MLB Prospects Rumors & News

  • 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’s Todd Zolecki. (’s Jim Salisbury tweeted yesterday that the..." June 21

  • Who's Your Daddy? Pedro Martinez Jr. Making Own Fame as Teen Hitting Star

    Bleacher Report "Look at him. Just look at those cherubic, chubby cheeks. Eyes straight ahead, hands on knees, crouching, ready to pounce on the next baseball that travels his way. Boston Red Sox jersey and baby-faced. Just like his father. The child in the picture is 16 now. A boy on the cusp of manhood. A..." June 20

  • White Sox Agree To Terms With First-Rounder Jake Burger

    MLB Trade Rumors "The White Sox have agreed to terms with first-round draft pick Jake Burger, according to’s Jim Callis (via Twitter). Burger, the 11th overall selection, will reportedly take home a $3.7MM bonus. With a slot value of $4,199,200 available at that pick, Chicago will save a bit of cash to put..." June 20

  • Braves agree to record-setting bonus with prospect Kyle Wright "Braves officials have been buzzing since they pounced on the opportunity to select Kyle Wright fifth overall in this week's MLB Draft. Now, they are looking forward to the opportunity to officially announce him as a part of their organization. According to a Major League source, the Braves..." June 16

  • Oregon State pitcher and registered sex offender Luke Heimlich goes undrafted

    CBS Sports "By now, you've probably heard about Oregon State pitcher Luke Heimlich's criminal background. If you haven't, last week the Portland Oregonian published a story detailing why he's a registered sex offender: he molested a six-year-old female relative when he was 15. Over the ensuing days,..." June 15

  • Baseball is experiencing a home run spike because the balls are juiced

    Hardball Talk "The home run rate in Major League Baseball spiked dramatically in the second half of the 2015 season and has remained on an upward trajectory every since. As a result, we are on pace to shatter the all-time single season home run record in 2017 by over 300 homers. Many people have asked why the..." June 14

  • The Marlins drafted A-Rod's nephew in the second round

    CBS Sports "Monday night, the three-day event that is baseball's annual amateur draft started with a live MLB Network broadcast. Here is our recap and analysis of the first round. The Miami Marlins used their second round pick, the 51st overall selection, to draft North Carolina State infielder Joe Dunand..." June 13

  • Twins are reportedly deciding between two players for No. 1 pick

    CBS Sports "Monday night, all 30 baseball teams will look to acquire their next franchise cornerstone when the 2017 First-Year Player Draft begins. It's a three-day even that covers 40 rounds. Here are all the first round details. The Minnesota Twins hold the first overall pick for the third time in..." June 12

  • Why the Twins should skip the two-way star at No. 1

    Sporting News "While holding the first pick in the MLB Draft is a somewhat “dubious honor,” to quote Crash Davis from "Bull Durham," it does provide a team — the Twins this year — the opportunity to help turn around their organization’s fortunes. So far this spring, three names have been linked with the..." June 11

  • Twins reportedly leaning toward a surprise at No. 1 overall

    CBS Sports "As you might know, MLB's first-year player draft begins on Monday night. The Minnesota Twins have the no. 1 pick, and it seems increasingly likely they'll spend that on a collegiate pitcher -- just, perhaps, not the one everyone is expecting. Over the last few weeks, the Twins have been..." June 10

  • Oregon State ace asks to be excused from team amid sex offender revelation

    Oregonian "Two months ago, as the Oregon State University baseball team marched toward the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament, compiling one of the best records in college baseball history, a crime surfaced from a star player's past. A Benton County sheriff's sergeant, on a sweep to track down sex..." June 10

  • Cubs to take Luke Heimlich off draft board in response to sex offender news

    Yardbarker "A disturbing crime committed by Oregon State pitcher Luke Heimlich when he was a teenager has come to light, and that is resulting in some serious fallout for the draft prospect. Chicago Cubs GM Jed Hoyer said on Thursday that he thinks his team will remove Heimlich from their draft board in..." June 09

