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New York Yankees Prospects Who Could Have an Immediate Impact

The New York Yankees have had issues developing offensive farm talent for the better part of two decades, at least in using that talent to help its own roster. Much has been written about the potential prospect battle at second base but it quickly had cold water tossed on it when Stephen Drew was brought back in the mix. While the roster has trended significantly younger this winter, New York still has performance and health concerns and the most promising offensive talent at the higher levels of the minors in years. Let’s look at which of... 
 

Tyler Kolek: Marlins Reach Agreement With Second Overall Pick

The Miami Marlins shave reached an agreement with Tyler Kolek, the second overall pick of the 2014 draft, and will officially introduce their newest prospect later today.The deal is worth a reported $6 million below the approximate $6.822MM slot price for the No. 2 overall selection. Kolek is a big-bodied right-hander, 6-foot-5, 255-pound,  who can touch triple digits and boasts a plus curve. “He’s got plenty of arm strength without trying to force anything,” Marlins vice president of scouting Stan Meek said, after the Marlins drafted... 
 

Xander Bogaerts, Rookies That Could Make Big Impact in 2014

Baseball is full of exciting young players right now, and nothing is more exciting than seeing a young player help carry his team into the playoffs. Last year saw big contributions from rookies such as Wil Myers, a 22 year-old who produced 2.4 fWAR and won the AL Rookie of the Year award despite playing only 88 games for the Wild Card Tampa Bay Rays. Jose Iglesias got off to a blazing start for the Boston Red Sox before being traded to the Detroit Tigers and served as the starting shortstop for the AL Central champs. Pitchers Sonny Gray,... 
 

Tigers Banking on Pitching Talent from 2013 MLB Draft Going Forward

The Detroit Tigers have made their fair share of deals to address pitching this winter. After trading starter Doug Fister to the Washington Nationals, inking closer Joe Nathan to a two-year deal, adding former Yankees right-hander Joba Chamberlain, the Tigers also made sure other teams knew that 2013 AL Cy Young winner Max Scherzer was available for the right deal, in one of this winters biggest head scratchers. All those moves notwithstanding we need only to look the 2013 MLB Draft to see that the Tigers may have had a plan all along. The Tigers... 
 

BNS Top 50 MLB Prospects: End-Of-Season Report and Analysis

Now that the minor league season has concluded and the major league postseason pursuit is in full gear, it is now an appropriate time to look back at the prospects who have made a name for themselves as some of the premier up-and-coming talents in the game over the course of the 2013 season. Much like the top prospect rankings that were published at midseason, this list will include any and all prospects that have not exhausted their rookie eligibility. However, our previous list held an exception, wherein it excluded any prospects that were at... 
 

Can Vidal Nuno Crack the Yankees Rotation in 2014?

Vidal Nuno is a survivor. The 26 year-old lefthander out of NAIA Baker University was drafted in the 48th round by the Cleveland Indians back in 2009, becoming the first player drafted from his alma mater. Most players selected that late are out of affiliated baseball within a couple years. Nuno himself was released by the Indians in 2011 after two unspectacular seasons. After pitching six games for the Washington Wild Things of the independent Frontier League, he was signed by the New York Yankees. Following a strong 2012, Nuno earned a spring... 
 

San Diego Padres Burch Smith: Power Arm, Raw Prospect

Burch Smith was selected in the 14th round by the San Diego Padres in 2011. The big righthander from the University of Oklahoma had previously attended Howard Community College. Before being selected by the Padres, Smith was drafted in the 49th round by the Cleveland Indians in 2009, and again by the Indians in the 20th round in 2010, but declined to sign. The 23 year-old has risen quickly through the minor league ranks. When he made his major league debut this year in a May 11 start, he became the first player from the 2011 14th round to... 
 

Miguel Sano or Maikel Franco: Who Will Be the Better MLB Third Baseman?

