MLB Prospects Rumors & News

  • 5d
    Jesse Sanchez @JesseSanchezMLB

    Sources tell me top Cuban RHP prospect Norge Luis Ruiz, 21, has left the island and will be seeking a Major League contract. #Cuba

  • Prospects Report: Rusney Castillo, Jon Singleton back on fast track

    CBS Sports Fantasy News "So you got tired of waiting for Rusney Castillo, did you? Decided you hadn't heard much lately so he must not be on the horizon? Well, how's this for on the horizon? "He has returned home obviously for the birth of his child," manager John Farrell said Tuesday. "That's going to be a couple..." May 21

  • 8d
    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #Nationals expected to promote IF Wilmer Difo. Werth a candidate for DL.

  • Should the D-backs select Rodgers No. 1?

    MLB.com "Lake Mary (Fla.) shortstop Brendan Rodgers began the year as the consensus No. 1 prospect for the 2015 First-Year Player Draft, and he has held serve all spring. He ranked No. 1 on MLBPipeline.com's Top Draft Prospects list in December, and again in April. And Rodgers will do so again when we..." May 15

  • Phillies promote 3B Maikel Franco from Triple A

    CSN Philly "Maikel Franco’s time has arrived. The Phillies on Friday morning recalled the 22-year-old third baseman from Triple A. He is expected to be in the starting lineup Friday night when the team opens a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies have..." May 15

  • 15d
    Aaron Gleeman @AaronGleeman

    Twins are calling up Aaron Hicks.

  • Rangers release Kevin Matthews

    MLB.com "The Rangers have released LHP Kevin Matthews, their 33rd overall pick from the 2011 draft. Matthews was charged with one misdemeanor count of driving while impaired on Wednesday morning in Hickory. The Rangers released a statement saying, “The Texas Rangers are very disappointed in the..." May 07

  • Prospects Report: Mets have pair of aces in Vegas, baby

    CBS Sports Fantasy News "You know all about Noah Syndergaard by now. Last week, I called him the minor-league pitcher most worth stashing in Fantasy, and it's not any less true after his seven shutout innings, complete with 10 strikeouts, Saturday. But I can't say with complete certainty he'll be the first Mets..." May 06

  • 21d
    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    hear carlos correa could be in in majors within a couple/few weeks. very likely MLB's top prospect (seager, buxton next)

  • Padres promoting top prospect Hedges

    San Diego Union-Tribune "The Padres will officially promote catching prospect Austin Hedges in time for Monday's series opener against the Giants at AT&T Park, sources told the U-T. Hedges, 22, joined the team in San Francisco on Sunday night. He caught Triple-A El Paso's game in Sacramento earlier in the day before..." May 04

  • Agent Scott Boras wants more leeway to trade draft picks

    Arizona Republic "Major League Baseball informed clubs last week of a rules change regarding trading recently drafted players, an adjustment that allows teams to deal players the day after the end of the World Series rather than having to wait until a year after they sign. Agent Scott Boras welcomes the change,..." May 04

  • After destroying Double-A, Corey Seager heads to Triple-A

    CBSSports.com "Tracking prospects is a favorite pastime for many on the ol' Internet and for those people, Friday brought some fun news. Dodgers' hotshot shortstop Corey Seager is headed to Triple-A. Seager, 21, was ranked as the fifth-best prospect in baseball by Baseball America heading into the season...." May 01

  • Mets calling up prospect second baseman Dilson Herrera

    Hardball Talk "After losing their third straight game and the fifth out of their last seven, the Mets announced late tonight that they have recalled prospect second baseman Dilson Herrera from Triple-A Las Vegas. The Mets aren’t calling Herrera up to be a bench player, so the expectation is that he’ll play..." May 01

  • A.J. Cole to make MLB debut Tuesday night

    Nats Insider "With Max Scherzer’s sprained thumb not healed enough to make his scheduled start Tuesday night, the Nationals will send prospect A.J. Cole to the mound to make his major-league debut against the Braves. Cole, 22, is the organization’s top-rated, upper-level pitching prospect, rated the..." April 28

