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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... 
 

Cubs Prospect Kris Bryant Promoted to High-A Daytona

The Chicago Cubs have promoted third baseman Kris Bryant, their first pick in the June draft, from short-season Class-A Boise to Class-A Daytona. Bryant was batting .354 with four home runs and 16 RBIs at Boise. Bryant went 5-for-7 with one double, one triple and three RBIs in a doubleheader Sunday against Vancouver. He leaves Boise with a 15 game hitting streak, During the hitting streak, Bryant batted .415 (22-for-53). “We felt Daytona was a place Kris would be able to go and compete in his draft summer once he got enough at-bats under... 
 

Top 10 MLB Pitching Prospects Who Should Make Debut First

We have witnessed some of the brightest pitching prospects in the game make their much anticipated major league debuts this season, from Kevin Gausman to Gerrit Cole and Zack Wheeler. Most recently we saw Houston Astros top prospect Jarred Cosart take a no-hitter into the seventh inning in his big league debut on July 12 against the Tampa Bay Rays. Cosart would go onto pitch eight scoreless innings en route to his first career victory. Currently, a bevy of highly touted and skilled pitching prospects with plus potential continue to dominate the... 
 

Toronto Blue Jays First Round Pick Phil Bickford Does Not Sign

As the signing deadline for selections in the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft passed as of 5:00 PM on Friday, the Toronto Blue Jays certainly kept it interesting by making two last minute signings and failing to make one significant signing in the process. The Blue Jays were unable to come to an agreement with their first-round (10th overall) pick, Phil Bickford, on Friday and while they will be awarded the 11th overall pick in the 2014 Draft as compensation for theie un-signed first-round slot, they will lose the nearly $6.4 million originally slotted for... 
 

Top 50 MLB Prospects: Midseason Report, List and Analysis

This year’s All-Star Game in New York will be upon us in a week’s time, which means after three months of baseball, we have finally reached the midpoint of the season. In those three months we have witnessed a slew of surprise contenders, memorable performances, and a number of big league debuts by some of the game’s top prospects. Now that half of the 2013 season is in the books and some of the top prospects heading into the season have already transitioned to the majors, it is now time to rank the Top 50 prospects at the midseason... 
 

Top 5 MLB Prospects That Could Make Second-Half Debut

We are rapidly approaching the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field and the midway point has already passed in a season that has witnessed the promotions of some of baseball’s top prospects. Amongst those promotions include the likes of Gerrit Cole, Kevin Gausman, Wil Myers, and Zack Wheeler, all of whom have been impressive in their respective stints with their big leagues clubs. While a decent number of prospects were promoted in the first half of the season, plenty of prospects have been held back by their organizations, but as the past couple... 
 

Scouting Report: Detroit Tigers Nick Castellanos

The Detroit Tigers selected Nick Castellanos with the 44th overall pick in the 2010 first-year player draft and nearly three years later is considered one of the best pure hitting prospects in the minor leagues. Castellanos has improved in terms of plate discipline, hitting variability, and adding pop to his bat with Triple-A Toledo, as his strikeout rates are slightly down and power numbers are up from split time between both High-A Lakeland and Double-A Eerie last season. In 76 games this year for the Toledo Mud Hens, Castellanos is hitting... 
 

2013 MLB Draft: First Round Prospects Update

The 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft is almost one month in the past, as some of the game’s future top prospects continue to sign with their respective new teams and make their professional debuts across the country in various rookie, short-season, and low-A leagues. Although the majority of this year’s draft prospects are less than two weeks into their professional careers, it is always fun to check in, observe, and assess how each player is fairing with their new team. We have done exactly that, as each of the draft picks that were... 
 

Top 10 MLB Prospects Week of June 22-28

The Baseball News Source Top MLB Prospects of the Week report is a weekly rundown on the Top 10 prospects from each one week period, reported to you each Sunday. This is not meant to be a list of the top prospects in the game, rather this is a report of the prospects who had the best performances based on talent/ability level, respective league difficulty, and progression (as well as projection) throughout the one week period of June 22 to June 28. 1. Grant Green, 2B, Oakland Athletics Affiliate Team: Triple-A Sacramento River Cats Age: 25 Last... 
 

Mariners Call Up Top Prospect Brad Miller from Triple-A Tacoma

The Seattle Mariners have promoted shortstop prospect Brad Miller from Triple-A Tacoma, who will join the big league roster in time for a series against the Chicago Cubs. Miller will become the new starter at short for the Mariners, as Brendan Ryan will be moved into a backup role and Carlos Triunfel will be sent down to Tacoma to free up a spot on the 25-man roster. The second-round draft pick in the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft out of Clemson University, Miller has impressed the Seattle organization with his bat over the past two seasons in the minors. In... 
 

