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OMG: The AL East

Today, it’s the AL East’s turn for Top 20 Prospect attention. Here are the appropriate links:

Orioles: Preview| List

Red Sox: Preview | List

Yankees: Preview | List

Rays: Preview | List

Blue Jays: Preview | List

For those, who want a little more, here’s OMG (One More Guy), the No. 21 prospect for each AL East team.

Orioles — Clay Schrader, RHP: You have to like the fastball-power breaking stuff combination out of the bullpen, but will he throw enough strikes?

Red Sox — Manuel Margot, OF: The toolsy outfielder has yet to make his United States debut; can really run and has the chance to hit.

Yankees — Rafael De Paula, RHP: He was 21 and pitching in the Dominican Summer League in 2012, so he needs to get moving (identity-related suspension). But he has the chance to have an exciting three-pitch mix.

Rays — Jesse Hahn, RHP: It took a while for the 2010 draftee to make his debut, needing Tommy John surgery then breaking his foot, but Hahn was very sharp in the New York-Penn League in 2012. He could start moving more quickly now that he’s healthy.

Blue Jays — Santiago Nessy, C: A big and strong Venezuelan backstop, he showed he can stay behind the plate and has the chance to hit for a lot of power in the future.

Who’s Next: The LHP list

Tuesday, it was time to launch our rankings of the Top 10 left-handed pitching prospects in the game. And, as promised, I wanted to post the next group of lefties to keep an eye on, as we continue to move toward the “big reveal” of the Top 100 list on Jan. 29.

So, without further ado, here are lefties No. 11-15:

Sean Gilmartin, Braves — Advanced college lefty made it to Triple-A in his first full season of pro ball.

Casey Crosby, Tigers — He’s had two healthy seasons in a row. Now it’s time for him to produce. Could have future as a reliever.

John Lamb, Royals — Before Tommy John surgery, he was one of the better southpaws in the Minors. All signs point to him reclaiming that status in 2013.

Robbie Erlin, Padres — The undersized lefty the Padres got in the Mike Adams trade missed time with elbow tendinitis, but continues to get people out with command and competitiveness.

Daniel Norris, Blue Jays — He had a rough pro debut, but the 2011 second-rounder has plenty of time to fulfill his enormous potential.

Who’s Next: The RHP list

Prospect ranking season is upon us. It started on Monday with our 2013 Top 10 right-handed pitching prospects list. Each day, we’ll be revealing another Top 10 by position list, until we’re ready to unveil this year’s Top 100 on Jan. 29 (Top 50 show on MLB Network and streamed on MLB.com at 9 p.m. ET). Here’s the schedule:

Tuesday: Left-handed pitchers
Wednesday: Catchers
Thursday: Third basemen
Friday: Shortstops
Saturday: Second basemen
Sunday: First basemen
Monday: Outfielders

You may have noticed a new twitter handle introduced – @mlbpipeline — that we’re using to announce these lists. You may also have noticed that there have been some technical difficulties with it. We’re hoping those will be resolved soon and that can be THE place to find out about prospect info from us on Twitter. So keep trying if you were trying to follow and couldn’t.

In the past, when the Team Top 20 lists have launched (Week of Feb. 4, for those curious), I’ve posted something I called OMG — One More Guy. That, basically, is who would potentially be No. 21 on the list. I thought I should do something similar for the position lists, especially when seeing reaction from some about who is/isn’t on the list.

With that in mind, here are the RHP who would be 11-15, if we were to go that deep:

Julio Teheran, Braves — Star has faded a bit, but still very young and ready for another shot.

Carlos Martinez, Cardinals — Sometimes known as “Little Pedro,” he has electric stuff in smaller pitching frame

Kyle Zimmer, Royals — 2012 first-rounder could move very quickly through the KC system

Aaron Sanchez, Blue Jays — There are those who think he has the most upside among all those young Jays pitchers (current and former)

Kevin Gausman, Orioles — LSU star who went No. 4 overall in last June’s Draft, should join Dylan Bundy in Baltimore in the near future

I’ll be back soon with Who’s Next for the lefties….

