Cricket News ‘This news has really…’: Prithvi Shaw reacts after BCCI bans him over doping charges

first_imgNew Delhi: A beleagured Prithvi Shaw on Tuesday admitted the eight-month doping ban has “shaken him” but at the same time vowed to come out stronger from the setback. The BCCI on Tuesday banned the 19-year-old from all forms of the game till November 15 for failing a dope test. The teenager had inadvertently consumed a banned substance terbutaline without availing Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) certificate. “I accept my fate with all sincerity. While I am still nursing an injury which I suffered during my last tournament, this news has really shaken me,” Shaw tweeted.A BCCI release said Shaw had “inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, which can be commonly found in cough syrups”.Shaw’s suspension is retrospective in nature, starting from March 16 and ending on November 15.”I have to take this in my stride and hope it inspires others in our sports fraternity that we as athletes need to be extremely careful in taking any medicine for the smallest of medical ailments even if the medicine is available over the counter and we need to always follow the protocol,” said Shaw, who has played two Tests.”Cricket is my life and there is no bigger pride for me than playing for India and Mumbai and I will come out of this faster and stronger.”Shaw had provided a urine sample as part of the BCCI’s anti-doping testing programme during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on February 22, 2019 in Indore. His sample was subsequently tested and found to contain terbutaline.”This is in the light of a prohibited substance present in the cough syrup which I inadvertently took when I had severe cough and cold while playing in Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament in Indore in February.”I was coming off a foot injury which I suffered during the India tour of Australia and I was returning to active cricket in that tournament. Out of my eagerness to play, I didn’t follow the protocol of being careful in consuming a basic over the counter cough syrup,” Shaw added. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Sri Lanka seal series win as Shafiq century proves in vain

first_imgSRI Lanka consigned Pakistan to their first series defeat in the United Arab Emirates, prevailing by 68 runs as Asad Shafiq’s century proved in vain in the second Test in Dubai.After conceding a first-innings deficit of 220, Pakistan looked certain to fall to a heavy loss but they dragged themselves back into contention by bowling out the tourists for 96 before Shafiq and Sarfraz Ahmed (68) put on a record sixth-wicket partnership on day four.That same duo came to the crease yesterday with 119 still needed, but Sri Lanka remained patient, Dilruwan Perera’s 5-98 helping to secure the series 2-0 after a similarly engrossing 21-run success in the opener in Abu Dhabi.After Sarfraz fell early, Shafiq – whose previous highest score this year was 39 – represented the Pakistan’s last vestige of reaching their victory target of 317.But when he fell for 112 to an excellent Kusal Mendis slip catch, Pakistan were nine down with 73 still needed and it was left to Rangana Herath to finish off the home side for 248 and wrap up a ground-breaking series win – a first for a touring team since Pakistan moved from playing Tests on home soil.It was tough on Shafiq to finish on the losing side, the batsman hitting his first ball of the day for four to bring up the 150 partnership and see his team past the 200 mark.A paddle to fine leg for a single brought up his 11th Test hundred, before he was dropped from his next delivery by Dimuth Karunaratne at slip off the bowling of Dilruwan, whose disappointment was soon alleviated as Sarfraz top-edged a sweep and was well held at fine leg by Nuwan Pradeep.Dilruwan trapped Mohammad Amir lbw for four, the batsman unsuccessful with his review, but Pakistan had more joy with the use of DRS in the following over, as Shafiq managed to overturn Nigel Llong’s decision after debutant Lahiru Gamage nipped one back into his pads.Yasir Shah (5) was next to go, Herath luring him out of his crease allowing Niroshan Dickwella time to juggle before effecting the stumping.Two balls later, Shafiq edged Suranga Lakmal to Mendis and the last word went to Herath as Wahab Riaz (1) skied one to captain Dinesh Chandimal, who led the raucous Sri Lanka celebrations. (Omnisport)last_img read more

