He took his time getting up to speed, but ROY frontrunner Billy Hamilton has left the minor leagues behind. Way behind.

Graduation Day, Part 2

Dozens of NL Rookies are Prospects-No-More

Clear the decks, it's time for a new crew. With every MLB team calling up rookies at a record pace, the number of prospects who are already full-time vets is growing every day. And it's a good thing, too, because there are hundreds and hundreds of new prospects coming into the system at the same time. Yesterday, we said farewell-and-welcome to the AL players who were leaving prospect-hood for MLB life. Now here's a look at some of the National Leaguers who won't be on our Prospect Lists any longer, thanks to their newly-won Big League experience.

Billy Hamilton seems to be running away with the NL Rookie of the Year race, which shouldn't be much of a surprise to Scouting Book readers. Slow start to the season or not, the fastest man in baseball simply had to break out sooner or later.

Until Hamilton took off, Diamondback shortstop Chris Owings was looking like the National League's best rookie. Until being sidelined buy a shoulder injury, Owings' .277/.313/.458 line made him the second-ranked shortstop in the NL, behind only Troy Tulowitzki.

Other rookies who have shown signs of being significant offensive forces in MLB already include Pittsburgh's Gregory Polanco, St. Louis's Oscar Taveras, the Mets' Wilmer Flores, the Cubs' Mike Olt, the Braves' Tommy La Stella, and ex-Yankee/current-Padre Yangervis Solarte, who has had to replace both Alex Rodriguez and Chase Headley already this season.

The onslaught of Cubs' rookies, in particular, will continue for the next year or two, as well, with current-and-recent top ten prospects like Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler, Addison Russell, Kyle Schwarber, and Javier Baez all expected to debut in the next ten to twelve months. Baez, who makes his MLB debut today, should be the first to exhaust his rookie eligibility, of course.

Other everyday prospects around the NL have had so-so debuts, but look to have brighter days ahead. Abraham Almonte was called up and leaned upon heavily by the Mariners before being traded to San Diego, where his chances look a bit better in the future. Likewise infielder Kolten Wong, who looks a lot better after a trip back to the minors.

On the pitching side of things, Met rookie Jake deGrom has been the most pleasant surprise of the season so far, with others like Cardinal Carlos Martinez, Rockie Tyler Matzek and Brave David Hale also putting in quality work.

Other recent prospects who've now graduated into veteran-hood for 2015: Chase Anderson, Brian Schlitter, Chad Bettis, Chris Withrow, Chris Hatcher, Robert Wooten, Travis d'Arnaud, Jeurys Familia, Cesar Hernandez, Joe Savery, Tony Sanchez, Jesse Hahn, Brad Boxberger, and Kevin Siegrist.

All those prospects, of course, are now ineligible for our Prospect Rankings, and their talents will no longer be weighed in our overall Farm System calculations, which means both of those listings (which recalculate daily) are looking very different than then did just a few days ago.

Yesterday: AL Graduates

Next Up: 2014 IFA Roundup

Follow @scoutingbook by DataBoy on 4 Aug 2014 23:55:09 PDT  by DataBoy on 8/5/2014

Graduation Day, Part 1

As Youngsters Enter MLB, Prospect Rankings Reshuffle

Every summer, the slow-paced routine of the baseball season undergoes a number of upheavals. The First Year Player Draft, the International Signing Period, the All-Star Game and its itinerant Futures Game... all of these events have a big impact on the world of baseball prospecting. Add a thousand odd new prospects from the draft and IFA signings, subtract the hundred-plus rookies who have already made their MLB debuts by this point every season, and you have a certifiable sea change in the prospect world each and every summer. Here's a rundown on who's moving on to make room for the next wave.   Complete Article

Follow @scoutingbook by DataBoy on 3 Aug 2014 14:05:01 PDT  by DataBoy on 8/4/2014

Early Promise, Early Delivery?

NL Rookies Poised to Make an Impact Right Away

On the weekend, we took a look at those lucky rookies who broke Spring Training already a part of their AL club's Opening Day roster. Today we look at the NL's early bloomers, some of whom are already contributing in a big way.   Complete Article

Follow @scoutingbook by DataBoy on 8 Apr 2014 14:14:04 PDT  by DataBoy on 4/8/2014

Camp-Breaking Rookies Earn MLB Spots

Hey Kid, You're Up!

Lost among all the Opening Day hubbub, a number of promising MLB rookies have been given their first real chances to shine in the Show this week. As the month of April lengthens, these prospects will need to embrace their opportunities, or risk being relegated to the minors in baseball's ultimate walk of shame.   Complete Article

Follow @scoutingbook by DataBoy on 5 Apr 2014 19:14:04 PDT  by DataBoy on 4/5/2014

Spring Updates (Finally) Begin

2014 Prospects, Other Data Now Updating

Our new servers are (finally) online and a whole tractor trailer full of bats, balls and updates is on the way. Stay tuned for the biggest and brawniest ScoutingBook.com ever.   Complete Article

Follow @scoutingbook by DataBoy on 9 Mar 2014 12:11:05 PDT  by DataBoy on 3/11/2014

Winter 2014 Construction Underway

New Data, Tools and Toys Coming Soon

With the World Series finished and post-season errata tied up, we've begun our annual large-scale overhauls and updates here at ScoutingBook.com.   Complete Article

Follow @scoutingbook by KDaddy on 3 Nov 2013 16:11:13 PST  by KDaddy on 11/3/2013

International Influx Runs Deep [Updated]

Deep on the Farm, IFAs Can Remake Futures

July is an active month in Major League Baseball, especially if you're a general manager or anyone else deeply interested in a team's roster makeup and competitive future.    Complete Article

Follow @scoutingbook by KDaddy on 29 Jul 2013 16:21:51 PDT  by KDaddy on 7/29/2013

MLB Draft Second Round Results

The Coin Tosses Continue

Historically, second-round Draft selections have a near 50-50 chance of leading productive careers in Major League Baseball, with college players more likely to succeed. That doesn't mean high-schoolers are worthless, of course. Billy Hamilton (2009) is one of the top prospects in baseball today, after all, and super-slugger Mike Stanton back was plucked from Notre Dame High School back in 2007.   Complete Article

Follow @scoutingbook by KDaddy on 11 Jun 2013 22:20:00 PDT  by KDaddy on 6/11/2013

MLB Draft First Round Results

Where All The Top Prospects Landed

The 2013 First Year Player Draft (as it's officially called) provided few first-round surprises, with most of the top 10 falling pretty much as-expected.   Complete Article

Follow @scoutingbook by PeeWee on 6 Jun 2013 19:20:00 PDT  by PeeWee on 6/6/2013

Draft Alert: Top High School Prospects

Another Sampling of This Year's New Talent Pool

The 2013 First Year Player Draft begins tomorrow, June 6th. Since we've already covered college prospects, today we'll provide a quick introduction to the year's most interesting high school candidates. In the draft's first day, baseball's weakest franchises will be especially interested in high-school players.   Complete Article

Follow @scoutingbook by PeeWee on 5 Jun 2013 12:30:00 PDT  by PeeWee on 6/5/2013

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