MLB Prospects Rumors & News

  • Red Sox cautious with prospect Owens

    Sports On Earth "At 10:45 p.m. on Wednesday, the Portland Sea Dogs remained in the visiting clubhouse at Arm & Hammer Park, eating, talking, listening to music, showering and preparing for the 400-mile trip home to Maine. They didn't seem ready to leave anytime soon. Henry Owens was celebrating Portland's 9-2..." April 11

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    Jeff Passan @JeffPassan

    Rough news for Oakland: A's source says top prospect Addison Russell has a torn R hamstring (grade 3 strain). Will miss at least a month.

  • Byron Buxton may begin Double-A season on the disabled list "We generally wouldn't post an update in this space when a player headed to Double-A might begin the season on the disabled list, but Byron Buxton isn't exactly an ordinary minor-leaguer. The Twins center fielder is the consensus top prospect in baseball. He's also currently dealing with a wrist..." March 26

  • System discourages teams like Astros from promoting top prospects

    Fox Sports "Outfielder George Springer, the Astros' top prospect, has yet to play an inning in the major leagues. He almost certainly will not make the team's Opening Day roster. Yet last September, the Astros offered him a seven-year, $23 million contract, according to major-league sources. Springer,..." March 19

  • Mets reassign Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero and others to minor league camp

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Mets reassigned Noah Syndergaard to their minor league camp today, sending their top prospect down. He headlined the class of players the Mets reassigned today. Rafael Montero, reliever Joel Carreno, catcher Juan Centeno, reliever Ryan Reid and Cory Mazzoni, and infielders Brandon Allen and..." March 18

  • Cardinals send stud prospect Oscar Taveras to the minors

    Hardball Talk "Oscar Taveras‘ recovery from last year’s ankle surgery has gone much more slowly than expected and has recently led to hamstring problems as well, and today the Cardinals optioned the 22-year-old stud outfield prospect to minor-league camp. That means Taveras will begin the season at..." March 13

  • Pirates reassign RHP Taillon to minors camp

    Rotoworld "Taillon didn't have a realistic chance to crack the Opening Day roster, but he could make his major league debut this summer if all goes well. The 22-year-old right-hander had a 3.73 ERA and 143/52 K/BB ratio over 147 1/3 innings last season between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis...." March 10

  • Noah Syndergaard, Mets’ Prized Prospect, Passes ‘Big Test’

    New York Times "For a brief moment, as Noah Syndergaard took the mound on Monday for his first Grapefruit League game, his focus was interrupted. He heard Mets fans cheering for him, calling his name, yelling out his nickname: “Thor! Thor!” They would finally see Syndergaard face major league hitters, from the..." March 04

  • Noah Syndergaard fans five in two innings, says of strong start: 'I kind of shocked myself a little bit'

    Newsday "If the real thing looks anything like the sneak preview offered up Thursday at Tradition Field, big-league hitters soon will have their hands full with Mets pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard. In an intrasquad game that served as the Mets' final tuneup before Grapefruit League play begins..." February 27

  • Ex-NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady confirms intentions to play baseball "Former NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady confirmed his intentions to play baseball, saying to Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown that the attempt is “not a gimmick.” McGrady retired from the NBA in August and it has been reported that he can throw a 90 MPH fastball. The Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic..." February 05

  • Twins prospect Sano: I'll hit 45 homers this year

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "His sore elbow kept him from doing his normal workout for six weeks, so Miguel Sano put on a few extra pounds. "I weighed myself today and I was 250," the 20-year-old Dominican slugger said. "When spring training starts, I'll weigh like 245, I think." But if his body has gotten bigger this..." January 27

  • Cuban catcher Bello cleared by OFAC; Ready to sign "There’s a new player on the market. Cuban catching prospect Yenier Bello has cleared by the United States Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and can now enter into an agreement with a Major League team, according to an industry source. Several teams, including the Dodgers, Cubs, and..." January 24

