Giants call up Posey

The fifth overall pick in 2008 San Francisco’s Buster Posey has already earned a September call up. Posey has received less hype than rookie catcher Matt Wieters but his arrival likely means the beginning of a new era in San Francisco. His offensive prowess should easily replace Bengie Molina‘s career .307 on-base percentage. In parts […]

Revisiting last year’s top pick

With the number one pick in the 2008 draft the Tampa Bay Rays selected the toolsy prep shortstop Timothy Beckham. Beckham has solid speed, great range and hands, and above-average arm strength which will allow him to stay at shortstop in the future. His premier athleticism has scouts drooling, but there is growing concern about […]

Koby Clemens’ breakout season

The son of seven-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens, Koby Clemens is looking to make a name for himself this season. The 22-year old Clemens is tearing up the California League to a tune of .349/.424/.638 with 20 home runs. The California League is a notorious hitters paradise, but even when neutralizing the park factors […]

LaPorta here to stay

The Cleveland Indians called up prospect Matt LaPorta last week and all likelihood he will be here to stay. LaPorta was the prize for the Indians in a deal last year that sent C.C. Sabathia to the Brewers. The 7th overall pick in 2007, he has done nothing but hit at every level of the […]

Bowden gets roughed up

The Red Sox called up right-handed pitching prospect Michael Bowden to make his second appearance of the season last night. Bowden labored through two innings throwing 63 pitches while giving up seven runs on eight hits and three walks. He failed to strike out a batter and served up a home run to the first […]

What to do with Strasburg

The ink has just dried from his record breaking deal and fans are already clamoring for Strasburg’s arrival in Washington. The Nationals’ assistant general manager, Mike Rizzo, has already stated that Strasburg likely will not pitch the remainder of the 2009 season and instead will begin his conditioning and strength regimen. This is a very […]

Draft signing deadline looms

Tonight at 11:59 PM is the deadline for major league teams to sign their selections from the 2009 MLB Draft. Baseball America has an updated status on all remaining unsigned picks from the top 10 rounds. Among these players are number one selection Stephen Strasburg (Washington), number two Dustin Ackley (Seattle), number three Donovan Tate […]

Is Austin Jackson ready for the prime time?

Much has been made of Yankees top prospect Austin Jackson. Jackson, an 8th round pick in 2005, made quite an impression during spring training posting a .333/.385/.667 in 36 at bats. Jackson’s name has been mentioned frequently as the Yankees center fielder of the future and he will very likely see time in the majors […]

Trevor Bell makes debut

Angels prospect Trevor Bell made his major league debut today against Tampa Bay. Bell started the game lasting 5.1 innings giving up four runs on nine hits including a pair of home runs by Carlos Pena. Bell struck out four and walked just one batter. He threw 75 pitches in the outing, flashing his entire […]

Tazawa gets the start

Red Sox prospect Junichi Tazawa will make his first major league start tonight for Boston. Tazawa got the emergency call Friday night when he came out of the pen and took the loss in extra innings against the Yankees. Fellow writer Mike Fast detailed his outing last weekend on this very blog. Tazawa was signed […]

Give Fuld a chance

The Chicago Cubs have re-called outfielder Sam Fuld from Triple-A. At 27 years old, Fuld’s prospect status is dwindling. Except for a brief stint with the Cubs in 2007, he has spent parts of the last three seasons with Chicago’s Double-A and Triple-A affiliates and has been successful at every level of his professional career […]

Drew Stubbs ready for a call-up

Drew Stubbs, Cincinatti’s first round pick in 2006 from the University of Texas, is working towards a September call-up with the Reds. Stubbs is an athletic and skilled centerfielder with speed to burn. This season he has stolen 42 bases in 49 tries (good for an 86 percent success rate) and his defense rates as […]

Boston makes their move

Boston has come to terms with Cleveland in a deal that sends Victor Martinez to the Red Sox in return for Justin Masterson and a pair of pitching prospects. Martinez fills a big void in Boston’s lineup. His numbers on the year, .286/.368/.464, are nearly identical to his career averages. He also provides some flexibility […]

Pirates steal from San Francisco

In a head scratching move the Pirates sent 31-year old injury prone second baseman Freddy Sanchez in return for former Giants first round pick Tim Alderson. Sanchez is in the final year of his contract (with an eight million dollar option for 2010) and really does only one thing well and that is hit for […]

Matusz on a tear

Yesterday I wrote about one of the hottest hitting prospects in the game. Today, I’ll focus on Baltimore’s stud pitcher Brian Matusz. After tossing seven shut out innings last night Matusz has now won his first seven starts in Double-A. In his first professional season since being taken with the fourth overall pick in 2008 […]

Jason Heyward is good

One of the hottest young prospects in baseball right now is Atlanta’s Jason Heyward. The 19-year old was a first round pick in 2007 and has wasted no time establishing himself as a premier outfielder with a smooth left handed stroke. His arrival in Atlanta could come as early as next year. Atlanta’s young prodigy […]

The rapid decline of Matt Antonelli

From 2006 to 2007 Matt Antonelli appeared to be on the fast track to the major leagues. Antonelli, a former first round pick out of Wake Forest, was dubbed the Padres second baseman of the future and the top second base prospect in all of baseball by several publications. His outstanding athleticism (he was Massachusetts […]

Cape Cod Baseball League All Star game today

The annual Cape Cod Baseball League All Star game will be held tonight in Fenway Park. As a native to Cape Cod, I am partial to this local summer league, but there is little disputing that the Cape League attracts the premier talent in college baseball. In 2008, there were 207 CCBL alumni playing in […]

Philadelphia’s Taylor on the rise

Philadelphia outfield prospect Michael Taylor has earned a recent promotion to Triple-A Leigh Valley after a dominating stint in Double-A. Taylor, a former 5th round selection in 2007 out of Stanford University, was third in the Eastern League with a .333 average and OPS of .977 was 252 points above the league average. Taylor entered […]

San Diego’s Latos Makes Debut

San Diego Padres pitcher Mat Latos made his Major League debut yesterday against the Rockies going four innings allowing two runs on three hits (including one long homerun to Ian Stewart) while walking one and striking out four batters. Latos, ranked number 40 on Matt Hagen‘s “Top 100 Prospects List”, flashed his mid-90s fastball (average […]