MLB Prospects Rumors & News

  • Outfielder Ruben Paz Leaves Cuba, Seeks MLB Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "Outfielder Ruben Paz has left Cuba to pursue a contract with a major league team, reports Ben Badler of Baseball America. Paz likely would have been the rookie of the year in Serie Nacional for the 2015-16 season had he remained in Cuba, according to Badler. Given his age (21) and the fact that he..." April 23

  • Cuban Outfielder Yadiel Hernandez Cleared To Sign

    Baseball America "Cuban outfielder Yadiel Hernandez is one step closer to beginning his major league career, with Major League Baseball clearing him to sign today. Hernandez, 28, is a corner outfielder who is exempt from the international bonus pools, meaning he can sign a major league contract with any team..." April 22

  • Former Astros top pick Mark Appel starts strong in Phillies system

    Houston Chronicle "Don't look now, but are things coming together for Mark Appel? Appel, whom the Astros selected with the first overall pick in the 2013 draft and traded to Philadelphia as part of the Ken Giles deal last offseason, has started strong with the Phillies' Class AAA affiliate. In his first two..." April 20

  • MLB remains unbalanced as female umpires strike out

    The Sports Quotient "In 2015, the NFL introduced its first female referee into the league and joined the NBA as the only two major professional sports with women officiating regular-season games. Although female participation in all levels of professional sports has increased since the passing of Title IX almost 40..." April 19

  • Taillon, Glasnow off to good starts at Class AAA

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Last week, for the first time since 2013, Jameson Taillon took the mound in a stadium, with dugouts and fans and stands and hot-dog vendors and lights. It looked like he didn’t miss a beat. “For him to come out with the crispness, the sharpness, of the stuff, the velocity, the comfort, was..." April 19

  • No. 1 MLB draft prospect Jason Groome ruled ineligible, stats erased

    NewJersey.com "Barnegat High School senior left-handed pitcher Jason Groome, the No. 1 overall prospect for June’s Major League Baseball draft, has been ruled ineligible by the state’s governing body for high school athletics for violating the state’s transfer rule, NJ Advance Media has learned. Barnegat..." April 14

  • Marlins’ Tyler Kolek Undergoes Tommy John Surgery

    MLB Trade Rumors "Marlins top prospect Tyler Kolek underwent Tommy John surgery today, MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo reports (via Twitter). Kolek was said in late March to have been sidelined with an elbow issue after a strong Spring Training. Miami made the big right-hander the second pick in the 2014 draft (behind..." April 07

  • U.Va.'s Jones sets aside distractions of MLB future, focuses on ace role

    Daily Press "As he sat in front the television in January watching Alabama fend off Clemson in the College Football Playoff national championship game, Connor Jones had a flashback to his own experience on the biggest stage of his own sport. Jones is a self-professed college football junkie, so in theory,..." March 18

  • Connor Jones steps up in time to carry Virginia in NCAA baseball tournament

    Washington Post "As the Virginia baseball team marched through the postseason last year, pitcher Connor Jones cheered on his teammates as a fan would, resigned to watching College World Series games rather than playing in them. An accomplished high school prospect who had turned down professional opportunities,..." March 18

  • Kansas high school pitcher Riley Pint on Phillies' radar

    Philly.com "When Riley Pint walked a batter in his first inning at Perfect Game's national showcase in June, there was a rumble of surprise among the hundreds of observing scouts. In the buildup to this gathering of the nation's best high school players, the lanky Kansan had been portrayed as some sort of..." March 18

  • LSU recruit Riley Pint is holding steady, but he also knows things could change

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "A lot of things have changed for Riley Pint in the last 6-7 months or so. One thing remains the same, though, when it comes to where at least part of his attention is focused. The fire-throwing right-hander from the Kansas City suburbs is adding the finishing touches on a dominant summer before..." March 18

  • Puerto Rico's next Correa? Let's Delvin to it

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball has been working intensely to replenish the pool of Puerto Rican talent filtering into the big leagues, but one quick glance at their showcase in Cayey this week suggests the fruits of their labor may already be paying off. While there are several prospects from the island..." March 18

  • Loveland pitcher Alec Hansen emerges into top prospect with 96 mph fastball

    Denver Post "ortrait during the Colorado High School Baseball All-Star Game at Coors field. He flirts with the mid-90s like an elderly man with gumption. Flame-throwing schoolboy Alec Hansen has hit 96 miles per hour on occasion, and so, the radar put him on the radar. The Loveland High School senior is..." March 18

