HOT BOARDS- RECENT Transaction Trends

RECENT Transaction Trends

 

 

 

Francisco Cordero

Francisco Cordero

 

 

(Tor – RP)No new player Notes
22 328 0
350
(Det – C,1B)New player notes
93 223 1
317
(LAD – RP)No new player Notes
7 301 0
308
(NYY – SP)No new player Notes
6 299 2
307
(Tex – SP)No new player Notes
9 252 0
261
(ChC – OF)No new player Notes
21 228 0
249
(StL – RP)No new player Notes
7 222 0
229
(NYM – 1B,2B,3B)No new player Notes
30 152 2
184
(Was – OF)Player notes
11 156 0
167
(Atl – SP)No new player Notes
133 29 2
164
(StL – SP)No new player Notes
9 154 0
163
(SF – 1B,OF)No new player Notes
141 10 0
151
(Mil – RP)No new player Notes
8 136 0
144
(LAA – OF)No new player Notes
119 22 1
142
(Was – RP)No new player Notes
15 120 1
136
(Pit – SP)No new player Notes
105 24 1
130
(Bos – RP)Player notes
88 35 0
123
(CWS – OF)No new player Notes
108 12 0
120
(Pit – OF)No new player Notes
111 7 1
119
(CWS – OF)No new player Notes
102 13 3
118
(Oak – RP)No new player Notes
65 49 2
116
(TB – 1B)No new player Notes
31 82 2
115
(Atl – 3B)Player notes
32 81 1
114
(Min – SP)No new player Notes
75 38 1
114
(Ari – OF)No new player Notes
95 16 2
113
(SF – RP)No new player Notes
88 24 1
113
(LAA – OF)Player notes
32 79 1
112
(SD – SP)No new player Notes
99 10 1
110
(Oak – OF)No new player Notes
1 109 0
110
(NYY – RP)No new player Notes
11 92 0
103
(SF – OF)No new player Notes
63 39 0
102
(Min – 3B)No new player Notes
9 92 0
101
(NYM – OF)No new player Notes
85 16 0
101
(LAD – 1B)No new player Notes
87 13 1
101
(KC – SP)No new player Notes
63 38 0
101
(Ari – 1B)No new player Notes
84 11 4
99
(CWS – OF)No new player Notes
87 10 1
98
(CWS – 1B)No new player Notes
77 18 3
98
(Det – OF)No new player Notes
49 48 0
97
(Tex – 1B,OF)No new player Notes
79 16 2
97
(SF – SP)No new player Notes
7 88 1
96
(Mia – SP)No new player Notes
73 23 0
96
(SD – 3B)No new player Notes
85 7 3
95
(Cin – RP)New player notes
45 50 0
95
(Ari – SP,RP)No new player Notes
18 74 0
92
(SD – SP)No new player Notes
78 13 0
91
(StL – OF)No new player Notes
38 53 0
91
(Col – OF)No new player Notes
82 7 1
90
(Tex – RP)No new player Notes
22 67 0
89
(Cle – 2B)No new player Notes
63 23 3
89

 

Note: Data on this page reflects transactions made in Fantasy Baseball.

 

Prospecting Prospects, A Prospectus

Breaking down MLB.com’s Top 100 Prospects

By Jonathan Mayo / MLB.com

MLB.com’s first Top 100 Prospects listis now, as they said in “Mission: Impossible,” out in the open. Now the fun is just beginning.

The whole purpose of this kind of list is to get people talking, arguing, pushing and shoving. OK, not that last part. But every year this list has come out — just 50 in seasons past — the debates and comments have been passionate, to say the least.

Mike Trout

Mike Trout

Arguments are bound to start right at the top. There was general consensus about who the top three prospects are among the scouts polled for the rankings. Matt Moore, Bryce Harper and Mike Trout were the top three on nearly everyone’s list. But there was no consensus on the order; that deck could be easily shuffled in any way and an argument could be made for whatever came out.

After that, debate could center around any of the other 97 on the list, who received Ryan Gosling-sized snubs by not making the list, or which teams’ systems didn’t get the love they deserved. The list, by the very nature of projecting prospects, is a subjective undertaking, done specifically to move the opinion needle.

To be eligible for the Top 100 list, a player must have rookie eligibility. To qualify for rookie status, a player must not have exceeded 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the Major Leagues or accumulated more than 45 days on the active roster of a Major League club or clubs during the 25-player-limit period, excluding time on the disabled list or in military service.

Jeremy Hellickson

Jeremy Hellickson

International signees like Yu Darvish, in case you were wondering, are not being considered. Prospect Watch follows the guidelines laid out by the new Collective Bargaining Agreement: Players who are at least 23 years old and played in leagues deemed to be professional (Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Cuba) are not eligible.

With those requirements in mind, each scout was asked to anonymously provide his own top 50 prospects list. An AP poll-type format was used. If, say, a scout put Moore in the top spot (eight of them did), Moore would get 50 points, 49 points for the second prospect, and on down to one point for the 50th prospect on each list. The more scouts involved, the more thorough the list, but there’s no avoiding having some opinion form the overall rankings.

