MLB Prospects Rumors & News

  • Brewers Sign Corey Ray

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Brewers have announced that they’ve signed fifth overall draft pick Corey Ray, an outfielder from Louisville. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports tweets that Ray will receive $4.125MM, giving the Brewers a modest savings against the $4,382,200 slot value of the fifth overall pick. MLB.com ranked..." June 25

  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to debut with Blue Jays’ rookie ball affiliate

    Sportsnet "Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is set to make his U.S. debut Thursday with the Bluefield Blue Jays, a rookie-advanced minor-league affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. The 17-year-old Blue Jays prospect is the son of former MLB star Vladimir Guerrero, who spent 16 big-league seasons with the Montreal..." June 22

  • Twins reach agreement with first-round draft pick

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins have reached an agreement with outfielder Alex Kirilloff, their first-round pick from the June 9 draft, according to a source with knowledge of the talks. Kirilloff, who was selected with the 15th overall pick out of Plum (Pa.) High, is expected to receive a signing bonus of..." June 20

  • Dodgers reportedly sign catcher Will Smith, No. 32 overall pick

    True Blue L.A. "The Dodgers have had a flurry of draft signings in the last few days, and on Friday also reportedly reached agreement with first-round supplemental pick Will Smith, the catcher from Louisville taken with the 32nd pick in the 2016 MLB Draft. Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reported the agreement..." June 18

  • White Sox sign No. 26 overall pick Zack Burdi

    Today's Knuckleball "A hard-throwing relief prospect, Zack Burdi will begin his professional service time with the White Sox after coming to terms on his rookie deal on Friday, Chris Cotillo of MLB.com reports. The departure of Jeff Samardzija in the offseason gave Chicago this opportunity to take Burdi at No. 26...." June 18

  • Rays Sign First-Rounder Josh Lowe

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays have signed first-round draft selection Josh Lowe, with the team set to announce the deal tonight. MLB.com’s Bill Chastain first reported a deal was imminent yesterday on Twitter. It’s an under-slot signing, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (Twitter link), though details on the..." June 18

  • Cardinals sign top draft pick Perez

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Cardinals have agreed to terms with their top draft pick, Puerto Rican high school shortstop Delvin Perez, and will introduce him to the media at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Busch Stadium. Perez, 17, had dropped from a potential top five pick in last week’s draft to No. 23, likely based on the..." June 17

  • Blue Jays sign first-round pick T.J. Zeuch, 23 others

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have officially signed the majority of their 2016 draft picks, including T.J. Zeuch, their first round pick. The Blue Jays have now officially signed nine of their top 11 selections plus 15 late-round picks to lock up 24 total players. They’ve also reached an agreement..." June 17

  • Cleveland Indians agree to $2.5 million deal with 2016 first-round pick, Will Benson

    Let's Go Tribe "MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo is reporting that the Cleveland Indians have agreed to a $2.5 million deal with their 2016 first-round draft pick, outfielder Will Benson. The Tribe selected Benson with the 14th overall pick in this year's draft, which had a $2,973,700 slot value, meaning the Indians have..." June 17

  • Dodgers Sign First-Rounder Gavin Lux

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Dodgers have agreed to terms with first-round selection Gavin Lux, Jon Heyman of todaysknuckleball.com reports on Twitter. He’ll receive a $2.317MM bonus that lands just $700 over the slot value at the 20th overall pick. Lux is a high school shortstop out of Wisconsin who was rated between..." June 17

  • Cubs To Promote Willson Contreras

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cubs will promote top catching prospect Willson Contreras before tomorrow’s game, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). The team’s plan is to carry three catchers for the time being, he adds, so it doesn’t appear that the yet-unknown corresponding roster move will involve either..." June 16

  • Pitching prospect Tyrell Jenkins called up by Atlanta Braves

    Fox Sports "The Braves apparently added a news-breaker in their 2016 draft class with Texas A&M outfielder J.B. Moss. The seventh-round pick broke early Thursday that Tyrell Jenkins was called up to the majors for the first time ahead of Atlanta's series finale against the Reds. "That boy..." June 16

  • Lucas Giolito looking like baseball’s top prospect once again

    Today's Knuckleball "It looked like maybe the bright lights of being the top pitching prospect in baseball may have been too much to handle. Lucas Giolito — arguably the best overall prospect in all of the minor leagues — looked lost at the start of the season, like a pitcher much different than the one that had..." June 15

