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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Kevin Maitan Thrilled To Be Finally Be Out In The Field | BaseballAmerica.com

The next, next big thing in Atlanta.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2017 at 09:51 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, kevin maitan, prospects

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Red Sox third base prospect Rafael Devers on a fast track to the majors

That might be a bit of an exaggeration in discussing a 20-year-old, but there are markers of change. Devers’s beaming smile no longer glistens with a mouth full of braces as it did in his prior Futures Game. He features a wisp of a mustache — the source of jibes among his Double A Portland teammates — but an impossibility for him as a teenager two years earlier. And the tattoo on his arm of his daughter Rachel’s name attests to a fundamental life change.

“Two years ago, I was playing basically for me,” Devers reflected through a translator. “My life has changed.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2017 at 10:39 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, rafael devers, red sox

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Baseball Prospectus | Dynasty Prospect Rankings

Finally, a reminder of ground rules here. This list is designed for keep-forever dynasty leagues without salaries or contracts, and with separate farm systems. It’s based on a medium-sized league, generally around 14-16 teams, and assumes one catcher rather than two. Home parks and organizations are factored in, as well as paths to playing time, since fantasy owners do care about these things. And as far as the player pools go, we are including anyone with prospect eligibility (regardless of whether they’re in the majors or not), and this year we are including recent draftees.

Also, at the behest of several commenters who’ve weighed in on our past lists, we’ve added “Fantasy Impact ETA” to try and give you a sense as to when we think these players can be relied upon as fantasy assets—not necessarily when we think they’ll first be summoned to the majors. We’ve listed Preseason Rank, or “PS Rank,” next to each player as well so you can get a sense as to their movement.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 12, 2017 at 08:38 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospect rankings, prospects

Red Sox Draft History 2017 | SoxProspects.com

Great job, as always, by SoxProspects.com. Everything you want to know about Sox draft bonuses.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 12, 2017 at 08:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, prospects, red sox

Acuna’s hot July continues with big blast | MiLB.com News

Click through to see the monster homer. Five-tool player.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 12, 2017 at 07:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, prospects, ronald acuna

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Top 100 Prospects Chat | BaseballAmerica.com

Great Q/A at Baseball America.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2017 at 07:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Monday, July 10, 2017

Futures Game players on fast track to MLB | MLB.com

1. Yoan Moncada, 2B, White Sox: It has to be a matter of when, not if, right? Moncada didn’t follow up his 2016 Futures Game MVP performance this year, but his tools (11 homers, 16 SB) have to be an upgrade over what the White Sox have at second base currently, no?

2. Amed Rosario, SS, Mets: See above. Mets fans have been clamoring for Rosario to get called up and he’s making it tough to stay patient as he continues to hit while Jose Reyes is batting .215 in New York.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 10, 2017 at 09:18 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: futures game, prospects

Acuna, Fisher, Kopech star in Futures Game | MLB.com

And he was only signed for $100,000.

Entering the day hitting .325/.374/.507 since being promoted to Double-A, Acuna cracked the hardest-batted ball of the game, 112.3 mph with a 13-degree launch angle, in the seventh inning off of Royals prospect Foster Griffin. That combination falls for a hit 78 percent of the time, and it was actually the only Barrel of the day—a ball that qualifies as the near-perfect combination of exit velocity and launch angle. Unfortunately for Acuna, center fielder Corey Ray (Brewers) was positioned perfectly, preventing the hit.

That’s not all. Acuna had the three hardest outfield throws of the game, hitting 92.9 mph, 95.2 mph, and 96.7 mph. Forget the 0-for-4; suddenly, it’s easy to see why MLBPipeline calls him a five-tool talent, and reminds us that “evaluators get downright giddy when discussing Acuna.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 10, 2017 at 09:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: futures game, prospects

Friday, July 07, 2017


Monday, July 03, 2017

Mets’ emerging catching prospect could make d’Arnaud expendable | New York Post

Interesting perspective.

