Sunday, February 16, 2014
Music to my ears!!
Spring Training is here and the sights and sounds of baseball are back | MLB.com:
"Spring Training is here and the sights and sounds of baseball are back"
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Monday, December 30, 2013
This .gif more than adequately illustrates why baseball is the greatest, fairest game in the world.
Because the minute you allow your concentration to be split between the task at hand of helping your base-runner and your spring training dream of a post-game hook-up with the ceremonial Hooters ball girl tanning her legs down the third base line....Well, shucks I don't care how many people yell "Ball, Ball, Ball!!" or how how loud they yell it, your package is going to get lit up.
And deservedly so.
It's OK, dear. They can't see you now. The focus is on the glove.
Keep your head in the game fellas.
We could see the first right turn by a base-runner rounding third-base in the history of baseball next spring training if this keeps up.
Pitchers and Catchers Report in a mere 46 days ( Rays P&C's report Feb 14, 2014).
When it's consistently below zero in Chicago -- and has been for what seems like the last month -- this is the kind of blog post you're likely to get.
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Soooo.....we lose Surkamp to make room on the roster for Morse, when we still have Brett Pill on the roster, even though we've sold his contract to a Korean team? It's good to be the Giants GM!! The White Sox seem to be more enamored with Giants spare parts than the Giants have been of late. Surkamp joins Conor Gillaspie at the Second Chance Saloon that is the South Side of Chicago. It beats getting shipped off to Korea......maybe.....Do they have a Hawk Harrelson equivalent in Korea? That would be sweet.
from Hardball Talk:
A bunch of players were claimed off waivers today | HardballTalk:
The White Sox claimed left-hander Eric Surkamp off waivers from the Giants
Surkamp was hit hard in his lone start with the Giants this season, but he had a 2.80 ERA and 71/23 K/BB ratio in 86 2/3 innings over 16 starts between High-A San Jose and Triple-A Fresno. This was his first year back from Tommy John surgery. He’s not a hard-thrower, usually sitting in the 85-89 mph range, but has averaged 10.0 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9 in the minors.
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Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Giants are taking a risk exposing Surkamp like this, maybe they wrangle some spare balls and bats for him in trade, but......It seems like the Giants rushed him back a bit from Tommy John surgery, but who knows? He's worth the risk from the left side as a starter, but at the bottom half of the rotation at best.
Giants DFA Surkamp, officially add Morse and Vogelsong to 40-man roster | Giants Extra:
The 40-man roster is back at 40. The Giants added Michael Morse and Ryan Vogelsong to the 40-man roster yesterday, and left-hander Eric Surkamp was designated for assignment. Surkamp, 26, spent most of the past two seasons recovering from Tommy John surgery. He was roughed up in one big league appearance last season, but pitched well in the minors. Surkamp had a 2.93 ERA in five starts for the San Jose Giants and a 2.78 ERA in 11 starts for Triple-A Fresno.
Given Surkamp’s recent injury history and the fact that most big league rosters are just about full this time of year, the odds would seem to be pretty good that Surkamp will be back with the organization. If not, the Giants are counting on Yusmeiro Petit and Edwin Escobar to be the next guys up if they need rotation help.
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He's not going to be Choo-Choo or Granderson, but they were a tad pricey. He might not have been what Giants fans wanted in Cory Hart, but I like our chances if the benches clear by adding Morse at 6-5, 245. If he hits in the 5-6 area most of the season, it's a success, if he drops to 7th or 8th.....
from Giants Extra:
Giants find their left fielder, agree to terms with Morse | Giants Extra:
While Morse brings significant pop, there’s also a strong injury risk; he has played more than 102 games just once and dealt with a strained quad last season. In October, Morse had surgery on his left wrist. Still, one industry insider said Wednesday that he felt Morse should be the guy for the Giants, saying the club needed to swing for the fences.“He’ll either miss most the season or hit 28 homers,” the source said. “But he’s definitely worth the risk.”
The Giants have now spent $171 million to bring back Hunter Pence, Tim Lincecum, Javier Lopez and Ryan Vogelsong, and add Morse and Tim Hudson.
