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Myworld’s Top Prospects - 30-21

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

30. Mitch Keller RHP (Pirates) 6.62 - Myworld was a little surprised to see him rated so highly in many of the Top 100s since we did not know that much about him. The Pirates 2014 second round pick had a breakout year last year with a 2.46 ERA in 23 starts. Increased velocity in his fastball, which now hits the mid-90s plus an improved change was the reason for the turn around. His curveball was already a swing and miss pitch. Mitch hopes to repeat his 2016 performance in High A in 2017.

29. Kyle Lewis OF (Mariners) 6.62 - Kyle was the Mariners first round pick in 2016. A gruesome knee injury cut his season short but not before he impressed with a .915 OPS. Kyle has all five tools to be an impact player. His speed, especially after the injury may be a little short to play center but his arm is good enough for right. Kyle makes good contact, is patient enough to take walks and should hit over .300 with 20 plus homeruns. The knee injury will delay the start of his 2017 season. Myworld expects him to begin the season in Low A.

28. Josh Bell 1B/OF (Pirates) 6.7 - Josh Bell began as an outfielder but the Pirates moved him to first base because his speed was not extraordinary and the Pirates outfield situation was already crowded. He was a second round pick in 2011 draft but the Pirates had to pay him a $5 million bonus to convince him to give up his football career. The power has yet to arrive but it showed flashes last season with 14 minor league homeruns and three major league shots. Defensively, his play at first is below average and needs to improve if he hopes to make the major league team in 2017. Expect him to start the season in AAA with Bell playing both the outfield and first base.

27 Brent Honeywell RHP (Rays) 6.87 - One of the better pitchers in the minor leagues with a different pitch in the screwball. He complements that pitch with a fastball in the low 90s with a plus change and a cutter that is above average. That is four pitches hitters have to look out for. He finished his season in AA with a 2.28 ERA in 10 starts, limiting the opposition to a .231 average. His command is good and with his mix of pitches he has a chance to be a number two starter. He should begin the 2017 season in AAA and should make his major league debut this year.

26 Clint Frazier OF (Yankees) 7.22 - A first round draft pick of the Indians, they traded him to the Yankees last year to acquire Aroldis Chapman to push themselves into the playoffs. Clint is a five tool player who will hit for both average and power. His above average speed could allow him to play centerfield but a plus arm makes right field a good fit. The Yankees would like to see Clint cut down on his strikeouts, an issue that may drive his average below .300. He will see next season in AAA and is just an injury to Jacoby Ellsbury away from getting promoted to the Yankees.

25 Jose Deleon RHP (Rays) 7.28 - Deleon was acquired recently from the Dodgers for Logan Forsythe. The Puerto Rican throws in the low to mid 90s, but his change is what gets hitters out. In AAA he struck out more than a hitter an inning, threw strikes and limited the opposition to a .194 average. When promoted to the majors his command disappeared, the opposition hit him at a .288 clip and he gave up five homeruns in 17 innings pitched. The Rays hope this was a learning experience for him. He will probably start the season in AAA but the Rays have the potential to have one of the best young rotations in baseball with Blake Snell, Brent Honeywell and Jose Deleon.

24. Mickey Moniak OF (Phillies) 7.48 - The Phillies 2016 number one pick, making him the top pick in the draft. Above average speed and a rocket arm makes him flexible for center or right field. The power is absent for now but it is expected to show as he fills out. He makes solid contact now, hitting balls into the gaps. Last year in rookie ball he slugged .409. Expect him to start the 2017 season in Low A. Don’t expect the power to become evident until 2018.

23. Manuel Margot OF (Padres) 7.52 - The Padres acquired Manuel from the Red Sox in the Craig Kimbrel deal. He has the speed to play center and the arm to fit in right. Last year that speed contributed to 32 stolen bases in 43 attempts. Power is lacking but he should get close to double digits and with his speed doubles should be frequent. Last year he made his major league debut hitting just .243. In AAA he was able to get the average up to .304. The Padres expect him to compete with Travis Jankowski for the centerfield job.

22. Francis Martes RHP (Astros) 7.77 - The Astros stole Martes from the Marlins in the Jarred Cosart trade. At that time he was still in rookie ball struggling to throw strikes. His control has gotten better and his fastball has climbed to the mid-90s, hitting triple digits when he really lets loose. Martes also has a plus curveball that sharply breaks down towards the plate. The one down side with Martes is his short height (6′1″) which does not give him any downward plane. After his success at AA last year it is expected the Astros will start him at AAA, with a promotion to the major leagues if an injury or ineffectiveness plagues the starting staff.

21. Lewis Brinson OF (Brewers) 7.77 - Brinson is a nice little centerfielder who the Brewers got from the Rangers in the Jonathan Lucroy trade. Brinson shows all five tools, with the ability to hit for power with 30 plus homeruns and the speed to play centerfield. That speed has not translated well to stolen bases. The Brewers would like to see him walk more to increase the OBA, making him better suited for the leadoff role. He reached AAA last year and hit .382 in less than 100 at bats. The 2017 season will see him back at AAA with the chance to see the outfield for the rebuilding Brewers.

Bruce Leads Mets; Tebow Struggles in Debut

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Jay Bruce slugged a two run homerun, smoked an RBI double and made a diving catch in right field to contribute to the Mets 8-7 win over the Red Sox in exhibition play today. It was a game in which Tim Tebow made his debut. Tim struck out twice, his last at bat three times looking at all three pitches, grounded into a double play in which a runner scored from third, was hit by a pitch and doubled off first when he broke off the bag on a line drive caught by the second baseman.

Jay Bruce was responsible for the Mets scoring their first run in the first inning. With runners on first and third with one out Neil Walker broke for second. Jay Bruce swung and missed at a 3-2 pitch to strike out. Walker stopped half way between first and second to get in a run down to allow Curtis Granderson to score from third.