  • Next up on the Cubs hype train: Addison Russell

    CBSSports.com "Friday afternoon in Wrigley Field, baseball's top slugging prospect will debut for the Cubs. Everyone here should know by now that the man we are discussing is Kris Bryant. The next big prospect for the Cubs is also unbelievably talented, though, and it might not be long before he joins Bryant in..." April 18

  • Prospect Corey Seager's position switch could fast-track him to the majors

    ESPN.com "The Los Angeles Dodgers can’t match the prospect news generated by the Chicago Cubs, who promoted slugging third baseman Kris Bryant on Friday, but something quite significant happened in their system Thursday night. Top prospect Corey Seager played third base for Double-A Tulsa. It wasn’t the..." April 17

  • MLB, union prohibit players from daily fantasy games

    ESPN.com "Major League Baseball and the players' association have agreed to a deal that forbids players from playing in daily fantasy baseball games that involve a prize, but still allows them to endorse these companies. Earlier this week, at the IMG World Congress in California, commissioner Rob Manfred..." April 11

  • Cuban Outfielder Guillermo Heredia Gets Residency, Closer To Signing

    Baseball America "While a handful of young Cuban players subject to the international bonus pools are out there, the next high-profile Cuban player who won’t be subject to any restrictions is one step closer to being eligible to sign. Guillermo Heredia, the former center fielder for the Cuban national team who..." April 10

  • Dodgers are targeting top young Cuban righthander Yadier Alvarez

    CBSSports.com "The Dodgers are said to be very interested in hard-throwing young Cuban righthander Yadier Alvarez. Los Angeles, which seems intent on continuing to be a big international player, has extensively scouted Alvarez, with team president Andrew Friedman even traveling to see him in the Dominican,..." April 10

  • Prospects Report: Beyond Bryant, Syndergaard, Sano

    CBS Sports Fantasy News "Writing about Fantasy Baseball can be tricky. What's of the utmost importance in a 24-team league may be completely irrelevant to a 10-team league and vice versa. But if there's one universal truth across all formats and scoring systems, it's that Fantasy owners have an insatiable appetite for..." April 08

  • Cubs lead way as MLB sets spring training attendance records

    Sporting News "More than 4 million people attended MLB spring training games this year, the league announced Tuesday. The attendance total of 4,034,708 over 481 games breaks down to an average 8,388 per game. The total and average are new records for MLB; the previous marks were an 8,078 average last year and..." April 07

  • End of Cuban embargo may bring flood of MLB talent

    Yahoo Politics "One of the top sluggers in Cuban baseball says it is his “dream” to come to the United States and play in the major leagues for his favorite team, the New York Yankees. But Yulieski Gourriel, star third basemen for the powerhouse Havana Industriales and for years a highly regarded prospect by..." April 06

  • Top prospect Mike Matuella tears UCL, headed for Tommy John

    CBSSports.com "Duke pitcher Mike Matuella, who has the potential to be the No. 1 overall pick in this year's first-year player draft, has a torn UCL and will have Tommy John surgery, reports ESPN.com. Matuella has posted a 6-8 record with a 3.19 ERA in his three seasons at Duke with 121 strikeouts and just 40..." April 01

  • Red Sox won’t rush prospect Blake Swihart to the majors despite Christian Vazquez injury

    MLB.com "The Red Sox have a clear plan of attack when it comes to deciding to promote top prospects to the Major Leagues, and they resisted the temptation to let Christian Vazquez's injury affect the development of Blake Swihart. Monday's trade for catcher Sandy Leon was all but confirmation that..." March 31

  • Number One Overall Pick Brady Aiken undergoes Tommy John surgery

    The Player's Tribune "Yesterday, I had Tommy John surgery to fix my left arm. I’m obviously extremely disappointed. I wanted to let my pitching speak for itself, but now there are going to be new distractions. For that reason, I wanted to be the one to tell people what’s happened and make this a fresh start. Since..." March 26

  • 65d
    Joel Sherman @Joelsherman1

    Strong sense Olivera is NL West fight between #Dodgers #Padres. Likely finalized by Wed. Likely 5- or 6-yr deal.

