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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

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Top 33 Prospects: Philadelphia Phillies | FanGraphs Baseball

Thirty-three players make the list.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 08, 2017 at 06:15 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, prospects

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Pleskoff: Top-50 Prospects

Only a Top 50?

Jim Furtado Posted: February 05, 2017 at 12:14 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: prospect rankings, prospects

Friday, February 03, 2017

John Sickel’s Top 20 MLB prospect lists for 2017- Minor League Ball

All thirty teams have been updated.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 03, 2017 at 07:34 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Thursday, February 02, 2017

With Spring Training Looming, Top Players Are On The Mend | BaseballAmerica.com

That doesn’t sound promising.

Michael Matuella, rhp, Rangers

Injury: Right elbow ligament sprain

2016 stats: 0-0, 0.00, 1 GS, 3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 K, 2 BB

The former Duke ace has pitched exactly once since the Rangers drafted him the third round in 2015. He was in the midst of Tommy John surgery rehab when the Rangers drafted him and didn’t make his pro debut until June 2016, a full year after he was picked. He pitched three scoreless innings for short-season Spokane while reportedly touching 97 mph in that one outing, then was shut down for the remainder of the season with a sprained ligament in his right elbow. [emphasis added] He was left off the Rangers fall instructional league roster and did not begin throwing again until December at the Rangers complex in Arizona. Per Rangers assistant farm director Paul Kruger, Matuella chose to rehab his injury rather than have another Tommy John and spent the winter participating in a throwing program to try and ramp back up. If all goes well, Matuella’s target return to the mound is late April or early May, likely at low Class A Hickory.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 02, 2017 at 12:27 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Best tools: Hitters on Top 100 Prospects list | MLB.com

(Time for a quick disclaimer: Yes, we know that some tools matter more than others and there’s more to evaluating prospects than simply adding up their five tools. This is meant to be a fun look at some of the most talented players on the Top 100, not the most scientific of analyses.)

Jim Furtado Posted: February 02, 2017 at 07:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Four Yankees prospects ready to steal spring training spotlight | New York Post

The Yankees announced Tuesday highly touted prospects Chance Adams, Clint Frazier, Justus Sheffield and Gleyber Torres will be among the non-roster invitees reporting to George M. Steinbrenner Field for spring training. Each of the four young men will be attending his first big league camp.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 01, 2017 at 10:52 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, yankees

Sunday, January 29, 2017

2017 Top 100 Prospects list unveiled | MLB.com

You’ll see some familiar names and a lot of new ones in this year’s edition. That starts right at the top. With Corey Seager gone, but certainly not forgotten, Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi has taken his place as the new No. 1 prospect heading into the 2017 season.

That was by no means a slam dunk, with any of the top three—Benintendi, White Sox second baseman Yoan Moncada and Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres—solid candidates for the top spot. Overall, eight of the top 15 from a year ago graduated to the big leagues, so there’s some turnover to discuss there.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 29, 2017 at 09:00 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: prospect lists, prospects, scouting reports

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Yankees’ Next Wave of Pitching Prospects Filled with MLB Talent | Bleacher Report

The commitment will likely be tested because some of the young pitchers will struggle. The Yankees have already seen that with Luis Severino. After looking like a future ace in a late-season 2015 audition, Severino was so bad as a starter in 2016 that many believe his future is in the bullpen.

Severino could still make it, but the Yankees’ hope is he’ll soon be pushed by the next wave that features Kaprielian, Sheffield, Adams and the others. While the younger group doesn’t include anyone expected to compete for a major league job this spring, scouts see a chance some could contribute by the end of the year.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 28, 2017 at 08:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, yankees

MLB Tonight: Top 100 prospects | MLB.com

Set your DVRs.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 28, 2017 at 08:10 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

2017 Top 10 third base prospects | MLB.com

1. Rafael Devers, Red Sox
He has been overshadowed in the Boston system by the likes of Andrew Benintendi and Yoan Moncada, but that should change in 2017 with Benintendi in the big leagues and Moncada traded to the White Sox. Devers blends a rare combination of hitting ability and power potential, and he’s ready for Double-A at age 20.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 24, 2017 at 07:07 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Thursday, January 19, 2017

2017 Top 10 Catching prospects | MLB.com

Carson Kelly leapfrogs the competition.

1. Carson Kelly, Cardinals
St. Louis has had one of the game’s top catchers for years and has a worthy successor—assuming Yadier Molina ever slows down—in Kelly. He has the arm, receiving ability and leadership skills to win Gold Gloves, and his offensive game is coming around nicely as he gets more accustomed to working behind the plate.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 19, 2017 at 08:51 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Monday, January 16, 2017

Padres’ Margot tops prospects all defense team | MLB.com

These days, there may be more value placed on defense and certainly more time spent on evaluating and quantifying it than ever before. When MLBPipeline.com surveyed front-office officials as to which prospects stood out most for their glovework, there was no shortage of candidates.