The Red Sox jumped on P.J. Conlon in the fourth inning. P.J. had no velocity and no command leading to a bad recipe of walks and hits. Sam Travis walked and Allen Craig bounced a ground rule double over the fence in left center. A single by Rusney Castillo scored one to tie the game. Conlon was able to get his first out of the inning on a ground out to second but Craig scored to make it 2-1. Christian Vazquez walked and Castillo and Vazquez pulled the double steal. The throw from Travis d’Arnaud went over the glove of L.J. Mazzilli at third, allowing Castillo to score. Marco Hernandez ended the scoring with an RBI double into right centerfield.

The Mets bounced right back in the bottom half of the fourth. Yoenis Cespedes bounced a single off the right hand of Rick Porcello. He stayed in the game but gave up a two run shot to Bruce and booming double in left center field to Lucas Duda. He was pulled in favor of Noe Ramirez. Noe walked the first batter he faced and gave up a infield single to Amed Rosario to load the bases. This brought up Tim Tebow to the buzz of the crowd. He got behind in the count 1-2, made solid contact, but right at the second baseman who turned a 4-6-3 double play. Tebow fans will argue the double play grounder that allowed the Mets to score their third run of the inning proved to be the difference in the game.

The Mets tacked on another run in the bottom of the fifth. Curtis Granderson led off the inning with a double. After two were retired Jay Bruce ripped a double down the right field line to score Granderson. He barely beat the throw into second from Bryce Brentz.

The Mets should have put the game away in the sixth with three runs to put them ahead 8-4. Travis d’Arnaud led off the inning with a double. A high chopper up the middle was played poorly by Deven Marrero and trickled into centerfield, d’Arnaud settling for third. Tim Tebow came up with another opportunity to drive in a run. He got hit by a pitch on a 1-1 count to load the bases. L.J. Mazzilli lined one to second, Tebow wandered too far off first and was easily doubled off. A walk to Ricardo Cespedes again loaded the bases where Neil Walker cleared them with a double ripped down the third base line. Luis Caprio pinch ran for Walker and when Kevin Kaczmarski singled to right center it appeared Caprio loafed home and was ultimately thrown out at the plate.

Allen Craig hit a two run homer in the seventh to close the Red Sox lead to 8-6. The Red Sox rallied in the ninth with a hard line drive single by Rafael Devers up the middle in centerfield. Junior Lake walked and Matt Dominguez singled to make the score 8-7. Corey Taylor, who has both girth and velocity on his fastball struck out Jake Depew and Steve Selsky to end the game.

Game notes: The most popular player in the stadium today was Tim Tebow. The crowds thronged around him for autographs and there was a lot of buzz and ipads being taken out for pictures during his first at bat. Rick Porcello threw nothing but fastballs down the middle to him and Tebow struck out, swinging and missing at the second struck and taking the first and third strike. Fans thought it was an accomplishment when he made contact in his second at bat, despite the fact that it was a ground into double play. It did score a runner from third but Tebow gets no RBI. He was hit by a pitch his third at bat then wandered too far off first on a line drive to second, getting doubled off. He took three pitches for strikes off journeyman pitcher Brandon Workman. From what myworld saw Tebow will not sniff the major leagues based on his talent. He may make it if the Mets need an increase in attendance…The Mets stadium in St. Lucie is one of the older stadiums on the east coast. The aisles are very narrow where the concessions are resulting in a number of log james. The scoreboard is very nice but it provides no spring stats as the other two scoreboards in Jupiter and at Nats/Astros…Amed Rosario had an impressive defensive game at shortstop, making all the routine plays and then covering the tough plays and making them look easy…Bryce Brentz hit two doubles that carried over the outfielders heads…Noah Syndergaard started and threw the hardest fastball, consistently hitting 96-98…Myworld likes the defense of Josh Rutledge. We think he will make the team as a utility player…Andrew Benintendi was schooled by Curtis Granderson. On a fly ball to left Curtis faked a tag and jumped off the base. When Andrew threw to second, taking the bait Curtis broke for third and was safe without a throw…Luis Caprio was thrown out at home on a play he appeared to lack the hustle when racing for home. He was easily thrown out…

Mets Pound Marlins in Spring Game

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

On Sunday myworld drove to Florida to begin our one week of spring training baseball. The first game was in Jupiter to watch the New York Mets pound the Miami Marlins 8-2. A six run eighth inning broke a 1-1 tie to put the game out of reach.

Homeruns scored the first two runs. Travis d’Arnaud led off the fourth inning with a solo shot into left field. The Mets later loaded the bases with one out but Matt Reynolds grounded into a 5-4-3 double play to end the inning. Giancarlo Stanton hooked a homer into left field in the sixth inning to tie the game 1-1.

Nick Maronde came on to start the eighth and could only get one hitter out. Doubles by Travis Taijeron and Phillip Evans and a homerun by L.J. Mazilli put five runs on the board before Maronde was forced to leave the mound.

Two poor fielding plays in the bottom of the eighth by Dominic Smith almost allowed the Marlins to get back in the game. Two flips to the pitcher never reached the pitcher, one was ruled a hit and the other an error putting two runners on base. They scored a run on a Moises Sierra single with a walk loading the bases with no outs. A strikeout, ground out pitcher to home and fly to right ended the inning.

