Winter Leagues: Valle Returns to Action, Kennelly Helps Perth Clinch Playoff Spot
Jan24

Winter Leagues: Valle Returns to Action, Kennelly Helps Perth Clinch Playoff Spot

On Wednesday night in Mexico, catcher Sebastian Valle returned to action with his new team. He was drafted by Jalisco for the finals on Tuesday. In his first game back, he went 1-for-4 with a single and run scored, as his team lost by an 11-8 score. In the Dominican, Mel Rojas Jr. went 1-for-3 with a run scored in his team’s 5-1 win. The Gigantes took a 3-2 lead in the best-of-nine series. On the other side of the field, Gustavo...

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Top 20 Pirates Prospect List From John Sickels Has Some Interesting Rankings
Jan23

Top 20 Pirates Prospect List From John Sickels Has Some Interesting Rankings

John Sickels at Minor League Ball, has released his annual top 20 prospects list for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The full list, with his scouting reports can be found here. I’ll quickly go over some of the highlights from the list. Sickels ranks Tyler Glasnow at the top, which shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone reading this site. Glasnow had an outstanding season and has been picking up accolades all off-season, plus he has...

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Josh Bell Named Top First Base Prospect
Jan23

Josh Bell Named Top First Base Prospect

MLB Pipeline continued their top ten rankings today with first baseman and Josh Bell grabbed the top spot among all prospects at the position. Bell just switched to the position in the Fall Instructional League in 2014, then got some in-game action during the Arizona Fall League. He didn’t make the list for his glove though, Bell’s bat got him the top ranking. He led the Florida State League last year in OPS and hit...

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Starling Marte Ranks Near the Top Among All Left Fielders
Jan22

Starling Marte Ranks Near the Top Among All Left Fielders

On MLB Network, they are in the middle of their Top Ten Right Now, ranking the top ten players for each position in the Majors. On Thursday night, they did both the right fielders and left fielders. Gregory Polanco wasn’t even mentioned for right field, which shouldn’t be a surprise based on how deep the position is and his prolonged slump, plus no track record. For left fielders, Starling Marte was ranked fourth overall....

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MLB.com Names Reese McGuire Among Top Catching Prospects
Jan22

MLB.com Names Reese McGuire Among Top Catching Prospects

On Thursday, MLB Pipeline named their top ten catching prospects and Reese McGuire ranked seventh. McGuire was also ranked seventh among catchers last year by MLB Pipeline. In the write-up of the top catchers by Jim Callis, he praises McGuire’s defense, calling his throwing, receiving and pitch framing, all above average. On offense, he uses the whole field and should develop gap power. As one of the youngest players on Opening...

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