MLB Prospects Rumors & News

  • If We're Making Up Baseball Rules As We Go, How About This One?

    The Big Lead "The Cincinnati Reds swept the Detroit Tigers in a doubleheader unlike any other yesterday. Major League Baseball's first foray into the seven-inning game was a mixed bag. Playing 14 innings instead of 18 certainly made the long day a bit shorter and, on balance, the most deserving team..." August 03

  • Angels to call up top prospect Jo Adell "The Angels are calling up their top overall prospect, outfielder Jo Adell, a source told's Rhett Bollinger on Monday. Jared Walsh and Michael Hermosillo were both optioned, and Mike Trout returns from the paternity list on Tuesday. " August 03

  • Rob Manfred blasted for threatening to shut down MLB season

    Sportsnaut "It was always going to be tricky to start the 2020 MLB season amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic around the United States. Unlike the NBA and NHL, baseball is being played outside of a bubble. This brings a lot of issues to the forefront. Immaturity from players and the danger of..." July 31

  • MLB star reportedly threatened to get teammates traded if they violated safety protocol

    Larry Brown Sports "There is growing frustration among some MLB players about their colleagues not taking health and safety protocols seriously, but make no mistake, there are plenty taking things seriously. In light of the Miami Marlins’ COVID-19 outbreak, some players appear to be taking steps to..." July 31

  • Future Salary Obligations Of All 30 Teams

    MLB Trade Rumors "Recently, we ran through the full slate of future financial commitments teams have made to MLB players. As I explained throughout that series of posts, there are several different ways to look at salaries. Since the purpose of this exercise is to see where teams stand as we enter a period of..." July 31

  • MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred threatens to shut down 2020 season

    Clutch Points "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has threatened to shut down the 2020 MLB season if the sport doesn’t do a better job of managing the coronavirus, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN. This comes in the wake of a plethora of Miami Marlins players and coaches testing..." July 31

  • Latest COVID-19 results released by MLB, PA "Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association jointly announced today the latest COVID-19 testing results under MLB’s COVID-19 Health Monitoring & Testing Plan, through the end of Thursday, July 30: MONITORING TESTING Covered Individuals..." July 31

  • Nick Madrigal ‘pretty close’ to joining White Sox, Chris Getz says

    Chicago Sun-Times "The White Sox’ top second base prospect, Nick Madrigal, did not make the team’s opening day roster last week, but he might not be too far off from joining the club. “He’s pretty close,” Sox director of player development Chris Getz said Thursday...." July 31

  • Arizona Diamondbacks call up prospect Daulton Varsho

    AZ Central "The Diamondbacks have promoted top prospect Daulton Varsho, bringing up a versatile and potentially impactful offensive player at a time when their offense is off to a sluggish start. It is unclear if and where the club will be able to find everyday at-bats for Varsho, but..." July 30

  • Orioles Sign 5th-Rounder Carter Baumler

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Orioles have inked fifth-round right-hander Carter Baumler to an above-slot bonus, Jim Callis of tweets. Baumler – the 133rd pick – will receive $1.5MM, a vast increase over the $422,300 recommended value of his selection. Notably, with Baumler under..." July 25

  • Top 100 MLB Prospects at the Start of the 2020 Season

    Bleacher Report "With the 2020 MLB season finally set to begin, it's time to establish our top 100 prospects for the year, even with no minor league baseball on the horizon. Many of these names are part of their team's 60-player roster pool, and several could see the majors before 2020 comes..." July 20

  • Julio Rodriguez Will Not Require Surgery

    MLB Trade Rumors "Divish reports that while Rodriguez’s wrist fracture will not require surgery, it will prevent him from participating in baseball activities for the next four-to-six weeks. So while the Mariners’ phenom will be unable to get reps in a Major League setting, the M’s..." July 18

  • Cleveland signs 2020 draft pick Tanner Burns of Auburn to $1.6M deal "Tanner Burns, selected No. 36 overall by the Cleveland Indians in last month’s Major League Baseball first-year player draft, has inked a deal with the club including a $1.6 million signing bonus. Burns, a 6-foot, 215-pound righty, was taken with a Competitive Balance pick after..." July 18

