Tuesday, September 16, 2014

James Brown delivers powerful speech about domestic violence



Powerful words by CBS NFL anchor James Brown. Not surprising coming from him, he appeared at our church for a Sunday special event, to be interviewed by our pastor. He clearly gets it. Language matters, culture matters and in many seemingly small but ultimately significant ways, both clearly have to change.

Part of the problem, is the evil is disguised by virtue of both it's small size ( Oh, what's the harm? ) and that it is seemingly innocuous at first. Words and language and attitudes, as they become part of the lexicon, spread like a virus. Phrases like "boys will be boys" become culturally accepted and embedded. When left unattended they can grow like a cancer and destroy. Wearing this disguise, they are allowed to manifest themselves and grow larger. Words and language and the effect on attitudes matter. Strangely enough, the idiom "boys will be boys" is based on the premise that it is expected that men will behave badly. Self-fulfilling prophecy coming back to bite us in the butt.

I included a blog post below from author Ann Voskamp which she posted after the Steubenville rape incident and I meant to post it then and didn't. Her words are perhaps even more powerful than those of Brown and her post bears reading in its entirety. By men more so than women, because it gets to the crux of what James was saying:
But wouldn’t it be productive if this collective outrage, as my colleagues have said, could be channelled to truly hear and address the long-suffering cries for help by so many women? And as they said, do something about it? Like an on-going education of men about what healthy, respectful manhood is all about.
And men, if some of Ann's words and sentiments hit you in the face like a shovel, that's good. We've identified where the problem resides. Now for the the solution -- which Ann's post very capably provides BTW -- that many of the male commentators, and some females -- like Janay Rice, seem to struggle to find.

And I would say, if her words do not in some way shape or form touch your heart or cause you to think about self-evaluation or change, then that's not good. You may need help.
And I have never told anyone what happened next, but after Steubenville, to stay silent is to let perpetrators perpetuateWe were looked in the eye, Son, and what we were told, those words tried to shatter God — “Boys will be boys.” Son. When the prevailing thinking is boys will be boys — girls will be garbage. And that is never the heart of God.
But you know what, we've been here before.  And here we are again. Because ultimately it's not an NFL problem or an HS football jocks gone wild problem, it's a societal problem. Once again, opportunity is knocking. It's high time we answered the door.

To paraphrase the best of both James Brown and Ann Voskamp:
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from newrepublic.com:
http://www.newrepublic.com/article/119422/cbs-sports-james-brown-commentary-ray-rice-nfl-domestic-violence
Here's a partial transcript:
...this problem is bigger than football. There has been, appropriately so, intense and widespread outrage following the release of the video showing what happened inside the elevator at the casino. But wouldn’t it be productive if this collective outrage, as my colleagues have said, could be channelled to truly hear and address the long-suffering cries for help by so many women? And as they said, do something about it? Like an on-going education of men about what healthy, respectful manhood is all about.
And it starts with how we view women. Our language is important. For instance, when a guy says, ‘you throw the ball like a girl’ or ‘you’re a little sissy,’ it reflects an attitude that devalues women and attitudes will eventually manifest in some fashion. Women have been at the forefront in the domestic violence awareness and prevention arena. And whether Janay Rice considers herself a victim or not, millions of women in this country are.
Consider this: According to domestic violence experts, more than three women per day lose their lives at the hands of their partners. That means that since the night February 15th in Atlantic City [when the elevator incident occurred] more than 600 women have died.
The good news about domestic violence (yes, there is good news) is that its reported incidence has fallen dramatically in the last two decades. There's no single, agreed-upon reason for why, but most experts think changing cultural expectations have played a major role. Statements like Brown's can make a real difference.