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Williams’ Rooke-Ley sets D-III record for consecutive free throws, continues dominance as one of nation’s best from charity stripe

first_img Published on February 4, 2015 at 12:07 am Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettus Hayden Rooke-Ley steps up to the foul line and catches the ball from the referee.One dribble. A bend of the knees. Another dribble.“See the swoosh,” Rooke-Ley says to himself as he envisions the ball going into the net.Then the shot.He repeats this motion every time he takes a free throw. In his first 67 attempts this year it worked without fail — a Division III record.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRooke-Ley is in his senior season for Williams College in Massachusetts, averaging just under 20 points a game and shooting 91.7 percent from the free-throw line. He was leading D-III in free-throw shooting percentage until he tried to play through a broken hand that caused him to miss five games. His dedication to repetition and perfecting his mechanics has made him one of the best shooters from the charity stripe in college basketball.“He’s not just a shooter,” Williams head coach Kevin App said. “He can really attack and get to the rim and get to the free-throw line and he makes our offense really efficient.”Every day since he learned how to shoot a basketball, he’d try to take at least 100 foul shots.In high school, Rooke-Ley would bike to the YMCA in his hometown of Eugene, Oregon to shoot before school. If it was too cold, he’d have his parents drive him.“It was by no means fun to be down there at 5:30 in the morning,” Rooke-Ley said. “But I felt like that’s what was really going to give me an edge in terms of free-throw shooting or just basketball in general,”After bad games, he would return to the YMCA to shoot and think about his game — a therapeutic method he still uses at Williams.His mechanics, which his coaches say are nearly perfect, developed from years of basketball camps, coaching and watching YouTube videos of Ray Allen, J.J. Redick, Jimmer Fredette and Salim Stoudamire.“I always felt the better mechanics you have as a shooter, the less repetitions you’re going to have to have to be a good shooter,” Rooke-Ley said.Now, he’s lowered his number to 50 foul shots a day, but takes them in between drills to simulate a game-like situation.Rooke-Ley will often arrange a group of teammates to go to the gym around midnight, especially on the weekends. Last year, he and three other teammates shot around in the dark at 1:30 a.m. on a Sunday, with the court only illuminated by a hallway light.For almost the first month of games this year, Rooke-Ley didn’t miss a foul shot.“Shooting a free throw is like walking for him,” guard Daniel Wohl said. “When he lines up to shoot … I don’t even attempt to get the rebound just because I assume every one is going in.”During the Thanksgiving tournament at Union College, Rooke-Ley hit a foul shot and the entire bench erupted in cheers. Rooke-Ley knew he hadn’t missed all year and assumed he had broken a record.After the game, teammates were congratulating him for breaking the consecutive free throw record for D-III, until a fan realized someone had looked up the record wrong.Rooke-Ley had made 60 in a row, but the record was 66.“You try not to think about it, but of course it makes you think about it more,” Rooke-Ley said. “I knew exactly where I was. I was sure I would miss on the record or right before it.”He managed to make the next seven in a row, but No. 68 clanked off the right part of the rim. Finally, he was able to stop worrying about the streak.Said Rooke-Ley: “I knew it was off the second I let it go, so it was almost like my body and my brain were telling me, ‘Get this thing over with.’” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Men’s and women’s teams compete in wild weekend