  • 1 trade candidate for all 30 teams "During a recent conversation with a team executive, I noted the unique nature of this year’s Trade Deadline, which will arrive just 39 days after Opening Day. “That’s true,” the executive said. “But it’s also four weeks before the end of the..." July 17

  • Blue Jays’ Austin Martin on the verge of fulfilling baseball dream

    Sportsnet "When Austin Martin was drafted fifth overall by the Toronto Blue Jays last month, he thought of a lot of people who helped him reach that moment. His college coach at Vanderbilt University, the esteemed and well-decorated Tim Corbin. His high school coach, Gil Morales, who he won a..." July 10

  • Diamondbacks agree to terms with No. 33 overall pick Slade Cecconi

    Yardbarker "The Arizona Diamondbacks are in agreement with Competitive Balance pick Slade Cecconi on a $2,384,900 signing bonus, reports Jonathan Mayo of (via Twitter).  The University of Miami right-hander’s slot value at No. 33 checked in a hair over..." July 10

  • Dominican-based MLBers not tested for COVID-19 before flight

    The Score "Major League Baseball didn't test any of its players for COVID-19 before they flew from the Dominican Republic to Miami, according to Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post. Many of the players on board the two charter flights later tested positive for the virus. Some of them..." July 09

  • Brewers Announce 12 Additions To Player Pool

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Brewers announced Thursday that they’ve added a dozen minor leaguers to their 60-man player pool. In addition to the previously reported addition of righty Dylan File, Milwaukee has added the following players: LHP Clayton Andrews RHP Phil..." July 09

  • Austin Martin confirmed to Jays' 60-man player pool

    TSN "One day after signing their first selection, the Toronto Blue Jays confirmed that short stop Austin Martin will included on the team's 60-man player pool for this season. Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo confirmed the move to reporters on Thursday. " July 09

  • The Blue Jays hand Austin Martin a record signing bonus

    The Star "Austin Martin is set to receive the largest signing bonus the Blue Jays have ever handed out to one of their draft picks, after the versatile infielder agreed to terms on Wednesday afternoon. Sportsnet’s Hazel Mae was the first to report the sides were nearing an agreement, and..." July 08

  • Minor league team Durham Bulls selling awesome shirt that perfectly sums up 2020

    Sportsnaut "The year 2020 has been absolutely brutal. From the Australian wildfires that devastated that nation to the stunning death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter to the COVID-19 pandemic that has disrupted all our lives, and massive social justice protests across America,..." July 07

  • Red Sox sign first-rounder Nick Yorke; No. 17 overall pick gets $2.7 million bonus

    Mass Live "The Red Sox have officially signed first-round draft pick Nick Yorke, a baseball source confirmed. Yorke was in Boston to sign his contract Tuesday according to a post from his agency, Apex Baseball. Yorke received a $2.7 million signing bonus, the source..." July 07

  • Brewers Agree To Terms With First-Rounder Garrett Mitchell "The Milwaukee Brewers have reached a deal with first-round draft pick Garrett Mitchell, an outfielder who posted earlier today that he’s headed to Milwaukee to finalize his contract.  The bonus lands in the realm of the slot value of $3,242,900, according..." July 07

  • MLB Plans to Release Schedule for 60-Game Season on Monday

    Bleacher Report "Major League Baseball is reportedly planning to release the 60-game schedule for each of its 30 teams Monday. Per USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the schedule is expected to feature the New York Yankees at Washington Nationals and San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers..." July 04

  • Recent 2020 Amateur Draft Signings

    MLB Trade Rumors "Here are the latest draft deals … The Dodgers have agreed to a $1,622,500 bonus with third-rounder Jake Vogel, Jim Callis of tweets. That’s over a million north of the slot value of the 100th overall pick, so clearly the high-school outfielder..." July 04

  • Blue Jays agree to deal with first-round pick Austin Martin

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays and 2020 first-round draft pick Austin Martin have agreed to a contract, Sportsnet’s Hazel Mae has learned. The deal is pending a physical. Financial terms of the contract have not been disclosed, but the fifth-overall pick carries an assigned..." July 03

