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  1. RHP Jhoan Duran has developed very nicely for the Twins since being traded from the Dbacks in the Eduardo Escobar trade. Duran is a big guy who throws in the triple digits. He pitched some in AA in 2019 and should be ready in 2021. AL Central is a good division for a pitcher.
  2. Two older, very late 2018 draft picks have been impressive in the Arizona Fall League. I am a sucker for a good underdog story. Mariners RHP Penn Murfee was a 2018 33rd round draft pick that spent most of the year in AA. He will be 26 in May. Murfee was at Vanderbilt most of his college career but finished at Santa Clara. He was mostly a position before moving to pitching full time in 2018. He only has allowed 1 earned in 10 innings in the Arizona Fall League. Last night he struck out 7 in 4 shutout innings. Rangers RHP RP Cole Uvila was a 40th 2018 draft pick that spent most of the year in High A where he struck out 85 batters in 57 innings. He missed two full years with Tommy John. In 6 scoreless innings in the Arizona Fall League, Uvila has struck out 11. There is an excellent podcast about Uvila. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/razed-sports/id1426076554
  3. Jojanse Torres is another one. Weird backstory where MLB would not approve his contract for some reason. The Brewers tried to sign him in 2015 but it was not approved. It took the Astros over a year to finally sign Torres. He just turned 24 but has gone from the DSL to the Carolina League in one year. Torres can throw up to 100 and also has a slider and change up that have potential to be plus pitches.
  4. A new updated top 50 prospect ranking in the Carolina League for July. https://www.carolinaleagueprospects.com/2019/08/july-carolina-league-top-50-prospects.html Twitter: https://twitter.com/league_carolina
  5. Duran has decent size 6' 200 lbs but even in college he never hit for any power (2 homers in 658 career at bats). Who knows what will happen once he starts to play with the major league balls. Duran looked great in the Carolina League, but last year I was all in on Ryan McKenna. McKenna put up similar stats in 2018 in the Carolina League to what Duran did this year and has been in AA for about a year now with disappointing results. If I had to predict, I would say that Duran is a 4th outfielder.
  6. Top 50 prospect ranking in the Carolina League for May. https://www.carolinaleagueprospects.com/2019/06/mays-top-50-prospects-in-carolina-league.html Twitter: https://twitter.com/league_carolina
  7. Here is an interesting fact about Luis Garcia. If he was still in the Carolina League, Garcia would be the youngest player in the league by more than a year.
  8. In the last couple years the Astros has gotten very good at seemingly turning anyone pitching in their organization into a high strikeout pitcher. I think it is too early to tell if this going to have a huge impact at the big league level The Astros don't really have any big names on their pitching staff at Fayetteville in the Carolina League. However, their pitchers are average 11.1 strikeouts per game. The next best team is Lynchburg (Singer, Lynch and Kowar) at 9.58 strikeouts per game. They also don't have any big named pitching prospects in Quad Cities where their stadium is flooded and that team is averaging 11.5 strikeouts per game.
  9. Top 50 prospect ranking in the Carolina League for April. https://www.carolinaleagueprospects.com/2019/05/aprils-top-47-prospects-in-carolina.html Twitter: https://twitter.com/league_carolina
  10. You don't generally see many relief prospects,but James Karinchak in the Indians org is an interesting name. He was a 9th round pick in 2017 and is 23. Last year at three levels A, A+ and AA he struck out 81 in 48.2 innings. He also walked too many batters (36). He only allowed 29 hits This year at AA he has pitched 6 innings with no hits and two walks.with 17 strikeouts. Meaning he has faced 20 hitters and struck out 17!
  11. I started a blog on prospects in the Carolina League. https://www.carolinaleagueprospects.com/2019/04/links-to-team-prospect-previews.html https://twitter.com/league_carolina Nick Madrigal, Luis Robert, Nolan Jones, DL Hall, Brady Singer, Nick Pratto, MJ Melendez, Daniel Lynch, Seuly Matias, Bubba Thompson, LeodyTaveras and Miguel Amaya are some of the top prospects that are beginning the year in the Carolina League. Feel free to use this thread to ask any questions about any Carolina League player.
  12. Mauricio will celebrate his 18th birthday on Thursday by making his full season debut with the Columbia Fireflies in the Sally League.
  13. I have always thought that drafting a catcher is similar to a tight end in fantasy football You can draft a stud early that is a productive as a regular position or you wait to the end of the draft and draft a tight end that is projected for 500 received yards and 5 TDS or a catcher that is projected to hit 250 with 15 homers. The problem today is the lack of stud catchers makes drafting a catcher early a bad bet. On the other hand I did an initial 30 team dynasty draft last year and it seemed no one was taking catching prospects. I drafted Keibert Ruiz in the 14th round, MJ Melendez in the 40th round and Miguel Amaya in the 39th round.
  14. I think that 16 year old J2 players should not be ranked before coming stateside. See Kevin Maitan. However, it was really unprecedented how good Franco was in the Appalachian League at 17, which is a big difference from the DSL. Franco is two years younger than Vlad and was 351/418/1,004. Two years ago Vlad was 271/359/808 in the Appy League. Franco also could stick at SS. I expect Franco to be the number one prospect next year and would be shocked if he was outside of the top three.
  15. Stevenson is not even in the Blue Jays top 30 according to Prospect Live. https://www.prospectslive.com/lists/2018/10/13/toronto-blue-jays-top-30-prospects The reason that Franco is ranked where he is and Stevenson is not close to the top 100 is because Franco is 17 and very young for his level and Stevenson is 22 and old for his level. You are underestimating age and level. Here are some random player that I like, that I have not seen in a top 100 list, but clearly should be higher ranked than Stevenson. Ryan McKenna - Dominated high A (377/467/1023) in 67 games. Struggled in AA but played well in the Arizona fall league. Strong defensive centerfielder. About six months younger that Stevenson Cristian Santana -109 RBIs in 131 games in High A while playing 3rd base. About six months younger than Stevenson. Tristan Lutz - Excellent in the Pioneer League in 2017 (333/ 432/ 992), struggled in full season A in 2018 ( 245/321/742). Lutz is two years younger than Stevenson. Shervyen Newton-He was in the Appalachian league with Stevenson last year. His numbers may not have been quite as good, but because he is three years younger and plays a more premium position, he is a much better prospect.