Jonathan Mayo is an MLB.com Draft and prospect expert. He has been a reporter for MLB.com since 1999.
|A year ago, catcher Alex Jackson was taken early in the first round of the Draft by the Mariners. This year, Chris Betts, another Southern California high school backstop, is likely to be selected early. The left-handed hitting prospect is currently No. 21 on MLB.com's Draft Top 100 list.
More» Chris Betts, HS Catcher|
|Ever since he was one of the best catching prospects in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, people have been talking about Austin Hedges' defense. It still is calling card, and it will continue to be now that he's been called up to the big leagues by the Padres.
More» Austin Hedges, C, Padres|
|Every week, the MLBPipeline.com crew will rank the top 10 fantasy baseball prospects in the Minor Leagues. These rankings are based solely on expected 2015 fantasy production in the Major Leagues, in contrast to the MLBPipeline Top 100 Prospects list, which reflects long-term value in all phases of the game.
More» Lindor hits a solo blast to right field|
|There are always several variables scouts have to deal with when evaluating a Draft class and deciding who to pick. As the 2015 First-Year Player Draft rapidly approaches (June 8-10), and MLB.com launches its Top 100 Draft Prospects list, it has become painfully obvious, pardon the pun, what the biggest wrench in Draft plans has been: injuries.
More»Draft prospects list expands from 50 to 100 players|
|MLBPipeline felt that one Player and one Pitcher of the Week wasn't enough. So we'd like to introduce a new weekly feature: The Prospect Team of the Week.
More» Dan Vogelbach, 1B, Cubs|
|Should Twins fans be worried about top MLB prospect Byron Buxton? Jonathan Mayo answers this question and more in the latest Inbox.
More»Byron Buxton is ranked the No. 1 prospect by MLB.com|
|Last week, the world was introduced to Carlex O'Galldor, the uber prospect created at MLBPipeline.com by taking the best individual tools from five different prospects on Prospect Watch.
More»Jonathan Mayo builds the perfect pitching prospect|
|Virginia starter Nathan Kirby will most likely miss the remainder of the college season with a left lat strain. Scouts believe the southpaw could still be a first-round pick if his medical history checks out due to his impressive track record in the ACC.
More» Nathan Kirby, College Pitcher|
|It's tough enough for any prospect to come up and make his big league debut. But expecting Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki to be a capable stand-in until Travis d'Arnaud returns, however, is entirely realistic.
More» Plawecki hits a solo shot to left field|
|The conjecture, the controversy, the questions -- all of it is water under the proverbial bridge. The Kris Bryant era is ready to begin.
More» Kris Bryant, 3B, Cubs|
|The basic idea is to take one tool from five different players to create the uber-prospect, without doubling up from one player. Perhaps the most interesting thing to note before this creation is unveiled is that the top two prospects in the game, Buxton and Kris Bryant, were not mined in the process. The result? Allow MLBPipeline.com to introduce you to Carlex O'Galldor.
More»Jonathan Mayo builds the perfect hitting prospect|
|Perhaps everyone has to get by with a little help from their friends, but if Brendan Rodgers' family hadn't moved to this area north of Orlando, if the Nennas hadn't lived next door and if Rodgers hadn't wandered over at a young age to check out the batting cage they had in the back yard, the odds that people would be talking about him as the potential No. 1 pick in the 2015 Draft would be very slim.
More»HS teammates share stories of Brendan Rodgers|
|The Pipeline Inbox is back, and for this week's edition, we've got a question about a Minor League team roster, questions about a pair of interesting middle infield prospects who hope to call New York home one day and a final Draft-related question for good measure.
More» Milton Ramos, SS, Mets|
|With the 2015 season officially under way, MLB Pipeline takes a look at where the Tigers' top 30 prospects are starting the season.
More» Steven Moya, OF, Tigers|
|With the 2015 season officially under way, here's a look at where the Twins' top 30 prospects</a> are starting the season.
More» Byron Buxton, OF, Twins|
|With the 2015 season officially under way, MLB Pipeline takes a look at where the Rockies' top 30 prospects are starting the season:
More» Jon Gray, RHP, Rockies|
|With the 2015 season officially under way, MLB Pipeline takes a look at where the Mets' top 30 prospects are starting the season.
More» Noah Syndergaard, RHP, Mets|
|With the 2015 season officially under way, MLB Pipeline takes a look at where the D-backs' top 30 prospects are starting the season.
More» Archie Bradley, RHP, D-backs|
|With the 2015 season officially under way, MLB Pipeline takes a look at where the Mariners' top 30 prospects are starting the season.
More» Alex Jackson, OF, Mariners|
|With the 2015 season officially under way, MLB Pipeline takes a look at where the Brewers' top 30 prospects are starting the season.
More» Orlando Arcia, SS, Brewers|