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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

PCL 2015 Triple-A All-Star Game Roster Announced

Royals fans couldn’t get Omar Infante into this game.

The PCL All-Star Starters include two players from Oklahoma City, Reno and Tacoma, with Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes and second baseman Darnell Sweeney, Reno outfielder Peter O’Brien and former Storm Chasers third baseman Jamie Romak for the Aces, and first baseman Jesus Montero and shortstop Ketel Marte for the Rainiers. Fresno outfielder L.J. Hoes, Albuquerque outfielder Matt McBride and El Paso designated hitter Cody Decker round out positions players, while New Orleans starter Adam Conley and relievers Jon Edwards of Round Rock and Sam Tuivailala of Memphis are the other pitching starters.

The PCL All-Star Reserves are headlined by Los Angeles Dodgers top prospect Corey Seager, one of the top prospects in all of Major League Baseball. Other notables PCL Reserves include infielder Arismendy Alcantara from Iowa and first baseman slugger Adam Duvall from Sacramento.


Saturday, June 27, 2015

Pitcher Chris Ellis having breakthrough season in Angels’ minor league system - The Orange County Register

A discussion of some of the Angels prospects, including something positive about Kaleb Cowart.

Servais also said the organization is pleased with the progress shown by former No.1 prospect Kaleb Cowart. Cowart, whose career stalled with two bad years at Double-A, started this season at Class-A, but the third baseman went up to Triple-A when Kyle Kubitza was promoted to the majors. Cowart hit .279 with a .941 OPS in his first 14 games at Triple-A.

Servais said the Angels stopped trying so many mechanical adjustments with Cowart and basically left him alone.

“He’s a good player,” Servais said. “We just let him go. ... He’s made some adjustments. He’s doing a little better controlling the strike zone, getting good pitches to hit. Let’s cross our fingers he keeps it going.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2015 at 08:14 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, prospects

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Futures Game Rosters announced

As the league’s press release notes, the U.S. team features 13 former first round draft picks, two second round picks and three players picked in the Compensation Round between first and second. The World team features one Compensation Round pick. Six of the first round picks are from the 2014 Draft, three in the 2013 Draft, two in the 2012 Draft and two in the 2011 Draft.

The World Team features players from seven different countries and territories, with The Dominican Republic being represented by 13 players, Venezuela five, Puerto Rico three, and Curacao, Germany, Nicaragua and Taiwan each having one.

Lucas Giolito, Mark Appel, JP Crawford, and Aaron Judge are some of the top names in the game that has been depleted by all the MLB promotions!

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 25, 2015 at 12:57 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, futures game, mark appel, prospects

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Braves See Value In High-Risk Acquisitions - BaseballAmerica.com

The Braves think injured pitchers are the new market inefficiency.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2015 at 03:38 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, prospects, tommy john

Tuesday, June 16, 2015


Saturday, June 13, 2015

Top prospect Jorge Alfaro could be out for remainder of the season | | Dallas Morning News

Jorge Alfaro won’t be joining Joey Gallo in Texas any time soon.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2015 at 07:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, jorge alfaro, prospects, rangers

Friday, June 12, 2015

DIRK HAYHURST » The Road Ahead

Some advice for recent draftees.

No one is saying you can’t enjoy the good days—you totally should. But you’re not an awesome person because you played well, or play at all, and you don’t suck at life because you stunk today. Simply put; you get paid to play a kid’s game, and somedays the ball will bounce in your favor and others it won’t. All you can do is train to give yourself more chances at success than the standard distribution calls for. What happens after that is just an outcome, not a definition of your worth.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2015 at 08:08 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, prospects

The Young and the Restless: What’s Behind Baseball’s Onslaught of Blue-Chip Prospect Debuts? «

There are more prospects coming!