first_imgA busy lineup of events is finally over for the USC men’s and women’s track and field teams.Both squads traveled to three separate meets this Easter weekend, competing at a triple-meet at Brigham Young University and two meets at Stanford and Cal State Los Angeles.Leaps of faith · Senior Dalilah Muhammad (above) placed first in the women’s 400-meter hurdles last weekend at the BYU Tri-Meet. – Photo courtesy of Sports InformationThe track and field team did not compete at full-strength at the meets, although more athletes competed at the BYU Triple Meet with hosts BYU and Boise State.The Trojans entered the weekend ranked eighth in the nation, while the Women of Troy entered ranked fourth.The track and field team did not send many athletes to Stanford or CSULA, opting instead to focus its competitive strength at the BYU-Boise State-USC Triple Meet.As a result, only a handful of athletes competed at CSULA’s Tiny Lister Classic on Friday and Saturday, joined by a few more competing at the Stanford Relays.Senior Joey Hughes captured the sole win for the USC Trojans at the Tiny Lister Classic, posting a time of 45.99 seconds to win the men’s 400-meter dash — a   season-record for the senior.USC did not secure any wins at the Stanford Relays on Friday.The teams found success at BYU’s Tri-Meet, and USC track and field came out of the meet with several wins at the single day event Saturday.Junior Reggie Wyatt capped a win for the Trojans in the men’s 800-meter, posting a final time of 1:51.92.Senior James Leckie also placed in the men’s 800-meter, finishing close behind Wyatt with a time of 1:53.13 to clinch second.Freshman Allen Williams placed second in both men’s 110-meter hurdles as well as men’s triple jump, posting a time of 14.79 and a mark of 14.35m. Other Trojans that placed in Saturday’s tri-meet included junior Eric Stein, who placed third in men’s hammer throw, and senior Duane Walker placed third in men’s 400-meter hurdles.Senior Aareon Payne won two separate events for the Women of Troy, finishing first in both women’s 100-meter dash and women’s 200-meter dash, posting times of 11.60 seconds and 23.69, respectively.Sophomore Loudia Laarman also placed in the same events, finishing in close second in the women’s 100-meter with a time of 11.73, and finishing in third in the women’s 200-meter with a time of 24.55.Other Women of Troy who placed first in track events included senior Dalilah Muhammad (women’s 400-meter hurdles), sophomore Lauren Blackburn (women’s 100-meter hurdles) and freshman Akawkaw Ndipagbor (women’s 400-meter). Senior Marissa Minderler finished first in both women’s shot put and women’s hammer throw.Freshman Alexandra Collatz won the women’s discus throw, breaking a personal record in the process.Despite recording several wins against two other nationally ranked teams at BYU’s tri-meet, USC finished the meet last in total points.This score, however, is not representative of the team’s strength and is simply a measure of how many individuals from a team won (or placed) in events.The USC track and field team competes next at the Mount San Antonio College Relays on April 19.last_img read more

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Swansea’s Premier League survival could be confirmed this lunchtime

first_imgReading and Fulham will resume their Championship play-off semi-final at 1-all in Tuesday’s second leg – after a draw in the first tie at Craven Cottage.Huddersfield and Sheffield Wednesday continue their bid to make the Premier League today. Arsenal kept up the pressure with a 4-1 win at Stoke, but manager Arsene Wenger isn’t sure if they can make the Champions League places. Swansea’s Premier League survival could be confirmed this lunchtime – after Paul Clement’s side won 2-nil at Sunderland yesterday.If Hull lose at Crystal Palace in today’s early match, Marco Silva’s men will be relegated to the Championship instead.Manchester City’s bid for the top four’s looking good after beating last season’s champions Leicester 2-1.last_img read more

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Ready, Steady, Cook – The International 7 tipster series – Outright markets