  • Former Loveland pitcher Alec Hansen could be top prospect in 2016 MLB draft

    Reporter Herald "In every picture you see of Alec Hansen pitching a baseball, his mouth is wide open. Yep, he's aware of it, and no, he's not exactly sure why, it's just something he's always done. Not on purpose, it just happened somewhere along the line. Then again, when the junior-to-be at the University..." March 18

  • Simeon grad Corey Ray's stock is so high, he could be top-10 MLB draft pick

    Chicago Tribune "Corey Ray now happily admits his father was right. He didn't feel the same way as a senior out of Simeon, when a disagreement over a major life decision caused temporary teenage despair. In 2013, the Mariners picked Ray in the 33rd round of the amateur draft, and a professional baseball..." March 18

  • Could Jersey phenom Jason Groome be No. 1 pick in MLB draft?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Barnegat High pitcher Jason Groome stands 6-foot-6, weighs 220 pounds, throws a 97 mph fastball and is already appearing on short lists as a potential No. 1 overall pick in next June's draft. That means the senior from Ocean County might not have to go far to start his professional career since..." March 18

  • Jersey Shore lefty Jason Groome, 16, already a huge talent

    Philly.com "With straw-hatted scouts clustered like ants in JetBlue Park's shade, hundreds of sweating, sunbaked high school baseball players gathered in June for the Perfect Game National Showcase, and overexerted themselves on nearly every throw and swing. Then, like a welcome breeze amid all the sweat..." March 18

  • Local 6-5 LHP Jason Groome a possible 1st pick for Phillies

    CSN Philly "Having the worst record in major league baseball comes with a silver lining, and for the Phillies that silver lining just might be the kid who works out twice a week right down the road at the Maplezone Sports Institute in Delaware County. Jason Groome is his name, but he prefers to be called..." March 18

  • UF pitchers A.J. Puk and Kirby Snead arrested, charged with third-degree criminal trespass

    Orlando Sentinel "Two pitchers on the Florida Gators baseball team were arrested on UF's campus late Sunday night and charged with criminal trespass. Sophomores A.J. Puk and Kirby Snead were charged with a third-degree felony after University Police arrested them after climbing a crane inside a marked..." March 18

  • Phillies Officially On the Clock For Florida Lefty A.J. Puk

    Rant Sports "Unless the Philadelphia Phillies do something really dumb, it appears they have sunken far enough in the standings to earn the No. 1 pick in the June MLB Draft. This means they are likely on the clock for University of Florida left-handed pitcher A.J. Puk. Actually, there are two consensus No...." March 18

  • Iowan Puk on early lists as possible top pick in 2016 MLB Draft

    Des Moines Register "Two years ago, A.J. Puk was a high school star who tumbled down the draft boards of Major League Baseball teams. It had nothing to do with talent. It was because the price tag to convince the Cedar Rapids Washington product to skip playing at Florida and head straight to the minors was..." March 18

  • After ditching switch-hitting, South African prospect Ngoepe moves closer to majors

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Gift Ngoepe, an ebullient and talented middle infielder in the Pirates’ minor league system, found himself stressed. The stress inherent in nearing the top of the minor league ladder, he could deal with. He had dealt for years with the pressure of his story, that of a black South African who..." March 16

  • 'Impressive' Margot optioned to Triple-A

    San Diego Union-Tribune "On Monday, Andy Green cited dwindling at-bats and innings as the chief reason for a hefty round of minor league reassignments. The Padres' manager did, however, make sure to get impressive center field prospect Manuel Margot two more days in Cactus League play before optioning him to Triple-A El..." March 16

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    Houston Astros @astros

    Max Stassi underwent surgery yesterday to repair a hook of the hamate fracture of his left wrist. He is expected to miss approx. six weeks.