  • Giants' Austin Slater: Set to join Giants on Thursday

    CBS Sports "Slater has joined the Giants on their trip to Philadelphia and will have his contract purchased from Triple-A Fresno on Thursday, Andrew Baggarly of The San Jose Mercury News reports. Slater is probably going to get work in left field with the big club, according to Henry Schulman of the San..." June 01

  • Hunter Greene? Brendan McKay? Kyle Wright? Twins' Falvey coy about No. 1 draft choice

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins have narrowed the field of candidates to “a group of five to six, probably,” for the first pick in the June 12 draft, Derek Falvey said Wednesday, and roughly a dozen scouts and supervisors have seen each one in person. But “there are questions we want to answer with each of these..." June 01

  • Will possible No. 1 MLB draft pick Brendan McKay be used as a pitcher or hitter?

    USA Today "Brendan McKay is not yet ready to give up on his dream, even if baseball wisdom suggests it ends in the next month. He’ll still envision himself peppering the short porch at Yankee Stadium with home runs one day, and beguiling hitters with a curveball he discovered almost by accident the next...." May 31

  • Meet the Air Force baseball prospect trying to beat the odds

    CBS Sports "Jacob DeVries, a left-handed pitcher for the Air Force Falcons, comes from a devoted military family. In addition to his father Kenny, a retired Air Force captain, both of DeVries' grandfathers, as well as various aunts and uncles, served the United States in some capacity or another. DeVries..." May 29

  • Getting Japanese star Shohei Otani to U.S. could be complicated because of posting system

    Newsday "By all accounts, Shohei Otani — the next Japanese superstar, a Ruthian combination of pitching ace and power bat — is determined to leave the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters to play in the Major Leagues next season. The problem, and it could be a newly complicated one, is getting him to the United..." May 28

  • Twins reportedly expected to pass on Hunter Greene at No. 1

    Larry Brown Sports "Hunter Greene is good enough to have been featured on the cover of SI a few weeks ago, but he may not be good enough to convince the Minnesota Twins to select him with the No. 1 overall pick in next month’s MLB draft. Fan Rag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Twins are expected to pass on..." May 26

  • Twins are reportedly narrowing down choices for top overall pick

    CBS Sports "The Twins own the top pick in the upcoming First-Year Player Draft (colloquially known as the MLB Draft). Since said draft gets underway on June 12, the Twins are working steadily toward deciding what to do with at that No. 1 overall selection. Speaking of which, the Twins have reportedly..." May 25

  • Potential No. 1 selection McKay wants to be both pitcher, hitter

    USA Today "The biggest question about University of Louisville superstar Brendan McKay isn't whether he has the ability to make it in the big leagues. It's whether teams want the potential No. 1 draft pick as a pitcher or hitter. Why not both? It’s a feat McKay has pulled off at historic levels at U of..." May 25

  • Uber-Athletic Cuban Teen Luis Robert Is 1 of World's Best Baseball Prospects

    Bleacher Report "Luis Robert was 16 years old when he started playing against the big boys of Cuban baseball—just a kid when he debuted in the island's top league. He was fast and strong, and before long he had major league teams ready to pounce, just as soon as they could. "The best prospect in Cuba right..." May 18

  • Cards prospect has brain surgery after being struck by line drive

    ESPN "St. Louis Cardinals pitching prospect Daniel Poncedeleon underwent surgery to relieve pressure on his brain after being struck in the head by a line drive Tuesday. Poncedeleon, 25, was struck on the right side of the head and was carried off the field during the Memphis Redbirds' game at the..." May 11

  • Houston dismisses left-hander Seth Romero from baseball team

    ESPN "Left-hander Seth Romero, a potential first-round pick in the 2017 MLB amateur draft, was kicked off the University of Houston baseball team after an undisclosed incident on Tuesday, the school announced Wednesday. "Due to an event Tuesday, along with previous conduct detrimental to the team,..." May 10

  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is lighting up the minor leagues