first_imgWelcome to Ready, Steady, Cook – a guest tipster piece that will be brought to you throughout The International 7. The International 7 is now the largest esports event in history by prize pool having eclipsed The International 6′ previous record. 18 of the finest Dota teams in the world will fight it out for a truly life changing amount of money. The Ainsley Harriott to ESI’s Ready Steady Cook is none other than professional gambler and esteemed mousesports’ Dota 2 analyst Allen Cook. Allen kindly agreed for his musings to be published on ESI. The series kicks off with Allen’s pre-tournament selections. You can follow the man, the myth, the legend on Twitter here.Disclaimer: Follow Allen’s tips at your peril. Credit: mousesports/Allen CookI’ve started with some ante post selections (these are bets that you strike before the event for the duration of the event). I will be adding match bets as I see them come up during the event.So, the first thing, and the most important thing to understand about any decent punter is that they don’t back things that they expect to happen. It’s fair to say if you put a gun to someone’s head, and said “Pick me the winner of TI” that most people would likely pick between VP, OG, EG and Liquid (in my opinion). But that’s not what successful punters do. The main word on professional punters lips is “value”. And it doesn’t matter if you think the outcome is likely, as long as it’s more likely than the odds suggest. If you’re likely to bet more than once in your life, then I would suggest that you also consider this as a major factor every time you bet on anything.Throughout the tournament, I will be using a point based staking plan. And starting with a pool of 150 points. I will assign unit stakes to each individual bet dependant on the value I consider in the bet. We will use a simple 1–5 points per bet (1 being small value — 5 being major value).With that in mind, I’ve had a look at some of what I consider “Major” bookmakers and had a look at their odds. The bookmakers I’ve used are one’s I consider reputable and not some kind of esports popup betting website. List of bookmakers I’ve taken odds from are: Pinnacle, Bet365, Ladbrokes/Coral, Paddy Power, William Hill and Betway.The outright winner marketFirstly, and probably the most obvious place to start will be the outright winner market.Team Secret at 14/1 (15.0) is a stand out bet for me for the outright winner market. Available with Bet365 — this is one that I would consider a maximum bet. I can’t see many likely outcomes where Team Secret finish below 4 other team in their group, meaning that they will likely start the main stage event in the Upper Bracket. This will give excellent opportunity for a decent cash-out later in the event. (for the purpose of this blog I won’t actually be cashing out and any bets we make will stand to the end).Team Secret to win outright  – 5 points @ 14/1 (Bet365)IG would be my second bet in this market. Going into the Kiev Major IG we’re the 2nd favourites with most bookmakers at around 9/2 (5.5). One thing I consider to be true is that most viewers of esports have particularly short memory when it comes to how they rate teams. IG placed 3rd-4th in Kiev having been beaten by VP in the semi-finals. Semi finals at Kiev and winners of the DAC (only 3 months ago) means that at 20/1 to win TI this team are greatly underestimated by Bet365 again.Invictus Gaming to win outright  –  4 points @ 20/1 (Bet365)Winning Region marketEU/CIS are combined on the Pinnacle website and are offered at a price of 1.68. Implying a probability of about 60% — in my opinion greatly underestimating the strength and depth of the Chinese region who they give about a 21% chance of winning at a price of 4.79.Whilst I accept that the EU/CIS region is more likely to win that China, I don’t think the chances are 3 times as great so I’m happy with a play on the Chinese region at 4.79.Winning Region  –  China  –  4 points @ 4.79 (Pinnacle)Player Match BettingI won’t go too much into depth on the reasoning between each decision here, mostly because they would be the same reasons each time. But something to consider on any of these is how many games your selected player will get, length of time of games and type of hero they will play. One thing I will note however, my support selections are 5 point bets — I feel that with the expectation of kills being so low in this position an extra game or two can make all the difference, even one good game could see any outsider become favourite in any of these markets.Most kills at whole event (all Pinnacle):N0tail to beat Arteezy – 3 points @ 2.62  N0tail to beat Matumbaman – 3 points @ 2.62 Solo to beat KuroKy – 5 points @ 2.41 Faith to beat Puppey – 5 points @ 2.35 Jerax to beat Zai – 5 points @ 2.27QO to beat Fata – 5 points @ 2.13 Hero specific marketsSince the blog went up Pinnacle/365 have added some match bets on heroes, and whilst in general I don’t feel too strongly about these (mostly due to the likelihood of a new(ish) meta evolving at TI), there is one that catches the eye.There is some interesting thought process behind some of the pick/banned markets. For instance Pinnacle put picked/banned together, so with my selection of Sand King is due in part because I don’t believe Earthshaker will be banned as much. I think Sand King is still strong in a couple of roles, whilst support Shaker feels underwhelming now.Sand King more picked/banned than Earthshaker – 3 points @ 3.69 (Pinnacle)I don’t think IO should be 18/1 for most banned, it’s a solid pick for some of the teams likely to be going deep in the event. Also it’s likely a hero that’s banned 1st phase independently of anything else that’s happened in the draft.Most banned hero IO – 2 points @ 18/1 (Bet365)I don’t like a lot of the compendium markets, I think a lot of the outcomes are more random than people may expect. I do however like Zeus for highest average assists. Zeus sees quite a bit of support action with the likes of Team Secret, and makes for interesting value in this market. Nature’s Prophet is as a hero with global mobility and an ultimate that does global damage is also WAY too good to turn your nose up at.Hero with the highest average assists Zeus – 3 points @ 8/1 (Bet365)Hero with the highest average assists Nature’s Prophet – 3 points @ 33/1 (Bet365)BalanceStarting Bank: 150 pointsStaked: 49 pointsBalance: 101 pointslast_img read more