  • Ranking All 30 MLB Farm Systems, Post 2016 MLB Draft

    Bleacher Report "The 2016 MLB draft is in the books, with 1,216 players selected over the course of the 40-round, three-day event. With no clear-cut No. 1 talent in this year's class, the first round was as unpredictable as any in recent memory and a number of highly regarded prospects wound up slipping below..." June 15

  • MLB must reform draft to increase prospect attendance

    MLB Daily Dish "The most iconic moments of every draft are the simple ones, as the world gets to watch as talented amateurs become professionals by donning the cap and jersey of their new teams and shaking the commissioner’s hand on stage. Unfortunately for baseball fans, there were only two of these moments..." June 14

  • These six teams could most use Cuban phenom infielder Yulieski Gurriel

    CBS Sports "On Monday, we learned Major League Baseball has officially declared Cuban infielder Yulieski Gurriel a free agent. He defected in February and is now able to sign with any team. Gurriel will need some time in the minors to get up to speed, though the expectation is he will be ready to help in the..." June 14

  • Reds sign #2 pick Nick Senzel to below-slot deal

    Today's Knuckleball "Jim Callis of MLB.com reports that the Cincinnati Reds have agreed to a contract with the #2 overall pick in last week’s MLB Draft, University of Tennessee third baseman Nick Senzel. The deal, which is worth $6.2 million, is well under the pick’s slot value of $7.7 million. In 160 games across..." June 13

  • Yulieski Gurriel Declared Free Agent

    MLB Trade Rumors "Cuban third baseman Yulieski Gurriel has been declared a free agent by Major League Baseball and is now free to sign with any team, reports MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez (via Twitter). Gurriel, who just turned 32 last Thursday, is widely considered to be one of the top talents on the international..." June 13

  • Vanderbilt to retire number of player who drowned

    The Score "Vanderbilt University is retiring Donny Everett's No. 41 jersey after his recent death. Commodores head coach Tim Corbin made the announcement after Everett drowned on June 2, according to the Tennessean's Adam Sparks. “Forty-one won’t be worn again,” Corbin said Saturday. “That number just..." June 12

  • Mariners draft Griffey's son, wide receiver Trey

    The Score "The Seattle Mariners love their kids, especially The Kid's kids. Twenty-nine years after they made Ken Griffey Jr. the first overall pick in the 1987 MLB amateur draft, the club used a 24th-round pick in the 2016 draft Saturday to select his son Trey Griffey, who doesn't actually play baseball." June 11

  • Heyward's brother drafted while playing in NCAA tourney

    The Score "Saturday was quite the day for Miami outfielder Jacob Heyward, who played against Boston College in the Super Regionals and got drafted by the San Francisco Giants. The younger brother of Chicago Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward, Jacob was selected by the Giants in the 18th round, 545th overall,..." June 11

  • Mozeliak: We're willing to take 'black eye' over Perez pick

    The Score "The St. Louis Cardinals made a risky move on Thursday when they selected Puerto Rican shortstop Delvin Perez 23rd overall in the MLB draft. Perez, who was highly touted coming into the draft and expected to go in the top 10, tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance, which kept..." June 10

  • Rob Manfred causes confusion over Will Craig draft pick by Pirates

    Larry Brown Sports "There was a lot of confusion surrounding the selection of Will Craig by the Pittsburgh Pirates at No. 22 overall in the MLB Draft, but it turns out it was all an error. Craig pitched and played third base in college for Wake Forest, but it was with his bat where he really stood out. For that..." June 10

  • Moniak: Ties to Ted Williams 'definitely influenced my game'

    Philly Voice "Mickey Moniak may have a baseball name that rolls off the tongue, but it’s not even his birth name. And although he considers Mickey Mantle his favorite all-time baseball player, it’s not the Hall of Fame player he is one degree of separation from and one who has influenced his own hitting..." June 10

  • Indians' 1st-rounder Benson wants to 'impact the world'

    MLB.com "Will Benson has a mission, and it began on Thursday night. When the high school senior heard his name called in the first-round of the 2016 MLB Draft, Benson shifted his focus not only to the Indians, his new team, but to Cleveland, his new city. Selected with the 14th overall pick, Benson..." June 10

  • Moniak's friend to tattoo No. 1 pick's name on rear end after bet

    Yahoo! Sports "Being selected in the MLB draft is the realization of a lifelong dream. When you're taken first overall, like California prep outfielder Mickey Moniak was on Thursday by the Philadelphia Phillies, it's the cause for great celebration. Especially when it comes at a cost for a childhood..." June 10

