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Royals Review

Better know a draft prospect: Kevin Parada

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports One of the best hitters available at a premium position With the 2022 MLB amateur draft approaching on July 17, we will continue taking looks at some potential draft prospects for the Royals at #9. I last wrote about Gavin Cross, an outfielder out of Virginia Tech with a solid hit tool and plus power. Today, we’ll look at one of the most advanced offensive prospects that also happens to play catcher: Kevin Parada. Parada hails from Pasadena, California. He racked up accolades for Loyola High School baseball in Los Angeles, as...

South Side Sox

White Sox Minor League Update: July 5

Johnabiell Laureano did a little bit of everything in Tuesday’s extra-innings win for the ACL Sox. | Tiffany Wintz/South Side Sox Two rookie league wins? You betcha, with some sweet performances within Haven’t checked the rosters to see if there are like 48 players on the ACL White Sox roster, but that must be the case if these young and relatively vulnerable players are allowed to play (and pitch!) 12 innings of baseball in a meaningless pre-draft rookie league game. Great news, though, the ACL Sox crept...

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Outside The Confines: Dog Days

Bryon Houlgrave/The Register / USA TODAY NETWORK The Yankees are very good. The injuries are piling up throughout baseball. The draft and the trade deadline approach and other news from MLB. Good morning. On this day in 1933, the first All-Star Game was played at Comiskey Park in Chicago. Lon Warneke, Gabby Hartnett and Woody English with the Cubs representatives. I don’t have any dog news today. I just wanted to make people happy with a photo of a dog. And the Iowa Cubs. I hate the fact that the Yankees are the best story in baseball, but here we are. Zach Crizer...

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New MLB Pipeline top 100 has six Rangers

Photo by Duane Burleson/ There are currently six Rangers in the new MLB Pipeline top 100 prospect list MLB Pipeline has an updated top 100 prospect list out, and your Texas Rangers currently have six players who are on the list. Jack Leiter and Josh Jung still are the top two Rangers on the list, at 18 and 32, and it would seem to be a safe bet that whoever the Rangers take at #3 in the draft in a week or two will join them in the top 50. Ezequiel Duran and Justin Foscue are just outside the top fifty, with Duran checking in at #58 and Foscue at #63. Cole Winn is one...

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Rays 2022 MLB draft preview: College (and independent) pitchers

Kumar Rocker looks like a first-round pick again | Photo by Sean M. Haffey/ The Rays typically value college pitching early in the draft. The 2022 MLB draft begins on July 17. With that date rapidly approaching, it’s time to start previewing some players who will hear their names called this month. The draft remains the now-standard 20 rounds. In addition to their pick at the end of every round, the Rays have back-to-back picks at No. 70 and 71 overall in a competitive balance round. Some of these players have been connected to the Rays in mock drafts, but some were...

Fish Stripes

2022 MLB Draft Profile: Cam Collier

@camcollierrrrr/Instagram Should the Marlins select Collier if he’s available with their first-round draft pick? Cam Collier is a 6’2”, 210-pound third base prospect who plays at Chipola Junior College. Collier is one of the more intriguing prospects in this draft class as he “pulled a Bryce Harper”—he accelerated his high school education and received his GED early to go play junior college baseball as a 17-year-old. Collier only played one season at the JUCO level but was a highly productive hitter for Chipola’s offense. The freshman slashed...

