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Friday, May 01, 2015

Would You Rather Start a Team With Mookie Betts or Xander Bogaerts

Team Mookie

Right now, I think Betts is the better ballplayer. For all the significance of Bogaerts simply being in the majors at such a young age—younger than Betts was at debut—the facts are that we’ve had a pretty good look at him, and he is, right now, about an average major-leaguer. And right now, in my assessment, Betts is better than that. (Another month of Betts’ slump might make me reconsider.) I’m taking the better now player, even if he is short and doesn’t have the same prospect pedigree.”

Team Xander

Not only is Bogaerts still just 22, but he’ll play the whole season at that age–and remains just shy of a week older than Betts. And for all of the talk of his 2014 season being a failure, there are only four shortstops who have gotten 500 plate appearances in their age-21 season and registered a higher OPS+ than his mark of 86 in the last 20 years. You’ve heard of those players: Alex Rodriguez, Starlin Castro, Mike Caruso (OK, maybe not him) and Edgar Renteria. Even without any of that prior information, it’s a basic equation. Give me the shortstop who has the floor of an every day regular and the ceiling of a superstar, versus the center fielder with a star-level ceiling and an above-average regular floor.”

Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: May 01, 2015 at 04:05 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: future, prospects, red sox

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Injuries impact newly expanded Top Draft Prospects list | MLB.com

This year’s draft is a jumble.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 28, 2015 at 10:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, prospects

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Minor League Ball Gameday - Saturday, April 25th - Minor League Ball

Here’s an interesting utility to help track top prospects.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 25, 2015 at 11:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Monday, April 13, 2015

Down On The Farm with A’s Special Assistant Grady Fuson | A’s Farm

This is a week old but worth reading.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 13, 2015 at 07:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, prospects

Thursday, April 09, 2015

The youngest players on Class A rosters « MiLB.com’s PROSPECTive Blog

Here’s a list of some of the youngest whippersnappers around.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 09, 2015 at 06:38 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Rangers top prospect Joey Gallo has heel surgery | The Star Telegram

What’s the OS Trigonum bone connected to?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2015 at 11:03 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, prospects, rangers

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Mariners Prospect Victor Sanchez Dies - BaseballAmerica.com

Victor Sanchez has passed away.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 29, 2015 at 12:13 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, prospects

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Callis: Ranking the best farm systems of the past five years

No Phils.

In today’s Pipeline Perspectives, Jonathan and I debate which farm system has been the most productive since the end of the 2009 season. My choice was the Nationals, who have developed three budding superstars in Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon, two more All-Stars in Ian Desmond and Derek Norris, plus a bunch of complementary players and trade fodder….

4. Royals
Kansas City nearly rode its system to a World Series championship last year, building the second-most homegrown playoff team in 2014—behind only St. Louis. The Royals’ in-house highlights included Kelvin Herrera, Greg Holland, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi (the key pieces in the James Shields trade), Salvador Perez and Yordano Ventura.

5. Reds
Cincinnati has harvested a nice combination of blue-chip talent (Aroldis Chapman, Todd Frazier, Billy Hamilton, Devin Mesoraco) and solid contributors (most notably, Yonder Alonso, Brad Boxberger, Zack Cozart, Didi Gregorius, Yasmani Grandal and Mike Leake), though it has traded most of the latter group.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Tony Blengino: Danny Santana’s Upcoming Offensive Collapse.

Santana’s actual production on each BIP type is indicated in the AVG and SLG columns, and it’s converted to run values and compared to MLB average in the REL PRD column. That figure then is adjusted for context, such as home park, luck, etc., in the ADJ PRD column. For the purposes of this exercise, SH and SF are included as outs and HBP are excluded from the OBP calculation.

More abstruse analysis of stats nobody has ever adequately explained from the #6 numbers guy in baseball.


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Cubs top list of MLB’s 10 best farm systems | MLB.com

MLB.com releases the rest of its team Top 30 lists.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 21, 2015 at 08:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Brady Aiken Leaves Start Early - BaseballAmerica.com

That doesn’t sound good.

Lefthander Brady Aiken, pitching for IMG Academy’s postgraduate team for the first time this spring, left his start with an apparent injury after making just 12 pitches and getting two outs.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 19, 2015 at 08:01 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: brady aiken, prospects

Want to play in the Minor Leagues? Here’s how | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

See even teams read Baseball America.