Game Notes - Victor Payano looks taller than 6′5″. Tayron Guerrero is listed at 6′8″ and Victor appeared as tall as him or taller…Tayron Guerrero was the hardest thrower in the game, hitting 96-98 on the radar. He is too slow to the plate with his all arm and leg delivery and runners stole second off him easily…Ben Rowen is another tall pitcher who throws submarine. Not one of his pitches went over 76…Myworld was not impressed with the arm of J.T. Realmuto. Two warmup tosses and another throw to second on a pitch out were very loopy…Myworld was also not impressed with the speed of Amed Rosario on two ground outs to third…Tyler Moore had a ball glance off his glove, hit the wall and then caught it, but Wuilmer Becerra was credited with a double…Brian Anderson impressed on defense at third base…Drew Steckenrider is a big guy with a 95 mile per hour fastball. An error by J.T. Riddle on a double play grounder should have ended the inning with no runs scored but with the inning extended Drew got wild, walked two and was replaced by Payano…The first at bat for L.J. Mazzilli this spring was a two run homer…Dominic Smith did not look good at first defensively. He made two straight flips to the pitcher to first that did not reach the pitcher. He also swung and missed at a pitch in the dirt for a strikeout and a late swing and miss on a 94 mile per hour fastball for another strikeout…Juan Lagares made a nice over the shoulder catch on a drive by Brian Anderson in the eighth. Brian would have finished the day 2 for 2 if not for the Lagares catch.

Myworld’s Top 100 Prospects - 70 - 61

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

70. Kevin Maitan SS (Braves) 3 - The Braves shelled out $4.25 million for him in 2016. At 17 years of age he has no minor league experience so this rating may be a bit optimistic. He can hit for power from both sides of the plate and is expected to hit for average. The Braves compare him to Chipper Jones. At 6′2″ he may have to move to third, but Dansby Swanson could also be a reason for that move. It will be interesting if the Braves have him start in the Dominican League or bring him to the United States for the rookie leagues.

69. Aaron Judge OF (Yankees) 3.15 - With a good spring he could win the right field job, though Aaron Hicks will have a say about that. At 6′7″ Judge has tremendous athleticism. He can cover ground in right field and has a strong throwing arm. What makes Yankee fans drool is his Giancarlo Stanton type power possibilities. What is a cause of concern is his plethora of strikeouts. He cut down on the whiffs last year in the minor leagues, but when promoted to the majors the whiffs returned, 42 of them in less than 100 at bats.

68. Raimel Tapia OF (Rockies) 3.25 - In the minor leagues Raimel has yet to hit less than .300. His career minor league average is .317. The Rockies outfield situation is a bit crowded so he will have to again spend most of his time in the minor leagues. With a little more meat on his bones he could surpass 20 homerun power but 40 double gap power is his current projection. The arm is good enough for right field and his defensive prowess should put him at the top of the league. If he wants to steal bases he must improve his jumps. A 63 percent career success rate will not allow managers to give him the green light.

67. Dominic Smith 1B/Of (Mets) 3.32 - Dominic may be the second coming of James Loney, with a little better bat and less of a glove. In 2016 he did break out for 14 homeruns after hitting only seven in his first two years. Also at 250 pounds Dominic will have to watch his weight so Pablo Sandoval comparisons do not creep into the conversation. He is a Lucas Duda injury away from making the Mets. His glove is solid despite his girth, however his speed would make him a liability in the outfield. Dominic hits the gaps and should consistently hit near the .300 neighborhood. If he could sprinkle in some power that would be ideal.

66. Braxton Garrett LHP (Marlins) 3.35 - The Marlins 2016 first round pick. He pitched for the gold medal winning United States team in the 18 and under World Cup of baseball. His fastball does not have great velocity, sitting in the low 90s. The curve is his best pitch, allowing him to strike out two hitters per inning in high school. He did not pitch in 2016 so extended spring training with rookie league action seems a possibility.

65. Kevin Newman SS (Pirates) 3.47 - Kevin was the Pirates first round pick in 2015. He should replace Jody Mercer at shortstop at some point in 2018. He’ll start this season in AA with a possible late season callup to get him acclimated to the major leagues. He is not a player who will light you up with his tools, but neither was Jody Mercer. He makes contact, does not have a lot of power, is consistent at shortstop but lacks gold glove type range.

64. Leody Taveras OF (Rangers) 3.5 - Leody is a $2.1 million bonus baby out of the Dominican Republic. He is a potential five tool talent, though he only took one ball over the fence in over 300 at bats in rookie ball last season. At that point he was a high school player competing against first round picks. He makes solid contact, is patient enough to draw walks, has the speed to play center and the arm to fit in right. He should begin the 2017 season in full season Low A.

63. Anthony Alford OF (Blue Jays) 3.53 - Anthony would be a five tool player with a better arm. His speed and range are good enough for center, but if that doesn’t work out he will be a better fit in left field. A top notch defensive back in football he has the speed to steal bases but the power to sail balls over fences. He did strike out 117 times in 92 games but the Blue Jays hope that gets reduced now that his focus is on baseball. A knee injury in 2016 slowed him down so the Blue Jays hope a healthy 2017 will show the real Alford.

62. David Paulino RHP (Astros) 3.57 - A history of injuries may keep Paulino in the bullpen. At 6′7″ with a mid to high 90s fastball he can be a very intimidating presence on the mound. He missed the 2014 season because of Tommy John surgery and has not pitched close to 100 innings in his last two seasons. David did make his major league debut last year, throwing seven innings. With potential for a plus slider and change Paulino has the requisite number of pitches to be a successful starter. He just needs to stay healthy.

61. Jorge Mateo 2B/SS (Yankees) 3.6 - The acquisition by the Yankees of Gleyber Torres will move Jorge to second base. It is unclear how he will take that since the Yankees had to suspend him last year after he pouted about not being promoted to AA last season. Compared to the numbers he put up in 2015 Jorge was not deserving of the promotion, his stolen base totals dropping from 82 to 36 and his batting average slipping 20 points. Speed will be his game but Jorge has deceptive power. Last year he showed it with 8 homeruns.