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Orioles carefully watching innings count on Wells; Hays, Mountcastle out of lineup; Bradish improving

BALTIMORE—Through the halfway point of the season, Tyler Wells has thrown 75 2/3 innings. Wells, who had Tommy John surgery in 2019, didn’t pitch at all during the canceled minor league season in 2020, threw 57 innings in 2021 as a Rule 5 draft choice. In 2018, Wells threw 119 1/3 innings, the most he’s […]

Fish Stripes

Offishial news, 7/5/22: Fourth of July fireworks; real competition awaits

The Marlins won on Monday while wearing these hideous hats. | Photo by Mitchell Layton/ Today’s Marlins news roundup also includes 2022 MLB Draft content. Marlins Game Coverage Marlins Podcast Episodes Monday’s minor league scores: Triple-A Jacksonville won, 1-0; Double-A Pensacola was postponed due to rain; High-A Beloit won, 11-3; Low-A Jupiter lost, 5-1; FCL Marlins lost, 6-4; DSL Marlins won, 5-0 (F/6); DSL Miami was in a 0-0 tie when their game was suspended due to rain. Lewin Díaz made a mid-plate appearance adjustment to set off fireworks in...

AZ Snake Pit

2022 Draft Preview: Brooks Lee - SS

The best college bat in the draft may be available for the Diamondbacks at #2. Age: 21 (14 February 2001)Height: 6’2”Weight: 205 lbs.B/T: S/RSchool: Cal Poly - Previously drafted in the 35th round (1046) by SF Scouting Grades Position: Shortstop Hit: 70 | Power: 55 | Run: 55 | Arm: 55 | Field: 50 | Overall: 60 The Skinny Brooks Lee is easily the best all-around college bat in the draft this year and is likely second only to Termarr Johnson in terms of overall bats in the draft. Like Johnson, Brooks Lee possesses elite bat-to-ball skill. Unlike Johnson, Lee does so from both...

Rum Bunter

Draft: Pittsburgh Pirates Scouting a Local Prospect

The Pittsburgh Pirates are looking to make it two strong Draft classes in a row.  Could a local prospect be a part of this year’s class? At the end of the 2021 Draft, many national outlets praised the Pittsburgh Pirates for what they did.  The team was able to draft multiple Top prospects because the […] Draft: Pittsburgh Pirates Scouting a Local Prospect - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - Pittsburgh Pirates News, Rumors, and Fan Community

Reviewing the Brew

Brewers 2022 Draft Prospect Profile: Florida OF Sterlin Thompson

As the 2022 MLB Draft approaches, we at Reviewing the Brew will take a look at potential Brewers draft prospects. Today, let’s look at an outfielder from the University of Florida in Sterlin Thompson. Thompson initially was eligible for the MLB draft out of high school, but was not selected during the shortened five round draft in […] Brewers 2022 Draft Prospect Profile: Florida OF Sterlin Thompson - Reviewing the Brew - Reviewing the Brew - Milwaukee Brewers News, Rumors, and Fan Community

Pinstripe Alley

The weaknesses of the Yankees farm system heading into the MLB draft

Photo by Rodger Wood/Diamond Images via Teams almost never draft for needs at the major league level, but they will focus their draft efforts to address weaknesses in their minor league system. The Major League Baseball draft is unlike many other major drafts in that even the best players selected are not expected to contribute at the major league level for years. Drafting for a major league need is not something that teams do, but clubs will often use picks early in the draft to target positions or skillsets that the team is weak at across their system. The Yankees...

Detroit Free Press

Breaking down several players Detroit Tigers could select No. 12 overall in MLB draft

The 2022 MLB draft begins at 7 p.m. July 17 in Los Angeles. The Detroit Tigers pick No. 12 overall, their first pick outside the top five since 2017.       

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Minor Monday: Cowser makes strong debut for Bowie Baysox

Outfielder Colton Cowser didn’t waste any time making an impression at Double-A Bowie. Cowser, the fifth overall pick in the 2021 draft, homered in his first at-bat for the Baysox and finished his debut going 3-for-3. However, that performance was overshadowed by another minor-leaguer — Gunnar Henderson at Triple-A Norfolk. “I talked to Gunnar [Tuesday […]

AZ Snake Pit

LHP Tommy Henry has earned a chance to pitch in the D-backs rotation

Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports Henry has performed well enough for Reno that he should get a chance to prove he can stick in the D-backs rotation. Left-handed pitcher Tommy Henry joined the Arizona Diamondbacks after the team selected him 74th overall in the 2019 Draft. Henry was in the middle of a college World Series run that saw Michigan fall one game short of a championship despite his best efforts. The D-backs took him as a lefty with good pitching acumen and the potential for an average heater and two above-average to plus secondary offerings in a slider and...

