MLB Prospects Rumors & News

  • Scouts believe Shohei Ohtani will sign with Yankees

    New York Post "Even without mega-millions to spend, the Yankees are considered the favorites to land two-way Japanese star Shohei Ohtani after he is posted by the Nippon Ham Fighters late next week. Ohtani, 23, will have 21 days to choose from the field of teams that filed the $20 million posting fee, meaning..." November 23

  • Mariners to make 'full-court press' for Shohei Ohtani

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball, Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) and MLB Players Association (MLBPA) agreed on a new posting system Tuesday which clears the way for Japanese star Shohei Ohtani to play in MLB next season and the Mariners are already ready to sign the two-way star. Mariners general..." November 23

  • MLB Sets Record For Revenues In 2017, Increasing More Than $500 Million Since 2015

    Forbes.com "Major League Baseball continues to hit home runs on the business side. According to sources at the league, 2017 marks the 15th consecutive year MLB has seen record gross revenues, surpassing the $10 billion mark for the first time. By comparison, the league saw revenues approaching $9.5 billion at..." November 22

  • MLB wants 20-second pitch clock as pace-of-play initiative in 2018

    ESPN "The serious negotiations over Major League Baseball's pace-of-play initiatives haven't really started yet and probably won't for weeks to come. Once MLB and the Players Association dig into their talks, there will be haggling over the particulars of some ideas, like restrictions on the number of..." November 21

  • Shohei Otani to the Yankees seems like an inevitable conclusion after latest developments

    New York Daily News "This has to happen, right? That’s the obvious reaction to the news on Monday night that the MLB Players Association extended a soft deadline regarding a new agreement with Japanese Baseball that would allow Shohei Otani to come over here and play in the states next season. As a team..." November 21

  • MLB, players' union, NPB push back deadline on Ohtani posting agreement

    CBS Sports "Those keeping up with the Shohei Ohtani predicament knew that Major League Baseball, the players' union, and Nippon Professional Baseball had set a deadline of 8 p.m. ET Monday night to come to an agreement on Ohtani jumping to the majors this offseason. An agreement was reached before that time..." November 21

  • BBWAA announces 2018 Hall of Fame ballot

    Sporting News "The Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Monday announced the 33 candidates for the 2018 Hall of Fame ballot. The ballot lists 14 returning players who received at least five percent of the overall vote in 2017. Among those players, Trevor Hoffman (74.0 percent) and Vladimir Guerrero..." November 20

  • Deadline To Set 40-Man Rosters For Rule 5 Draft Is Tonight

    MLB Trade Rumors "The deadline for Major League teams to set their 40-man rosters in advance of next month’s Rule 5 Draft is tonight at 8pm ET. As such, baseball fans should expect to see a flurry of activity over the next 11 hours. There will be likely be players designated for assignment, outrighted and claimed..." November 20

  • Hideki Matsui expects to play part in Yankees’ recruitment of Shohei Otani

    New York Daily News "Here comes Godzilla. Hideki Matsui, Yankees fan favorite and current special advisor to Brian Cashman, is preparing to help the Bombers reel in prized two-way Japanese baseball star Shohei Otani. “If he's allowed to come here and the Yankees are interested, then I expect to be involved in..." November 20

  • Hideki Matsui thinks Shohei Otani should pitch and hit in MLB

    Hardball Talk "Yankees’ special advisor and former outfielder Hideki Matsui expects to help the club “convince or recruit” Japanese two-way star Shohei Otani, according to a report from MLB.com’s Deesha Thosar. The Yankees are currently viewed as the favorites to sign Otani, though there still figures to be..." November 20

  • Report: MLBPA challenging NPB posting system, delaying Shohei Ohtani’s move to MLB

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball had a “tentative agreement” in place to allow the Nippon Ham Fighters to post Shohei Ohtani — a lauded pitcher and hitter — for $20 million. However, the players’ union is challenging the system, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports, which will..." November 16

  • New MLB-NPB Posting Agreement Still Weeks Away

    MLB Trade Rumors "The hope is that Major League Baseball and Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball will finalize a new posting system at some point in early December, MLB Chief Legal Officer Dan Halem tells reporters including Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter link). Until that comes to pass, Japanese..." November 15

  • Fighters grant Shohei Otani’s wish to pursue move to major leagues

    Japan Times "The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters said Friday they will allow Shohei Otani to use the posting system this offseason to try to land a deal with a major league team. “Everyone in our ballclub accepts his thoughts,” Fighters manager Hideki Kuriyama told a news conference at a Tokyo hotel concerning..." November 10

