Marcus Stroman one to watch

Duke’s Marcus Stroman may be small in size (5’9 180 pounds) but he is a giant on the mound. The reigning ACC Freshman of the Year has breezed through the Cape League competition this summer to a tune of 25 innings, 0 runs, 32 strikeouts, 3 walks, and just 10 hits allowed. Stroman was a […]

Cape Cod prospect update

Last week I watched Vanderbilt’s Jack Armstrong square off against Coastal Carolina’s Anthony Meo. Both rising juniors, they are each regarded as among the best starters in their class. Armstrong was named a CCBL all-star last year and Baseball America named him the top prospect for his class after reportedly hitting 97 mph. Meo led […]

Ranaudo dominating the Cape

LSU’s Anthony Ranaudo was the 39th overall pick by Boston this past June. The big right-hander was one of the top projected draft prospects before the Spring but an inconsistent and injury plagued season hurt his stock tremendously. Ranaudo is being advised by Scott Boras and as such, is seeking a well over slot bonus. […]

Sox plagued by injuries

The hits just keep on coming for Boston. The Sox now have have five regulars on the disabled list, including three all-stars. Also on the DL are Jason Varitek, Mike Lowell, Jeremy Hermida, and Manny Delcarmen. Particularly devastating are the injuries to Victor Martinez and Varitek. Boston traded for Kevin Cash and also called up […]

Cape League prospect report

This is a feature I hope to be able to contribute weekly by highlighting one or more college players from the Cape Cod Baseball League. This week I’ll focus on Kolten Wong from the University of Hawai’i. Wong will be trying out for Team USA later this month but he has played for Orleans in […]

Chapman trying to find consistency

Perhaps no prospect outside of Stephen Strasburg commanded as much attention as Aroldis Chapman this off-season. Remember Chapman was signed by the Cincinnati Reds to a whopping six-year $30.25 million deal in January after defecting from Cuba. The 22-year old Chapman was assigned to Triple-A Louisville out of spring training. He has continued to flash […]

Angel in the outfield

When the Angels selected Mike Trout with the 25th pick in first round in 2009 out of a New Jersey high school scouts praised his athleticism and upside but repeated that his bat was still raw. Trout has erased doubts with his play this season. Playing for Cedar Rapids of the Midwest League (Single-A) Trout […]

Cape Cod League preview

The Cape Cod League always attracts some of the top amateur players in the country. It has become a mecca for baseball scouts and enthusiasts alike, all hoping to catch a glimpse of the next big star. Here is a rundown of some of the top players to watch for this summer. I hope to […]

Recapping the MLB draft

Now that the draft is officially over we will take a team by team look at the 2010 MLB first year player draft. Check out the team reports after the jump. Arizona The Diamondbacks put a heavy emphasis on pitching this year using their first eight picks to stock up on arms. They grabbed Texas […]

College scouting notes

I attended several Boston College baseball games this weekend against Florida State and Connecticut. The Seminoles are traditionally a baseball powerhouse and little has changed this season. UCONN has assembled the premier team in the Big East and they have several notable prospects of their own on the roster. Here is a quick rundown of […]

MLB draft Q&A

One of my favorite baseball draft websites is MLB Bonus Baby. The site offers scouting reports and updates on draft prospects from the high school to college ranks. The author, Andy Seiler, was kind enough to answer a few questions for us regarding June’s draft. My questions are in bold with his answers below. Is […]

Leake to start in majors

It appears the first player from the 2009 draft to make his major league debut will not be Stephen Strasburg after all. Mike Leake looks like he will be named Cincinnati’s fifth starter to start the season. According to Rob Neyer, Leake would become the first pitcher since Darren Dreifort in 1994 to skip the […]

Borbon’s job to lose

Texas’ Julio Borbon is the leading candidate to nab the starting center field and leadoff spots in the Rangers’ lineup. Borbon lived up to his speedy reputation after stealing 19 bases in 23 attempts in just a 46 game stint with Texas last season. Borbon, a native of the Dominican Republic and University of Tennessee […]

Projecting Strasburg

The hype regarding Stephen Strasburg continues to buzz after a solid, yet unspectacular debut in spring training yesterday. Strasburg threw two innings while fanning two and inducing four routine ground balls. Bryan Smith posted an article today on Fangraphs where he made a relatively conservative projection of a 3.95 FIP for Strasburg this season. Smith’s […]

Baseball analysis 101

This was posted on Tango’s blog earlier today but I thought it was worth re-posting over here as well. This baseball analysis course consists of several brief chapters; the basics, sabermetric principles, offense, pitching, defense, and other stats. Each chapter contains articles relating to the subject. Most of these articles are fairly recent and I’m […]

Projecting individual prospects

Bryan Smith wrote an interesting and thought-provoking article earlier today over at Fangraphs. Basically, Smith is trying to formulate a method to predict a median future performance for an individual prospect (he used Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro as his example). This is certainly an worthwhile idea and one that could potentially revolutionize the way prospects […]

Complete listing of top prospects

Joe Hamrahi of Baseball Daily Digest has provided us with a spreadsheet of a compilation of prospect rankings from various sources of each organization. The ranking are separated by division in the tabs below. Just a quick overview of the spreadsheet shows that there appears to be a general consesnus among the sources over the […]

How much will the Sox improve run prevention?

Boston’s emphasis on defense this off-season has been well known. New acquisitions Marco Scutaro, Adrian Beltre and Mike Cameron all have strong reputations for their defensive abilities. Boston also went out and signed the top free agent pitcher in John Lackey. The question many fans are wondering is just how much they will improve from […]

Stanton packs the power

Few prospects posses the enormous raw power that Mike Stanton has. The Florida Marlins outfielder has hit a grand total of 67 home runs in his first two full minor league seasons before the age of 20. He was recently rated the number three prospect in all of baseball by MLB Network. The 6’5 righty […]