Breakout Prospects and Prospects to Watch - NL East

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

This is the last group of prospects myworld will look at who have a chance to make a major league impact in 2017 and other prospects to watch to see if they will find themselves on the cusp of making the major league team in 2018. Some of these prospects to watch are veteran minor leaguers trying to over come surgery, former top prospects who have tripped in their minor league ascension or Cubans who have no history at the professional level in the United States but were stars in Cuba. Today myworld takes a look at the NL East.

Atlanta Braves

Breakout Prospect (Dansby Swanson) - The Diamondbacks are going to regret trading Swanson to the Braves for an established pitcher Shelby Miller who struggled last year. Even if Miller bounces back in 2017 Swanson will be the starting shortstop for the Braves. He got a brief 100 at bat callup last year and hit .302 with an .803 OPS. Most teams would trade a starting pitcher to get a shortstop who can hit .300 or better. Defensively he is not a stellar shortstop, but he has the tools to play the position. If a better shortstop comes along his bat is good enough to move to second or third, though his lack of immense power will limit him to the low teens in homeruns. Hitting doubles in the gap will be his forte.

Prospects to Watch (Balbino Fuenmayor 1B, Touki Touissant RHP and Max Fried LHP) - With Freddie Freeman at first base and no DH Balbino will not get a big opportunity to play. He was the Independent League player of the year a couple years ago when the Royals picked him up. Last year he struggled with his bat so the Braves were able to pick him up on a waiver claim. An injury mid-season that ended his season in 2015 probably prevented him from making his major league debut after he had a monstrous season in batting average and homeruns. Myworld really likes the long limbed Touki who the Diamondbacks also traded to the Braves to rid themselves of a large contract (Bronson Arroyo). Dave Stewart did not think Touki would ever make it to the major leagues, but myworld begs to differ. His command must improve (71 walks in 132.1 innings) but you have to like his tools. The curveball may be his best pitch, but his fastball can zip past the plate at 95 miles per hour. If he can’t develop a third pitch the bullpen is always an option. Max Fried was a high school teammate of Lucas Giolito. Scouts flocking to see Giolito pitch were also impressed with Fried. When arm problems and scholarship offers scared scouts away from Giolito the Padres drafted Fried in the first round before Giolito was drafted. Tommy John surgery could have been the motivating factor for the Padres to trade Fried to the Braves during their fire sale, but Justin Upton was not going to be traded away cheap by the Braves. Fried was able to get 20 starts last year after being restricted to just five in the 2014 season and missing all of 2015. A low 90s fastball packs plenty of heat for a lefthander and his curveball is one of the best. Last year he pitched in Low A so expect him to begin in High A with a promotion to AA if he does well.

Miami Marlins

Breakout Prospect (Tayron Guerrero RHP) - Myworld was going to say Luis Castillo but the Marlins traded him a second time. They originally traded him to the Padres last year but got him back after Colin Rea came back as damaged goods. This year they traded Luis Castillo to the Reds as part of the package for Dan Straily. Myworld is not impressed with the rest of their farm system for a break out major leaguer. Tayron Guerrero is a pitcher to be watched for the bullpen. The 6′8″ Colombian throws hard, hitting triple digits with his fastball. As long as he continues to pitch out of the bullpen he could be a quick callup.

Prospects to Watch (Destin Hood OF) - Tayron was our player to watch, but we’ve bumped him up so our prospect to watch is Destin Hood. Once a highly touted prospect with the Nationals he made his major league debut with the Marlins last year. His .240 batting average did not overwhelm last year and he had some defensive lapses. With a good spring he should make the team as a fifth outfielder behind Ichiro. Stanton is also always getting hurt so he could be insurance against that. His defense is best suited for a corner.

New York Mets

Breakout Prospect (Ahmed Rosario SS) - Ahmed is a fireplug who will beat you many different ways. Power is the one tool he currently lacks, but as he matures he should hit in the teens in homerun. The Mets have Asdrubal Cabrera signed through next year but Ahmed is probably the better defensive shortstop. All Ahmed is lacking is consistency. The bat is also filled with explosiveness with many of his future hits destined for the gaps. If the Mets fail to contend Cabrera will be traded and the job will be given to Rosario. It has been a long time since the Mets have had a natural shortstop who could also hit. Ruben Tejeda was the last Met true shortstop, but he lacked the offensive swag.

Prospect to Watch (Thomas Szapucki LHP) - Myworld has to admit we don’t know a lot about Szapucki. The lefthander was a fifth round pick in 2015 but an opposition batting average of .145 with 86 whiffs in 52 innings is pretty impressive. At the lower levels pitchers with good breaking pitches can amass a lot of strikeouts but Szapucki has good velocity on his fastball, hitting 92-96. A full season of work in Low A will determine whether his body of work in 2016 was a mirage or the real thing. The Mets always seem to have a knack for finding good pitchers from the lower levels of the draft.

Philadelphia Phillies

Breakout Prospect (Jorge Alfaro C) - Injuries have prevented him from making a major league impact. The Phillies already have a pretty good catcher in Cameron Rupp, but Alfaro has more tools in his tool box. The bat has power and the arm is a rifle that will limit the run game. The intangibles need to be improved such as calling a game and managing a pitching staff but that will come as he stays healthy to catch more games. A 22/105 walk to whiff ratio is a bit worrisome, which could result in a low batting average. He also struck out in close to 50 percent of his major league at bats. Jorge is the second player from Colombia on this list.

