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Monday, May 22, 2017

Top Yankees Prospect Gleyber Torres Promoted To Triple A

All is proceeding according to plan:

The Yankees have promoted top prospect Gleyber Torres to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The move was announced after Sunday’s game by manager Bobby Mitchell on the team’s weekly radio show. Torres, 20, was hitting .273/.367/.496 in 32 games at Double-A and had homered in four of his past seven games, including a grand slam on Friday against Portland.

“Every since we’ve gotten him in the organization, he’s shown the ability to give quality at-bats every single day,” said Yankees farm director Gary Denbo, who was in attendance at Trenton over the last three games. “He’s shown some power, he’s played some exceptional defense for us, his throwing has been accurate and he’s getting better and better on the basepaths. So all the things that we want him to check off on the way to major league player, he’s been doing it for us.”

 


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Information Age Shapes Pitching | BaseballAmerica.com

Technology has helped increase pitching velocity, first with the promulgation of the radar gun, second in the improvement of training techniques for pitchers. It has not seemed to help pitchers throw more strikes.

“Command is more important than velocity at times,” Meyer said, “especially the higher you go up. You can throw 97, but if you’re down the middle and you have one pitch, you’re going to get beat.”

Technology (the Internet) has spread information about velocity training, and players have far more information now than they used to have.

Teams haven’t always reacted well to the rush of information. Many teams’ throwing programs in the minors still employ a one-size-fits-all formula, from how much time pitchers have to warm up to how far they can throw to what they should do in the offseason.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2017 at 02:02 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Friday, May 12, 2017

Updated Top 100 Prospects Chat (May 11) | BaseballAmerica.com

BA’s Top 100 Prospect Chat.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2017 at 11:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Friday, May 05, 2017

Revealing Top 30 International Prospects list | MLB.com

Click through to see the full list.

The baseball bloodlines run deep with international prospect Wander Franco. His idol, Padres shortstop Erick Aybar, is also his uncle.

“I’ve learned a lot from him, not only baseball and fielding, but also my approach to the game and how to behave on and off the field,” Franco, 16, said. “He has always been a hero to me and I want to follow in his footsteps.”
Franco is on his way to fulfilling his own big league dream. The switch-hitting shortstop from the Dominican Republic has been considered the top prospect for the international class of 2017 for several months, and now it’s official. Wander Samuel Franco is ranked No. 1 on MLBPipeline.com’s Top 30 International Prospects list for 2017. He’s expected to sign with an MLB organization when the international signing period begins on July 2.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 05, 2017 at 09:57 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: international free agents, prospects

Sunday, April 30, 2017

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

Good stuff.

Scouts have told me that they think the leap to Double-A is toughest on lefthanders who are reliant on their changeups and pitchers who have a “trick” pitch. A lefty with a good changeup will often be able to cruise through Class A lineups because they are generally incapable of recognizing a quality changeup.

But in Double-A, that usually isn’t enough. The pitcher will need to either spot his fastball well enough to get ahead in the count with it or he’ll have to have a breaking ball he can also rely on to keep hitters from getting too comfortable with his changeup.

The same is true for a pitcher reliant on a palmball, screwball or some other unusual pitch.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 30, 2017 at 02:13 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: player development, prospects

Monday, April 24, 2017

Farm Report: Lewis Brinson is feasting

An update on some top prospects.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2017 at 06:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Dodgers’ quartet of pitching prospects can bring the heat – Orange County Register

White said he pitched about 20 innings as a high schooler in San Jose. He went undrafted after his senior year, was barely recruited by colleges, and didn’t have much of a choice when he chose to attend Santa Clara University. He’s still thrown fewer than 200 innings in his life, by his own estimate.

By contrast, Buehler was a 14th-round draft pick out of Henry Clay High in Lexington, Ky., in 2012. He chose not to sign with the Pittsburgh Pirates and attend Vanderbilt University instead. Two years later, Buehler was a College World Series champion and a big-name prospect.

Santana was primarily a shortstop until he turned 18. His $170,000 signing bonus didn’t tab him as a marquee name, but after becoming a pitcher he shot through the Dodgers’ system quicker than many of his peers.

And then there’s Alvarez, who left Cuba at age 18. By the time he turned 21 in March, he was already married with a young daughter. (They were in Rancho Cucamonga, Alvarez said, when he pitched Monday in Lancaster.) He’s already used his $16 million signing bonus to purchase four cars: a Lamborghini, a Porsche, an Audi S8 and a Chevy Tahoe. It seems the rest of his life is merely trying to keep pace with his fastball.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2017 at 07:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, prospects

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Prospects impressing in Spring Training | MLB.com

This spring’s small sample size heroes.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2017 at 09:44 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Do the unthinkable, Yankees: Give Gleyber Torres a shot | New York Post

No, no, no. Give the *kid* some time in AA. If he does well, move him up to AAA. If he does well there, then, and only then, add him to the 40-Man Roster and bring him up to the big league club. If he plays well, he still makes his debut at age 20. (He was born on December 13th.)