AFL Reports: Hearing from the Rangers, Blue Jays and Rockies

Happy Monday everyone. Just wanted to catch everyone up on the team reports and accompanying video:

    • Toronto Blue Jays, with a focus on Sam Dyson (Video focuses on Jake Marisnick, Deck McGuire and Kevin Pillar)
  • Colorado Rockies, with a focus on Kent Matthes (Video focuses on Matthes, Corey Dickerson and Isaiah Froneberger)

And we have 2 Stars of the Day to hand out, for Friday and Saturday. First, Friday:

While the  Marlins’ Kyle Jensen gets a tip of the cap for his 4-for-5 day at the plate for Phoenix (to go along with 3 RBIs), B3 has to go with another pitcher as Friday’s Star of the Day. Any 1-0 game in the AFL stands out and while Indians LHP T.J. House didn’t figure into the decision of Scottsdale’s win by that score, he certainly did his part. House went five hitless innings for the Scorpions, walking three and striking out four. He’s now given up one run on three hits over eight innings in the AFL, following a season that saw him finish third in the organization in strikeouts and fourth in WHIP, BAA and wins.

And now, from Saturday:

The scores from Saturday look much more like the Fall League we’ve all been used to over the years — one game 16-10, another 12-11. Kudos to the aforementioned Sardinas for homering and driving in four runs. But Saturday’s Star is awarded to Josh Prince of the Brewers. Prince, a former shortstop who made the transition to the outfield during the regular season, did what a leadoff man is supposed to for the Phoenix Desert Dogs. He went 3-for-3 with two walks, getting on base all five times he came to the plate. He scored two runs and drove in three, walking and scoring the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. He also fell a home run short of the cycle. The only downside for the speedster who his hitting .433 in the AFL thus far is that he got caught stealing twice (once via pickoff).

 

AFL report: Phillies, plus Star of the Day

We’ve started rolling out our AFL team overviews. We have choices, too — the written word. Yesterday, the Phillies report went up. And you can watch the accompanying video report:

And if you missed it from earlier in the week, you can read the Twins report as well. I linked to that video yesterday, but here it is again.

Many more to come… And here’s the Star of the Day from Wednesday’s action:

While Kyle Kaminska (Pirates) should be applauded for his five scoreless innings of work for Scottsdale, it’s hard not to give the Star to Kevin Pillar of the Blue Jays. While going 3-for-5 with 2 RBIs and 2 SB sounds ok, but maybe not exceptional for the hitting haven that is the AFL. But then consider that one of his steals was of home, then you take notice, right? It was part of a double-steal, but as Pillar explained in the recap, he did it on his own (take note,  young baserunners, that secondary lead is important!)

“[Later in the inning], we had a left-handed hitter (Andy Wilkins) up, so the third baseman (Cody Asche) was playing off the bag a lot. I had a huge lead for my normal secondary lead, and when I saw the catcher (Mike Zunino) throw down [to second base], I was able to walk in. It was just something I did on my own, I just got a good read. At that point we still needed runs, so I capitalized on it.”

He’s been capitalizing all year. Pillar was the Midwest League MVP, got promoted to the Florida State League and kept on raking. The 32nd round pick in 2011 hit a combined .323/.374/.439 with 91 RBIs (his most surprising stat!) and 51 steals.

Blue Jays, Beede agree to disagree

According to a source familiar with the negotiations, it seems nearly certain that Blue Jays top pick (No. 21 overall) Tyler Beede will not join the organization and will honor his commitment to Vanderbilt University.

The right-hander from Massachusetts was thought to be a tough sign heading into the Draft, with commitments to Vanderbilt particularly hard to talk a high schooler out of honoring. The Jays, in an early sign they would be very aggressive in the Draft, took Beede with their first selection. It turned out to be the first of several intriguing picks for Toronto. The Blue Jays still have several unsigned picks among the several they had early in the Draft.

If, indeed, Beede does head to Vanderbilt and negotiations are done, perhaps Toronto can focus attention on second-round pick Daniel Norris, another high schooler believed to be a tough sign.

Beede would continue a trend of New England talent heading to Tennessee to join Vanderbilt’s program. Beede would be eligible for the Draft again in 2014.

The deadline for signings is on Aug. 15 at midnight (technically, Aug. 16), so there remains a small glimmer of hope that the two sides could resume discussions and Beede could become a Blue Jay. That certainly has happened in the past, with plenty of movement occurring with the pressure of the deadline looming, but according to the source, there are no more talks scheduled. That makes it sounds as if Toronto would go without their top pick. If that holds true, they would receive compensation in the 2012 Draft at pick 21A, the 22nd pick in the first round as of right now.