  • Corey Seager Catches Eye Of National League Scout

    Dodgers Nation "While most of the attention at the beginning of Spring Training was geared toward veteran middle infielders, Howie Kendrick and Jimmy Rollins, a young infielder has caught the eye of some Major League scouts. Corey Seager, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ top prospect, earned his first non-roster..." March 23

  • 65d
    Houston Astros @astros

    #Astros reassign Mark Appel, Andrew Aplin, option Dan Straily to minor league camp, GM Jeff Luhnow announced this morning.

  • Potential No. 1 draft pick Cal Quantrill to undergo Tommy John surgery

    Sporting News "Stanford right-hander Cal Quantrill, a projected No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft, will undergo Tommy John surgery March 20, the school announced. The sophomore and son of former big-league pitcher Paul Quantrill, was 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA before missing his scheduled start against Texas on..." March 16

  • Stanford ace, potential No. 1 pick Cal Quantrill to undergo Tommy John surgery

    Hardball Talk "Tommy John elbow surgery has claimed another young pitcher and this time he’s not even in the pros yet. Stanford right-hander Cal Quantrill, projected by many to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft, will undergo Tommy John surgery this week. Quantrill is the son of longtime big leaguer..." March 16

  • Sources: Padres looming as favorite to sign Cuban infielder Hector Olivera

    Yahoo! Sports "The San Diego Padres are positioning themselves as a favorite to land Cuban infielder Hector Olivera, showing a willingness to spend significant money after strong-but-failed attempts to sign Cubans Yasmany Tomas and Yoan Moncada earlier this offseason, sources told Yahoo Sports. The market for..." March 11

  • 79d
    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    #Braves having ongoing conversations with Hector Olivera's camp, source confirms. @BenBadler listed them as among favorites to sign him.

  • Padres, Braves, Dodgers Among Favorites To Sign Olivera

    MLB Trade Rumors "A long new article by Baseball America’s Ben Badler assesses the current market for Cuban infielder Hector Olivera, who reportedly is expecting to land a contract of $70MM or more. Badler lists three teams that currently stand out as front-runners to sign Olivera, suggesting that other teams who..." March 08

  • Carlos Rodon will take Chris Sale’s rotation spot in Cactus League action

    Hardball Talk "White Sox pitching prospect Carlos Rodon will take over for the injured Chris Sale in the starting rotation as his club gets set to enter Cactus League action in spring training. Sale recently suffered an avulsion fracture in his right foot and is expected to miss three weeks. Rodon, 22, was..." March 02

  • Brady Aiken enrolls at Florida sports academy

    Houston Chronicle "Pitcher Brady Aiken, the Astros’ No. 1 pick in last year’s draft, has enrolled at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., to help prepare for the 2015 draft. A lefthander from Cathedral Catholic H.S. in San Diego, Aiken didn’t sign with the Astros last year because of issues with his ulnar collateral..." February 26

  • Royals plan to develop Brandon Finnegan as a starter

    Hardball Talk "Brandon Finnegan had a rapid rise to the majors, debuting for the Royals just three months after they drafted him 17th overall and making a big impact in the playoffs as a reliever. However, long term the Royals still think he fits best as a starting pitcher and general manager Dayton Moore..." February 20

  • Yankees give Cuban phenom Moncada secret 2nd workout

    New York Post "The Yankees took a second look at Yoan Moncada early Wednesday evening during a George M. Steinbrenner Field workout, The Post has learned. Two people with knowledge of the situation confirmed the 19-year-old free agent, a switch-hitting infielder from Cuba, showcased his skills for the..." February 19

  • Mariners prospect Sanchez improves after accident

    MLB.com "Mariners pitching prospect Victor Sanchez showed signs of improvement on Wednesday, but he remains unconscious and in critical condition in a Venezuelan hospital after sustaining a head injury in a boating accident in his home country last week. A CT scan on Sanchez, 20, revealed reduced..." February 18

  • 101d
    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    David Hastings, agent for Yoan Moncada, said it's "realistic" Moncada could sign in the next week; Hastings has no formal offers yet.

