MLB Prospects Rumors & News

  • MLB, MLBPA Agree To New Collective Bargaining Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "The league and union have announced a “tentative five-year labor agreement,” noting that “the parties continue to draft” the final deal. 7:47pm: Major League Baseball and the MLB Player’s Association have reached agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, according to Ken Rosenthal of..." December 01

  • MLB, union can’t afford to ruin 20-plus years of labor peace

    New York Post "Would Major League Baseball, in the wake of a highly successful season that culminated in a World Series for the ages, actually turn off its lights and shut its doors? Wednesday marks the first last chance to avoid such an unforeseen blow. The game’s collective bargaining agreement..." November 30

  • McGwire, Steinbrenner, Selig among Hall of Fame candidates for new Veterans Committee

    Hardball Talk "The Baseball Hall of Fame has revamped its Veterans Committee many times in the past several years. Mostly because its committee of veterans has had a bad habit of, you know, not electing anyone, and what’s the point of having one if no one ever makes it in? And yes, this is a bit of a problem...." November 30

  • Owners back off demand for international draft

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal reports a development from the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations: the owners, he says, have backed off their demand for an international draft as a requirement for a new CBA. Rosenthal says that they did so out of a “desire to move talks forward.” As we’ve discussed on..." November 29

  • With MLB lockout looming, Latin American players take stand vs. international draft

    CBS Sports "Baseball's current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire Thursday, and the owners have already mentioned the possibility of a lockout if the two sides do not agree to terms. Obviously neither MLB nor the MLBPA wants a work stoppage after 21 years of labor peace. There's too much money..." November 28

  • Sources: Baseball's 21-year run of labor peace could be in jeopardy

    Fox Sports "Baseball’s streak of 21 consecutive years of labor peace is in jeopardy. The owners will consider voting to lock out the players if the two sides cannot reach a new collective-bargaining agreement by the time the current deal expires on Dec. 1, according to sources with knowledge of the..." November 22

  • MLB is considering major changes to roster sizes

    Fox Sports "A 26-man roster? It could be coming soon to a ballpark near you. The players and owners are discussing the expansion of rosters from 25 players to 26 in exchange for September roster limits, according to sources familiar with the collective-bargaining negotiations. Under the current rules,..." November 17

  • James Kaprielian gaining traction in stocked Yankees farm system

    Today's Knuckleball "James Kaprielian stumbles on the bottom step of the dugout as he gets ready to trot out onto the field for the Scottsdale Scorpions at Arizona Fall League. The steel railing serves as a lifeline for the New York Yankees prospect in order to avoid a serious mishap. Floating behind the 6-foot-4..." November 15

  • Guerrero Jr. named No. 1 Blue Jays prospect by Baseball America

    Sportsnet "The current focus of most Toronto Blue Jays fans is the pending free agency of Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. Rightly so, given that the prodigious power duo have been pillars of the club’s batting order for years. Whether or not they continue to launch homers while wearing Blue Jays..." November 02

  • TBS to add pitch count to broadcast graphic for rest of postseason

    Today's Knuckleball "TBS broadcasts have frustrated viewers thus far into the 2016 postseason with a score graphic that does not show the number of pitches thrown by a pitcher. The simplified graphic is stripped of extra information beyond score, inning, base-out state and count. According to Richard Deitsch of..." October 09

  • Rob Manfred again deflects questions pertaining to paying minor leaguers a livable wage

    Hardball Talk "Though it’s an issue that has been on the back burner for a few months, earlier this year, the topic of minor league salaries was a huge issue. Near the end of June, Congressman Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) proposed H.R. 5580, or the “Save America’s Pastime Act,” in..." October 05

  • Final 2017 MLB Draft order set: The Twins are on the clock and here's what to know

    CBS Sports "At 59-103, the Minnesota Twins not only had the worst record in baseball in 2016, they also had the worst record since the Washington Senators franchise relocated to Minnesota and became the Twins in 1961. The 1982 team, which went 60-102, previously had the worst record in team history. If..." October 03

  • Lourdes Gurriel Setting Up Private Workouts With MLB Clubs

    MLB Trade Rumors "Free agent infielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr., who hosted a showcase attended by roughly two-thirds of the league earlier this month, is setting up private workouts with “about a half-dozen” clubs, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Currently known to have a private audition in the works are the Red..." September 28

  • Meet Lazarito, the 17-Year-Old 'Cuban Bryce Harper'

