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Progress report: Evaluating the graduates from MLB’s top 50

By Sam Dykstra /

As it does before every season, released its 2014 ranking of the top 100 prospects in the game in March. As the season progressed, some of these players “graduated” from the ranking upon acquiring 130 at-bats, 50 innings pitched or 45 days in the Majors. This is a look back at which prospects graduated from’s top 50 and how they’ve done in their first collective tastes of the Majors. If nothing else, it should serve as a reminder that Major League Baseball is incredibly hard.

All stats are through games of Sept. 9.bogaerts_544

2. Xander Bogaerts (Red Sox): It’s been a rough first full season in the Majors for the talented shortstop, who had a career .862 OPS in the Minors. He’s slashed only .235/.300/.356  with 10 homers and 36 RBIs in 129 games while being moved between shortstop (his life-long position) and third base for the Red Sox. To drive the point home, his OPS+ is 84 and is bWAR was 0.1, indicating that he did little to play above replacement level as a rookie. The good news: he’s still only 21. There’s plenty of time for him to develop, and that could happen once he’s settled on a position. One more quick note: Bogaerts’ OPS+ in 83 games as a shortstop was 116; in 44 games at the hot corner, it was just 43.  (more…)

Prospect Roundup: Games of June 9

By Jake Seiner / news:

Pirates OF Gregory Polanco will be called up to Pittsburgh on Tuesday game stories:

Astros 3B Matt Duffy finds Triple-A stroke, clubs three homers

Rangers 3B Joey Gallo clubs walk-off homer in Double-A debut

Nationals RHP Lucas Giolito tosses four hitless frames

Blue Jays RHP Frank Viola reinventing self with knuckler, debuts in Lansing

D-backs RHP Charles Brewer strikes out career-high 13

Cubs RHP Rob Zastryzny, Phillies LHP Ryan Demmin duel 

Other top prospect performances:

Astros OF Domingo Santana, Triple-A Oklahoma City — 2-for-4, HR, 2B, 2 R, RBI, K — Santana is up to 10 homers on the season and is slashing .295/.360/.494. If he can cut down on the strikeouts (76 in 64 games), he could join George Springer and Jon Singleton in Houston late in the season. (more…)

Prospect Roundup: Games of June 6

By Jake Seiner / game stories:

Dodgers SS Corey Seager goes long twice, stays red hot

Red Sox RHP Anthony Ranaudo in control for Pawtucket

Braves RHP Tyler Brosius tosses six hitless in third career start

Rangers RHP Alec Asher works perfectly into fifth

Brewers RHP Jimmy Nelson stellar out of bullpen

Twins 1B Kennys Vargas launches grand slam, drives in six

Mets RHP Gabriel Ynoa strikes out career-high 11

Royals 1B Matt Fields clubs two long balls for Storm Chasers

Cardinals LHP Jimmy Reed using ‘closer mentality’ in starting role

Giants SS Juan Ciriaco goes 5-for-5 for Grizzlies

Other top prospect performances:

Pirates OF Gregory Polanco, Triple-A Indianapolis: 1-for-3, HR, RBI, R, 2 BB — The long ball was Polnco’s seventh of the season and just his third since the start of May. The outfielder could hit for more power down the road. Over his past 10 games, Polanco has four walks and just one strikeout. (more…)

One-stop shopping for Gregory Polanco highlights

There are conflicting reports out there about Gregory Polanco’s potential move to the Majors. Pirates Prospects’ Tim Williams first reported Wednesday that the Bucs were expected to promote their top farmhand Friday before adding that the front office denied the move. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports wrote Thursday that the outfielder is “close to joining [the] Pirates,” although he pointed out next week is the more likely time for his arrival and that he isn’t likely to sign a long-term deal like Jonathan Singleton did with the Astros last week.polanco

No matter when he officially gets the call, we all know Polanco’s time in the Minors is surely up soon, since the Super Two deadline passes this month. That means there’s only a limited time that we can enjoy seeing the talented outfielder in an Indianapolis Indians uniform. With that in mind, here are some of Polanco’s best highlights from the 2014 season so far, as seen on MiLB.TV.

Polanco came into pro ball as a center fielder, where his plus speed and arm have always placed nicely. But the Pirates already have a Gold Glove-winning fielder (and the reigning NL MVP) out in center in Andrew McCutchen, so the organization moved Polanco over to right, where he can still show off his arm as seen here:


Prospect Roundup: Games of June 1

By Jake Seiner / features:

2009 Draft Retrospective: Year of Mike Trout news:

Astros RHP Mark Appel ‘humbled’ by tough loss game stories:

Twins RHP Jose Berrios strikes out 13 in one-hitter

Dodgers OF Scott Schebler hits for cycle for Chattanooga

Orioles OF Mike Yastrzemski triples twice, drives in six

Tigers 2B Devon Travis riding adjustment on recent hot streak

Mariners C Christian Carmichael triples twice on 5-for-5 day

Rangers SS Travis Demeritte goes long in third straight game

Other top prospect performances:

