11/23/14

The Morning Report – November 23 –Dana Eveland, Justin Upton, Hanley Ramirez, Starlin Castro

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Mike Puma ‏@NYPost_Mets  -  Was told the Mets expect to address lefty relief at the winter meetings. Could be trade or FA. No shot at signing Andrew Miller.

Good. The team needs another lefty and more than Dana Eveland can bring to the table. Frankly, ‘elbow inflammation’ shouldn’t be enough to tarnish a great 2014 season where the 30-year old went 1-1, 2.63, 1.10, 27.1-IP, 27-K in 30 appearances.

There must be more to this injury than we know. It’s hard for me to believe that Sandy Alderson is going to find a 2.63, 1.10 lefty out there during the winter meetings.


Kevin emailed -

Mack, Your post on an expansion draft got me thinking. If there was to be an expansion draft in 2015, who would the Mets protect.  I think this would make a great discussion post during a slow beginning to the offseason.

Mack – Yeah, I had hoped that yesterday’s post would have generated this kind of discussion but it didn’t.

I guess the first question would be how would the commissioner set up the parameters of the draft. How many players do you get to protect before ‘round one’… how many do you get to pull off your submitted list once your first pick was taken.

I think the question should be asked in reverse, meaning, who would be the players they wouldn’t protect.

My guess is Bartolo Colon and Dillion Gee would head up this list and, for salary reasons, you could see Daniel Murphy and/or Jonathan Niese.
Past this, the process gets complicated. Eight or nine affiliates mean eight or nine cities and stadiums, no less players to play there.

Maybe the 27-man roster is a better idea.



It was interesting to see (so far) that other teams are signing more of the players released by the Mets (example: Alan Dykstra, Josh Satin) than visa versa. My guess is that the Mets direction is to promote their players from within and fill these predominately AAA slots with last year’s AA players.
This is, in my opinion, a very good sign. No filler here.



Justin Upton to Seattle speculation[i]

           As for the Braves, John Hart gets what he wants and what the team would realistically need since the blow up of this team has begun, a very young starting pitcher under team control. Taijuan Walker is not going to help the Braves contend in 2015, 2016, or even beyond that with their current situation of little-to-no offense, but there is potential value in his team control, which extends until 2021. A nice-sized market can rebound from this dismantling quicker than others, and while the next few years could be rough, Walker could be a valued arm for the team in 2018 through the remainder of the team’s control, as they could once again become contenders. On the other hand, Walker could very much become a bust and leave the franchise in an even worse situation, but that is always the risk in obtaining a prospect.

It is a gamble for both sides to make such a trade, but one worth taking. The Mariners get what they want in a likely playoff team and the Braves get what they want in young, controllable starting pitching. Do not sit in fear and be paralyzed by analysis all the time, or at least at this time.
          


So, where do you play Hanley Ramirez?[ii]

So you're choosing between first and left. Ramirez's overall rating is closer to the average first-base rating. On the other hand, his two relative strengths are speed and arm. First basemen have little use for speed. They do throw sometimes, but not far, so accuracy's more important. While Ramirez doesn't have an average left fielder's first step or instincts, plays take longer to develop, so he might be able to compensate for some of that with his speed. And though people question his throwing accuracy, he'd have more time to set in the outfield than he has in the infield. This might even be enough to make him a capable right fielder, but for the time being, left seems acceptable.



Cubs Den[iii] -  

Buster Olney ranks his Top 10 shortstops in the majors and has Starlin Castro at #10 (Insider required). In his write up, Olney states "I have to admit that as I started this, I thought Castro would be ranked somewhere in the range of best six to eight shortstops. But rival evaluators want to see more maturation in his defense, more consistency; he scored only slightly higher than Hanley Ramirez last year in DRS (Defensive Runs Saved)." That's cherry picking the stats a bit as Castro was significantly better in UZR/150, but in these rankings defense was definitely prioritized more than it was in the previous positional rankings. Plus I question any list that thinks Jhonny Peralta is the second best shortstop in the game.