    Bleacher Report "They call him the Cuban Bryce Harper, comparing his speed to Willie Mays and his power to Bo Jackson, but lofty comparisons aside, the Lazarito story is anything but easy. At the age of 14, Lazaro Armenteros Jr., better known by his nickname Lazarito, was a budding star in the Cuban baseball..." August 31

  • The honeymoon phase is over for the new-school general managers

    MLB Daily Dish "Every year at certain points of the season, Mike Bates runs a GM confidence poll in which fans of every major league team are asked—in very simple terms—how confident they are in their favorite team’s front office. The 2016 midseason results just went up, and finding trends has become the new..." August 17

  • Astros prospect Danry Vasquez arrested after video shows him striking girlfriend in stadium

    The Comeback "As a result of the legal issue hovering over Vasquez, the Hooks announced Vasquez had been placed on administrative leave without pay, a fairly routine response when a player gets into this sort of legal issue. This will allow the legal process to play out before any further action from the Astros..." August 17

  • 10 Early Breakout Stars of the 2016 MLB Draft Class

    Bleacher Report "Unlike draft picks in the other major professional sports, there is no instant return for MLB clubs. They have to wait for their amateur selections to work their way through the minor league ranks before showing what they can do against big league competition. That said, all draft picks aren't..." August 09

  • Top Cuban Prospect INF Gurriel Declared Free Agent

    CBS Sports "Gurriel, the younger brother of Astros infielder Yulieski Gurriel, has been declared a free agent by Major League Baseball, Eric Longenhagen of FanGraphs reports. Since his defection from Cuba in February, the expectations has been that the soon-to-be 23-year-old will wait to sign with a team..." August 09

  • Astros' Yulieski Gurriel heading to Class AA Corpus Christi

    Houston Chronicle "Astros prospect Yulieski Gurriel is moving closer to Houston, at least geographically. The Cuban infielder who was signed to a five-year, $47.5 million contract last month will join Class AA Corpus Christi for the third part of his tuneup before making his big-league debut. Gurriel, 32, is..." August 08

  • Yankees land seven players on MLB.com’s midseason top 100 prospects list

    River Ave Blues "Last week the crew at MLB.com rolled out their midseason top 100 prospects list as well as their updated individual team top 30 lists. I intentionally waited to post this stuff because I had a feeling the Yankees were going to make some noise at the trade deadline, and sure enough, they did. Five..." August 02

  • The big deadline move the Red Sox made was calling up prospect Andrew Benintendi

    CBS Sports "You knew Dave Dombrowski was going to make a big move this week. What you didn't know was that it would be internal in nature, and that it would come after the trade deadline had passed. Nonetheless, news leaked late last night that Dombrowski and the Red Sox have summoned top outfield prospect..." August 02

  • Top prospect Orlando Arcia to join Brewers Tuesday

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "The time is now for Orlando Arcia. The Milwaukee Brewers announced following their 7-3 loss to the San Diego Padres at Petco Park that Arcia, their top prospect, will be recalled from Class AAA Colorado Springs on Tuesday and become their primary starter at shortstop. Jonathan Villar, who's..." August 02

  • Astros top prospect Alex Bregman playing left field in AAA Wednesday

    Houston Chronicle "Top Astros prospect Alex Bregman made his first professional start in left field on Wednesday night for Class AAA Fresno, the latest sign his promotion to the major leagues nears. Increased defensive versatility will create avenues for the Astros to keep Bregman’s potent bat in the lineup..." July 21

  • Mike Montgomery deal makes perfect sense for the Cubs and Mariners

    Fox Sports "Mike Montgomery's average fastball velocity has increased from 90.9 mph as a starter last season to 93.4 this season, when 30 of his 32 appearances have come in relief. That's a nice jump, but not atypical for a pitcher who moves to the bullpen — and certainly not enough to preclude the Cubs..." July 21

  • Royals prospect Kyle Zimmer will have Thoracic Outlet Syndrome surgery

    Hardball Talk "Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is the new black, apparently. Matt Harvey underwent his surgery for it this week and now Royals prospect Kyle Zimmer will as well. He’s out for the year. Zimmer was the fifth overall pick in the 2012 draft and was ranked as a top-25 prospect according to both Baseball..." July 19

  • Marlins have deal in place with #7 pick Braxton Garrett

    Today's Knuckleball "On the final day for teams to come to terms with their 2016 draft selections, the Miami Marlins and #7 overall pick Braxton Garrett have reached a deal, sources tell Today’s Knuckleball. Garrett is in Miami for a physical Friday morning before a deal is to be signed. Details of the deal are not..." July 15

  • Astros to promote Alex Bregman this weekend?

