These trades don't and wouldn't happen. But what if they could?
Prospect-for-prospect trades fascinate me. They aren’t common, which makes them all the more fascinating, like a rare comet or a good Ben Stiller movie. They often are “challenge” trades; deals where a team essentially says that they believe in the guy in your system more than you do, and they’re willing to give you something in their system to prove it.
Notes on those who made an impression from the West representatives in the latest minor league all-star game.
Last week the Eastern League held its all-star game, and Adam McInturff and Grant Jones were there to take in the festivities. Today we’ll examine the standouts from the league’s Western Division, with notes on the best of the East coming forth tomorrow.
Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Nationals right-hander A.J. Cole and Rangers infielder Rougned Odor.
Hitter of the Night: Rougned Odor, 2B, Rangers (Frisco, AA): 3-5, 2 R, 2B, 3B, HR, 2 K.
Odor’s home run on Tuesday puts him more than halfway to his 2013 mark of 11. The doubles power has always been there, but if they continue to go over the wall like this, the Rangers are going to have one heck of a player on their hands.
Pitcher of the Night: A.J. Cole, RHP, Nationals (Harrisburg, AA): 6 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K.
Cole, who has been talented but inconsistent throughout his career, is beginning to give us a glimpse of what he can do when he’s on. He’s got premium stuff and could be a no. 2 starter if he can keep this up.
Notes on prospects who stood out over the weekend, including outfielders Victor Roache and Raimel Tapia.
Friday, May 2
Javier Baez, SS, Cubs (Iowa, AAA): 0-4, 2 K. When Baez homered in the I-Cubs’ final April game, we all hoped it would be the boost he needed to turn the page on a rough month. Instead, Baez is now 1-for-16 with nine strikeouts in May, including an 0-for-12 weekend that included eight punchouts. He’s not close right now.
A positional and visual breakdown of the players on our top 101 prospects list.
Today, Jason Parks and the Baseball Prospectus Prospect Staff released our Top 101 Prospects of 2014. Here is the Top 101 list displayed by position, by organization, by prospect age, and by tool grades. Enjoy!
Seven more interesting players Jason saw this summer, including Devin Williams.
After covering top Arizona League prospect Clint Frazier in part one of my AZL scouting notes series, I profile another batch of intriguing players today, including an athletic power arm in Brewers second-round pick Devin Williams. The complex leagues make for a fun scouting environment, but it’s often a difficult one with so much youth and projection involved. In addition to Williams, part two features some of the circuit’s youngest talents, including Diamondbacks shortstop Sergio Alcantara and his July 1996 birthdate.
Eight interesting players Jason saw this summer, including first-rounder Clint Frazier.
Earlier this summer, I spent a couple weeks in the Arizona desert, watching some of the newest additions to baseball’s professional ranks. The rookie Arizona League provides some of my favorite scouting every year, as I’m able to see young players make their transition to the next level. There are always top draft picks––and with the earlier signing deadline imposed last year, those are in abundance––but I still enjoy looking for the sleeper pop-up prospects often found at the complex level.
A look at the players whom junior-circuit clubs selected in the first round of the draft in June.
Tim Anderson, SS, White Sox (Low-A Kannapolis): .266/.337/.343 with 7 2B, 3 3B, 0 HR, 13 SB, 3 CS, 15 BB, and 49 K in 169 at-bats. Anderson is a toolsy player selected out of junior college. He was finally able to focus all of his time on baseball in 2013 after previously being a multi-sport athlete. Anderson offers plus-plus running ability and good bat speed, and some believe he has a chance to hit for power. It is going to be difficult for Anderson to stay at short, but scouts believe he could transition to center field if necessary. The White Sox paid $2.16 million for Anderson, and he was instantly in the conversation for the top prospect in their system.