MLB Prospects Rumors & News

  • Several Prospects Withdraw From 2020 Draft

    MLB Trade Rumors "With MLB’s shortened, five-round draft a week away, multiple players have removed their names from consideration. Baseball America’s Carlos Collazo reports that high school outfielders Dylan Crews and Brandon Fields have withdrawn their names, as has..." June 03

  • Pirates' Cole Tucker helps brother prep for next step "When scouts visited Cole Tucker and his family before the 2014 MLB Draft, Carson Tucker would usually sit in on the meetings -- for a couple minutes, at least. Carson was only 12 years old when his big brother was drafted, so it didn’t take much time for those conversations to..." June 02

  • Meet the 2020 MLB draft's man of mystery: A 17-year-old pitcher with enormous upside

    ESPN "The pitcher many scouts think has the highest upside in the 2020 MLB draft has been seen by most big league organizations for just three innings. And those innings were nearly a year ago, when he was part of the 2021 draft class, so some scouts weren't even paying attention to..." June 02

  • Which Glove-First Shortstop Would You Rather Have?

    MLB Trade Rumors "In a piece from MASN last week, Roch Kubatko said this of the Orioles’ search for a veteran shortstop: “The Orioles chose [Jose] Iglesias over Adeiny Hechavarría in their winter search for a glove-first shortstop.” Kubatko linked the Orioles the Hechevarria..." May 30

  • Mets hope top prospect Francisco Alvarez can be catcher of the future

    New York Post "The Mets made two significant investments in the summer of 2018. The first was drafting Jarred Kelenic in the first round of that year’s amateur draft in June and later signing him to a $4.5 million deal. The next came in July, when they spent $2.7 million to sign..." May 30

  • Latest On Teams’ Plans For Minor League Pay

    MLB Trade Rumors "3:14pm: The Astros will also pay their minor leaguers through August, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle tweets. The Red Sox will do the same, Julian McWilliams and Alex Speier of the Boston Globe write. The Reds will pay theirs through Sept. 7, the end of the..." May 29

  • MLB teams cut hundreds of minor leaguers

    The Score "Shortly after the coronavirus pandemic postponed the beginning of the 2020 season, Major League Baseball teams agreed to pay minor leaguers $400 per week through May 31. Now, with that date approaching, many teams are releasing large numbers of minor leaguers in order to cut..." May 28

  • Tigers pitching director calls Spencer Torkelson 'special' "Dan Hubbs jumped into pro baseball as the Tigers’ new director of pitching development after two decades in college coaching because he saw the philosophies from the college game working their way into the pros, from analytics to development. “Before, it was two..." May 28

  • The next Marcus Stroman? Stro might think so "Duke right-hander Bryce Jarvis used a big start to his junior season to catapult himself into first-round consideration. Here are 10 facts you should know about MLB Pipeline’s 25th-ranked Draft prospect. • Jarvis is hoping to make some Blue Devils history, as only one..." May 24

  • Why MLB teams could be tempted to use a 2020 draftee in the majors during a shortened season

    CBS Sports "If there is a Major League Baseball season in 2020, it's going to bear limited resemblance to the standard edition. The schedule will be condensed; the rules altered; and the strategies tweaked.  The draft is no exception. Teams have been forced to veer from normality with..." May 22

  • MILB Season ‘Expected’ To Be Canceled Due To COVID-19

    Sportsnaut "As Major League Baseball works towards a resolution to have an 82-game season this year, Minor League Baseball is preparing for its fate during the COVID-19 pandemic. When MLB announces a plan for the 2020 season, the hammer will drop down on MiLB. According to Baseball..." May 21

  • Five-round MLB draft complicates present and future for Canadian players

    Sportsnet "Over the past couple of years, Mateos Kekatos reinvented himself as a pitcher with the University of Toronto Varsity Blues. He put in hours upon hours of work to refine his delivery, to better understand his repertoire, to hone the quality of his pitches and the results showed on the mound,..." May 21

