MLB Prospects Rumors & News

  • Possible No. 1 overall draft pick clubs four homers in one game for Louisville

    CBS Sports "The University of Louisville sits at No. 2 in the AP college baseball polls and has the best player in the nation. Lefty Brendan McKay's only real question mark is whether he should be drafted and developed as a pitcher or first baseman. McKay has a 1.83 ERA with 83 strikeouts against 15 walks..." April 26

  • Major League Baseball in Las Vegas? Commissioner says it's an option

    Chicago Tribune "Major League Baseball would be open to having a team in Las Vegas, Commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday. With two existing franchises — the Oakland A’s and the Tampa Bay Rays — struggling to secure financing for new stadiums, the option of relocating a team to Las Vegas is very much on the..." April 20

  • The World Baseball Classic Injury Effect

    The Ringer "This year’s World Baseball Classic was a massive spectator success. For the first time in the tournament’s short history, which has spanned four events over 11 years, the games were streamed on MLB.TV, which made them more accessible. In another, on-field first, the United States went all the way,..." April 11

  • Japanese phenom Shohei Otani to miss six weeks with strained thigh muscle

    Fanrag Sports "According to an official statement released by the club on Sunday morning, Japanese phenom Shohei Otani has encountered what is being referred to as a strained left thigh muscle. As a result, the up-and-comer is expected to miss at least the next six weeks due to the aforementioned..." April 09

  • Starter Money is the pitching stat all baseball bettors should know

    Covers.com "2016 was a pretty good year, all things considered, for Jake Arrieta. He got a healthy salary raise, was his team’s Opening Day starter, he earned an All-Star appearance and finished the year with a 18-8 win-loss record and a 3.21 earned run average. He became a World Series winner and helped..." April 07

  • Blue Jays prospect Jordan Romano looks to build on comeback season

    Sportsnet "Jordan Romano was a tough guy to keep track of this off-season. At various times he could be found fine-tuning his game in Toronto, sitting in a classroom in Oklahoma or pitching in Mexico with the world watching. It’s rather uncommon for a young pitcher to accomplish all that in a few months,..." April 04

  • The Latest On Cuban Outfielder Luis Robert

    Baseball America "There should be some high-ranking club officials in the Dominican Republic this week. That’s because on Thursday, Luis Robert will have his first open showcase, giving teams their first open opportunity to watch the talented young Cuban outfielder since he arrived in the Dominican..." March 27

  • The 107 MPH Man: Michael Kopech's Quest to be the Hardest Thrower of All Time

    Bleacher Report "To the classic Bull Durham scene in which we learn candlesticks make nice wedding gifts, add this: Trailer hitches make awesome Christmas presents. It's true. I am in a rental car trailing The Most Interesting Prospect in Baseball to a health-food restaurant for lunch. He has just finished a..." March 15

  • Shohei Ohtani: The 'Best Baseball Player in the World' Isn't in MLB....Yet

    Bleacher Report "New Year's night, a sparkling "2017" is brightly lit atop the Tokyo Tower, and the possibilities ringing in are endless. Proof? Inside apartments on the city's flat screens, a Japanese League champion and heartthrob is squatting behind a makeshift home plate in a studio attempting to receive his..." March 06

  • Report: MLB approves new rule allowing a dugout signal for an intentional walk

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Howard Bryant is reporting that Major League Baseball has approved a rule allowing for a dugout signal for an intentional walk. In other words, baseball is allowing automatic intentional walks. Bryant adds that this rule will be effective for the 2017 season. MLB has been trying,..." February 22

  • Tennessee hires Helton as director of player development

    SEC Country "Todd Helton is back, and Tennessee fans can only hope the hometown hero’s presence help lead the program back to the success it once enjoyed. Helton’s job title under Coach Dave Serrano is “director of player development,” a volunteer role which allows the 1995 National Collegiate Player of the..." February 11

  • Pudge's son looks to make name for himself

    MLB.com "Puerto Rico right-hander Dereck Rodriguez was in the room when the National Baseball Hall of Fame came calling for his father, former catcher Ivan Rodriguez. Dereck was there when his father cried tears of joy. He shed a few tears, too. "When he finally got the call, it was something amazing..." February 04

  • Hunter Greene, possible No. 1 pick in 2017 MLB draft, hits 100 mph in latest outing

    CBS Sports "Hunter Greene, a right-hander at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California, reportedly hit 100 mph in his latest outing Friday night. Greene is the early favorite to go first overall in the 2017 amateur draft. Once upon a time it was extremely rare for a high school pitcher to reach..." February 04

  • Shohei Otani won’t pitch for Japan in World Baseball Classic

    Fanrag Sports "MLB teams won’t have a chance to watch sought-after Japanese pitcher Shohei Otani pitch on the world stage at the forthcoming World Baseball Classic. An ankle injury will keep the tantalizing prospect from suiting up for his country come March, Carlos Yamazaki of the Tokyo Sports Press..." February 01