Prospect to Watch (Mickey Moniak OF) - He was the first player drafted in 2016. Those kind of players draw your attention. A .409 slugging average and one homerun gives myworld the impression power may be lacking so if his defense is not of centerfield quality he could be a bust. He runs well and makes consistent hard contact but the ball does not carry over the fence. For 2017 the Phillies should give him an opportunity for a full season league. The high school pick is still a couple years away from the major leagues,

Washington Nationals

Breakout Prospect (Koda Glover RHP) - The Nationals need a closer and Glover throws hard, hitting the high 90s with his fastball. The Nationals will probably not trust the closer role to a rookie, but expect him to get in a lot of innings as the set up reliever before the season is over. Last year he was promoted to three different levels before making his major league debut. At each level his strikeouts to innings pitched ratio was reduced but overall the opposition could only hit him at a .197 clip. That continued to ring true in the major leagues with a .200 opposition average but only 16 whiffs in 19.2 innings. At 6′5″ and 225 he is a pretty imposing force on the mound.

Prospect to Watch (Carter and Spencer Kieboom SS/C and Victor Robles OF) - Most teams wanted Victor Robles when the Nationals looked at enhancing their playoff roster. Victor is that five tool athlete with gold glove defensive ability and the speed to steal 50 plus bases, ideal for a leadoff hitter. The power is still lacking in his game but the Nationals expect it will break out once he matures. When Bryce Harper is ready to sign his $400 million free agent contact with the Yankees Victor will be ready to take his place with an outfield role in centerfield. The Kieboom brothers have a father who played baseball in the Netherlands. Carter is considered the better prospect after being drafted in the first round last year. Carter has the tools to play shortstop, but that defensive capability will not win him any gold gloves. His bat will carry him to a major league lineup. His older brother Spencer is a fringe prospect who was drafted in the fifth round in 2012. He is still down a couple levels in the totem pole of catchers ready to make a major league impact. His defense behind the plate is average, but his bat is lacking and his speed is non-existent. It would be nice if the two of them make it to the Nationals major league roster, but only Carter really has a chance for that.

Comparing the Mets and Yankees Drafts

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

The Yankees had an interesting 2006 draft when they selected Joba Chamberlain, Dellin Betances, Zach McAllister, Mark Melancon and David Robertson. That is a top notch bullpen. The following year they drafted Drew Storen but did not sign him. Both teams would have a very competitive roster with their drafts.

New York Mets

2005 - Mike Pelfrey (1) RHP, Drew Butera (5) C, Jon Niese (7) LHP, Bobby Parnell (9) RHP, Josh Thole (13) C, Pedro Beato (17 - DNS) RHP

2006 - Joe Smith (3) RHP, Daniel Murphy (13) 2B, Johnny Monell (49 - DNS) C

2007 - Lucas Duda (7) 1B, Dillon Gee (21) RHP, Roy Merritt (29) LHP, Juan Centeno (32) C

2008 - Ike Davis (1) 1B, Kirk Niewenhuis (3) OF, Eric Campbell (8) 3B/1B, Colin McHugh (18) RHP

2009 - Steve Matz (2) LHP, Mitch Haniger (31 - DNS) OF, Zack Godley (50 - DNS) RHP

2010 - Matt Harvey (1) RHP, Matt den Dekker (5) OF, Jacob deGrom (9) RHP, Akeel Morriss (16) RHP, Erik Goeddel (24) RHP, Josh Edgin (30) LHP

2011 - Brandon Nimmo (1) OF, Michael Fulmer (1) RHP, Logan Verrett (3) RHP, Jack Leathersich (5) LHP, Robert Gsellman (13) RHP, Jarel Cotton (28 - DNS) RHP, A.J. Reed (25 - DNS) LHP/1B

2012 - Kevin Plawecki (1) C, Matt Reynolds (2) SS/3B

2013 - None

2014 - Michael Conforto (1) OF

C - Kevin Plawecki, Josh Thole, Johnny Monell, Drew Butera, Juan Centeno

1B - Lucas Duda, Ike Davis, A.J. Reed

2B - Daniel Murphy

3B - Eric Campbell

SS - Matt Reynolds

OF - Kirk Niewenhuis, Mitch Haniger, Matt den Dekker, Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto

SP - Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Steve Matz, Jon Niese, Colin McHugh, Dillon Gee, Michael Fulmer, Robert Gsellman, Jharel Cotton, Mike Pelfrey

RP - Bobby Parnell, Pedro Beato, Joe Smith, Roy Merritt, Zack Godley, Akeel Morris, Erik Goeddel, Josh Edgin, Logan Verrett, Jack Leathersich,

New York Yankees

2005 - Brett Gardner (3) OF, Doug Fister (6 - DNS) RHP, Austin Jackson (8) OF, Justin Turner (29 - DNS) 3B

2006 - Ian Kennedy (1) RHP, Joba Chamberlain (1) RHP, Zack McAllister (3) RHP, George Kontos (5) RHP, Dellin Betances (8) RHP, Mark Melancon (9) RHP, David Robertson (17) RHP

2007 - Drew Storen (34 - DNS) RHP, Pat Venditte (45 - DNS) R/LHP

2008 - Gerritt Cole (1 - DNS) RHP, David Phelps (14) RHP, Pat Venditte (20) R/LHP

2009 - J.R. Murphy (2) C, Adam Warren (4) RHP, Caleb Cotham (5) RHP, Tyler Lyons (10) LHP

2010 - Rob Segedin (3) 3B, Mason Williams (4) OF, Tommy Kahnle (5) RHP, Danny Burawa (12) RHP, Tyler Austin (13) OF/1B, Mike Gerber (40 - DNS) OF

2011 - Greg Bird (5) 1B, Jon Gray (10 - DNS) RHP, Nick Goody (22 - DNS) RHP

2012 - Peter O’Brien (2) 1B/LF, Rob Refsnyder (5) 2b/LF, Nick Goody (6) RHP

2013 - Aaron Judge (1) OF, Nick Rumbelow (7) RHP

2014 - Jacob Lindgren (2) LHP

C - J.R. Murphy, Peter O’Brien

1B - Greg Bird

2B - Rob Refsnyder

3B - Justin Turner, Rob Segedin

SS - None

OF - Brett Gardner, Austin Jackson, Mason William, Tyler Austin, Mike Gerber, Aaron Judge

