MLB Prospects Rumors & News

  • Bryant wins BA minor league player of year

    ESPN Chicago "Chicago Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant is Baseball America’s minor league player of the year, the publication announced on Tuesday. Bryant is the first Cub to win the award since its inception in 1981. Bryant, 22, hit a combined 43 home runs between Double and Triple-A this season while..." September 09

  • Cubs' call-ups don't include Bryant

    Daily Herald "There was enough cold water thrown all over the place concerning Cubs core players Tuesday to make any ice-bucket challenge seem like a nice warm bath. First came the news that all-star first baseman Anthony Rizzo is out indefinitely -- and maybe for the rest of the season -- with a lower-back..." September 03

  • White Sox aren’t calling up top pick Carlos Rodon

    Hardball Talk "MLB.com’s Scott Merkin wrote last month that there was a “better-than-average” chance of left-hander Carlos Rodon — who was selected third overall in this year’s draft — joining the White Sox as a September callup. But it’s not going to happen. “It just wasn’t right time in his development to..." September 03

  • Brady Aiken settlement negotiations ongoing, grievance not yet filed

    SB Nation "While it might have appeared that any Brady Aiken news would apply to his status for the 2015 draft, following the Astros unsuccessful attempt to sign the No. 1 overall pick, there appears to be a new wrinkle. MLB is in negotiations with the Aiken family regarding a settlement, as a means to head..." August 28

  • The Astros may still be able to sign top pick Brady Aiken

    CBSSports.com "You'll recall that the Astros, after a contentious negotiation, failed to come to terms with top overall 2014 pick Brady Aiken, the highly regarded prep lefty out of San Diego. Since the July 18 signing deadline has long since passed, the assumption was that Aiken would honor his commitment to..." August 27

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    David Kaplan @thekapman

    @mployedwriter Jorge Soler is coming up to the major league team.

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    Kiley McDaniel @kileymcd

    The expectation from those close to the negotiation is that Brady Aiken will end up making a deal with the Astros around the Nix hearing.

  • Rangers prospect Joey Gallo ties Kris Bryant with 40th homer

    Hardball Talk "oey Gallo smacked his 40th homer of the season Sunday at Double-A, which means the Rangers prospect is now tied with Cubs prospect Kris Bryant for the minor-league lead. Gallo isn’t considered quite on Bryant’s level as a prospect, but the 2012 first-round draft pick ranked 60th on Baseball..." August 18

  • Rays Sign Venezuelan Lefthander Francisco Sanchez

    Baseball America "The Rays have signed 16-year-old Venezuelan lefthander Francisco Sanchez for $675,000. At 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, Sanchez has flashed swing-and-miss stuff, with a fastball that has touched 94 along with a curveball and a changeup. He will have to learn to repeat his delivery to get the ball in the..." August 18

  • Rodon could be a White Sox call-up in September

    Chicago Tribune "First-round draft pick Carlos Rodon and Chris Sale have a few things in common, and it's no secret the White Sox have Rodon on the "Sale Plan" for success. Rodon, the third selection in the 2014 draft, was rewarded with the largest bonus of any draftee ($6.58 million), and advanced from Class A..." August 18

  • Top Twins prospect Buxton promoted to Double-A

    MLB.com "Center fielder Byron Buxton, the Twins' top prospect and Major League Baseball's No. 1 prospect, was promoted Monday to Double-A New Britain, which begins a seven-game homestand Tuesday. The promotion came following Monday's game in which the 20-year-old homered and drove in three runs for..." August 12

  • Soler is Cubs minor league player of month

    ESPN.com "With one prized prospect in Javier Baez set to make his major league debut with the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, another at Triple-A Iowa is doing his best to join him. The Cubs named outfielder Jorge Soler their minor league player of the month for July after he slashed .406/.500/.891 in 24 games..." August 05

  • Astros running out of time to sign No. 1 pick

    MLB.com "When the current Collective Bargaining Agreement radically revamped the First-Year Player Draft rules, the action surrounding the annual signing deadline diminished considerably. Under the last Draft under the old CBA in 2011, when Major League Baseball dissuaded teams from announcing lavish..." July 18

