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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Reds prospect Nick Senzel raking in Minors | reds.com

With his hitting skills, Senzel could be on the fast track to the Majors. He watched with interest as three 2015 first-round picks were recently promoted to the Majors in their first full pro seasons. That included overall No. 1 pick Dansby Swanson by the Braves, No. 2 pick Alex Bregman by the Astros and seventh pick Andrew Benintendi by the Red Sox.
“You’re always hopeful. You look at those guys ... get there their first full year, as a player and a college hitter that makes you hungry to get up there,” Senzel said. “I feel like different organizations have different plans. Whatever their plan is, you have to trust the process. At the same time, you want to do well at every level you’re in and move up as fast as you can.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 23, 2016 at 09:28 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: nick senzel, prospects, reds

Monday, August 22, 2016

The Good The Bad And The Ugly Of Michael Kopech

That fastball. It’s arguably the best in the minor leagues, and it is certainly the fastest. He hit 105 miles per hour in his third start off the disabled list, and now constantly hits in the high-90s. It’s fair to think that he is getting by with his fastball alone, but his secondary offerings are also improved.

His slider was once mediocre with inconsistent control, but like his fastball, it has become a pitch that has some power behind it. He lands his slider in the low-90s, and a 90 mile-per-hour slider is Noah Syndergaard-like. The God of Thunder seems to be doing just fine with his fastball and slider at the big league level.

His changeup was a hardly-usable pitch by most reports heading into the season, but he has developed some drop and consistency with it. He can strike out batters with the pitch, recorded in the upper-80s. That may seem high-velocity for a changeup, but when you calculate the fact the batters are seeing the other pitches in the high-90s, that’s a 10 mph drop-off. Th pitch also seems to have some movement, as MLB Pipeline sees a nice late drop to the pitch.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2016 at 11:22 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: michael kopech, prospects, red sox

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Rockies Look For Boost From Hoffman - BaseballAmerica.com

The Rockies already got a boost offensively from calling up top prospect David Dahl last month. Now, they will try and get the same type of boost to their pitching staff with Jeff Hoffman.

The Rockies will call Hoffman up to make his major league debut on Saturday against the Cubs, according to multiple reports. Hoffman, the Rockies’ No. 3 prospect at midseason and a Futures Game participant, was 6-9, 4.02 with 124 strikeouts and 44 walks in 118 2/3 innings pitched for Triple-A Albuquerque.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2016 at 07:40 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: jeff hoffman, prospects, rockies

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Braves promoting shortstop Dansby Swanson | braves.com

Unrealistic expectations with this one.

After trading shortstop Erick Aybar to the Tigers on Tuesday, the Braves created the roster spot necessary for Swanson to begin his Major League career. The 22-year-old suburban Atlanta native ranks as baseball’s No. 5 overall prospect according to MLBPipeline.com.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 17, 2016 at 06:28 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, dansby swanson, prospects

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Nine Prospects Primed To Help Contenders - BaseballAmerica.com

1. Yulieski Gurriel, 3b, Astros

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Signed to a five-year, $47.5 million deal in July, the Astros previously said they would promote Gurriel to the majors on Monday but have since backed off that statement. Still, it figures to be only a matter of time for Gurriel, who is currently at Double-A Corpus Christi and 11 games into his U.S. career. The 32-year old Cuban wouldn’t have to do much to outperform Astros’ third basemen offensively this season, who have combined to hit .228/.312/.379.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 16, 2016 at 10:15 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Monday, August 15, 2016


Sunday, August 14, 2016

Mejia’s epic streak ends, then extends to 50 | MLB.com

The streak is still alive. It’s tough from the video to decide whether the call reversal was warranted.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2016 at 07:54 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco mejia, indians, prospects

MLB.com: Yanks Duo First To HR Back-To-Back In First AB

There was a ceremony at Yankee Stadium for the 20th anniversary of the 1996 ‘Return of the Dynasty’ team. Aura & Mystique must have been in attendance, too:

Yankees prospects Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge didn’t wait long to prove they belong in the Majors. Austin and Judge made their debuts in stunning fashion during Saturday’s 8-4 win at Yankee Stadium, hammering back-to-back home runs in their first at-bats in the second inning of the game against the Rays to give New York a 2-0 lead. Austin and Judge are the first teammates to hit home runs in their first Major League at-bats in the same game. The feat was accomplished once before by opponents—the Dodgers’ Ernie Koy and the Phillies’ Heinie Mueller—on April 19, 1938.