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11/22/14

2015 Draft Profile - RHP - Mike Matuella - Duke University - UPDATED 11-13-14

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11-13-14 - Minor League Madhouse  -    3. Colorado Rockies: Michael Matuella, P, Duke - So it’s finally happened, the other Duke sports are catching up to lacrosse and basketball. All joking aside, the Blue Devils have done an excellent job in developing pitchers for two of the past four drafts. Marcus Stroman has exceeded expectations and become a viable starter in the Blue Jays rotation, while Matuella has become one of the bigger surprises in terms of smaller college pitchers. Matuella is much bigger than Stroman was, with a 6’6″ frame, and he has a good variety of pitches, even if he uses his fastball almost exclusively. This isn’t a problem, as Matuella’s fastball does have plenty of life in it, allowing him to get batters out. The one issue that Matuella has is his health, as he was forced to miss summer ball with a back issue, although he has since then resumed throwing. The Rockies would greatly benefit from a homegrown rotation that features the likes of Jon Gray, who is considered one of the fastest pitchers in the minor leagues, and Kyle Freeland, who has proven he could handle big competition in summer back in 2013. Having Matuella in that rotation will provide the Rockies with plenty of rotational stability and. should Troy Tulowitzki still be here by next June, convince him to stay, allowing the Rockies to determine their eventual successor. http://minorleaguemadhouse.com/2014/10/18/early-2015-mlb-mock-draft-part-1/

9-30-14  -  9-30-14 – Through The Fence - 1. Arizona Diamondbacks — Michael Matuella, RHP, Duke - Michael Matuella has all the ingredients to be the first-overall pick. On paper, Matuella has everything you want in an ace. At 6’-6” and 230 pounds, he has the size. With a fastball that sits 93-97, he has the power arm. He adds two potential plus secondary pitches in a 79-82 mph, 12-6 curveball with great depth and an 83-86 mph slider with tight spin. His change-up sits 87-89 and is a decent offering already. He has great command of his pitches and finished his sophomore season with a 2.78 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 69 K/15 BB over 58.1 innings. Opponents hit just .190 against him, he allowed just one home run and only hit two batters. Two areas of concern are his recent arm soreness and the fact that he doesn’t have the track record of other pitchers on this list. Still, the D-backs love their pitching and Matuella has the goods. http://throughthefencebaseball.com/2015-mlb-draft-mock-1-0/44039#46FUm3YdfAufQr1H.99

9-17-14  -   
Teams are taking a wait and see approach, considering that they have not laid eyes on him yet.


9-17-14 - Baseball America - This summer, the scouting industry did not lay eyes on Duke righthander Michael Matuella, potentially one of the top college pitchers in the 2015 draft class, but Matuella is expected to throw this fall.
Matuella missed a few starts during his sophomore season because of a lat strain and was held to a strict pitch count upon his return.  He was scheduled to pitch for Cotuit in the Cape Cod League this summer, when his lat discomfort continued.
Matuella was diagnosed this summer with spondylolysis, a common and manageable condition. Between 3 to 7 percent of the American population has spondylolysis, according to the Cleveland Clinic, which defines it as “a specific defect in the connection between vertebrae.”  http://www.baseballamerica.com/college/michael-matuella-update/ 


9-11-14 – Fangraphs Top 50 Players in Draft - 3. Michael Matuella, RHP, Duke - Fastball: 65/70, Curveball: 50/60, Changeup: 45/50+, Command: 40/50+  -  Matuella didn’t pitch this summer, so only Carolinas area scouts have really seen him; I happened to run into his first start after recovering from arm soreness when I was in town for other games.  The temperature was in the 40′s that day and while I had heard Matuella had broken out that spring, expectations were low. He sat 93-97 mph for four innings with a 60 curveball and solid-average changeup and command.  Matuella is surprisingly loose for 6’6′/225 and reminds me a lot of Pirates top prospect Tyler Glasnow, who I’ve seen a few times this year.  The concern is that Matuella has only thrown 58 innings since his velo spike and there was multiple week arm soreness in the middle of it.  When scouts get first looks at him this fall and early in the spring, they’re going to like what they see and if he can stay healthy until draft day with the stuff I saw, he’s a legit 1/1 threat. http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/2015-mlb-draft-top-51/


