Yesterday we posted a pair of updates over at our Prospects Page, adding the Los Angels Angels and updating the rankings for the Boston Red Sox after their blockbuster trade.
Both teams have actually traded players considered among their top prospects already this offseason (Sean Newcomb for the Angels, Manuel Margot for the Red Sox), though Boston’s system would appear to be in much better shape. That’s not to say that there isn’t some under-the-radar value for the Angels, but the system does look rather barren.
Make sure to check out those rankings and all the rest today!
Over on our Prospects page we took a look at a few of the Cardinals pitching prospects, looking to see if they have an in-house replacement for Lance Lynn (who was lost for the season due to Tommy John surgery). Included in the article was profiles of:
- Marco Gonzales
- Luke Weaver
- Tim Cooney
Will any of the three be appealing options for 2016? Make sure to check out the article by clicking here.
Also, be sure to check out www.rotoprofessor.com/prospects every day as we look at all the up and coming prospects, including our rundown of Top 10 Prospect Lists:
Have you been keeping up with our Prospect site? If you haven’t you should be! Our Top 10 Prospect Lists continue to be rolled out, with the Minnesota Twins being released this morning (click here to view). While the top two names garner significant attention, there’s actually a lot more to the system. Just look at the man who came in at #3, for instance:
3) Max Kepler – Outfielder
ETA – 2016
Not many prospects made the kind of jump that Kepler did, hitting .322 with 9 HR, 71 RBI, 76 R and 18 SB over 407 AB at Double-A last season. The power number doesn’t look impressive, but keep in mind that he added 32 doubles and 13 triples, so it’s easy to imagine him improving into the 15-20 range (if not a little more). Couple that with 20+ SB upside as well as a solid approach at the plate (13.1% strikeout rate, 13.9% walk rate) and what’s not to like? He’s put himself on the map as a potential .290/20/20 player, something few others can legitimately say.
Make sure to use the table below to check out our Twins’ list and all the rest!
Have you been keeping up with our Prospect site? If you haven’t you should be! Our Top 10 Prospect Lists continue to be rolled out, with the Detroit Tigers being released this morning (click here to view). The newly acquired Michael Fulmer took him the top spot, and here’s what we had to say:
Acquired from the Mets as part of the Yoenis Cespedes trade, the former supplemental first round pick (44th overall in 2011) has escaped being overshadowed in the Mets pitching rich system. Over 124.2 IP last season he posted impressive numbers in all three stats we focus on for a pitcher:
- 125 Strikeouts
- 30 Walks
- 1.45 GO/AO
Injuries obviously stalled his development (9 starts in 2013) and could’ve helped explain his 2014 struggles, but everything appears to be heading in the right direction. While he may start the season at Triple-A, it’s just a matter of time before he’s given his opportunity in the Majors.
Here’s a complete listing off all the rankings:
This morning we continued the release of our Top 10 prospect lists on the new Prospect page, with the release of the Baltimore Orioles. There are definitely questions atop these rankings, with injuries hanging over the top two prospects, but Hunter Harvey ultimately was tabbed as the top choice. Here’s what we had to say:
There’s little doubt about Harvey’s potential, but a lengthy list of injuries have helped to sabotage his outlook and a visit to Dr. James Andrews creates even more questions. When he was on the mound in 2014 he showed just what type of potential he has (106 K over 87.2 IP), but since then he’s battled:
- Strained flexor mass (ended his ’14 season in July and flared back up late in ’15)
- Fractured fibula
At this point we obviously have to be skeptical, especially for 2016, though the overall outlook remains. If he can get healthy he has the upside of a top of the rotation arm, but that’s a major if at this point.
How did the rest of the Top 10 shake out? Find out for yourself by clicking here.
This morning we continued the release of our Top 10 prospect lists on the new Prospect page, with the release of the Boston Red Sox. It should come as no surprise, but Yoan Moncada sits atop the rankings. Here’s what we had to say:
“1) Yoan Moncada – 2B
ETA – 2017
One of the most hyped imports ever, it took Moncada a bit of time to adjust to the minor leagues. Once he did, though, he took it by storm. The 20-year old spent the season at Single-A (306 AB) hitting .278 with 8 HR, 38 RBI, 61 R and 49 SB. The switch hitter had 45 SB in his final 56 games and should also add power as he gets older and matures (as it is he had 19 doubles and 3 triples). A few other impressive tidbits:
- He was caught stealing just 3 times
- He posted an 11.6% walk rate
We’d like to see him cut down the strikeout rate (22.9%), but once he arrives he could produce scary numbers.”
Who joined him in the Top 10? Find out for yourself by clicking here.