  • Jury selection begins in the human trafficking case against agents of Cuban ballplayers

    Hardball Talk "Jury selection is underway today in Miami federal courtroom in the case of Bartolo Hernandez and Julio Estrada, sports agents charged with illegally smuggling baseball players from Cuba to the United States. The two are accused of taking as much as $15 million from players, who were placed under..." January 30

  • When do pitchers and catchers report? 2017 MLB spring training reporting dates for all 30 teams

    Sporting News "Spring training is almost here, with teams reporting in about two weeks to warm the hearts of baseball fans who've endured another long, cold, baseball-less winter. Here are reporting dates for all 30 MLB teams: When do pitchers and catchers report? GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE (Pitchers and..." January 30

  • Cuban Right-Hander Hector Mendoza Declared Free Agent By MLB

    MLB Trade Rumors "Right-hander Hector Mendoza has been declared a free agent and can now sign with any club, reports Jorge Ebro of El Nuevo Herald. MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez adds (via Twitter) that the 22-year-old Cuban hurler is expected to wait until his 23rd birthday (March 5) to sign, as he’ll be exempt from..." January 25

  • Spring training to be shorter in 2018

    Fanrag Sports "In an effort to spread the season over 187 days as opposed to 183, Major League Baseball’s spring training period will last 38 days as opposed to 40 due in part to restrictions implemented in the league’s new collective bargaining agreement. The date for players to voluntarily arrive in camp is..." January 24

  • Inside the brash mind of Clint Frazier, the Yankees’ electric super prospect

    New York Post "The road to The Bronx offers zero shortcuts, no easy way to earning pinstripes. Clint Frazier knows this as he now heads into his first full season in the Yankees organization. That’s why the outfielder keeps pushing himself through every punishing exercise at Catalyst Fitness on Peachtree Road..." January 12

  • Nine rising MLB stars who could break out in 2017

    Sporting News "The calendar has finally flipped to 2017, but we all started thinking about the 2017 baseball season long ago. Which teams will surprise? Which teams will disappoint? Which youngsters will, to use overused words, “break out” in 2017? Alex Reyes is almost certainly going to be a star for the..." January 05

  • If Rob Manfred wants to speed pace of play in MLB games, here's one possible solution

    CBS Sports "As MLB rightfully looks into ways to speed up the pace of play, there's one thing I never see mentioned that I believe specifically is a problem: Excessive player visits to the mound, mostly by the catcher. I started to really think about this during Game 1 of the NLCS, notably during the Cubs'..." December 28

  • Orioles pitching prospect Hunter Harvey could resume throwing next week

    Baltimore Sun "Orioles pitching prospect Hunter Harvey – who had major reconstructive elbow surgery in July – could resume throwing early next week, his father, former major leaguer Bryan Harvey, said. Harvey still faces several obstacles in his recovery from ulnar collateral ligament replacement surgery,..." December 21

  • Joe Buck eyeing the end of his baseball broadcasting after Fox commitment expires

    Awful Announcing "Fans who don’t think Joe Buck does a good job calling baseball games on Fox and would prefer to see him replaced might get their wish sooner than they realize. During a long Q&A with 590 The Fan’s Tim McKiernan at The Improv Shop in St. Louis Tuesday night, Buck was asked about remarks he made..." December 17

  • Owners ratify new Collective Bargaining Agreement 29-1

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press is reporting that baseball owners have ratified the new Collective Bargaining Agreement by a 29-1 vote, conducted over telephone. No official announcement of the vote has been made and no public confirmation of the breakdown of the vote should be expected, but the AP’s..." December 14

  • 2017 Competitive Balance Draft Pick Order

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has set the order of the competitive balance component of the 2017 draft, per MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo. That establishes a new overall draft order, though remaining outcomes on players who declined qualifying offers will serve to modify the final slate. As Mayo explains,..." December 13

  • Off-field adjustments part of the challenge for Jays’ Guerrero Jr.

    Sportsnet "For the average 17-year-old in Canada and the United States, a home cooked meal, an ordered pizza, or a McDonalds run is an everyday event. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. moved into an apartment in Bluefield, Va. with three other Dominican-born prospects and quickly discovered that finding something to..." December 12

  • REPORT: MLB Not Currently Inclined to Create CBA Exception for Shohei Otani

    Bleacher Nation "Our hearts and hopes are just going to keep getting battered back and forth on this, aren’t they? The latest twist in the short-lived Shohei Otani saga comes from Ken Rosenthal, who answers one of our outstanding questions about whether the new Collective Bargaining Agreement would prevent..." December 06

  • Bud Selig elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Bud Selig, who evolved from a young, avid fan to founding owner of the Milwaukee Brewers to consensus-building commissioner during a life devoted to baseball, reached the pinnacle of the game Sunday evening. Selig was elected for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., by..." December 04

  • 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

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