The late Buck O’Neil, star first baseman for the Kansas City Monarchs and ambassador for the sport of baseball, recalled in his autobiography that he once heard a unique crack from the bat of Bo Jackson, a crack he had only ever heard off of the bats of Babe Ruth and Josh Gibson. “But I was at Royals Stadium, scouting the American League for the Cubs, and I came out of the press room and was going down to field level when I heard that ball sound as if the Babe or Josh were still down there. Pow! Pow! Pow! It was Bo Jackson—the Royals had just... 
 

Cardinals Oscar Taveras Set to be Next Best Thing in Baseball

While much of the recent attention has been centered around the Minnesota Twins’ Byron Buxton, who has propelled himself to status as the premier batting prospect in the game after a remarkable 2013 campaign, he will most likely not see much (if any) action at the big league level next season as the Twins appear patient in developing their star outfielder of the future. Despite the production showcased by Buxton this season, the honor of best pure hitting prospect in the game belongs to St. Louis’ Oscar Taveras. Although missing substantial... 
 

Ranking the Best Pitches From the Top MLB Pitching Prospects

The regular season has ended and playoffs are in full bloom at varying levels in the minor leagues. As the baseball season draws to a close, the time has come to reflect back on the prospects and their respective performances that characterized the 2013 season. Some of the more dazzling performances belong to the game’s brightest pitching prospects. Although pitchers can be both difficult and risky in terms of development, evaluation, and projection, the end result (if a pitcher successfully develops into a big league player) is an enormous dividend... 
 

Chicago Cubs Prospect Javier Baez Analysis and Scouting Report

While Byron Buxton, the top ranked prospect in the Minnesota Twins organization (and arguably in all of professional baseball), was named the 2013 Minor League Player of the Year by Baseball America on Wednesday, the question looms as to which prospects could have been considered viable selections (in lieu of Buxton) for the honor. By no means am I discrediting the performance that Buxton has displayed throughout the minors in 2013, as he has clearly exhibited the skills and tools worthy of player of the year recognition. Rather, I would like to... 
 

Twins Byron Buxton Named 2013 Minor League Player of the Year

Minnesota Twins Class A outfielder Byron Buxton was named the 2013 Minor League Player of the Year by Baseball America, marking the the second time in the 33-year history of the award that a Twins prospect has been honored. Franchise catcher Joe Mauer was selected in 2003, his third professional season. Buxton spent his first full season in the minor leagues and hit a hit a combined .334 with 19 doubles, 18 triples, 12 home runs, 77 runs batted in, 76 walks and 55 stolen bases in 74 attempts (.743 success rate). He led the minors in triples,... 
 

2013 September Call-Ups: Top Prospects and Projections

As we reach the final days of August, all 30 major league clubs are gearing up for the final month of the season and planning for either the postseason stretch ahead or the start of the 2014 season. With the commencement of September, teams are subject to the expansion of their active roster from the typical 25-man to a 40-man setup. All 40 players on the active roster are able to play at the big league level, which is typically a prime opportunity for prospects to receive a promotion from the minors and gain major league experience. Not only is... 
 

2014 MLB Draft Preview: Top 10 Prospects and Projections

While the college baseball season is a distant memory and much of the summer showcases and tournaments are in the rearview mirror, it is an appropriate time to assess the Top 10 prospects for the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft. This coming year’s draft class is a solid mixture of premier college and prep level talent, perhaps one of the better classes we have witnessed since the 2011 draft that featured the likes of Archie Bradley, Dylan Bundy, and Gerrit Cole. Assessed on performances through either high school or college competition, summer... 
 

Cardinals Call-Up Prospect Kolten Wong

The St Louis Cardinals have called up second baseman Kolten Wong, one of their top prospects, from AAA Memphis. He should arrive in time for Friday’s game with the Chicago Cubs. He was hitting .303 in Memphis with 10 home runs, eight triples and 21 doubles. In his last 10 games at Memphis, he was hitting .351. Wong sat out Thursday night’s game for Triple-A Memphis against Colorado Springs. Wong was expected to be a September call-up but the move is being made now. Third baseman David Freese came out of Thursday’s game in the eighth... 
 
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