Jim Furtado Posted: March 21, 2017 at 10:49 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: gleyber torres, prospects, yankees

Monday, March 20, 2017

Joe Girardi: Yankees prospects can reach Core Four heights | New York Post

“Now I don’t know if this group will reach that,’’ Girardi said, “but I think this is a broader group when you start talking the sheer number of kids that can really make an impact here. I’m really excited about the group. It’s really deep. You know it’s probably not going to work out for everyone of them, but when you watch them,’’ he said, then pointing to the field, “you feel like he’s going to play in the big leagues, he’s going to play in the big leagues and you just keep going on and on.’’

Girardi insisted he is not boasting to improve the trade value of some of the young players.

“This is what I see,’’ he said.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 20, 2017 at 06:21 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, yankees

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Trio of top prospects head to minor league camp with visions of ‘World Series,” completing Phillies’ rebuild | PhillyVoice

Young Phillies on the way.

“That’s a great compliment – he’s going to be one of the best in the game soon,” Crawford said of Coghlan’s comparison to Russell, a first-round pick in 2012, the year before Crawford was drafted. “He just told me that he liked how I handled myself, how I went about my business. I really thank him for going out of his way to come talk to me. I’ve never had anyone like that, a veteran guy (doing that). I took it to heart and I can’t thank him enough.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 19, 2017 at 11:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: j.p. crawford, phillies, prospects

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Yankees still give ‘very mature’ Jorge Mateo a big demotion | New York Post

Girardi said he spoke with Mateo on Friday before departing for Lakeland, where the Yankees visited the Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium.

“I told him, ‘Wherever you go, it’s your job to go down and dominate because you’re a special talent,’ ’’ Girardi said. “In a way, it’s a real blessing to have the talent that he has, but it’s also a curse. [People] are always gonna watch every move you make, because they want to see what you’re gonna do.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 18, 2017 at 09:22 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: jorge mateo, prospects, yankees

New Socks, Same Road: The Emergence of Michael Kopech | 2080 Baseball

“Michael liked to hold a ball in his hand before he could walk, but became nearly obsessed with baseball in T-ball. Although I thought when he was born that I was going to have a law partner, he quickly debunked that idea and told me at 4 years old that he was going to be a professional baseball player. From that moment on, I became his coach,” Kopech’s dad shared via email.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 18, 2017 at 08:39 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: michael kopech, prospects, white sox

Dodgers Prospect Cody Bellinger Has Limitless Potential

Another next big thing.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 18, 2017 at 08:00 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cody bellinger, dodgers, prospects

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Cubs’ Pipeline Spring Training report | MLB.com

Cubs farm director Jaron Madison beams when asked about the organization’s seemingly never-ending supply of impact position players.
“We’re fortunate in that regard,” Madison said. “We’ve done a really good job with guys who can swing the bat and bought into our approach. That’s made it a lot easier to integrate them into what we’re doing.”

Chicago doesn’t have enough room in its lineup to accommodate all of its worthy hitters. Jimenez needs at least another year in the Minors and Happ could use another half-season, but corner infielder Jeimer Candelario has nothing left to prove in Triple-A and is hopelessly blocked by Bryant and Anthony Rizzo. Outfielder Mark Zagunis, an on-base machine, could challenge for a big league job on many clubs but is destined to return to Triple-A.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 16, 2017 at 08:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, prospects

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger unfazed by slow start to spring training - The Orange County Register

“During the (Arizona) Fall League, the first couple games were like that,” Bellinger said. “For some reason that happens, but that’s baseball. It’s a game of adjustments. Your hands aren’t going to be in the right spot 100 percent of the time.”

Ward believes there’s more to it than that.

“You’ve got to go through things in the course of the season and the course of spring,” Ward said. “Always, there’s little adjustments to make. I wish I could say it’s one thing, little adjustments, this or that. But literally it’s constant adjustments that guys are making.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 15, 2017 at 07:09 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cody bellinger, dodgers, prospects

Pay attention to Rangers catching prospect Jose Trevino - Minor League Ball

How do their shoe sizes compare?

Further offensive development is not impossible at all. The parallel that comes to mind is Yadier Molina, who like Trevino was a defensive specialist without a strong bat at first, but who maintained low strikeout rates as he moved up, got a major league job with his defense, and eventually developed as a hitter.

They even have the same height/weight data, both 5-11; Trevino is at 195 and Molina is 205 pounds, but when Molina was Trevino’s age he was also 195 pounds. Molina did have an age advantage in his profile; he was already in the majors at 23, though he hit just .216/.274/.321 (.595 OPS) that year.

But funny enough, the ZIPS projection for Trevino if he were promoted to the majors this year is .229/.260/.341, .601 OPS, which is almost exactly the same as Molina at the same age.

Hmm. . .