    Larry Brown Sports "They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, and that certainly seems to be the case with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Guerrero Jr., the son of former MLB superstar Vladimir Guerrero, is currently playing in the Toronto Blue Jays system for Low-A Lansing. After returning to the lineup earlier..." May 04

  • Potential No. 1 pick Hunter Greene won't pitch again before MLB draft

    Baseball America "Hunter Greene, the No. 1 prospect in this year’s draft class, confirmed in a telephone interview that he is officially done pitching for the high school season. Notre Dame High (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) head coach Tom Dill informed the team after today’s practice that Greene will not pitch again this..." April 27

  • Possible No. 1 overall draft pick clubs four homers in one game for Louisville

    CBS Sports "The University of Louisville sits at No. 2 in the AP college baseball polls and has the best player in the nation. Lefty Brendan McKay's only real question mark is whether he should be drafted and developed as a pitcher or first baseman. McKay has a 1.83 ERA with 83 strikeouts against 15 walks..." April 26

  • Major League Baseball in Las Vegas? Commissioner says it's an option

    Chicago Tribune "Major League Baseball would be open to having a team in Las Vegas, Commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday. With two existing franchises — the Oakland A’s and the Tampa Bay Rays — struggling to secure financing for new stadiums, the option of relocating a team to Las Vegas is very much on the..." April 20

  • The World Baseball Classic Injury Effect

    The Ringer "This year’s World Baseball Classic was a massive spectator success. For the first time in the tournament’s short history, which has spanned four events over 11 years, the games were streamed on MLB.TV, which made them more accessible. In another, on-field first, the United States went all the way,..." April 11

  • Japanese phenom Shohei Otani to miss six weeks with strained thigh muscle

    Fanrag Sports "According to an official statement released by the club on Sunday morning, Japanese phenom Shohei Otani has encountered what is being referred to as a strained left thigh muscle. As a result, the up-and-comer is expected to miss at least the next six weeks due to the aforementioned..." April 09

  • Starter Money is the pitching stat all baseball bettors should know "2016 was a pretty good year, all things considered, for Jake Arrieta. He got a healthy salary raise, was his team’s Opening Day starter, he earned an All-Star appearance and finished the year with a 18-8 win-loss record and a 3.21 earned run average. He became a World Series winner and helped..." April 07

  • Blue Jays prospect Jordan Romano looks to build on comeback season

    Sportsnet "Jordan Romano was a tough guy to keep track of this off-season. At various times he could be found fine-tuning his game in Toronto, sitting in a classroom in Oklahoma or pitching in Mexico with the world watching. It’s rather uncommon for a young pitcher to accomplish all that in a few months,..." April 04

  • The Latest On Cuban Outfielder Luis Robert

    Baseball America "There should be some high-ranking club officials in the Dominican Republic this week. That’s because on Thursday, Luis Robert will have his first open showcase, giving teams their first open opportunity to watch the talented young Cuban outfielder since he arrived in the Dominican..." March 27

  • The 107 MPH Man: Michael Kopech's Quest to be the Hardest Thrower of All Time

    Bleacher Report "To the classic Bull Durham scene in which we learn candlesticks make nice wedding gifts, add this: Trailer hitches make awesome Christmas presents. It's true. I am in a rental car trailing The Most Interesting Prospect in Baseball to a health-food restaurant for lunch. He has just finished a..." March 15

  • Shohei Ohtani: The 'Best Baseball Player in the World' Isn't in MLB....Yet

    Bleacher Report "New Year's night, a sparkling "2017" is brightly lit atop the Tokyo Tower, and the possibilities ringing in are endless. Proof? Inside apartments on the city's flat screens, a Japanese League champion and heartthrob is squatting behind a makeshift home plate in a studio attempting to receive his..." March 06

  • Report: MLB approves new rule allowing a dugout signal for an intentional walk

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Howard Bryant is reporting that Major League Baseball has approved a rule allowing for a dugout signal for an intentional walk. In other words, baseball is allowing automatic intentional walks. Bryant adds that this rule will be effective for the 2017 season. MLB has been trying,..." February 22

