MLB Prospects Rumors & News

  • Sources: Star Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada’s free agency imminent

    Yahoo! Sports "Star Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada no longer needs a specific unblocking license to play baseball in the United States, paving the way for Major League Baseball teams to pursue him with a contract most expect to shatter bonus records, government and major league sources told Yahoo Sports. Recent..." January 28

  • Top prospect Lindor to open camp with Indians "The Cleveland Indians announced Tuesday that their No. 1 minor-league prospect has been invited to Major League camp. Shortstop Francisco Lindor will be joined by catcher Jake Lowery, outfielders Tyler Naquin, Jordan Smith and James Ramsey." January 27

  • Guillermo Heredia Leaves Cuba

    Baseball America "Guillermo Heredia, the center fielder on Cuba’s 2013 World Baseball Classic team known for his defense, has left the island to pursue a contract with a major league team, Baseball America has learned. Heredia, 23, will be exempt from the international bonus pools, though the process to become..." January 22

  • Yankees Held Private Workout For Yoan Moncada

    Baseball America "Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada can’t sign just yet, but he’s in the process of conducting private workouts for teams. The Yankees, Baseball America has learned, are one team that has already held a private workout for Moncada. From conversations with several industry sources, the Yankees are one..." January 20

  • Padres, Braves in hunt for Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas "The race to sign Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas is heating up once again. The Braves and Padres have emerged as the frontrunners in the Tomas’ sweepstakes and top officials from both clubs are expected to meet with him this weekend in the Dominican Republic, according to industry..." November 21

  • Phillies have “cooled” on signing Yasmany Tomas

    Hardball Talk "For months now the Phillies have been heavily linked to Cuban free agent Yasmany Tomas, but now Paul Hagen of reports that they’ve “cooled on the idea of signing the 23-year-old.” Apparently they still like his offensive potential a lot, but are worried that Tomas may be “more of a..." November 20

  • Yankees favorites to sign Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada, Baseball America says

    Newark Star-Ledger "The market for Cuban super prospect Yoan Moncada is going to be hot. And the Yankees will be the team to beat, according to a report from Baseball America’s Ben Badler. Badler listed the eight teams most likely to fight for the 19-year-old, who brings impressive power and speed for an..." November 20

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    Jesse Sanchez @JesseSanchezMLB

    Source: Cuban teenage prospect Yoan Moncada has been declared a free agent by MLB. He still must be unblocked by OFAC before he can sign.

  • Mark Appel believes he can contribute to 2015 Astros

    Houston Chronicle "It's an early November evening, and Mark Appel is shagging fly balls in left field during the tail end of batting practice at Salt River Fields. An Arizona Fall League media relations member approaches Appel and inquires whether the No. 1 overall pick of the 2013 draft is available for an..." November 10

  • Korean pitcher Hyeon-jong Yang, possible Yankees target, to be posted: source

    New York Daily News "The best pitcher in Korea appears ready to test himself in the majors. Lefthander Hyeon-jong Yang will be posted by the Kia Tigers in the coming weeks, according to a source, thrusting the 26-year-old into the pool of available starting pitchers this winter. Yang projects as a No. 3 starter..." November 05

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    Alden Gonzalez @Alden_Gonzalez

    Korean LH Kwang Hyun Kim was posted today. Teams have until 5 pm ET to submit a bid. Highest bid gets 30-day, exclusive negotiating rights.

  • Angels, Cuba’s Baldoquin come to terms on a deal "The Angels have made a big splash on the international market, agreeing to an $8 million signing bonus with Cuban middle infielder Roberto Baldoquin, the player told The deal is pending a physical. The club has not confirmed the agreement. “This is a dream come true,” Baldoquin said..." November 04

  • Yankees expected to scout Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Yankees — and every other major-league club — are expected to attend a Nov. 12 showcase in Guatemala for 19-year-old Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada, according to’s Jesse Sanchez. Moncada recently established residency in Guatemala and is petitioning for MLB free agency, the report..." November 04