  • Before Ruling Baseball, Scott Boras Failed at Baseball

    SI "Before Scott Boras ruled baseball, he was a 24-year-old second baseman in Double A, and he was fast asleep. A knock on his hotel room door awoke him around 6 a.m. “Boras!” rumbled Cardinals minor league field coordinator George Kissell. “Get up!” Boras’s..." May 18

  • Some in MLB skeptical social distancing protocols are practical

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball raised some eyebrows with their lengthy list of social distancing protocols, and apparently some of those reactions came from inside the sport. According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, there is concern among some within baseball that the social distancing..." May 17

  • How 'insane' lifestyle has ignited Casey Mize's rise through baseball, soon to Tigers

    USA Today "Casey Mize, one of the Detroit Tigers' top prospects, is running out of patience. “He's itchin' to go,” Jason Mize, Casey's father, said. “He's ready to go and be out with his friends and ready to play ball. He’s like any..." May 17

  • MLB will pursue severe penalties for fights in 2020

    Larry Brown Sports "Don’t expect to see any major on-field altercations in Major League Baseball games in 2020. MLB will look to maintain strict social distancing guidelines if and when games are played in 2020. That means anyone who gets into an on-field fight is going to face very strict..." May 17

  • MLB to defer draft bonuses on its already-shortened draft

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball took a lot of heat for cutting the draft down from 40 to five rounds. Now they’re going to take even more heat for what they’re doing with bonuses. The league released its bonus pool/draft slot recommendations today. The bonuses are the same as they..." May 15

  • MLB planning to hold remote draft on June 10-11

    ESPN "Major League Baseball plans to hold the 2020 MLB Draft remotely, according to a memo obtained by ESPN's Jeff Passan on Friday. As of now, teams are not allowed to have draft rooms and will do all drafting via video conference. That could change, the memo says, as the draft date..." May 15

  • 2020 MLB Draft: Ranking top 25 position players; and how scouts, executives view these hitters

    CBS Sports "Last week, it was reported Major League Baseball's 2020 draft would begin June 10, and that it would last just five rounds. While that's a departure from the norm (and not in a good way), we here at CBS Sports will be providing coverage up through the draft. That process..." May 12

  • Dr. Christopher Ahmad Warns Of Rash Of Tommy John Surgeries

    MLB Trade Rumors "Dr. Christopher Ahmad, the Yankees team physician, warns in a Medium post that the resumption of baseball could bring a new wave of Tommy John procedures. Essentially, the point is that many typical concerns during a pitching ramp-up will end up being amplified when the game..." May 08

  • MLB agrees to reduce 2020 draft to five rounds with unlimited undrafted signings for $20K

    CBS Sports "After weeks of speculation and reporting, Major League Baseball has reached an agreement with the players that the draft will be just five rounds this season. The draft has for the past several years been 40 rounds. Both ESPN and The Athletic reported the deal as finalized..." May 08

  • Arizona State's Spencer Torkelson 'too perfect' for Detroit Tigers to pass in MLB draft

    Arizona Central "Two years ago this week — a month before the 2018 MLB draft — someone stopped me for a question. A simple question, really — who were the Detroit Tigers taking with the No. 1 overall pick? A trick question? The person asking the..." May 04

  • Setbacks could be extra costly to Tigers' likely No. 1 pick Spencer Torkelson

    Detroit News "Undoubtedly, it was his final at-bat at Arizona State. It came in the eighth inning of a March 8 game against Fresno State, at Phoenix, which the Sun Devils were about to win, 8-3. Spencer Torkelson had a nine-pitch at-bat that ended when Fresno State reliever Nik Cardinal, a..." May 04

  • MLBPA rejects MLB's proposal for revamped 2020 draft

    The Score "Major League Baseball's proposal for a revised and shortened 2020 draft has been rejected by the MLB Players Association, sources told Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich of The Athletic. Because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the league proposed shortening the draft from..." May 01

  • Why defense might weigh heavily in Detroit Tigers' selection at No. 1 in MLB draft