  • Tennessee hires Helton as director of player development

    SEC Country "Todd Helton is back, and Tennessee fans can only hope the hometown hero’s presence help lead the program back to the success it once enjoyed. Helton’s job title under Coach Dave Serrano is “director of player development,” a volunteer role which allows the 1995 National Collegiate Player of the..." February 11

  • Pudge's son looks to make name for himself "Puerto Rico right-hander Dereck Rodriguez was in the room when the National Baseball Hall of Fame came calling for his father, former catcher Ivan Rodriguez. Dereck was there when his father cried tears of joy. He shed a few tears, too. "When he finally got the call, it was something amazing..." February 04

  • Hunter Greene, possible No. 1 pick in 2017 MLB draft, hits 100 mph in latest outing

    CBS Sports "Hunter Greene, a right-hander at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California, reportedly hit 100 mph in his latest outing Friday night. Greene is the early favorite to go first overall in the 2017 amateur draft. Once upon a time it was extremely rare for a high school pitcher to reach..." February 04

  • Shohei Otani won’t pitch for Japan in World Baseball Classic

    Fanrag Sports "MLB teams won’t have a chance to watch sought-after Japanese pitcher Shohei Otani pitch on the world stage at the forthcoming World Baseball Classic. An ankle injury will keep the tantalizing prospect from suiting up for his country come March, Carlos Yamazaki of the Tokyo Sports Press..." February 01

  • Jury selection begins in the human trafficking case against agents of Cuban ballplayers

    Hardball Talk "Jury selection is underway today in Miami federal courtroom in the case of Bartolo Hernandez and Julio Estrada, sports agents charged with illegally smuggling baseball players from Cuba to the United States. The two are accused of taking as much as $15 million from players, who were placed under..." January 30

  • When do pitchers and catchers report? 2017 MLB spring training reporting dates for all 30 teams

    Sporting News "Spring training is almost here, with teams reporting in about two weeks to warm the hearts of baseball fans who've endured another long, cold, baseball-less winter. Here are reporting dates for all 30 MLB teams: When do pitchers and catchers report? GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE (Pitchers and..." January 30

  • Cuban Right-Hander Hector Mendoza Declared Free Agent By MLB

    MLB Trade Rumors "Right-hander Hector Mendoza has been declared a free agent and can now sign with any club, reports Jorge Ebro of El Nuevo Herald.’s Jesse Sanchez adds (via Twitter) that the 22-year-old Cuban hurler is expected to wait until his 23rd birthday (March 5) to sign, as he’ll be exempt from..." January 25

  • Spring training to be shorter in 2018

    Fanrag Sports "In an effort to spread the season over 187 days as opposed to 183, Major League Baseball’s spring training period will last 38 days as opposed to 40 due in part to restrictions implemented in the league’s new collective bargaining agreement. The date for players to voluntarily arrive in camp is..." January 24

  • Inside the brash mind of Clint Frazier, the Yankees’ electric super prospect

    New York Post "The road to The Bronx offers zero shortcuts, no easy way to earning pinstripes. Clint Frazier knows this as he now heads into his first full season in the Yankees organization. That’s why the outfielder keeps pushing himself through every punishing exercise at Catalyst Fitness on Peachtree Road..." January 12

  • Nine rising MLB stars who could break out in 2017

    Sporting News "The calendar has finally flipped to 2017, but we all started thinking about the 2017 baseball season long ago. Which teams will surprise? Which teams will disappoint? Which youngsters will, to use overused words, “break out” in 2017? Alex Reyes is almost certainly going to be a star for the..." January 05

  • If Rob Manfred wants to speed pace of play in MLB games, here's one possible solution

    CBS Sports "As MLB rightfully looks into ways to speed up the pace of play, there's one thing I never see mentioned that I believe specifically is a problem: Excessive player visits to the mound, mostly by the catcher. I started to really think about this during Game 1 of the NLCS, notably during the Cubs'..." December 28

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