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Official: Eric Bekoe released by Petrojet

first_imgGhana striker Eric Bekoe has officially been released by Petrojet after spending three years with the Egyptian club.There were earlier reports that the Egyptian side were reluctant in letting Bekoe go as a free agent but after holding a meeting with the club officials on Tuesday, the 25-year-old’s contract was abrogated despite having a year left.“It means a lot to me because after making the waves here I wanted a new challenge and this is something I have always been waiting for. Bekoe told JOY Sports”I’m a happy man and the thing fell on the exact day I was born (Tuesday). This is a turning point in my career”.Eric Bekoe who emerged as the Ghana’s Premier League top scorer with 17 goals joined Petrojet in 2009 from Asante Kotoko.last_img read more

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Black Stars Updates:20 players arrive for Sudan World Cup qualifier

first_img20 players had arrived in camp by Monday night for the World Cup qualifier against Sudan on Sunday.The arrivals includes AC Milan star Sulley Muntari,Emmanuel Frimpong, John Boye, David Accam and Albert Adomah.The team will move into full gear on Tuesday and this means the number of players in camp has increased with just three players expected to join camp later .Mubarak Wakaso, Adam Kwarasey and Harrison Afful will join the squad on Tuesday night as they were in action for their clubs on Sunday.Greuther Fürth left-back Baba Abdul Rahman was first to arrive while centre-back Isaac Vorsah, Awal Mohammed France-based duo of Rabiu Mohammed and Jonathan Mensah are in town for the crunch game.Italy-based duo Kwadwo Asamoah and Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu as well as TP Mazembe trio Richard Kissi Boateng, Yaw Frimpong and Solomon Asante and Abdul Majeed Waris are among players that have arrived early in preparations for the game. Captain Asamoah Gyan is available after attending the funeral of his late mum and will join three other local players – Fatau Dauda, Daniel Agyei and Mahatma Otoo.This brings to twenty the number of players who have made themselves available for the game demonstrating.last_img read more

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Clippers ready to face Utah

first_imgUTAH vs. CLIPPERSTip-off: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Staples Center TV/radio: Prime Ticket/KFWB 980, KWKW 1330Update: Their “nine-game road trip” over, the Clippers had one day off before facing a stretch of six of their next seven games at home, including a five-game homestand that begins on Wednesday with a visit from the Miami Heat. The Clippers play at Denver on Monday. … The Clippers ran out of gas in Thursday’s 19-point loss at Golden State. They were within eight points at halftime, then made only 1 of 15 shots and scored a season-low 11 points in the third quarter. … The Clippers, at 33-16, still hold the No. 4 spot in the Western Conference standings. … Utah entered Friday’s home game against Golden State with a 16-29 record, but it was 15-15 since a 1-14 start. The Clippers scored a 98-90 home win over Utah on Dec. 28 after trailing at halftime. “It won’t be easy, but we’ll get home, get some rest, regroup and get back on our horse,” Clippers reserve guard Jamal Crawford said. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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2019 MLB Top Prospects: Updated prospect rankings for second half