SP - Doug Fister, Ian Kennedy, Gerrit Cole, David Phelps, Adam Warren, Jonathan Gray

RP - Joba Chamberlain, Zach McAllister, George Kontos, Dellin Betances, Mark Melancon, David Robertson, Drew Storen, Pat Venditte, Caleb Cotham, Tyler Lyons, Shane Greene, Bryan Mitchell, Jake Petricka, Tommy Kahnle, Danny Burawa, Nick Goody, James Pazos, Nick Rumbelow and Jacob Lindgren

Lefthanded Pitcher Review

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

At the start of the season myworld ranked the top pitching prospects who threw lefthanded. This is an assessment or progress review of their 2016 season.

1. Julio Urias (Dodgers) - He was still a teenager when he was promoted to the Dodgers. He did not dominate in the major leagues as he did in the minors, but the tools are still there to ensure major league success. He has a fastball/change combination that gets his share of swings and misses. In the majors his hits to innings pitched were not impressive but expect that to improve with more experience. He will start the Dodgers 2017 season in their starting rotation.

2. Blake Snell (Rays) - Last year he started his minor league season with a 50 plus minor league shutout streak. This year he spent most of his time with the Rays. He was one of the Rays top starting pitchers though his strikeout to innings pitched were down and his hits to innings pitched were up after his promotion. He doesn’t throw quite as hard as Urias but also relies on a fastball/change combination to get hitters out. Blake also throws two effective breaking pitches in a curve and slider. Expect him also to be in the Rays rotation in 2017.

3. Steven Matz (Mets) - Injuries have prevented Matz from reaching his potential. Injuries last year prevented him from eating up innings allowing him to remain on the prospect list. Those injuries continued in the major leagues in 2016 as an elbow injury plagued him much of the season. The Mets finally shut him down even though they were in a playoff race towards the end of the season. Matz was the lone lefthander in the rotation at the beginning of the season and also relies on a mid-90s fastball and change to retire hitters. If healthy he should be in the Mets rotation in 2017. Don’t be surprised if he is limited to just over 20 plus starts.

4. Sean Newcomb (Braves) - The Angels traded many of their prospects to the Braves and Sean was one of those included to acquire shortstop Andrelton Simmons. The Braves farm system is loaded with talented arms and Sean is one of them. Command has been his biggest challenge with a walk every two innings pitched. His fastball sits in the low 90s but he can hit the mid-90s with a curve as his second best pitch. Once he improves his control in AAA for the 2017 season he will make his debut some time by mid-season.

5. Cody Reed (Reds) - There are two different Cody Reeds. This is the one who pitches for the Reds. Cody Reed was limited to 13 starts in AAA with a back injury. He got some major league opportunities but they toasted him in his 10 starts with an ERA over 7.00. The Reds could take a mulligan on his major league starts because you don’t give him on a lefthanded arm that can hit the mid-90s with his fastball. Unless he has a terrific spring expect him to start the 2017 season in AAA. He needs to get that confidence back that was tattered by major league pitching.

6. Sean Manaea (Athletics) - Sean did not spend a lot of time in the minor leagues. He made the Athletics rotation after just three AAA starts. Injuries limited him to 24 starts. The Royals drafted Sean in the first round in 2013 and traded him to the Athletics in the Ben Zobrist trade. At 6′5″ Sean can hit the mid to high 90s with his fastball, but sits mostly in the low 90s. A slider is his second best pitch. Expect him to be in the Athletics rotation to start the 2017 season.

7. Brady Aiken (Indians) - Drafted as the first pick by the Astros last year they failed to sign him after lowering his bonus payment for fear of an existing arm injury. Those fears proved to be true when Brady attempted to pitch in an Independent League and failed to finish the game because of an arm injury. He underwent Tommy John surgery. That did not prevent the Indians from drafting him in the first round in 2015, He spent all his time in the short season leagues struggling to find success. His fastball was pedestrian, sitting in the high 80s and his breaking pitch lacked the sharp break, but this was a rehab year. Next year the Indians hope for better results when they stick him in a full season league. He is still at least a couple years away from seeing a major league rotation.

8. Tyler Jay (Twins) - Tyler spent most of his time in the Florida State League and did not pitch like a 2015 first round pick. Drafted out of college the Twins were hoping for a quick ascent from the minors for Jay. The numbers are not showing he deserves a promotion. His fastball sits in the mid-90s and he balances that out with a wipe out slider. At 6′1″ he is not a big guy so durability issues could be a concern. A brief promotion to AA will probably be repeated to start the 2017 season. Myworld can’t get too excited about him at this point.

9. Justus Sheffield (Yankees) - The Indians traded him and Clint Frazier to the Yankees for Andrew Miller. Other players were involved in the trade but these three were the main players. Justus was a 2014 first round pick of the Indians. At 5′10″ he also has a small frame but packs a lot of heat with a mid-90s fastball. Last year he pitched at High A with limited success. The Yankees gave him one start in AA which is where he will probably start the 2017 season.

10. Kolby Allard (Braves) - A bad back delayed the start of his 2016 season. The 2015 number one pick of the Braves spent all his time in Low A where he put up pedestrian numbers (3.73 ERA). His fastball sits in the low 90s with a good curveball and change combination. Expect him to start the 2017 season at High A.

Shortstop Prospect Review

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Shortstop was a very talented position this year so myworld will take a look at the top 20 prospects at the position as rated by Baseball America to see how their 2016 season went.

1. Corey Seager (Dodgers) - Not much needs to be said here. Corey is on his way to winning the NL rookie of the year award, leading the Dodgers to the NL West Division crown. He’s hit for power and average and kept his miscues on the field to a minimum.