B/R - 2. Philadelphia Phillies Select Duke RHP Michael Matuella - Duke right-hander Michael Matuella looks like a safe bet to land in the top three next year. He's a 6'6", 225-pound flamethrower with a low-to-mid-90s fastball that touches 97 and has some sink, a 12-to-6 hammer curveball and a solid-average slider. Matuella also features a changeup but doesn't throw it often because the two other off-speed pitches are good enough to get college hitters out. His fastball command is solid right now and could end up plus down the line, showing the ability to spot it inside and outside. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2085268-mlb-mock-draft-2015-brs-official-early-predictions-for-next-years-top-10/page/2


6-30-14 – Through The Fence – Early College Prospects - 1. Michael Matuella, RHP, Duke            - Matuella burst onto the scene earlier this year, thanks in part to Frankie Piliere at Perfect Game, who tweeted out that Matuella was a potential 1.1 for next year. The 6’-6”, 225 pound right-hander proceeded to make Piliere look like a genius as he showed everything you want in a first-overall pick. Obviously, he has the ideal size you want in an ace. He also showed the stuff, headlined by fastball that can touch 97 mph and sits 93-96. He adds two potential plus off-speed pitches in a 79-82 mph, 12-6 curveball with great depth and an 83-86 mph slider with tight spin. His change-up sits 87-89 and is a decent offering already. He has great command of his pitches and finished the season with a 2.78 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 69 K/15 BB over 58.1 innings. Opponents hit just .190 against him, he allowed just one home run and only hit two batters — pretty good for a power arm like his. All eyes will be on him next year and the upside is silly. http://throughthefencebaseball.com/2015-mlb-draft-early-30-college-prospects/43327

6-5-14 - Next June's first pick in the draft could easily be 6-6, 225 pound Duke RHP Mike Matuella.

His arsenal includes: 12-6 78-82 curve... 92-96, 97 fastball, an 87-89 change-up, and an 82-85 slider.

2014 season:  11-starts, (missed the first month due to a lat sprain) 1-3, 2.78, 58.1-IP, 69-K - has been on a limited pitch count for most of the year.

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Reese Kaplan - Patience Is Sometimes a Virtue

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Sometime during a stroll through Melbourne, Australia I saw a headline pop up about the Mets signing Michael Cuddyer.  Cuddyer?  I opined that once Colorado surprisingly made him a qualifying offer the Mets would be out of the running.  After all, they were not ones to blatantly sacrifice first round draft picks as they tried to ascend once again to relevancy.  That story had to be wrong!

I had to wait a few more days to get more news as the ship was charging 79 cents per minute (that’s over $47 per hour) for Internet access.  While I wanted to know more, I didn’t want to know that badly.  However, once we docked in Port Lincoln I took my trusty tablet over to the public library which was surprisingly open on a Sunday and got back among the digital living. 

Not only had they signed Cuddyer, but gave him two years for about $21 million.  A lot of thoughts immediately flooded my head regarding this decision.  First of all, the $15.3 QO from Colorado was parlayed into an addition $6 million for that second year.  Did Cuddyer sell himself short?

The second thought was it seemed like a fair price – about $10.5 million per year to get a guy who would serve as a bridge to the only couple of offensive outfielder prospects in the system – Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo.  That’s only slightly more than you’re paying Daniel Murphy for his services this year and slightly less than you’re paying Bartolo Colon. 

The third thought was how he solved the right handed power problem and right handed backup to Lucas Duda at first base when a tough lefty was on the mound.  Then there was the much ballyhooed friendship with David Wright which could be a factor in trying to get the Captain into the right mindset to produce like he once did with his pal there in the lineup with him.  All of these things seemed positive.

Unfortunately, cynicism and pessimism are part of my DNA.  The more I thought about it, the more I wondered about whether or not this decision was a good one. 

Flash back to 2013.  The Mets had given a chance to a seemingly washed up Marlon Byrd who was pretty much out of baseball after declining performance and a PED suspension derailed his career.  He had signed a minor league deal in spring training, made the club and against all odds became the primary offensive force in the lineup.  At age 35 he was flipped to the Pirates for Vic Black and Dilson Herrera where his offensive comeback didn’t miss a beat, though he didn’t catapult the Bucs to the post season success they had envisioned.

