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How much surplus value to MLB teams need to compete?

Surplus value is a buzzword right now and it is very important to a lot of teams but not equally valuable to all of them. I want to figure out a way to define what teams need surplus value to compete and how much the most desperate teams need.

I'm not really sure where to start with this, so I started compiling information. I used the data available via Forbes for team values.

2014 League Top Pitchers

Here are the top hitters in each league and level according to GAPPER. I didn't use just top total GAPPER score like I have in the past. I used several rankings and totaled them to come up with these lists. I used Total GAPPER score, GAPPER score within the league, GAPPER/PA and the GAPPER score that eliminates age relative to level. There is absolutely nothing subjective here. Just GAPPER and stat lines. Pitchers will be next. I'll do team lists later this off-season that WILL be subjective using what I have seen and who I like but this is just stats. 


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2014 League Top Hitters

Here are the top hitters in each league and level according to GAPPER. I didn't use just top total GAPPER score like I have in the past. I used several rankings and totaled them to come up with these lists. I used Total GAPPER score, GAPPER score within the league, GAPPER/PA and the GAPPER score that eliminates age relative to level. There is absolutely nothing subjective here. Just GAPPER and stat lines. Pitchers will be next. I'll do team lists later this off-season that WILL be subjective using what I have seen and who I like but this is just stats.


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2014 MLB Prospect Guide Minor League Player of the Year

If you know me or have read my blog, I've been a big fan of Kris Bryant, who will be many of the big name publications will tab as the top minor leaguer this year. I drafted him out of high school in my shadow draft and he was #1 on my prospect list for the 2013 MLB Draft.  I flat out love the guy as a player and think he will be a star. With that said, I am going off of what GAPPER is telling me to some degree and picking a player that put up an incredible season. Some will say he wasn't even the best in his organization but I'm ok with that.

The MLBPG MiLB POY is...

Manuel Margot, OF, Boston Red Sox



Now go get him in every dynasty league you are in before the rest of the big publications lists come out!

And so begins prospect season here at MLBPG. My league lists will come out soon.

2015 MLB Draft: The Perfect Game and Under Armour All-American Games

The last three years, I have typically written up one of the Under Armour or Perfect Game All American Games. This year, I watched both and will combine the notes instead of focusing on one. Some played in both games and showed different things in each game but none showed completely different skills. These aren't in specific order but are generally how I prefer them. I didn't spend a lot of time on order. I'll do that later. I had a preliminary ranking in my 2014 Draft Book but much of it has changed with the games I have seen this summer. I still have a lot of prep work before I put out a new list but this should help satiate your appetite. The Pitchers Kolby Allard Kolby Allard was so good, it was almost unfair and these are the best players in the country. He had an easy 92-94 MPH FB that he was spotting and it was just unfair. His breaking ball could get big leaguers out right now with that kind of command. He is a good athlete. He’s a smallish guy and won’t blow peopl…

Sorry for the lack of posts

I have had more responsibility at work this year as well as having to take care of my son after work on my own more often with my wife's school work and clinical hours increasing. I'm still trying to keep up with everything for my offseason rankings as well as the draft next June but I'm behind. I hope I have time to catch up soon and when I do, you will know about it.

2014 Astros Shadow Team International Signings

I have thought a lot about this lately. While researching these players, a few guys really stood out to me early on. Juan De Leon stood out to me right away, as did Ricky Aracena, Pedro Gonzalez and Gilbert Lara. Then you start to think about budget. I really liked arms like Christopher Acosta, Huascar Ynoa and Franklin Perez. Then budget is just stupid to think about because so many of these guys are seven figure guys and some of them have gotten 2+ million. Even with 5+ million to spend on my Shadow team, I won't get all the players I want.

I see a lot of potential in like Gilberto Lara, Miguel Flames, Hyo Joon Park, Juan De Leon, Bryan Emery and smaller ticket guys like Felix Osorio and Elwin Tejada. These could be future major leaguers and potentially future stars. Although there is a ton of risk involved, young talent is the cheapest and most efficient way to build a long term contender.
In a world where Joey Votto is still owed well over $200 million dollars as a 30 year old…

An Introduction to the 2014 International Class

Here are my opinions on the top prospects in the 2014 International class based on the sparse video that is available. There are some assumptions here but we are talking about 16 year olds.

With some players, it is easy to see the talent immediately. I wish I had run times on some of these guys to have a bit more information on whether they can play up the middle or have to move to a corner but I will have to just make judgement calls based off of body style and actions. I did not do an overall rating but I have them in the order I like them by position. Pitchers Christopher Acosta, R/R, 6'3", 170, D.R. Video Acosta is long and lean. He has a nice loose arm and a clean delivery. His breaking ball has some bite too it and he looks like he should gain a few ticks on his fastball. I'd be surprised if he isn't a 7 figure guy. He seems like a safe pick with high upside and I think he will be generally regarded as the best arm in this class until these guys start making an imp…