It’s already growing hard to remember that this season started amid outrage that the Cubs were holding back Bryant with an eye toward 2021. In retrospect, this was the wrong season to make a stink about teams putting their finances (or their futures) before their present playoff odds. Up to this point in the season, we’ve been treated to a rare display of blue-chip debuts. And while there’s certainly a cyclical element to the ebb and flow of prospect promotions, the story of 2007 suggests that some of the accelerated pace we’ve seen this season is attributable to the fact that the competition for playoff spots is even fiercer than it was when there were fewer to go around. If you’re sick of seeing tomorrow’s superstars in standard definition, you can put early access to prospects in the plus column for parity.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2015 at 07:40 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Sunday, June 07, 2015

For MLB draftees, college-or-pro decision still not easy | TribLIVE

During the two years before the Phillies again drafted him — in the third round rather than the 20th — Worley played at Long Beach State and learned about a drawback of college athletics: self-financed health care.

While bouncing back and forth between the starting rotation and bullpen as a sophomore, he missed time with an elbow injury.

“You always go see a specialist,” Worley said. “But at least with Major League Baseball and the minors, you’re getting covered by the team. In college, it’s, ‘All right, do I believe (one doctor’s opinion)? I don’t know if I can afford to see a specialist and then afford to have a surgery if I need it.’ It’s a guessing game.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2015 at 07:17 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, prospects

Friday, May 29, 2015

MLB.com 2015 Prospect Watch | MLB.com

The MLB Pipeline just expanded their draft list to 200 players.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2015 at 10:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, prospects

Friday, May 22, 2015

Red Sox have quite a stockpile of talent in Greenville - Sports - The Boston Globe

“Potential means you haven’t done anything yet.” ~ Bill Parcels

With Moncada joining the rest of the group in Greenville, a significant piece of the Sox’ future could be taking shape. Of course, it’s also possible that one or three or even all of those players will encounter adversity, perhaps even get swallowed by it. In A ball, the potential for a future everyday role or even stardom is constantly qualified by the reality of attrition.

Perhaps players in the group won’t make the necessary adjustments in their approaches. Perhaps they simply won’t be as good against upper-levels pitchers. Perhaps they will be derailed by injuries.

The Sox are well aware of the lessons of stud prospects who missed (or at least have not yet seen their careers take root) for a host of reasons, from Lars Anderson to Ryan Kalish to Will Middlebrooks to . . . certainly, the list is extensive.

“That guy who is the can’t-miss first-round draft pick misses,” acknowledged Fenster. “You never know how guys are going to develop. You never know how and when guys are going to peak. If we had that crystal ball, we’d all be doing something a lot different.” [Emphasis added]

Jim Furtado Posted: May 22, 2015 at 11:08 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, red sox

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Pipeline Inbox: Who should D-backs select? | MLB.com

Jim Callis answers some questions.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2015 at 09:36 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, prospects

Friday, May 08, 2015

Ex-Red Sox minor leaguer Cody Kukuk pleads no contest to robbery, burglary charges

Kukuk and four other defendants were accused of invading a home in Lawrence on November 8th, 2014, attacking the residents and stealing cash and marijuana.

Kukuk, Yusef Kindell (age 21) Driskell Alan Johnson (age 20), Zachary Pence (age 21) and Gabriel Patterson (age 21) all of Lawrence, agreed to rob “these people who sold weed” according to Pence’s testimony against the other defendants. Kukuk came to the crime scene prepared with a backward hoodie with eye slits cut into the hood to disguise his face.

There, Kukuk used a table leg as a weapon to beat KU senior Christopher Adams, Pence testified, while Johnson threatened the man with a gun and “pistol whipped” another resident. Pence said he, Patterson and Kindell had remained near the entrance to the apartment while the alleged crimes were being committed.

Pence and Adams testified that after the victims were brutalized, the men took about $900, 4 ounces of marijuana and an Xbox from the apartment….

Kukuk was drafted by the Red Sox in the seventh round in 2011 from Free State High School in Lawrence, signing for an $800,000 bonus. He pitched in 2014 for Salem in the High-A Carolina League but was released by Boston in December following the arrest.


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

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