    ESPN "Highly touted prospect Alex Bregman, fresh off a big performance in Sunday’s All-Star Futures Game, could be getting a call from the Houston Astros sooner rather than later. ESPN’s Jim Bowden hears the Astros could promote Bregman as early as this weekend, citing sources familiar with the..." July 13

  • The Home Run Derby is Trash

    Complex "There was a time when I used to get psyched for the Home Run Derby. But there was also a time when I used to get psyched for Adam Sandler movies. You get a little older, you revaluate a few things in your life, among them what you waste your time watching. And baseball’s gimmicky exhibition of..." July 11

  • Yankees’ top prospect mouthed off to execs and got suspended

    New York Post "According to a source with knowledge of the situation, top Yankees prospect Jorge Mateo expressed his displeasure about not getting promoted from Single-A Tampa to Double-A Trenton, but there were indications that might not have been the reason the infielder was hit with a two-week suspension that..." July 07

  • Scott Boras: Brewers should not have demoted Zach Davies

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Agent Scott Boras said Thursday the Brewers should have shown rookie right-hander Zach Davies more respect than to send him to the minors for 10 days to open a spot for an additional bench player. On Wednesday morning, the Brewers optioned Davies to Class AAA Colorado Springs to open a roster..." July 07

  • Tyler Glasnow to be called up, make debut against Cubs

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Pirates pitching prospect Tyler Glasnow will be promoted and make his major league debut this weekend against the Cubs, ESPN’s Buster Olney reports. Glasnow, a 22-year-old right-hander selected in the fifth round of the 2011 draft, is 7-2 with a 1.78 ERA for Class AAA Indianapolis this season...." July 06

  • Pirates’ Tyler Glasnow to make MLB debut Thursday

    Today's Knuckleball "The last of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ three highly-regarded young pitchers, Tyler Glasnow, will reportedly make his MLB debut on Thursday against the St. Louis Cardinals. Jon Niese’s start has been pushed back to Sunday. The 22-year-old came into the season as a consensus top-15 prospect and has..." July 06

  • Braves sign 16-year-old super prospect Kevin Maitan

    Talking Chop "Kevin Maitan has been a name that has been teasing and haunting Braves’ fans for well over a year. The switch-hitting infield prospect (reports vary whether he can stick at shortstop or he is destined for third base) has tantalizing potential at the plate. He has the potential to hit for average..." July 02

  • Oakland A’s Expected To Sign Lazaro Armenteros

    Baseball America "The Athletics are getting back into the international amateur market in a big way. The A’s are expected to sign 17-year-old Cuban outfielder Lazaro Armenteros for around $3 million when the 2016-17 international signing period opens tomorrow and blow past their international bonus pool, sources..." July 02

  • Oakland A’s sign 1st round pick A.J. Puk

    Athletics Nation "The Oakland Athletics have signed first round draft pick A.J. Puk (No. 6 overall), a left-handed pitcher out of the University of Florida. The signing was for a reported $4,069,200, the slot value of the pick." July 01

  • Lucas Giolito to make major league debut on Tuesday against the Mets

    Hardball Talk "Nationals pitching prospect Lucas Giolito will be called up from Double-A Harrisburg to make his major league debut on Tuesday against the Mets, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports. The Nationals recently placed Stephen Strasburg on the disabled list, so the club was in need of another..." June 27

  • Brewers Sign Corey Ray

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Brewers have announced that they’ve signed fifth overall draft pick Corey Ray, an outfielder from Louisville. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports tweets that Ray will receive $4.125MM, giving the Brewers a modest savings against the $4,382,200 slot value of the fifth overall pick. MLB.com ranked..." June 25

  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to debut with Blue Jays’ rookie ball affiliate

    Sportsnet "Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is set to make his U.S. debut Thursday with the Bluefield Blue Jays, a rookie-advanced minor-league affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. The 17-year-old Blue Jays prospect is the son of former MLB star Vladimir Guerrero, who spent 16 big-league seasons with the Montreal..." June 22

  • Twins reach agreement with first-round draft pick

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins have reached an agreement with outfielder Alex Kirilloff, their first-round pick from the June 9 draft, according to a source with knowledge of the talks. Kirilloff, who was selected with the 15th overall pick out of Plum (Pa.) High, is expected to receive a signing bonus of..." June 20