2. J.P. Crawford (Phillies) - Still the Phillies shortstop of the future despite his struggles at AAA (.244). He hit well at AA but with only seven homeruns and 12 stolen bases at the two levels his offensive production falls short of what is expected. He finished the season with a .688 OPS. While his defense will get him to the major leagues the Phillies would like to see a little more offense. Freddy Galvis is all that stands in his way in the major leagues.

3. Orlando Arcia (Brewers) - Compared to his 2015 season his offensive production in AAA was a bit of a disappointment this year. Like Crawford defense is his calling card and a late season major league callup has seen his offensive struggles continue. The Brewers could always move Jonathan Villar back to short if they feel Arcia is not yet ready for the major leagues to begin the 2017 season. It is only a matter of time before he takes over the position.

4. Trea Turner (Nationals) - With an earlier callup and more at bats he would be giving Seager a run for the rookie of the year honors. Turner has moved to centerfield and has filled the leadoff roll for the Nationals, hitting .340. What has been a surprise to his season is the power he has shown in his bat.

5. Dansby Swanson (Braves) - A trade the Diamondbacks will ultimately regret and could lead to massive changes in the administration. Swanson has been rotating with Ozzie Albies for the Braves shortstop job, but Swanson appears to have the upper hand at the position. Swanson got the head start with the first September callup. He should provide an offensive bat with power for the position.

6. Jorge Mateo (Yankees) - His ultimate position may be at second base after the season for Didi Gregorious this year and the late season acquisition of Gleyber Torres. Mateo has shown a little pop but speed is his big tool. A mid-season suspension because of his impatience about not being promoted to AA is the only taint to the 2016 season, though his offensive numbers have fallen short of what he produced last year. His stolen base production especially dropped in half from 82 to 36.

7. Raul Mondesi (Royals) - The only player to appear in a World Series game before he ever appeared in a regular season game. Offense will be the big question mark for the son of Raul Mondesi Sr. He lacks the power of his father but has a smooth glove to play the position. A mid season major league callup has resulted in an offensive struggle to hit major league pitching (.181). The Royals would like to see better than a .484 OPS at the position.

8. Brendan Rodgers (Rockies) - The Rockies 2015 number one pick may have to find another position after the explosion from Trevor Story, who was rated 19th on this list. Story was a first round supplemental pick in 2011 and got the first opportunity. Rodgers is expected to have the bat and the power to play third base, but Nolan Arenado sits there. Fortunately, the Rockies have a couple more minor league seasons to figure out what they want to do with Rodgers, but his potent bat will get him in the lineup.

9. Gleyber Torres (Cubs) - The Yankees acquired Torres from the Cubs in the Aroldis Chapman trade. The Yankees will have to find a position for him. He did hit 11 homeruns and slugged .421 and at age 19 it is expected his power will continue to develop, so third base could be an option. The Yankees currently have a hole there, with Chase Headley the current alternative. Miguel Andujar is a possible suitor for Torres in the minor leagues.

10. Tim Anderson (White Sox) - Last year with the Dodgers Jimmy Rollins lost his shortstop job to Corey Seager. This year he lost the position to Tim Anderson. Tim lacks the offensive numbers of Seager but his glove is better. It has been a disappointing season for the White Sox but Anderson gives them a building block at shortstop.

11. Willy Adames (Rays) - The Rays picked up Adames from the Tigers in the David Price trade. The Rays are still unsettled at short but Adames had a solid season to punch his ticket in for the position in 2017. He had a solid season at AA so expect him to take over the position at the mid season mark.

12. Javier Guerra (Padres) - He was the big piece the Padres acquired from the Red Sox in the Craig Kimbrel trade. The 2016 season was a big disappointment with a .199 average and 141 whiffs. The Padres hope the 2016 season is an anomaly and will hope for a bounce back in 2017.

13. Nick Gordon (Twins) - Another son for Tom Gordon from a different mother than Dee Gordon. Nick shows good speed but lacks power. His defense will get him to the major leagues, but his lack of offense may make a utility role his best option.

14. Amed Rosario (Mets) - The Mets have been hunting for a shortstop for a long time. What they have had at the position for the last couple years have been good bats who lacked range to cover the position. Amed should solve all that. His bat should be good enough to create some havoc, after hitting .341 in a mid-season callup to AA. Power is not there but his defense is something the Mets have not seen at the position in a long time.

15. Christian Arroyo (Giants) - He will not supplant Brandon Crawford at the position. He could be one of those in between players who lacks the range to play short and is a little short of power to play third. Second base could be his ultimate destination. He does not have a lot of speed and his power is absent so he is a bit vanilla in the talent department. A utility role could be his best hope for a major league job.

16. Ozzie Albies (Braves) - The Braves traded Jose Peraza to the Reds last year after seeing what they have in Albies. With the acquisition of Swanson the ultimate position for Albies may be second base. Fortunately for Albies the Braves have no player at the position with the talent to block him. Speed is his best tool, power his worst.

17. Jorge Polanco (Twins) - Polanco may get an opportunity to play short before Nick Gordon. His defense is not as flashy but he shows a better bat. He has held his own in the major leagues with a .283 average, playing second, third and short. A utility role may be his ultimate position.

18. Deven Marrero (Red Sox) - Deven is blocked at short by Xander Boegarts. His glove is smooth but his bat comes up short. A utility role or trade to another team is all he can hope for, but even after a trade his .198 average in AAA falls far short for what teams want to see in a bat at the position.

19. Trevor Story (Rockies) - A Jose Reyes domestic assault charge gave Story an opportunity at short and he ran with it, slugging 27 homeruns in 97 games before an injury ended his season early. He will get consideration for rookie of the year but failed to get the at bats to win the award. The big question with Trevor is his ability to play defense to stay at the position.