first_imgBaseball’s youth movement shows no signs of slowing down. Not even midway through the 2019 season, around a third of our preseason Top 50 MLB prospects have graduated to the bigs. With so many rookies tearing up the majors (and fantasy baseball leagues), you can bet there will be plenty more call-ups who will have an impact the rest of the way. Regardless of your spot in the standings, that means potential waiver wire pickups and dynasty/keeper sleepers to target.Looking back at what we’ve already seen this year from first-year players, Mets first baseman Peter Alonso (preseason No. 47) has already smashed the club’s rookie single-season home run record and now has Aaron Judge’s big league mark in his sights. Seven other rookies have at least 11 bombs, and five members of the preseason Top 50 (No. 1 Vlad Guerrero Jr., No. 4 Fernando Tatis Jr., No. 5 Nick Senzel, No. 28 Alex Verdugo, and No. 43 Yordan Alvarez) are within striking distance of double-digit round-trippers. Alvarez in particular has been on fire this season, batting .333 with seven home runs through his first 12 big league games. Interested in sports betting? Tell us what YOU want from a mobile sportsbookOn the mound, preseason No. 32 Mike Soroka and preseason No. 40 Chris Paddack have led the way. Soroka sports an 8-1 record and 2.07 ERA through his first 13 starts, while Paddack has posted a 3.13 ERA and logged 73 Ks in 70.2 innings over 13 starts. Overall, six rookie hurlers have won at least six games, and eight rookie pitchers have made at least 10 starts while logging an ERA under 4.00.The second half might not see quite the same number of top prospects making their big league debuts, but there are at least 10 guys on the current Top 50 who should see major league action before 2019 is over.2019 MLB Top Prospects: Updated rankings for second half1. Wander Franco, SS, Tampa Bay2. MacKenzie Gore, LHP, San Diego3. Casey Mize, RHP, Detroit4. Jordan Adell, OF, Los Angeles Angels5. Jesus Luzardo, LHP, Oakland6. Bo Bichette, SS/2B, Toronto7. Forrest Whitley, RHP, Houston8. Luis Robert, OF, Chicago White9. Royce Lewis, SS, Minnesota10. Kyle Tucker, OF, HoustonMORE PROSPECTS: Top-10 second-half sleepers11. Michael Kopech, RHP, Chicago White Sox12. Keston Hiura, 2B, Milwaukee13. Sixto Sanchez, RHP, Miami14. Luis Urias, 2B, San Diego15. Brendan McKay, LHP/1B, Tampa Bay16. Carter Kieboom, SS, Washington17. Mitch Keller, RHP, Pittsburgh18. A.J. Puk, LHP, Oakland19. Gavin Lux, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers20. Jared Kelenic, OF, Seattle21. Alec Bohm, 3B, Philadelphia22. Nate Pearson, RHP, Toronto23. Cristian Pache, OF, Atlanta24. Alex Kirilloff, OF, Minnesota25. Taylor Trammell, OF, Cincinnati26. Matt Manning, RHP, Detroit27. Joey Bart, C, San Francisco28. Dylan Cease, RHP, Chicago White Sox29. Adrian Morejon, LHP, San Diego30. Brusdar Graterol, RHP, Minnesota31. Ian Anderson, RHP, Atlanta32. Keibert Ruiz, C, Los Angeles Dodgers33. Grayson Rodriguez, RHP, Baltimore34. Luis Patino, RHP, San Diego35. Hunter Greene, RHP, Cincinnati36. Triston McKenzie, RHP, Cleveland37. Matthew Liberatore, LHP, Tampa Bay38. Kyle Wright, RHP, Atlanta39. Deivi Garcia, RHP, New York Yankees40. Brent Honeywell, RHP, Tampa41. Nick Madrigal, 2B, Chicago White Sox42. Logan Gilbert, RHP, Seattle43. Julio Rodriguez, OF, Seattle44. DL Hall, LHP, Baltimore45. Vidal Brujan, 2B, Tampa Bay46. Dane Dunning, RHP, Chicago White Sox47. Justus Sheffield, LHP, Seattle48. Drew Waters, OF, Atlanta49. Dustin May, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers50. Sean Murphy, C, OaklandRisingMacKenzie Gore, LHP, San Diego (No. 2). Blisters slowed Gore last season, but he’s been healthy and has dominated in the hitter-friendly California League this year (1.23 ERA, 92/16 K/BB and only 30 hits allowed in 65.2 innings). With good command of four legitimate weapons (plus low-to-mid-90s fastball, plus curve, above-average slider, and solid changeup), Gore projects as a front-line starter.Casey Mize, RHP, Detroit (3). Despite going first