Yankees first-base coach Tony Pena was already crying when someone leaned over and told him about Yordano Ventura’s tragic death early Sunday morning.
Leading up to the release of the 2017 Top 100 Prospects list, MLBPipeline.com looks at baseball’s top 10 prospects at each position. Here are baseball’s 10 best second-base prospects.
Chinese Taipei hopes it can repeat its surprise success from the 2013 World Baseball Classic in this year’s tournament, but the rising baseball nation has encountered some major hurdles before its first game in South Korea.
In 2008, the Kansas City Royals — coming off a decade of baseball so discouraging that all seemed hopeless — signed Yordano Ventura, a 16-year-old kid from the Dominican Republic. There was nothing dazzling about him as a baseball player. There was something about him, though, something almost imperceptible, something about the way he threw a baseball that made a couple of the Royals scouts hope. And dream.
Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. issued the following statement today regarding the respective passings of Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura, who was 25, and former Major League infielder Andy Marte, who was 33.
The Yankees’ dominant “No Runs DMC” relief trio was honored one final time on Saturday, as Dellin Betances, Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller were recognized with the “Willie, Mickey and the Duke Award” by the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
Team Netherlands has improved in all three of its appearances in the World Baseball Classic, and the team will be looking to advance further in the Championship Round this time around.
At the Astros Urban Youth Academy on Saturday, 35 high school baseball players from around Texas participated in a Prospect Development Pipeline event. In these one-day, invitation-only workouts, players have a chance to increase their exposure in front of representatives from all 30 teams.
Here’s the latest bullpen buzz from around the game… Before signing with the Athletics, Santiago Casilla told reporters (including Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle) that he also received an offer from the Brewers. Earlier this week, Milwaukee went in another direction for its closing vacancy by signing Neftali Feliz to a one-year contract. The Yankees discussed a multi-year deal with Dellin Betances, GM Brian Cashman tells Dan Martin of the New York Post. The two sides didn’t reach an agreement prior to the arbitration deadline, however, and thus they will go to an arbitration hearing to determine Betances’ 2017 salary. “Based on all of our discussions, it was clear our different perspectives were at such a wide bridge, that we’ll go out and basically have a polite discussion about market value and history of where the marketplace sits versus attempts for a new market creation,” Cashman said. The Yankees filed for $3MM while Betances filed for $5MM in his first year of arbitration eligibility, a number the reliever feels is justified, he told the Post’s George A.