20. Gilbert Lara (Brewers) - Arcia will have to fail at the shortstop position if Lara hopes to get the job. Lara is still in rookie ball as an 18 year old so the Brewers have plenty of time to see if Arcia can earn the position. Lara has shown a quiet bat, but he is still young and developing. Defense is his calling card.

Nationals Pound Mets

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

It is a September game. Both teams needed their bullpen to survive the night. One team because their starter was not effective, the other because their starter was injured. The Nationals got two homeruns in the second inning, one from pitcher Mat Latos and a three run shot from Anthony Rendon and the Nationals cruised to victory 8-1.

The Mets got the offense started in the top of the first off Mat Latos. Jose Reyes got the game started with a double down the right field line. In his younger days he would have stretched the hit to a triple. A ground out and sacrifice fly scored Reyes to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. It was all they could score this night.

The Nationals took advantage of the wildness of Rafael Montero. A Trea Turner infield single, stolen base and walk put two runners on. Daniel Murphy lined one into left field for a single to load the bases with no outs. A walk to Bryce Harper scored one and another walk to Wilson Ramos scored the second run to make it 2-1 Nationals.

The Nationals knocked Rafael Montero out of the game in the second inning. Mat Latos stunned the crowd, swinging at a 3-2 pitch and lining it over the left field bullpen to extend the Nationals lead to 3-1. A Daniel Murphy double resulted in an intentional walk to Bryce Harper to face Anthony Rendon with two outs and two on. Anthony blasted a ball into the left field bleachers for a 3-run homerun and a 6-1 lead.

In the fourth Wilson Ramos drove in one run with a hit and run single into right field. Ryan Zimmerman drove in the second run with a single past the third base hole to make it 8-1 Nationals.

Reynaldo Lopez shutout the Mets in the last three innings to pick up the save.

Game Notes: Bryce Harper steps into the bucket with his right foot on slow breaking pitches. I know my little league coach hated it when I stepped into the bucket on my swing…Jose Reyes is an awkward fielder at third base. He doesn’t appear to be comfortable there defensively…Daniel Murphy continues to kill the Mets with his bat. He had three hits, two doubles and a single…Asdrubal Cabrera has dyed his hair platinum blonde…Anthony Rendon made a nice diving stop on a grounder in the ninth inning of a 8-1 game. Nice to see a player not let up despite the score.

First Base Prospect Review

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

At the beginning of the year Baseball America came out with a list of the top ten prospects at each position. Myworld takes a look at the top ten at each position to determine how well the 2016 season has gone for them. Today we take a look at the first baseman.

1. A.J. Reed (Astros) - He competed with Jonathan Singleton and Tyler White for the first base job this spring. Reed had a decent spring but White won the job. White could not keep the job but Reed did not earn a call up and utility man Marwin Gonzalez has been seeing most of the playing time at first base. It was an opportunity missed for Reed. Perhaps next year will be better.

2. Josh Bell (Pirates) - The Pirates signed David Freese to share the first base job with John Jaso. Bell got a brief callup early in the season but late August and early September will be his opportunity for him to show the Pirates what he has to offer. Some question whether he will hit for enough power to play the position. He was an outfielder before being moved to first base because of the Pirates crowded situation at that position.

3. Cody Bellinger (Dodgers) - With Adrian Gonzalez at first base there is no room for Bellinger. He got a recent callup to AAA after slugging 23 homeruns in AA. In 11 Pacific Coast League at bats he has hit three homeruns with a .545 average. Next year should be his opportunity to make his major league debut.

4. Jake Bauers (Rays) - There is not a lot stopping Bauers from winning this position with the Rays. Brad Miller was moved from shortstop to play first base but that may not be a permanent move. Bauers has spent the whole year in AA and like Bell there is some question whether he will show the power to be a solution to the Rays first base hole. He has 14 homeruns this year are a career High for him. Richie Shaffer struggled this year so Bauers may be tops on the Rays depth chart for this position.

5. Dominic Smith (Mets) - Another hitter short of power. The end of season injury to Lucas Duda opened the door for Smith. The Mets felt their best option was to trade for the more experienced player James Loney, who like Smith lacks the power for the position. Smith has spent the full 2016 season in AA and has hit 14 homeruns, a career high for him. His .302 average and .294 career average shows he is more consistent with the bat than Bauers.

6. Bobby Bradley (Indians) - Power is not a problem for him. Making contact can be a challenge. His 29 homeruns has come with 170 strikeouts. He has spent the whole season in High A. Expect a hitter with a low batting average with lots of power. He is still a couple years away from the major leagues. The Indians have Carlos Santana and Mike Napoli for first base this year so they will need a player to cover this position in a couple of years.

7. Sam Travis (Red Sox) - In late May his season was ended with a torn ACL in his left knee. Travis Shaw has had an off year so with the Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval north of 30 the Red Sox would like to keep the reservation for Travis to play first base sometime in 2017. He did play 47 games in AAA before the injury.

8. Josh Naylor (Padres) - The Canadian first round pick has light tower power. The Marlins included Naylor in a trade to the Padres for Andrew Cashner. Naylor has 12 homeruns this year after being a first round pick of the Marlins last year.

9. Byung Ho Park (Twins) - Signed out of Korea after leading the KBO in homeruns for consecutive seasons. The start of the season was good but the middle season saw a struggle where he hit a couple decades below .200. The Twins set him to the minors to work on his swing after his struggles.

10. Renato Nunez (Athletics) - Nunez has shown double digit power for the last five years in the minor leagues. The Athletics minor leagues is littered with corner infielders. In a rebuilding phase the Athletics are looking for someone to play first base at the major league level. Nunez has hit 23 homeruns in the minors in 2016.