Newark Star-Ledger "It seems Gary Sanchez's breakout 2015 was no fluke. The 22-year-old Yankees minor league catcher was the No. 2 overall prospect in the Arizona Fall League, according to Baseball America. Sanchez led the league in home runs with seven and tied for the lead in RBI with 21. He hit .295 with a..." November 27
SB Nation "His team has denied him the last two seasons, but the NPB's Kenta Maeda might finally get his wish to be posted to MLB. Maeda currently pitches for the Hiroshima Carp, and while he's not considered to be on the same level as the last two major pitchers to be posted from Japan -- Yu Darvish and..." November 25
The Score "The San Diego Padres could turn to the international market to improve their infield depth this offseason. General manager A.J. Preller and scouting director Logan White met this week with Japanese free agent Nobuhiro Matsuda, the 32-year-old third baseman who spent the last decade with the..." November 24
On holiday this week but hard to ignore this bit of news: No MLB club placed a bid on posted Korean OF Son Ah-seop
Baseball America "Cuban 17-year-old second baseman Omar Estevez has reached an agreement to sign with the Dodgers for $6 million. At around 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, Estevez stands out more for his solid fundamental play than his tools. He’s not particularly athletic or flashy and nothing grades out as plus, with fair..." November 23
MLB.com "The Arizona Fall League season is now in the books and, as usual, many top prospects performed well. But while it's exciting to see known players do what's expected, it's at least as much fun to see other Minor Leaguers put themselves on the map during the six-week AFL campaign. Every year,..." November 23
MLB.com "It can be argued that Orlando Arcia's impressive showing in last year's Venezuelan Winter League opened the door for his breakthrough 2015 campaign. The Brewers' No. 1 prospect (No. 12 overall) batted .265/.335/.445 in 55 games for Caribes de Anzoategui, and his seven home runs in that span..." November 23
The Score "Ah-Seop Son may be on his way to North America. The Korean outfielder will be posted by the Lotte Giants next week, reports Jon Morosi of Fox Sports. According to MLB Trade Rumors, Son has two years of service time remaining, which means the Giants could pass on bids if none of them are high..." November 12
MLB Trade Rumors "Korea’s Nexen Heroes have decided to accept a $12.85MM bid on the rights to negotiate a big league contract with first baseman Byung-Ho Park, the club said in an announcement. (The news comes via Korean outlet Naver Sports, at a Korean language link. Han Lee of Global Sporting Integration tweeted..." November 07
Hardball Talk "In early 2014 several minor leaguers filed a putative class action lawsuit against Major League Baseball alleging that minor leaguers are underpaid and exploited and that the Uniform Player Contract unfairly takes advantage of them. The upshot: excluding bonuses which only a few minor leaguers..." September 16
And I guess the circle is complete, Corey Seager will wear #5.
The world rejoices: Seager is in the line-up. pic.twitter.com/vT5BNiJ2AI
Yanks GM Brian Cashman said the team will call up Rob Refsnyder when rosters expand, but there are no plans to call up Aaron Judge.
SB Nation "If you bet on Jackie Bradley as the player who would post the highest number of total bases in a game this season, come on down! Nobody? Yeah, not really a surprise. Although Bradley, a former top-50 prospect in baseball, really flashed his full potential against the Seattle Mariners on Saturday..." August 16
MLB.com "The consensus pick to win the American League East, the Red Sox instead have posted the worst record in the circuit and are headed toward their third last-place finish in the past four years. Boston fans can take solace in the facts that the one exception, 2013, produced a World Series title and..." August 15
MLB.com "In the not-too-distant future, Carson Fulmer hopes to pitch in the same elite stratosphere as David Price. For now, the White Sox top selection in the 2015 Draft can at least pick the brain of one of Major League Baseball's aces. Price currently anchors the staff of the Toronto Blue Jays. But..." August 13
Arizona Republic "Dansby Swanson’s first day on the field for the Diamondbacks didn’t go exactly as planned. Swanson, the No. 1 overall pick in last month’s draft, was hit in the face by a fastball from fellow prospect Yoan Lopez on Thursday during a simulated game at Salt River Fields. Swanson suffered a..." July 28
Nats Insider "The Nationals have promoted top prospect Lucas Giolito to Class AA Harrisburg, deeming the 21-year-old right-hander ready to start pitching at the upper levels of their farm system. Giolito, recently named the No. 1 prospect in baseball by MLB.com, went 3-5 with a 2.71 ERA in 13 games (11..." July 25
Also on #Mets: Heard today that star OF prospect Michael Conforto is not in line for the call-up if Cuddyer lands on DL.