  • Reds draft Tennessee 3B Nick Senzel with No. 2 pick

    Cincinnati Enquirer "As soon as the Philadelphia Phillies took high school outfielder Mickey Moniak No. 1 overall in Thursday’s draft, University of Tennessee third baseman Nick Senzel received a call from his advisors that he’d be the Reds’ pick at No. 2. Jeff Senzel, Nick’s father, had to wait several more..." June 10

  • Braves select pitcher Ian Anderson with third pick in MLB draft

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Atlanta Braves added to their stockpile of young arms on Thursday, selecting right-handed pitcher Ian Anderson with the third overall pick in the 2016 MLB draft. Anderson pitches at Shenendehowa High School in Clifton Park, New York, and is in the midst of a state semifinal run with the..." June 10

  • Colorado Rockies select RHP Riley Pint with No. 4 overall pick

    Purple Row "The Colorado Rockies have selected Riley Pint, a right-handed pitcher out of St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Kansas with the fourth selection of the 2016 amateur draft. The Rockies have acquired one of the top high school pitchers in the draft and probably the player with the highest ceiling...." June 10

  • Brewers select Louisville outfielder Corey Ray with the fifth pick

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "The Milwaukee Brewers insisted they would stick with their "best player available" strategy with the fifth pick of the Major League Baseball draft Thursday evening and they meant it. With their highest pick in 11 years, the Brewers selected University of Louisville's Corey Ray, a multitalented..." June 10

  • Athletics select LHP A.J. Puk 6th overall

    CSN Bay Area "As the first few selections were made Thursday in the Major League Baseball draft, A.J. Puk was as curious as anybody to see where he might be taken. When the sixth overall pick rolled around, the A’s pounced on the University of Florida lefty, grabbing a pitcher that some had pegged as the..." June 10

  • Miami Marlins draft LHP Braxton Garrett with No. 7 pick in 2016 MLB Draft

    Miami Herald "High school pitcher Braxton Garrett has been on the Marlins’ radar since last summer. Apparently impressed with what they saw over the past year, the Marlins took the left-handed pitcher from Florence, Alabama, with the seventh pick of the MLB first-year player draft on Thursday..." June 10

  • Padres draft Cal Quantrill with No. 8 pick

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Weeks of speculation turned into reality Thursday when the Padres selected Stanford right-hander Cal Quantrill with the eighth overall selection in the MLB Draft. Quantrill, 21, had been an early candidate to go No. 1 this summer, but he blew out his elbow and underwent Tommy John surgery on..." June 10

  • Tigers select prep pitcher Matt Manning with ninth overall pick

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Tigers drafted high school right-handed pitcher Matt Manning, the son of former NBA player Rich Manning, with the ninth overall pick in tonight’s MLB draft. Matt Manning (6-foot-6, 185 pounds) is a good basketball player and is committed to Loyola Marymount for both baseball and..." June 10

  • White Sox Select Miami Catcher Zack Collins With No. 10 Pick

    CBSChicago.com "In need of both catching and left-handed hitting power, the Chicago White Sox selected 21-year-old Zack Collins out of the University of Miami with the 10th overall pick in the MLB amateur draft Thursday night. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Collins is batting .358 this season, with 13 home runs and..." June 10

  • ‘What a steal’ as Mariners get highly-rated outfielder Kyle Lewis in baseball draft

    Seattle Times "The guy that Tom McNamara believed the Mariners had no chance of getting this spring became their first-round draft pick on Thursday night. Seattle selected outfielder Kyle Lewis out of Mercer University with the No. 11 overall pick of Thursday’s Major League Baseball amateur draft. It was..." June 10

  • Questions come with Red Sox top pick Jason Groome

    Boston Herald "He has insurmountable talent, but it will come with questions for Jason Groome, the 17-year-old left-hander drafted by the Red Sox No. 12 overall last night. Groome, at 6-foot-5, 200 pounds, has a fastball that ranges from the low- to upper-90s, a changeup that’s still developing and a power..." June 10

  • Rays select 3B Josh Lowe 13th overall

    D-Rays Bay "With the No. 13 pick in the draft, the Rays selected third baseman Josh Lowe from Pope High School in Georgia. He is committed to Florida State. Lowe was featured in our draft preview: Several outlets have the Rays taking Lowe with their first selection. A high school standout from Georgia,..." June 10

