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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Atlanta executives meet with two Florida Gators who might be draft candidates

Sources have told Scout.com that John Coppolella, Atlanta’s general manager, and Brian Bridges, Atlanta’s scouting director, recently met in Gainesville with Gators’ outfielder Buddy Reed and Florida left-handed pitcher A.J. Puk.

Coppolella has recently said the Braves would prefer to draft a college hitter with the third pick, which is not a surprise considering the large number of pitchers Atlanta took last year in the draft. The Braves took pitchers with 20 of their first 26 draft picks in 2015.

Rickey! doesn't think YR is a less terrible Sam Posted: February 03, 2016 at 12:12 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, prospects

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Evaluating the 2016 Prospects: Cincinnati Reds | FanGraphs Baseball

The Reds top prospects.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 31, 2016 at 08:29 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, prospects reports, reds

Saturday, January 30, 2016

KATOH’s Top 100 List: Now Incorporating Multiple Years | FanGraphs Baseball

Some interesting work from Chris Mitchell.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 30, 2016 at 10:20 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Top 100 Prospects Rankings | MLB.com

The big news for this year’s list comes at the very top. For the first time since the preseason list in 2013, there is a new No. 1 prospect: Corey Seager, the Dodgers shortstop who played a pivotal role in Los Angeles’ run to the NL West title last year. He supplants Twins outfielder Byron Buxton, who held the top spot since the midseason re-rank back in ‘13.

Some may wonder why Seager and Buxton, among others, are still on this list. It’s because they still have rookie eligibility. To qualify for rookie status, a player must not have exceeded 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the Major Leagues or have accumulated more than 45 days on the active roster of a Major League club(s) during the 25-player-limit period, excluding time on the disabled list or in military service.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 30, 2016 at 07:49 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, top 100

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Baseball Prospectus Top 101 Prospects list is released.

1. Corey Seager, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers

It’s dangerous to read too much into a month’s worth of major-league plate appearances, especially when that month is September. Maybe Corey Seager took advantage of 40-man roster fodder and teams with one foot on the golf course to hit .337/.425/.561 as the 2015 season waned, but that’s pretty consistent with what he has done at every other stop in his professional career. He hits for average. He hits for power. He may not be a shortstop forever, as he is a very large human, but the bat is good enough to play anywhere. Regardless, Seager will be the Dodgers shortstop in 2016, and he may very well be the best one in the National League from the moment he sets foot on the field Opening Day.


2016 Prospect Watch: Top 10 third basemen | MLB.com

Joey Gallo tops the list.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 27, 2016 at 08:01 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Prospect Watch: Top 10 Catchers for 2016 | MLB.com

Top ten catchers.

1. Willson Contreras, Cubs
One of the top breakout prospects of 2015, Contreras led the Southern League in both batting (.333) and extra-base hits (46), and he set personal bests in most offensive categories. Signed out of Venezuela as a third baseman in 2009, he moved behind the plate in 2012 and has continued to make strides defensively. Contreras’ athleticism and arm strength give him a good chance of sticking at the position, though his receiving still needs work.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 21, 2016 at 08:52 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: catchers, prospects

Prospect Watch: Top 10 LHPs for 2016 | MLB.com

1. Julio Urias, Dodgers
He doesn’t turn 20 until August, and he’s already knocking on the door. Urias has an outstanding combination of stuff and pitchability well beyond his years. He has three plus pitches with outstanding command. The only thing he doesn’t have is innings. Urias has yet to top even 90 innings in a season, but that shouldn’t hold him back for too long.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 21, 2016 at 09:12 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Monday, January 18, 2016

School of Roch: What does the Davis signing mean to Walker and Mancini?

At best Christian Walker and Trey Mancini look like second-division starters. More than likely they will just be role players or players on the AAA/MLB shuttle.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 18, 2016 at 08:58 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, prospects

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Evaluating the Prospects - Boston Red Sox (FanGraphs)

Long-term, the cupboard is still well stocked with young talent, and the Red Sox should have enough in the pipeline to contend not only in 2016 but beyond as well…

(Andrew) Benintendi’s combination of a high ceiling and low risk makes him the top prospect in the organization. Look for him to move quickly through the system, with his power likely being the last tool to fully develop as he hits his way into the upper minors.

Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: January 06, 2016 at 08:40 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, red sox

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Standings Help Set Value Of Closers - BaseballAmerica.com

Closers get paid. Not as much as number three starters, though.

That makes it tough to rank closers in our Top 10s and Prospect Handbook, which we sent to press just before this issue of the magazine. We try to view them as one continuum, and that’s where the BA Grades, which are exclusive to the Prospect Handbook, help us line up relief prospects.

The way we see it, the best closer (a Wade Davis type) would get a 55 grade, equal to a No. 3 starter in value or a first-division regular as a position player.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 02, 2016 at 09:45 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Jake Bauers among prospects poised to surge | MLB.com

Click the link to see some guys to keep an eye on.

A year ago, Orlando Arcia was regarded as a slick fielder with modest offensive promise. Alex Reyes and Jose De Leon were two raw but intriguing arms in Short Season Class A. A.J. Reed, the reigning college player of the year, was a second-round pick who posted a solid pro debut. Max Kepler was known as the best German prospect ever yet little else.

Fast forward 12 months, and Arcia (Brewers) not only is one of the game’s best shortstop prospects, but one of the best overall prospects. Reyes (Cardinals) and De Leon (Dodgers) are two of the most coveted pitching prospects in baseball. Reed (Astros) put up better numbers than anyone in the Minors last season, and Kepler wasn’t far behind.
Those are just five examples of how prospects’ stock can be extremely volatile. Here are 10 players (listed alphabetically) poised to surge in 2016:

Jim Furtado Posted: January 02, 2016 at 09:43 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Breaking down Mets’ next young pieces: Rising bats to help aces | New York Post

I can’t say I’m excited about any of the current Mets top prospects.

“We’ve seen it throughout the league,” DePodesta said. “The most successful teams, year after year after year, their farm system is an integral part of their success. Look at the Braves [from 1991 through 2005]. They found a way to incorporate a key, young player basically every year. Ryan Klesko. Kevin Millwood. It’s difficult to do. But if you want to lengthen your window, your farm system has to be a critical part of that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 02, 2016 at 09:37 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, prospects

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Prospect Poll: Corey Seager tops Byron Buxton | MLB.com

I prefer Seager as well.

“Seager is more prepared to impact the Major Leagues in the next calendar year, but Buxton will be the more impactful player in the years that follow,” a second executive said.
It’s true that Buxton’s performance hasn’t quite measured up to his potential as of yet, with injuries playing a large part in hampering his development. Seager, on the other hand, has been durable and has flat-out performed, particularly in a 2015 season that saw him not only make it to the big leagues like Buxton, but perform so well that he was an integral part of a postseason lineup.
“Seager had a better year and was more durable in 2015,” one general manager said. “Buxton possesses better skills overall. The bat decides the best of the best, so Seager wins out until Buxton does more offensively.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 29, 2015 at 09:42 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Monday, December 28, 2015

Ask BA: How Tough Is The Classification Jump? - BaseballAmerica.com

A nice Q&A on Baseball America.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 28, 2015 at 01:09 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

All-or-nothing approach defines draftee Bregman - Houston Chronicle

Meet Alex Bregman.

Frank Anderson, father of big league pitcher Brett Anderson and a University of Houston assistant coach, has put on clinics at the Albuquerque Baseball Academy and also has seen Bregman since he was about 10 years old. He never worked as closely with Bregman as Brewer did, but even from afar, the same qualities were apparent. The Astros have a dirty-uniform, non-stop, get-it-done player - with talent to boot.

“The motor that he has that other people don’t have, and the drive and the day-to-day things that he did, even at a young age when I was out there, I mean, it’s the same things that you see today,” Anderson said. “It’s just a motor that never stops. It’s something that not a lot of people have, and you watch it from afar and you go, it’s something special.”

Anderson recalled Bregman playing for multiple teams as a teenager. On a 110-degree day, the kid was racing around town, trying to play just the final four innings of his third game of the day.

That kind of endurance likely would lend itself to bull riding just as well as it did creating one of the best amateur shortstop’s in the nation.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2015 at 09:50 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: alex bregman, astros, prospects

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

A Visual History of Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospect Lists – The Hardball Times

Good stuff.

