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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

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Baseball America: Five Historical Precedents for Cubs’ Loaded Top 100 Class.

1. 2006 Diamondbacks

The Players

SS Justin Upton (#2), SS Stephen Drew (#5), 1B Conor Jackson (#17), OF Carlos Quentin (#20), OF Chris Young (#23), OF Carlos Gonzalez (#32), RHP Dustin Nippert (#67)

The First Six Seasons
Arizona went 477-495 (.491) from 2006-11, with three winning seasons and two trips to the playoffs, one courtesy of an National League West division title.

The precedents aren’t as strong as I would have expected.

Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: February 22, 2015 at 02:37 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, brewers, cubs, diamondbacks, prospects, rays, royals

Friday, February 20, 2015

Top 100 Prospects: Start Of A Ranking Revolution - BaseballAmerica.com

And I’ve been following Baseball America the whole time.

It was 25 years ago that Baseball America unveiled its first Top 100 Prospects list.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 20, 2015 at 10:41 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, scouting

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Veterans can be just as risky as prospects | FOX Sports

And veterans cost a hell of a lot more than prospects.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 19, 2015 at 09:30 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, sabermetrics, veterans

Colorado Rockies first-rounder Tyler Matzek had to mature to find himself | MiLB.com

The story of Matzek’s winding road to the big leagues.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 19, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, rockies, tyler matzek

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Braves have acquired best prospects this offseason | braves.com

Jim Callis really likes the prospects haul the Braves obtained this off-season.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 18, 2015 at 12:58 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, prospects


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The FanGraphs Top 200 Prospect List | FanGraphs Baseball

Kiley McDaniel’s Top 200 list. Some good work. I particularly like the grouping presentation.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 17, 2015 at 08:29 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, prospects reports

Monday, February 16, 2015

Top 200 Prospects: The Process and Introduction | FanGraphs Baseball

Kiley McDaniel is doing some good prospect work over at Fangraphs. In this article he discusses his process of building Fangraphs’ Top 200 list.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 16, 2015 at 02:59 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Saturday, February 14, 2015

FanGraphs - YouTube - Top 200 Prospects

This is some good stuff from Fangraph’s Kiley McDaniel. Although it’s nice reading about prospects, it’s even better to get a glimpse of them.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 14, 2015 at 09:49 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Friday, February 13, 2015

The Limits of Prospect Lists | FanGraphs Baseball

This is a few weeks old but I don’t believe it was posted. Kiley McDaniel makes some very good points about prospect rankings.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 13, 2015 at 09:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospect reports, prospects

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Linebacker Who Couldn’t Hit

A 6-foot-2, 220-pounder with a rare blend of strength and speed, he was the youngest of four brothers to star at Grant Union High. The eldest, Syd’Quan, was drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2010, but would always tell people, “Wait until you see Shaq. He’s better than all of us.” Shaq became the country’s top-rated safety, turning down Oregon and Cal-Berkeley (Syd’Quan’s alma mater) for Washington; he was the Huskies’ most-prized recruit in more than a decade. He’d go on to become an All-America, starring on defense, special teams and even, briefly last fall, at tailback.

But as a high school senior, having just fended off the last of the college recruiters, it was indeed the Red Sox—the baseball Red Sox—on the line.

Hey Shaq, we just want to gauge your interest in playing professional baseball.

Neither party knew it at the time, but that phone call launched what would be the worst career in the history of professional baseball.

Bourbon Samurai Posted: February 12, 2015 at 04:09 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: nfl, prospects, red sox

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Sickels: New York Yankees Top 20 Prospects for 2015

1) Luis Severino, RHP, Grade B+/Borderline A-
2) Aaron Judge, OF, Grade B+/Borderline A-
3) Greg Bird, 1B, Grade B+/Borderline B
4) Rob Refsnyder, 2B, Grade B
5) Gary Sanchez, C, Grade B
6) Jacob Lindgren, LHP, Grade B
7) Ian Clarkin, LHP, Grade B/Borderline B-
8) Luis Torrens, C, Grade B-/Borderline B
9) Miguel Andujar, 3B, Grade B-
10) Jorge Mateo, SS, Grade B-

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: February 10, 2015 at 07:15 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, yankees

