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
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
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
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
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
David Hastings, agent for Yoan Moncada, said it's "realistic" Moncada could sign in the next week; Hastings has no formal offers yet.
David Hastings, agent for Yoan Moncada, said it's "realistic" Moncada could sign in the next week; Hastings has no formal offers yet.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Hardball Talk "MLB.com’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
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
CBSSports.com "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
@mployedwriter Jorge Soler is coming up to the major league team.
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.
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
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
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
MLB.com "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
ESPN.com "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
MLB.com "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
CBSSports.com "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
CBSSports.com "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
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
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
CBSSports.com "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 CBSSports.com. The Astros are offering to do a deal for..." July 07
CBSSports.com "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
MLB.com "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
|1||Diamondbacks||Brady Aiken||Cathedral Catholic HS|
|2||Astros||Brendan Rodgers||Lake Mary HS (FLA)|
|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|
Draft order yet to be confirmed. Pick order based on current standings.