Morse, 31, is coming off a down year with the Baltimore Orioles and Seattle Mariners. He hit just .215 in 88 games, with a .270 on-base percentage and 13 homers. The Giants are hopeful that Morse can find the 31-homer form he showed for the Washington Nationals in 2011 and the power that the lineup is sorely missing. The Giants finished 29th in the majors with just 107 homers a year ago, and had been looking at a platoon of Gregor Blanco and Juan Perez, two hitters known more for their defense.
In parts of nine big league seasons, Morse is hitting .281 with 83 homers and a .334 OBP.
Morse, who hits from the right side, is listed at 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds, and will fit the Pat Burrell mold the Giants used so successfully in 2010. While the Giants prefer sound defensive players, manager Bruce Bochy often pointed out last season that the club had for years gotten by with poor defenders in left field. In close games, he’ll have the option of removing Morse early, with both Gregor Blanco and Juan Perez expected to be on the bench.
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Sunday, December 08, 2013
How can Cano be the "face of the team" when according to this survey to determine the face of baseball:
http://espn.go.com/mlb/photos/gallery/_/id/9663156/image/1/1-alex-rodriguez-yankees-22-percent-face-baseball Cano doesn't even make an appearance, and finishes behind fellow Yankees Derek Jeter and Alex Rdoriguez?
He would probably be in the mix somewhere with Curtis Granderson and Mark Texeira however. And we're not even considering recently retired Mariano Rivera for today's "face of the team" purposes.
from ESPN Boston:
David Ortiz says New York Yankees lost 'face of ballclub' in Robinson Cano - ESPN Boston:
David Ortiz says he thinks his Boston Red Sox will benefit from Robinson Cano joining the Seattle Mariners, calling it "great news for us" but a blow to the rival New York Yankees.
Ortiz, speaking in an interview with WEEI Radio in Boston, said the Yankees lost "the face" of the team when they failed to re-sign the free agent second baseman, who has reportedly agreed to a 10-year, $240 million contract with Seattle.'via Blog this'
Great player? Yes.
Key asset lost? Yes.
Face of the team? No.
Unless Jeter retires and Rodriguez is somehow dismissed from the ball club, Cano would not be considered for the face of the Yankees. Even then, there would probably have to be some sort of DWTS type competition among the talk-show pundits for about a week or so to determine the "new" face of the Yankees.
Maybe now we know why Cano left the Yankees. He will now become the face of the Mariners and be paid quite handsomely for the burden / privilege. They Yankees certainly lost "a face" of the team, but hardly "the face" of the team.
Saturday, December 07, 2013
The Orioles showed interest earlier and just waited for the Giants to make a move so they could get him without losing a potential prospect of equal or lesser value. Agree with Orioles GM Dan Duquette that Francisco needs more of an opportunity than the Giants seemed to be willing to give him. But given the lack of plate discipline -- combined with the absence of similar power numbers that Panda produces -- it is really hard to fault the Giants for giving up on Pegeuro.
Orioles Sign Francisco Peguero: MLB Rumors - MLBTradeRumors.com:
Rosquete and Vallin did a nice job securing a Major League deal for their client given his scant MLB experience. The Orioles have been aggressive in securing players of this nature, having also given MLB deals to Kelvin De La Cruz and Edgmer Escalona. Indeed, Baltimore could be a nice landing spot for Peguero. As Kubatko reports, executive vice president Dan Duquette said that Peguero has big league talent. "He just needs an opportunity," said Duquette. "I'm glad we could add him to the organization."
Prior to the 2013 season, Baseball America ranked Peguero eighth among Giants prospects, noting that he had perhaps the best combination of power and speed in the Giants' system. BA called Peguero a "hyper-aggressive" hitter, likening his approach to that of his now-former teammate, Pablo Sandoval. BA also noted that he has the tools to profile as a regular in the Majors if he can improve his recognition of the strike zone.'via Blog this'
Except that.......hmmm let's think about this for a moment.
Pegeuro could develop into a 50+ SB guy, but he doesn't seem like he will develop into anything more than a 15-20 HR guy under a best case scenario. The low-OBA, high K numbers that his lack of plate discipline produces will actually inhibit him from developing his top tool, which is speed. It will also tend to keep him away from the top of the lineup, further retarding the development of his key asset. Pegeuro seems trapped between deciding whether he wants to be a power guy or a speed guy. Once he decides where his bread is buttered, he should speed up his developmental process.
