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Saturday, August 01, 2015

Jim Callis: Ranking the best traded prospects | MLB.com

Click through for the rest of the list.

Plenty of words have been written about how the big leaguers will improve their new teams’ postseason chances, but not nearly as many about how the prospects will help their new clubs rebuild. Who were the best phenoms who changed addresses in the past eight days? We’ll rank the top 20:

1. Daniel Norris, LHP, Tigers (from Blue Jays in David Price trade)
Detroit parted with an ace left-hander in the present to get one for the future (not to mention two more intriguing southpaws in polished Matt Boyd and live-armed Jairo Labourt). Norris just needs to fine-tune his control, because his fastball and slider can be well above-average pitches and his changeup shows flashes of becoming a plus offering.

2. Brett Phillips, OF, Brewers (from Astros in Carlos Gomez /Mike Fiers trade)
Houston parted with its best trade-eligible prospect—shortstop Alex Bregman, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 Draft, can’t go anywhere until after the World Series—to upgrade center field and the back of its rotation. Phillips could have 55 or better tools across the board on the 20-80 scouting scale, profiling as a center fielder who could hit .280 with 20 homers and as many steals annually while erasing baserunners with his cannon arm.

3. Jose Peraza, 2B, Dodgers (from Braves in three-team Mat Latos trade)
Los Angeles came out the best in the 13-player deal with Atlanta and Miami, getting big league help in Latos, Alex Wood, Luis Avilan and Jim Johnson plus the best prospect involved in Peraza. He’s a speedster who excels at making contact at the plate, and he’s capable of playing second base, center field and possibly even shortstop.

4. Jeff Hoffman, RHP, Rockies (from Blue Jays in Troy Tulowitzki trade)
A candidate to go No. 1 overall in the 2014 Draft before he required Tommy John surgery, Hoffman has come back quickly and strong since having his elbow reconstructed 15 months ago. He has run his fastball up to 98 mph, his curveball can be just as overpowering, his changeup is a solid third offering and his control hasn’t suffered either.

5. Jake Thompson, RHP, Phillies (from Rangers in Cole Hamels trade)
The best of three MLBPipeline.com Top 100 Prospects Philadelphia got for Hamels, he also was part of a Deadline-week deal that sent Joakim Soria to Detroit 12 months earlier. With one of the better sliders in the Minors and a hard 90-95 mph sinker, Thompson has the upside of a No. 2 starter.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2015 at 07:56 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

2015 midseason Top 100 Prospects rankings | MLB.com

MLB Pipeline has updated their Top 100.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 28, 2015 at 06:30 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Braves Take Unorthodox Approach to Overhaul

A year after Arizona gave Toussaint a $2.7 million bonus as the 16th overall pick in the 2014 draft, the Braves assumed about $10 million owed to Arroyo to get Toussaint for themselves.

Arroyo is unlikely to throw a pitch for the Braves; Gosselin was included so the Diamondbacks would get something, besides financial relief, in return.

Clearly, the Braves believe it is more than $10 million. And it should be no surprise that Hart found a way, within the system, essentially to buy a prospect.

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Late in spring training, the Braves acquired Trevor Cahill, a fading and overpaid right-hander, from Arizona for a prospect. The Braves assumed $5.5 million in that deal and then made a separate move with the Diamondbacks on April 6, sending away another prospect in exchange for the 75th pick in the draft.

Some in the industry believe those moves were related because draft picks can be traded only during the season, but the Braves have denied the link. In any case, Cahill has since been released, and the Braves drafted a college pitcher, A. J. Minter, at No. 75.

 

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: July 28, 2015 at 02:54 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, prospects

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Top 10 Fantasy Prospects: Conforto Coming? - BaseballAmerica.com

1. Michael Conforto, of, Mets

Update: Conforto raked at high Class A St. Lucie and has been even better since a promotion to Double-A Binghamton, slashing .317/.401/.518 in 43 games.

Prognosis: Drafted No. 10 overall just a year ago out of Oregon State, Conforto is forcing the Mets’ hand into considering a callup quicker than they would like. An inept offense and an injury to Michael Cuddyer have Conforto on the precipice of a major league stint and scouts believe his lefthanded bat and power to all fields will play.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2015 at 11:53 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, blue jays, dodgers, mets, prospects, rangers, yankees

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Cuban defector Yoan Moncada has turned a corner for the Red Sox affiliate in Greenville - Minor League Ball

I spoke with Greenville manager Darren Fenster after the game and he discussed Moncada’s disappointing start.

