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Twins sign Miguel Angel Sano for $3.15 million

His deal is contingent on getting a visa to play in the U.S. but his identity has already been confirmed, so I don't see this as a big issue. The big question is if he is 16 or if he is older. This is the question with anyone that size at that age.Shaq, Lebron or even Amobi Okoye were men who were far bigger and more mature than there age suggested. I believe he is 16.
If this deal sticks, it will be the second largest bonus to go to a latin player other then a Cuban. Michel Ynoa's deal last season was the only one that was higer.
He told the AP he hopes that he can reach the majors in 2 years. I think that it will take longer then that and will also have to move off SS to 3B or OF.
He is already 6-3 and 190 lbs, so it may not take long for him to move over to 3rd, but his athleticism is undeniable. From everything I have heard, he is very driven and works hard, but is a jokester and enjoys playing pranks on friends and coaches.
As a Twins fan and living in Minnesota, I am very e…

Wagner Mateo's contract voided

I know I'm about a week behind on this story, but it intrigues me.
Wagner Mateo, who I have rated as the 2nd best prospect available in this years international signing period, had his contract voided because he failed his physical. Apparently he has one pre-existing injury and an ongoing injury and they are severe enough to void his deal, that was reportedly $3.1 million.
The information I heard was that he has 20/200 eyesight and 20/30 eyesight with contacts and that is not good enough to be a major league baseball player. This is the ongoing part of the injusy and the pre-existing injury was the damage done by poorly fitting contacts.
I have also heard rumors that some think he is over 16. I have heard the same about Miguel Sano, the top interntional talent this year.
From what I have seen of Mateo, he is a superb talent who is worthy of a high signing bonus. He has a good arm, a sweet swing and a good speed. Worst case scenario, he has 20/30 vision that is not correctable with…

Aroldis Chapman

MLB has granted cuban defector Aroldis Chapman free agency after he defected and established residency in Andorra, a small country located between Spain and France. It didn't take long for the MLB to declare him a free agent because he had a passport. This also means it is nearly certain that he actually is only 21.
He established residency outside of the U.S. so he could become a free agent and avoid the amateur draft. This allows all MLB teams to bid on him, although many won't.
Recently his agent, Edwin Mejia, recently attended a Yankees-Red Sox game to market his client. The Yankees, Red Sox and Angels, Dodgers are potential fits as Aroldis has said he has some interest in playing in Southern California.
I watched Aroldis at the WBC as he made some of the Aussies look foolish. He struggled with control against Japan, though. His stuff was very impressive. His fastball sits 94-97 with good deception and can run it up to 100 when he needs it. He also has a slider that is from …

2010 Top 150 Prospects - version 1

This is for the 2010 draft. If you are looking for the Top 100 Minor league prospects for the 2010 season click here

Here is a link to my updated top 300 as of 2-11-10

My rank Name POS Schools
1 Bryce Harper C Las Vegas HS
2 Drew Pomeranz LHP Ole Miss
3 Nick Castellanos 3B Archbishop McCarthy HS, FLA
4 Anthony Ranaudo P LSU
5 AJ Cole P Oviedo HS, Orlando
6 Jameson Tallion RHP The Woodlands (Texas) HS
7 Brandon Workman P Texas
8 Christian Colon SS Cal State Fullerton
9 Zack Cox 3B Arkansas
10 Austin Wilson OF Harvard-Westlake HS, CA
11 Stetson Allie P/3B St. Edward HS, Lakewood, Ohio
12 Matt Harvey P UNC
13 Chris Hernandez P Miami
14 Kevin Keyes OF Texas
15 Yasmani Grandal C Miami
16 Chris Sale LHP Florida Gulf Coast
17 Jedd Gyorko 3B West Virginia
18 Brian Ragira OF Martin HS, Arlington
19 Garin Cecchini SS Barbe HS, Lake Charles, La.
20 Bryce Brentz OF Middle Tennessee State
21 Dylan Covey P Maranatha HS, Pasadena, CA
22 Deck McGuire RHP Georgia Tech
23 James Paxton LHP Kentucky
24 DeAndre Smelter P Tattnall …

International League Top 50

Just posted this on Project prospect forum...figured I'd put it here to.