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from aholyexperience.com and Ann Voskamp:
http://www.aholyexperience.com/2013/03/after-steubenville-what-our-sons-needs-to-know-about-manhood/

. And there’ll be a mother in Steubenville who will be shattered that her teen son’s behind bars and how in the world did that happen. We’re all getting a lot wrong.
Like that night I was 19 and I saw it in my rear view mirror, how a 20-something man reached over and started fondling a terrified 14 year-old sleeping girl. How he shrugged his shoulders when we confronted him, like he was brushing away an annoying fly. How there were girls that whispered that he’d grabbed them too in the dark of a car when he drove them home from youth group, how there were all these shy and ashamed girls who were violated and forced and indifferently robbed.
I want to tell you, son — we were all church kids. There was no alcohol. There were no parties. There were no football teams.
There were young men who opened their Bibles and didn’t value the worth of a God-fashioned woman made for glory, young men who sang worship songs and satiated their lust by ripping off the dignity of a sacred human being, young men who said women were the weaker vessel meant let’s drink them dry and be merry.
We went to the church elders.
A handful of us girls with one teenage boy who knew what he saw and wasn’t afraid, we went to the elders and sat there with our hands literally shaking and our mouths impossibly dry and we tried to find words for what should never have to be said. My cheeks and throat burned.
And I have never told anyone what happened next, but after Steubenville, to stay silent is to let perpetrators perpetuate.
We were looked in the eye, Son, and what we were told, those words tried to shatter God —
“Boys will be boys.”
Son. When the prevailing thinking is boys will be boys — girls will be garbage.
And that is never the heart of God.

Cordier and Strickland continue to show well as Giants lose



The best thing to come out of the opening loss with the D-Backs, as well as the slaughter game versus the Dodgers, is getting a feel for some of the minor league prospects perform at the major league level. Small sample size aside, Hunter Strickland and Erik Cordier may be developing into the Joe Panik and Andrew Susac of the pitching staff. 

GGSWLSVBSHLDCGKIPHRERHRBBERAWHIPBAA
Jake Dunning1000000000.2000010.001.50.000
Hunter Strickland5000000054.1500000.001.15.294
Chris Heston1000000021.0000010.001.00.000
Erik Cordier3000000043.0200010.001.00.182



So who is Erik Cordier? 

According to Baseball Reference:

Erik Michael Cordier
PositionPitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 4", Weight: 250 lb.
Born: February 25, 1986 in Green Bay, Wisconsin, US (Age 28.203) 
High School: Southern Door HS (Brussels, WI)
Drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 2nd round of the 2004 MLB June Amateur Draft from Southern Door HS (Brussels, WI).
Cordier struggled with the Royals and the Braves, has some history of injury, but interestingly his K/9 rate has gone up as he has moved up the minor league ladder. Unfortunately, so has his BB/9 rate, which is high. 

He opened some eyes last year at Indianapolis (AAA-Pirates) with an impressive ( 11.0 K/9, 4.8 BB/9 2.32 K/BB ) stat line a year after posting ( 5.5 K/9, 7.7 BB/9 0.71 K/BB ) numbers with Gwinnett (AAA-Braves)  in limited action.

I would not mind seeing Cordier break the mold of my mantra that the Braves don't give up on prospects with any value. I like Strickland better as a prospect on the basis of his superior command/control numbers, less strikeouts combined with less walks makes him more trustworthy in late inning / closer type situations. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Kershaw in command, Giants roller coaster season continues

Kershaw earns 19th win, Dodgers beat Giants 4-2


This series was a bit of a microcosm of the season at large, a roller coaster ride. We all know what roller coaster rides are like however. Lots of ups and downs, lots of screaming and excitement, stretches where you just have to close your eyes and clench every muscle in your body to get through it and in the end you end up pretty much exactly where you started only a bit more wobbly and queasy for the experience. I hate roller coasters.

