Archive for Prospects

MLB Prospect Power Rankings: Top 10 On The Cusp Of Reaching The Majors (May 20, 2015)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Which prospects are on the verge of making an impact in the Major Leagues? This weekly column will rank the ten who are closest (as well as other names that are being closely considered). Keep in mind that while talent is factored in opportunity plays a major role, so there may be some “lesser” prospects who rank fairly highly on the list (the number in parenthesis is their ranking from last week):

1) Carlos Correa – Shortstop – Houston Astros (2)
His time appears to be coming quickly, as he’s hit the ground running at Triple-A (.313, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 8 R, 1 SB over 32 AB). Sure he hasn’t hit home runs, yet, but he does have 4 doubles giving him 19 doubles, 2 triples and 7 home runs between Double and Triple-A (.664 SLG). Jed Lowrie has been transferred to the 60-day DL and isn’t going to be back until July. That’s a long time for a team that is battling for a division title to continue running Marwin Gonzalez and Jonathan Villar out there. We’ve seen that and it’s simply not pretty. Once the Super 2 deadline has come and gone look for Correa to make the leap to the Majors. That’s only 2-3 weeks away… Read more

Prospect Report: Is The Pirates’ Tyler Glasnow Moving Into The Elite Class Of SP Prospects?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Pirates’ Tyler Glasnow was already regarded as one of the best pitching prospects in the game heading into the season, but is it possible that he’s made the move into elite status?  If you look at the key numbers in his first five starts at Double-A, it certainly appears so:

  • Strikeouts – 9.82 K/9
  • Control – 2.10 BB/9
  • Groundballs – 51.6%

It’s only 25.2 innings of work (he did miss some time, going from May 6 without working before last night where he got beat u for 5 ER over 3.2 IP, though the layoff likely played a role), so you don’t want to draw any definitive conclusions.  That said, it’s hard not to get excited.

The strikeouts have never been a question with an 11.80 K/9 over his minor league career.  It’s the other two numbers that he has never displayed in the past, with a career 4.23 BB/9 and 41.8% groundball rate.  The latter wasn’t necessarily a concern, as noted in this scouting report courtesy of Rich Wilson of Prospect 361: Read more

MLB Prospect Power Rankings: Top 10 On The Cusp Of Reaching The Majors (May 13, 2015)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Which prospects are on the verge of making an impact in the Major Leagues? This weekly column will rank the ten who are closest (as well as other names that are being closely considered). Keep in mind that while talent is factored in opportunity plays a major role, so there may be some “lesser” prospects who rank fairly highly on the list (the number in parenthesis is their ranking from last week):

1) Maikel Franco – Third Baseman – Philadelphia Phillies (4)
Technically he hasn’t graduated yet, so he’s still going to be included on this list, but his arrival is imminent (it could come as early as tomorrow).  The club demoted Cody Asche earlier in the week, so he can learn left field, clearing the way for Franco to be recalled (the team is simply waiting for the date for them to gain an additional year of control).

Time will tell if he can put it together this time around in the Majors, but he’s definitely coming up on a high note.  Through Monday he was on a 7-game hitting streak, owned a May slash of .390/.381/.659 (including 3 HR) and led the International League in doubles (12).  The Phillies are finally starting to begin their transition towards the future, with Franco being the first piece.  He’s going to play 3B every day and should, eventually, slot into the middle of the batting order. Read more

MLB Prospect Power Rankings: Top 10 On The Cusp Of Reaching The Majors (May 6, 2015)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Which prospects are on the verge of making an impact in the Major Leagues? This weekly column will rank the ten who are closest (as well as other names that are being closely considered). Keep in mind that while talent is factored in opportunity plays a major role, so there may be some “lesser” prospects who rank fairly highly on the list (the number in parenthesis is their ranking from last week):

 

1) Byron Buxton – Outfielder – Minnesota Twins (3)
The Twins have turned to Eddie Rosario as a short-term option in the outfield, thanks to the injury to Oswaldo Arcia, but Buxton is quickly going to force his way into the mix.  Minnesota’s centerfielders are tied for the third worst SLG (.315) entering play on Tuesday, going without a home run and stolen base.  Buxton, meanwhile, was on an eight game hitting streak (15-33, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 12 R and 5 SB).  He’s one of the premier prospects in the game and the team has proven that they are willing to promote players directly from Double-A (see Kennys Vargas from last season).  We knew it was just a matter of when Buxton put a lost 2014 behind him, and that now appears to be the case.  It makes sense for the team to get him learning under Torii Hunter while he’s on the roster, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see Buxton arrive soon after June 1.

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Prospect Report: Could Luis Severino Be A Viable Fantasy Option In 2015?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The New York Yankees find themselves battling for a division title, but in desperate need of starting pitching. Their ace, Masahiro Tanaka, is on the DL. CC Sabathia looks like a shell of his former self. Most of the remainder of the rest of the rotation (outside of Michael Pineda), headlined by Nathan Eovaldi, is hard to depend on.

Could the Yankees look from within to solve the issue? Enter Luis Severino, regarded as one of the premier pitching prospects in the game.

Standing at 6’0″ and 195 lbs., here’s what others were saying about him prior to the season:

MLB.com:
Severino has a loose, quick arm that makes up for his lack of physicality. It allows him to maintain a mid-90s fastball throughout his starts and reach a peak velocity of 99 mph. When he doesn’t try to overthrow his heater, it features nice sink that results in a lot of groundouts and keeps the ball in the park (just six homers allowed in 221 2/3 innings through three pro seasons). Read more

MLB Prospect Power Rankings: Top 10 On The Cusp Of Reaching The Majors (April 30, 2015)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Which prospects are on the verge of making an impact in the Major Leagues? This weekly column will rank the ten who are closest (as well as other names that are being closely considered). Keep in mind that while talent is factored in opportunity plays a major role, so there may be some “lesser” prospects who rank fairly highly on the list (the number in parenthesis is their ranking from last week):

 

1) Rusney Castillo – Outfielder – Boston Red Sox (2)
If he were healthy he’d already be in the Majors, now that Shane Victorino has landed on the DL.  Castillo is on the road to recovery and could conceivably be ready to go in a week to ten days, depending on his ability to play the field.  He needs to prove that he can stay healthy for the long-term, as he constantly has been sidelined with minor injuries.  That said, he’s shown just how productive he can be and, if Mookie Betts doesn’t heat up soon, could get slotted into the top of the order once he’s deemed ready. Read more