Archive for the ‘Scouting Reports’ Category

AFL Players to Watch and Initial Season Live Blog

Saturday, October 1st, 2011 by Chuck

The 20th anniversary season of the prestigious Arizona Fall League kicks off on Tuesday with rosters full of top draft picks and 2012 Rookie of the Year candidates.
As has been the norm for most of the past twenty years, I’ll be associated with the league in some capacity and will try and keep you updated [...]

When Does a Prospect Cease to be a Prospect?

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011 by Chuck

As I was scanning through the blogosphere the other day, specifically those related to the Yankees, I came across a link to another site which had recently scored an interview with Yankees’ VP Mark Newman.
In Major League Baseball’s annual personnel directory, Newman’s official title is “Senior VP, Baseball Operations and Player Development“, a moniker which [...]

Hype vs. Truth; Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and Who is REALLY the Better Player

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011 by Chuck

The general population of casual baseball fans first became aware of Bryce Harper when, as a sixteen year old, he was the subject of a Sports Illustrated cover and feature article written by Tom Verducci.
The article, filled with exploits of 570 foot homers, 96 mph fastballs, eyeblack art and bible verses on wristbands brought a [...]

2011 Rookies to Watch: American League Edition

Sunday, March 13th, 2011 by Chuck

Sorry for the delay on this, my work schedule and responsibilities have change three times since the first week of February, I hardly know what day it is anymore, much less have time to do anything. Plus, with Spring Training in full swing, any free time I have is usually spent watching a handful of [...]

2011 Rookies to Watch; National League Edition

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 by Chuck

This two part series is not an attempt to define the best prospect on each team, I believe each of us would have no problem finding a listing or two without much effort if we truly wanted to find the information.
This is an attempt to identify the one guy who make the most impact to [...]

Attempting to put an end to the Stat-versus-Scouting debate

Sunday, May 30th, 2010 by Shaun

It seems most Major League organizations are always looking for ways to improve and at the same time save money, so most have grasped that a more statistical/scientific approach to evaluating players is extremely helpful. But there are some out there, and maybe a few within the game, who still think it’s an issue worth debating.

The Best Pitcher You’ve Never Heard of…

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 by Chuck

…and, no, it’s not Jimmy Scott.
His name is Kyle Gibson.
Baseball America ranked Gibson as the sixty-first minor league prospect heading into the 2010 season, ahead of other more well-known, established pitchers such as Dan Hudson, Mike Leake, Drew Storen, Phillippe Aumont and Andrew Cashner.
All without having thrown a professional pitch.
Heading into the 2009 draft, Gibson [...]

Monday, May 24th, 2010 by Chuck

Baseball has been played at the “Major League”level, officially, since 1869, and in it’s current format, (World Series determines champion), since 1903.
Despite the many changes since; deadball, lively ball, big parks, small parks, designated hitter, thing remains constant; players don’t just wake up one day and find themselves in a major league lineup. They [...]

Monday, April 19th, 2010 by JoeDelGrippo

The event occurred after my college career was over and I was several seasons into one of the various semi-pro leagues I played in during the summer. Make no mistake about the quality of “summer ball,” as these were some of the most competitive seasons we ever played. A regular season was usually a 40-game schedule played over [...]

Friday, January 1st, 2010 by Chuck

As with the previously published National League Edition, the players listed below are not my favorites for Rookie of the Year, nor are they all highly rated within their own systems. As we all know, help during the season can come from many sources, some unexpected. Ryan Westmoreland is by far the top rated prospect in Boston’s system, but he…

Monday, December 21st, 2009 by Chuck

This list isn’t meant to identify the top prospects in each organization, nor the prospect most likely to receive Rookie of the Year votes. The players I’ve noted are the most likely candidates to fill a roster spot, based not as much on talent or signing bonus, but position played or expected return.

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009 by Chuck

For those having an interest in the minor leagues, there are a number of resources readily available to give anyone just about anything they are looking for. It is a matter of personal choice when picking favorites, basically the information one seeks determines what website the data is obtained from, not the other way around.
It’s [...]

Small Adjustment Could Play Big Dividends for Sox Prospect Anderson

Thursday, December 10th, 2009 by Chuck

Heading into the 2009 season, the Boston Red Sox had high hopes for their top minor league prospect, first baseman Lars Anderson. The Red Sox’ eighteenth round pick in the 2006 as an eighteen year old, the 6’5” Anderson flew through the Sox’ system, reaching Double A as a twenty year old before the end [...]