  • Cuban SS, potential star Yoan Moncada to showcase for MLB teams "The next big thing from Cuba may be on his way to Major League Baseball ... As's Jesse Sanchez writes in the piece linked above, 19-year-old Yoan Moncada has established residency in Guatemala, is petitioning MLB to become a free agent and will hold a showcase of his talents on Nov. 12...." November 03

  • Cuban second baseman Andy Ibanez defects to sign with MLB team

    Hardball Talk "Ben Badler of Baseball America reports that 21-year-old second baseman Andy Ibanez has defected from Cuba with the intention of signing with an MLB team. Ibanez was the youngest player on Cuba’s World Baseball Classic roster last year and Badler rates him as the No. 8 prospect still in Cuba." October 28

  • Scouts gather to view Dominican prospects Heredia, Reyes, Tatis, etc. "The Dominican Prospect League showcase event in Fort Lauderdale, which features several young Dominican players who are expected to receive bonuses from big-league teams, including outfielders Starling Heredia and Franklin Reyes and infielders Fernando Tatis Jr. and Wander Javier, wraps up today..." October 22

  • Bryant wins BA minor league player of year

    ESPN Chicago "Chicago Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant is Baseball America’s minor league player of the year, the publication announced on Tuesday. Bryant is the first Cub to win the award since its inception in 1981. Bryant, 22, hit a combined 43 home runs between Double and Triple-A this season while..." September 09

  • Cubs' call-ups don't include Bryant

    Daily Herald "There was enough cold water thrown all over the place concerning Cubs core players Tuesday to make any ice-bucket challenge seem like a nice warm bath. First came the news that all-star first baseman Anthony Rizzo is out indefinitely -- and maybe for the rest of the season -- with a lower-back..." September 03

  • White Sox aren’t calling up top pick Carlos Rodon

    Hardball Talk "’s Scott Merkin wrote last month that there was a “better-than-average” chance of left-hander Carlos Rodon — who was selected third overall in this year’s draft — joining the White Sox as a September callup. But it’s not going to happen. “It just wasn’t right time in his development to..." September 03

  • Brady Aiken settlement negotiations ongoing, grievance not yet filed

    SB Nation "While it might have appeared that any Brady Aiken news would apply to his status for the 2015 draft, following the Astros unsuccessful attempt to sign the No. 1 overall pick, there appears to be a new wrinkle. MLB is in negotiations with the Aiken family regarding a settlement, as a means to head..." August 28

  • The Astros may still be able to sign top pick Brady Aiken "You'll recall that the Astros, after a contentious negotiation, failed to come to terms with top overall 2014 pick Brady Aiken, the highly regarded prep lefty out of San Diego. Since the July 18 signing deadline has long since passed, the assumption was that Aiken would honor his commitment to..." August 27

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    David Kaplan @thekapman

    @mployedwriter Jorge Soler is coming up to the major league team.

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    Kiley McDaniel @kileymcd

    The expectation from those close to the negotiation is that Brady Aiken will end up making a deal with the Astros around the Nix hearing.

  • Rangers prospect Joey Gallo ties Kris Bryant with 40th homer

    Hardball Talk "oey Gallo smacked his 40th homer of the season Sunday at Double-A, which means the Rangers prospect is now tied with Cubs prospect Kris Bryant for the minor-league lead. Gallo isn’t considered quite on Bryant’s level as a prospect, but the 2012 first-round draft pick ranked 60th on Baseball..." August 18

  • Rays Sign Venezuelan Lefthander Francisco Sanchez

    Baseball America "The Rays have signed 16-year-old Venezuelan lefthander Francisco Sanchez for $675,000. At 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, Sanchez has flashed swing-and-miss stuff, with a fastball that has touched 94 along with a curveball and a changeup. He will have to learn to repeat his delivery to get the ball in the..." August 18

  • Rodon could be a White Sox call-up in September

    Chicago Tribune "First-round draft pick Carlos Rodon and Chris Sale have a few things in common, and it's no secret the White Sox have Rodon on the "Sale Plan" for success. Rodon, the third selection in the 2014 draft, was rewarded with the largest bonus of any draftee ($6.58 million), and advanced from Class A..." August 18