  • Julio Pablo Martinez Leaves Cuba In Search Of MLB Deal

    Baseball America "Julio Pablo Martinez, a 21-year-old center fielder who has been one of the top young players in Cuba, has left the country to pursue a contract with a major league team. At around 5-foot-10, 180 pounds, Martinez is a lefty with a promising combination of power and speed. Last season in Serie..." November 08

  • Rangers Can Pay Most For Shohei Otani At $3.535 Million

    CBSChicago.com "Texas, the New York Yankees and Minnesota can pay the most to a young international amateur free agent as highly touted pitcher-outfielder Shohei Otani prepares to enter the market, and Major League Baseball and its Japanese counterpart have agreed to the outlines of a deal to keep the old posting..." November 08

  • Shohei Otani reportedly hires American agents

    Larry Brown Sports "The likelihood of Shohei Otani coming to MLB seems a lot higher given the latest news surrounding him. The Los Angeles Times’ Dylan Hernandez reported on Monday that Otani has chosen CAA to represent him in America, with Nez Balelo as the lead agent. Otani is a star in Japan, and there has..." November 07

  • Lions grant Kazuhisa Makita’s wish to use posting system

    Japan Times "The Seibu Lions will approve of submarine right-hander Kazuhisa Makita’s wish to make himself available to the U.S. market through the posting system, the Pacific League club said Monday. Lions director Haruhiko Suzuki said the club will respond favorably to the 32-year-old’s request to use the..." November 06

  • Money dispute could leave Japan’s Babe Ruth stuck there

    New York Post "A conflict in negotiations among multiple parties, notably MLB, the Players Association, Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) and Shoehei Otani’s current team imperils the much anticipated arrival this winter of Japan’s best player, The Post has learned. The MLB-NPB posting agreement expired..." November 02

  • From Jose Canseco to J.J. Watt, everyone thinks MLB balls are juiced

    Chicago Sun-Times "As balls sailed out of Major League ballparks in record fashion this past season, the whispers from disbelievers were drowned out by the roars of the longball-clamoring crowd. But after Sunday’s World Series slugfest that saw a combined seven home runs with the Houston Astros finally prevailing..." October 31

  • Major League Baseball considering expansion, radical realignment

    Hardball Talk "Tracy Ringolsby of Baseball America wrote yesterday about a “growing consensus” within baseball that expansion and realignment are inevitable. The likely expansion cities: Portland and Montreal. The 32-team league would then undergo a radical realignment that would also involve reducing the season..." October 17

  • Major League Baseball should amend replay review for on/off base disputes

    Hardball Talk "The Cubs won Thursday’s NLDS Game 5 by a 9-8 score over the Nationals and were aided in part by replay review in the eighth inning, helping Wade Davis escape a jam. The Nationals had scored a run on a Michael Taylor RBI single, cutting their deficit to one run. Lobaton kept the rally going with a..." October 13

  • Right-Hander Hideaki Wakui Could Explore MLB Opportunities In Free Agency

    Japan Times "Chiba Lotte Marines right-hander Hideaki Wakui could make himself available on the free-agent market to pursue a long-held dream of playing in the major leagues, a club executive said Wednesday. “We’ve known how he has always felt (about wanting to play in the majors). He’s an indispensable..." October 12

  • Shoei Otani to have ankle surgery

    Hardball Talk "Japanese baseball star Shohei Otani will have right ankle surgery tomorrow. Otani, who won the Pacific League MVP last year and who is reportedly bound for the United States for the 2018 season, injured his ankle last season during the Japan Series last year, sat out the World Baseball Classic..." October 11

  • MLB names World Series MVP Award in Honor of Willie Mays

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball just announced that it has renamed the World Series Most Valuable Player Award in honor of Willie Mays. Beginning with the 2017 World Series, the MVP of the Fall Classic will now be recognized as the “Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player.” The announcement comes..." September 29

  • Tigers reportedly sign son of Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez, who is not a pitcher

    CBS Sports "The Tigers have added the son of a Hall of Famer to the organization as they begin to rebuild. According to Baseball America's Ben Badler, the Tigers have signed Dominican infielder Pedro Martinez Jr., son of the great Pedro Martinez, There's no word on Pedro Jr.'s signing bonus. Here is..." September 27