    Detroit Free Press "When deciding between two position players for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 MLB draft, the bat gets the biggest headlines. On Wednesday, the Free Press talked with Perfect Game national director Brian Sakowski about the differences between Arizona State first..." May 01

  • MLB considering staging spring training in teams' home cities

    The Score "Before Major League Baseball begins what would be an abbreviated 2020 season, teams will reconvene for another round of spring training, possibly in their respective home cities. All 30 teams are preparing to potentially resume spring training at their respective regular-season..." April 30

  • 2020 Little League World Series Canceled Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

    Bleacher Report "August's Little League World Series was officially canceled on Thursday, the first time the event won't be held since its inception in 1947. The organization explained its reasoning: "After a thorough assessment of the impact the devastating COVID-19..." April 30

  • MLB still plans to hold draft on June 10

    Bleacher Report "Major League Baseball may not move its 2020 draft after all.  MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported officials are planning to stage the event virtually on June 10. Joel Sherman of the New York Post confirmed the report and added the length of the..." April 29

  • A's prospect's wife evens bat-flip score "Consider this a lesson learned not only on the baseball field, but perhaps in marriage, as well. A's prospect Noah Vaughan went viral over the weekend for his epic bat flip after hitting a towering shot off his wife, Riley Sartain-Vaughan -- but boy, did she get her..." April 28

  • Cape Cod Baseball League 2020 season canceled because of coronavirus pandemic

    Mass Live "The Cape Cod Baseball League has canceled its 2020 season because of the coronavirus pandemic. It announced the news via Twitter on Friday. This doesn’t come as a surprise after MLB and every other major sports league in the United States suspended their seasons..." April 25

  • Braves Taking Georgia RHP Cole Wilcox in First Round of MLB Draft Would Be Ideal Fit

    12 Up "With the sports world ground to a halt amid the coronavirus pandemic, there hasn't been much talk regarding the MLB Draft, which, as of this writing, is scheduled for July 30. This year's version will be like no other in that scouts didn't have the luxury to properly..." April 18

  • Ranking the 13 best sets of the Junk Wax Era of baseball cards

    Sporting News "Earlier this week, I asked my Twitter family to help me choose the worst sets of the Junk Wax Era, which I’m loosely defining as 1987-1993. It was a fun project, with lots of great input from my fellow baseball-card fans. I hope you enjoyed it.  I almost felt a little..." April 18

  • MLB draft's new limits could 'crush' baseball dreams — especially among minorities

    USA Today "The Major League Baseball draft is coming, but no one knows the date or whether there will even be a central site. The draft will no longer be 40 rounds, and it could be slashed to as few as five rounds, an 87.5% reduction in players. Baseball scouts are permitted..." April 16

  • MLB agent: I won't advise undrafted players to sign for $20K

    The Score "Major League Baseball is facing criticism for changes that could be made to the amateur draft this year in light of the coronavirus pandemic, including the impact on amateur players. The league has reserved the right to reduce the 2020 draft to as few as five rounds, which is down..." April 12

  • Here are all of our No. 1 overall prospects, ranked " started ranking prospects back in 2004. Since that time, between preseason rankings and, more recently, midseason updates, a total of 16 players have been ranked as the No. 1 prospect in baseball. If we were to rank those 16 prospects, based on the hype surrounding them when..." April 11

  • Rich Paul’s Klutch Sports agency acquires Tidal Sports Group

    Hardball Talk "Super-agent Rich Paul’s Klutch Sports has bought Tidal Sports Group, an agency run by Brodie Scoffield. Tidal’s clients include Alex Bregman, Marcus Stroman, Keston Hiura, and Mariners top prospect Jarred Kelenic. Tidal will become Klutch’s baseball..." April 03

  • MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred officially suspends minor-league season, agrees to pay weekly stipend through May

    USA Today "Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred told minor-league clubs and its players Tuesday that they are officially suspending the season, but agreed to pay minor-leaguers $400 per week through May. Manfred said he still expects the minor-league season to resume this season,..." March 31

