Episode 8 of the ROTOscouting Baseball Podcast features Joel Henard and I breaking down the Jason Heyward/Shelby Miller trade from both the Cardinals and Braves perspective. Also, was the Russell Martin signing going to take the Blue Jays pitching staff to the next level? Can the Mets swing a deal for Starlin Castro? We even find time for a little craft beer talk. No interviews this week, but it allowed us to record back-to-back episodes and make up for lost time. Enjoy our 5-star rated podcast and share with a friend or 10.
The minor league season has concluded, but we are far removed from the days of baseball being confined to the summer months. Next week marks the beginning of the six week long Arizona Fall League where top prospects will compete against one another. The six teams form like Voltron with each Major League organization sending seven representatives; players will shuffle on and off of the roster from there. The Arizona Fall League is often the stepping stone from which prospects in the lower minors transition into Double-A the following year.
Finally, the unveiling of the five best baseball prospects scouted in 2014. All are outfielders who project for a combination of power and speed. It’s an exciting group of impact talents who range from High-A to MLB. At ROTOscouting, our motto is, “Fantasy Baseball Fueled By Baseball Scouting”. In living up to this, any and all future prospect and player lists published here will have a fantasy baseball slant.
Today’s installment of Mike’s top-50 fantasy baseball prospects finds us in the top-10 overall. Players six-through-10 feature a trio of outfielders ranging from Single-A to MLB, a left-handed starter and catcher capable of developing into an offensive force at the position. At ROTOscouting, our motto is, “Fantasy Baseball Fueled By Baseball Scouting”. In living up to this, any and all future prospect and player lists published here will have a fantasy baseball slant.
Today’s installment of Mike’s top-50 fantasy baseball prospects scouted includes a trio of pitchers who work their fastballs into the mid-90’s, an outfielder with an all-around skill set and a third baseman who projects to hit for both batting average and power if he can ever command the strike zone. At ROTOscouting, our motto is, “Fantasy Baseball Fueled By Baseball Scouting”. In living up to this, any and all future prospect and player lists published here will have a fantasy baseball slant.
Entering the 2014 season, few Blue Jays farmhands elicited as much excitement as Alberto Tirado. The Dominican-born right-hander started the season with an aggressive assignment to Single-A Lansing, though his command never materialized (39 walks in 40 innings). A move to Short Season Vancouver came in June, where the 19-year old was still more than two years younger than the average player in the Northwest League. With easy velocity and developing secondary pitches, how did Tirado help his stock this year?
Coming in at just short of an hour, episode two of the ROTOscouting baseball podcast is packed with information on Pirates, Cubs and September call ups, among other things. Chris Blessing also makes an appearance to discuss a number of players scouted this season in the South Atlantic and Southern Leagues. Subscribe to the Podcast on ITunes and never miss an episode. If not an ITunes user, listen here.
On a recent trip to the Rochester, New York area for “life stuff”, a jaunt to Buffalo was in order to scout top-100 prospect Daniel Norris. On the cusp of a MLB call up to Toronto, the left-handed pitcher made his third Triple-A start against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees and Rob Refsnyder (First Impression Report). Now a member of the Blue Jays big club, is he up to stay, or will the former second round pick require more minor league seasoning in 2015?
Jairo Labourt was one of many Toronto prospects slated for assignment at short-season Vancouver, a pivotal Blue Jays affiliates for 2014. After graduating quality prospects to the big club (save for breakout campaigns from LHP Daniel Norris and OF Dalton Pompey), the Jays patiently waited until June for a handful of high ceiling talents to debut. Signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2011, Labourt has fit in well with a big-name rotation featuring Alberto Tirado, Miguel Castro, and Matt Smoral. Showing both the stuff and results to succeed as a starter, what should Toronto fans expect from the lanky lefty?
At first glance, Dalton Pompey resembled former Blue Jays second round pick and 20/20 outfielder Derek Bell. In 2014, the switch hitting Pompey has exploded onto the national prospect scene. After posting a .319/.397/.471 triple slash line in High-A, a .295/.378/.473 line in Double-A earned a late season promotion to Buffalo of the International League.
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