  • Cubs invite Baez, Bryant, Almora to camp "Top prospects Javier Baez, Kris Bryant and Albert Almora are among 24 non-roster players invited to spring training by the Chicago Cubs, the team announced on Friday. Baez, a shortstop who is expected to open the season at Triple-A Iowa, is ranked as the No. 7 prospect in baseball by" January 24

  • Nats place pair of pitchers on Top 100 Prospects list "Pitchers Lucas Giolito and A.J. Cole are considered the best pitching prospects in the Nationals' organization. It would not be a surprise if they were in the big leagues by September, and it explains why they are considered among the Top 100 Prospects in baseball. The annual ranking of..." January 24

  • Nelson represents Brewers on Top 100 Prospects list "Right-hander Jimmy Nelson is baseball's 83rd-best prospect and the only Brewers player to crack's Top 100 Prospects list, which was unveiled Thursday in an MLB Network special. It's the second straight year that the Brewers have had one representative in's Top 100. Last year,..." January 24

  • Prospect Watch: Top 10 shortstops "Three players on the 2013 list of Top 10 shortstops graduated to the Major Leagues last season, including previous top prospect Jurickson Profar. This year's Top 10 has six holdovers and four newcomers. With Profar now in the big leagues, his World Baseball Classic teammate Xander Bogaerts takes..." January 21

  • Cardinals prospect Wong eyeing big league gig "Kolten Wong stood by his locker, answering question after question. He answered them all candidly, emotionally, sincerely, showing poise well beyond his years and experience. That was Wong's World Series experience following Game 4 against the Red Sox, having to face the music after getting..." January 20

  • Bidding for Masahiro Tanaka could exceed $140 million

    SB Nation "Rumors on how much Tanaka could earn just keep getting crazier and crazier as he has several top-spending teams chasing him. At least one industry source believes that Masahiro Tanaka could sign a contract worth over $140 million, reports Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times. Tanaka..." January 14

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    MLB @MLB

    The @Pirates invite top prospect, RHP Jameson Taillon (@JTaillon19), to Major League #SpringTraining.

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    Ben Nicholson-Smith @bnicholsonsmith

    Gibbons said Stroman could break camp with the #BlueJays, but cautioned that it's a longshot

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    Phil Miller @MillerStrib

    Twins have invited top prospects Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano and Alex Meyer to spring camp with big-league team.

  • Miguel Sano still might need Tommy John surgery

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Tommy John surgery has not been ruled out for Miguel Sano, Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Tuesday. Sano, who had received an encouraging report several weeks ago on his right (throwing) elbow, arrived in Fort Myers, Fla., late Monday night. An additional exam on Sano's strained ulnar..." January 07

  • Joc Pederson, Zach Lee to attend Dodgers winter development camp

    Los Angeles Times "Outfielder Joc Pederson and right-hander Zach Lee will be among the 15 prospects who will participate in the Dodgers’ annual winter development program next week at Dodger Stadium. The primary purpose of the five-day camp, which starts Sunday, is to familiarize players with the Los Angeles..." January 06

  • Sano remains shut down, to have elbow examined "Top prospect Miguel Sano is expected to have his right elbow re-examined this month, Twins general manager Terry Ryan said. Sano, ranked as baseball's No. 3 prospect by, remains shut down after sustaining a strained ulnar collateral ligament while playing winter ball in the Dominican..." January 06

  • Cards assign prices for Wacha ... er, Winter Warm-up

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "In the annual referendum on the player or players who the Cardinals' organization expects to be in the most demand at Winter Warm-up for autographs, the message is clear. Rookie Michael Wacha is $5 shy of a Hall of Famer. Wacha, the National League championship series MVP and a sensation in..." January 06

  • Byron Buxton ahead of the curve, on and off field

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "On the night before baseball's top prospect, Byron Buxton, was scheduled to address a crowded ballroom at baseball's minor league awards ceremony, Denard Span breezed through a lobby filled with the sport's movers and shakers. The former Twins center fielder stopped several times to shake hands..." January 06