  • College Baseball Players Granted Additional Year Of NCAA Eligibility

    USA Today "All NCAA Division I athletes in spring sports will be given an extra season of eligibility to make up for the one that was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the association announced Monday. But the decision by the NCAA Division I Council, which handles day-to-day rules..." March 31

  • Bizarre Rule Says Rob Manfred Can Pick 2021 MLB Draft Order if 2020 Season is Cut Short

    12 Up "This week, Major League Baseball and its players' union came to terms on a series of spending cuts considered necessary to make up for lost revenue caused by postponements and inevitable cancellations of official league activities due to the coronavirus outbreak. Included on this list of..." March 29

  • Agent Scott Boras says MLB draft limits send 'wrong message'

    ESPN "Agent Scott Boras believes the agreement reached between Major League Baseball and the players' union "sends the wrong message" when it comes to possibly shortening the draft and limiting the financial pool for amateur players. Under terms of the agreement, MLB..." March 28

  • MLB, MLBPA reach agreement on service time, pay, draft

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have reached an agreement on a deal pertaining to issues including service time, pay, and the amateur draft. The deal is expected to be ratified by the owners on Friday. A report indicated..." March 26

  • MLB draft likely to be in July, may be shortened

    ESPN "The Major League Baseball draft is increasingly likely to happen in July, though it could be shortened and include bonus deferrals, sources familiar with the situation told ESPN. Fear of handing out significant signing bonuses amid cash-flow questions prompted a number of owners to..." March 26

  • MLB to provide interim financial support for minor-league prospects

    Sport Business "Major League Baseball said it will give minor league prospects payments equal to financial allowances that would have been paid through April 8, marking the latest league effort to help those financially impacted by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.  Following the league’s..." March 19

  • MLB considering skipping 2020 draft to save money during COVID-19 shutdown

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball, like many sports leagues around the world, has been shut down indefinitely because of the growing threat that is the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Spring Training has been suspended and Opening Day has been pushed back to at least mid-May, and that remains subject to..." March 19

  • DoorDash, gyms and uncertainty: Coronavirus upends the life of a minor leaguer

    Yahoo! Sports "Peter Bayer was sitting in his car, waiting for an alert that would tell him where to go next. He’d been doing a lot of that lately, both in his personal life and his now uncertain baseball life. It was about 3:30 p.m., the busy hours were ahead of him, he figured. People in..." March 17

  • MLB advises non-roster players to return home, urges teams to avoid group workouts

    CBS Sports "MLB is expected to advise teams to cease all organized workouts when the league releases updated policies on Monday in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The league on Thursday announced it was suspending spring training play and pushing the start of the regular season back by at least..." March 16

  • Latest On League, MLBPA Discussions Over Player Access To Spring Camps

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball issued a memorandum to all 30 teams earlier today that addressed multiple topics, most notably the halt of any organized player workouts at Spring Training facilities.  The plans outlined in the memo will be in place at least through Monday’s planned..." March 16

  • MLB must become more fan friendly after coronavirus shutdown

    New York Post "Baseball could do well to learn something from the 1984 film “The Terminator.” And it’s not just the famous line, “I’ll be back.’’ At movie’s end as Sarah Connor sits in her red Jeep Wrangler at a gas station in the desert, the young son..." March 16

  • MLB Season May Be Delayed Until Memorial Day Weekend Due to Coronavirus

    Bleacher Report "The start of the 2020 MLB season has been postponed for two weeks, but there is a solid chance it will be longer before baseball returns. Two MLB executives told Bob Nightengale of USA Today that the season might not begin until at least Memorial Day on..." March 16

  • Baseball Players Will Need Spring Training II To Get Ready For 2020 "The sudden interruption of 2020 spring training means Major League Baseball will need to call back the troops once a new date for Opening Day is determined. That date could come by Mothers Day, Memorial Day, or even later – depending upon the damage coronavirus does before its..." March 16