Pirates OF Gregory Polanco, Triple-A Indianapolis: 2-for-5, 3 R, 2 SB — Indy bumped Polanco into the lead-off spot and he responded by getting on base twice and stealing two bags, swiping second and third consecutively after one of his singles. He also made this nifty grab in right field:


Prospect Roundup: Games of May 23

By Jake Seiner / news:

Albuquerque looking to move on from Olivo-Guerrero incident game stories:

Cardinals LHP Marco Gonzales turns Midland’s patience against it

Tigers RHP Jonathon Crawford fans nine over seven shutout frames 

Mariners OF Leon Landry hitting .700 over past six games

Rangers RHP Luke Jackson keeps curve in command in gem

Rays C Jake DePew tosses 3 1/3 scoreless frames in extras win

Yankees 3B Dante Bichette Jr., busts out with five RBIs

Marlins 1B Felix Munoz collects five hits in Greensboro blowout

Yankees LHP Jeremy Bleich fans 10 over seven shutout frame

Padres OF Yeison Asencio goes long twice in five-hit game

Mariners 3B D.J. Peterson goes long twice for Mavericks

Other top prospect performances:

Pirates OF Gregory Polanco, Triple-A Indianapolis: 1-for-5, 3 RBI, 3 R, BB, 2 K — Polanco’s three-run blast — a long ball most would require a nine iron to hit — tied the game for Indianapolis in the fourth inning. For all he’s done this season to prove his readiness for the Majors, the homer was just Polanco’s sixth.


Prospect Roundup: Games of May 17

By Jake Seiner / game stories

Cubs RHP Tyler Skulina lifts Cougars to no-hitter

Mariners OF Gabriel Guerrero goes 5-for-5 for Mavericks

Nationals RHP A.J. Cole spins first seven-inning complete game

Pirates SS Alen Hanson goes yard, swipes two bags

Astros OF Jordan Scott triples twice, homers, drives in five

Rangers RHP Colin Wiper shuts down Intimidators

Rockies 3B Ryan McMahon returning to form for Tourists

Rays LHP Blake Snell tosses five shutout innings

Other top prospect performances:

Pirates OF Gregory Polanco, Triple-A Indianapolis: 3-for-4, 2 2B, RBI, R — Polanco has four doubles in his past six games. Pirates right fielders have four doubles so far this season.


Prospect Roundup: Games of May 16

By Jake Seiner / features:

Indy rock: Chris Smith’s journey from $0 contract to the Yankees game story:

Rangers 3B Joey Gallo gets fourth three-homer game

Giants RHP Kyle Crick earns win in longest start of season

Pirates OF Gregory Polanco plates tying run, scores winner

Astros SS Carlos Correa gets best of Dodgers LHP Julio Urias

Indians RHP Robbie Aviles retires first 17 batters he faces

White Sox LHP Chris Sale sharp in rehab outing

Nationals LHP Sammy Solis tosses six scoreless in season debut

Red Sox RHP Justin Haley tosses complete-game shutout

Padres RHP Bryan Rodriguez strikes out career-high 10

Other top prospect performances:

Rays LHP Enny Romero, Triple-A Durham: 4 IP, 5 H, ER, HR, BB, 7 K — The 23-year-old is still surprisingly raw for his age and level. One of the Rays’ target goals for Romero was to gain better control of his curveball with the Bulls, and Romero was supposed to throw the pitch more in games and in side sessions. (more…)

Polanco’s hitting coach on what he’s working on in Triple-A

By Josh Jackson /

It’s not an easy concept to wrap your head around, but Gregory Polanco still has more to learn in Triple-A ball.

True, as of May 14, the guy leads the International League in batting average (.373) and on-base percentage (.440), as well as triples (five) and runs scored (28). He’s also endured a few cold streaks this year, but none of them have lasted long.


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“The consistency is part of his game, and so the results are consistent. He has a consistent, steady, everyday work ethic. We work with him before, after and during games on things very specific to his game and his swing,” said Indianapolis hitting coach Mike Pagliarulo, who played from 1984-95 in the big leagues.


Prospect Roundup: Games of May 13

By Jake Seiner / game stories:

Astros LHP Josh Hader, JetHawks combine for no-hitter

Pirates OF Gregory Polanco gets four hits in shortened game

Orioles RHP Parker Bridwell takes no-hitter into ninth inning

Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong delivering following demotion

Brewers LHP Brad Mills effective in Sounds’ two-hitter

Giants LHP Luis Ysla takes a perfect game into the sixth

Cubs OF Albert Almora has career day with healing father in stands

Twins RHP Trevor May notches rain-shortened victory

Cubs 3B Kris Bryant, 2B Stephen Bruno go off for Smokies

Yankees RHP Luis Severino fires six shutout innings

Other top prospect performances:

Tigers C James McCann, Triple-A Toledo: 4-for-4, 3 2B, 2 R, RBI — McCann has a strong reputation as a game manager and can contribute with the stick, too. He has five doubles in his past three games and is slashing .308/.364/.430 this season. (more…)