In fact, there were so many talented defenders that among the 18 votes we received, no player garnered more than Padres outfielder Manuel Margot’s three and a half. Thirteen players received at least a half a vote—we allowed executives to split their picks—and another five were brought up as worthy of discussion.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 16, 2017 at 07:28 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Meet Rafael Devers, the last star prospect in Boston Red Sox’s system - Boston Red Sox Blog- ESPN

Would anyone reading this at ESPN.com not know what a seeing-eye single is?

“All of a sudden, he started getting some seeing-eye singles [one that goes right between two infielders] and some broken-bat hits that weren’t falling for him the first month, and you could see, here comes the confidence,” Oliver said. “Once he got a little more comfortable and started feeling like he belonged at that level and he could hit that pitching, he just took off.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 08, 2017 at 04:46 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, rafael devers, red sox

Saturday, January 07, 2017

2017 College Top 100 Draft Prospects | BaseballAmerica.com

Vanderbilt center fielder Jeren Kendall has established himself as the top college position player. A well above-average runner with surprising power in his wiry frame, he has the ability to impact the game in multiple ways. Scouts will also be keeping a close eye on another center fielder in Nashville, as Lipscomb’s Michael Gigliotti has the skill set to profile at the top of the lineup. Sluggers Keston Hiura (UC Irvine), J.J. Schwarz (Florida) and Pavin Smith (Virginia), as well as Florida shortstop Dalton Guthrie are among the other position players who will receive first-round consideration.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 07, 2017 at 09:04 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Baseball Prospectus | Dynasty Prospect Rankings

Here are your top 50 players for first-year dynasty drafts:

1) Nick Senzel, 3B, Cincinnati Reds

There’s not a ton of debating who the top pick is this year, even if he doesn’t have the type of upside you might truly desire from your first-overall pick. He’s a five-category third baseman who could move quickly enough to at least warrant a cup of coffee in 2017—though with the Reds comfortably out of contention, 2018 is much more likely.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 05, 2017 at 09:37 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Andrew Benintendi Alex Reyes top prospect poll | MLB.com

While Reyes was the obvious winner, it wasn’t a unanimous choice. Glasnow, who got a pair of votes in last year’s poll, got three this time. Though he struggled during his brief big league time in 2016, there are those who still believe he’ll figure it all out.

“He has frontline starter stuff with swing-and-miss ability,” another scouting director said. “He’s still continuing to get better and will be a dominant No. 1.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2017 at 11:38 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Monday, January 02, 2017

New York Mets prospects Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith are rising through the ranks | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Shortstop—Amed Rosario, St. Lucie (66 games), Binghamton (54 games): Despite being three years younger than the average position player at Double-A, Rosario flashed signs of being a future franchise cornerstone in 2016.

“Going back to last year when he was with us for the playoffs, I was impressed with his approach at the plate,” Lopez said. “Then this season, there was a big improvement in how he put together his at-bats. He did not miss a beat this season.”

After a wonderful start to the season with St. Lucie in which he hit .309 in 66 games, the Mets moved Rosario to Binghamton on June 23. The 20-year-old continued to excel in the Eastern League, and even though his season was interrupted by a couple of stints on the disabled list, Rosario put together a slash line of .341/.392/.481 with two homers and 31 RBIs in 54 games.

As good as his numbers looked on paper, his manager at Binghamton was even more encouraged by how Rosario’s entire game has come together.

“When you’re watching Amed run the bases, whether it’s going from first to third or from home to second, it’s pretty impressive to watch,” Lopez added. “Then you see him in the field and everything goes so smoothly, like there’s no effort involved. He plays with flash but is under control the whole time.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 02, 2017 at 07:40 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, prospects

Greg Allen, Francisco Mejia keep Cleveland Indians strong after trades | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Catcher—Francisco Mejia, Lynchburg (42 games), Lake County (60 games): Already one of Cleveland’s most talked-about prospects, the 20-year-old entrenched himself in the Minor League record book with a 50-game hitting streak in 2016. In just his fourth professional season, Mejia sported a slash line of .342/.382/.514 with 11 homers and 80 RBIs in 102 games while improving his defense all the while.

“He certainly put his name out there, didn’t he?” Hawkins said. “Not just by his numbers or the hitting streak, but by the way he handled the season overall.”

Mejia began the year with Class A Lake County and hit .347 before earning a promotion to Class A Advanced Lynchburg. The change in address and stronger competition had little effect on the young backstop as he batted .333 in 42 games with the Hillcats and .290 in seven playoff games.

“He really ramped up his work and his focus,” Hawkins said. “The pitchers wanted to throw to him while opposing hurlers didn’t want to face him. That’s a great combination. He continued to improve his communication skills and made a point of becoming a field general. We’re certainly glad he’s in our organization.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 02, 2017 at 02:23 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, prospects

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Prospect Debates Liven Up Handbook Season | BaseballAmerica.com

I look forward to reading this book more than any other.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 29, 2016 at 08:37 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: books, prospects

Renato Nunez Using Winter Ball As Springboard | BaseballAmerica.com

The true secret to his success?

“It makes me feel really good because my grandma, my mom, my cousins . . . everybody is able to watch me play,” Nunez said. “In the minor leagues it’s hard for my family to watch me play. So here, everybody goes to the field and watches me . . . It makes me feel real good.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 29, 2016 at 06:33 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, prospects, renato nunez

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