overall in the 2018 draft, Mize wasn’t sharp either in his junior year at Auburn or during a brief five-start pro debut. Rested and with a full off-season of prep, Mize has been electric this year (0.92 ERA, 75/12 K/BB and only 42 hits allowed in 78 innings of High-A and Double-A). Mize’s plus splitter is a devastating weapon, but his mid-90s fastball and plus slider give him the tools of a No. 1 starter.Jordan Adell, OF, Los Angeles Angels (4). Adell missed almost two months this year due to hamstring and ankle injuries but he’s been on fire since returning from the injured list (.354 average with five HRs and four SBs in 21 games, mostly at Double-A). Barely 20, Adell just keeps getting better and looks like a guy who could hit 30 bombs and swipe 20 bags per year in the majors.Luis Robert, OF, Chicago White Sox (8). Before this year, injuries limited Robert to only 78 games in two seasons since signing out of Cuba. This season he’s been simply the best hitter in the minors (.353 average with 15 HRs and 21 SBs in 63 games, mostly at Double-A). Always an elite talent, Robert now appears close to realizing his potential as an All-Star center fielder with the ability to hit 25 home runs and steal 25 bags per season in the majors.Brendan McKay, LHP/1B, Tampa Bay (15). McKay continues to serve as a two-way player, but he’s developed into an elite pitching prospect who’s knocking on the door of the majors (1.22 ERA and 88/15 K/BB with only 38 hits allowed in 66.2 IP between Double-A and Triple-A). McKay’s stuff has improved as a pro (plus fastball, effective cutter, above-average curve, solid change), and his plus command, repeatable delivery, and impressive composure given him a chance to be a No. 2 starter in the bigs.Carter Kieboom, SS, Washington (16). Kieboom struggled in a brief big league call-up, but he’s only 21 and has done nothing but rake at Triple-A (.315 average with 11 HRs in 55 games). He may have to switch to second base, but his direct bat path, good plate discipline, and improved power should allow him to hit for power and average in the majors.Gavin Lux, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers (19). Lux looked like a high-quality prospect last season, but his first-half power surge (.310 average with 13 HRs in 63 games at Double-A) has vaulted him into potentially elite status. Lux has been more aggressive this season, which has resulted in an elevated number of strikeouts, but his plus bat speed and good lower half balance give him all-fields power and solid contact ability that should allow him to continue to be successful against more advanced pitching.Jared Kelenic, OF, Seattle (20). Kelenic is only in High-A, but he’s a polished hitter with plus raw power and solid plate discipline who should continue to succeed as he moves up levels. He’s been very consistent this season (.308 average with 13 HRs and 10 SBs in 60 games split between Low-A and High-A), and right now he reminds me of a young Michael Conforto with a better bat path.Alec Bohm, 3B, Philadelphia (21). Bohm got off to a slow start in pro ball after being picked third overall in last year’s draft, but he’s begun to justify the selection with a stellar 2019 campaign (.336 average and eight HRs in 65 games over three levels). Bohm has shown a more direct swing path this season, which has allowed him to tap into his plus raw power. If he can continue to refine his swing and his approach, he could be a 25-HR threat in the bigs.Nate Pearson, RHP, Toronto (22). Pearson missed almost all of 2018 due to injury, but he showed well in the Arizona Fall League and he’s been lights-out this season (1.89 ERA with a 66/8 K/BB and 29 hits allowed in 47.2 IP between High-A and Double-A). Pearson has good command of an overpowering fastball that reaches triple digits, a plus slider, and a solid change. He should be at least a No. 2 starter in the majors.FallingForrest Whitley, RHP, Houston (7). Whitley has some of the best stuff in the minors and looked great in spring training, but he’s been horrible in