Into the fire: Domonic Brown gets promoted

It’s not news to anyone following the NL East that the Phillies have been plagued with injuries this season. The latest, a strained oblique suffered by CF Shane Victorino, could significantly complicate Phillies’ GM Ruben Amaro Jr’s trade deadline plans. Amaro had previously been shopping star OF Jayson Werth with the hopes of acquiring a […]

See you soon: J.P. Arencibia

Now here’s a guy who was not even on my radar when I started these prospect profiles. J.P. Arencibia (AAA Las Vegas 51’s – .317/.371/.662 28 HR, 29 BB, 68 K, 360 PA): Arencibia entered the year as a prospect that some watchers were prepared to turn their backs on. He went from 43rd on […]

The forgotten angle of the Cliff Lee deal

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably already seen enough articles comparing Jesus Montero to Justin Smoak.. Two articles on Fangraphs yesterday seem to pretty much sum up the prevailing mood. But there’s one aspect to this that I haven’t really seen covered: the Texas Rangers are in the AL West. What I really mean […]

Looking in on the Reds

Last summer when they acquired Scott Rolen, many observers wondered just what the Reds thought they were doing. Now 85 games into the season, we know just how serious the Reds were about competing in 2010. They have a 2 game lead on the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central and show few signs […]

When it rains it pours

The DL Monster is feasting on the Phillies right now. Injuries have stacked piles of bodies in front of head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan and friends just one year after the group earned the Dick Martin Award. Jimmy Rollins has been lost twice to calf strains. Joe Blanton’s oblique got angry at him. A confrontation […]

Could all this Strasburg noise be for nothing?

Today, Dave Cameron weighed in on the whole “Should Stephen Strasburg go to the All Star Game” debate. That got me thinking, if Strasburg is elected, will he even play? Here’s what I had to say in the comments over at Fangraphs. Are we sure Strasburg would even pitch if elected? The Nats are holding […]

Minor Prospect News: Matt Joyce and Josh Thole

The last two days have brought a pair of prospects at different points of development to the top level. Matt Joyce and Josh Thole are hardly franchise cornerstones, but each has a decent shot at being a league average or better player with consistent playing time. Let’s dig deeper shall we? For Dioner Navarro, the […]

Warming the coals: Arizona Diamondbacks

It may be an understatement to say that 2010 has not turned out the way the Diamondbacks faithful had hoped. The Snake’s 26-41 record is already 12.5 games behind the division leading Padres and Dodgers (38-28). With the fourth place Rockies (34-32) a mere 4 games back and the Giants (37-28) a win from a […]

Hope to see you soon: Alex Gordon

I felt like switching things up a little and looking at a former top prospect who has found himself sent Back to the Minors. Alex Gordon: (MLB: .194/.342/.323 in 38 PA, AAA: .366/.495/.692 in 187 PA) – This is a little more interesting than the standard prospect promotion scenario for well known reasons. At this […]

See you soon: Pedro Alvarez

I missed some big call ups last week while moving from Minnesota to Washington D.C. I did stop by my ancestral home near Philadelphia long enough to drop by Citizen’s Bank Park and watch Roy Halladay dominate the Marlins (and lose, kudos Josh Johnson). The Marlins had already ruined a mostly finished article by calling […]

See you soon: Carlos Santana

Carlos Santana: AAA Columbus .318/.456/.571, 11 HR, 6 SB (0 CS), 42 BB, 33 K – We’ve reached the first player that legitimately has a place in the minors (sort of). As I mentioned in the Posey article, catcher’s defense is kind of really important. With Santana, there are legitimate concerns about his receiving skills. […]

See you soon: Stephen Strasburg

The quick Posey promotion has prompted me to place a rush order on this series. Some people have expressed interest in seeing certain guys profiled. I currently plan on checking in on Carlos Santana, Pedro Alvarez, Mike Stanton, Chris Carter, Tyler Flowers, and Jeremy Hellickson. If there is a particular player you’re interested in seeing […]

See You Soon: Buster Posey

I originally intended for this to be a post briefly updating the minor league performances of major league ready prospects but Marc Hulet went ahead and took the wind right out of my sails. Rather than repeating Marc’s words in my own muddled prose, I’ll take this opportunity to run a slightly longer profile on […]