MLB Prospects Rumors & News

  • 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

  • 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 MLB.com’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

    MLB.com "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

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