FOX Sports

Timberwolves give up 5 players, 4 picks for Rudy Gobert | FIRST THINGS FIRST

In a blockbuster trade deal, the Minnesota Timberwolves acquired Rudy Gobert from the Utah Jazz, giving up a lot in the process. A total of 5 players are now headed to Utah, Malik Beasley, Patrick Beverley, Jarred Vanderbilt, Leandro Bolmaro and 2022 first-round pick Walker Kessler. With that, the Jazz are also getting 4 first-round draft picks in the deal. Minnesota seems to be over the moon about getting Gobert, but Nick Wright tells Chris Broussard the price was too high. Watch as Broussard tells Nick why Gobert could ultimately work for the Timberwolves.

Baltimore Sun

Orioles’ draft strategy remains a public mystery with two weeks until first overall pick

As much external focus as there is on what the Orioles will do in two weeks with the first overall pick of the MLB draft, the 21 picks that follow will also have a role to play in that decision.

AZ Snake Pit

2022 Draft Preview - SS Jackson Holliday

Will the Diamondbacks take the son of seven-time all-star Matt Holliday? Age: 18 (4 December 2003)Height: 6’1”Weight: 175 lbs.B/T: L/RSchool: Stillwater HS (FL)Commitment: Oklahoma State Scouting Grades Position: ShortstopHit: 60 | Power: 55 | Run: 60 | Arm: 55 | Field: 55 | Overall: 60 The Skinny The son of seven-time all-star Matt Holliday, Jackson is one of two prep stars positioned to go in the top-five selections of this year’s draft with a significant, borderline Hall of Fame pedigree. He currently is committed to attend Oklahoma State, where he would play for his...

Call to the Pen

New York Mets were right to be concerned with Kumar Rocker

The Kumar Rocker situation was a mess by any team’s standards. The New York Mets had selected him with the tenth pick in the 2021 MLB Draft, building their entire draft strategy around the selection. They had planned to hand him a $6 million signing bonus, an amount far above the slot for that pick. […] New York Mets were right to be concerned with Kumar Rocker - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

New York Post

Kumar Rocker had shoulder surgery after Mets deal fell apart

The Mets didn't sign Kumar Rocker, whom they drafted 10th overall last summer, due to concern over his arm and he is draft-eligible again this year.

Call to the Pen

Brian Cashman found another hidden gem for the New York Yankees

Absolutely no one paid any attention when the New York Yankees brought Ron Marinaccio back to the majors in May. He was a 19th round pick in the 2017 MLB Draft, serving in a middle relief role as he climbed through the system. It is a role that he has taken on in the majors […] Brian Cashman found another hidden gem for the New York Yankees - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

AZ Snake Pit

2022 Draft Preview: Termarr Johnson - 2B

Have bat, will travel. Age: 18 (11 June 2004)Height: 5’10”*Weight: 175 lbs.B/T: L/RSchool: Mays HS (GA)Commitment: Arizona State University Scouting Grades Position: Second BaseHit: 70 | Power: 60 | Run: 50 | Arm: 50 | Field: 45 | Overall: 60 The Skinny There may be no more polarizing prospect in this year’s draft than Termarr Johnson. Johnson is generously listed as 5’ 10”. The reality is, he is likely 5’7” or 5’ 8”. He is also primarily a second baseman. Though he has played plenty of short as a prep circuit star, neither his glove work nor his arm rate...