  • Detroit Tigers' Top 10 Prospects for 2014

    Bleacher Report "The Detroit Tigers farm system once again ranks in the bottom tier headed into the 2014 season, with only one potential impact prospect and a host of probable late-innings arms. Headlining the organization’s crop of young talent is Nick Castellanos, who reached the major leagues in late 2013..." January 06

  • Miguel Sano Should Start at Third Base for Twins

    Puckett's Pond "I’m excited for the next chapter of Minnesota Twins baseball. As a younger fella, this next chapter might be the best I’ve ever seen. I have a feeling that Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano might be better than Torii Hunter and Corey Koskie. In an effort to just take a peak, get a taste, cop a feel..." January 06

  • David Price to Dodgers for Joc Pederson and Zach Lee?

    Fake Teams "On most Sundays, my family has pizza for dinner, as there is a very good Italian restaurant about 10 minutes from our house that sells 1/2 price pizzas. So, on my way to pick up my < $6 pizza, I was listening to the replay of the Front Office show on the MLB Channel on Sirius-XM hosted by former..." January 06

  • Report: Japanese team elects to post Tanaka "Masahiro Tanaka finally appears to be on his way to the Major Leagues. The Japanese right-hander's Nippon Professional Baseball club, the Rakuten Golden Eagles, reportedly revealed late Tuesday night that it will make him available to MLB teams through the posting system. Rakuten president Yozo..." December 26

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    Dylan Hernandez @dylanohernandez

    Take this for what it's worth but Sponichi reports the Rakuten Golden Eagles have decided to post Masahiro Tanaka.

  • Twins: Miguel Sano's elbow 'has improved,' Ryan says

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Miguel Sano, the Twins' highly rated Double-A third baseman, had his ailing throwing elbow re-examined recently by club doctors. According to Twins general manager Terry Ryan, Sano's elbow "has improved." "There have been some positive results," Ryan said Thursday. "He'll be re-examined in..." December 19

  • Report: Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka Won’t Be Let Go

    New York Times "Less than two days after the highly sought Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka said he wanted to pitch in Major League Baseball next season, there was still no definitive word from his team, the Rakuten Golden Eagles, whether it would let him leave. But on Thursday morning, several Japanese..." December 19

  • Top prospect Rusney Castillo defects from Cuba

    Baseball America "Another one of Cuba’s best players has left the island, the latest in a wave of defections that isn’t expected to slow down. Rusney Castillo, a 26-year-old center fielder who had been one of the top players in Cuba, has left the country to pursue a contract with a major league team, Baseball..." December 18

  • Braden Shipley a 'potential ace' for Arizona Diamondbacks at No. 15 overall

    Oregonian "After being selected No. 15 overall in the 2013 MLB draft, Braden Shipley, the University of Nevada pitcher and former North Medford High School star, is being viewed as a possible steal by the Arizona Diamondbacks. In the last three years, Shipley rapidly shot his way up the draft boards with..." December 17

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    Jim Callis @jimcallisMLB

    #Diamondbacks ink 1st-rder Braden Shipley for $2.25 mil. Great talent value at 15. Nevada RHP, 93-95 to 98, hard curve, athletic. #mlbdraft

  • Skaggs excited to start over again with Halos "It was minutes after the trade was officially announced that Tyler Skaggs received a text message from Mike Trout. In 2010, the two were roommates in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, until early July, before Trout was promoted to High Class A ball and Skaggs was shipped to the D-backs along with Patrick..." December 17

  • Seattle pitching phenom Taijuan Walker is everything baseball needs, and more

    Yahoo! Sports "Taijuan Walker stands 6-foot-4, weighs 215 pounds and fires 97-mph fastballs. He is bright, personable and smiles like a 21-year-old in his first week with the Seattle Mariners should: wide and often. He grew up in a single-parent household and played mom and dad for his younger brother and sister..." December 17

