Alex Reyes working third digit

By Jake Seiner / MiLB.com 04/22/2015 10:00 AM ET Unlike last week’s Stock Watch focus, the Orioles’ Branden Kline, Reyes’ velocity jump is merely a matter of a 20-year-old adding strength. In fact, many observers expected Reyes to add heat with age, although one can’t predict that anybody will sit in the upper 90s. Reyes is more than a live arm at this point, though. While with Class A Peoria in 2014, he and pitching coach Jason Simontacchi targeted two specific areas for Reyes to improve: The first was that Reyes lacked a veteran’s routine; then there was his lackluster changeup, which needed dramatic sharpening. The routine was an easy enough fix, and the 20-year-old now has the habits needed to maintain and improve his repertoire and command throughout a season.… Read More

DPL Alumni Felix Jorge dominated in his 2015 debut

Kernels’ Jorge carves through Snappers Twins right-hander strikes out 10 en route to first win of season By Tyler Maun / MiLB.com 04/13/2015 All spring, Twins coaches told right-hander Felix Jorge to be more aggressive in trusting his talent. In his first outing of the season, the 21-year-old showed them he’s been listening. Jorge dominated in his 2015 debut, striking out 10 and allowing just two hits over seven innings Monday as Class A Cedar Rapids blanked Beloit, 9-0, to remain unbeaten on the fledgling season. “I had a real good combination of pitches where me and [catcher Brian] Navaretto were working together good,” Jorge said through translator Henry Bonilla, his pitching coach. “We set them up with the fastball to go to the breaking ball.… Read More

DPL Alumni added to 40 man rosters

Dominican Prospect League alumi added to 40 man roster this off season. Players that were 19 or older when they were signed, and have played professional baseball for four years or more are eligible for the rule 5 draft. The same goes for players that signed when they were 18 or younger, and have played for five years. If drafted, the player would have to remain on that team’s major league roster for the entire 2015 season, or be offered back to original club. Willy Garcia was the Pirates’ biggest international signing in 2010 after Luis Heredia.  He’s a toolsy outfielder with the tall, lean build that the team seems to like in young outfielders.  He’s not a burner, but he runs well and has a powerful arm with big power.… Read More

DPL Alumni selected in the 2014 LIDOM draft

On September 10th the Dominican Winter League (LIDOM) held their anual player draft. Players are eligible for the draft once they have played at least low-A ball and were on roster thru the month of August.  The Dominican Prospect League had an oustanding group of Alumni in this years LIDOM draft class, number 1 over all pick Manuel Margot-Toros (BOS), Willy Adames-Licey (DET), Domingo Leyba-Aguilas (DET), Wendell Rijo-Toros (BOS), Aviatal Avelino-Estrellas (NYY), Miguel Andujar-Gigantes (NYY), Michael Deleon-Licey (TEX), Elier Hernandez-Gigantes (KC), Alex Reyes-Licey (STL), Yoel Araujo-Licey (TB), Michael Feliz-Licey (HOU), Franmil Reyes-Escogido (SDP), Dawell Lugo-Licey (TOR). The Dominican Winter League consist of six teams spread across the Dominican Republic;  Tigres del Licey (Santo Domingo) Leones de Escojido (Santo Domingo) Aguilas Cibaeñas (Santiago) Estrellas Orientales (San Pedro de Macoris) Gigantes del Nordeste (San Francisco de Macoris) and Toros del Este (La Romana).… Read More

Who is Willy Adames?

By Scott Grauer SB Nation on Jul 31 2014 In the Rays‘ three team trade sending away David Price, they apparently acquired three players: infielder Nick Franklin, pitcher Drew Smyly, and infielder Willy Adames.  The first two are no longer prospects, but Adames surely is. In Baseball America’s mid-season update, he was ranked fifth in a thin Detroit farm system, and for all intents and purposes at this time, he was higher since two of the prospects ranked ahead of him were traded to Texas for Joakim Soria. Considering he was ranked 30th entering the season, it’s been a breakout season for the 18 year old.  He skipped right from the Dominican Summer League in 2013 to the Midwest League which probably should have been the first clue he was ready for a breakout year. … Read More

Richard Urena living up to July 2 expectations

Richard Ureña was raised in the northern region of the Dominican Republic in San Francisco de Macoris, he was scouted by notable trainer  Decarte Corporan and was taken to his installation in San Pedro de Macoris (which is in the eastern region).  He began the DPL season in November 2011 and immediately placed himself on the map as one the best infielders on the island. Richard took part in the PG National showcase  in May 2012 where he ran 6.9, showed superb defensive skills and 92-mph arm strength across the diamond. Ureña  has a good approach and fluid left handed swing, he’s a gap to gap hitter with power projection. He was selected to the 2012 DPL All-Star Game and the DPL Elite Travel team.… Read More

Pirates prospect Willy Garcia on Hit Streak!

DPL alumni Willy Garcia had been sitting with a low .200 average for most of the 2014 season at Pirates affiliate AA-Altoona. Garcia has been on fire lately, he has emerged as one of the hottest hitting players on the Curves roster.  In last 10 games Garcia is hitting .425,  40-AB, 4-2B, 4-HR, 10-RBI, now posting a .281-AVG, 24-2B, 5-3B, 16-HR, 54-RBI projecting to be one of his most successful pro seasons although having 118-SO.  As the season’s final full month begins, players are focusing on finishing strongly. Willy Garcia seems to be doing everything he can to make that happen. The Pirates’ No. 13 prospect extended his hitting streak to 12 games by going 3-for-4 with a homer, two doubles and three RBIs in Double-A Altoona’s 7-3 victory over visiting Richmond on Friday.… Read More

Rafael DePaula makes his Padres debut after trade by Yankees

While it was Chase Headley whose move garnered most of the headlines in this week’s Padres-Yankees trade, Rafael De Paula made his name known on Saturday night. De Paula allowed one hit — a solo homer — over six innings in his San Diego organizational debut as Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore held off visiting Bakersfield, 3-1. “He was calm, cool and collected,” Storm pitching coach Bronswell Patrick said of the newest addition to his rotation. “He was ready to go. He threw a bullpen the first day he got here and he was ready to go tonight. He showed it. He kept himself poised and went out and threw strikes.” De Paula (1-0) retired the first six batters he faced before surrendering a leadoff home run to Harold Riggins in the third.… Read More