July 2012

New Top Prospects Transaction Report

Here’s a quick look at the week of transactions. It’s a little more exciting these days, thanks to the Trade Deadline. The top of the report is all trades, followed by the regular movement up and down, disabled list, etc. Keep in mind that in trades that involve prospects, I’ll be providing info on the Minor Leaguers — keep an eye out for the boxes chock full o’ information in the main stories (This one for the Marlins is a good example).

And be sure to check in on the latest scuttlebutt over on Trade Buzz.
Jacob Turner (MIA, No. 1): Called up on July 17. Traded to Miami as the key piece in the deal for Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante on July 23.
Rob Brantly (MIA, No. 12): Traded to Miami in the deal for Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante on July 23.
Brian Flynn (MIA, No. 17): Traded to Miami in the deal for Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante on July 23.
Joe Musgrove (HOU, No. 7): Traded to Houston as part of the 10-player Blue Jays/Astros trade.
Asher Wojciechowski (HOU, No. 11): Traded to Houston as part of the 10-player Blue Jays/Astros trade.
Carlos Perez (HOU, No. 15): Traded to Houston as part of the 10-player Blue Jays/Astros trade.

 

Anthony Gose (TOR, No. 2): Called up for the first time on July 17, after Jose Bautista was placed on the disabled list.
Andrew Romine (LAA, No. 11): Sent down to Triple-A Salt Lake on July 17.
Jhan Marinez (CWS, No. 8): Returned to the Minors on July 17, after one appearance.
J.R. Graham (ATL, No. 8): Promoted to Double-A Mississippi on July 17.
Francisco Martinez (SEA, No. 6): Returned to Double-A Jackson on July 17 after rehabbing a left hamstring strain.
Adrian Salcedo (MIN, No. 7): Placed on the disabled list on July 17.
Luis Sardinas (TEX, No. 14): Returned to Class A Hickory on July 17, after two weeks on the DL.
Matthew Summers (MIN, No. 20): Promoted to Class A Advanced Fort Myers on July 17.
Tyler Townsend (BAL, No. 16): Returned to Class A Advanced Frederick on July 17, after recovering from a hamstring injury.
Ryan Adams (BAL, No. 11): Began a rehab assignment on July 18, after suffering a fractured right thumb in mid-May.
Trevor Bauer (ARI, No. 1): Returned to Triple-A Reno after four starts in the Majors.
Justin De Fratus (PHI, No. 7): Joined Triple-A Lehigh Valley on July 19 after rehabbing an elbow injury.
Pedro Hernandez (CWS, No. 20): Got his first Major League callup on July 19.
Martin Perez (TEX, No. 2): Returned to Triple-A Round Rock on July 19, after nearly a month with the MLB club.
Donn Roach (SD, No. 19): Shut down for the rest of the season to keep his innings in check.
Keenyn Walker (CWS, No. 5): Promoted to Class A Advanced Winston-Salem on July 18.
Pedro Hernandez (CWS, No. 20): Returned to Triple-A Charlotte after making a single start in the Majors on July 18.
Matthew West (TEX, No. 17): Sent to the Arizona League on July 18, after posting a 5.79 ERA in 9.1 innings of High A ball.
Kole Calhoun (LAA, No. 12): Returned to Triple-A Salt Lake after spending a week in the Majors.
Will Smith (KC, No. 14): Called up for the second time this year on July 19.
Sandy Leon (WSH, No. 20): Called up for the second time this year on July 19.
Scott Barnes (CLE, No. 4) Returned to Triple-A Columbus on July 20, after two appearances with the MLB club in July.
Ryan Wheeler (ARI, No. 17): Called up to the big leagues for the first time on July 20, after the D-backs released Geoff Blum.
Stephen Pryor (SEA, No. 9): Joined Triple-A Tacoma on July 22, after rehabbing a groin injury.
Jean Segura (LAA, No. 1): Called up to the Majors for the first time on July 22.
Martin Perez (TEX, No. 2): Called up to the Majors, just four days after being sent down, on July 23.