The Graduates

Six of the first 10 from the 2011 Top 50 rankings are now considered big leaguers. Three of them — Jeremy Hellickson (No. 2), Dustin Ackley (5) and Eric Hosmer (8) — received American League Rookie of the Year votes. No. 13 Michael Pineda and Desmond Jennings (11) also got ROY votes, an award won by Hellickson. National League Rookie of the Year winner Craig Kimbrel wasn’t a Top 50 guy, but runner-up Freddie Freeman (17) was. Nineteen players from last year’s list are no longer deemed eligible due to their loss of rookie status.

Michael Pineda

Michael Pineda

Others dropped for other reasons, like injury and poor performance. With the new, extended list, some just moved into the 51-100 range, like Aaron Hicks (from 39 to 72), Wilin Rosario (41 to 63) and Chris Archer (47 to 74). Some fell off the rankings completely because of injury (Kyle Gibson and John Lamb) or a bad 2011 performance (Tyler Matzek) or maybe a combination of the two (Tanner Scheppers or Jose Iglesias). In total there are 30 new names in the first 50 this year that didn’t appear in the 2011 preseason rankings.

Team competition

Every team has at least one player in the Top 100. The White Sox brought up the rear, with just one player on the list (righty Addison Reed) coming in at 100. The Indians also only have one representative, though shortstop Francisco Lindor is at No. 32 overall.

Prospect Points
Giving 100 points to the team with the No. 1 prospect, 99 to the team with No. 2 and on down, below are the top 10 teams in terms of “prospect points.”                               
Team Top 100 Points
Mariners 5 329
Royals 4 290
Pirates 4 276
Braves 5 267
D-backs 3 253
Padres 6 237
Rangers 4 236
Rockies 4 229
Yankees 4 225
Nationals 4 206

Three teams tied for the top of the list, with six prospects each. It should probably surprise no one that the Rays are one of those teams. The other two organizations with a half-dozen prospects stockpiled with offseason trades. Three of the A’s six came from the Gio Gonzalez trade and the Padres added a pair courtesy of the Mat Latos deal (13 of the top 50 have been involved in at least one trade).

Bryce Harper

Bryce Harper

Does having the most prospects give you the best system? Not necessarily. Presence on a Top 100 list doesn’t speak to depth in a system or where talent is on the organizational ladder. But what if a weighted score was devised so as to look at which system had the most impact or elite talent? Giving 100 points to the team with the No. 1 prospect, 99 to No. 2 and on down, it turned out it wasn’t the teams with the six names on the list that ranked at the top.

The Seattle Mariners, now with five Top 100 prospects thanks to the Jesus Montero trade, had a total of 329 “prospect points,” with three of those five landing in the top 50. The Kansas City Royals were second, even though they only had four names in the Top 100. But all four were in the top 50. The Pirates (276 points), Braves (267) and D-backs (253) rounded out the top five. The Padres and their six prospects finished sixth with 237 points, the Rays were 11th (198) and the A’s placed 13th (179).

Breakdown by position
Pos. Top 100 Top 50
RHP 36 20
OF 21 8
LHP 12 7
SS 11 5
C 8 3
3B 8 4
1B 3 3
2B 1 0

Positional breakdown

You can never have enough pitching. That’s what they always say, right? This list, and the ones that have preceded it, prove most teams believe it, and that it’s important to grow your own arms.

In 2011, half of the 50 ranked prospects were pitchers. This year went over the 50 percent mark, with 27 hurlers in the top 50. The overall list is just a tiny bit less pitching-heavy, with 48 pitchers in the Top 100. The complete breakdown looks like this: 36 right-handed pitchers (20 in the top 50), 21 outfielders (eight in top 50), 12 left-handed pitchers (seven), 11 shortstops (five), eight catchers (three), eight third basemen (four), three first basemen (three) and a single second baseman who was not in the top 50.

Lefty-righty split

The lefty-righty breakdown on the mound is pretty severe, with right-handers holding a large edge. But what about the 52 hitters on the list?

That group is righty-dominant as well. A total of 33 of those 52 hitters are right-handed, with 13 of the 23 top 50 guys hitting from the right side. A dozen hitters are lefties (seven in the top 50) and there are seven switch-hitters (three top 50). The top 10 is a little more equitable, with two right-handers (Trout and Manny Machado), a lefty (Harper) and a switch-hitter in Jurickson Profar.

DRAFT CLASSES
A look at the Draft classes represented in the Top 100 Prospects list:
Draft Top 100 Draft Top 100
2006 4 2009 14
2007 7 2010 25
2008 12 2011 17

Feeling the Draft

Whether it’s a bias of the list’s creator or just the way the Minors looks right now can be debated, but there’s no question the Top 100 is very, very Draft-heavy.