When the season ended you had a player who would turn 36 during the 2014 season and he was available on the free agent market.  He’d already proven he was capable of handling the pressures of New York and responded with a 2013 season hitting .285/21/71 for the Mets and .295/24/88 overall.  He was healthy all year long, having played in 147 games.  All it would take to sign him was money – no sacrifice of a draft pick.  He eventually went to the Phillies as part of a 2-year deal for a grand total of $16 million with a vesting option of another $8 million if he got 550 ABs in 2015 or 1100 ABs combined in 2014/2015.  If not, then it was a team option.

How did he do?  He finished 2014 with a .264/25/85 slash line.  The batting average was down a little but the steady performance across 154 games suggested health was never an issue. 

Now back to Mr. Cuddyer.  The Mets gave up a 1st round draft pick and paid nearly as much for 2 years of service from him as they would have for 3 years from Byrd had the option vested.  More importantly, Cuddyer is coming off a 49 game season following a 130 game campaign, and a 101 game debut for the Rockies in 2012.  Although he’s the same age, his ability to stay on the field is definitely a valid question.  Unlike Byrd who seemingly is becoming better and more durable as he ages, Cuddyer has been terrific but only when he’s occasionally been available to play. 

I’m not thinking Cuddyer was necessarily a bad signing.  I would call it sub-optimal.  Furthermore, making this deal so early in the process before clearing payroll will make it doubly difficult later to obtain an equitable return for Bartolo Colon, Daniel Murphy, Jon NIese or Dillon Gee now that the entire baseball world knows the Mets have shot their financial wad prematurely.  

As the team is current constructed there will be some adventurous days up the middle with Wilmer Flores and Daniel Murphy trying to turn the double play, but if they get the rebound seasons from David Wright and Curtis Granderson along with the continued maturation of Travis d’Arnaud, Lucas Duda, Wilmer Flores and Juan Lagares as well as the returns of Matt Harvey and Bobby Parnell makes me think the team is good enough to contend.  After all, the KC Royals made it all the way to the World Series last year on a team whose best hitter – Alex Gordon – posted just a .266/19/74 season.  
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Baseball America on the Mets 40-man Additions

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Noah Syndergaard, RHP: A big, physical righty, Syndergaard easily spins mid-90s heat and controls it as well. He also offers a big curveball that can vary in its shape and size, from a mid-70s slurve to a power offering in the low-80s. He threw his mid-80s change more often this year, and scouts project it to be average in the future. He lacks deception, but has all the makings of a monster.
Cory Mazzoni, RHP: With knee and lat injuries in the past, the Mets this year saw what they saw in 2011 when they made him a second-round pick. His fastball, which he can locate to both sides, sits between 92-95 mph and is complemented by a solid mid-80s slider and an average splitter. If he can repeat, he’ll fulfill his potential as a backend starter.
Gabriel Ynoa, RHP: Binghamton’s Opening Day starter offers impeccable control first and foremost. He uses that to corral an arsenal that includes a 92-94 mph that can touch 96 and features riding life. He maintains his arm speed on a plus changeup and backs it up with a fringy slider.
Akeel Morris, RHP: Morris annihilated the competition in the South Atlantic League this year, holding the opposition to a .103 average and fanning more than 14 hitters per nine innings. So, how’d he do it? A deceptive delivery and a lively 92-94 mph fastball are a good start, but the true weapon in is the low-80s changeup that he uses to get his Ks.
Hansel Robles, RHP: A second-time addition to the 40-man roster, Robles is a reliever now, which allows his sinking fastball to bump to the mid-90s. He backs the pitch with a slider and changeup, both in the mid-80s and both average offerings at best.
Jack Leathersich, LHP: A stocky lefthander, Leathersich brings a max-effort delivery which includes a vault over a stiff front leg and uses it to fire a fastball that sits low-90s and touches the mid-range. He uses a high-70s slider to get his punchouts.
http://www.baseballamerica.com/minors/breaking-40-man-additions/
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The Morning Report – November 22 – Expansion, Pat Roessler, Eno-Chat, Wilmer Flores

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I know all you of you know that one of the sites I go to five times a day is Cot[i]. I even leave it open in lower case form so I just flip it open when I need to check out a certain team.

We’re spending a lot of time trying to speculate where some the excess Mets pitching will wind up someday. Well, let me tell you… those other 29 teams draft or sign just as many pitchers as the Mets do and, if you click down the teams and do the math, everybody seems to have too much pitching.
And then there is the desire to fill their squad with team controlled players rather than established players with bloated contracts. This morning, on MLB-TV in was San Diego and Cincinnati that plans on selling off some of ‘their pitching’.