  • Pirates prospect Austin Meadows suffers orbital fracture during workout

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Pirates prospect Austin Meadows, an outfielder drafted ninth overall in 2013, injured his right eye while playing catch Tuesday at Pirate City. Initial tests showed an orbital fracture, but he’ll have further testing early next week in Pittsburgh. Trainer Todd Tomczyk said it is too early to..." March 10

  • LA prospect Urias looking at Friday debut

    MLB.com "Left-handed pitcher Julio Urias is tentatively scheduled to make his Cactus League debut on Friday for the Dodgers. The 19-year-old Urias, rated the Dodgers' top pitching prospect by MLB.com, was set back a few days with slight groin stiffness. But he pitched two innings of live batting..." March 09

  • Baseball’s Comically Underpaid Young Stars

    Wall Street Journal "For the New York Mets, it was a jovial start to spring training, just the kind they expected after winning the National League pennant in 2015. That is, until last week, when star pitcher Jacob deGrom was so offended by the salary the team offered him for 2016 that he refused to sign his..." March 08

  • Dodgers to give Julio Urias his first outing Friday

    ESPN "While it remains to be seen if Julio Urias makes it to the major leagues this season, the teenager will appear in a major league Cactus League game Friday. The 19-year old left-hander will pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers in a home game against the Los Angeles Angels, in a contest that already..." March 08

  • Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager takes 'No. 1 prospect' tag in stride

    Orange County Register "The expectations will be Corey Seager’s constant companion this year. Even his teammates and coaches remind him – in teasing fashion – what is expected of the consensus No. 1 prospect in baseball. Listen closely this spring and you’ll occasionally hear Seager referred to by his new nickname –..." March 07

  • Rays' next generation of star pitchers on cusp of majors

    Tampa Bay Times "Before Chris Archer envisions the same bright future everyone else does in glancing down the row of lockers in the Rays clubhouse that includes promising pitching prospects Blake Snell, Taylor Guerrieri and Jake Faria, he first sees the past. "It's so weird," Archer said. "I feel like I'm..." March 07

  • Rotation scramble not expected to impact Dodgers' top prospects

    ESPN "There is nothing like having a top pitching prospect in the fold, especially when a veteran pitcher goes down, as happened to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday when it was announced that starter Brett Anderson would miss three to five months. The Dodgers don’t have just one top pitching..." March 04

  • Cuban star Y. Gurriel seen in Miami

    MLB.com "Yulieski Gurriel, one of the most celebrated players in the history of Cuban baseball, has been spotted in the United States. On Wednesday night, several Spanish media outlets published reports placing the 31-year-old infielder at Miami International Airport. Gurriel's reason for traveling to..." March 04

  • Brewers' top prospect Orlando Arcia shows love of the game

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "No one disputes that shortstop Orlando Arcia is the Brewers’ No. 1 minor-league prospect. He is universally acclaimed as such. But manager Craig Counsell says what makes Arcia truly special goes beyond his physical skill set on the field. “It’s not all talent that gets you to the top of..." February 24

  • American agent drops Cuban phenom Lazarito after death threat

    Fox Sports "The story of Lazarito, a 16-year-old Cuban phenom seeking to sign with a major-league club, has taken a dramatic and chilling turn. Charles Hairston, who has been the player’s negotiating representative in discussions with major-league clubs, told FOX Sports on Monday night that his life was..." February 23

  • MLB doesn't need a draft lottery, but it's still a fine idea

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball teams are tanking. People think this is a bad thing because "tanking" has negative connotations. And people think bad things should be fixed. Teams that finish with the worst records in baseball get the highest draft picks. Easy solution: draft lottery. Right? Well,..." February 17

  • Report: 13 teams attend showcase for Cuban outfielder Alexei Bell

    Hardball Talk "16-year-old Cuban outfielder Lazaro Armenteros is getting a lot of attention these days, but a countryman twice his age is also busy making his case for a contract with an MLB team. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that 13 teams attended the showcase for Cuban outfielder Alexei Bell today in..." February 16

  • Top prospects for every MLB team

    ESPN "I've ranked every farm system, as well as the top 100 MLB prospects for 2015. Now it's time for each team's top prospects, and I've also added: Overview: A look at each system with several names well beyond the top 10 Impact: Prospects who might help the big league club in 2016 Fallen:..." February 16

  • Cuban defector Yuliesky Gourriel reportedly interested in playing for New York

    Pinstripe Alley "After defecting from Cuba on Monday, Cuban third baseman Yuliesky Gourriel has reportedly expressed interest in playing for the Yankees. Gourriel, along with his younger brother, Lourdes, left their team hotel while in the Dominican Republic with the intention of playing baseball in the United..." February 12