  • Top Twins prospect Buxton promoted to Double-A "Center fielder Byron Buxton, the Twins' top prospect and Major League Baseball's No. 1 prospect, was promoted Monday to Double-A New Britain, which begins a seven-game homestand Tuesday. The promotion came following Monday's game in which the 20-year-old homered and drove in three runs for..." August 12

  • Soler is Cubs minor league player of month "With one prized prospect in Javier Baez set to make his major league debut with the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, another at Triple-A Iowa is doing his best to join him. The Cubs named outfielder Jorge Soler their minor league player of the month for July after he slashed .406/.500/.891 in 24 games..." August 05

  • Astros running out of time to sign No. 1 pick "When the current Collective Bargaining Agreement radically revamped the First-Year Player Draft rules, the action surrounding the annual signing deadline diminished considerably. Under the last Draft under the old CBA in 2011, when Major League Baseball dissuaded teams from announcing lavish..." July 18

  • Astros second-round pick A.J. Reed wins Golden Spikes Award "Astros second-round draft pick A.J. Reed won the Golden Spikes award, USA Baseball announced Thursday. The award is presently annually to the best amateur baseball player in the country and is voted on by over 200 panel members. Playing for the University of Kentucky this season, the..." July 17

  • Draft dispute is ugly, but Astros and Aiken both need to work it out "Brady Aiken, the No. 1 overall draft choice, and the Astros are in a high-stakes “game of chicken” in their negotiations, according to a person familiar with the talks, leading up to Friday's deadline to sign amateur players. Aiken, the prep lefty phenom, seeks to keep the $6.5-million original..." July 16

  • Astros accused of manipulating draft and medical evaluation rules

    Houston Chronicle "Leave it to the Astros to land in a situation that can drown out the joy of an All-Star game. The Astros’ protracted negotiations with their first overall draft pick Brady Aiken on Tuesday drew a stern admonishment from the head of the major league baseball players union, who accused the club..." July 16

  • Is 18 too soon for Dodgers phenom Julio Urias to debut in big leagues?

    Yahoo! Sports "He's 17 years old. That's what gets everyone. It's not Julio Urias' 97-mph fastball, which is unforgettable because he fires it left-handed. Nor is it his left eye, which droops because of childhood surgery to remove a tumor. It's the fact that he can barely drive, can't vote, is almost half a..." July 14

  • Elbow ligament issue for No. 1 pick Aiken delays signing by Astros "Left-hander Brady Aiken is said to have an issue with his elbow ligament, causing the Astros to lower their offer and delaying the deal between the Astros and the No. 1 pick that seemed about to happen almost two weeks ago, sources told The Astros are offering to do a deal for..." July 07

  • Phillies pitching propect Jesse Biddle on inactive list, is 'miserable' "Phillies pitching prospect Jesse Biddle is having a rough season on the mound and it might run deeper than that. He's been placed on the inactive list by the Reading Fightin Phils (Double-A) and then there's this. The 6-foot-5 lefty was the Phillies first-round selection in 2010 out of..." June 27

  • Big league power highlights Futures Game rosters "If you're into the long ball, the 2014 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game is the game for you. Fans of power will be very pleased with this year's rosters, which were released on Tuesday. The 16th edition of this Minor League exhibition on All-Star Sunday has some of the biggest bats the prospect..." June 24

  • Power Hitting prospect Yasmani Tomas defects from Cuba

    Baseball America "Yasmani Tomas, one of the top young power hitters in Cuba and a member of the national team, has left the island to pursue a contract with a major league team, Baseball America has learned. The Cuban newspaper Granma also confirmed that Tomas had left the country. Tomas is 23 and has played..." June 20

  • The union does not plan on pushing for or agreeing to a smokeless tobacco ban

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal spoke to Tony Clark, head of the MLBPA. The topic: smokeless tobacco. Tony Gwynn was a personal hero of Clark’s, and Rosenthal asked him if Gwynn’s death — almost certainly caused by smokeless tobacco use — was enough to get the union to either push for or agree to a ban on smokeless..." June 20

