ESPN’s Keith Law has been publishing his annual Top-100 Prospects list this week in installments. Now all 100 are up. Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi is #1.
Both Benintendi and number two on the list, Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson, are familiar names now. The former would not be eligible for the list anymore if he had not sustained an injury late in the year that kept him from reaching the requisite number of games played. The latter was a single game shy of the mark. This will obviously be their last go-arounds (goes around? I dunno) on the list.
For the other 98 you have to check out Law’s posts. As with his farm system rankings, it’s ESPN Insider only.
Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.
Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.
The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.
Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.