They are also the first teammates to homer in their debuts in the same game and became the fourth and fifth players in Yankees history to hit home runs in their first career at-bat or plate appearance, joining John Miller, Andy Phillips and Yankees assistant hitting coach Marcus Thames. Austin and Judge both finished 2-for-4.

Judge did a little more than just make contact. Unlike Austin, who barely squeaked his shot over the short porch in right field for a Statcast™-projected 331-foot homer, Judge launched a projected 446-foot blast into center field, tying the Yankees record for longest home run at home in the Statcast™ era.

Video at link.


Monday, August 08, 2016

MLB Rookie Report: Joe Musgrove, RHP, Houston Astros - Minor League Ball

His initial MLB innings confirm the minor league scouting reports: fastball between 88 and 95 MPH, averaging around 92; curveballs, sliders, and change-ups ranging from the upper-70s to mid-80s, plus excellent command and control that helps everything play up. There’s nothing left for him to prove in the minors and he is ready for a full trial.

Given his history and some funk in his delivery, I’m not certain that he’ll be durable long-term, but you can say that about most young pitchers. Aside from that, I love Musgrove as a prospect and would rate him as a Grade A- right now. He hasn’t received as much attention as he deserves, but in my view he is an elite prospect.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2016 at 11:45 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, joe musgrove, prospects

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Midseason ranking of MLB’s Top 10 farm systems | MLB.com

MLB Pipeline updates its Top 10 minor league systems.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2016 at 09:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Thursday, July 28, 2016


Monday, July 25, 2016

What To Expect: Alex Bregman - BaseballAmerica.com

The Astros looking for more offense.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2016 at 06:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex bregman, astros, prospects

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Top Houston Astros prospect Alex Bregman makes first start in left field, notches three hits for Fresno Grizzlies | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Bregman sees time in left field.

Alex Bregman can hit. He can play shortstop. He can play third base. On Wednesday night, he added another line to his defensive resume and kept swinging the same bat that has Houston abuzz.

With rumors flying about an imminent promotion to the Major Leagues, the Astros’ top prospect made his first professional start in left field—where he contributed two putouts—and went 3-for-5 at the plate with a run scored as Triple-A Fresno topped Round Rock, 8-5.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2016 at 07:05 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: alex bregman, astros, prospects

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Prospects who are ready to help contenders now | MLB.com

Prospect fatigue is starting to rear its head with Gallo.

3. Joey Gallo, 1B/3B/OF, Rangers (7): He’s been up before, and we all know that power plays anywhere. The question, as always, is will he make enough contact to tap into it at the highest level. He’s still striking out, although not as much as he has in the past, and his walk rate is up. The fact he can play both infield corners and left field gives him added value.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2016 at 04:51 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, rangers

Friday, July 15, 2016

Kopech Hits 105 MPH Against Wilmington

Between the Groome signing and Kopech coming back, Dombrowski may have felt trading the 18 year-old Espinosa would be a loss the team could overcome.

opech sat at 98 mph last night, but he touched 100 mph and beyond on a regular basis. That’s nothing new for a pitcher who sat at 100 mph in his high Class A debut for four innings at Carolina.

But even for a pitcher who regularly throws 100 plus, the 105 jumped off the page when the Salem pitchers turned in their charts after the game.

“We did have a reading of 105. We double-checked. Another gun beside ours had 105 as well,” Salem manager Joe Oliver said.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 15, 2016 at 07:09 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: michael kopech, prospects, red sox

Red Sox agree to terms with top draft pick Jason Groome

After a month-long courtship, the Red Sox have their Groome.

According to multiple major league sources, Jason Groome, the team’s first-round selection (No. 12 overall), agreed to terms with the Red Sox in advance of Friday’s deadline to sign. The 17-year-old lefthander out of Barnegat (N.J.) High School received a $3.65 million bonus.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 15, 2016 at 06:29 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: jason groome, prospects, red sox

Monday, July 11, 2016

Mariners prospect Tyler O’Neill all business at Futures Game | The Seattle Times

How’s his defense? He misplayed a Bregman single into a triple in the Future’s Game.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2016 at 08:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, prospects, tyler o'neil

Mets’ double-play combo of future shines in showcase | New York Post

There is some life in the Mets farm system.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2016 at 08:38 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, dilson herrera, mets, prospects

Futures Game MVP Yoan Moncada leads World win | MLB.com

The World team hadn’t won a SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game this decade. For most of Sunday afternoon at Petco Park, it appeared it wouldn’t again this year.