It makes one wonder if this wouldn’t be a good time for baseball to consider expansion to 32 teams. You come up with some workable formula for each team to lose two of their 40-man squad and you basically have enough for two teams to start off with both a major league team but also a AAA affiliate.
You could expand this kind of draft to the AA/A level and you now have your four full season teams. Lastly, the draft and an international signing period would fill in the low-A, one rookie, and one DSL team.
Just thinking out loud…



The Mets have hired former Yankees farm director Pat Roessler as the assistant hitting coach. He also will do some other unannounced duties. Roessler was fired by the Yankees at the end of the 2014 season after serving as the director of player development from 2005 to 2014. That’s a lot of experience and you simply can’t have enough ex-farm directors in your system. Roessler also joins his buddy, Kevin Long, who is the Mets new senior hitting coach. You have to assume that all this old Yankee blood makes Curtis Granderson much happier playing in Queens rather than the Bronx.

Do members of a major league baseball team, who have climbed this impossible ladder to baseball success, actually turn to pitching coaches to help their swing?

Well, I’ll tell you what. You go out to a game three hours early and be the first let in the gate when it opens… or you go to every spring training game in April… and you find me someone in the cage with one of these guys asking them to help them play baseball.

Throw BP at 60 mph, yes…  but…



Comment From Greg - the Mets have all the pitching, will they go use it to acquire a bat? Cespedes would be a start somewhere.

Eno Sarris: If anyone wants Niese, Colon, Gee or any combo of the three, they can probably have them for offense. Does anyone want them?

Comment From john - I see everyone wants the mets to trade for a SS, and yet the only SS they can realistically afford (prospects wise) are not upgrades over Wilmer Flores. Ramirez projects to be 0.3 wins better, but gets paid 10 mil vs the league minimum, and flores will still only be 23 on opening day. Gregorius is a downgrade, wins wise, and so is Owings and Miller. Why give up a cost-controlled pitcher for a non-upgrade? It makes no sense. At this point, if they can’t get Tulo, they should just go with what they have

Eno Sarris: I don’t believe the projections for Flores. I don’t believe he’s a shortstop defensively.

Comment From Guest - Castro to the Mets makes stupid amounts of sense, no?

Comment From Cichago Cubs - Do you agree that it’s quite stupid to trade Castro? Prospects are not 100% and neither are pitchers. Castro is in the bag already.

Eno Sarris: I mean the Mets need a shortstop in my estimation. But the second is also true. They don’t yet have another shortstop that has shown he’s worthy in the major leagues!

Mack – Frankly, I post these ‘chats’ as a subject so I can yak about them and post them for your comments.

The frustrating part is we still can’t get past the subject of a shortstop and I guess we won’t until someone else is brought into the organization.
I go over and over the numbers, stats, etc. and I just don’t see a perfect solution from any of the excess guppies out there on other teams. The ones who can hit, can’t field… the fielders have no pop… and the best all-around one (Owings) is coming off injuries.

Now don’t get me wrong… you can have one of Dillon Gee, Bartolo Colon, or Jonathan Niese for any of them, but nobody seems to want these guys.

Past that, the Mets have six prospect starters and it probably would be best to hold on to the least projectable (Rafael Montero) in case anyone heads to the DL.

For now, and possibly the entire 2015 season, Flores is the Mets shortstop regardless of how many errors he makes or how ungraceful he completes the double play.

Comment From john - but the question is, does Montero or Syndergaard or wheeler or degrom or matz, would you give up any of those mets pitchers for didi gregorius or alexi ramirez? because niese or gee are not getting the job done

Eno Sarris: Yes this is the question. I get Nervous around DeGrom, 
Syndergaard, would say no there. I know some people I trust that love Matz. Montero is good, but I *might* trade him. I like his fastball, and command, but the secondary stuff…

Mack – And this is why I continue to lobby for Montero to join the Mets pen as the long or middle man…

Comment From Dr. Met - Everytime I see a picture of Jeff Wilpon lurking behind Sandy in a press conference, I feel so depressed for my fandom. Just me?

Eno Sarris: I hate the Wilpons, I’ll admit it out loud. Meddling owners who made their money to buy the team in a ponzi scheme.