Plenty more Draft news to come…

Top 50 Update No. 3

Hello all, I hope everyone enjoyed their respective holidays and perhaps some time off.

No rest for the weary at B3 (actually, I’m not weary, it just seemed like the thing to say). Time for another update of the Top 50 prospects. I guess the big news is Brandon Belt being sent down to Triple-A to work on his swing. So far, so good, as you’ll see. Let’s start with a Top 50 Player and Pitcher of the week, shall we?

Hitter of the Week: Brett Lawrie, Blue Jays

Yes, he’s playing in Triple-A Las Vegas, which is a nice place to hit. But I don’t care where you call home, starting a season .425/.468/.712 is just insane. And he’s just 21. This past week, the third baseman had a two-homer game. After going 0-for-4 in his first game of the week, he proceeded to go 11-for-22 (yes, that’s .500) with a double, three homers, five RBIs and two stolen bases. He also committed his sixth error (though it was his only one for the week) as he continues to learn how to play the hot corner. That might be the only reason he’s not getting the call yet.
And here’s all of the hitters to date:

Rank Name Team level avg ab hr rbi sb slg obp
1 Trout, Mike LAA aa 0.283 53 4 9 3 0.566 0.367
3 Harper, Bryce WAS a 0.306 49 3 14 3 0.551 0.414
5 Ackley, Dustin SEA aaa 0.236 72 2 4 4 0.333 0.345
7 Moustakas, Mike KC aaa 0.239 67 2 12 0 0.373 0.311
8 Hosmer, Eric KC aaa 0.358 67 1 9 1 0.463 0.443
9 Montero, Jesus NYY aaa 0.407 59 1 4 0 0.525 0.400
11 Jennings, Desmond TB aaa 0.266 64 2 6 5 0.391 0.413
16 Myers, Wil KC aa 0.261 46 2 8 2 0.435 0.300
17 Freeman, Freddie ATL mlb 0.250 72 3 8 0 0.431 0.349
24 Machado, Manuel BAL a 0.276 58 0 8 1 0.414 0.386
26 Belt, Brandon SF mlb 0.192 52 1 4 2 0.269 0.300
Belt, Brandon aaa 0.429 7 1 4 0 1.000 0.556
28 Lawrie, Brett TOR aaa 0.425 73 4 12 4 0.712 0.468
30 Singleton, Jonathan PHI a+ 0.306 36 1 7 0 0.444 0.419
32 Sanchez, Gary NYY a 0.231 39 1 6 0 0.359 0.279
36 Chisenhall, Lonnie CLE aaa 0.224 58 1 9 0 0.362 0.324
36 Franklin, Nick SEA a+ 0.291 55 1 5 4 0.473 0.409
39 Hicks, Aaron MIN a+ 0.231 52 0 3 0 0.327 0.317
41 Rosario, Wilin COL aa 0.310 42 4 9 0 0.714 0.370
42 Iglesias, Jose BOS aaa 0.216 51 0 4 1 0.216 0.259
44 Gordon, Dee LAD aaa 0.281 64 0 7 8 0.344 0.314
45 Mesoraco, Devin CIN aaa 0.261 46 3 9 0 0.565 0.352
46 Jackson, Brett CHI aa 0.375 56 3 11 6 0.679 0.486
48 Arencibia, J.P. TOR mlb 0.245 53 3 7 0 0.528 0.310
49 Alonso, Yonder CIN aaa 0.278 54 1 2 2 0.389 0.322

Pitcher of the Week: Martin Perez, LHP, Rangers

Michael Pineda certainly gets a shout out for his six innings of shutout ball in the bigs, but this week, we’ll go with the young Rangers lefty who looks like perhaps he’s starting to figure some things out in Double-A. Still just 20, Perez tossed five spotless innings on April 19 in a weather-shortened perfecto. Over his last two starts, he’s allowed no runs while yielding just four hits and two walks while striking out 12. He’s got 15 K’s in 13 innings and a .191 batting average against. Still a small sample size, but the stuff has always been there. Now some think he’s starting to turn a corner, which could be bad news for the AL West.

