Prospect Watch: Rojas Just Misses Cycle, Nick Kingham on a Roll

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 10 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings from the 2012 Prospect Guide, which can be purchased here. 1. Gerrit Cole, RHP (3-1, 2.60) - DNP 2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (3-3, 2.61) - DNP 3. Starling Marte, CF (.261) - 2-for-7, 3B, RBI 4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) - Low-A DL 5. Luis Heredia, RHP (No Stats) - Extended Spring Training...

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Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon in Keith Law’s Top Ten

Keith Law has released his updated top 25 prospects today for ESPN Insider subscribers. He notes that it is early for an update to the top 100, but that the top 25 has changed a lot due to the promotions and injuries. Law had pitchers Jameson Taillon and Gerrit Cole ranked in his top ten, with Cole ranked seventh and Taillon ranked tenth. Heading in to the year, Law had Cole 10th and Taillon 15th. Four of the pre-season top ten guys...

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Jason Grilli Has Been a Huge Asset to the Bullpen

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Back from the bereavement list on Wednesday, Jason Grilli showed no signs of rust after making his first  appearance in relief in three days. Grilli struck out the New York Mets’ heart of the lineup — Kirk Nieuwenhuis, David Wright and Lucas Duda — swinging in the eighth inning. The righty reliever lowered his season ERA to just 2.12 over his 18 appearances. Grilli has been a huge asset to the...

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Duke Welker Promoted to Indianapolis

According to Cory Giger, Duke Welker has been promoted to Indianapolis. The right-hander threw a perfect inning in relief today, striking out one. On the season with Altoona, Welker had a 2.31 ERA in 23.1 innings, with a 19:7 K/BB ratio. The walks were a very positive sign, as it was only two years ago that Welker was walking a batter an inning, and walking more than he struck out. Welker has the stuff to be a late inning reliever,...

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Jonathan Mayo’s Latest Mock Has Someone Other Than Marrero

Jonathan Mayo has released his latest mock draft, this time previewing the first 20 picks in the draft. Last time he had Deven Marrero going to the Pirates. This time he’s got prep left hander Max Fried. This is the first mock draft from Mayo, Keith Law, or Baseball America that has had someone other than Marrero. Mayo mentions that the talk of Marrero going to the Pirates hasn’t gone away, but adds that his hitting issues...

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