  • Otani seeking agent more proof he’s coming to MLB

    Fanrag Sports "In yet another sign that multi-talented Japanese pitching and hitting sensation Shohei Otani intends to jump to play Major League Baseball next year, he has begun interviewing prospective agents. Japanese outlets reported two weeks ago that Otani is intending to come over, as long suspected...." September 26

  • Giants GM Bobby Evans, asst. GM Jeremy Shelley in Japan to scout Shohei Otani

    San Francisco Chronicle "General manager Bobby Evans and assistant GM Jeremy Shelley are in Japan to scout Shohei Otani, the pitcher and outfielder who probably will be courted by every major-league team when he is posted by the Nippon Ham Fighters. Otani, 23, is ready to come to the majors even though he cannot get a..." September 21

  • No two ways about it: Ohtani one of a kind

    MLB.com "Ask long-time scouts about the best hitter they've seen entering the pro game and they might pick Ken Griffey Jr. or Alex Rodriguez domestically, maybe Miguel Cabrera internationally. On the mound, they might point to the stir Stephen Strasburg created in his Draft year. But what if those..." September 19

  • Major League Baseball: still flailing at front office diversity

    Hardball Talk "We’ve written many times about how Major League Baseball has a diversity problem in its front office and executive ranks. General managers are almost all youngish white dudes from Ivy League institutions and they have hired people in their own image for years. That, combined with astoundingly low..." September 15

  • Japanese star Shohei Ohtani not talking about reports he wants to go to U.S. this offseason

    Los Angeles Times "I’d never been a part of anything like this, 20 or so reporters chasing after an athlete into a dark parking lot illuminated only by camera lights. Japanese baseball star Shohei Ohtani ducked into the passenger seat of a car and was driven away into the night. Reporters who were close to him..." September 15

  • Japanese MVP Shohei Otani expects to be in MLB in 2018

    ESPN "Japanese MVP Shohei Otani is expected to be posted by the Nippon Ham Fighters and play in major league baseball in 2018, according to multiple reports. Otani previously said in December, when he signed a one-year, $2.37 million contract with the Fighters, that he could move to MLB after the..." September 13

  • Rangers To Promote Willie Calhoun

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers have given notice to prospect Willie Calhoun that he will be called up, as his brother and girlfriend announced on Twitter and Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News confirms in a tweet. Calhoun came to Texas as the headliner in the deadline blockbuster that sent ace Yu Darvish to the..." September 12

  • Braves close to signing Korean shortstop

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves were working to finalize a contract with an 18-year-old Korean shortstop whom scouts believe could be the best amateur player from his country in many years. A person familiar with the situation said the Braves are close to signing Jihwan Bae, who turned 18 in July and was projected..." September 12

  • Shohei Otani is coveted by MLB teams and this filthy slider might explain why

    CBS Sports "We take you to Japan, where Shohei Otani of the Nippon Ham Fighters is about to uncork one of the nastiest slide-pieces you've ever beheld ... And the people say: Larduhmercy. If Allen Iverson's crossover were somehow made into a breaking ball, it would look like that, probably. Otani in..." September 12

  • Blue Jays’ Vladimir Guerrero Jr. named ESPN’s Prospect of the Year

    Sportsnet "ESPN insider Keith Law has named Vladimir Guerrero Jr. the publication’s 2017 MLB Prospect of the Year. “I could make arguments for other players, but no one blew the doors off the hinges this year the way the 18-year-old son of possible Hall of Famer Vlad Sr. did,” Law wrote of the Toronto..." September 06

  • When will the baseball world stop doubting Bo Bichette?

    Sportsnet "When Bo Bichette was being scouted as a Florida high schooler in 2015, he heard it all. Your busy swing won’t work in pro ball — you need to quiet it down. Your leg kick will get exposed against better pitching. All those moving parts will work against you when you see real velocity, real breaking..." September 05

  • Yankees, Dodgers among teams with 'heavy interest' in Japanese phenom Shohei Otani

    CBS Sports "You probably know about Shohei Otani -- the 23-year-old, two-way Japanese phenom who is widely considered the best player in the world who isn't in the majors. Well, teams know about him, too -- and they're devoting more and more resources toward scouting him. Case in point: in the past few weeks,..." August 29

