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The 2016 Philadelphia Phillies Top 10 Prospects

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! And for those wondering what CALs are, here’s an article on the Comparison And Likeness program I designed. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________   1. J.P. Crawford, SS                                                           Born: 01/11/95 Age:…

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2014 Top 100 Prospects

Update: The 2014 Prospect Digest Annual finally hit e-book shelves. Check it out!!! After a long delay – something measured in the months, not days –  I have a bit of an announcement to make: I will be publishing the first ever Prospect Digest Annual sometime late January/early February. The Prospect Digest Annual will feature…

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2014 Houston Astros Top 10 Prospects

After a long delay – something measured in the months, not days –  I have a bit of an announcement to make: I will be publishing the first ever Prospect Digest Annual sometime late January/early February. The Prospect Digest Annual will feature each organization’s Top 30 Prospects, ranking the farm systems, and several additional articles….

Matt Dominguez: Underrated with Potential

  The fact that the Astros have quickly assembled one of the better farm systems in baseball is old news at this point in the season. General Manager Jeff Luhnow, who was hired away from the Cardinals in December 2011, has dealt off everything not nailed down. Gone are veterans Wandy Rodriguez, Justin Maxwell, Bud…

Quick Hits from the First Round of the 2013 Draft

  With the minor league season quickly wrapping up, here are how this year’s first rounders have handled the transition into professional ball. (Note: Here’s PD’s Collegiate Draft Big Board.)   #1. Mark Appel, RHP, Houston Astros Made a brief five-inning debut in Low-A before jumping to Quad Cities. Appel’s numbers have largely been unimpressive,…

College Draft Profile: Kris Bryant

  Kris Bryant, 1B/3B, University of San Diego Class: Junior; Height: 6-5; Weight: 215; B/T: R/R Updated: 06/02/13 Easily the best bat in a weak college class, Bryant is the homerun leader in DI with 31. And through his first 58 games, the corner infielder is hitting an incredible .340/.500/.860 with an otherworldly .544 wOBA….

College Draft Profile: Braden Shipley

  Braden Shipley, RHP, University of Nevada Class: Junior; Height: 6-3; Weight: 190; Position: RHP Updated: 06/02/13 Shipley, a relatively new convert to the mound, has transformed himself from a serviceable infielder with middling offensive potential into an early first round pick as a starting pitcher, potentially finding his way into the front half of…

College Draft Profile: Jonathan Gray

  Jonathan Gray, RHP, University of Oklahoma Class: Junior; Height: 6-4; Weight: 239 Updated: 06/02/13 Among the biggest draft board risers at any level this season, Gray, who looked like a late first round pick or supplemental selection prior to 2012, has established himself as one of two elite collegiate pitching prospects this season (Stanford’s…

College Draft Profile: Mark Appel

  Mark Appel, RHP, Stanford Class: Senior; Height: 6-5; Weight: 215 Appel entered the year as the number one consensus player in the country after failing to sign with the Pirates following his selection in last June’s draft (8th overall). And despite the added pressure and risk associated with any potential injuries, the 6-foot-5 right-hander…