Triple-A and is now on the injured list with shoulder fatigue. He has front-line starter upside, but he’ll need to return to form and to health to regain his elite prospect status.Alex Kirilloff, OF, Minnesota (24). Kirilloff has been sidelined by a wrist injury, but even when he’s played he hasn’t looked like himself. At his best, he can hit for average while delivering 20-HR pop. This season, we’ve only seen brief glimpses of his plus bat speed and all-fields pop.Taylor Trammell, OF, Cincinnati (25). Trammell is currently on the injured list with a hamstring strain, but he’s looked overmatched at Double-A this season. Trammell has outstanding tools, including plus bat speed and good leverage in his swing, but his swing path and approach are inconsistent. He may take a few more years to reach his ceiling as a 280 hitter with 20-HR pop.Hunter Greene, RHP, Cincinnati (35). Greene has electric stuff, but he’s still more thrower than pitcher and now he’ll lose an entire year of development to Tommy John surgery. He’s an exceptional talent, but he has a long road to reach his potential as a front-line starter.Triston McKenzie, RHP, Cleveland (36). McKenzie has the stuff to be a No. 2 starter, but injury issues have slowed his rise and he hasn’t yet pitched this season due to a back strain. He’ll need to stay healthy to reach his potential or he’ll follow Carl Edwards Jr.’s path from skinny starter prospect to bullpen guy.Kyle Wright, RHP, Atlanta (38). Last year Wright became more consistent, improved his command, and put himself in position to compete for a big league rotation spot. This season his command regressed and he was demoted to Triple-A. With a big fastball and good four-pitch mix, Wright profiles as a No. 2 or 3, but he’ll need to throw more quality strikes to avoid a move to the bullpen.Brent Honeywell, RHP, Tampa (40). Honeywell missed 2018 due to Tommy John and now he’ll miss 2019 due to an elbow fracture. If he were healthy he might be a top-10 prospect, but two years lost to injury raises questions about his future.Dane Dunning, RHP, Chicago White Sox (46). Dunning had a dominant 2018 (2.71 ERA, 100/26 K/BB and only 77 hits allowed in 86.1 innings between High-A and Double-A), but he missed the end of the season due to an elbow sprain and finally underwent Tommy John surgery this year. He has the stuff to be a mid-rotation starter, but he’ll be 25 next ppring and won’t have much time to reestablish himself as a prospect.Justus Sheffield, LHP, Seattle (47). Sheffield has a plus fastball and one of the best sliders in the minors, but he’s been maddeningly inconsistent. One day he looks like an ace, the next day he loses his command and gets shelled. A preseason candidate for the Seattle rotation, he struggled this year at Triple-A and was demoted to Double-A, where’s he’s (temporarly?) rediscovered his mojo. He could regain consistency and rocket back up this list or continue to struggle and fall off it entirely.Yusniel Diaz, OF, Baltimore (Unranked). Diaz has the tools to be a quality big league hitter, but his mechanics have fallen apart since his trade to the Orioles and he’s showing little sign that he can regain his stroke. His swing path has flattened and his balance has gotten worse, which have increased his ground-ball rate and decreased his ability to drive balls to center and right.Graduated (Currently in the majors and/or exceeded rookie eligibility)Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., 3B, TorontoEloy Jimenez, OF, Chicago White SoxFernando Tatis, Jr., SS, San DiegoNick Senzel, 3B/2B/OF, CincinnatiFrancisco Mejia, C/OF, San DiegoBrendan Rodgers, SS, ColoradoVictor Robles, OF, WashingtonAlex Reyes, RHP, St. LouisAlex Verdugo, OF, Los Angeles DodgersMike Soroka, RHP, AtlantaTouki Toussaint, RHP, AtlantaJosh James. RHP, HoustonChris Paddack, RHP, San DiegoPeter Alonso, 1B, New York MetsYordan Alvarez, 1B, Houston Danny Jansen, C, TorontoDropped OutYusniel Diaz, OF, Baltimorelast_img read more

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