Braves Find Plenty Of Production From Farm System In Recent Years
CHICAGO–Their offseason acquisitions of the Upton brothers notwithstanding, the Braves don’t make a lot of flashy moves and they don’t throw a lot of money around. In the past four [...]
2013 Organization Talent Rankings: Cardinals Rank No. 1
As a cap to our offseason prospect rankings, we line up the minor league talent in every organization from 1-30. Baseball America’s annual organization talent rankings reflect the total worth [...]
Springer Could Arrive In Houston Sooner Than Expected
George Springer isn't just ahead of schedule. He could become the Astros' first real building block.
Which prospects will headline the 2014 Top 100 Prospects list? Which farm systems will have the most Top 100 Prospects next year? Who are the best prospects slated to play in the low Class A South Atlantic League this season?
New Astro Stassi Eager To Impress
Max Stassi was used to the Athletics. Oakland conducted its annual spring training in Phoenix, and the 21-year-old catcher had grown accustomed to a certain way of life. Then the Jed Lowrie trade went down.
Astros’ Cosart Anxious To Make The Jump
No matter how small the opening may be, Astros righthander Jarred Cosart plans to squeeze through the hole.
Luhnow Turns To Cardinals Roots Again With Ankiel
Jeff Luhnow collected another former Cardinals star in January. The Astros took a chance on ace-pitcher-turned-inconsistent-slugger Rick Ankiel, signing him to a minor league deal.
Astros’ Hernandez Striving For Consistency
Some have it, most don't. Enrique Hernandez has it. The pop that reveals true, hard contact when a bat stings a baseball can instantly signal potential.
Prospect Battles Lead To Some Tough Calls
One of my favorite tasks is putting together my personal Top 50 list for our annual Prospect Handbook. Doing so means that our signature book is nearing completion. And it also forces me to make tough calls stacking up similar prospects against one another. Here are some of the more difficult decisions from this year:
Luhnow Looks To Re-Establish Astros In Latin America
Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow made the most of a 36-hour December trip to the Dominican Republic.
Fields An Easy Call For Astros In Rule 5
An average collection of unprotected players awaited Houston's evaluation for the Rule 5 draft. But once the front office began working through names and numbers, a consensus was quickly reached: Josh Fields.
Astros Will Take Their Time With Correa
Carlos Correa is in the final stage of his initial professional season. After taking a brief breather following the 2012 campaign, the 18-year-old shortstop returned to his home country to play in the Puerto Rican League.
Astros Add McCracken To Player Development Team
Jeff Luhnow wanted it to be clear immediately. The Astros general manager wanted Quinton McCracken to play a most instrumental role in the franchise's future.
Astros’ Foltynewicz Rebounds In Lexington
Nobody is looking for a repeat season on the route from the draft to the big leagues. So the goal when faced with one is to make the absolute most of it, and that's what Mike Foltynewicz did in his breakout season.
Astros’ DeShields Finds Formula For Success
For Delino DeShields Jr., whose 101 stolen bases between low Class A and high Class A this year outdid everybody in the history of the Astros organization and everybody in baseball other than the otherworldly Billy Hamilton this year, the formula was three parts.
Astros’ Long Backs Up The Numbers
The last man to throw a pitch in the Astros farm system this year is nobody's scouting dream. Kenny Long is listed at 155 pounds, and the undersized lefty was 23 at the time he was drafted, which hardly gives much room for projection.