This is something the Giants organizational developmental staff -- if they even have any on the hitting side -- should have been working with him on. Maybe much like Belt's knuckles, this was missed as well. I'm beginning to believe that there may not be an organization in baseball that does as good a job at developing quality pitchers, while simultaneously doing such an inept job of developing major league ready, quality hitters.
I mean, we let Belt go about his business with his knuckles blissfully out of alignment until he hits a speed bump that almost runs him out of SF. These hitting prospects must go through the organization thinking this is the Giants theme song or organizational philosophy or IDK what?
It's a really good tune, but it's a really bad organizational philosophy. It projects a certain feeling of lost-ness or helplessness or something. See what I mean, I can't even think straight to write about it?
I mean, we let Pegeuro wander through the minor league chain contemplating his navel like some sort of Buddhist monk of a prospect wondering "what am I, who am I, what is my purpose here in this organization?" Until he finally gets run out of said organization, after never finding the answers he so desperately and fervently seeks in order to find his place in said organization.
Isn't that the job of a player development staff, to develop a player? It seems like our staff just winds 'em up, tosses 'em out there and lets 'em try to figure things out for themselves. Which kind of begs the question, "Why do we need a player development staff in the first place?"
Holy Hot Hanna!!! Get Sabs back on the line!!!
Hello, Slav? Didn't you just tell me I was doing a good job?
Hey, Sabs. Lemme ask you something. Exactly what kind of a slipshod organization are we running here? Letting these prospects like Pegeuro wander through the wilderness without any guidance? Can we get some hitting coaches that can teach hitting better so we can develop hitter into something more than 5-25-.235 type hitters before they get released and go onto other organizations?
Please, just once? Maybe you can ask Santa to put some hitting coaches under the Christmas tree for the organization? That would be nice. Thanks, Sabs. And hey, I'm not asking for me, it's for these kids who you guys keep grinding through the organization like some really bad meat processor. You know how that turns out. A lot of crushed dreams and some really, really bad meat.
Anyway, Thanks Sabs. I don't want to take up anymore of your time, I'll let you get back to your Christmas shopping and family and junk. Happy Holidays, Sabs.
If this is the extent of the Giants free-agent / roster re-shuffling then I'm going on record right now saying Sabean has done a pretty good job. Some fans and bloggers are bemoaning the lack of a quality hitter in LF to replace the ghost of Barry Bonds. Some fans and bloggers feel that the Gians have virtually resigned themselves to also-ran status before the season even begins.
I am not one of them. This team will compete.
from SF Giant Rumors:
San Francisco Giants Baseball (SF Giants Rumors) | All the latest San Francisco Giants Rumors!:
"John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle shares some insights that he gathered from a conference call with Sabean. You know that deep dark hole in left field? Well, it doesn’t seem like it will be filled anytime soon.
“We’re open-minded, but I’m not optimistic it’s going to be a big piece or anything earth-shattering,” said Sabean.
They’ve ruled out outfielders Shin-Soo Choo and Carlos Beltran since they’ve spent substantially on their own free agents this offseason.
Hunter Pence (5 yrs, $90 million)
Tim Lincecum (2 yrs, $35 million)
Javier Lopez (3 yrs, $13 million)
Ryan Vogelsong (1 yr, $5 million/plus incentives)
Free Agent Signing
Tim Hudson (2 yrs, $23 million)
Sabean also closed the door on moving Brandon Belt to left field. That’s a good call, because Belt could be a future Gold Glove winner at first base. Let’s hope 2014 is the year he brings that hardware home!
“He’s not going to play another position other than first base,” said Sabean."
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Good job Sabs!!!
Trout is taking out chunks of the early part of the "best player by age" list shown below. As a young phenom, this should place him slightly ahead of the more highly touted "Chosen One" of baseball, Bryce Harper.
Let's see how both players negotiate the middle and top end of this list.
Mike Trout at any age - Beyond the Box Score:
This is an impressive list for two reasons. First, no one on this list other than Appling and Fisk at the very end are anything short of inner circle Hall of Famers. This is a list of some of the best position players in baseball history. Even if Trout isn't going to catch Ruth on the all-time list, he's already made his mark. Second, Babe Ruth is on this list seven times. That seemed worthy of recognition.