Competitive Balance Lottery results

Full story to come, but here are the results of the first Competitive Balance Lottery:

 

Round A (approx. picks 32-37)

1. Royals

2. Pirates

3. Diamondbacks

4. Orioles

5. Reds

6. Marlins

 

Round B (approx. picks 70-75)

1. Padres

2. Indians

3. Rockies

4. A’s

5. Brewers

6. Tigers

How the Competitive Balance Lottery will work

I’m here in Secaucus, awaiting the official drawing for the first ever MLB Draft lottery. They’ve got the ping-pong ball machine/tumbler and everything (see left). Be sure to tune in on MLB Network’s “The Rundown” (2-3 p.m. ET) to see who was awarded the extra picks via this lottery. The order will be unveiled at 2:45 p.m. ET, I believe and I’ll be on hand for some analysis. Picks will be unveiled on the board to the right.

As I wrote in the preview of this event, a total of 12 picks will be awarded. The first six will come after the conclusion of the first round, the second six will come after the conclusion of the second round. As of right now, those picks will come picks 32-36 and picks 70-75 (unsigned picks in the first and second round push them back). That can still change based on a few scenarios come free agency time, but we’ll get to that at another juncture, but you get the basic idea of how it works/when the picks will come.

As I mentioned in the story, the odds are weighted in favor of the teams with the worse records in 2011. Here’s how it will work. For each pick, four balls will be drawn from the tumbler. The combination of the four numbers — all 999 of them — have been assigned to a team (For you math experts, there are two combinations not assigned to teams because of rounding issues. Sorry, that’s above my paygrade). The teams with the worse records from last year have the most combinations. So, for example, the Baltimore Orioles have the best odds of getting the top pick, the first pick in Comp Round A because they have the most combinations.

Here are the odds for each team to get the top pick, in percentage. Once a pick has been determined, the odds change for each pick. And the odds for a Round B selection change, obviously, after Round A has been chosen. All teams that did not get a Round A pick, along with the Detroit Tigers, will participate in Lottery Round B.

CLUB                   COMBINATIONS                    % Chance of Top Pick

BAL                                124                                                12.4%
KC                                   111                                                 11.1%
SD                                   111                                                 11.1%
MIA                                105                                                10.5%
PIT                                  105                                               10.5%
COL                                  99                                                 9.9%
OAK                                  94                                                9.4%
CIN                                   70                                                7.0%
CLE                                  66                                                 6.6%
STL                                   34                                                3.4%
TB                                     32                                                3.2%
ARI                                   26                                                2.6%
MIL                                  22                                                2.2%

TOTAL                           999                                              100%

Top prospects transaction report

It’s been a while since I’ve had the chance to throw a transaction update on here, but I hope to do it weekly between now and the season’s end. Again, here’s a look at any movement — promotion, demotion, disabled list, etc. — from anyone on a team Top 20 over on Prospect Watch. Many thanks to Chris Barth (aka Barth-Man) for compiling the info.