  • Padres To Add Cole Wilcox To 60-Man Player Pool

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Padres will add recently signed third-round pick Cole Wilcox to their 60-man player pool today, tweets Dennis Lin of The Athletic. The former University of Georgia right-hander was considered a potential first-round talent but, as a draft-eligible sophomore, came with..." July 03

  • Major League Baseball gave us plenty of reasons to despise it, but here are 100 reasons it's OK to still love it

    ESPN "The past three months, baseball has given us 1,000 reasons to hate it. In the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, the players and owners have acted like petulant children bickering over money, settling scores and improving bargaining position for future negotiations instead of..." July 03

  • Giants reportedly sign top draft pick Patrick Bailey for $3.8 million

    San Francisco Chronicle "The Giants are as loaded as it gets in the catching department, and they added another catcher to the depth chart by reportedly signing their No. 1 draft pick, Patrick Bailey.   " July 01

  • The 2020 Minor League Season Is Canceled. So What Happens Next?

    Baseball America "What was long expected will be made official today: There will be no Minor League Baseball in 2020. According to multiple sources, Minor League Baseball is expected to officially announce this afternoon that the season has been shelved because Major League Baseball has failed to..." June 30

  • Tigers sign Spencer Torkelson to record-setting bonus

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Tigers have signed No. 1 overall draft pick Spencer Torkelson to a record-setting bonus. The Arizona State first baseman signed for $8,416,300, according to’s Jim Callis. That’s the largest bonus for a draft pick since Major League..." June 30

  • Orioles sign top draft pick Heston Kjerstad for $5.2 million bonus

    Baltimore Sun "The Orioles continued their draft signings Tuesday by announcing that Arkansas outfielder Heston Kjerstad, the second overall pick in the draft and the team’s top draft choice, had signed to bring three of their six players under contract. Kjerstad, who was a dark horse..." June 30

  • Mets To Sign Second-Rounder J.T. Ginn

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mets have inked second-round draft pick J.T. Ginn, Tim Healey of Newsday reports on Twitter. He’ll receive a $2.9MM bonus, per Joe DeMayo of (Twitter link). This puts a bow on the Mets’ 2020 draft class. The club had already inked their other five..." June 29

  • Marlins Sign Nick Vincent, Add No. 3 Pick Max Meyer To 60-Man Pool

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Marlins have signed veteran right-handed reliever Nick Vincent to a minor league contract and will add him to the team’s 60-player pool, president of baseball ops Michael Hill told reporters Monday (Twitter link via the Miami Herald’s Jordan McPherson)...." June 29

  • Oakland Athletics sign first-round pick Tyler Soderstrom with camp invite

    Times Standard "Tyler Soderstrom, a Turlock Calif. native, signed a $3.3 million deal with the Oakland A’s on Monday, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The A’s selected Soderstrom, an 18-year-old catcher out of Turlock High School, in the first round, 26th overall of the 2020 MLB..." June 29

  • Angels Sign First-Rounder Reid Detmers

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels have reached an agreement with tenth overall pick Reid Detmers, MLB Pipeline’s Jim Callis reports (Twitter link).  The left-hander signed for $4.67MM, which is slightly below the $4,739,900 slot price attached to the tenth pick.  Callis adds that Detmers will be..." June 28

  • Top pick Spencer Torkelson could be part of Tigers’ player pool

    Larry Brown Sports "The Detroit Tigers may embrace the future quite quickly in 2020. The Tigers announced their 60-man player pool for the shortened MLB season on Sunday. It includes highly-touted prospects such as pitcher Casey Mize and outfielder Riley Greene, the team’s top draft picks in 2018..." June 28

  • Chicago White Sox sign pitcher Jared Kelley, their second-round selection from Texas

    Chicago Tribune "The Chicago White Sox signed second-round draft pick Jared Kelley to a minor-league contract with a $3 million signing bonus, the team announced Saturday. Kelley, a right-handed pitcher from Refugio High School (Texas), was the No. 47 pick in this month’s amateur draft. He was..." June 27