Trout should have a few chances to add to his two "best at age" seasons, especially with the Williams seasons in the 11-12 WAR range coming up next. But even if he doesn't, he's already in great company.
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Saturday, November 30, 2013
The Giants appear to have a plethora of backup catchers in the organization and Andrew Susac seems like the "catcher most likely to move Buster Posey to 1B", so Monell simply gets crowded out. Pegeuro may develop into a useful backup OF with some speed, but again he simply gets lost in a mix of guys who seem just good enough to impress for a week or so, but not long-term.
from MLB Daily Dish:
Giants considering futures of Johnny Monell, Francisco Peguero - MLB Daily Dish:
To make room for newly-added pitchers Erik Cordier and Jose De Paula, the San Francisco Giants designated catcher Johnny Monell and outfielder Francisco Peguero for assignment. The team has ten days to either trade, waive or release the two players, and sources have indicated that each should find a new home soon.
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In the upcoming Rule 5 Draft, the Giants are protecting their favorites and leaving the rest to dangle. I can't see them losing a bat, although maybe somebody takes a flyer on a Jarrett Parker. Maybe a pitcher who needs a change of scenery will get plucked from the organization, but the Giants seem to have arms a plenty, especially at the A level.
from Baseball America:
San Francisco Giants (37)Likely Protections: OF Gary Brown.
Possible Protections: 3B Adam Duvall.
Brown has been a little disappointing as he has reached higher levels, but speed and defense make players like him attractive, especially when you consider that he’d be playing for the major league minimum salary while providing 80-grade speed. Duvall isn’t great at third base, but he has legitimate power potential and he draws a few walks.
Good news on the roster front. Vogelsong's return was preferred over Bronson Arroyo's addition, although Arroyo may seem as if he has more left in the tank. It's a one-year deal, likely the deal is laden with incentives for Vogie so it's a win-win.
Giants, Ryan Vogelsong nearing one-year agreement | SFGiants.com: News:
SAN FRANCISCO -- Momentum appears to be carrying right-hander Ryan Vogelsong toward a one-year agreement with the Giants, industry sources said late Wednesday and early Thursday.
The Giants have not commented on any negotiations with Vogelsong.
Vogelsong, who was cast into free agency when the Giants declined his $6.5 million contract option for 2014, was known to have drawn interest from a number of teams, including Atlanta, Philadelphia and Texas. The Phillies might have seemed particularly intriguing to Vogelsong, who lives approximately 30 miles from Philadelphia. But he's repeated since late last season that he would prefer to remain with San Francisco.
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Saturday, November 23, 2013
When you can carve up great left-handed hitter like Votto like this, perhaps 3 years at $13 million is a relative bargain. Good to see Javy back .
from Giants Extra:
Javier Lopez, Giants finalize three-year deal | Giants Extra:
Acquired at the deadline in 2010, Lopez has a 2.26 ERA in four seasons with the Giants. Last season, Lopez made 69 appearances and had a 1.83 ERA, the lowest full-season mark of his career. In 236 appearances for the Giants, he has given up just two home runs.
“He’s so reliable,” manager Bruce Bochy said in September. “What I love about him is he’s so well prepared and so professional about how he goes about his business.”
The Giants have now spent $161 million on four players — Lopez, Pence, Lincecum and Tim Hudson.
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Thursday, November 21, 2013
Not much to see on the roster protection moves as all of the guys mentioned are at least a year or two away from being contributors. Brown needs a big year in 2014 to validate this move.
Finalize Javy and re-sign Vogie over Arroyo. I thought Hudson was instead of Arroyo not in addition to Arroyo. Something about Arroyo's incessant campaigning to be in SF is a turn-off for me. Like he wants to be mayor of SF on the side or something. It's a bit creepy, stalker-like creepy.
Bring back Vogie!!!
from CSN Bay Area:
Giants protect Gary Brown, three others from Rule 5 draft | CSN Bay Area:
SAN FRANCISCO – Two disappointing seasons might have stripped Gary Brown of the “center fielder of the future” label. But the Giants aren’t ready to just give him away.