Joe Mahoney (BAL, No. 14): Returned to the Minors on July 9.
Justin DeFratus (PHI, No. 7): Began a rehab assignment on July 10 to recover from an elbow injury.
Zach Cone (TEX, No. 12): Returned to action on July 10.
Andrelton Simmons (ATL, No. 2) Officially placed on the disabled list with a broken right hand, retroactive to July 9.
Kyle Gibson (MIN, No. 6): Returned from last September’s Tommy John surgery.
Matthew Skole (WAS, No. 18): Placed on the disabled list on July 10.
Chevez Clarke (LAA, No. 16): Demoted to Rookie Orem on July 10, after struggling with Class A Cedar Rapids.
Bobby Bundy (BAL, No. 9): Placed on the DL again on July 9, with elbow soreness.
Tyler Townsend (BAL, No. 15): Began a rehab assignment on July 11 to recover from another hamstring injury.
Jose Vinicio (BOS, No. 15): Returned to Class A Greenville on July 11 after DL stint with a left shoulder injury.
Didi Gregorius (CIN, No. 4): Promoted to Triple-A Lousville on July 11.
Chris Dwyer (KC, No. 7): Promoted to Triple-A Omaha on July 11.
Mike Montgomery (KC, No. 3): Demoted to Double-A Northwest Arkansas after a string of rough starts.
Tyler Thornburg (MIL, No. 4): Called up again on July 11.
Jaff Decker (SD, No. 12): Began a rehab assignment on July 11.
Matt Dominguez (HOU, No. 4): Returned to the Minors on July 12.
Justin Grimm (TEX, No. 20): Assigned to Triple-A Round Rock on June 12, after three starts in the Majors.
Lisalverto Bonilla (PHI, No. 12): Placed on the disabled list on July 13, after undergoing surgery on his right thumb.
Xavier Avery (BAL, No. 6): Returned to Triple-A Norfolk on July 13 after third stop in the Majors this year.
David Perez (TEX, No. 15): Placed on the disabled list on July 13.
Josh Edgin (NYM, No. 20): Called up to the Majors for the first time on July 13.
Andrew Oliver (DET, No. 3): Placed on the disabled list with shoulder fatigue on July 13.
Austin Romine (NYY, No. 7): Began a rehab assignment on July 13 to recover from a back injury.
Josh Rutledge (COL, No. 13): Got his first Major League callup on July 13.
Jonathan Villar (HOU, No. 5): Punched a door during a game on July 13 and broke his right hand, out for six weeks.
Jhan Martinez (CWS, No. 8): Called up to the White Sox on July 14.
Scott Van Slyke (LAD, No. 17): Returned to Triple-A Albuquerque on July 14 after two weeks in the Majors.
Kolbrin Vitek (BOS, No. 8):  Began a rehab assignment on July 14 to come back from an intercostal strain.
Chris Marrero (WAS, No. 9): Returned to the disabled list on July 14 after tweaking a hamstring injury.
Josh Wall (LAD, No. 16): Called up to the Majors for the first time on July 14.
Jesus Galindo (SF, No. 13): Returned to action on July 14 after two weeks on the DL with a wrist injury.
Daniel Muno (NYM, No. 15): Reinstated on July 14 after serving a 50-game suspension.
Nestor Molina (CWS, No. 1): Placed on the disabled list with tendinitis on July 15.
Simon Castro (CWS, No. 6): Returned on July 15 after more than two weeks on the DL.
Patrick Corbin (ARI, No. 8): Returned to the Minors after a three week stint in the big leagues.
Jarred Cosart (HOU, No. 2): Returned on July 15 after short DL stay with a blister on his pitching hand.
Scott Gorgen (STL, No. 18): Returned to Double-A Springfield.
Jose Alvarez (MIA, No. 16): Returned to action on July 15 after two weeks on DL with a strained groin.
Trevor Rosenthal (STL, No. 7): Returned from disabled list and was promoted to the big league bullpen.
Josh Sale (TB, No. 11): Returned to action on July 15 after a DL stint with an ankle injury.
Kole Calhoun (LAA, No. 12): Returned to the Majors when Jordan Walden was placed on the disabled list on July 15.
Chris Carpenter (BOS, No. 7): Returned to Triple-A Pawtucket on July 16 after rehabbing his elbow.
Christian Colon (KC, No. 8): Began a rehab assignment on July 16, recovering from a foot injury.
Joe Benson (MIN, No. 5): Returned to action with Double-A New Britain on July 16 after missing the first half of the season with a left wrist injury.
Justin De Fratus (PHI, No. 7): Joined Class A Advanced Clearwater on July 16 after rehabbing an elbow injury.
Matt Adams (STL, No. 8): Returned to action on July 16 after a short DL stint with an elbow injury.
Maikel Cleto (STL, No. 10): Optioned to Triple-A on July 16 to make room for Trevor Rosenthal.

Gausman signs with Orioles for $4.32 million

Kevin Gausman signed with the Orioles just under the wire. His bonus is $4.32 million. The assigned value of the pick, No. 4, was $4.2 million.

Appel won’t sign with Pirates

Stanford ace Mark Appel, who went No. 8 overall in this year’s First-Year Player Draft, will not sign with the Pittsburgh Pirates and will return to Stanford for his senior season.

Appel, whom many thought could go No. 1 overall to the Houston Astros, fell to the Pirates at No. 8. Without too much wiggle room with their Draft pool, it was believed the most Pittsburgh would be able to offer Appel was approximately $4 million. There has been no confirmation on what the final offer was, but evidently Appel chose to return to school for one more year and re-enter the Draft in 2013.

Mets will not sign Stankiewicz

With an hour left until the Draft signing deadline, there are still three first-round picks unsigned: Kevin Gausman, Mark Appel and Lucas Giolito. My instinct says Gausman and Giolito sign. I’m still not so sure on Appel. We’ll see shortly.

