MLB Prospects Rumors & News

  • Cuban defector Yuliesky Gourriel reportedly interested in playing for New York

    Pinstripe Alley "After defecting from Cuba on Monday, Cuban third baseman Yuliesky Gourriel has reportedly expressed interest in playing for the Yankees. Gourriel, along with his younger brother, Lourdes, left their team hotel while in the Dominican Republic with the intention of playing baseball in the United..." February 12

  • Stephen A. Smith, ESPN sued by parents of dethroned Little League champs

    Sporting News "Parents of Jackie Robinson West baseball players who were stripped of their 2014 U.S. Little League championship last year have filed a lawsuit against ESPN and commentator Stephen A. Smith, claiming they defamed the team. The team, composed of all African American youths from Chicago, captured..." February 12

  • Agent: Lazarito Armenteros Not Close To Decision

    MLB Trade Rumors "Charles Hairston, the agent for 16-year-old Cuban prospect Lazaro Armenteros (also the cousin of former Major Leaguers Scott Hairston and Jerry Hairston Jr.), tells MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez that his client is not close to a decision (links to Sanchez on Twitter). While multiple reports earlier this..." February 12

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    Joel Sherman @Joelsherman1

    Lazaro "Lazarito” Armenteros, 16-yr-old Cuban phenom, expected to decide team today or tom Word is he was at #Padres complex 4 days recently

  • Braves' system earns top grade from ESPN's Law

    The Score "Buoyed by a handful of opportunistic trades and some improved drafting of late, the Atlanta Braves' farm system was hailed as baseball's best ahead of the 2016 campaign by ESPN's Keith Law, who released his annual rankings Wednesday. The recent additions of Dansby Swanson - the Vanderbilt..." February 11

  • MLB.com names Corey Seager as baseball’s top prospect

    Hardball Talk "MLB.com has named Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager as the No. 1 prospect in the game, unseating Twins outfielder Byron Buxton. Buxton, who has held that distinction for the past two years, checks in at No. 2 on this year’s list. It’s no surprise to see Seager at the top. After a strong season..." January 31

  • Report: Cuban phenom 'Lazarito' to sign with MLB team soon

    The Score "Sixteen-year-old Cuban phenom Lazaro Robersy Armenteros Arango, better known as "Lazarito" Armenteros, could find a new home with a big-league club soon. The teenager, who was cleared to sign by Major League Baseball in early January, anticipates making a decision by Feb. 10 - the first day..." January 26

  • Braves, Nationals, Padres Expected To Exceed 2016-17 International Pools

    Baseball America "Last June, I explained why certain teams would be wise to blow out their international bonus pools in 2016. There are 10 teams already on the sideline already for 2016—including typical big international players such as the Yankees, Dodgers, Cubs and Red Sox—unable to sign any pool-eligible..." January 26

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    Brian McTaggart @brianmctaggart

    Astros prospect Jose Rosario, 20, died last night in a motorcycle accident in the Dominican Republic.

  • Dodgers’ Julio Urias Named Top Left-Handed Pitching Prospect For ’16

    CBS Los Angeles "Before MLBPipeline.com’s Top 100 Prospects List of 2016 is released at the end of January, the website released it’s rankings for the top prospects at each position on Wednesday. Los Angeles Dodgers pitching prospect Julio Urias was named the best left-handed pitching prospect in the minor..." January 21

  • Rangers GM hopes Joey Gallo will begin 2016 in minors

    Sporting News "If Joey Gallo ends up being an impact player for the Rangers in 2016, it likely won't come until after the All-Star break. Texas general manager Jon Daniels said Tuesday in a radio interview that he hopes Gallo and young outfielder Nomar Mazara aren't in a position to make the big-league club..." January 20

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Source: Cuban phenom Lazarito Armenteros cleared by MLB, eligible to sign starting Feb. 10. Corner OF/IF, 16 years old.

  • Braves prospects excited to be part of ‘something special’

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves overhauled their farm system faster than anyone could’ve imagined, sacrificing in the present by trading established players for prospects and draft picks to build a foundation they believe will make them contenders again before too much longer, and keep them there for many..." December 17

  • Comparing traded prospect trios in Frazier deal

    MLB.com "The Winter Meetings may have come to a close last Thursday, but that doesn't mean the offseason wheeling and dealing is over. That became obvious when the White Sox, Dodgers and Reds announced a whopper of a seven-player deal. On the big league side, Todd Frazier moving from Cincinnati to Chicago..." December 17

  • Baseball Prospectus ranks the Mariners’ Top 10 prospects

    Tacoma News Tribune "It’s the time of year when the organizational prospect rankings start to appear, and Baseball Prospectus just released its Top 10 for the Mariners’ system. There are no real surprises, but the rankings underscore the organization’s dearth of talent at the upper levels. (Baseball Prospectus is a..." December 15

  • Braves' organizational overhaul shows growth

    MLB.com "Shortly after assuming an influential advisory role after Frank Wren was dismissed as Atlanta's general manager and before accepting his current role as the Braves' president of baseball operations, John Hart analyzed the club's farm system and gained even more reason to continue serving as an MLB..." December 15

