MLB Prospects Rumors & News

  • Sixto Sanchez: 19-Year-Old Pedro Martinez Clone Already Has 102 MPH Heat

    Bleacher Report "The kid on the mound stood 6' tall, maybe a tick under. He had signed a couple of years earlier out of the Dominican Republic, and right away it was obvious he had a strong right arm. Comparisons were made to Pedro Martinez. That was no surprise, because there are always Pedro Martinez..." February 21

  • Meet 18-year-old Kotaro Kiyomiya, Japan's next superstar slugger

    Sporting News "The media folks — nearly 70 of them, nearly all from Japan — in attendance Monday at Salt River Fields already knew the drill. The television contingent congregated along the baseline of the U-shaped formation, with the reporters and camera operators crowded next to their cameras and tripods, and..." February 14

  • MLB Players union didn’t take long to back off ridiculous threat

    New York Post "The lamest threat in baseball history died a quick death Sunday afternoon. No, the players won’t be boycotting spring training, the Players Association clarified in a statement, refuting the words of its own star agent Brodie Van Wagenen. “Recent press reports have erroneously suggested that..." February 05

  • Keith Law: the Braves have he best farm system in baseball

    Hardball Talk "For the third straight year Keith Law says the Braves have he best farm system in baseball. This despite the fact that they got hammered by Major League Baseball as punishment for the club’s misconduct in the international market. Law says, however, that most of the prospects the Braves were..." January 26

  • Tigers land 3 prospects in Baseball America’s top 100

    Detroit News "Between last season’s wheeling and dealing and last June’s draft, the Detroit Tigers appear to have restocked a once-thin farm system. One way to gauge that: Baseball America’s top 100 prospects list, which was unveiled Monday. The Tigers boast three players on that list, led by right-handed..." January 22

  • Top 100 MLB Prospects 2018

    Baseball America "Baseball America’s Top 100 MLB Prospects is the natural demarcation between one season to another. Countless conversations with scouts, coaches and team officials as well as many road trips over the past year lead to this list. And as soon as we put it in your hands, we begin working toward..." January 22

  • Some teams are complaining about Shohei Ohtani’s decision-making process

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has a column today (subscription only) in which he reports that certain team officials speculate that Shohei Ohtani’s decision about which team to sign with has already been made but that he made everyone jump through hoops anyway. They’re frustrated about the waste..." December 07

  • Shohei Ohtani Has Completed In-Person Meetings With Prospective Teams

    MLB Trade Rumors "As young Japanese star Shohei Ohtani moves toward a decision on where he’ll sign, it seems he will sit down in person with representatives from each of the seven MLB organizations that have been selected to continue on in his unique posting/signing process. Those seven teams are the Dodgers,..." December 06

  • Shohei Ohtani Plans To Meet With Seven Teams

    MLB Trade Rumors "Shohei Ohtani has already narrowed his list of potential landing spots to seven team, according to multiple reporters (with Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM the first to tweet the final seven). Only the Dodgers, Giants, Angels, Padres, Mariners, Rangers and Cubs will receive meetings..." December 04

  • Brian Cashman aggressively begins recruiting Shohei Ohtani

    New York Post "Brian Cashman finally confirmed the worst-kept secret in baseball: The Yankees really, really want Shohei Ohtani. “We have been preparing for this and thinking through this for quite some time,” Cashman said Friday morning, of a pursuit for the Japanese pitcher-outfielder, “and we’re trying..." December 01

  • Shohei Ohtani Reportedly Wants to Sign with MLB Team with No Japanese Stars

    Bleacher Report "Japanese baseball phenom Shohei Ohtani may prefer to sign with an MLB team that doesn't already have another Japanese star on its roster, according to a new report. Per MLB Network's Jon Morosi, multiple team executives say they believe Ohtani may want to stand alone in that regard, although..." December 01

  • Scott Boras is upset with the new posting system for international players

    Hardball Talk "Nippon Professional Baseball star Shohei Ohtani will be posted by his team, the Nippon Ham Fighters, on Friday. He’ll reach an agreement with a team within 21 days, beginning his career in Major League Baseball. There’s just one problem: the most he can make is $3.535 million and he’ll undergo the..." November 29

  • Reps for Shohei Ohtani ask Dodgers, others to spell out their interest in Japanese prospect

    L.A. Daily News "The courtship of Shohei Ohtani will include a written portion. In advance of the much-anticipated move of Ohtani to the United States, his representatives sent out a questionnaire to all 30 MLB teams. According to the Associated Press, the questionnaire was included in materials distributed by..." November 27

  • Yankees’ biggest question may not sway Shohei Ohtani

    New York Post "Nowhere on Shohei Ohtani’s list of questions to all 30 MLB clubs distributed by commissioner Rob Manfred’s office Friday was an inquiry about the status of a manager. That’s understandable because 29 of the 30 teams have managers in place, with the Yankees the lone club without one as the..." November 27

  • 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