MLB Prospects Rumors & News

  • Next up on the Cubs hype train: Addison Russell

    CBSSports.com "Friday afternoon in Wrigley Field, baseball's top slugging prospect will debut for the Cubs. Everyone here should know by now that the man we are discussing is Kris Bryant. The next big prospect for the Cubs is also unbelievably talented, though, and it might not be long before he joins Bryant in..." April 18

  • Prospect Corey Seager's position switch could fast-track him to the majors

    ESPN.com "The Los Angeles Dodgers can’t match the prospect news generated by the Chicago Cubs, who promoted slugging third baseman Kris Bryant on Friday, but something quite significant happened in their system Thursday night. Top prospect Corey Seager played third base for Double-A Tulsa. It wasn’t the..." April 17

  • MLB, union prohibit players from daily fantasy games

    ESPN.com "Major League Baseball and the players' association have agreed to a deal that forbids players from playing in daily fantasy baseball games that involve a prize, but still allows them to endorse these companies. Earlier this week, at the IMG World Congress in California, commissioner Rob Manfred..." April 11

  • Cuban Outfielder Guillermo Heredia Gets Residency, Closer To Signing

    Baseball America "While a handful of young Cuban players subject to the international bonus pools are out there, the next high-profile Cuban player who won’t be subject to any restrictions is one step closer to being eligible to sign. Guillermo Heredia, the former center fielder for the Cuban national team who..." April 10

  • Dodgers are targeting top young Cuban righthander Yadier Alvarez

    CBSSports.com "The Dodgers are said to be very interested in hard-throwing young Cuban righthander Yadier Alvarez. Los Angeles, which seems intent on continuing to be a big international player, has extensively scouted Alvarez, with team president Andrew Friedman even traveling to see him in the Dominican,..." April 10

  • Prospects Report: Beyond Bryant, Syndergaard, Sano

    CBS Sports Fantasy News "Writing about Fantasy Baseball can be tricky. What's of the utmost importance in a 24-team league may be completely irrelevant to a 10-team league and vice versa. But if there's one universal truth across all formats and scoring systems, it's that Fantasy owners have an insatiable appetite for..." April 08

  • Cubs lead way as MLB sets spring training attendance records

    Sporting News "More than 4 million people attended MLB spring training games this year, the league announced Tuesday. The attendance total of 4,034,708 over 481 games breaks down to an average 8,388 per game. The total and average are new records for MLB; the previous marks were an 8,078 average last year and..." April 07

  • End of Cuban embargo may bring flood of MLB talent

    Yahoo Politics "One of the top sluggers in Cuban baseball says it is his “dream” to come to the United States and play in the major leagues for his favorite team, the New York Yankees. But Yulieski Gourriel, star third basemen for the powerhouse Havana Industriales and for years a highly regarded prospect by..." April 06

  • Top prospect Mike Matuella tears UCL, headed for Tommy John

    CBSSports.com "Duke pitcher Mike Matuella, who has the potential to be the No. 1 overall pick in this year's first-year player draft, has a torn UCL and will have Tommy John surgery, reports ESPN.com. Matuella has posted a 6-8 record with a 3.19 ERA in his three seasons at Duke with 121 strikeouts and just 40..." April 01

  • Red Sox won’t rush prospect Blake Swihart to the majors despite Christian Vazquez injury

    MLB.com "The Red Sox have a clear plan of attack when it comes to deciding to promote top prospects to the Major Leagues, and they resisted the temptation to let Christian Vazquez's injury affect the development of Blake Swihart. Monday's trade for catcher Sandy Leon was all but confirmation that..." March 31

  • Number One Overall Pick Brady Aiken undergoes Tommy John surgery

    The Player's Tribune "Yesterday, I had Tommy John surgery to fix my left arm. I’m obviously extremely disappointed. I wanted to let my pitching speak for itself, but now there are going to be new distractions. For that reason, I wanted to be the one to tell people what’s happened and make this a fresh start. Since..." March 26

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    Joel Sherman @Joelsherman1

    Strong sense Olivera is NL West fight between #Dodgers #Padres. Likely finalized by Wed. Likely 5- or 6-yr deal.

  • Corey Seager Catches Eye Of National League Scout

    Dodgers Nation "While most of the attention at the beginning of Spring Training was geared toward veteran middle infielders, Howie Kendrick and Jimmy Rollins, a young infielder has caught the eye of some Major League scouts. Corey Seager, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ top prospect, earned his first non-roster..." March 23

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    Houston Astros @astros

    #Astros reassign Mark Appel, Andrew Aplin, option Dan Straily to minor league camp, GM Jeff Luhnow announced this morning.

  • Potential No. 1 draft pick Cal Quantrill to undergo Tommy John surgery

    Sporting News "Stanford right-hander Cal Quantrill, a projected No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft, will undergo Tommy John surgery March 20, the school announced. The sophomore and son of former big-league pitcher Paul Quantrill, was 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA before missing his scheduled start against Texas on..." March 16

  • Stanford ace, potential No. 1 pick Cal Quantrill to undergo Tommy John surgery

    Hardball Talk "Tommy John elbow surgery has claimed another young pitcher and this time he’s not even in the pros yet. Stanford right-hander Cal Quantrill, projected by many to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft, will undergo Tommy John surgery this week. Quantrill is the son of longtime big leaguer..." March 16

  • Sources: Padres looming as favorite to sign Cuban infielder Hector Olivera

    Yahoo! Sports "The San Diego Padres are positioning themselves as a favorite to land Cuban infielder Hector Olivera, showing a willingness to spend significant money after strong-but-failed attempts to sign Cubans Yasmany Tomas and Yoan Moncada earlier this offseason, sources told Yahoo Sports. The market for..." March 11

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    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    #Braves having ongoing conversations with Hector Olivera's camp, source confirms. @BenBadler listed them as among favorites to sign him.

