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The 2017 Seattle Mariners Top 10 Prospects

Announcement: Described by Michael Salfino of The Wall Street Journal and Yahoo! Sports as “an insightful and often contrarian viewpoint to prospect rankings,” The 2017 Prospect Digest Handbook is now on sale! Check it out here!  ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________     1. Kyle Lewis, CF                                  Born: 07/13/95 Age: 21 Bats: R Top CALs: N/A   Height: 6-4 Weight:…

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The 2017 San Diego Padres Top 10 Prospects

Announcement: Described by Michael Salfino of The Wall Street Journal and Yahoo! Sports as “an insightful and often contrarian viewpoint to prospect rankings,” The 2017 Prospect Digest Handbook is now on sale! Check it out here!  ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________     1. Anderson Espinoza, RHP                                        Born: 03/09/98 Age: 19 Bats: R Top CALs: Andrew Bellati, Michael Feliz, Julio Teheran,…

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The 2017 Philadelphia Phillies Top 10 Prospects

Announcement: Described by Michael Salfino of The Wall Street Journal and Yahoo! Sports as “an insightful and often contrarian viewpoint to prospect rankings,” The 2017 Prospect Digest Handbook is now on sale! Check it out here!  ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________       1. J.P. Crawford, SS                                                 Born: 01/11/95 Age: 22 Bats: L Top CALs: Tyler Pastornicky, Francisco Lindor, Abiatal…

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The 2017 Minnesota Twins Top 10 Prospects

Announcement: Described by Michael Salfino of The Wall Street Journal and Yahoo! Sports as “an insightful and often contrarian viewpoint to prospect rankings,” The 2017 Prospect Digest Handbook is now on sale! Check it out here!  ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________     1. Fernando Romero, RHP                              Born: 12/24/94 Age: 22 Bats: R Top CALs: Javier Solano, James Pugliese, Nestor Cortes,…

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The 2017 Los Angeles Dodgers Top 10 Prospects

Announcement: Described by Michael Salfino of The Wall Street Journal and Yahoo! Sports as “an insightful and often contrarian viewpoint to prospect rankings,” The 2017 Prospect Digest Handbook is now on sale! Check it out here!  ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________     1. Yadier Alvarez, RHP                                                        Born: 03/07/96 Age: 21 Bats: R Top CALs:  Jose Quijada, Trevor May, Joe…

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The 2017 Atlanta Braves Top 10 Prospects

Announcement: Described by Michael Salfino of The Wall Street Journal and Yahoo! Sports as “an insightful and often contrarian viewpoint to prospect rankings,” The 2017 Prospect Digest Handbook is now on sale! Check it out here!  ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________   1. Dansby Swanson, SS                                                  Born: 02/11/94 Age: 23 Bats: R Top CALs: Yamaico Navarro, Luke Hughes, Danny Worth,…

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2016 Draft Profile: Robert Tyler

School: University of Georgia; Class: Junior Position: RHP; B/T: L/R Height: 6-4; Weight: 226 Previously Drafted: Baltimore Orioles, 28th round, 2013   Background: After missing the majority of the 2015 season due to injury – forearm discomfort which, unfortunately, is sometimes a precursor to Tommy John surgery – Tyler, who avoided undergoing the knife, has come back strong in what will likely be his final season…

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2016 Draft Profile: Cal Quantrill

School: Stanford University; Class: Junior Position: RHP; B/T: L/R Height: 6–3; Weight: 185 Previously Drafted: New York Yankees, 26th round, 2013 Background: The son of former big league reliever Paul Quantrill, who led the league in appearances for four straight seasons (2001-2004), Cal, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound right-hander, hasn’t been able to display his father’s trademark durability. Just three starts into a potentially dominant sophomore season the…

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Forecasting the 2016 Season: NL East

New York Mets: The defending NL champs are theoretically stronger heading into 2016 than they were at the same point last season. The rotation, which easily ranks among the top three in the game, will – hopefully – get full, healthy (again, hopefully) seasons the Dark Knight Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, and Steven Matz. And…

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Forecasting the 2016 Season: NL Central

Chicago Cubs: If one team could absorb – rather easily – the loss of a Kyle Schwarber-type loss, it’s the Cubs. Jorge Soler struggled through a rather disappointing 2015, hitting .262/.324/.399, but he’s only 24 and owns a career .303/.381/.542 minor league line. Chicago, nonetheless, remains remarkably steady around the diamond. Dexter Fowler is barely…

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Forecasting the 2016 Season: AL West

Houston Astros: After jumping up 35 wins from their total just two years ago, Houston’s sporting an impressive collection of talent around the diamond with game changers at second base (Jose Altuve), shortstop (Carlos Correa), center field (Carlos Gomez), and right field (George Springer). The club also has solid complementary-type players at third base (Luis…

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Forecasting the 2016 Season: AL East

Announcement: After peaking as the #3 book among all baseball books on Amazon last year, my new book, The 2016 Prospect Digest Handbook, is on sale! Check it out here! _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________   Toronto Blue Jays: Arguably the most potent lineup in baseball – depending on health, of course – the Blue Jays are loaded to brim with…