Top 10 MLB Prospects Week of June 16-22: Chris Owings, Zach Walters…

The Baseball News Source Top MLB Prospects of the Week report will be a weekly rundown on the Top 10 prospects from each one week period, reported to you each Sunday. This is not meant to be a list of the top prospects in the game, rather this is a report of the prospects who had the best performances based on talent/ability level, respective league difficulty, and progression (as well as projection) throughout the one week period of June 16 to June 22. 1. Chris Owings, SS, Arizona Diamondbacks Affiliate Team: Triple-A Reno Aces Age: 21 Last 7... 
 

Giants Top Prospect Kyle Crick Dominant in Return from DL

San Francisco Giants top pitching prospect Kyle Crick was dominant in his first start since returning from the disabled list after being sidelined for nearly two months with an oblique strain. In Friday night’s contest with the High-A San Jose Giants, Crick pitched four scoreless innings and struck out 10 batters en route to a 3-2 victory over the Stockton Ports. In four starts with San Jose this season, Crick boasts a 0.66 ERA in 13 2/3 innings of work. In his first full season in the minors last season, Crick started 22 games for Low-A Augusta,... 
 

Tampa Bay Rays Reach Agreement With First-Pick Nick Ciuffo

The Tampa Bay Rays have reached an agreement with first-round pick (21st)  Nick Ciuffo according to Jim Callis of Baseball America. The South Carolina high school catcher signed for $1.974 million. The slot value for the 21st pick is $1,974,700. The Rays hope that Ciuffo to develop into an office of catcher with the defensive abilities, something that the organization has lacked. He batted .468/.562/.723 with five home runs in his senior year, striking out just six times all season. Before the draft Matt Garioch of Minor-League Ball, said, Ciuffo... 
 

Rangers Sign 18 year-old Dominican LHP Francis Cespedes For $750,000

The Texas Rangers have signed 18-year-old Dominican left-hander Francis Cespedes for $750,000 according to Ben Badler of Baseball America. The deal is contingent on him passing MLB’s standard investigation into his age and identity. Cespedes is 6 foot 4, 195 pounds and  has an arsenal that features a low 90s fastball, curveball and a change-up. Cespedes is the second high-dollar Dominican pitcher the Rangers have signed recently after landing Dominican righthander Omarlin Lopez for $825,000 out of Victor Baez’s program. Texas is three... 
 

Yankees Prospect Rafael DePaula Promoted to Tampa

New York Yankees prospect Rafael DePaula  is being promoted to high Class a Tampa,  after dominating hitters in the low Class A South Atlantic League.  DePaula pitched to a 2.94 ERA with 96 strikeouts over 64 1/3 innings over 13 starts for Charleston. DePaula currently ranks fourth in the minor leagues in strikeouts and is only two behind minor league leader Daniel Winkler  of the Rockies and has faced 66 fewer hitters. DePaula, 22,  has been dominating  hitters with a mid-90s fastball in the SAL so the promotion is somewhat overdue. Competition... 
 

Tyler Austin Heating up for Trenton Thunder

There has not been a larger focus on the Yankees’ minor league system in recent memory as there is throughout this 2013 campaign and especially into next year’s season. New York is riddled with player’s in their walk year, including: Robinson Cano, Hiroki Kuroda, Andy Pettitte, Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain, Curtis Granderson and Mariano Rivera. Players like Ichiro Suzuki and Vernon Wells have an additional year on their deals, but are by no means guaranteed starting roles next season. Enter: Tyler Austin. The Yankees’ number... 
 

A.J. Cole, Nationals Top Pitching Prospect Flashing Dominance

A.J. Cole has been quite the interesting prospect for the Washington Nationals since being drafted in the fourth-round (116th overall) of the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft. Coming out of Oviedo High School (Florida), Cole was heralded as a first round prospect, but a strong commitment to the University of Miami caused many teams to shy away from taking him with their first picks. Washington took a chance in the fourth round and signed Cole for an unprecedented $2 million, the highest signing bonus ever given to a fourth round draft pick. The fact... 
 

Yankees Tom Kahnle, Mark Montgomery Could Provide Bullpen Depth

The New York Yankees are in need of a shakeup at the major league level even if it is mainly on offense. The Yankees have an above average pitching staff but an anemic lineup, and with so many players headed to Free Agency, will need to make a lot of decisions as they approach the trade deadline. While players like Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and Hiroki Kuroda represent no trade value since they stand very little chance to allow any move, New York does have two main trade pieces in Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes. Both players have been inconsistent... 
 

