MLB Prospects Rumors & News

  • Elbow ligament issue for No. 1 pick Aiken delays signing by Astros

    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

  • Phillies pitching propect Jesse Biddle on inactive list, is 'miserable'

    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

  • Big league power highlights Futures Game rosters

    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

  • 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 MLB.com’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

  • Phillies go for 'now stuff' by drafting Aaron Nola

    CSN Philly "Shortly after Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig announced the Phillies had chosen Aaron Nola with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2014 draft, dance music could be heard pulsing through the walls of the media conference room at Citizens Bank Park. Oh, the Diamond Club area had been..." June 06

  • Cubs draft Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber with No. 4 overall pick

    CSN Chicago "When’s Kyle Schwarber getting here? Too soon? Schwarber became part of The Plan on Thursday night when the Cubs grabbed the Indiana catcher/outfielder with the No. 4 overall pick in the amateur draft. That means his day-to-day performance will be microblogged, with all the box scores..." June 06

  • White Sox surprised to find Carlos Rodon available at No. 3

    CSN Chicago "They didn’t think Carlos Rodon would be there at No. 3, but when he was the White Sox didn’t hesitant to grab him. The White Sox selected the prized North Carolina State junior left-handed pitcher with the third pick in the 2014 amateur baseball draft on Thursday night. Amateur scouting..." June 06

  • Astros make Brady Aiken the top pick in the 2014 draft

    Yahoo! Sports "The Houston Astros have picked up another high-profile piece for their high-profile rebuilding project. He'll have to graduate from high school before he starts pitching in, though. Picking at the No. 1 spot for the third straight year, the Astros selected Brady Aiken, a 17-year-old..." June 06

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: Polanco heading to Pittsburgh tomorrow and expected to join #Pirates on Friday.

  • LHP Brady Aiken remains No. 1 choice for Astros

    MLB.com "Teams have spent the past week setting up their First-Year Player Draft boards, and now they'll start pinning down the signability of their top targets. Possible scenarios are becoming clearer, at least at the top of the first round, though exactly which ones will play out remains..." June 03

  • Astros could draft Rodon or Aiken No. 1, or pull surprise with Gordon

    CBSSports.com "Houston, who has the No. 1 pick a third straight year, is hard to predict. The Astros were said as of last week to be in internal debates about which of two top lefthanded pitching prospects -- Carlos Rodon of NC State or San Diego high-schooler Brady Aiken -- to take with the No. 1 overall..." May 29

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    Andy McCullough @McCulloughStar

    Kyle Zimmer has been shut down due to a lat strain. He won't play catch for six to eight weeks. Cripes.

  • Why Is Cuban Outfielder Alfredo Despaigne Playing In Mexico Using A Dominican Passport?

    Baseball America "Alfredo Despaigne is one of the biggest stars in Cuban baseball, a 27-year-old corner outfielder with tremendous power and multiple Serie Nacional MVP awards on his resume. Thanks to Cuba loosening its restrictions and allowing its players to participate in foreign professional leagues,..." May 16

  • UNLV Ace Erick Fedde To Have Tommy John Surgery

    Baseball America "Baseball America confirmed Saturday that UNLV ace righthander Erick Fedde will have Tommy John surgery. He is the second potential top-10 pick this week to suffer this fate, following on the heels of East Carolina’s Jeff Hoffman. Fedde missed a start last week, and the Rebels said they were..." May 11

  • Surgery means Hoffman will fall in draft, but he still could go in top 15

    CBSSports.com "Hard-throwing righthanded pitching prospect Jeff Hoffman lost his chance to be a top-four pick in next month's MLB draft of amateurs after news hit that Hoffman needed Tommy John surgery, but scouting directors still suggest it's possible he could be a first-round pick, and possibly even a..." May 08

  • Mike Cameron's son is a top 2015 draft prospect

    CBSSports.com "Mike Cameron, you'll recall, put together a nifty and underrated 17-year career as a slick-fielding, power-hitting center fielder (he came within spitting distance of 300 homers and 300 steals), and he was in the bigs as recently as 2011. Mr. Cameron, you should know, also has a..." May 03

  • Experts take early stab at Top 10 Draft picks

    MLB.com "1. Astros Callis: Brady Aiken, LHP, Cathedral Catholic HS (San Diego) -- Combines stuff and polish better than anyone in this deep pitching class, including the college arms. Mayo: Carlos Rodon, LHP, North Carolina State -- He'll solidify his place atop the Draft before June. 2...." April 30

  • Top SF Giants hitting prospect Williamson to have Tommy John surgery

    San Francisco Chronicle "his is bad news for an organization light on good hitting prospects. Outfielder Mac Williamson, who hit 25 home runs for Class A San Jose last year, apparently has an injury to his right ulnar-collateral ligament and is being evaluated for a possible Tommy John reconstruction..." April 29

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    Milwaukee Brewers @Brewers

    RHP Johnny Hellweg will have right elbow "Tommy John" surgery today (Dr. James Andrews). Hellweg will miss the remainder of the 2014 season.

  • Potential top draft pick Carlos Rodon threw 132 pitches in a complete game loss on Friday

    Hardball Talk "NC State Wolfpack starter Carlos Rodon is expected to be one of the first few players taken in the upcoming amateur draft. However, his coaches certainly isn’t being careful with his precious arm. In a complete game loss to Georgia Tech on Friday, Rodon threw 132 pitches. Overall, Rodon allowed..." April 26

  • 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

    CBSSports.com "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

    SI.com "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

    MLB.com "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

    ESPN.com "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 MLB.com...." January 24

  • Nats place pair of pitchers on Top 100 Prospects list

    MLB.com "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

    MLB.com "Right-hander Jimmy Nelson is baseball's 83rd-best prospect and the only Brewers player to crack MLB.com'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 MLB.com's Top 100. Last year,..." January 24

  • Prospect Watch: Top 10 shortstops

    MLB.com "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

    MLB.com "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

2014 MLB Draft Results

# Team Player School/Team
1 Astros Brady Aiken Cathedral Catholic HS
2 Marlins Tyler Kolek Shepherd HS (TX)
3 White Sox Carlos Rodon North Carolina St.
4 Cubs Kyle Schwarber Indiana
5 Twins Nick Gordon Olympia HS (Orlando)
6 Mariners Alex Jackson Rancho Bernardo HS (CA)
7 Phillies Aaron Nola Louisiana St.
8 Rockies Kyle Freeland Evansville
9 Blue Jays Jeff Hoffman East Carolina
10 Mets Michael Conforto Oregon State
Full MLB Draft Results