A total of 79 players on the list came to the pro game via the Draft. The 2010 Draft is the most heavily represented with 25 players. Last year’s Draft comes in second with 17 and the 2009 Draft is third with 14 players.

It should come as no surprise that the vast majority of draftees on the list were first-rounders. Half of the 100, in fact, were taken in the first round. The second round was second with nine Top 100 players, but the fourth round pulled a little upset with four players, one more than the third round.

when did they go?
A look at the rounds of the Draft represented in the Top 100 Prospects list:
Round Top 100 Round Top 100
1st 50 7th 1
2nd 9 11th 1
4th 4 14th 1
3rd 3 18th 1
8th 3 38th 1
5th 2 41st 1

Equally expected is the fact that No. 1 overall picks have a bigger representation than most other first-round slots with three: Harper, Gerrit Cole and Tim Beckham. But the No. 1 picks are not alone. The No. 7 pick (Archie Bradley, Matt Harvey, Yonder Alonso) and the No. 9 pick (Jacob Turner, Jarrod Parker, Javier Baez) also had three representatives.

At the other end of the spectrum are Brad Peacock (pick No. 1,231) and Jarred Cosart (pick No. 1,156).

International flavor

Although there may have been only 21 international non-drafted free agents on the list, the group did manage to find representation from nine countries. The Dominican Republic led the way with 11 players, and no other country had more than two, with Venezuela and Panama tying for that amount. Curacao would have had two if Andrelton Simmons, who went to junior college and was drafted, was counted for his country of origin, joining Profar. With the same thinking, Canada deserves a nod thanks to the Mariners’ James Paxton.

Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

2012 Top 100 Comers On The Tube Tonight

Top 100 Prospects list to be unveiled tonight

 By Adam Berry / MLB.com

The question is simple: Who will be the next big thing in baseball?

The Major League Baseball logo.

David Price, Jason Heyward, Mike Stanton, Buster Posey and Jeremy Hellickson were among the many recent up-and-comers to hit the ground running in the Major Leagues. Who might have such an impact in 2012? Find out Wednesday night with the unveiling of MLB.com’s Top 100 Prospects list.

This year’s edition, the first to expand from 50 to 100 players, will be unveiled Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET on MLB.com and MLB Network. The annual ranking of baseball’s biggest and brightest young talent is compiled from industry sources, including scouts and scouting directors, and based on analysis of players’ skill sets, high upsides, closeness to the Majors and potential immediate impact to their teams. The list only includes players with rookie status in 2012.

Don’t be surprised if a few familiar faces are once again atop the list this year.

Angels outfielder Mike Trout, the No. 1 prospect in 2011, maintained his rookie status by not exceeding 130 Major League at-bats or accumulating more than 45 days on the active roster of a Major League club during the 25-player-limit period. The 20-year-old could once again figure prominently into this year’s rankings, as could 2011’s No. 3 prospect, Bryce Harper of the Nationals.

Jeremy Hellickson

Hellickson, last year’s No. 2 prospect and the reigning American League Rookie of the Year, won’t be back on the list, but another Tampa Bay pitcher will be. Matt Moore, who made his impressive big league debut in 2011, is already considered among the preseason favorites for this season’s AL Rookie of the Year Award.

There are plenty of potent young arms who could find their way to the top of the rankings alongside Moore. Consider the class of Braves right-hander Julio Teheran, Cardinals righty Shelby Miller, Tigers right-hander Jacob Turner, Rangers lefty Martin Perez and Pirates right-hander Jameson Taillon.

But there are just as many bats to go around as well. Trout and Harper obviously headline the class of future sluggers, but the recently traded Jesus Montero has made a name for himself as well.

Previous No. 1s on MLB.com’s Top 50 Prospects lists include Trout (2011), Heyward (2010) and Price (2009).

Buster Posey

It’s seldom easy to project Minor League stars’ success in the Majors, but the rankings have been a good place to start the past few years. There are Kansas City’s Eric Hosmer and Tampa Bay’s Desmond Jennings (Nos. 8 and 11 in 2011); Stanton and Posey (Nos. 3 and 4 in 2010); Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner and Rangers righty Neftali Feliz (Nos. 6 and 9 in 2009).

And the talent isn’t just stacked at the top, which should make the list’s growth to 100 all the more interesting. Moore was No. 27 last year, one spot above Toronto’s Brett Lawrie, who hit .293/.373/.580 in 171 big league plate appearances last season.

To keep track of all the top prospects, check out the 2012 Prospect Watch, which features all of MLB.com’s prospect lists, including the Top 10 Prospects by Position.

If you want to get a head start on evaluating the top prospects of the future, Prospect Watch is also home to the Draft Top 50 Prospects list, which will be expanded to 100 this spring. And finally, there’s the team-by-team Top 20 Prospects lists, which will be released over the week of Feb. 6.

For more, click over to Prospect Central, MLB.com’s home for all things prospects. And to talk about this year’s list, chat live with Jonathan Mayo, MLB.com’s Draft and prospect expert, on Friday at 2 p.m. ET.

Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.