The World was down to its last five outs when U.S. shortstop Alex Bregman’s (Astros) error put the tying run on base. Up came second baseman Yoan Moncada (Red Sox), the best prospect in the Futures Game and arguably the best in baseball. When Anthony Banda (D-backs) hung a changeup, Moncada crushed a 406-foot homer into the upper deck in left field for a 4-3 lead.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2016 at 07:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: futures game, prospects

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

2016 Futures Game rosters full of prospects | MLB.com

The 18th edition of the Futures Game will take place on Sunday, July 10, at Petco Park in San Diego (7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on MLB Network). Rosters for the prospect-filled game were announced on Tuesday, and as has become the tradition of the game, it is jam-packed with talent that will soon be filling big league rosters.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 29, 2016 at 10:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: futures game, prospects

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

BA: Kevin Maitan Is Venezuela’s Next Great Prospect Read

Aside from older Cuban players who have come over, Maitan, a 16-year-old switch-hitting shortstop, is the best international prospect for July 2 since Miguel Sano signed with the Twins for $3.15 million in 2009. Scouts considered both players potential impact, middle-of-the-order bats, though staying at shortstop was never a realistic option for Sano. With Maitan, he might be able to stay there, which is why you can argue he might be an even better prospect.

It takes a lot longer than that to find a Venezuelan prospect as good as Maitan at his age. It’s not that the 6-foot-2, 175-pound Maitan is similar to Miguel Cabrera, but it’s easy to see why there are Venezuelan scouts who consider Maitan the best 16-year-old amateur prospect the country has produced since Cabrera signed with the Marlins 17 years ago for $1.9 million.

Rickey! Filipino Diving Team Posted: June 28, 2016 at 02:13 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, hype machine, prospects

Saturday, June 25, 2016

ESPN: Mets to demote Conforto, promote Nimmo.

The New York Mets will demote struggling outfielder Michael Conforto to the minors Saturday and promote outfielder Brandon Nimmo from Triple-A Las Vegas, according to ESPN’s Adam Rubin and multiple reports.

I guess he’s not actually better than Kris Bryant.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: June 25, 2016 at 01:44 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, prospects

Friday, June 24, 2016

The List: Nine Hitting Prospects Who Might Be Better Than You Think - BaseballAmerica.com

Keith Law was much higher on him than everybody else. They are both looking good right now.

2. Kevin Newman, ss, Pirates

Team: Double-A Altoona (Eastern). Age: 22.

BB/SO: 1.13. BB: 8.6%. SO: 7.6%. ISO: .121.

The former Arizona shortstop and 19th overall selection in 2015, Newman only recently advanced to Double-A from high Class A Bradenton. Regardless, his hitting approach is professional grade, and he has a long track record for hitting for average and for showing balanced strikeout and walk rates. Only below-average power could impede Newman’s impact potential at higher levels.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 24, 2016 at 06:41 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: kevin newman, prospects

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Dodgers Call Up Julio Urias for Friday Start

The Los Angeles Dodgers are expected to usher in the big-league career of their top prospect Friday when left-hander Julio Urias makes his major-league debut in New York against the Mets.

The club is expected to purchase the contract of the 19-year-old Urias, adding him to both the 40-man and the 25-man active roster. Friday’s expected starter, Alex Wood, will miss his outing with triceps soreness, but the Dodgers are expecting him to return to action Monday at Chicago against the Cubs.

Here’s hoping he fares better than Berrios.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: May 26, 2016 at 01:04 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, prospects

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Breaking down the Top 30 International Prospects list

Kevin Maitan did not just suddenly appear on the radar for international scouts. He’s been on it for three years—and he only turned 16 in February.

So it’s really no surprise that the superlatives fly in when Maitan’s name is mentioned in international scouting circles. Scouts and front-office executives describe him as athletic, big, strong and talented. They compare him to a young Miguel Cabrera and Chipper Jones, and other established Major League stars.

The switch-hitting teenage shortstop from Venezuela has long been considered the top prospect for the international class of 2016, but now it’s official. Maitan is ranked No. 1 on MLB.com’s list of Top 30 International Prospects for 2016.

This year’s Top 30 International Prospects list includes 14 players from the Dominican Republic, 10 from Venezuela, five from Cuba and one from Mexico. The positions break down like this: eight outfielders, 17 infielders, three pitchers and two catchers.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 05, 2016 at 11:44 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: international free agents, prospects

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