Kyle Roller Hammering AA Pitching Trenton

Kyle Roller plays a position currently blocked by two different players for his Major League parent club, the New York Yankees. He is already 25-years-old and not considered a top 20 prospect in his own minor league system. As an eighth round pick for New York in 2010, he’s not considered an elite talent. Still, for his current franchise with an anemic offense and little production from the DH spot, middle of the lineup or first base since Mark Teixeira‘s return, Roller is a bat New York may watch more closely for the next couple of... 
 

Reds Top Prospect Robert Stephenson to DL with Hamstring Strain

In a 2013 season in which he has baffled hitters in a talent-heavy Midwest League and risen to the status as the top prospect in the Cincinnati Reds organization, Robert Stephenson has been placed on the disabled list with what is being called a strained hamstring, which he recently suffered while running in between starts. Coming into the season, Stephenson was ranked second behind outfield prospect Billy Hamilton as the top prospect in the Reds organization by both Baseball America and MLB.com; however, a lackluster season for Hamilton who has... 
 

Pirates Call Up Brandon Cumpton – Will Start Against Dodgers

Brandon Cumpston‘s minor league contract has been purchased by the Pittsburgh Pirates and he is expected to start Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Cumpton is not considered a high prospect, ranking 25th in the Pirate’s organization, but the 24-year-old has been solid for AAA Indianapolis, tossing a 3.31 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in 66 AAA innings. The Pirates are off to another solid first half start this season, fueled largely by the performance of their pitching staff. Both the rotation and bullpen have been among the... 
 

Tigers Prospect Nick Castellanos is Best Pure Hitter in Minors

Nick Castellanos, the 44th-overall pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft by the Detroit Tigers out of Archbishop McCarthy High School (Florida), has been on a roll as of late for Triple-A Toledo in the International League. In his last ten games, Castellanos has batted .450 (18-for-40) with three home runs and 10 RBI, along with an impressive OBP/SLG/OPS line of .521/.750/1.271. Castellanos’ recent success has capped a strong season in which he has batted .300 (81-for-270) with 10 home runs and 38 RBI in 69 games. In all, Castellanos has... 
 

Midwest League Future Stars Albert Almora and Byron Buxton

The Midwest League, a Class-A minor league baseball league that hosts 16 affiliate teams for Major League Baseball organizations, has showcased a number of talented prospects this season. Amongst those prospects include the likes of two top-ten overall draft picks from the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, all of whom have established themselves as the top performers of the league in their first full seasons in professional baseball. The prospects in question are the Kane County Cougars‘ Albert Almora (Chicago Cubs) and Cedar Rapids Kernels‘... 
 

Zack Wheeler Strong in AAA Start, Ready For the Show

New York Mets prospect Zack Wheeler turned in a strong pitching performance in what should be his last minor-league start before his major-league debut on June 18.  Wheeler took a no-hitter into the fifth inning before Carlos Peguero hit a solo home run with one out. Peguero homered twice and drove in three runs while Ben Tenbrink had three RBIs for the Tacoma. Wheeler struck out seven over 5 2/3 innings for Triple-A Las Vegas And faced just two batters over the minimum in a 11-0 loss to the Rainiers. Wheeler  is expected to make his MLB debut... 
 

Rangers Prospect Joey Gallo Continues Slugging Prowess in Minors

Texas Rangers prospect Joey Gallo has showcased excellent power this season for Low Class-A Hickory, which has been displayed over his past five games where he has slugged six home runs. In the first game of a doubleheader on Tuesday, Gallo went 4-for-4 with three home runs and four RBI. He would follow up with a 2-for-5 two home run performance the following day in the second game of yet a second straight doubleheader. In 64 games this season, Gallo has slugged 20 home runs and 37 RBI, however, he holds onto a .236 batting average and has struck... 
 

2013 MLB Mock Draft 3.0 – First Round Prospects and Projections

The 2013 MLB Amateur Draft is upon us as all 30 big league clubs ready themselves for tomorrow’s first-year player draft, which will commence at 6:00 PM (EST). For the most part, the majority of the top 15 selections remain unchanged from our last mock draft with the occasional one or two spot deviation. Whether teams are not following through in the appropriate manner regarding draft-day planning or they are generally smitten with their respective draft boards is up for debate, as relatively few changes or definitive rumors/trades have surfaced... 
 

2013 MLB Draft: Top 10 Outfielders and Projections

The 2013 MLB Amateur Draft is just two days away and teams are busier than ever, making last minute adjustments to their draft boards and reassessing each of their potential draft day selections. Although this year’s draft is not as star-studded as past years, there are a number of high school and college prospects that comprise a very talented outfield draft crop. Below we have listed the top ten outfield prospects that are available in this year’s draft. 1. Clint Frazier, Loganville HS (GA) Frazier has outstanding bat speed and raw power,... 
 

