Everybody loves a good bit of Prospect Pr0n and so, without further ado, the good men and women at Baseball Prospectus unveiled their midseason top 50 prospects list. It’s a great read and well worth a BP subscription. Even if you don’t shell out the pennies for a subscription, you can see the top name on the list: Byron Buxton.
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Posted by Drew Fairservice under Minnesota Twins, Prospectin' on Jun 25, 2013
Posted by Drew Fairservice under Feeling the Draft, Houston Astros, Mark Appel, Prospectin' on Jun 19, 2013
Well that didn’t take too long. The Houston Astros officially confirm the signing first overall draft pick Mark Appel. The Astros did not publicize the terms of the but Jim Callis of Baseball America believes the terms are in place and — dundundunnnnnn — below slot.
— Jim Callis (@jimcallisBA) June 16, 2013
Posted by Scott Lewis under Gerrit Cole, Pittsburgh Pirates, Prospectin' on Jun 11, 2013
It’s Gerrit Cole day in Pittsburgh. For those Bucs fans and prospect porn addicts who had hoped this would be some sort of grandiose affair, sorry to disappoint you. The 2011 first overall pick’s Major League debut has a rather ordinary feeling about it as the hour draws nearer.
Cole’s arrival in Pittsburgh is a timely one, though. With Wandy Rodriguez‘s health status currently up in the air, and Cole having already been held down long enough to ensure he’s under team control for an extra year, it’s an opportune moment to run out the franchise’s top prospect. As far as Super Two status is concerned, the 22-year old would accrue a tick over two years of service at the completion of the 2015 season if he were to remain with the club moving forward. At this point, though, it won’t matter much if he can step in and help the 37-26 Pirates.
Posted by Drew Fairservice under Dustin McGowan, Prospectin' on Jun 10, 2013
The 2013 MLB amateur draft concluded over the weekend, with more than 1200 players selected over 40 rounds. Many of these players are ready to begin their professional careers, so we imporbably gathered them all together in one place* where former first round selection and current Blue Jays reliever Dustin McGowan could address the lot* about the perils and pitfalls awaiting them.
* – Obviously, neither of these things actually happened
Hello, gentleman. Congratulations on realizing your lifelong dream and becoming professional baseball players. All those nights of sacrifice, the time spent travelling from this showcase to that regional tournament, the hours spent in the cage or on the practice field while your friends developed tastes and interests, it is all worth it right now.
Unfortunately, this is where the real work begins. Many of you are so talented, you couldn’t help but get to this point. A lot of natural athletic ability, some hard work and some good luck and here you are: prepared to draw a paycheck for playing baseball. A children’s game is now your job! Living the dream, really and truly.
It seems like a dream, I know. I was taken in the first round of the 2000 MLB draft, 33rd overall. Like many of you, I went right from the high school field to the professional ranks, working my way towards the big leagues.
Unlike the vast, vast, vast majority of you – I realized my dream and became a big league pitcher. But this is where my congratulations end and my warnings begin.
The road is hard and long and loaded with unexpected twists, turns, and bumps along the way. As you begin this journey, I want you to remember me and my career. For I represent the true dichotomy of draft day. I am the best case scenario and the worst case scenario. all wrapped into one.
Posted by Drew Fairservice under Boston Red Sox, Prospectin' on Apr 12, 2013
Jackie Bradley Jr. was a terrific story for the Red Sox out of Spring Training. He forced his way onto the club, taking advantage of injury-based need to earn himself a trip north for his first taste of Major League action. Bradley gives the Red Sox something few of their existing outfielders do: speed on the base paths and superb range in the outfield. (Sorry, Shanf. Sad but true.)
Bradley hit during the Grapefruit League but hitting at the big league level is a whole ‘nother kettle of fish. It is incredibly difficult, especially for players with little exposure above double-A, to succeed during their first go-round at the big league level.
As we should expect, Bradley is struggling during his first trip around the league with just three hits and six walks in 33 plate appearances. The adjustments required of Major League hitters are not easily made, especially given the grinding nature of a season in the show.
The Red Sox, having committed to starting Bradley’s clock by placing him on the Opening Day roster, now must decide what they want to do with one of their top prospects. Just like the choice to put him on the team in the first place, this is a delicate choice indeed.
Posted by Archi Zuber under Chicago Cubs, Prospectin' on Apr 11, 2013
21-year old Cubs outfield prospect Jorge Soler was ejected from the High-A Daytona Cubs vs Clearwater Threshers game late Wednesday night after an incident that allegedly ended with Soler charging the Threshers dugout with a bat in hand.
Posted by Drew Fairservice under Prospectin' on Apr 10, 2013
There is no substitute for gaming the system. Smart has a pretty solid record of outrunning Rich, until Rich changes the rules in its favor. Major League Baseball’s wild west has always been the international signing world, a nefarious land of shady agents, doctored birth certificates and various and sundry dirty businesses done on the sly.
In the interests of both cleaning up this ugly side of the game and ensuring more cost certainty for owners, the league continues to make steps towards an international player draft. At this time, only baseball players from Canada, the United States and Puerto Rico are eligible for the Rule 4 player draft. Players from other countries are signed as free agents, often much earlier in their careers than draft eligible players.
Limits on international spending are part of the most recent collective bargaining agreement between the players association and the owners. The next step: establishing a bonus structure for a potential international draft.