  • Stephen A. Smith, ESPN sued by parents of dethroned Little League champs

    Sporting News "Parents of Jackie Robinson West baseball players who were stripped of their 2014 U.S. Little League championship last year have filed a lawsuit against ESPN and commentator Stephen A. Smith, claiming they defamed the team. The team, composed of all African American youths from Chicago, captured..." February 12

  • Agent: Lazarito Armenteros Not Close To Decision

    MLB Trade Rumors "Charles Hairston, the agent for 16-year-old Cuban prospect Lazaro Armenteros (also the cousin of former Major Leaguers Scott Hairston and Jerry Hairston Jr.), tells MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez that his client is not close to a decision (links to Sanchez on Twitter). While multiple reports earlier this..." February 12

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    Joel Sherman @Joelsherman1

    Lazaro "Lazarito” Armenteros, 16-yr-old Cuban phenom, expected to decide team today or tom Word is he was at #Padres complex 4 days recently

  • Braves' system earns top grade from ESPN's Law

    The Score "Buoyed by a handful of opportunistic trades and some improved drafting of late, the Atlanta Braves' farm system was hailed as baseball's best ahead of the 2016 campaign by ESPN's Keith Law, who released his annual rankings Wednesday. The recent additions of Dansby Swanson - the Vanderbilt..." February 11

  • MLB.com names Corey Seager as baseball’s top prospect

    Hardball Talk "MLB.com has named Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager as the No. 1 prospect in the game, unseating Twins outfielder Byron Buxton. Buxton, who has held that distinction for the past two years, checks in at No. 2 on this year’s list. It’s no surprise to see Seager at the top. After a strong season..." January 31

  • Report: Cuban phenom 'Lazarito' to sign with MLB team soon

    The Score "Sixteen-year-old Cuban phenom Lazaro Robersy Armenteros Arango, better known as "Lazarito" Armenteros, could find a new home with a big-league club soon. The teenager, who was cleared to sign by Major League Baseball in early January, anticipates making a decision by Feb. 10 - the first day..." January 26

  • Braves, Nationals, Padres Expected To Exceed 2016-17 International Pools

    Baseball America "Last June, I explained why certain teams would be wise to blow out their international bonus pools in 2016. There are 10 teams already on the sideline already for 2016—including typical big international players such as the Yankees, Dodgers, Cubs and Red Sox—unable to sign any pool-eligible..." January 26

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    Brian McTaggart @brianmctaggart

    Astros prospect Jose Rosario, 20, died last night in a motorcycle accident in the Dominican Republic.

  • Dodgers’ Julio Urias Named Top Left-Handed Pitching Prospect For ’16

    CBS Los Angeles "Before MLBPipeline.com’s Top 100 Prospects List of 2016 is released at the end of January, the website released it’s rankings for the top prospects at each position on Wednesday. Los Angeles Dodgers pitching prospect Julio Urias was named the best left-handed pitching prospect in the minor..." January 21

  • Rangers GM hopes Joey Gallo will begin 2016 in minors

    Sporting News "If Joey Gallo ends up being an impact player for the Rangers in 2016, it likely won't come until after the All-Star break. Texas general manager Jon Daniels said Tuesday in a radio interview that he hopes Gallo and young outfielder Nomar Mazara aren't in a position to make the big-league club..." January 20

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Source: Cuban phenom Lazarito Armenteros cleared by MLB, eligible to sign starting Feb. 10. Corner OF/IF, 16 years old.

  • Braves prospects excited to be part of ‘something special’

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves overhauled their farm system faster than anyone could’ve imagined, sacrificing in the present by trading established players for prospects and draft picks to build a foundation they believe will make them contenders again before too much longer, and keep them there for many..." December 17

2014 MLB Draft Projections

# Team Player School/Team
1 Phillies A.J. Puk Florida
2 Reds Jason Groome Barnegat High School
3 Braves Corey Ray Louisville
4 Rockies Alec Hansen Oklahoma Sooners
5 Brewers Delvin Perez International Baseball Academy
6 Athletics Riley Pint St. Thomas Aquinas High School
7 Marlins Connor Jones Virginia
8 Padres Will Benson The Westminster
9 Cubs Bryan Reynolds Vanderbilt
10 Phillies Mickey Moniak La Costa Canyon High School

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