  • Blue Jays’ Austin Martin earns impressive debut on prospect rankings

    Sportsnet "Toronto Blue Jays first-round draft pick Austin Martin hasn’t signed his contract yet, but he’s already being touted as one of the best prospects in all of baseball. The fifth-overall selection of the 2020 draft was ranked 16th on Baseball America‘s latest..." June 27

  • Cincinnati Reds sign 1st-round draft pick Austin Hendrick with $4 million bonus

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The Cincinnati Reds added outfielder Austin Hendrick, the No. 12 pick in the 2020 MLB Draft, to the organization on Friday when he signed for a reported $4 million bonus, according to's Jim Callis.  General manager Nick Krall described..." June 26

  • Tigers Expected To Sign Spencer Torkelson Before Players Report

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Tigers are expected to finalize a deal with No. 1 overall pick Spencer Torkelson prior to the resumption of training camps, Jason Beck of writes. Lynn Henning of the Detroit News tweets that Torkelson is expected to sign his deal as soon as Sunday and will..." June 26

  • Yankees Sign First-Rounder Austin Wells

    Pinstripe Alley "It’s a done deal. The Yankees checked off a big item on their summer to-do list on Thursday night. The team signed first-round draft back Austin Wells, officially adding him to the organization. Wells broke the news himself on Twitter, where he included photos of..." June 26

  • Diamondbacks Sign First-Round Pick Bryce Jarvis

    Arizona Central "The Diamondbacks have finalized a contract with top pick Bryce Jarvis, signing the right-hander out of Duke to a deal that includes a $2.65 million signing bonus. Jarvis has passed his physical exam. The bonus is considerably less than the $3.48 million that Jarvis’ slot at No...." June 26

  • Mets officially sign first-round pick Pete Crow-Armstrong at full-slot value

    New York Daily News "There is officially another rising star named Pete on the Mets. Pete Crow-Armstrong, New York’s first-round pick (19th overall) who headlined its draft class, officially signed with the Mets on Thursday. The centerfielder signed for full-slot value with a $3,359,000 bonus, a..." June 25

  • Mariners To Sign Emerson Hancock

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners have agreed to terms with No. 6 overall pick Emerson Hancock, reports Jim Callis of (via Twitter). The University of Georgia righty will receive a $5.7MM signing bonus that closely aligns with his $5,742,900 slot value. Regarded by many as the best..." June 25

  • Padres Sign 34th, 45th Overall Draft Picks

    Yardbarker "The San Diego Padres have signed supplemental first-round pick Justin Lange and second-rounder Owen Caissie, reports Jim Callis of (links: 1, 2).  Lange, a pitcher, will earn $2M, and Caissie, an outfielder, agreed to a bonus worth $1,200,004. As the 34th..." June 25

  • Phillies sign first-round pick Mick Abel

    Daily Local "As the first high school pitcher selected in the June baseball draft, Mick Abel had options. The Phillies never doubted which one he'd choose. Not surprisingly Wednesday, the Phillies announced they had signed the right-handed pitcher from Portland, Ore., eliminating any doubt..." June 24

  • Rockies, Zac Veen Agree To Terms

    The Union Journal "The Rockies have consented to terms with first-round pick Zac Veen, Carlos Collazo of Baseball America reports (via Twitter). He’ll get hold of a $5MM bonus that checks in slightly north of his No. 9 overall selection’s $4.949MM slot value. Veen have been committed to Florida..." June 24

  • Padres, First-Rounder Robert Hassell III Agree To Deal

    San Diego Union-Tribune "The Padres have signed first-rounder Robert Hassell III and awarded him a $4.3 million bonus, an under-slot deal that continues to put them in position to fit third-rounder Cole Wilcox into their $10.67 million bonus pool. The recommended signing bonus for Hassell, the eighth..." June 24

  • Rays to sign first-round pick Nick Bitsko

    Yardbarker "The Rays will sign first-round right-hander Nick Bitsko, per Jonathan Mayo of He’ll earn $3M, an increase over the $2.83M slot value of the 24th overall selection. Bitsko is an 18-year-old right-hander from Pennsylvania who graduated high school a year early in..." June 23