The club added Brown to the 40-man roster on Wednesday, the final opportunity to add players to protect them from being snapped up in the Rule 5 draft next month. They also added right-hander Kendry Flores, third baseman Adam Duvall and right-handed reliever Hunter Stickland.
Right-hander Guillermo Moscoso was designated for assignment.
The moves leave the Giants full at 40, so they’ll need to subtract someone else when they finalize Javier Lopez’s contract. And they’ll obviously need to clear more space when they sign a fifth starter, whether it’s Ryan Vogelsong or Bronson Arroyo or someone else.
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Monday, November 18, 2013
"We're going to put it on them, man. I'm pretty sure.......?!?!?
I like JPP, but seriously Dude ?!?
First off, talking trash when you're 4-6 is somehow inherently stupid.
Secondly, I don't think Ali would have been Ali, if he had blathered
"I AM THE GREATEST!! I AM PRETTY SURE ABOUT THAT...."
from ESPN New York:
Jason Pierre-Paul of New York Giants -- Blood will be spilled vs. Dallas Cowboys - ESPN New York:
"We're going to put it on them, man," Pierre-Paul said after the Giants' 27-13 victory over the Green Bay Packers, in which he returned an interception 24 yards for a touchdown. "I'm pretty sure the offense is going to get going. The defense is going to get going even more. And the special teams will contribute to it.
"It's going to be a fight. It's going to be a dogfight. There's going to be a lot of blood spilled out there."'via Blog this'
Oh, OK my bad. Maybe you are supposed to talk trash before you're sure certain about the trash you're spewing. Hey, WDIK????
I guess some version of the following is my fall back response to all this nonsense -- a quote attributed to Mark Twain and Abraham Lincoln among others -- but as we see below, its wisdom is as old and authoritative as the Bible in some fashion.
from the quoteinvestigator.com:
HOW ABOUT THAT?!?!?
Seriously JPP, just shut up and play!!! You guys are 4-6 and not that far removed from 0-6. It's enough fun for the Cowboys beating the Giants -- and vice-versa -- without adding the fuel of shoving your words right back down your pie hole to the fire of this rivalry.
If the choice is Hudson or Arroyo, put me down for Hudson. The Giants will lead the league in short RHP's for the next two years, but that's OK. Both are dogged competitors with some gas left in the tank .
San Francisco Giants closing in on deal with Tim Hudson - ESPN:
"The Giants could also fill their final rotation spot with Bronson Arroyo. Arroyo is also talking with the Twins, among others.
Hudson spent his first six major league seasons with the A's, who selected him in the sixth round of the 1997 amateur draft out of Auburn.
Oakland traded Hudson to the Braves in December 2004 and he pitched nine seasons in Atlanta. The three-time All-Star earned NL Comeback Player of the Year honors in 2010 after he returned from elbow ligament replacement surgery to go 17-9 with a 2.83 ERA. He had back surgery for a herniated disk in November 2011."
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Giants Top Minor League Prospects
- 1. Kyle Crick 6-4,220 RHP Power pitcher in the Matt Cain mold. High K-rate comes with High BB-rate. Low 90's FB with sink. Can be a top of the rotation starter once command/control issues ironed out. Mechanics are sound.
- 2. Chris Stratton 6-3, 185 RHP Mississippi State Decent four-pitch mix, solid pitching frame. Can run FB to 94 MPH with movement. Throws SL/CB, with the slider the better of the two.
- 3. Clayton Blackburn 6-3, 220 RHP Good low 90's FB with sink, excellent command of stuff, good secondary pitches. His 8.64 K/BB ratio is off the charts efficient.
- 4. Joe Panik SS/2B Has shown well with the bat and can play SS if Crawford wilts or 2B if Sanchez stays on the DL too long.
- 5. Heath Hembree 6-4,210 RHP from Coastal Carolina with 98MPH FB, has closer stuff, secondary pitches may need more work. Could rise fast.
- 6. Andrew Susac 6-2, 210 C 2011 2nd rounder good eye, K-rate is a bit high. Has decent power and solid glove.
- 7. Martin Agosta 6-1, 180 RHP FB up to 94 mph with some sink. Plus secondary stuff, shows ability to mix pitches.
