Rusney Castillo is one of the big new names that gives our looming 2015 Top Prospect Rankings a distinctive Cuban feel.

2015 Weather Outlook: Havana Summer

Massive Prospect Overhaul Features Very Cuban Flavor

It's time for the ice to thaw on our long winter break, which means all your favorite Scouting Book tools and info resources are about to see major updates and overhauls.

This season, our Top Prospects rankings will have a very Cuban feel, as more imports from Cuba will be joining the rankings than at any time in our history.

In addition to the hundreds of new (and old) names that will be appearing among our hottest prospect indexes, our readers can soon look forward to updated bullpen info in our Closer Watch utility, a newly-tweaked Farm Score system, and a number of other new and improved tools for the coming season.

To all of you readers who've been haranguing us with love and impatience all winter long: thank you, and hang in there. We'll start serving up new treats sometime next week, with new ones coming all season long.

Follow @scoutingbook by KDaddy on 26 Jan 2015 12:26:00 PST  by KDaddy on 1/26/2015

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.   Complete Article

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 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   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

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