Comment From Avid Mets Fan - d’Arnaud or Plawecki for the future?

Eno Sarris: TdA for me. Great framer, bat’s coming.

Comment From Avid Mets Fan - Who’s the ace in our rotation? Harvey/deGrom/Wheeler/Syndergaard?

Eno Sarris: Still Harvey.




The Detroit Tigers designated for assignment ex-Met outfielder Ezequeil Carrera. The ex-Mets prospect played his last full season in the Mets organization in 2008 for St. Lucie (430-AB, .263-AB.

He was traded in a three team that lost the Mets Carrera, Endy Chavez, Aaron Heilman, Mike Carp, and Jason Vargas.

Carrera bounced around for Seattle Cleveland, Philadelphia and Detroit. His best year was this past season, for AAA-Toledo: 374-AB, .307, 6-HR, 41-RBI, and 43-stolen bases.


Carrera is 27 years old



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11/21/14

TRADE - 1B - Adam LaRoche

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The White Sox added a veteran power bat to mix with their young sluggers Friday evening, agreeing to a two-year, $25-million contract with first baseman Adam LaRoche, sources have told MLB.com.
The agreement was first reported by USA Today's Bob Nightengale.

http://m.mlb.com/news/article/102145824/white-sox-land-free-agent-first-baseman-adam-laroche-with-two-year-deal 
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2015 Draft Profile - SS - Brendan Rodgers - Lake Mary (FL) HS - UPDATED 10-25-14

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11-13-14 - Minor League Madhouse  -    5. Houston Astros: Brendan Rodgers, 2B/SS/OF Lake Mary High School, Florida - Given the Astros’ ability to stack up big name, almost immediate non-first round contributors in the past three drafts, see Tony Kemp, AJ Reed, Derek Fisher, as well as their current projects, (Carlos Correa, Colin Moran, Delino DeShields) and of course, their top pitching prospects (Mark Appel, Lance McCullers), it’s almost impossible to tell what they should use their other pick. Having already given them a top left handed pitcher in Phil Bickford, I decided to have them pick Brendan Rodgers. Rodgers is a versatile player, having played the middle infield, as well as some outfield. It’s almost a given, however, that a high school shortstop is going to move to another position. We saw it with Manny Machado, Gavin Cecchini of the Mets has been moving around a bit, etc. Rodgers does have a bat on him. as he hit .397 with 8 long balls this past season. He’ll be an interesting player to watch this year, as some scouting websites have him ranked as the top player in this year’s draft. http://minorleaguemadhouse.com/2014/10/18/early-2015-mlb-mock-draft-part-1/

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2015 SS Brendan Rodgers (Longwiod, FL) putting on a show defensively, stolen pair of outs with combo of instincts & arm strength

SS Brendan Rodgers (FL) looking good on defense today. Good hands. Nice play on slow roller & threw a seed on relay to get an out at home.


9-30-14 - 9-30-14 – Through The Fence - 4. Texas Rangers — Brendan Rodgers, SS, Lake Mary HS (FL) - Rodgers impressed scouts all summer with his bat, as well as his defense at a premium position. He showed excellent bat speed, raw power and he has all of the actions and abilities to stick at shortstop. At the Perfect Game National Showcase, he threw 93 mph across the infield and was clocked at 6.7 in the 60. He may not steal many bases at the next level, but he is a terrific athlete who does everything well on the field. As a junior, he hit .397/.488/.823 over 22 games with five doubles, eight home runs and 10 walks to 10 strikeouts. Committed to Florida State. http://throughthefencebaseball.com/2015-mlb-draft-mock-1-0/44039#46FUm3YdfAufQr1H.99

9-11-14 – Fangraphs Top 50 Players in Draft -                 1. Brendan Rodgers, SS, Lake Mary HS (FL), Florida State commit - Hit: 60/60, Raw Power: 60/60 , Speed: 50/50+ , Field: 50/55, Throw: 55/55 - Rodgers was a standout last summer with scouts saying he’d go in the top 50 picks as a high school junior, then he took a huge step forward this summer when his bat speed and raw power jumped at least a notch, if not two.  If you want to see him really let loose at the plate, check out this video, which I’m assuming is the And1 Mixtape Home Run Derby.  Rodgers is only a solid-average runner but makes the most of his foot speed with solid instincts and very rarely ever misplays a ball at short.  Some scouts aren’t ready to anoint him the top prospect in the land yet because he doesn’t “look like that type,” which is basically code for an average running white shortstop isn’t supposed to go 1/1.  An averaging running shortstop from Orlando went 5th overall last year with 50 at best raw power and the 2015 class is shallow up top, so Rodgers belongs somewhere close to #1 if he isn’t the best player right now. http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/2015-mlb-draft-top-51/