  • Astros second-round pick A.J. Reed wins Golden Spikes Award

    CBSSports.com "Astros second-round draft pick A.J. Reed won the Golden Spikes award, USA Baseball announced Thursday. The award is presently annually to the best amateur baseball player in the country and is voted on by over 200 panel members. Playing for the University of Kentucky this season, the..." July 17

  • Draft dispute is ugly, but Astros and Aiken both need to work it out

    CBSSports.com "Brady Aiken, the No. 1 overall draft choice, and the Astros are in a high-stakes “game of chicken” in their negotiations, according to a person familiar with the talks, leading up to Friday's deadline to sign amateur players. Aiken, the prep lefty phenom, seeks to keep the $6.5-million original..." July 16

  • Astros accused of manipulating draft and medical evaluation rules

    Houston Chronicle "Leave it to the Astros to land in a situation that can drown out the joy of an All-Star game. The Astros’ protracted negotiations with their first overall draft pick Brady Aiken on Tuesday drew a stern admonishment from the head of the major league baseball players union, who accused the club..." July 16

  • Is 18 too soon for Dodgers phenom Julio Urias to debut in big leagues?

    Yahoo! Sports "He's 17 years old. That's what gets everyone. It's not Julio Urias' 97-mph fastball, which is unforgettable because he fires it left-handed. Nor is it his left eye, which droops because of childhood surgery to remove a tumor. It's the fact that he can barely drive, can't vote, is almost half a..." July 14

  • Elbow ligament issue for No. 1 pick Aiken delays signing by Astros

    CBSSports.com "Left-hander Brady Aiken is said to have an issue with his elbow ligament, causing the Astros to lower their offer and delaying the deal between the Astros and the No. 1 pick that seemed about to happen almost two weeks ago, sources told CBSSports.com. The Astros are offering to do a deal for..." July 07

  • Phillies pitching propect Jesse Biddle on inactive list, is 'miserable'

    CBSSports.com "Phillies pitching prospect Jesse Biddle is having a rough season on the mound and it might run deeper than that. He's been placed on the inactive list by the Reading Fightin Phils (Double-A) and then there's this. The 6-foot-5 lefty was the Phillies first-round selection in 2010 out of..." June 27

  • Big league power highlights Futures Game rosters

    MLB.com "If you're into the long ball, the 2014 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game is the game for you. Fans of power will be very pleased with this year's rosters, which were released on Tuesday. The 16th edition of this Minor League exhibition on All-Star Sunday has some of the biggest bats the prospect..." June 24

  • Power Hitting prospect Yasmani Tomas defects from Cuba

    Baseball America "Yasmani Tomas, one of the top young power hitters in Cuba and a member of the national team, has left the island to pursue a contract with a major league team, Baseball America has learned. The Cuban newspaper Granma also confirmed that Tomas had left the country. Tomas is 23 and has played..." June 20

  • The union does not plan on pushing for or agreeing to a smokeless tobacco ban

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal spoke to Tony Clark, head of the MLBPA. The topic: smokeless tobacco. Tony Gwynn was a personal hero of Clark’s, and Rosenthal asked him if Gwynn’s death — almost certainly caused by smokeless tobacco use — was enough to get the union to either push for or agree to a ban on smokeless..." June 20

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    Joe Frisaro @JoeFrisaro

    #Marlins announce Tyler Kolek press conference at 2:45 ET. Signing of top pick

  • Cubs Agree To Below-Slot Bonus With Kyle Schwarber

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cubs have agreed to a below-slot bonus with first-round selection Kyle Schwarber, reports MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat (via Twitter). He will sign for $3.125MM, which is nearly $1.5MM shy of the $4.621MM allotment that came with the fourth overall choice. Arguably the best college bat available,..." June 11

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    No. 5 overall pick Nick Gordon signed for $3.851M bonus. @MikeBerardino 1st. Also gets school $ to make it about $4M #Twins

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    Jim Callis @jimcallisMLB

    1-1 pick Brady Aiken agrees w/@Astros on $6.5 mil. Ties Jameson Taillon's record for largest @MLBDraft bonus given to HS P.