More curious is the presence of the Tigers, particularly since Dave Dombrowski was at the helm for 13 consecutive seasons. Either through scouting, development or trades, Dombrowski’s charges flooded the BA top 100 from 1990 until 2001. In this time frame, Dombrowski was the Opening Day GM for 11 seasons (not counting 1992, when the Marlins were yet to debut). His teams placed 65 players on the top 100 during that run, a dizzying average of 5.9 players per year.

Dombrowski’s next 13 years in Motown placed just 26 players on the list, a precipitous drop to just two per year from his previous heights. It certainly didn’t alter his on-field success, as the Tigers made five playoff and two World Series appearances while racking up 86 wins ore more in seven of nine years from 2006 until 2014. The natural assumption, given the Tigers’ larger financial resources compared to the Expos and Marlins, is that he dealt top 100 talent for more reliable top-end talent at the major league level. However, this isn’t the case. No player dealt by the Motown edition of Dombrowski landed on the top 100 after being dealt.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2015 at 09:18 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, top prospects

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Baseball Prospectus | 2016 Prospects: Milwaukee Brewers Top 10 Prospects

A freebie from BP.

The Top Ten

1. SS Orlando Arcia
2. OF Brett Phillips
3. RHP Jorge Lopez
4. OF Trent Clark
5. SS Gilbert Lara
6. RHP Devin Williams
7. OF Monte Harrison
8. RHP Zach Davies
9. RHP Cody Ponce
10. OF Tyrone Taylor

Jim Furtado Posted: December 03, 2015 at 09:32 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, prospects

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

KATOH’s Top 100 Prospect List for 2016 | FanGraphs Baseball

Prospects by the numbers.

I know you probably know this, but I’d like to reiterate that you shouldn’t think of this as “Chris Mitchell’s Top 100 List,” and certainly not “FanGraphs’ Top 100 List.” This is simply the output from a flawed statistical model that fails to take into account many of the factors that go into evaluating a prospect. As always, you should never choose between stats and scouting — or beer and tacos — if you don’t have to.

There are players on this list who feel way too high to me, and there are players who feel way too low to me. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Plus, there are fewer of those head-scratchers than there were in previous versions. I consider this to be a good sign, considering my new model takes into account more information. I’ll be going more in-depth on each of these prospects — and many others, as well — as I work my way through the team lists.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 01, 2015 at 12:59 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Saturday, November 28, 2015

New York Mets prospects Dominic Smith and Gavin Cecchini bounced back in big ways in 2015 | MiLB.com

The Mets have a few other players in the pipeline.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2015 at 09:43 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, prospects

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Arizona Fall League Top 20 Prospects | MLB.com

This year’s group of Arizona Fall League prospects couldn’t match those from 2013 and ‘14, though that’s a nearly impossible standard to live up to. The historic rookie crop that generated so much big league buzz this summer was fueled by several former AFL participants, including Kris Bryant, Francisco Lindor, Roberto Osuna, Joc Pederson, Addison Russell and Corey Seager.

While there weren’t as many elite prospects in the Fall League this time around, there still was plenty of intriguing talent. As usual, the hitters stood out more than the pitchers—position players claimed 13 of the first 16 spots on our Top 20 Prospects list—because most clubs opt not to pile more innings on their best young arms.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2015 at 11:38 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Top 10 prospects: Cardinals still rich with pitching : Sports

Power “is one of the bigger problems in the system,” Manuel wrote in the chat. “We list (Paul) DeJong (as) ‘best power’ in the system currently.”

I advocated for DeJong to be in the Top 10 for that reason. He’s one of the few in the “best tools” section of the rankings not to crack the Top 10. But that “best tools” also illustrates the Cardinals’ situation with position players why and it’s the free-agent market for them this winter: Nick Plummer, just drafted, is considered the “best hitter for average” already in the organization. Magneuris Sierra, who struggled at Low-A before righting his season at rookie level, is the teams “fastest baserunner,” “best athlete,” “best defensive outfielder,” and “best outfield arm.” It’s worth noting here that in this Top 10 and these “best tools” surveys the Cardinals are compared only against themselves. Sierra might have the 11th-best outfield arm in the minors, but if none of the top 10 are in the Cardinals’ organization he’s the best here.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2015 at 06:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, prospects

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Top 10 prospects available in Rule 5 Draft | MLB.com

Corey Black, RHP, Cubs (No. 19): Black made the move to the bullpen for the first time in 2015. Though he struggles with command, he throws hard and could stick as a reliever if he throws enough strikes with his fastball-slider combination.