“The first time I ever met Yadi, the first thing he asked me was what kind of relationship I had with my pitchers,” Nido said over the phone about the Cardinals catcher, whom he lists as an idol and friend. “From a guy I’ve never met, he asked about the relationships. And that kind of opened my eyes, and I realized even him, who’s had that much success, is not worried about hitting primarily. It’s about handling your pitching staff, knowing everyone on the pitching staff. That’s always stuck with me.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 03, 2017 at 10:52 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, prospects, tomas nido

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Pipeline Inbox: 2017 All-Star Futures Game | MLB.com

I have been to every Futures Game except one (the birth of my daughter won out over the 2004 edition in Houston), so there’s a lot of history to sift through. In some ways, answering this question really would require a longer look at future success, sort of like evaluating the Draft. I don’t mean to kick this down the road, but seeing how many of this year’s Futures Gamers go on to not only get to the big leagues, but become impact players would be the true measure.

I will say that in terms of number of Top 100 players, it’s right up there. The last four years:

2016: 18
2015: 23
2014: 27
2013: 24

This year’s rosters have 27 Top 100 players, so by that measure it’s as good as any group in recent memory. Eight of the top 13 prospects will be on the field at Marlins Park. That’s some serious elite-level prospect power.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 01, 2017 at 08:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: futures game, prospects

Thursday, June 29, 2017

MLB Prospects Rankings - Top Fantasy Baseball Rookies for 2017 (Week 13) | RotoBaller

Ranking the prospects based on fantasy baseball impact.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 29, 2017 at 08:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

2017 Minor League Ball MLB prospect index - Minor League Ball

John Sickels has expanded prospect coverage. Here’s a link to the index.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 29, 2017 at 08:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Monday, June 26, 2017

Top 10 Prospects: June 26 - Prospect Roundup - Rotoworld.com

Heard an excellent discussion on the Front Office on MLB Radio Network yesterday. They discussed Adams, including some insight from Brian Cashman. They followed up with a radio interview where Adams confirmed that he needs to refine his change up before the team brings it up. He says he finally has a grip he’s comfortable with but needs to be able to consistently get movement on it. He can’t do that, as Jim Bowden mentioned, if he’s only throwing it four times in a game (which he did his last start).

6. Chance Adams, RHP, New York Yankees
2017 stats: 14 G, 1.65 ERA, 81.2 IP, 47 H, 5 HR, 32 BB, 84 K at Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

With Torres now out for the year, his replacement on the list is Adams. While he doesn’t have Torres’ upside—no one but Moncada does—he offers plenty of potential as a hurler with three pitches that can miss bats. His fastball gets into the high 90s, and his slider and change are both above-average pitches. Add in the ability to throw those pitches for strikes and great feel for all of his pitches, and you get a hurler who can miss bats and limit the self-inflicted damage. Expect the Yankees to give him a chance to pitch before the end of the summer.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2017 at 06:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Sunday, June 25, 2017


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Report: A’s to promote Chapman on Thursday | Pacific Coast League News

While Chapman’s plus power is impressive, scouts rave about his defense at the hot corner, and he has a 75-grade throwing arm with a plus-plus glove. His plus range and smooth hands make him a potential Gold Glover at the position and a necessary improvement for the A’s, who rank last in the Majors with 62 errors and a .974 fielding percentage.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 15, 2017 at 08:48 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, matt chapman, prospects

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

JetHawks’ Rodgers extends hit streak to 20 | MiLB.com News

He’s playing in a bandbox but what he’s doing is still pretty impressive.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2017 at 07:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, rockies

Monday, June 12, 2017

Projecting Brewers Center Fielder Lewis Brinson | FanGraphs Baseball

Brinson’s come a long way since his early days as a professional, especially in the strikeout department. He struck out an alarming 38% of the time in Low-A back in 2013, but has hacked several percentage points off that mark since. His 22% strikeout rate in Triple-A this year is still a bit high, but not alarmingly so. He’s made this improvement without giving up much in other categories, either. His 20 extra-base hits, seven steals, healthy walk rate, and center-field defense more than outweigh the remaining strikeout risk.