And I should hate Clayton Kershaw. But even for a Dodger, he's too good and they have too many other guys to use up my venom on. He's worth every penny they pay him right now. They are 21 games over .500 and he's 16 of them right now. Cy Young for sure, hopefully he lets Posey win the MVP. The sportswriters in their infinite wisdom (/sarc) will have a thing or two to say about that.

from Yahoo Sports:
Kershaw earns 19th win, Dodgers beat Giants 4-2 - Yahoo Sports:
Kershaw (19-3) boosted his credentials for the NL MVP and a third Cy Young Award with another big performance in a big start. The left-hander allowed seven hits, struck out nine and walked one in eight innings. He lowered his majors-best ERA to 1.70, and put the Dodgers in command of the division.
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The first game 9-0 Giants win seems so long ago. The Giants pitching staff, once a strength, seems almost in tatters, running on fumes. There were (long, painfully long) stretches of this series, mainly pitched by guys named Tim, where I didn't think the Giants would get another out. The feeling spread like a plague. Even though Petit was cruising somewhat at the time, when Kemp was up right before he hit the HR, I said "this is a trouble AB". Sure enough, I barely got done explaining what that meant to Mrs. TheSlav when the ball landed in the bleachers. I swear I heard my dog Beemer say "I'd pitch around him" right before the fateful pitch, but it could just be me. Kemp is a certified Giant killer. If he batted in all nine spots in the order, they might have scored 27 runs and that is taking fatigue into account. Just use the other eight guys as base-runners.

The Giants chance of winning the division are now slim and none and slim has just about let the door hit him in the ass on the way out. The Dodgers can pretty much run out the clock with a three game lead and a schedule filled with also-rans. Except for the series in L.A.......Hey, you don't  think the Giants could regroup and....Nah, I didn't think so, either. And stop laughing Beemer.  <"( );::::::;~  

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Giants pitching led to slaughter, two Timmy's and the kiddie corps

Greinke pitches, hits Dodgers past Giants


What else can you say about this one that the score doesn't announce loud and clear? Kemp had three AB's (and three hits I think) before Brandon Crawford had his first AB. Greinke had seemingly more offensive production from his bat than the Giants entire lineup.



from Yahoo Sports:

Greinke pitches, hits Dodgers past Giants - Yahoo Sports:

Greinke (15-8) pitched six scoreless innings and hit his fourth career home run, and the Los Angeles Dodgers romped past the San Francisco Giants 17-0 on Saturday night to build on their lead in the NL West.
''Their lineup's been about as good as it gets in the past couple of months,'' Greinke said of the Giants. ''Usually if I get four or five you get a little comfortable with it, but the way they've been playing, each extra run was appreciated.''
One day after being held to three hits in a 9-0 loss, the Dodgers doubled that output in the first inning against Giants starter Tim Hudson then coasted behind Greinke.
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The bright spots may have been Cordier, who not only looked good enough with the control while also throwing near 100 MPH, but also showed a workable secondary pitch (slider?) and Chris Heston who showed a nice arsenal of pitches. Of course by then, both were pitching to the AAA Dodgers for the most part and the Dodgers may have been exhausted the hitting barrage they put on during the first seven.

Bochy absolutely put his son in a very tough spot to start, but Van Slyke just pole-axed his HR. He also put Timmy in a tough spot. Lincecum and Hudson are similar pitching styles and they weren't finished with Huddy when he left. Maybe a different look would have helped. Maybe not.

As always, the good news is this only counts as one loss and maybe the Dodgers pulled some hits forward from today's game. They shouldn't need much with their ace Kershaw on the hill and a chance to drive a stake through the heart at any Giants hopes to win the division title this year.

At least some of the kids got to play. That's always nice. Good to put a face to the name and the stat line. Kickham's ERA is once again stratospheric, I'm not sure where the Giants go with him from here. Cordier and Strickland look like they can make some noise in a future Giants bullpen.










Saturday, September 13, 2014

Jake Peavy defines being a good teammate

Jake Peavy

Other than the contributions of the kiddie-corps (Panik and Susac) I don't know of anything else that has turned the Giants (once-sinking) ship around more. Replacing Matt Cain was an absolute must. Maybe Petit steps in and gives you the same type of innings and the same record, but he doesn't bring the same presence that Peavy does. His quote below about being a good teammate is classic.