8-28-14 - 


Speaking of Brendan Rodgers, he was easily the most advanced hitter I saw at the Metropolitan Baseball Classic last week at Citi Field


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Brendan Rodgers has shot to be a top 5 pick in 2015. Here's some footage from workouts and the game.

8-12-14 - TTF Baseball - 


Brendan Rodgers, SS, Lake Mary HS (FL)

At the Perfect Game National Showcase, Rodgers continued to show off his total package of skills. He threw 93 mph from across the infield, which was tops in the event. He ran a 6.7/60 and impressed scouts with his power and bat speed. The 6’-0”, 185 pound right-hander is a terrific athlete and a gifted defender, which will allow him to stick at a premium position at the next level. Offensively, he has great power potential, as well as a mature approach at the plate. Over 22 games as a junior, he hit .397/.488/.823 with five doubles, eight home runs, 10 walks and 10 strikeouts. He has established himself as the best prep hitter in the 2015 MLB draft. Committed to Florida State.  http://throughthefencebaseball.com/2015-mlb-draft-armour-aa-game-preview-part-1/43804 

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6-11-14 – Kevin Askeland/MaxPreps – Top 10 High School Players To Watch for 2015 Draft – Brendan Rodgers, Lake Mary (Fla.), SS - Florida could be home to the top high school shortstop for the second straight year (Gordon was the top high school shortstop drafted this year), as Rodgers batted .397 with eight home runs. http://www.maxpreps.com/news/RE_IkTleBU-vFF_g8YCOQg/top-10-high-school-players-to-watch-for-2015-mlb-draft.htm

B/R - 4. Chicago Cubs Select Fla. HS SS Brendan Rodgers - If there's one player who can challenge Dazmon Cameron for the top spot on the high school position-player board next year, it's Brendan Rodgers. He's not the same kind of athlete but has the benefit of projecting as a shortstop in pro ball.  Rodgers isn't dazzling with the glove; he just makes all the plays you need from a shortstop. He's got average arm strength that plays up because of his ability to release the ball quickly and accurately thanks to excellent footwork. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2085268-mlb-mock-draft-2015-brs-official-early-predictions-for-next-years-top-10/page/2


6-10-14 - Brendan Rodgers, SS, Lake Mary High School, FL
When discussing the 2014 draft last month with a scout, Rodgers came up.  The scout’s take on Rodgers was that he would be the top pick in 2014 if he was eligible.   Rodgers squares up regularly, showing good bat speed and power.  A big bat and the ability to stick at a premium position is likely to keep him near the top of draft boards.

6-3-14  -  One of the top defensive coming out of high school in 2015 is Lake Mary (FL High School's Brendan Rodgers. Scouts project he will stay at short due to his strong arm, athleticism, and soft hands. He also has above average speed that comes to play both in the field and at bat.

Now, this doesn't mean he can't hit a ball. His stat line, through 5-20-14, was .397/.488/.823, 8-HR, 10BB/10K.

He's committed to Florida State but it's tough to imagine him not moving on to the pros.






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TRADE - OF Reymond Fuentes for LHP Kyle Bartsch

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San Diego has sent LHP Kyle Bartsch to the Kansas City Royals for OF Rey Fuentas. Both replaced each other on their new team's 40-man roster.
Bartisch - 23/yrs old - 2014 - single-A: 5-5, 2.29-ERA, 8.5-K/9, 2.0-BB/9, 55-IP, .216/oBA, 7-SV
Fuentas -  23/yrs old - past of the Adrian Gonzalez deal from Boston in 2010 - 23-G for SD in 2013, 36-PA, .152/.222/.152...  2014 split AA/AAA: .294/.363/.416, 5-HR, 33-RBI, 25/28-SB

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