Here is my statistical analysis rankings of the IL. It is based on a lot of different factors but this is what I have for now. I have not put my own personal spin on this yet, just numbers. I just pulled this off my spreadsheet. Let me know what you think.

1 Chris Tillman , P , BAL
2 Tommy Hanson , P , ATL
3 Andrew Mccutchen , OF , PIT
4 Micheal Brantley , OF , CLE
5 Wade Davis , P , TB
6 Austin Jackson , OF , NYY
7 Clay Buchholz , P , BOS
8 Carlos Carrasco , P , CLE
9 Matt Maloney , P , CIN
10 Michael Bowden , P , BOS
11 Fernando Martinez , OF , NYM
12 Jon Niese , P , NYM
13 Jeremy Hellickson , P , TB
14 Carlos Torres , P , CHW
15 Daniel Mccutchen , P , PIT
16 Matt Laporta , 1B , CLE
17 Luis Valbuena , 2B , CLE
18 Matt Wieters , C , BAL
19 Jose Mijares , P , MIN
20 Chris Lambert , P , DET
21 Wilkin Ramirez , OF , DET
22 Kris Medlen , P , ATL
23 Kevin Mulvey , P , MIN
24 Reid Brignac , SS , TB
25 Neil Walker , 3B , PIT
26 Jake Arrieta…

Hak Ju Lee

I just ran the newest version of my ranking system and one man that was near the top of the list, actually 4th, was Hak Ju Lee. He is a bit of a mystery to me but everything I have read says he could be a great SS. He had TJ surgery in the offseason and I have no word on his recovery, but prior to it, he had a great arm and played SS most games this year, so it must be ok. He has 80 speed and has a solid hit tool. That is shown with his .330 avg in SS ball as an 18 yr old this season. He had a .399 obp and had a solid bb/k rate. He didn't hit for great power and his BABIP was high, although it was consistently high. He is one of those guys I have a very strong feeling he'll be a player. I've heard Ichiro comps, Derek Jeter comps, and I guess I don't have anything different. He is one of those guys I have a lot of confidence in. I would suggest picking him up if you are in a dynasty league that has over 10 minor league slots.

If you would like to see him take a few swing…

If you couldn't tell

I've been pre-occupied with other things and have not been updating the draft reports. I may continue I may not. If you would like me too, just leave a comment and let me know.
I am working on my top prospects for the 2010 draft and also on the next version of my top 2000(or so) list.
I'll post it soon and will work on it throughout the off-season.

Top Cape Cod Prospects

These are strictly statistical ratings using my formula. Scouting reports on some of these guys from BA can be found here:
http://www.baseballamerica.com/online/college/summer-scene/summer-league-top-prospects/2009/268805.html

Batters
1 Todd Cunningham
2 Pierre LePage
3 Blake Kelso
4 Gary Brown
5 Alex Hassan
6 Kyle Roller
7 Jackie Bradley
8 Ryan Cuneo
9 Trent Mummey
10 Austin Wates
11 Nick Crawford
12 Chris Bisson
13 Scott Woodward
14 Jedd Gyorko
15 Whit Merrifield
16 Scott Lawson
17 Jordan Casas
18 Jaren Matthews
19 Steve Chatwood
20 Jarrett Parker
21 Chris O'Brien
22 Ryan Lockwood
23 Cody Hawn
24 Riccio Torrez
25 Robert Kral
26 Dean Green
27 Robert Segedin
28 George Springer
29 Johnny Ruettiger
30 Brett Eibner

Pitchers
1 Chris Sale
2 Tyler Lyons
3 Jake Buchanan
4 Jorge Reyes
5 Chad Bell
6 Daniel Tillman
7 Tyler Wilson
8 Jimmy Reyes
9 Justin Grimm
10 Patrick Cooper
11 Casey Gaynor
12 Eric Jokisch
13 Rob Rasmussen
14 Blake Monar
15 Nick Tepesch
16 Caleb Cotham
17 Matt Lujan
18 Kyle Blair
19 Aaron Meade
20 Jay Brown
21 Seth Maness
22 M…