  • Cleveland Indians draft high school outfielder Will Benson with 14th pick

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians have added another outfielder to their backlog of No.1 picks by selecting high school senior Will Benson with the 14th overall pick in Thursday's MLB draft. Benson, 6-6 and 220 pounds, is a left-handed hitting outfielder from Westminister High School in Atlanta. The 17-year-old hit..." June 10

  • Twins select outfielder Alex Kirilloff with 15th pick in MLB draft

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Alex Kirilloff was with friends, family and teammates Thursday and couldn't have been happier. Major League Baseball invited him to attend the draft proceedings in Secaucus, N.J., but he declined. His high school team had a playoff game that day anyway. A scout even contacted the high school..." June 10

  • Angels take Virginia catcher Matt Thaiss with #16 overall pick

    Halos Heaven "They did it again. The Angels took another college catcher with their first round pick. The Angels had the #16 overall pick, and some solid names like Blake Rutherford and Dakota Hudson were still on the board. But the Halos took catcher Matt Thaiss, from Virginia. A little about Thaiss: He's..." June 10

  • Houston Astros draft right-hander Forrest Whitley at No. 17

    Houston Chronicle "The Astros' first-round draft pick was a little busy when the news became official Thursday evening. Forrest Whitley, a 6-foot-7, 240-pound righthander, was pitching in the Class 5A state semifinals for San Antonio Alamo Heights at Dell Diamond in Round Rock. And the Astros' front office had..." June 10

  • New York Yankees draft outfielder Blake Rutherford at No. 18

    Newark Star-Ledger "Sometime soon, the guy who makes the final draft decisions for the Yankees will answer questions about the organization's 2016 selections. For now, the Yankees issued a press release just past midnight Friday with a couple of quotes from that guy, Damon Oppenheimer, vice president of domestic..." June 10

  • Mets select Boston College right-hander Justin Dunn at No. 19 overall

    Newsday "The Mets dipped into Long Island again with their first two picks in the MLB Draft on Thursday night. Seven years after they drafted former Ward Melville lefthander Steven Matz, the Mets picked Freeport native Justin Dunn with the 19th overall selection and took former Ward Melville lefthander..." June 10

  • Los Angeles Dodgers draft shortstop Gavin Lux at No. 20

    Los Angeles Times "With four choices in the top 65 picks in Thursday’s Major League Baseball draft, the Dodgers selected a shortstop and a catcher with solid defensive reputations and a pair of pitchers with Tommy John surgery in their past. The team chose shortstop Gavin Lux, an 18-year-old from Indian Trail..." June 10

  • Blue Jays draft RHP T.J. Zeuch 21st overall

    Bluebird Banter "With their 1st round pick in the 2016 MLB Draft, the Blue Jays played right to type in just about every way and selected T.J. Zeuch, a 6'7", 220 pound pitcher from Pitt. They chose a college pitcher with a first round pick for the third straight year and sixth in the last eighth years going all..." June 10

  • Pittsburgh Pirates draft third baseman Will Craig at No. 22

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates selected Wake Forest third baseman Will Craig with their first-round selection, the 22nd overall pick, in Thursday’s MLB draft. Craig hit .379 with a .520 on-base percentage and .731 slugging percentage in 55 games for the Demon Deacons this season. He hit 16 homers and 16 doubles..." June 10

  • SS Delvin Perez drops to Cardinals at No. 23 pick

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Led by first-year amateur scouting director Randy Flores, the Cardinals entered the first day of the Major League Baseball draft with four picks and a draft purse of $9,080,700. Flores, who later showed his sweaty palms as a sign of the nerves he battled, arrived with a bang. His first..." June 10

  • Padres draft SS Hudson Sanchez at No. 24, LHP Erik Lauer at No. 25

    Gaslamp Ball "For the first time since 2009, the Padres used a first round pick on a high school position player. Back then it was OF Donavan Tate; today it was Carroll High School (TX) SS Hudson Sanchez. The Friars selected Sanchez with the 24th overall pick, a selection they received as compensation for..." June 10

  • White Sox draft RHP Zack Burdi at No. 26

    SB Nation "The Chicago White Sox went for pitching with their second selection in the 2016 MLB Draft, taking University of Louisville closer Zack Burdi with the 26th overall pick on Thursday night. This was the pick Chicago received for losing free agent Jeff Samardzija. Burdi has a 2.20 ERA in 26..." June 10

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