CBS Sports "It went right down to the wire, but the Diamondbacks and 2015 first-overall pick Dansby Swanson have agreed to a deal, the team announced. Our Jon Heyman reports Swanson received a $6.5 million bonus. Swanson, a 21-year-old shortstop out of Vanderbilt, was slotted for an $8,616,900 bonus by..." July 18
Hardball Talk "There was some speculation earlier this week that Braves first-round pick Kolby Allard would honor his oral commitment to UCLA rather than begin his professional baseball career, but we can put any such talk to rest. According to Keith Law of ESPN, Allard will receive a bonus of $3,042,000. " July 10
Sporting News "The Cuban national baseball team lost a pair of players when two members defected while in North Carolina. Third baseman Luis Yander La O and outfielder Yadiel Hernandez left the Cuban team just as relations between Cuba and the U.S. were thawing. "We have our ways and they have their ways,"..." July 05
MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants have agreed to an at-slot, $2,333,800 bonus with first-rounder Phil Bickford, Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com reports on Twitter. The righty was taken 18th overall. Bickford previously went unsigned by the Blue Jays as the tenth overall selection back in 2013. He spent a year with Cal State..." June 27
CBS Sports Fantasy News "The Mets could be on the verge of promoting starting pitcher prospect Steven Matz to the majors, according to Fox Sports. Two different team officials declined to comment when asked about Matz's promotion, but something appears to be in the works, according to Ken Rosenthal. However, one source..." June 25
Hardball Talk "Things haven’t gone according to plan for Mark Appel since the Astros made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 draft. Coming out of Stanford he was supposed to have top-of-the-rotation potential and be close to MLB-ready, but instead his prospect stock has dipped dramatically and they’re just..." June 25
SS Alex Bregman, Astros 1st-round pick (#2 overall) on getting contract agreement: "I was so excited.I can't wait to get wherever I'm going"
MLB.com "Playing T-ball at 5 years old, Alex Bregman turned an unassisted triple play. "We thought, 'That was weird,'" his mother, Jackie, said. "'This kid knows the game.'" Having been selected with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft, Bregman landed at Houston's William P. Hobby Airport on..." June 24
The Score "Brady Aiken's contract negotiations were less convoluted this time around. The Cleveland Indians announced Friday they've agreed to a deal with the left-hander, 11 days after selecting him with the 17th pick in the MLB Draft. Aiken gained notoriety after he was taken first overall by the..." June 19
MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins and No. 6 overall pick Tyler Jay are in agreement on a full-slot bonus of $3,889,500, reports Jim Callis of MLB.com (Twitter link). Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN first tweeted that Jay was at Target Field in Minneapolis and was scheduled to meet with the media shortly. Jay, a left-handed..." June 17
MLB Trade Rumors "The Rockies and No. 3 overall pick Brendan Rodgers have agreed to terms, reports Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com (via Twitter). Rodgers will receive a $5.5MM signing bonus, which comes in about $723K shy of the No. 3 slot’s value. Rodgers will soon debut with the club’s Rookie-ball affiliate, Mayo adds. " June 17
ESPN "Most of baseball’s top prospects aren’t prospects any more, begging the question of how much longer the Los Angeles Dodgers will leave Corey Seager in Triple-A Oklahoma City as 36-year old shortstop Jimmy Rollins continues to struggle at the plate. The latest blue-chipper to get the promotion..." June 15
MLB.com "The Texas Rangers announced tonight that the club has signed right-handed pitcher Dillon Tate, the club's first round selection (fourth overall) in the 2015 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. The club has also agreed to terms with the following six draft picks (round in..." June 13
CBS Sports "When bi-handed pitcher Pat Venditte made his debut with the Oakland Athletics on Friday, he became the first switch-pitcher in the majors in 20 years. With nobody coming up in the minors behind him, Venditte looked to be a one-man revolution. But now, there is another. The Cleveland Indians..." June 10
The Score "Determined to fill a longstanding hole at shortstop, the Arizona Diamondbacks selected Vanderbilt product Dansby Swanson with the first overall pick in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft on Monday night. Bio Position: SS School: Vanderbilt Height/Weight: 6-0, 175 pounds Age: 21 Bats:..." June 09
Josh Naylor, the Marlins' shocking first-round pick, is a big dude. LIke, Prince Fielder style. pic.twitter.com/ukpLQEqP0Y
Cubs go for Ian Happ.