Lookout Landing

Mariners Moose Tracks 7/2/22: Nelson Cruz, Korey Lee, and Megan Rapinoe

Photo by Diamond Images via Welcome to Saturday! Happy Fourth of July weekend everyone! We’ve got a good batch of links for you today, so let’s get to it. In Mariners news... Eno Sarris at The Athletic outlined seven hitters who have made significant improvements to their barrel rates since April. Both Julio and Jesse Winker are listed in the piece. ($) Around the league... Carlos Collazo at Baseball America released the latest version of their mock draft, with the draft coming up later this month. ($) The San Diego Padres released their City Connect jerseys and...

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Early returns encouraging on Diamondbacks' recent draft selections

While the Diamondbacks have had poor results at the major league level for going on three years, most observers believe they have drafted well.       

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Five players for the D-backs at No. 2 overall

Photo by Mary DeCicco/MLB Photos via Five players who should be in consideration with the Diamondbacks top pick of the 2022 MLB Draft. The 2022 MLB Draft is now less than five weeks away, and the overall board has taken shape. The Arizona Diamondbacks will pick three times in the first night of the draft, starting with the second overall pick. This will be the highest draft pick for Arizona since the 2015 Draft, making it doubly important than General Manager Mike Hazen and Director of Amateur Scouting Deric Ladnier to nail this pick. In the off-season, I mentioned...

Lone Star Ball

New mock drafts have Rangers picking Green

Photo by Matt Dirksen/Colorado Rockies/ MLB Pipeline and Baseball America each have the Rangers going prep bat at #3 2022 MLB Mock Draft: Jonathan Mayo over at MLB Pipeline has a new mock draft out, as does Baseball America, and both mocks have the Texas Rangers taking high school outfielder Elijah Green at #3. Every year it seems like the internet picks someone about 12-15 months out as the “OMG THIS GUY IS GOING #1” early choice, despite the fact that only in the rarest of instances (Bryce Harper, for example) is there an obvious, no doubt #1 guy in the draft...

Royals Review

Better know a draft prospect: Gavin Cross

Photo by Erica Denhoff/Icon Sportswire via The Virginia Tech outfielder has been linked to the Royals With the 2022 MLB amateur draft approaching on July 17, we will continue taking looks at some potential draft prospects for the Royals at #9. I last wrote about Jud Fabian, a boom-or-bust type outfielder out of Florida that Kansas City could look at for an underslot deal. Today, we’ll look at a less risky prospect with perhaps a lower ceiling: Virginia Tech outfielder Gavin Cross. Cross hails from Bristol, Tennessee. His father, Adam, briefly played minor league ball...

Royals Review

Royals claim pitcher Ryan Weiss off waivers from Arizona, call Wyatt Mills up

Photo by John E. Moore III/ Matt Peacock is designated for assignment. The Royals announced they have claimed pitcher Ryan Weiss off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks, and have designated pitcher Matt Peacock for assignment. Weiss will be assigned to Triple-A Omaha and taking Peacock’s place on the roster will be pitcher Wyatt Mills, who was recently acquired from Seattle in the Carlos Santana trade. Weiss is a 25-year-old right-hander who was a fourth-round pick in the 2018 draft out of Wright State University. He had a 4.76 ERA with 15 strikeouts and just one...

Did Kyler Murray really close the door on baseball? | Pro Football Talk | NBC Sports

Kyler Murray released a statement saying he's committed to football, but Mike Florio still sees his path to the Athletics and baseball open until he gets selected in the NFL draft. #NBCSports #ProFootballTalk #KylerMurray »

Kyler Murray awkwardly dodges questions about NFL or MLB choice | The Dan Patrick Show | NBC Sports

Heisman-winning quarterback Kyler Murray joined Dan Patrick and awkwardly dodged questions about how he will prepare for the NFL draft and spring training with the Oakland Athletics. #NBCSports #DanPatrickShow #KylerMurray »

Mets trade 3 prospects to Astros for J.D. Davis

The Mets acquire former third-round Draft pick J.D. Davis from the Astros in exchange for three prospects About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consists of 30 mem