That doesn’t mean Trevino will turn out as well as Molina did, but there are parallels, enough that we cannot dismiss the idea that he will hit eventually.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 15, 2017 at 06:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex trevino, prospects, rangers

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Young Acuna raising eyebrows at Braves camp

TAMPA, Fla.—Ronald Acuna has steadily become a well-known figure among Braves fans since he caught the attention of Bobby Cox and some of Atlanta’s upper-level executives during the 2015 Instructional League. But the 19-year-old outfielder’s legend has truly grown since he came to this year’s Spring Training and gained the welcome surprise he would have a chance to compete in some big league exhibition games.

Though he has been used simply as an extra called over from Minor League camp, Acuna played in his 10th Grapefruit League game Sunday, batting leadoff and playing center field in the Braves’ 10-2 victory over the Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

Rickey! No. You move. Posted: March 14, 2017 at 06:53 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: #trusttheprocess, braves, prospects, rebuilding

Monday, March 13, 2017

2017 Top 100 Prospects | FanGraphs Baseball

I’ve enjoyed Eric Longenhagen’s prospect reports over at Fangraphs. Unfortunately, he’s a one-man show which means it will take him forever to get his team reports done. I was a little concerned his top 100 list would come out so late it wouldn’t be usable in fantasy drafts. Not any more. His list is up.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 13, 2017 at 11:10 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, top 100, top prospects

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Top 10 fantasy baseball prospects for 2017 | MLB.com

Through the magic of spring training games on MLB.TV I fell in love with this guy last year.

10. Cody Bellinger, 1B/OF, Dodgers (No. 12)
Though Los Angeles has Adrian Gonzalez at first base and a surplus in the outfield, Bellinger is too talented to keep down on the farm for much longer. The game’s best power prospect is a polished hitter who could force his way into the lineup by midseason. If he had a big league job waiting for him on Opening Day, he’d rank No. 2 on this list.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2017 at 03:38 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Matheny on CF prospect Sierra: ‘He’s an electric player’ | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

The Cardinals could use a speedy ball hawk in center again.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2017 at 07:55 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, magneuris sierra, prospects

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Top Prospect Gleyber Torres’ Meteoric Rise Could Earn Him 2017 Yankees Debut | Bleacher Report

“Next year he’ll start at Trenton and get introduced to the cold weather of the Eastern League in April for the first time,” Cashman told reporters, including George A. King III of the New York Post. “He’ll be ready whenever he’s ready. I’m not currently thinking about his timeline. Once he has extensive success at Double–A level, you can start doing that. He hasn’t taken that step yet.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 22, 2017 at 08:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: gleyber torres, prospects, yankees

Monday, February 13, 2017

Minor League Ball Top 200 MLB prospects for 2017 - Minor League Ball

John Sickels’ list. I have some spreadsheet work to do this week!

Once you get past the Top 100 especially, you should take a “neighborhood” tier approach rather than “this guy at 179 is clearly better than the guy at 182.”

1) Andrew Benintendi, OF, Red Sox, Grade A
2) Yoan Moncada, INF, White Sox, Grade A
3) Dansby Swanson, SS, Braves, Grade A
4) Alex Reyes, RHP, Cardinals, Grade A
5) Amed Rosario, SS, Mets, Grade A/A-
6) Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Pirates, Grade A/A-
7) Gleyber Torres, SS, Yankees, Grade A/A-
8) Jose De Leon, RHP, Rays, Grade A/A-
9) Rafael Devers, 3B, Red Sox, Grade A-
10) Ozzie Albies, INF, Braves, Grade A-

Jim Furtado Posted: February 13, 2017 at 12:05 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: prospect rankings, prospects, prospects reports

Baseball Prospectus | 2017 Prospects: The Top 101 Prospects of 2017

1. Alex Reyes, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals

2. Dansby Swanson, SS, Atlanta Braves

3. Andrew Benintendi, OF, Boston Red Sox

4. J.P. Crawford, SS, Philadelphia Phillies

5. Yoan Moncada, 2B/3B, Chicago White Sox

Jim Furtado Posted: February 13, 2017 at 10:38 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: prospect rankings, prospect reports, prospects

Saturday, February 11, 2017

2017 Top 100 Prospects | BaseballAmerica.com

1. Andrew Benintendi of, Red Sox
Hit: 70. Power: 60. Speed: 55. Fielding: 60. Arm: 50. ETA: 2017.

2. Yoan Moncada 2b/3b, White Sox
Hit: 60. Power: 60. Speed: 70. Fielding: 50. Arm: 70. ETA: 2017.

3. Dansby Swanson ss, Braves
Hit: 60. Power: 50. Speed: 60. Fielding: 60. Arm: 60. ETA: 2017.

4. Alex Reyes rhp, Cardinals
Fastball: 80. Curveball: 70. Changeup: 60. Control: 50. ETA: 2017.

5. Gleyber Torres ss, Yankees
Hit: 60. Power: 55. Speed: 50. Fielding: 60. Arm: 60. ETA: 2018.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 11, 2017 at 09:42 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: prospect lists, prospect rankings, prospects

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