  • Report: Phillies to Select Tyler Goeddel First Overall In Rule 5 Draft

    Baseball Essential "It may not always generate the show-stopping buzz that comes with a major free agent signing or huge trade, but today’s Rule 5 Draft is always interesting. There have been a number of instances, in which Rule 5 draft picks have turned out to be pure gold for teams. Players like Jose Bautista, Josh..." December 10

  • Reports: A's eyeing international prospects Hyun-soo, Maeda

    CSN Bay Area "The international market doesn’t create as much buzz in baseball circles as the traditional free agent market, but it’s a route that’s worth keeping in mind when it comes to the A’s. Leading up to the Winter Meetings, they were linked to Korean outfielder Kim Hyun-soo, who is an unrestricted..." December 09

  • Kenta Maeda reportedly posted; likely to fetch maximum fee

    Sporting News "Add another talented arm to a well-stocked MLB free-agent pitching class. Kenta Maeda, the Japanese right-hander who has received comparisons to countrymen Hiroki Kuroda and Masahiro Tanaka, will be posted by the Hiroshima Carp, according to multiple reports. It's expected that the posting fee..." December 04

  • Local 6-5 LHP Jason Groome a possible 1st pick for Phillies

    CSN Philly "Having the worst record in major league baseball comes with a silver lining and for the Phillies that silver lining just might be the kid who works out twice a week right down the road at the Maplezone Sports Institute in Delaware County. Jason Groome is his name, but he prefers to be called..." December 03

  • Report: Cuban 2B Jose Miguel Fernandez to pursue MLB deal

    The Score "With the winter meetings around the corner next week, an unexpected free agent could be hitting the market in the near future. Highly coveted second baseman Jose Miguel Fernandez is leaving Cuba with the hopes of landing a major-league contract, according to Baseball America's Ben..." December 03

  • KBO’s Lotte Giants Post Third Baseman Jae-Gyun Hwang

    MLB Trade Rumors "NOV. 30: Hwang has now officially been posted. Clubs will have until 5:00pm ET on Friday to submit bids for the third baseman. NOV. 25: Hwang will actually be posted on the 30th, Han Lee of Global Sporting Integration tweets. Lotte is pushing back the date to accommodate the Thanksgiving..." November 30

  • Where Yankees' Gary Sanchez ranked among Arizona Fall League prospects

    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

  • Japan's Kenta Maeda wants to be posted to MLB

    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

  • Report: Padres met with Japanese free agent Matsuda

    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

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    Jeeho Yoo @Jeeho_1

    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

  • Dodgers Agree To Sign Cuban Second Baseman Omar Estevez

    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

  • 10 breakout prospects from AFL season

    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

  • Brewers' Arcia among those thriving in winter leagues

    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

  • Report: Korean outfielder Ah-Seop Son will be posted next week

    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

  • Nexen Heroes Accept $12.85MM Posting Fee For Byung-ho Park

    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

  • The minor leaguers’ minimum wage lawsuit was dismissed

    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

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    Dodgers Nation @DodgersNation

    And I guess the circle is complete, Corey Seager will wear #5.

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    Alanna Rizzo @alannarizzo

    The world rejoices: Seager is in the line-up. pic.twitter.com/vT5BNiJ2AI

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    Bryan Hoch @BryanHoch

    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.

  • When do you trade a former top prospect?

    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

  • Red Sox head list of Top 10 Minor League systems

    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

  • White Sox top pick Fulmer has mentor in Price

    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

  • Diamondbacks top pick Dansby Swanson hit in face during simulated game

    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 top prospect Giolito promoted to Harrisburg (AA)

    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

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    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    Also on #Mets: Heard today that star OF prospect Michael Conforto is not in line for the call-up if Cuddyer lands on DL.

  • Diamondbacks sign 2015 first overall pick Dansby Swanson for $6.5 million

    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

  • Braves agree to terms with first-round pick Kolby Allard

    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

  • Two Cuban baseball players defect while in North Carolina

    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

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    Jim Callis @jimcallisMLB

    1st-rder Josh Naylor will sign w/@Marlins for $2.25 mil (slot 12 = $3,051,800). Canada HS 1B, maybe best raw & usable power in @MLBDraft.

  • Giants Agree To Terms With Phil Bickford

    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

  • Mets on verge of promoting Steven Matz

    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

  • Astros promote former No. 1 pick Mark Appel to Triple-A

    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

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    Mark Berman @MarkBermanFox26

    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"

  • Astros, No. 2 overall pick Bregman strike deal

    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

2014 MLB Draft Results

# Team Player School/Team
1 Diamondbacks Dansby Swanson Vanderbilt
2 Astros Alex Bregman LSU
3 Rockies Brendan Rodgers Lake Mary HS (FLA)
4 Rangers Dillon Tate UC-Santa Barbara
5 Astros Kyle Tucker Plant High School (FL)
6 Twins Tyler Jay Illinois
7 Red Sox Andrew Benintendi Arkansas
8 White Sox Carson Fulmer Vanderbilt
9 Cubs Ian Happ Cincinnati
10 Phillies Cornelius Randolph Griffin HS (GA)
Full MLB Draft Results