserved.

NattyBoh Posted: December 25, 2018 at 10:46 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: baltimore orioles, blog, minor leagues, prospects

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Top 29 Prospects: Atlanta Braves | FanGraphs Baseball

Cristian Pache is #1.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 12, 2018 at 09:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Drafting high school pitchers is a suckers game

Drafting High School Pitchers Is a Major Problem for MLB, Health of Young Prospects

SI article with a look at the diminishing success over time of pitchers drafted out of high school

charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: November 20, 2018 at 05:57 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: draft, high school baseball, prospects

Thursday, November 15, 2018

An Update to Prospect Valuation | FanGraphs Baseball

Very interesting work. A couple of quibbles…the discount rate seems a little too low (maybe because they don’t factor in the teams’ player development costs); and, since prospects are already team property, approximate player value pegged to the player’s free agent value is less useful than approximate trade trade value. Nevertheless, some great work.

What follows are the present-day values of prospects based on the study performed above. The results are presented in present-day WAR and translated to a rough dollar figure based on $9 million as the cost of a win on the free-agent market. Keep in mind that the dollar figure isn’t a direct value, but rather equivalent value of a prospect relative to the free-agent market. Part of the reason prospects have such tremendous value is due to the suppressed salaries permitted by the CBA until a player has reached six years of service time. By translating the WAR figure into a monetary value, we can compare the value of prospects with the values of major-league players and their contracts. These values likely roughly approximate what an individual player might get as a signing bonus if he were declared a free agent and teams could only provide a signing bonus instead of a long-term contract.

Edit: My comment edited for clarity.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2018 at 08:33 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Friday, October 12, 2018

Cincinnati Reds’ Shed Long, who can be a ‘game changer,’ is working on his consistency

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona – A few hours before Shed Long made his debut in the Arizona Fall League Wednesday, Barry Larkin gave a scouting report of the 23-year-old second baseman.

He can hit for power. He can steal bases. He plays strong defense.

Batting leadoff for his Fall League team, Long showcased all of it. He went 1-for-4 with three RBI, two walks and one stolen base. The No. 8-ranked prospect in the Reds’ farm system by MLB.com, he’s trying to make the leap to the Majors.

Wonderful name that deserves to be remembered, if nothing else.

QLE Posted: October 12, 2018 at 01:53 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona fall league, prospects, reds, shed long

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Using Fly Ball Distance to Find Sleeper Prospects | The Hardball Times

Interesting.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2018 at 10:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

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

 

 

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