  • Mariners rumors: Mariners in on David Price, may offer Taijuan Walker

    Lookout Landing "Jeff Passan is reporting that the Mariners might dangle Taijuan Walker for David Price. It's a bad idea, and one that looks even worse if they do it before they land the free agents they'll need to compete in the next two years. It's been an unsettling afternoon for Mariners fans, but things..." December 17

  • Taijuan Walker Will Not Be Traded Unless He Is

    Seattle Blog "Robinson Cano is amazing! He might not be amazing in ten years, or five years, or even two years, and for all I know he’ll be a big pile of crap in 2014, but that probably won’t be the case because he’s been one of the best players in baseball for a long time and he’s still not old. Cano is..." December 17

  • Masahiro Tanaka tells team he wants to play in MLB next year "With Monday's official announcement that Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball have agreed to a new posting system, the focus now shifts completely to whether or not phenom Masahiro Tanaka will be posted. We know his team, the Rakuten Golden Eagles, want to keep him, though..." December 17

  • MLB announces new Japanese posting system

    SB Nation "Major League Baseball announced a new system that will change the way Japanese baseball players join the league. The new agreement will bring drastic change to the previous posting system. Before, NPB teams would post players who wanted to make the move to MLB. MLB teams would then place blind..." December 17

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    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays INF Tim Beckham to miss significant portion of '14 season after tearing ACL in right knee. Made it to majors end of last season.

  • 2014 Tampa Bay Rays Top 10 Prospects

    Baseball America "No small-revenue team in any sport does more with less better than the Rays. The 2013 campaign proved that once again. Tampa Bay entered the season having made one major move over the winter, but they made it count. The Rays in December 2012 traded righthanders James Shields and Wade Davis..." December 13

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    Mike Berardino @MikeBerardino

    Byron Buxton recently ran a 4.37 40-yard dash, fastest of his life. His previous best was 4.43, he said. "I want to get faster." #MNTwins

  • MLB rules committee decides to eliminate collisions at home plate

    Hardball Talk "Joe Torre and Sandy Alderson just announced that the MLB Rules Committee has voted to outlaw collisions at home plate. The decision is now subject to approval by the players. If the players do not approve the rule change it will not go into effect in 2014, but MLB would be able to unilaterally..." December 11

  • Catcher prospects for 2014 "Catchers are notoriously slow to develop. They're half of the pitching equation, after all. With so much of their emphasis on the blocking and the framing and the game-managing and the pitch-calling, the hitting kind of goes by the wayside. So more than at any other position, you'll find..." December 09

  • Pirates prospect Evan Chambers passes away at 24 "Sad news out of the Pirates organization: minor league outfielder Evan Chambers passed away in his sleep over the weekend. He was only 24. The team is working on a statement but players Tony Sanchez and Phil Irwin both confirmed the news on Twitter. Chambers was the team's third round pick in..." December 02

  • Surprise Player Available In Rule 5 Draft

    Baseball America "A young Cuban player who signed a seven-figure contract last year is an unexpected entry in next month’s Rule 5 draft. The Yankees signed Cuban lefthander Omar Luis last year for a $4 million bonus, with an official contract date of July 1, 2012, the day before the inaugural $2.9 million..." November 27

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    Mike Berardino @MikeBerardino

    Byron Buxton, I'm told, will continue resting his strained L shoulder through Thanksgiving weekend. Could resume BB activities next week

2014 MLB Draft Projections

# Team Player School/Team
1 Astros Carlos Rodon North Carolina St.
2 Marlins Jeff Hoffman East Carolina
3 White Sox Tyler Kolek Shepherd HS (TX)
4 Cubs Trea Turner North Carolina St.
5 Twins Alex Jackson Rancho Bernardo HS (CA)
6 Mariners Tyler Beede Vanderbilt
7 Phillies Jacob Gatewood Clovis HS (CA)
8 Rockies Michael Gettys Gainesville HS
9 Blue Jays Braxton Davidson TC Roberson HS (NC)
10 Mets Sean Newcomb Hartford

Draft order yet to be confirmed. Pick order based on current standings.