- 8. Edwin Escobar 6-1, 185 LHP Sinker - slider pitcher can run it up to 94 MPH. Good curve as well, mixes pitches well.
- 9. Ehire Adrianza 6-1, 155 SS Switch hitting, slick fielder. Hits just enough, good contact. Bat still a ??, patience (9% BB-Rate) with no pop. Can steal bases, great range, solid hands and good arm for SS.
- _10. Aldaberto Mejia 6-3,195 LHP Throws strikes and mixes pitches well. Good secondary stuff, projects as middle rotation guy. Keeps ball down and gets outs.
- _11. Gustavo Cabrera 6-0, 190 OF INTL signee, 16 year-old compared to Justin Upton.
- _12. Jarrett Parker 6-4,210 OF Has not showed much as a hitter as of yet. Patient, but needs more pop for his size. Plus speed and defensive CF.
- _13. Mac Williamson 6-4, 240 OF Wake Forestt grad with five-tool potential if he hits advanced pitching.
- _14. Joan Gregorio 6-7, 180 RHP potential closer material
- _15. Steven Okert 6-3, 210 LHP Oklahoma product, another power lefty prospect.
- _16. Jesus Galindo 5-11, 175 OF speedy, top of the order guy.
- _17. Stephen Johnson 6-4, 205 RHP College pitcher from St. Edwards
- _18. Ricky Oropesa 6-3, 225 1B Calling card is his bat, plus power from left-side with a plus arm.
- _19. Jacob Dunnington 6-2, 160 RHP High K-Rate 12.3 K/9 offset by equally high BB-Rate 5.2 BB/9. Something has to give for him to move higher. The stuff is there.
- _20. Chris Marlowe 6-0, 175 RHP Oklahoma State product, His stuff is good, if he can locate the plate consistently 6.2 BB/9.
- _21. Chuckie Jones 6-3, 225 OF Potential five-tool prospect. Super athletic with good eye. Need to cut down on his K's.
- _22. E.J. Encinosa 6-5, 225 RHP U of Miami product.
- Others / Too soon to tell or Fading Away: RHP Jorge Bucardo, RHP Kendry Flores, OF Shawn Payne, RHP Jose Casilla, RHP Stephen Harrold, RHP Reinier Robal,
2014 Top MLB College Draft Prospects
- 1. Tyler Beede RHP 6-4, 215 Vanderbilt Easy mid 90's FB, three pitch mix FB-CB-CH all plus pitches. Projects as top of rotation guy
- 2. Carlos Rodon LHP 6-3, 230 North Carolina State Mid to upper 90's FB with a five pitch arsenal that he commands well. Two plus pitches, FB and SL.
- 3. Trea Turner SS 6-2 North Carolina State Speedy, slick fielding SS with developing power
- 4. Michael Cederoth RHP 6-6, 210 San Diego State Touches 100 MPH with 80+ slider and plus change
- 5. Sean Newcomb 6-5, 240 LHP Hartford Reaches 95 on the FB needs work with command and secondary pitches
- 6. Jeff Hoffman 6-4, 190 RHP East Carolina COmbines a FB that touches 97 with CB-CH mix that are near plus pitches. Workhorse, goes deep into games.
- 7. Nick Burdi 6-4, 215 RHP Louisville Mid to high 90's FB is shooting up the charts. Two pitch arsenal, projects as solid closer.
- 8. Aaron Nola 6-2 RHP LSU Control pitcher with low 90's FB that sinks. Deceptive change-up. Best pure pitcher in college ranks.
2014 MLB Draft - Top National HS Players
- 1. Jacob Gatewood 6-5, 190 SS/OF Clovis HS (CA) Size generates a ton of bat speed and power and Troy Tulowitzki comps, has a mid-90's plus arm. Commit to USC.
- 2. Touki Toussaint 6-2 RHP Coral Springs (FL) Electric FB reaches 96-97 MPH with movement and plus CB
- 3. Jack Flaherty 6-4, 200 3B/RHP Harvard-Westlake (CA) Has great power potential as hitter with plus bat speed. Decent speed but corner IF. Commit to North Carolina
- 4. Kel Johnson 6-4, 210 OF Home School (GA) Power bat out of East Cobb (GA) hotbed, commit to Georgia Tech
- 5. Braxton Davidson 6-3, 215 OF T.C. Robertson HS (NC) One of top hitters in draft, tremendous bat speed combined with an advanced approach to hitting. Good pitch recognition, strong OF arm.