  • Dodgers reportedly sign catcher Will Smith, No. 32 overall pick

    True Blue L.A. "The Dodgers have had a flurry of draft signings in the last few days, and on Friday also reportedly reached agreement with first-round supplemental pick Will Smith, the catcher from Louisville taken with the 32nd pick in the 2016 MLB Draft. Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reported the agreement..." June 18

  • White Sox sign No. 26 overall pick Zack Burdi

    Today's Knuckleball "A hard-throwing relief prospect, Zack Burdi will begin his professional service time with the White Sox after coming to terms on his rookie deal on Friday, Chris Cotillo of MLB.com reports. The departure of Jeff Samardzija in the offseason gave Chicago this opportunity to take Burdi at No. 26...." June 18

  • Rays Sign First-Rounder Josh Lowe

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays have signed first-round draft selection Josh Lowe, with the team set to announce the deal tonight. MLB.com’s Bill Chastain first reported a deal was imminent yesterday on Twitter. It’s an under-slot signing, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (Twitter link), though details on the..." June 18

  • Cardinals sign top draft pick Perez

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Cardinals have agreed to terms with their top draft pick, Puerto Rican high school shortstop Delvin Perez, and will introduce him to the media at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Busch Stadium. Perez, 17, had dropped from a potential top five pick in last week’s draft to No. 23, likely based on the..." June 17

  • Blue Jays sign first-round pick T.J. Zeuch, 23 others

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have officially signed the majority of their 2016 draft picks, including T.J. Zeuch, their first round pick. The Blue Jays have now officially signed nine of their top 11 selections plus 15 late-round picks to lock up 24 total players. They’ve also reached an agreement..." June 17

  • Cleveland Indians agree to $2.5 million deal with 2016 first-round pick, Will Benson

    Let's Go Tribe "MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo is reporting that the Cleveland Indians have agreed to a $2.5 million deal with their 2016 first-round draft pick, outfielder Will Benson. The Tribe selected Benson with the 14th overall pick in this year's draft, which had a $2,973,700 slot value, meaning the Indians have..." June 17

  • Dodgers Sign First-Rounder Gavin Lux

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Dodgers have agreed to terms with first-round selection Gavin Lux, Jon Heyman of todaysknuckleball.com reports on Twitter. He’ll receive a $2.317MM bonus that lands just $700 over the slot value at the 20th overall pick. Lux is a high school shortstop out of Wisconsin who was rated between..." June 17

  • Cubs To Promote Willson Contreras

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cubs will promote top catching prospect Willson Contreras before tomorrow’s game, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). The team’s plan is to carry three catchers for the time being, he adds, so it doesn’t appear that the yet-unknown corresponding roster move will involve either..." June 16

  • Pitching prospect Tyrell Jenkins called up by Atlanta Braves

    Fox Sports "The Braves apparently added a news-breaker in their 2016 draft class with Texas A&M outfielder J.B. Moss. The seventh-round pick broke early Thursday that Tyrell Jenkins was called up to the majors for the first time ahead of Atlanta's series finale against the Reds. "That boy..." June 16

  • Lucas Giolito looking like baseball’s top prospect once again

    Today's Knuckleball "It looked like maybe the bright lights of being the top pitching prospect in baseball may have been too much to handle. Lucas Giolito — arguably the best overall prospect in all of the minor leagues — looked lost at the start of the season, like a pitcher much different than the one that had..." June 15

  • Ranking All 30 MLB Farm Systems, Post 2016 MLB Draft

    Bleacher Report "The 2016 MLB draft is in the books, with 1,216 players selected over the course of the 40-round, three-day event. With no clear-cut No. 1 talent in this year's class, the first round was as unpredictable as any in recent memory and a number of highly regarded prospects wound up slipping below..." June 15

2014 MLB Draft Results

# Team Player School/Team
1 Phillies Mickey Moniak La Costa Canyon High School
2 Reds Nick Senzel Tennessee Volunteers
3 Braves Ian Anderson Shenendohowa High
4 Rockies Riley Pint St. Thomas Aquinas High School
5 Brewers Corey Ray Louisville
6 Athletics A.J. Puk Florida
7 Marlins Braxton Garrett East Cobb Astros
8 Padres Cal Quantrill Stanford
9 Cubs Matt Manning NORCAL
10 Phillies Zack Collins South Florida Elite Squad
Full MLB Draft Results