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    Joe Frisaro @JoeFrisaro

    #Marlins announce Tyler Kolek press conference at 2:45 ET. Signing of top pick

  • Cubs Agree To Below-Slot Bonus With Kyle Schwarber

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cubs have agreed to a below-slot bonus with first-round selection Kyle Schwarber, reports’s Carrie Muskat (via Twitter). He will sign for $3.125MM, which is nearly $1.5MM shy of the $4.621MM allotment that came with the fourth overall choice. Arguably the best college bat available,..." June 11

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    No. 5 overall pick Nick Gordon signed for $3.851M bonus. @MikeBerardino 1st. Also gets school $ to make it about $4M #Twins

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    Jim Callis @jimcallisMLB

    1-1 pick Brady Aiken agrees w/@Astros on $6.5 mil. Ties Jameson Taillon's record for largest @MLBDraft bonus given to HS P.

  • San Diego takes Trea Turner 13th and Michael Gettys 51st

    San Diego Union-Tribune "As another amateur draft opened, the Padres spent the first day of the annual selection process by taking what came to them. Thursday, for the second time in as many years, they took a pair of position players with their top two picks, enamored with their athleticism and skill sets. At No. 13,..." June 06

  • Diamondbacks select Touki Toussaint in 1st round

    Arizona Republic "With the 16th pick in the MLB First-Year Player Draft, the Diamondbacks selected high school pitcher Touki Toussaint (pronounced TOO-key too-SAHNT), a right-hander from Coral Springs Christian Academy in Florida. The Diamondbacks also took a pitcher with their first-round pick last year, selecting..." June 06

  • Twins draft prep shortstop Nick Gordon with No. 5 pick

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Young Nick Gordon knows how to pick his role models. Asked Thursday who he patterns his game after, the Twins' newest first-round draftee cited older brother Dee Gordon of the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees star Derek Jeter in a conference call with Twin Cities media. "I want to be..." June 06

  • Rockies take ex-TJ pitcher Kyle Freeland with No. 8 pick

    Denver Post "Kyle Freeland was sitting down, but he still fell into his father's arms Thursday. The Rockies selected the left-handed pitcher with the No. 8 pick in the Major League Baseball draft. Freeland, a 21-year-old Denver native and graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School, crumpled into a hug from..." June 06

  • Blue Jays select Jeff Hoffman with ninth overall pick

    Toronto Sun "Rather than fret about a young pitcher being felled by Tommy John surgery, the Blue Jays selected an arm who has already had the procedure. The Blue Jays chose East Carolina Pirates right-hander Jeff Hoffman, who had the surgery in mid-May, ninth overall Thursday night. And two picks later,..." June 06

  • Braves use top pick on power bat, draft Davidson

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "It says a thing or two about outfielder Braxton Davidson and the kind of hitter the Braves just drafted out of Asheville, N.C., when their top overall pick revealed late Thursday night where he’d spent that afternoon trying to calm his nerves. “My dad and I were hitting on the ball field,”..." June 06

  • Marlins draft Texas fireballer Tyler Kolek

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The last time the Miami Marlins had the second overall pick in baseball's amateur draft they selected a hard-throwing right-handed pitcher from rural Texas in 1999. All Josh Beckett did was help them win the World Series in 2003, pitching a shutout in the clinching victory. The Marlins are..." June 06

  • Rangers' first-round pick Luis Ortiz never had pitching coach, 'just learned from TV'

    Dallas Morning News "Jon Daniels didn’t spare the praise when talking about Rangers draft pick Luis Ortiz. The Rangers general manager gushed about the right-handed pitcher from Sanger, California who Texas scooped up with the 30th overall pick in the draft Thursday. “We took him 30th in the country obviously,..." June 06

2014 MLB Draft Projections

# Team Player School/Team
1 Diamondbacks Brady Aiken Cathedral Catholic HS
2 Astros Brendan Rodgers Lake Mary HS (FLA)
3 Rockies Michael Matuella Duke
4 Rangers Nathan Kirby Virginia
5 Astros Walker Buehler Vanderbilt
6 Twins Kyle Funkhouser Louisville
7 Red Sox Kolby Allard San Clemente HS
8 White Sox Daz Cameron Eagle's Landing Christian Academy
9 Cubs Phil Bickford Cal State Fullerton
10 Phillies Dansby Swanson Vanderbilt

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