Jim Callis is an MLB.com Draft and prospect expert. He has been covering the Draft and prospects since 1988.
|The first item on Jay Johnson's to-do list after he took the Arizona coaching job last June was to shore up a commitment from J.C. Cloney. He caught a 6 a.m. flight the day following his introductory press conference to visit the Castaic, Calif., home of Cloney, who had agreed to play for Johnson's predecessor, Andy Lopez.
|Aaron Judge seems to have solved Triple-A pitching in June. He's hitting a robust .345/.467/.701 with more homers (eight) and walks (17) than he had in his first two months of this season combined. He led the Minors with five homers and 29 total bases last week, and he could take over in right field for New York should the Yankees go into sell mode and trade the resurgent Carlos Beltran.
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|Considering that this NCAA tournament has featured perhaps more upsets than ever before, maybe it shouldn't be a surprise that Arizona and Coastal Carolina will play for the national title.
|The first Big South Conference team ever to play in the CWS, the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers now lead Division I in victories and will play Arizona for the national title in a best-of-three series beginning on Monday.
|The Astros have climbed back into the American League wild-card race despite getting little out of their first basemen. Houston does have baseball's best prospect at that position in A.J. Reed, however. Though his 2016 season hasn't been as spectacular as his previous two, he has heated up in Triple-A and the club will promote him on Saturday.
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|Andrew Beckwith tossed his second complete game in six days Friday night -- and the second of his college career -- keeping Coastal Carolina's season alive with a 4-1 win over Texas Christian at the College World Series. The junior right-hander's first complete game came in the Chanticleers' Omaha opener as he beat No. 1 national seed Florida, 2-1, with a seven-hitter.
|To make an extended run at the College World Series, teams usually need contributions from unexpected sources. Coastal Carolina got exactly that Thursday night, advancing to the semifinals thanks to unlikely hitting heroics from senior catcher David Parrett.
|One of my favorite columns to write every year is my annual 10-round pretend Draft. Starting in 2003, I've assigned myself a random spot in the Draft order and made my own picks, conforming to realistic budget constraints.
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|How can the best team in baseball get even better? By getting the game's top catching prospect acclimated to the big leagues so he can be in position to contribute in October. The Cubs, whose 44-20 start has them on pace for 111 victories, will summon Willson Contreras to the Majors on Friday.
More»Jim Callis on the Cubs calling up Willson Contreras|
|Here are the five clubs who hauled in the most talent, factoring in expected signability:
More»Mayo, Callis on the top picks from the 2016 Draft|
|The Phillies had a terrific first day of the Draft. They began by using the No. 1 overall pick on California high schooler Mickey Moniak, who could be Christian Yelich with the added bonus of sticking in center field. In the second round, they landed another high-upside California prepster in right-hander Kevin Gowdy, who flashes plus stuff and has plenty of projectability and pitchability.
More» Phillies draft SS Cole Stobbe No. 78|
|On Thursday night, the Phillies made Mickey Moniak the first high school outfielder taken No. 1 overall since Delmon Young of the Devil Rays in 2003. High school pitchers were the undisputed strength of the 2016 Draft, and for the first time in 16 years, five of them went in the first 12 picks.
More» Mariners draft OF Kyle Lewis No. 11|
|MLB.com Draft and prospect expert Jim Callis analyzes every pick from the first round.
More» Phillies draft OF Mickey Moniak No. 1|
|Jim Callis revisits the 2011 Draft and takes a look at what could have happened had things gone differently, including Jose Fernandez on the Pirates, Francisco Lindor with the Mariners, and Mookie Betts with the D-backs.
More»Callis redrafts the talent rich 2011 MLB Draft|
|Less than a week from Day 1 of the Draft, the first four selections in Jim Callis' first-round projection match those from his previous mock two weeks ago. But those picks are far from locks.
More»Mayo, Callis with latest thoughts on top Draft pick|
|Jim Callis answers questions about the 2016 MLB Draft, including which prospects are on the rise and which are on the decline. He also discusses Tim Anderson, Christin Stewart and more.
More» Matt Manning, high school pitcher|
|After weeks of speculation as to when the Dodgers would promote baseball's top left-handed pitching prospect, Julio Urias is slated to start for L.A. against the Mets on Friday. Jim Callis tells us what we should expect from the 19-year-old phenom.
More»Top prospect Julio Urias set to make his MLB debut|
|The 2016 Draft is exceedingly difficult to project for a couple of reasons. No one has stamped himself as a clear-cut top-of-the-Draft option, and the deepest demographic for first-round talent is also the one that scares teams the most.
More» A.J. Puk, college pitcher|
|MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.
More»Callis discusses the prospects of the week|
|Here are MLBPipeline.com's updated rankings of the top 10 fantasy baseball prospects in the Minor Leagues. They're based solely on expected 2016 fantasy production in the Major Leagues, in contrast to our Top 100 Prospects list, which reflects long-term value in all phases of the game.
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