Baseball Prospectus: Top 101 Prospects of 2015

Their top ten:

1. Byron Buxton, OF, Minnesota Twins
2. Addison Russell, SS, Chicago Cubs
3. Carlos Correa, SS, Houston Astros
4. Francisco Lindor, SS, Cleveland Indians
5. Kris Bryant, 3B, Chicago Cubs
6. Lucas Giolito, RHP, Washington Nationals
7. Corey Seager, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers
8. Dylan Bundy, RHP, Baltimore Orioles
9. Noah Syndergaard, RHP, New York Mets
10. Julio Urias, LHP, Los Angeles Dodgers

 

Jim Furtado Posted: February 10, 2015 at 08:47 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Joc Pederson, Joey Gallo rank highly in ZiPS’ top 100 prospects list - ESPN Insider ($PAY)

The Top 100 List according to ZiPS.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 04, 2015 at 05:35 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Close-But-Not-Quite-Top-100 Prospects To Watch « Callis’ Corner

Jim Callis runs down the prospects who didn’t make the cut.

We released the MLBPipeline.com Top 100 Prospects list on Friday, and as always, there wasn’t enough room to include everyone I like. With that in mind, I’ve listed below (alphabetically) 20 more prospects who have caught my eye, some of whom made my personal Top 100 but couldn’t crack the official list once I combined my choices with Jonathan Mayo’s and we got feedback from industry sources.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 04, 2015 at 08:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Saturday, January 31, 2015

A cut above: Best tools of Top 100 Prospects list | MLB.com

Jim Callis writes about the best tools.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 31, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Breaking down MLB.com’s Top 100 Prospects | MLB.com

Jonathan Mayo breaks down the changes to last year’s list.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 31, 2015 at 06:50 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

MLB.com 2015 Prospect Watch | MLB.com

Over the night they have changed the formatting on their list. It’s not an improvement. Nevertheless, here’s MLB.com’s 2015 Top 100 Prospects.

(Here’s a link to the old format.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 31, 2015 at 06:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Friday, January 30, 2015

Taking a dip into prospects’ BABIP numbers | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Sam Dykstra helps to make a little extra sense of minor league numbers.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 30, 2015 at 07:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, sabermetrics

Which prospects will make the Top 100 cut? | mets.com

MLB.com is releasing its Top 100 list tonight. Since they include video, put together a good list, and update their rankings during the season, it’s become one my favorites.

(Sorry about not being able to embed the video. There doesn’t seem to be any way to do it.)

Jim Furtado Posted: January 30, 2015 at 07:30 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Fangraphs: Last Year’s Minor-League WAR Leaders, If That Existed

Finally, with regard to defense, I’ve made no attempt even to estimate something along the lines of runs saved. Instead, I’ve utilized only a rough approximation of each player’s positional adjustment — which figures one can derive (following the application of some minor arithmetic) from the Steamer projections available at the site.

Having first calculated and then found the sum of those first three figures (i.e. Bat, BsR, and Def), I then also added the replacement-run total [(PA / 600) * 20] for each player. The sum of all those numbers divided by the number of runs per win (10 is a fine estimate) provides a rough WAR figure for any player….

• By this methodology, Cubs third-base prospect Kris Bryant produced the highest WAR figure in all the minors last year. That he is also regarded as one of the top-two or -three prospects in baseball appears to be not a coincidence.

• Among all minor leaguers who recorded at least 100 plate appearances, Detroit shortstop prospect Manuel Joseph produced the highest WAR600 figure, recording a 4.2 WAR in 252 plate appearances at the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League — equivalent to a 10.1 WAR in 600 plate appearances. Talented Cubs prospect Kyle Schwarber finished second by this measure, at 9.5 WAR600.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 29, 2015 at 04:45 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: kris bryant, minor leaguers, prospects, war

Top 100 prospects of 2015 including Kris Bryant, Byron Buxton and more - ESPN ($PAY$)

The first of Top 100 prospect lists to appear.

It’s behind the pay wall. (You can get Insider access cheapest by buying an ESPN The Mag subscription for about $10.)

Top 50 Breakdown and the 51-60 breakdown.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 29, 2015 at 09:33 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: keith law, prospects

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