Onelki Garcia, LHP, White Sox (No. 22): Garcia actually made it to the big leagues in 2013 with the Dodgers. He missed nearly all of ‘14, then the White Sox claimed him off waivers. He struggled this year, but a lefty who touches 95 mph is often a popular selection.

Reymin Guduan, LHP, Astros (No. 16): Speaking of lefties who throw hard, Guduan works regularly in the upper 90s now that he’s a reliever full-time. He doesn’t always know where it’s going, but the fastball-slider combo is intriguing.

Teoscar Hernandez, OF, Astros (No. 17): The Astros have six from their top 30 eligible, a testament to how deep their farm system is. Hernandez is a toolshed with an exciting power-speed combination, albeit an unfinished one who needs to work on his approach.

Zack Jones, RHP, Twins (No. 23): The Twins have so many hard-throwing relievers in their system, they can’t keep them all. Jones is almost entirely all fastball, but it’s one that sits in the upper-90s with movement.

Luis Perdomo, RHP, Cardinals (No. 11): The 2015 Futures Gamer is another flamethrower, one who is developing as a starter. But if he’s put in a bullpen, he can run his fastball into the upper 90s, with a hard breaking ball and even a feel for a changeup.
T.J. Rivera, SS, Mets (No. 26): Though he may not be as exciting as a pitcher who can approach triple digits, all Rivera has done in the Minors is hit. He carries a career .318 average and .366 on-base percentage through five Minor League seasons, and he’s seen considerable time at all four infield positions.

Sam Selman, LHP, Royals (No. 27): The former Vanderbilt standout and second-round pick struggled as a starter when he started moving up the ladder, so the Royals moved him to the bullpen. He can touch 97 mph and his slider shows flashes of being a plus pitch, but he struggles finding the strike zone.

Dwight Smith, OF, Blue Jays (No. 13): Perhaps the choice as next year’s DeShields, if only because he is also the son of a former big leaguer. He has shown an ability to hit for average and draw walks, albeit without much power.

Alberto Tirado, RHP, Phillies (No. 14): Part of the return from the Blue Jays for Ben Revere, Tirado gave up just one earned run in 16 innings following the trade. He struck out 16 and held opponents to a .130 batting average, but he also walked 18. He’s yet to pitch above Class A Advanced, but if he can harness his upper-90s fastball, he has a chance.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 21, 2015 at 10:12 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, rule 5 draft

Friday, November 20, 2015

Rule 5 Draft Roster Deadline: Who’s Being Added

The 2014 Rule 5 draft was one of the best of all time, as 10 of the 14 players in the major league portion stuck with new teams. Two outfielders (Delino DeShields and Odubel Herrera) and one first baseman (Mark Canha) saw regular playing time and a number of pitchers (led by Sean Gilmartin and J.R. Graham) proved they were more than just players being stashed for the future. That list could eventually grow by one. Daniel Winkler spent most of the season on the disabled list recovering from Tommy John surgery and therefore will still need to spend additional time on the Braves’ active roster to start 2016 to meet Rule 5 roster requirements.

It will be hard for this year’s Rule 5 draft to match that level of success, but it is a reminder why this matters.

JJ1986 Posted: November 20, 2015 at 01:28 PM | 89 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, rosters, rule 5 draft

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Andrew Benintendi could be on fast track to majors with Red Sox - Sports - providencejournal.com - Providence, RI

Why not also say he can walk on water?

“I wasn’t going to tell anybody because I wouldn’t want that kind of pressure on a guy that didn’t have a big-league at-bat yet,” Gamboa said. “But his swing is exactly the same as Carl Yastrzemski’s, and he’s built exactly like Carl Yastrzemski.”

More than his similarity to a Boston icon, however, it was the maturity Conforto showed that convinced the Mets they could push him aggressively—maturity in his plate approach as well as the all-around maturity that came from having played at a high-level college program at Oregon State, like Benintendi did at Arkansas.

“The Confortos and the Benintendis, they’re not as in awe,” Gamboa said. “Guys that have been in top-notch Division I programs, they’re a little more thick-skinned and ready for it than the average guy would be.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 17, 2015 at 09:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew benintendi, prospects, red sox

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