- 6. Alex Jackson 6-2, 200 C Rancho Bernardo HS (CA) Tremendous power and 1.8 pop time (plus major league avg) get attention. Solid, athletic defender. Commit to Oregon.
- 7. Nicholas Gordon 6-2, 175 SS/RHP Olympia HS (FL) Two-way player low 90's FB and slick glove at SS. If he hits, he stays at SS. Has a hot on the mound as well. Son of former major leaguer Tom Gordon. Commit to Florida State.
- 8. Justin Smith 6-2, 200 OF Bartram Trail HS (FL) Five-tool player, has 92 MPH arm and 6.9-60yd plus speed. Excellent bat speed, hitting approach still raw.
- 9. Tyler Kolek 6-6, 250 RHP Shepherd (TX) FB cruises at 91-94 and touches 97. Long-limbed and athletic, commit to Texas Christian.
- Brady Aiken 6-4, 205 LHP/OF Cathedral Catholic HS (CA) Pitchers build, touches 93 FB, keeps ball down. Two-way player, commit to UCLA.
- Brandon Murray 6-4, 200 RHP Hobert HS (IN) Strong arm 92-94 FB reaches 95 at times. Athletic pitcher, strong lower half. Slider is effective, change work in progress. Max effort delivery hurts repeat-ability. South Carolina commit.
- Derek Hill 6-1, 175 OF Elk Grove HS (CA) Dad is Dodgers scout, knowledgeable about the game. Runs 6.4 60yd and 4.1 home to first from right side. Plus defender with average arm. Quick bat, line drive stroke. Gap hitter makes solid contact and good decision at plate.
- Keaton McKinney 6-5, 220 RHP Ankeny HS (IA) Physical pitcher with whippy arm action out of 3/4 slot. FB cruise at 89-92 touching 93. Arkansas commit.
- Luis Ortiz 6-3, 210 RHP Sanger HS (CA) Strong lower body, cruise FB at 92-95 and touches 97. Throws strikes and sinks ball well. Commit to Fresno State.
- Sean Reid-Foley 6-3, 210 RHP Sandalwood HS (FL) FB criuse in the 91-94 range with some run. Athletic, long stride delivery. CB-SL-CH are workable. Florida State commit.
2013 Top Tampa Bay Area High School Baseball Players
- Brett Morales 6-2, 185 RHP King HS (FL) Easy delivery and three solid pitches. Solid battler, room to grow. Florida commit.
- Christian Arroyo MIF Hernando HS Solid skills across the board. Florida commit.
- Cody Beckman 6-2, 195 LHP/1B/OF Alonzo HS high 80's arm
- Cord Sandberg OF Manatee HS QB prospect, solid athlete. Mississippi State commit.
- Oscar Mercado 6-1, 175 SS Gaither HS Top-rated HS SS nationally. Smooth, tall, lanky. When he fills out, watch out. Florida State commit
- Pete Alonzo 1B Plant HS RH power bat. Florida commit.
- Tucker Neuhaus 3B Wharton HS Plus glove and arm for 3B, LH bat with power potential. Louisville commit.
2014 Top MLB HS Draft Prospects (NW Suburban Chicago Area)
- Collin Ridout SS Johnsburg HS
- Darius Day 6-0, 190 OF Simeon Academy Toolsy propect, 6.7 60yd with 90MPH lefty arm. Arizona commit
- Jake Godfrey 6-3, 215 RHP Providence Catholic HS Low 90 FB with CB-SL and change mix. Notre Dame commit.
- Laren Eustace 5-9, 165 LHP/OF Batavia HS Speedy 6.6 60yd OF throws 90MPH from left side as well.
- Nathan Haacker C Sycamore HS
- Ryan Nutof 6-2, 185 RHP/SS South Elgin HS High 80's FB, should touch low 90's by senior campaign. Lefty bat
- Tyler Hasper RHP Waubonsie Valley HS