  • Dodgers send 8 to scout P/RF Otani

    TSN "The Los Angeles Dodgers appear to have significant interest in Japanese standout Shohei Otani. Otani, who is both a pitcher and right fielder, may make a move to North America this winter and according to Japan's Sponichi Annex, the Dodgers sent eight representatives including president of..." August 21

  • Rob Manfred not in favor of electronic strike zone, says technology isn’t good enough yet

    New York Daily News "Despite increasing calls to use technology to determine balls and strikes, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred isn’t in favor of such a change, according to MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince. “The fact of the matter is they (umpires) get them right well over 90 percent of the time,” Manfred said, adding..." August 20

  • Yankees close to deal with White Sox for Todd Frazier, David Robertson after concerns grow over Arolids Chapman

    New York Daily News "A day that started with a potential trade between the Yankees and Mets turned to another potential blockbuster with the White Sox partly out of concern for closer Aroldis Chapman. Late Tuesday evening, the Yankees were close to acquiring 1B/3B Todd Frazier — the Toms River, N.J. Little League..." July 18

  • Cincinnati Reds: Hunter Greene’s debut apparently is not imminent after all

    Dayton Daily News "And no, it’s not because anything bad has happened. It’s just that Greene and the Reds are exercising patience before their firing up their first-round draft choice. After signing with the Reds July 7, the former California high school superstar pitcher and shortstop reported briefly to the..." July 18

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred reveals the league may expand to these three cities

    New York Daily News "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred is considering making the big leagues even bigger. While taking questions at Monday's FanFest, Manfred discussed the idea of possible expansion in the league's future. He mentioned three cities that could someday find themselves with an MLB..." July 11

  • Reds nearing deadline to sign No. 2 pick Hunter Greene

    Cincinnati Enquirer "As Cincinnati Reds president of baseball operations Dick Williams prepared to head with the team to Phoenix for the final series before the All-Star Break, it became more and more likely that the team's negotiations with No. 2 overall pick Hunter Greene could go down to the wire. The Reds have..." July 07

  • Hunter Greene Is Not the LeBron of Baseball. He Wants to Be Something More.

    Bleacher Report "Hunter Greene opens the door in his underwear—and only his underwear. It is 5:45 a.m., but he happily offers me a glass of water and welcomes me into his family's two-story home in Stevenson Ranch, California, with a 360-degree view of the Santa Susanas and, just south of the mountaintops, the..." July 06

  • Yankees to promote top-10 prospect Dustin Fowler

    Fanrag Sports "The New York Yankees will be promoting prospective outfielder Dustin Fowler from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, according to a Thursday morning report from Josh Norris of Baseball America. While the club is now expected to announce such a move on Thursday afternoon, the Yankees will also be..." June 29

  • New set of challenges emerges for Blue Jays with top picks signed

    Sportsnet "Now that the Toronto Blue Jays have officially signed first-round picks Logan Warmoth and Nate Pearson, a new set of challenges emerges both for the team and for its newest players. The Blue Jays scouts who identified and signed Warmoth and Pearson are already turning their attention ahead to..." June 29

  • Looks like Yankees promoting 3B Miguel Andujar from Triple-A Scranton

    New York Daily News "It appears the Yankees are promoting Miguel Andujar from Triple-A Scranton. Agency Magnus Media, who rep the prospect, retweeted a message from the 22-year-old third baseman from its verified account. According to a twitter translation, it reads: "Thanking God for making me (realize) another..." June 28

  • Red Sox sign first-round draft pick Tanner Houck

    Boston Herald "The Boston Red Sox announced that they have signed their first-round draft pick, right-handed pitcher Tanner Houck from the University of Missouri. He will report to the Red Sox short-season minor league team in Lowell, Massachusetts. Houck, 20, was the 24th selection overall in the Major..." June 21

  • Arizona Diamondbacks sign first-round pick Pavin Smith

    Arizona Republic "The Diamondbacks signed first-round pick Pavin Smith on Wednesday, and the slugging first baseman out of Virginia is expected to report to the club’s short-season Hillsboro affiliate. Smith received a bonus of $5,016,300, which is the full slot value for where he was selected at No. 7..." June 21

  • Phillies Agree To Terms With First-Rounder Adam Haseley

    MLB Trade Rumors "Philadelphia has announced the signing of Haseley and six other picks from the first ten rounds of the draft. 8:42am: The Phillies have agreed on bonus terms with first-round pick Adam Haseley, according to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki. (CSNPhilly.com’s Jim Salisbury tweeted yesterday that the..." June 21

2017 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