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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

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Thirteen former Red Sox first-rounders, and what scouts had to say at the time

This one includes an off-shoot of the “good face”.

4. Bruce Hurst, lefthanded pitcher
1976, 22d overall selection

Scout: Gordon Lakey.

What he said: “Tremendous natural ability. Premium draft. Mormon religion. Can become above-avg. major league pitcher. Desires to play basketball in JC even if he signs.”

What we say now: Hurst, a star of the 1986 World Series, is tied with Dennis Eckersley for 20th in Red Sox history with 88 wins. One nitpick with the scouting report: Lakey cites Hurst’s “strong facial features.” It’s so offensively absurd that a prospect had to look the part so recently.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 29, 2016 at 05:56 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, red sox, scouting reports

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Can you match these MLB stars to their Minor League scouting reports?

“Few middle infielders can match Moncada’s huge offensive ceiling, which earns him comparisons to Robinson Cano with more speed.”

Yeah, we’re excited.

But do you know what people were saying about your current favorite MLB stars when they were still just top prospects in MiLB? Using MLB Pipeline’s archives, we pulled quotes from the scouting reports of some of MLB’s top young talent.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 20, 2016 at 10:34 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: scouting reports

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Pleskoff Scouting Report - Yoan Moncada

All about Moncada.

CONCLUSIONS
I totally believe Yoan Moncada will realize his offensive upside. He has the tools and the physicality to bust open a ball game with one swing of the bat.

I believe his defense will continue to improve, and it remains possible a full-time defensive position will be determined. However, the Red Sox have the luxury of using Moncada as a designated hitter. With the departure of David Ortiz, Moncada could slip nicely into that role. It may not happen when the team breaks camp in April, but it isn’t a pipe dream to consider Moncada could be an awesome designated hitter for years to come. That scenario will come into play only if he doesn’t pan out with a defensive position.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2016 at 03:06 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, scouting reports, yoan moncada

 

 

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