Posted on February 21, 2013 by Daniel Marino
Dan Marino continues his trek through each division in the major leagues and giving you one player he thinks is the: Rookie to Watch, Breakthrough Player, The Party’s Over, Non-Roster Invitee Most Likely to Stick, and Just Not Seeing it.
Now, in part five of six, he brings you the American League West:
Part 1: AL East Players to Watch.
Part 2: NL East Players to Watch.
Part 3: AL Central Players to Watch.
Part 4: NL Central Players to Watch.
Houston Astros (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Alex Liddi, Alexi Ogando, Billy Buckner, Brandon Allen, Brandon Maurer, Daric Barton, Delino DeShields Jr., Erasmo Ramirez, Fernando Martinez, Houston Astros, Joe Blanton, Josh Hamilton, Justin Maxwell, Justin Smoak, Los Angeles Angels, Max Stassi, Michael Young, Mike Ekstrom, Mike Jacobs, Mike Olt, Miles Head, Neftali Feliz, Oakland A's, Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners, Taylor Lindsey, Texas Rangers, Tom Milone, Travis Blackley, Tyler Greene, Vernon Wells | 5 Comments »
Posted on December 29, 2012 by mlbdirtstaff
The Oakland Athletics were one of the biggest surprises last year as they took the AL West by storm, beating out the loaded Rangers and Angels for the division title. Prior to last season, the A’s shipped off a lot of major league arms and the team relied on a lot of young players. The system lost a lot of notable players who graduated to the majors but it still has a nice mix of pitchers close to the majors as well as raw potential impact players in the lower minors. Below are our top 16 prospects with 2013 opening day age, position, and comments on each player. Below the top 16 is a small list of additional notable names. Enjoy. -Michael Schwartze
Filed under: On the Farm - Prospects | Tagged: 2013 Top Prospects, A.J. Cole, Addison Russell, B.A. Vollmuth, Brad Peacock, Dan Straily, Daniel Robertson, Grant Green, Ian Kroll, Matt Olson, Max Stassi, Michael Choice, Michael Taylor, Michael Ynoa, Miles Head, Nolan Sanburn, Oakland A's, Oakland Athletics, Prospects, Raul Alcantara, Renato Nunez, Sonny Gray, Stephen Parker | 2 Comments »
Posted on December 28, 2011 by Andrew Martin
Finally! After months of relative dormancy, it appears that GM Ben Cherington and the Red Sox have made a transaction of some significance. Buster Olney of ESPN is reporting that the team has acquired closer Andrew Bailey and outfielder Ryan Sweeney from the Oakland A’s in exchange for Josh Reddick and minor league players Miles Head and Raul Alcantara. In light of the hauls other young pitchers like Gio Gonzalez, Trevor Cahill, and Mat Latos have commanded in trades this offseason, the Red Sox look like they have made a very nice deal.
Bailey will be just 27 at the start of the 2012 season, and is a former Rookie of the Year winner, who has 75 saves, a 2.07 ERA, and exactly one strikeout per inning over his first three major league seasons. Most importantly, he is under team control for three more seasons, and easily slides into the vacant closer role, allowing Mark Melancon and Bobby Jenks to settle into defined set-up roles. In the high priced world of the American League East, this is a quality move, on both talent and financial levels. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Andrew Bailey, Ben Cherington, Boston Red Sox, Josh Reddick, Miles Head, Oakland A's, Prospects, Raul Alcantara, Ryan Sweeney, Trades | 8 Comments »
Posted on December 5, 2011 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
The Boston Red Sox prospects were possibly the toughest team for me to rank. They are a very deep system with most of its high-ceiling talent in the lower levels and some lower-ceiling prospects in the high levels but higher probability.
In all honesty, I feel unsettled with the current ranking I gave this system. I feel that the top 8 or so prospects can be switched around so much with out much fault being thrown around. That is a testament to how deep this system is.
My biggest problem is that I tend to lend a higher hand to probability over ceiling but some of the guys in this organization have ceilings that simply excite me. Probability took the advantage in some cases that I’m not sure if I shouldn’t have gone with my gut in (Lavarnway vs. Swihart) but I really need to see more about some of the lower level guys, no matter how much I like them.
Below are my top 16 prospects with 2012 opening day age, position, and comments on each player. Below the top 16 is a small list of additional notable names. Enjoy.
Filed under: On the Farm - Prospects | Tagged: 2012 Top Prospects, Anthony Ranaudo, Blake Swihart, Boston Red Sox, Brandon Jacobs, Brandon Workman, Bryce Brentz, Drake Britton, Garin Cecchini, Henry Owens, Jackie Bradley Jr., Jose Iglesias, Jose Vinicio, Kolbrin Vitek, Kyle Weiland, Matt Barnes, Miles Head, Prospects, Raul Alcantara, Ryan Lavarnway, Sean Coyle, Will Middlebrooks, Xander Bogaerts | 7 Comments »