After Ditching Pitching, Jiwan James Shows Five-Tool Talent
Developing a five-tool prospect is always difficult. Even moreso when that wasn't even what the organization was originally looking for.
In Appy League, Five-Tool Players Are All About Projection
Great five-tool players aren't born that way. And great five-tool players aren't just the products of hard work. To be a true five-tool player, you have to be lucky enough to have been blessed with exceptional athletic ability. Then you have to marry that ability with the hard work and discipline needed to allow those tools to develop into skills. All of that takes lots of at-bats and physical maturity to bring together. And when you take a trip to the Rookie-level Appalachian League, you can watch the next generation of five-tool talents in their incubators.
Midseason Prospect Reports: Stock Up/Stock Down Report
In addition to our Midseason Top 50 Prospects list, we take a look at some non-Top 50 prospects who either climbed close to the list, fell off the list or are just in need of a little more resume.
Midseason Top 50 Prospects
Here is our Midseason Top 50 Prospects list. By our rules, no players in the majors as of July 6th, no players who have exhausted their rookie status, and no player currently in the minors on a major league rehab assignment (like Brandon Belt) qualify for the list. Also, 2011 draftees are not yet eligible. So seven of our preseason Top 10 and 11 of the Top 20 prospects are no longer eligible for the list.
Signing College Pitchers To MLB Deals Yields Mixed Results
The 2001 draft brought baseball a significant amount of talent, but it also signaled a sea change in the industry. Less wary of hard-line agents and their demands, teams again began drafting the top players, regardless of bonus demands. College pitchers have benefited the most. Now, the upper echelon of each draft class often secure big league deals, a practice that traces its roots to two pitchers from the class of 2001.
Varitek Q & A: Veteran Continues To Refine His Craft
In many ways, Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek epitomizes what major league teams look for in a catcher. In an interview with John Manuel, the 39-year-old backstop talks about what his role as captain and his position mean to him.
Developing All-Around Catchers Remains Elusive Goal
Developing catchers who can hit and handle the position remains a primary goal for most clubs because there aren't enough Joe Mauers to go around.
2011 Preseason Position-By-Position Rankings
Our preseason 2011 position-by-position rankings take a look at how players rank all across the diamond.
Players Seek Edge With Winter Workouts
Among minor leaguers who aren't premium prospects or aren't playing winter ball, some players seek an edge in the private sector to coordinate their offseason workouts.
International Signings Carrying Mets Farm System
Ben Badler studies the results of the Mets' international signings since 2005.
Rule 5 Loses What Luster It Had
Matt Eddy details how the Rule 5 draft has produced stars such as Josh Hamilton, Jose Bautista, Dan Uggla and Joakim Soria, but more often than not proves to be much ado about not much.
Tigers Like To Hurry Up
When it comes to pitching prospects, the Tigers don't mind a speedy climb through the system.
Pitchers’ Improvement Gives Yankees Newfound Depth
The Yankees got several pitchers back from injuries, which led to improved depth on the mound.
Shelby Miller May Be On The Fast Track
A strong finish to his 2010 season has the Cardinals at least considering the possibility to getting Shelby Miller to Double-A relatively quickly in 2011.
One Step Short Of The Goal
Mariners' righthander Michael Pineda's outstanding 2010 season ended up just short of his goal.
Rangers Ask More Of Their Pitches
One of Nolan Ryan's earliest priorities also was improving the organization's pitching from the inside-out. In BA's 2009 Minor League Preview, Ryan made clear that the Rangers would be changing their direction, asking more out of their minor league arms, in order to get more from their minor league arms.
Robinson Hopes To Return Home
In Little League, Chattanooga center fielder and Los Angeles native Trayvon Robinson would go to Family Fun Day at Dodger Stadium and dream about one day playing in a similar stadium.
Eight Teams Fetch Top Talent In Deadline Deals
This July, we saw organizations part with eight players who ranked among their Top 10 Prospects heading into the year. It's a list that includes such projected regulars as Justin Smoak, Wilson Ramos and Dan Hudson. Find out which selling clubs acquired the most talent in deadline deals.