  • San Diego takes Trea Turner 13th and Michael Gettys 51st

    San Diego Union-Tribune "As another amateur draft opened, the Padres spent the first day of the annual selection process by taking what came to them. Thursday, for the second time in as many years, they took a pair of position players with their top two picks, enamored with their athleticism and skill sets. At No. 13,..." June 06

  • Diamondbacks select Touki Toussaint in 1st round

    Arizona Republic "With the 16th pick in the MLB First-Year Player Draft, the Diamondbacks selected high school pitcher Touki Toussaint (pronounced TOO-key too-SAHNT), a right-hander from Coral Springs Christian Academy in Florida. The Diamondbacks also took a pitcher with their first-round pick last year, selecting..." June 06

  • Twins draft prep shortstop Nick Gordon with No. 5 pick

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Young Nick Gordon knows how to pick his role models. Asked Thursday who he patterns his game after, the Twins' newest first-round draftee cited older brother Dee Gordon of the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees star Derek Jeter in a conference call with Twin Cities media. "I want to be..." June 06

  • Rockies take ex-TJ pitcher Kyle Freeland with No. 8 pick

    Denver Post "Kyle Freeland was sitting down, but he still fell into his father's arms Thursday. The Rockies selected the left-handed pitcher with the No. 8 pick in the Major League Baseball draft. Freeland, a 21-year-old Denver native and graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School, crumpled into a hug from..." June 06

  • Blue Jays select Jeff Hoffman with ninth overall pick

    Toronto Sun "Rather than fret about a young pitcher being felled by Tommy John surgery, the Blue Jays selected an arm who has already had the procedure. The Blue Jays chose East Carolina Pirates right-hander Jeff Hoffman, who had the surgery in mid-May, ninth overall Thursday night. And two picks later,..." June 06

  • Braves use top pick on power bat, draft Davidson

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "It says a thing or two about outfielder Braxton Davidson and the kind of hitter the Braves just drafted out of Asheville, N.C., when their top overall pick revealed late Thursday night where he’d spent that afternoon trying to calm his nerves. “My dad and I were hitting on the ball field,”..." June 06

  • Marlins draft Texas fireballer Tyler Kolek

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The last time the Miami Marlins had the second overall pick in baseball's amateur draft they selected a hard-throwing right-handed pitcher from rural Texas in 1999. All Josh Beckett did was help them win the World Series in 2003, pitching a shutout in the clinching victory. The Marlins are..." June 06

  • Rangers' first-round pick Luis Ortiz never had pitching coach, 'just learned from TV'

    Dallas Morning News "Jon Daniels didn’t spare the praise when talking about Rangers draft pick Luis Ortiz. The Rangers general manager gushed about the right-handed pitcher from Sanger, California who Texas scooped up with the 30th overall pick in the draft Thursday. “We took him 30th in the country obviously,..." June 06

  • Phillies go for 'now stuff' by drafting Aaron Nola

    CSN Philly "Shortly after Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig announced the Phillies had chosen Aaron Nola with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2014 draft, dance music could be heard pulsing through the walls of the media conference room at Citizens Bank Park. Oh, the Diamond Club area had been..." June 06

  • Cubs draft Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber with No. 4 overall pick

    CSN Chicago "When’s Kyle Schwarber getting here? Too soon? Schwarber became part of The Plan on Thursday night when the Cubs grabbed the Indiana catcher/outfielder with the No. 4 overall pick in the amateur draft. That means his day-to-day performance will be microblogged, with all the box scores..." June 06

  • White Sox surprised to find Carlos Rodon available at No. 3

    CSN Chicago "They didn’t think Carlos Rodon would be there at No. 3, but when he was the White Sox didn’t hesitant to grab him. The White Sox selected the prized North Carolina State junior left-handed pitcher with the third pick in the 2014 amateur baseball draft on Thursday night. Amateur scouting..." June 06

  • Astros make Brady Aiken the top pick in the 2014 draft

    Yahoo! Sports "The Houston Astros have picked up another high-profile piece for their high-profile rebuilding project. He'll have to graduate from high school before he starts pitching in, though. Picking at the No. 1 spot for the third straight year, the Astros selected Brady Aiken, a 17-year-old..." June 06

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: Polanco heading to Pittsburgh tomorrow and expected to join #Pirates on Friday.