Independent league teams are not affiliated with MLB or Minor League Baseball, but they can often be a good venue for players to get experience and potentially get noticed by a big league scout. Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava became a memorable success story when he joined an indy club, hit .371 and was ranked by Baseball America as the best prospect in the independent leagues. The Red Sox saw his name on the list and purchased his contract in 2008, leading eventually to a Major League career.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 19, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Top 175 MLB prospects for 2015 - Minor League Ball

John Sickels released a Top 175 list this year. He also is close to releasing his book, which you can get in pdf form.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 18, 2015 at 09:04 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, prospects reports

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Fantasy Focus: pitching prospects | MiLB.com

Some pitchers to keep an eye on.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 14, 2015 at 08:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pitchers, prospects

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

MLB Future Power Rankings (INSIDER)

1. Boston Red Sox

The overview
The challenge for the Red Sox now is to find the best way to turn some of their position-player surplus into pitching. They bet heavily on Sandoval, Ramirez and Moncada in a way other teams wouldn’t dream of because of the uncertainty involved.—Buster Olney

The dilemma
The Red Sox still lack a true top-of-rotation starter; having one would make them the favorite to represent the American League in the World Series once again. So far they’ve been reluctant to give up the prospect package it would take to land Cole Hamels, but they’re also hoping other aces join the trade market between now and the trade deadline.—Jim Bowden

Impact prospect
Rusney Castillo offers plus defense in center field and has surprising power for someone his size, although I think there are still reasonable questions about how advanced his bat is.—Keith Law

This list is invalid however, because the Mariners are not #6, they’re #14!!!!

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 11, 2015 at 06:05 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: organizational rankings, power rankings, prospects

Fantasy Focus: prospects at catcher, first base and third base | MiLB.com

Other than 3B, there are no exciting prospects in this article to get excited about for the start of this season.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 11, 2015 at 10:25 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Reds prospect arrested, charged with hitting girlfriend with rock

A Reds minor-league prospect was arrested early Saturday morning in Glendale, Ariz., after he was accused of knocking his girlfriend unconscious with a giant rock, azcentral.com reported.

Tanner Rahier, 21, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and assault with intent to injure, according to police reports. He was later released.

Rahier told investigators he did not know the woman and didn’t throw rocks at her. However, police say he got into an argument with a bartender Pullano’s Pizza, refusing to pay his bill. To defuse the situation, Rahier’s girlfriend brought him outside the restaurant, where they began arguing.

Rahier started to throw rocks at his girlfriend, one of which hit her on the side of the head and caused her to lose consciousness, according to police reports. The rock was roughly 8 inches across.

An ambulance transported the woman to the hospital, where she underwent tests. She may need stitches for her injuries.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 10, 2015 at 04:49 PM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: domestic abuse, police blotter, prospects, reds

‘D’-Listers: Byron Buxton among Minor Leagues’ best defensive center fielders | MiLB.com

MiLB’s top defensive minor league center fielders.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 10, 2015 at 08:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Monday, March 09, 2015

MLB.com 2015 Prospect Watch | MLB.com

MLB.com is releasing their team top 30’s. I just wish the release dates were more exact.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 09, 2015 at 08:12 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, prospects reports

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Oakland Athletics Top 20 Prospects for 2015 - Minor League Ball

John Sickels’ Top 20.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 08, 2015 at 10:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, prospects

Steven Matz impresses everyone in exhibition debut, including Ichiro Suzuki - Newsday

The next big thing in New York.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 08, 2015 at 08:49 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, prospects, steven matz

Sunday, March 01, 2015

The career paths of Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto |

Some info about the Mets top outfield prospects.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2015 at 12:59 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon nimmo, mets, michael conforto, prospects

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Lindbergh: Has Baseball’s Minors-to-Majors Jump Really Gotten Harder for Hitters?

I do feel like the people who say “Get rid of this guy who hits mediocrely in the NL! This other guy has been hitting great in AA for over a year!” were more often correct 15 years ago.

On the other hand, every prospect who can’t make the leap seems to be countered by a prospect who succeeds in the majors after nobody noticed he got promoted, like Khris Davis.

Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: February 26, 2015 at 10:55 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Hedges shrugs off rankings, focused on Majors | padres.com

Austin Hedges is the most overrated prospect in baseball.

“I don’t blame them. If you look at my numbers last season, they weren’t great,” said Hedges, who hit .225 last season with Double-A San Antonio. “Those guys weren’t in the Texas League every day and didn’t see what wasn’t on paper, which was a lot of quality at-bats and hard-contact outs.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 26, 2015 at 08:14 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: austin hedges, padres, prospects

Monday, February 23, 2015

Projecting baseball’s best rookie pitchers in ‘15. | SportsonEarth.com : Paul Casella Article

Is Snydergaard really going to get a lot of MLB time this year?

1. Noah Syndergaard, Mets (No. 10 overall prospect)
Projected ERA: 3.57

Jim Furtado Posted: February 23, 2015 at 06:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

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