There were some other early-round picks still up in the air. The A’s are still working to sign Arkansas sophomore Nolan Sanburn, their second round pick. And their third-rounder, Kyle Twomey is still unsigned.

I have learned, though, that the one remaining Mets draftee in the top 10 rounds, Texas high school right-hander Teddy Stankiewicz, will not be joining the Mets organization. He could be headed to Arkansas to join a staff topped by Ryne Stanek, one of the Class of 2013 top prospects.

(Editor’s addition: According to Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogersPG), Stankiewicz is heading to Seminole JC, not Arkansas.)

Top performers at Prospect Classic

Quick turnaround for us here at B3. Home quickly from North Carolina, turn around and head to Kansas City for the All-Star Game festivities (In B3 land, that’s the Futures Game and then that other stuff on Monday and Tuesday).

But I wanted to take a quick minute to provide a top prospects kind of list from the recently completed Prospect Classic, run by USA Baseball. The four-game event was extremely well attended by scouts, with a good amount of high-end talent from the high school and college ranks on the same field at the same time.

Overall, the scouting community has not been overwhelmed to date about the Class of 2013. That’s not to say there’s no talent or that some guys haven’t performed, but the overall evaluation of the group this summer has been so-so, at best. After talking with a few scouts, here are some of the better performers from the Prospect Classic, broken into college and high school groups.

Also, for your reading pleasure, there are features on Arkansas right-hander Ryne Stanek and Mater Dei high school catcher Jeremy Martinez.

College

Kris Bryant, 3B, San Diego
Marco Gonzales, LHP/1B, Gonzaga
D.J. Peterson, 1B/OF, New Mexico
Ryne Stanek, RHP, Arkansas
Trea Turner, 2B, NC State (2014)
Bobby Wahl, RHP, Mississippi State

High School

Willie Abreu, OF, Hialeah, Fla.
Cavan Biggio, IF/OF, Houston, Texas
Stephen Gonsalves, LHP, San Marcos, Calif.
Robert Kaminsky, LHP, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.
Christian Martinek, LHP, Portland, Ore. (2014)

Prospects Transaction Report

Here are the transaction updates for this week (Tuesday, June 26th – Monday, July 2nd).

Jimmy Nelson (MIL, No. 8): Placed on the disabled list with shoulder fatigue on July 2.

Drew Pomeranz (COL, No. 2): Called up for the second time this season on July 2.

Tyler Skaggs (ARI, No. 3): Promoted to Triple-A Reno on July 1.

Erasmo Ramirez (SEA, No. 13): Placed on the disabled list with a right elbow flexor strain on July 1.

Johermyn Chavez (SEA, No. 17): Returned to action on July 1 after missing nearly two months with a broken hamate bone in his left hand.

Neftali Soto (CIN, No. 6): Returned on June 30 after two and a half weeks on the DL with lower back spasms.

Yasmani Grandal (SD, No. 3): Called up to big leagues for the second time this year on June 30.

Felix Starling (CLE, No. 9): Promoted to Class A Lake County on July 1.

Maikel Cleto (STL, No. 10): Called up to the big leagues for the second time this year on June 30.

Austin Wates (HOU, No. 13): Returned to action on June 29 after two weeks on the DL with a quadriceps injury.

Khris Davis (MIL, No. 12): Began a rehab assignment on June 29.

Chris Carter (OAK, No. 8): Called up for the first time in 2012 on June 29.

Edwar Cabrera (COL, No. 18): Called up to the Majors up for spot start on June 27 and returned to Triple-A Colorado Springs on June 29.

Simon Castro (CWS, No. 6): Placed on the disabled list on June 29.

Cory Spangenberg (SD, No. 5): Returned on June 28 after a DL stint with concussion-like symptoms.

Tony Zych (CHC, No. 20): Promoted to Double-A Tennessee on June 29.

Nick Tropeano (HOU, No. 17): Promoted to Class A Advanced Lancaster on June 29.

Dellin Betances (NYY, No. 2): Demoted to Double-A Trenton after going 3-5 with a 6.39 ERA in Triple-A.

Brett Marshall (NYY, No. 20): Returned on June 28, after a week and a half on the DL with bursitis in his left leg.

Trevor Bauer (ARI, No. 1) Made his Major League debut on June 28.

Xavier Avery (BAL, No. 6) Called up to the Majors for the second time this season on June 28, for a short stint.