  • LHP Brady Aiken remains No. 1 choice for Astros

    MLB.com "Teams have spent the past week setting up their First-Year Player Draft boards, and now they'll start pinning down the signability of their top targets. Possible scenarios are becoming clearer, at least at the top of the first round, though exactly which ones will play out remains..." June 03

  • Astros could draft Rodon or Aiken No. 1, or pull surprise with Gordon

    CBSSports.com "Houston, who has the No. 1 pick a third straight year, is hard to predict. The Astros were said as of last week to be in internal debates about which of two top lefthanded pitching prospects -- Carlos Rodon of NC State or San Diego high-schooler Brady Aiken -- to take with the No. 1 overall..." May 29

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    Andy McCullough @McCulloughStar

    Kyle Zimmer has been shut down due to a lat strain. He won't play catch for six to eight weeks. Cripes.

  • Why Is Cuban Outfielder Alfredo Despaigne Playing In Mexico Using A Dominican Passport?

    Baseball America "Alfredo Despaigne is one of the biggest stars in Cuban baseball, a 27-year-old corner outfielder with tremendous power and multiple Serie Nacional MVP awards on his resume. Thanks to Cuba loosening its restrictions and allowing its players to participate in foreign professional leagues,..." May 16

  • UNLV Ace Erick Fedde To Have Tommy John Surgery

    Baseball America "Baseball America confirmed Saturday that UNLV ace righthander Erick Fedde will have Tommy John surgery. He is the second potential top-10 pick this week to suffer this fate, following on the heels of East Carolina’s Jeff Hoffman. Fedde missed a start last week, and the Rebels said they were..." May 11

  • Surgery means Hoffman will fall in draft, but he still could go in top 15

    CBSSports.com "Hard-throwing righthanded pitching prospect Jeff Hoffman lost his chance to be a top-four pick in next month's MLB draft of amateurs after news hit that Hoffman needed Tommy John surgery, but scouting directors still suggest it's possible he could be a first-round pick, and possibly even a..." May 08

  • Mike Cameron's son is a top 2015 draft prospect

    CBSSports.com "Mike Cameron, you'll recall, put together a nifty and underrated 17-year career as a slick-fielding, power-hitting center fielder (he came within spitting distance of 300 homers and 300 steals), and he was in the bigs as recently as 2011. Mr. Cameron, you should know, also has a..." May 03

  • Experts take early stab at Top 10 Draft picks

    MLB.com "1. Astros Callis: Brady Aiken, LHP, Cathedral Catholic HS (San Diego) -- Combines stuff and polish better than anyone in this deep pitching class, including the college arms. Mayo: Carlos Rodon, LHP, North Carolina State -- He'll solidify his place atop the Draft before June. 2...." April 30

  • Top SF Giants hitting prospect Williamson to have Tommy John surgery

    San Francisco Chronicle "his is bad news for an organization light on good hitting prospects. Outfielder Mac Williamson, who hit 25 home runs for Class A San Jose last year, apparently has an injury to his right ulnar-collateral ligament and is being evaluated for a possible Tommy John reconstruction..." April 29

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    Milwaukee Brewers @Brewers

    RHP Johnny Hellweg will have right elbow "Tommy John" surgery today (Dr. James Andrews). Hellweg will miss the remainder of the 2014 season.

  • Potential top draft pick Carlos Rodon threw 132 pitches in a complete game loss on Friday

    Hardball Talk "NC State Wolfpack starter Carlos Rodon is expected to be one of the first few players taken in the upcoming amateur draft. However, his coaches certainly isn’t being careful with his precious arm. In a complete game loss to Georgia Tech on Friday, Rodon threw 132 pitches. Overall, Rodon allowed..." April 26

2014 MLB Draft Results

# Team Player School/Team
1 Astros Brady Aiken Cathedral Catholic HS
2 Marlins Tyler Kolek Shepherd HS (TX)
3 White Sox Carlos Rodon North Carolina St.
4 Cubs Kyle Schwarber Indiana
5 Twins Nick Gordon Olympia HS (Orlando)
6 Mariners Alex Jackson Rancho Bernardo HS (CA)
7 Phillies Aaron Nola Louisiana St.
8 Rockies Kyle Freeland Evansville
9 Blue Jays Jeff Hoffman East Carolina
10 Mets Michael Conforto Oregon State
Full MLB Draft Results