  • Padres, Braves, Dodgers Among Favorites To Sign Olivera

    MLB Trade Rumors "A long new article by Baseball America’s Ben Badler assesses the current market for Cuban infielder Hector Olivera, who reportedly is expecting to land a contract of $70MM or more. Badler lists three teams that currently stand out as front-runners to sign Olivera, suggesting that other teams who..." March 08

  • Carlos Rodon will take Chris Sale’s rotation spot in Cactus League action

    Hardball Talk "White Sox pitching prospect Carlos Rodon will take over for the injured Chris Sale in the starting rotation as his club gets set to enter Cactus League action in spring training. Sale recently suffered an avulsion fracture in his right foot and is expected to miss three weeks. Rodon, 22, was..." March 02

  • Brady Aiken enrolls at Florida sports academy

    Houston Chronicle "Pitcher Brady Aiken, the Astros’ No. 1 pick in last year’s draft, has enrolled at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., to help prepare for the 2015 draft. A lefthander from Cathedral Catholic H.S. in San Diego, Aiken didn’t sign with the Astros last year because of issues with his ulnar collateral..." February 26

  • Royals plan to develop Brandon Finnegan as a starter

    Hardball Talk "Brandon Finnegan had a rapid rise to the majors, debuting for the Royals just three months after they drafted him 17th overall and making a big impact in the playoffs as a reliever. However, long term the Royals still think he fits best as a starting pitcher and general manager Dayton Moore..." February 20

  • Yankees give Cuban phenom Moncada secret 2nd workout

    New York Post "The Yankees took a second look at Yoan Moncada early Wednesday evening during a George M. Steinbrenner Field workout, The Post has learned. Two people with knowledge of the situation confirmed the 19-year-old free agent, a switch-hitting infielder from Cuba, showcased his skills for the..." February 19

  • Mariners prospect Sanchez improves after accident

    MLB.com "Mariners pitching prospect Victor Sanchez showed signs of improvement on Wednesday, but he remains unconscious and in critical condition in a Venezuelan hospital after sustaining a head injury in a boating accident in his home country last week. A CT scan on Sanchez, 20, revealed reduced..." February 18

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    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    David Hastings, agent for Yoan Moncada, said it's "realistic" Moncada could sign in the next week; Hastings has no formal offers yet.

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    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    David Hastings, agent for Yoan Moncada, said it's "realistic" Moncada could sign in the next week; Hastings has no formal offers yet.

  • Who is Yoan Moncada and why does every MLB team want him?

    USA Today "Cuban free agent Yoan Moncada hopes to sign with an MLB team by Feb. 23, according to an ESPN.com report. Moncada, a coveted 19-year-old switch-hitting infielder who defected over the summer, is expected to command a bonus so large that any acquiring team will pay a steep tax and give up..." February 14

  • Moncada aiming to sign by month's end

    MLB.com "Cuban infielder expected to work out for Cubs, Dodgers, D-backs this week Cuban infield prospect Yoan Moncada is wrapping up private workouts for teams and is expected to make a decision on which team to join by the end of the month, according to an industry source. The Cubs, Dodgers and..." February 11

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    Ben Badler @BenBadler

    I know of at least one team that has a workout scheduled with Yoan Moncada the week after next. Wouldn't expect him to sign before then.

  • Sources: With MLB rule change, Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada is now a free agent

    Yahoo! Sports "Star prospect Yoan Moncada is a free agent after Major League Baseball overhauled its rules regarding Cuban players, paving the way for a bidding war to sign the 19-year-old infielder, sources familiar with the situation told Yahoo Sports. Players who present sworn affidavits to Major League..." February 03

  • MLB.com names Byron Buxton as baseball’s top prospect for second straight year

    Hardball Talk "For the second straight year, MLB.com has ranked Twins center field prospect Byron Buxton as the No. 1 prospect in the game. Buxton got top honors despite appearing in just 31 games in the minors last season due to a left wrist injury and a concussion. The 21-year-old then suffered a small..." February 01

  • Most agree Derek Hill is easily Tigers' top prospect

    Detroit Free Press "Spring training is only a few weeks away. And a sure sign of its near-arrival is upon us, with a number of MLB prospect lists getting recently released. Last week, it was Baseball Prospectus. Today, it was ESPN. And tonight, it will be MLB.com. Centerfielder Derek Hill is the top-ranked..." January 31

  • Prospect rankings: ESPN's Keith Law thinks Kris Bryant is No. 1

    CSN Chicago "Kris Bryant has another "top prospect" label to toss on his resume. ESPN's Keith Law unveiled his Top 100 prospects Thursday morning and tabbed Bryant as No. 1, ahead of Minnesota Twins' Byron Buxton, who was No. 1 last year on Law's rankings. Bryant came in at No. 15 on Law's list last..." January 29

  • 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

    Covers.com "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

    MLB.com "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 MLB.com 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

    MLB.com "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 MLB.com. 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 MLB.com’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

    CBSSports.com "The next big thing from Cuba may be on his way to Major League Baseball ... As MLB.com'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.

    CBSSports.com "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

2014 MLB Draft Projections

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

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