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OMG: NL West

We’re down to the final two divisions in our quest to unveil all 30 organization’s Top 20 prospects lists. Today, the NL West went live. Here are the links to the previews and the lists:

D-backs: Preview | List

Rockies:  List (Preview wasn’t up just yet)

Dodgers: Preview | List

Padres: Preview | List

Giants: Preview | List

And, of course, the OMGs (One More Guy) for the NL West systems:

D-backs — Kyle Winkler, RHP

Rockies — Tom Murphy, C

Dodgers — Garrett Gould, RHP

Padres — Travis Jankowski, OF

Giants — Adam Duvall, 3B


A quick note… B3 will be out of pocket tomorrow, so the AL West OMGs will be a bit tardy.

Who’s Next: The first basemen

Hey all —

Have to be quick today as we’ve got the big Top 100 reveal tomorrow (MLB Network and at 9 p.m. ET!!). Besides, coming up with 5 more first basemen isn’t exactly. But here’s a list of names. I’ll be back later today with the much easier to come up with outfielders.

Nate Freiman, Astros

Ricky Oropesa, Giants

Christian Walker, Orioles

Neftali Soto, Reds

Jesus Aguilar, Indians


If you have suggstions for other first basemen to consider, by all means, let me know.


AFL and Rookie of the Year success

I’m back in Arizona, watching the final night game here at Scottsdale Stadium, and started thinking about alumni from this league and how they fare during awards season. So I did some digging…

While one was unanimous and one was close, it really shouldn’t have surprised anyone that Mike Trout and Bryce Harper were this year’s Rookie of the Year Award winners.

It also shouldn’t shock anyone that both are Arizona Fall League alumni. For six years in a row now, at least one of the Rookies of the Year played in the AFL previously.

The Trout-Harper perfecta isn’t even that unusual. In five of the last seven seasons, starting with Huston Street and Ryan Howard’s ROY Awards in 2005, both winners cut their teeth here. The other dynamic duos:

Dustin Pedroia and Ryan Braun, 2007
Evan Longoria and Geovany Soto, 2008
Andrew Bailey and Chris Coghlan, 2009
Mike Trout and Bryce Harper, 2012

Trout and Harper have something in common with Street and Howard. In both cases, the Rookie of the Year tandems both played in the AFL the year prior to winning the top rookie honor. Not only that, in both instances, the award winners were AFL teammates. In 2004, Street and Howard were Phoenix Desert Dogs. Last year, Trout and Harper played in the same Scottsdale Scorpions outfield.

There have now been 24 Rookies of the Year who once called the Arizona Fall League home.

I’ll be back tomorrow with a look at Cy Young Award winners.

In case you missed them, here are two more AFL team reports:

The Yankees report focuses on Mark Montgomery. Their video report takes a look at Montgomery, Slade Heathcott and Dellin Betances:

Gary Brown is the focus of the Giants report. In the video report, Brown, Joe Panik and Chris Dominguez are featured.

Finally, Stars of the Day for Monday and Tuesday:

Monday: We’ll go with Kevin Siegrist of the Cardinals, for his four-inning, one run performance. The lefty gave up four hits, walked one and struck out eight. He’s now 10th in ERA (2.37) and second in strikeouts (27).

Tuesday: The aforementioned Slade Heathcott gets the nod after going 4-for-5, including his first homer of the fall. He drove in two and scored a run. Heathcott is now fifth in the league in batting average (.371) and second in OPS (1.084).

AFL Star of the Day, Vol. 3 — A pitcher!

Sure, there were some good performances at the plate. Gary Brown had three hits, two RBIs and a stolen base, not a bad day’s work for the Giants’ No. 1 prospect. Nick Castellanos, the Tigers’ top prospect, hit a ninth-inning home run to give Mesa its first win. And Washington prospect Brian Goodwin (No. 3) homered to tie the game in the ninth as Salt River went on to beat Brown and Scottsdale, 6-5.

But Thursday’s Star of the Day is a no-brainer, and it comes from the mound.

Kyle Gibson came to the Fall League to continue to make up for lost innings and to regain his form following Tommy John surgery. The Twins’ No. 16 prospect would likely be in the big leagues by now if it hadn’t been for his elbow woes and he threw just 28 1/3 innings in 2012 as he worked his way back. Well, if Thursday is any indication, he’s shaking the rust off quite nicely. Gibson went five shutout innings on Thursday, something that doesn’t typically happen this early in the AFL schedule. He gave up just four hits, walked none and struck out eight. He hadn’t thrown more than four innings in any outing since he returned from TJ surgery.

OMG: San Francisco Giants

The Giants’ Top 10 prospects went live today and with it, here’s OMG (One More Guy) from their system:

Gillaspie.jpgConor Gillaspie, 3B: It hasn’t been the most traditional career path for the 2008 supplemental first-round pick. As part of his deal when he signed, he was put on the 40-man roster and given a September callup that first summer of his professional career. He spent his first full season in San Jose, winning a California League championship in 2009. He put up rather pedestrian numbers that year (.286/.364/.386), but it was enough to move up to Double-A.

It was more or less the same deal as he moved up to Richmond in 2010, finishing with a .287/.335/.420 line. He picked it up some in the Arizona Fall League (.306/.350/.597), tying for the league lead with five homers. He’s never going to be a big power guy, but that was a sign that maybe there’s a little more. He doesn’t really profile at third (or any position) and might be a utility guy when all is said and done. But he’s got a decent approach at the plate and should be a big leaguer when all is said and done.

And One More Thing … Giants

You can check out my thoughts on the Giants organization here.

The Giants have been getting a lot of attention for their good young pitchers, and it’s well-deserved. The amazing thing is there’s more than most even realize, with young phenoms like Madison Bumgarner and Tim Alderson getting most of the attention (again, rightfully so).

That leaves a guy like lefty Jesse English in the shadows… and not even getting a mention in my review. Instead of explaining who he is, I suggest you read Lisa Winston’s terrific feature on him. In a nutshell: a 2002 draftee taken out of high school, has a litany of injury problems that keep him on the shelf a lot, cost him nearly two years of playing and had limited him to relief work in the past. Fast-forward to 2008, he joins the San Jose star-studded rotation, his first full-time gig in a full-season league, and promptly finished fourth in the California League in ERA (3.19 — Alderson and fellow Giant Kevin Pucetas finished 1-2), tied with Alderson for third in wins with 13 and third with 135 K’s (in 135 1/3 IP). He might get overlooked now, but if he keeps performing like this, he won’t be forgotten in the future.

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