“His first month and half he didn’t perform the way he expected to, and the way a lot of people expected him to.” said Fenster. ” There’s a lot of things you can probably attribute to that, whether he was putting undue pressure on himself, whether because of the layoff or just coming into a new culture. Here in the second half he’s really turned the corner and put a lot of things together.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2015 at 08:57 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, red sox, yoan moncada

Friday, July 17, 2015

Philadelphia Phillies summon Aaron Nola to make Major League debut Tuesday | MiLB.com

RHP AaronNola10 will make his MLB debut on Tuesday, July 21, against the Tampa Bay Rays at Citizens Bank Park.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 17, 2015 at 05:06 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron nola, prospects

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Corey Seager, J.P. Crawford highlight Keith Law’s Top 50 MLB prospects - Keith Law Blog - ESPN [PAY]

1. Corey Seager
2. J.P. Crawford
3. Lucas Giolito
4. Julio Urias
5. Joey Gallo
6. Nomar Mazara
7. Tyler Glasnow
8. Rafael Devers
9. Brendan Rogers
10. Kyle Schwarber

Jim Furtado Posted: July 16, 2015 at 11:13 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Stock Watch: First-Half All-Risers team | MiLB.com

A look at the prospects with the most helium this year.

Edit: Link fixed. Jim.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 15, 2015 at 12:25 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

From fringe prospect to All-Star starter: Dallas Keuchel - Minor League Ball

John Sickels’ take.

If you look at Keuchel’s career going back to college there is a clear pattern: when he reaches a new level, he often struggles initially but makes some adjustments and ends up performing very well in the end. It happened in college; it happened when he reached Double-A; it happened when he reached Triple-A, and it happened in the majors.

Keuchel’s adaptability and intelligence maximize his physical tools, a key advantage in the Darwinian environment of professional baseball.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 15, 2015 at 12:22 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dallas keuchel, prospects

Tuesday, July 14, 2015


Monday, July 13, 2015


The nerd who throws 98: Meet the top prospect who stays true to his gamer roots - Yahoo Sports

Giolito has an interesting background.

From the time he turned 11, Giolito’s life was baseball. Even though he was surrounded by Hollywood – Rick is a golfing buddy with Samuel L. Jackson, and Giolito has a signed Mace Windu purple light saber in his room at home – Giolito gravitated toward pitching. Granted, he had no clue where the ball was going, his freshman and sophomore years in high school peppered with 90-plus-mph radar gun readings and balls bouncing in the dirt. After working with his high school pitching coach, Ethan Katz – now a coach in the Angels organization – Giolito learned how to throw strikes and quickly became the most highly regarded high school pitching prospect in years.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2015 at 11:31 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, prospects

Albies showcases talents at Futures Game | braves.com

If he’s not already on your prospect radar, it’s time to put him there.

MLB.com ranks Albies as the Braves’ fifth-best prospect and considered him to be the top speed prospect on the World Team roster that was assembled for the Futures Game. The 18-year-old shortstop has played just 137 games at the professional level, but in the course of doing so, he has given the Braves reason to believe he has special talent.

Albies has batted .343 with a .410 on-base percentage and 47 stolen bases (60 attempts) through his first 137 games at the professional level. Despite being one of the youngest players in the South Atlantic League, he has hit .331, compiled an .812 OPS and proven successful with 25 of 33 stolen-base attempts with Class A Rome this year.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2015 at 08:50 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, ozhaino albies, prospects

Sunday, July 12, 2015

The ‘glove-stealing’ flameout — and Mexican revival — of Yanks’ next ‘Mantle’ | New York Post

A reminder that the next big thing might not be.

Of course, far from all of Sunday’s participants will attain their full potential, and the game’s poster boy for untapped promise — or wasted talent, as some might put it — would’ve stood alongside A-Rod and Jeter in that hypothetical ’95 game.

As a matter of fact, if you’re not familiar with the tale of Ruben Rivera — No. 2 on that ’95 list, right behind A-Rod and two ahead of his Yankees teammate Jeter — you can go see him in the Mexican League, where, at 41, he plays regularly (and hits pretty well) for the Olmecas de Tabasco.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 12, 2015 at 10:39 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: futures game, prospects

Best tools to be on display in Futures Game | MLB.com

The Futures Game’s best tools.

Fastball

U.S.: Lucas Giolito, Nationals (80). With all of the velocity that will be on display, Giolito has the only 80 fastball, an upper-90s (you might see triple digits) heater that stands out even more because of his abilty to command it.

World: Frankie Montas, White Sox (70). Montas has touched triple digits and could do so again on Sunday in his short stint, with many feeling he might belong in the bullpen long-term.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 12, 2015 at 10:36 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: futures game, prospects

Friday, July 10, 2015

Teams Over Their International Bonus Pools - BaseballAmerica.com

Ben Badler does a great job running down all the moves and signings so far.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 10, 2015 at 10:20 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: international free agents, prospects

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Midseason Top 50 Prospects - BaseballAmerica.com

Corey Seager is number one.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 08, 2015 at 07:21 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

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

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