Now for all of the pitchers…

Rank Name Team level w l era ip h r er hr bb so
2 Hellickson, Jeremy TB mlb 1 2 4.32 25 23 12 12 3 11 20
6 Chapman, Aroldis CIN mlb 1 0 0.00 9.2 3 1 0 0 8 9
10 Teheran, Julio ATL aaa 1 0 1.69 16 12 5 3 0 6 11
12 Drabek, Kyle TOR mlb 1 0 3.00 24 19 9 8 2 15 19
13 Pineda, Michael SEA mlb 3 1 1.78 25.1 18 6 5 0 9 21
14 Montgomery, Mike KC aaa 1 1 3.00 21 16 8 7 1 12 18
15 Turner, Jacob DET aa 0 0 1.83 19.2 13 4 4 1 3 20
19 Britton, Zach BAL mlb 3 1 3.16 25.2 20 9 9 2 10 17
20 Miller, Shelby STL a+ 0 1 2.55 17.2 16 8 5 1 3 28
21 Minor, Mike ATL mlb 0 1 10.38 4.1 7 5 5 0 4 2
21 Minor, Mike aaa 1 0 1.45 18.2 13 4 3 1 5 22
22 Kelly, Casey SD aa 1 0 4.64 21.1 21 12 11 2 7 15
23 Perez, Martin TEX aa 1 0 1.38 13 9 2 2 0 4 15
25 Sale, Chris CWS mlb 2 0 6.23 8.2 11 6 6 2 2 10
27 Moore, Matthew TB aa 0 2 5.89 18.1 21 12 12 5 3 24
29 Parker, Jarrod ARI aa 1 2 12.00 12 16 18 16 3 9 10
31 Lyles, Jordan HOU aaa 1 2 4.71 21 24 11 11 2 5 11
33 Matzek, Tyler COL a+ 0 1 6.97 10.1 10 8 8 0 10 10
34 Lamb, John KC aa 0 1 5.56 11.1 12 7 7 1 8 8
35 Banuelos, Manny NYY aa 0 0 0.00 8 6 1 0 0 3 5
37 Odorizzi, Jake KC a+ 0 0 3.46 13 12 7 5 1 4 20
40 Gibson, Kyle MIN aaa 0 0 3.86 14 13 6 6 3 2 13
43 Scheppers, Tanner TEX aaa 0 0 13.50 2 4 3 3 0 0 3
47 Archer, Christopher TB aa 0 1 6.39 12.2 21 10 9 1 6 12
50 Friedrich, Christian COL aa 1 1 5.63 16 16 11 10 3 6 12

On the back fields with… Deck McGuire

Here’s the second installment of my new video series, sharing the conversations I had with Minor Leaguers during Spring Training. Right now, we’re featuring 2010 first-round picks. We’ll stay in the American League East, this time with Toronto Blue Jays’ first-rounder Deck McGuire. The No. 11 overall pick (and No. 7 on the Blue Jays Top 10), the Georgia Tech right-hander didn’t pitch last summer, so he’s making his pro debut right now. The Jays sent him straight to the Class A Advanced Florida State League, where he’s appeared in two games. The first was a four-inning shutout relief appearance (don’t worry, he’s a starter — the Jays just piggy-backed him), the second was a three-run, five-hit over 4 2/3 IP performance. He’s struck out 10 and walked three in 8 2/3 total innings.

Like I did with Manny Machado, you have two options. You can watch the shortened, edited version of the McGuire interview right here — sort of a Cliff’s Notes version.

Or, if you want the full, raw video (where you get a better sense of McGuire’s outstanding personality), you can watch below.

Jays continue to get it done with Draft picks

The Toronto Blue Jays had 11 picks over the first five rounds of the Draft in June and much has been made about their renewed commitment to scouting. And while they’ve yet to come to terms with first-round pick Deck McGuire, it does seem like they’re putting their money where their mouth is.

To date, the Jays have come to terms with seven of the 11 players. Most recently, it was Kellen Sweeney, the 69th overall pick, and one of three second-rounders for Toronto, who signed. His deal was reportedly slightly over slot, as was fellow second-rounder Justin Nicolino’s.

Rumor has it that the third second-round pick, Griffin Murphy, will be next to join the organization. Murphy, the top lefty-hander coming out of the Southern California high school crop, could be headed to Dunedin for his physical. Assuming everything goes well there, an announcement could come on Monday.

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