Prospect Notebook: Heredia Will Face a Huge Test in State College

Luis Heredia will begin the 2012 season in State College, which is an aggressive push for a player at his age. Heredia is 17 this year, and won’t turn 18 until the middle of August, when the short-season league will be coming close to the end of the season. The New York Penn League is typically dominated by college hitters, which will be a big test for a pitcher who has only thrown 30.1 innings in his pro career. “It’s...

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Prospect Notebook: Kyle McPherson Rehab Update

Pittsburgh Pirates pitching prospect Kyle McPherson has been out of action all year with shoulder inflammation. McPherson went down with the injury in the final weeks of Spring Training after struggling in his first start in minor league camp after being cut from big league camp on March 18th. Since then, the right hander has been participating in a throwing program to get his arm strength back, and has been working on getting...

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Prospect Notebook: Battles in the Top 20 Prospect Rankings

On Friday we released the 2012 Mid-Season Top 20 Prospects list. The list not only looked at the placements of the new draft picks, but also looked at the updated rankings after the first half of the minor league season. The rankings are gathered by taking the average of five different top 20 lists. The two outliers are removed, and the remaining three rankings are averaged out. From there, I make the final adjustments to the list. I...

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Prospect Notebook: Four Promotion Candidates; Jeff Clement Finally Healthy

You don’t usually see a lot of promotions in the first two months of the season. So far this year we’ve seen a few relief pitchers promoted up a level, but none of the top prospects moving up through the system. In the past, a lot of the promotions start in June, not long after the short-season leagues begin. Looking over the rosters, here is one player from each team who should be a candidate for a promotion to the next...

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Prospect Notebook: Hanson Over-Shadowing Polanco, Kingham Rebounding

Earlier this week, Keith Law mentioned that he would have Alen Hanson as a top five prospect in the system. Law has been one of the few who gives Hanson a strong chance at sticking at shortstop, which explains the ratings. A shortstop prospect with Hanson’s hitting skills and speed would not only be one of the top prospects in the system, but one of the top prospects in baseball. Last month I did a prospect roundtable on Hanson,...

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Prospect Notebook: Tim Alderson Reviving His Prospect Status

Over the off-season, Tim Alderson went back to an old throwing program he used in high school, long tossing from distances of 300-350 feet in order to rediscover the arm strength he lost in 2009. The Pirates were able to get him from the San Francisco Giants in 2009 after his velocity dropped and his stock fell in the organization. However, Alderson’s prospect status hit bottom in 2010, as he was demoted from Double-A, and then...

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