KATOH adores Brinson, projecting him for 6.3 WAR over his first six seasons by the traditional method and 8.8 WAR by KATOH+, which incorporates his Baseball America ranking. The latter makes the No. 20 prospect in all of baseball. Both are up noticeably from the preseason. My model saw him as a no-doubt top-50 prospect over the winter, and he’s only improved his stock since.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2017 at 06:56 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, katoh, lewis brinson, prospects

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Rafael Devers’ bat is ready for the big leagues, but his development at third base will determine when he’s ready to make the jump - 2080 Baseball

This in an in-depth scouting report.

Defense may be the sole remaining reason that Devers is still sitting at the Double-A level. He just isn’t quite ready to be an everyday defender in the big leagues. The hope is that with more time under Febles’ tutelage, that will change.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2017 at 03:54 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: prospect reports, prospects, red sox

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Prospect Team Of The Month: May | BaseballAmerica.com

More good news for Phillies fans.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 11:05 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

FSL notes: Phils’ Kilome raising his profile | MiLB.com News

More hope for Phillies fans.

Kilome—ranked as the Phillies’ No. 5 prospect—hasn’t been quite as dominant so far this season after the move up to the Clearwater Threshers in the Class A Advanced Florida State League, but he has definitely stamped himself as a pitcher to watch. Signed for $40,000 by the Phillies as a rail-thin 17-year-old in 2013, Kilome’s profile has risen along with his physical development.

“I’ve grown at least an inch and gained about 60 pounds,” said Kilome, who is now nearly 6-foot-7 and weighs around 230 pounds.

The extra size has helped produce a fastball that regularly hits 98 mph. It was a revamping of his breaking ball that turned things around for Kilome early last season, though.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 10:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: franklyn kilome, phillies, prospects

Monday, June 05, 2017

Top 10 Prospects: June 5 - Prospect Roundup - Rotoworld.com

5. Gleyber Torres, SS, New York Yankees
2017 stats: 43 G,.255/.364/.433, 25 R, 11 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 21 RBI, 25 BB, 34 K at Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Torres might be a little too patient right now. Yes, that’s a real thing. It’s great that he’s drawing walks, but he is putting himself in a lot of two-strike counts, as seen in his 13 strikeouts in 11 games with Scranton. This is definitely an adjustment period, and Torres is too smart and too good for it to last much longer. That’s the hope, anyway.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2017 at 11:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Shortstop part of Luis Urias’ baseball education - The San Diego Union-Tribune

There, the 5-foot-9 Urias’ focus is on lateral footwork and getting in position to allow momentum to take him toward first base on throws. The hope, Hooper said, is the strides he takes on the left side of the diamond improves his defense at second.

“He’s improving,” Hooper said. “I do know that. Is he going to be an everyday shortstop in the big leagues? Probably not. It’s just the foot speed and the range to be a big league shortstop might be tough on an everyday basis, but the arm plays. But I truly believe he can play all three positions and can play shortstop in a pinch.

“There’s no question about it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2017 at 07:26 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: luis urias, padres, prospects

Friday, June 02, 2017

Phillies prospect Mickey Moniak is only 19, but he’s already shown a power swing

“He has shown true gap power to right-center and left-center, and at 19 years old he is still getting there,” Malloy said. “I don’t see why he can’t be a 15-20 home-run guy at the next level.”

One scout who has seen Moniak with Lakewood agreed.

“The ball jumps off his bat, and I think he is going to be a very good hitter, and the power will come,” the scout said. “When you look at it, he is such a young kid, and it’s hard to play in that league, playing against some 23-, 24-year-olds.”

“I feel I have held my own, and I feel comfortable,” Moniak said. “I am enjoying playing with my teammates. We have a good team, and it’s been fun.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 02, 2017 at 08:38 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mickey moniak, phillies, prospects

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