  • 102d
    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    David Hastings, agent for Yoan Moncada, said it's "realistic" Moncada could sign in the next week; Hastings has no formal offers yet.

  • Who is Yoan Moncada and why does every MLB team want him?

    USA Today "Cuban free agent Yoan Moncada hopes to sign with an MLB team by Feb. 23, according to an ESPN.com report. Moncada, a coveted 19-year-old switch-hitting infielder who defected over the summer, is expected to command a bonus so large that any acquiring team will pay a steep tax and give up..." February 14

  • Moncada aiming to sign by month's end

    MLB.com "Cuban infielder expected to work out for Cubs, Dodgers, D-backs this week Cuban infield prospect Yoan Moncada is wrapping up private workouts for teams and is expected to make a decision on which team to join by the end of the month, according to an industry source. The Cubs, Dodgers and..." February 11

  • 110d
    Ben Badler @BenBadler

    I know of at least one team that has a workout scheduled with Yoan Moncada the week after next. Wouldn't expect him to sign before then.

  • Sources: With MLB rule change, Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada is now a free agent

    Yahoo! Sports "Star prospect Yoan Moncada is a free agent after Major League Baseball overhauled its rules regarding Cuban players, paving the way for a bidding war to sign the 19-year-old infielder, sources familiar with the situation told Yahoo Sports. Players who present sworn affidavits to Major League..." February 03

  • MLB.com names Byron Buxton as baseball’s top prospect for second straight year

    Hardball Talk "For the second straight year, MLB.com has ranked Twins center field prospect Byron Buxton as the No. 1 prospect in the game. Buxton got top honors despite appearing in just 31 games in the minors last season due to a left wrist injury and a concussion. The 21-year-old then suffered a small..." February 01

  • Most agree Derek Hill is easily Tigers' top prospect

    Detroit Free Press "Spring training is only a few weeks away. And a sure sign of its near-arrival is upon us, with a number of MLB prospect lists getting recently released. Last week, it was Baseball Prospectus. Today, it was ESPN. And tonight, it will be MLB.com. Centerfielder Derek Hill is the top-ranked..." January 31

  • Prospect rankings: ESPN's Keith Law thinks Kris Bryant is No. 1

    CSN Chicago "Kris Bryant has another "top prospect" label to toss on his resume. ESPN's Keith Law unveiled his Top 100 prospects Thursday morning and tabbed Bryant as No. 1, ahead of Minnesota Twins' Byron Buxton, who was No. 1 last year on Law's rankings. Bryant came in at No. 15 on Law's list last..." January 29

  • Sources: Star Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada’s free agency imminent

    Yahoo! Sports "Star Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada no longer needs a specific unblocking license to play baseball in the United States, paving the way for Major League Baseball teams to pursue him with a contract most expect to shatter bonus records, government and major league sources told Yahoo Sports. Recent..." January 28

  • Top prospect Lindor to open camp with Indians

    Covers.com "The Cleveland Indians announced Tuesday that their No. 1 minor-league prospect has been invited to Major League camp. Shortstop Francisco Lindor will be joined by catcher Jake Lowery, outfielders Tyler Naquin, Jordan Smith and James Ramsey." January 27

  • Guillermo Heredia Leaves Cuba

    Baseball America "Guillermo Heredia, the center fielder on Cuba’s 2013 World Baseball Classic team known for his defense, has left the island to pursue a contract with a major league team, Baseball America has learned. Heredia, 23, will be exempt from the international bonus pools, though the process to become..." January 22

2014 MLB Draft Projections

# Team Player School/Team
1 Diamondbacks Brendan Rodgers Lake Mary HS (FLA)
2 Astros Michael Matuella Duke
3 Rockies Brady Aiken Cathedral Catholic HS
4 Rangers Walker Buehler Vanderbilt
5 Astros Kolby Allard San Clemente HS
6 Twins Nathan Kirby Virginia
7 Red Sox Kyle Funkhouser Louisville
8 White Sox Dansby Swanson Vanderbilt
9 Cubs Daz Cameron Eagle's Landing Christian Academy
10 Phillies Phil Bickford Cal State Fullerton

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