Chris Archer (TB, No. 2) Returned to the Minors on June 28 after a week with the Rays.

Angelo Gumbs (NYY, No. 16) Placed on the DL on June 28.

Ehire Adrianza (SF, No. 8) Returned on June 28 after nearly two weeks on the DL with a left thumb injury.

Darrell Ceciliani (NYM, No. 16) Placed on the DL with a hamstring injury for the third time this season, on June 28.

Nick Delmonico (BAL, No. 4) Placed on the DL on June 28.

Rymer Liriano (SD, No. 2) Promoted to Double-A San Antonio on June 28.

Zach McAllister (CLE, No. 13) Called up for the second time this season on June 28.

Keenyn Walker (CWS, No. 5) Returned on June 28 after two and a half weeks on the DL.

Adam Warren (NYY, No. 10) Called up to the Major Leagues for the first time on June 28, but returned to the Minors two days later.

Chris Withrow (LAD, No. 6) Returned to action on June 28 after two weeks on the DL with a lower back strain.

Scott Barnes (CLE, No. 4) Called up for the second time this season.

Jose Iglesias (BOS, No. 10): Rejoined Triple-A Pawtucket on June 27, after a rehab assignment.

Anthony Rizzo (CHC, No. 1): Called up to the Majors on June 26.

Matt Lipka (ATL, No. 11): Placed on the disabled list with a hamstring injury on June 26.

Scott Van Slyke (LAD, No. 17): Called up for the third time this season on June 28.

Jacob Turner (DET, No. 1): Returned to the Minors on June 26 after making his first MLB start of 2012 on June 21.

Santo Manzanillo (MIL, No. 18): Placed on the DL for the second time this season on June 26.

Brad Boxberger (SD, No. 10): Returned to the Minors on June 26 after two weeks in the big leagues.

Martin Perez (TEX, No. 2): Called up to the Majors for the first time on June 26.

Travis d’Arnaud (TOR, No. 1): Placed on the DL with a torn ligament in his left knee.

Destin Hood (WSH, No. 6): Returned to Double-A Harrisburg on June 26, after rehabbing a wrist injury.

Zach Putnam (COL, No. 7):  Called up for the second time this season on June 25.

 

USA Baseball cut day

After the first two games of USA Baseball’s Prospect Classic, it was time for the 18 and under team to make cuts. There were 40 high schoolers in attendance and the roster needed to be cut down to 28. Those 28 will play in games three and four of the Classic on Monday and Tuesday against the Collegiate National Team.

In case you missed it, here’s my feature on Jeremy Martinez, who did make the cut.

There were some tough choices to make, to be sure. The depth in catching alone was something that had to give. USA Baseball opted to take three backstops with them to the next step of the process — Martinez, Reese McGuire and Chris Okey. Here’s the 28-man roster:

Abreu William OF
Arroyo Christian IF
Biggio Cavan IF/OF
Boldt Ryan OF
Brigman Bryson IF/OF
Davis Kevin RHP
Gonsalves Stephen LHP
Gordon Nick RHP
Heady Connor IF/RHP
Kaminsky Robert LHP
Kilichowski John LHP
Martinek Christian LHP
Martinez Jeremy C
McGuire Andy IF
McGuire Reese C
Nunez Dom IF
Okey Chris C
Olson Ryan RHP
Roth Billy RHP
Sands Carson LHP
Shore Logan IF/RHP
Sternagel John IF
Taccolini Dominic RHP
Thompson Keegan RHP
Unroe Riley OF
Varga Cameron RHP
Ward Drew IF
Williams Garrett LHP

Brigman, Gordon (Tom’s son, Dee’s brother), Martinek, Sands, Varga and Ward are all Class of 2014 guys.

In case you were curious, here’s the dozen who are no longer on the roster:

Pete Alonso
Ryan Castellini
Nick Ciuffo
Ian Clarkin
Rob Coleman
Nico Giarratano
Hunter Green
Anfernee Grier
Ryder Jones
Timmy Richards
Kyle Serrano
Eugene Vazquez

It’s quite an accomplishment to have made it this far, given that the Tournament of Stars began with 144 players here to be evaluated.

There’s still one more cut to go. The final roster that goes to Seoul for the IBAF Junior 18U World Championships will have just 20 players on it. So eight more from the 28 won’t make the trip. Glad I’m not the one who has to make that decision.

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