Tyler Jay from the Fighting Illini goes to Minnesota.
MLB.com "On the day shortstop Carlos Correa was set to make his Major League debut for the Astros, the club drafted another shortstop, LSU's Alex Bregman, with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 Draft on Monday. Houston then took Florida high school outfielder Kyle Tucker three picks later at No. 5. Tucker..." June 08
Denver Post "Brendan Rodgers, a high school hitter from Florida, became the Rockies newest shortstop Monday when Colorado drafted him with the No. 3 pick in Major League Baseball's draft. For the first time in the 50 years of MLB's draft, three shortstops went in the Top 3 picks. And Rodgers, at just 18..." June 08
Dallas Morning News "The Rangers’ long-stated goal is to build a homegrown elite starting rotation. Monday they continued to demonstrate their dedication to that project by taking a pitcher with their first selection for the third straight year. The Rangers selected UC-Santa Barbara power right-hander Dillon Tate..." June 08
MLB.com "Right-handed pitcher Vincent Velasquez, who went 3-0 with a 1.37 ERA in five starts at Double-A Corpus Christi, will be called up and join the Astros in Chicago on Monday, general manager Jeff Luhnow said. Velasquez, ranked as the Astros’ No. 4-ranked prospect by MLB.com, will start Wednesday’s..." June 08
San Diego Union-Tribune "The question last year was whether Brady Aiken would be selected first in the draft. The question this year is whether Aiken will be chosen in the first round. Indications are that Aiken, who was taken first overall last year by the Houston Astros but did not sign, will be a middle to late..." June 07
Luis Severino has been promoted to Triple-A. #Yankees
Cuban pitcher Yadiel Alvarez now eligible to sign during internat'l signing period that begins July 2 according to memo sent to MLB clubs.
Sources tell me top Cuban RHP prospect Norge Luis Ruiz, 21, has left the island and will be seeking a Major League contract. #Cuba
CBS Sports Fantasy News "So you got tired of waiting for Rusney Castillo, did you? Decided you hadn't heard much lately so he must not be on the horizon? Well, how's this for on the horizon? "He has returned home obviously for the birth of his child," manager John Farrell said Tuesday. "That's going to be a couple..." May 21
Sources: #Nationals expected to promote IF Wilmer Difo. Werth a candidate for DL.
MLB.com "Lake Mary (Fla.) shortstop Brendan Rodgers began the year as the consensus No. 1 prospect for the 2015 First-Year Player Draft, and he has held serve all spring. He ranked No. 1 on MLBPipeline.com's Top Draft Prospects list in December, and again in April. And Rodgers will do so again when we..." May 15
|3||Rockies||Brendan Rodgers||Lake Mary HS (FLA)|
|4||Rangers||Dillon Tate||UC-Santa Barbara|
|5||Astros||Kyle Tucker||Plant High School (FL)|
|7||Red Sox||Andrew Benintendi||Arkansas|
|8||White Sox||Carson Fulmer||Vanderbilt|
|10||Phillies||Cornelius Randolph||Griffin HS (GA)|