Rays Prospect Wil Myers Earns International League Player of the Week Honors

Tampa Bay Rays uber prospect  Wil Myers was named the International League Batter of the Week,  after hitting .423  over the past seven days. Myers collected four home runs, 15 RBI and a 1.038 slugging percentage  and raised his batting average to .280. Myers was the Tampa Bay Rays’ key acquisition in an offseason trade which sent James Shields and Wade Davis to Kansas City. Last year he hit 314/.387/.600 with 37 homers and 109 RBI last year combined at Double-A (35 games) and Triple-A (99 games). On Tuesday Myers hit one of the longest... 
 

Los Angeles Dodgers Will Give Yasiel Puig a Shot

The  last place Los Angeles Dodgers are 28th in the major leagues in scoring. With the  25 man roster looking more like a M*A*S*H unit the team has decided that it’s time to call up top prospect Yasiel Puig. Puig is hitting .313/.383/.599 on the season with eight home runs, 37 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 40 games for the Chattanooga Lookouts. To make room on the roster the Dodgers optioned right-handed pitcher Matt Magill  who was called up to start in place of Hyun-Jin Ryu. The Dodgers signed Puig to a seven-year, $42 million contract... 
 

2013 MLB Draft: Top 10 Corner Infielders and Projections

The corner infield is perhaps one of the most important regions on the diamond, both in terms of offense and defense. Defensively speaking, first basemen are not typically thought of as wielding a flashy glove, but still relied upon to make that hard scoop in the dirt and provide stability at the bag. As for third basemen, defense is an important part of their repertoire, wherein they are often expected to man the infield with a strong arm and be able to read the ball (whether it is lined, grounded, chopped, bunted, popped, or fouled out) with plus... 
 

Red Sox Prospect Anthony Ranaudo Has Returned to Dominance

In the months preceding the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft, LSU star pitcher Anthony Ranaudo was the consensus top pitching prospect in the country, baffling college bats with a blazing fastball and plus curveball. However, an elbow injury early in the 2010 season derailed Ranaudo for a month and upon his return the star prospect was noticeably far from his former self. Despite his spring struggles, the Boston Red Sox selected Ranaudo with their supplemental pick in the first-round of the draft, banking on his high ceiling and raw talent. Following the... 
 

2013 MLB Draft: Top 10 Catchers and Projections

One of the most difficult positions on the diamond is often considered to be that of the catcher. Not only is a catcher expected to understand his pitchers, opposing hitters and their respective strengths and weaknesses, and endure the physical wear of crouching behind the plate for the duration of a game, but also make the time to focus on the mechanics of their own hitting. Due to such, being able to find a quality catching prospect is perhaps one of the hardest tasks that face clubs come draft day. Since catchers are relied upon primarily for... 
 

Michael Wacha to Make Big League Debut For Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals top pitching prospect Michael Wacha will be called upon to make his big league debut on Thursday, May 30 against the Kansas City Royals. A first-round (19th overall) draft pick in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft out of Texas A&M University, Wacha has quickly ascended through the St. Louis organization, starting the 2013 season at Triple-A Memphis following an impressive spring training. In nine starts for Memphis this season, Wacha has posted a 4-0 record and 2.05 ERA, along with a 34/15 strikeout to walk ratio in 52.2 innings... 
 

St. Louis Cardinals Send Oscar Taveras to the DL With Ailing Ankle

On May 12, Cardinals prospect, Oscar Taveras, injured his right ankle while attempting to steal second against the Fresno Grizzlies. According to a team official, Taveras was listed as day-to-day when an x-ray of the ankle came up negative. Thus, it did not look like it would be that big of a deal, and he would be back on the field in less than a week. On May 26, exactly two weeks after the injury, Taveras was expected back in the lineup for the Memphis Redbirds. He had been running sprints and doing agility drills throughout the week so his return... 
 

2013 MLB Draft: Top 10 Pitchers and Projections

Although the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft will not compare to past drafts in terms of overall talent, the strength of pitching (especially that of college pitching) will sustain the June 6th draft. Stanford University’s Mark Appel and the University of Oklahoma’s Jonathan Gray have separated themselves from the rest of the draft pitching crop, placing themselves on an elite tier and garnering top pick projections from analysts and scouts across the country. Following close behind are a number of talented high school and college pitchers who are projected... 
 

2013 MLB Mock Draft 2.0 – Potential Draft-Day Surprises

Over the course of the past few weeks, a plethora of mock drafts for the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft have materialized with full force. While the majority of such mock drafts have been relatively similar, particularly in reference to the top 10 draft selections, I felt that an update to our first mock draft should deviate from the norm and offer a different, more unpredictable take on the upcoming draft. Through recent developments and performances over the past week, not only have players either improved or decreased their respective draft stock, but... 
 
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