Feb 24, 2012; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Wade Miley (bottom) stretches with a piece of gum stuck to his hat as relief pitcher J.J. Putz (top) celebrates his successful prank during spring training at Salt River Fields. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE
Pitchers and catchers reported earlier in the week, and nearly all players have reported to Spring Training. While there are a number of minor leaguers in camps right now, many will likely be sent back down within the next couple weeks. Looking ahead to this week, I will be looking at two more organizations as a part of my Minor League Keeper Thoughts series, and in the next couple of weeks I will also be taking a look at a number of the top 100 prospect lists that have come out recently. With that, here's this week's links from around the minor league world.
Note: I will not be hosting chats on Monday nights going forward, as I have commitments that night. I will be moving my chat to Wednesdays, and Ray will be moving to a night to be determined still, so keep an eye out for that.
I took a look on Sunday at 5 of the top prospects in the Yankees' organization, including Mason Williams and Dante Bichette Jr.
There were also a pair of prospect rankings discussions, one aimed at Baseball America's top 100 list, and another at John Sickels' top 120 list.
Ray wrote up some of his thoughts on some of the excerpts from Baseball America's top 100 chat, and you can find both parts here and here.
Craig Goldstein took a look at the 4th and final round of his dynasty league minor league draft.
Minor League Ball
John Sickels released his first ever top 100 list, and actually ranked 120 prospects overall.
John also released two different prospect smackdowns, one looking at two top outfield prospects and another looking at two long-term third base prospects. He also gave some prospects to follow from the middle rounds of last year's draft, and also reviewed the prospect the Red Sox received for Theo Epstein.
Matt Garrioch gave his notes on college baseball's opening weekend.
MLB Daily Dish
Satchel Price took a look at Keith Law's top 50 prospects, along with some related commentary.
He also released his top 15 prospect lists for both first basemen and for middle infielders.
Beyond the Box Score
Dave Gershman has been releasing his top 12 prospect lists by teams with a sabermetric slant over at BTBS, and released his rankings for the Texas Rangers, the Philadelphia Phillies, and the Washington Nationals.
The staff over at Baseball America released their top 100 prospects list this week, and also held a chat on Monday with readers to discuss some of the rankings.
Kevin Goldstein released three more top 11 lists, with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Detroit Tigers, and the Tampa Bay Rays. Goldstein also built rotations for 9 of the organizations just from prospects.
Thomas Belmont took a look at the top RHP prospects according to their top 360 list.
George Utter gives us an in-depth look at what Jed Bradley could turn out to be.
Jason Catania released the first two parts of his top 100 fantasy prospects for 2012, with numbers 100-81 and 80-61.
Marc Hulet released his top 15 prospects for the New York Yankees. Interesting ranking here of Jose Campos as the #2 prospect, ahead of Dellin Betances.
Seedlings to Stars
The staff over at Seedlings to Stars posted more top prospect lists by team, releasing the lists for the San Diego Padres, and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Fantasy Baseball Cafe takes a look at the top rookies and prospects at the 3B position for 2012.
Fantasy Baseball 365 released their 2012 prospect rankings for the Padres, the Phillies, the Pirates,
KFFL released their top fantasy baseball prospects by league, giving us their top 5 for both the American League and the National League this week.
MLB Dirt released their top 16 prospects in the San Diego Padres system, Pittsburgh Pirates system, and the Philadelphia Phillies system. They also released their top 100 prospects overall.
Prospect Junkies released their top 10 prospects for the third base position as well as the shortstop position.