After winning the Texas League batting title, excitement surrounds second baseman Odubel Herrera as he heads into a Rule-5 eligible off-season. However, the top-20 Rangers prospect resides in a system filled with upper-level middle infielders including big-league starters Elvis Andrus and Rougned Odor and defensive specialists Luis Sardinas and Hanser Alberto. A successful return from a recurring shoulder injury by Jurickson Profar would further clog Herrera’s path to the big leagues. Will the Frisco RoughRider be able to separate himself from the pack or will he need to find his way to another organization for an everyday job?
When Logan White left the Dodgers front office to join A.J. Preller and the Padres, it resulted in an “ah-ha” moment. In seven years at the ballpark, many looks at the Hickory Crawdads (Single-A Rangers) and Chattanooga Lookouts (Double-A Dodgers) provided insight into similarities between organizations run by Preller and White. And from what’s known about the player development preferences of Andrew Friedman, the new President of Baseball Operations for Los Angeles, ceiling and tools took a back seat to players with high floors. And from seeing many a Double-A Dodgers team, this doesn’t fit White’s style.
After declining Alex Rios’ option for 2015, does waiting on Double-A Frisco RoughRider Nick Williams to develop make sense? The Texas Rangers have a hole to fill in the outfield and the best MLB options are a struggling Michael Choice, or former minor league free agents Jake Smolinksi and Jim Adduci. This leaves Texas to choose between signing or acquiring 2015’s starting right fielder, or flipping a coin from within. As the club works to identify a replacement, does the organization need to take a wait and see approach with Williams and Nomar Mazara (ROTOscouting Report) on the horizon?
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.
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.
Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels has said the Rangers will fill one of three open 2015 rotation spots with an in-organization arm. In the minors, Alex “Chi-Chi” Gonzalez has moved through the system quickly and posted a 2.70 ERA with the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders. Will the top-100 prospect be ready to compete for and grab an MLB job come next spring?
Today’s installment of Mike’s top-50 fantasy baseball prospects scouted includes four Single-A standouts from the Pirates, Rangers, Red Sox and Rockies, as well as a rookie outfielder in the thick of a pennant race. 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 pair of starters to bet on as future closers, two catching prospects who have nothing in common other than position played and an outfielder with speed, power and gaping holes in his swing. 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.
Yesterday marked the first of ten pieces breaking down my top-50 baseball prospects scouted in 2014. Today’s installment features a trade deadline acquisition whose already made his MLB debut, a Cardinals pitcher having success in Triple-A, a pair of Mets prospects and a multi-million dollar Rangers international free agent. 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.
Ep. 3 of the ROTOscouting baseball podcast is live and features 76 minutes of hardball chatter on baseball prospects, fantasy baseball and baseball WAR, among other things. Contributor Grant Schiller joined Joel Henard and I to talk Texas Rangers prospects and discuss which of the big three (Chi Chi Gonzalez, Luke Jackson and Jake Thompson) would be the first to join the big league rotation. He’s also seen current and future top-100 prospects including Nomar Mazara, Jorge Alfaro and Joey Gallo, so we had to pick his brain on the trio. Subscribe to the Podcast on ITunes and never miss an episode. If not an ITunes user, listen here.
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