Kudos to Sabean, this is in his GM wheelhouse. Bringing in a veteran and wringing out the last bit of performance out of him. So maybe, this at least partially offsets the Uggla experiment somewhat. Sabean also gets props for bringing back Travis Ishakawa who has been a godsend at first base and as a lefty bat off the bench. I'm sure there was considerable eye-rolling from the assembled Giants bloggers when that move was made (myself included). Ishakawa is almost an offensive weapon now.

This article adds some of the detail and once again is very classy coming from a Sawks reporter.

from NESN.com:
Jake Peavy Trade With Red Sox Paying Dividends For Giants Down Stretch | MLB | NESN.com:
Peavy, who was 1-9 with a 4.72 ERA through 20 starts at the time of the trade, has rewarded the Giants since landing in the Bay Area. He’s 5-4 with a 2.29 ERA in nine starts with San Francisco, helping the team absorb the loss of Matt Cain. Peavy’s 1.12 ERA since Aug. 9 is tops in the National League.
“Over the past few weeks we’ve found some identity as a team,” Peavy told reporters Thursday after another solid performance. “Playing good team baseball, playing for each other, playing hard.”
The Giants entered Friday with a 22-15 record since the beginning of August. They trailed the Los Angeles Dodgers by only two games in the National League West and sat atop the NL Wild Card standings alongside the Pittsburgh Pirates. Obviously, it’s not all Peavy’s doing. But San Francisco looks rejuvenated.
“As you get older, you realize what the word ‘teammate’ is,” Peavy said. “When I walk away from this game, that’s what I want to be said about me. I don’t care about any numbers, any wins and losses. I want my peers, when they get asked about me, to say this guy came in prepared, he got his work done, and he was one of the best teammates I’ve ever had.”
Peavy’s status as a great teammate never was in question. Now, with a change of scenery, he’s back to being a quality starting pitcher, too.
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Giants beat Dodgers 9-0, all is right with the world

This is what happens when the boys go to a ball game by themselves. 

Bummer tough as nails as always, Crawford and Ishakawa ( under-rated pickup ) go yard and the Giants win 9-0 without much effort from the bigger bats. 

For one more day, all is right with the world. Pivotal Game 2, Greinke vs. Hudson, as the beast that is Clayton Kershaw awaits in Game 3 Sunday night. 

from Yahoo Sports:
''It's not hard to get up for the Dodgers series, especially the circumstances we're in,'' Bumgarner said. ''The offense did an unbelievable job and kept scoring runs.''
Pinch-hitter Travis Ishikawa splashed a three-run homer into McCovey Cove, and Brandon Crawford hit a two-run drive in the fifth to help Bumgarner win his fifth straight start. Buster Posey and Crawford hit RBI doubles in the first as the Giants jumped on Hyun-Jin Ryu (14-7).
...
 Los Angeles lined up its top starters for this series, while Giants manager Bruce Bochy opted to keep his pitchers on their regular schedule because things have been working well so far in September.

Friday, September 12, 2014

San Francisco Giants 2009 Draft Results | SFGiants.com:



I think we can close the books and ring the cash register on the Giants 2009 draft at this point. Clearly not as fruitful as the 2008 version that produced Buster Posey, Conor Gillaspie (oops!!), Roger Kieschnick and Brandon Crawford, to say nothing lesser for Eric Surkamo in the 6th round and Juan Perez in the 13th round.

Whew!!! that was a good draft.

The 2009 version would stand on its own if Zack Wheeler was still here and Brandon Belt actually signed ( oh yeah he did!! ) and stays healthy and prospers. The rest of the crop looks played out, although Chris Dominguez could become a late bloomer somewhere.

from SFGiants.com:
San Francisco Giants 2009 Draft Results | SFGiants.com: Team:

A listing of the San Francisco Giants's 2009 draft picks
NamePosB/THtWtDOBRoundPick #Signed
Zack WheelerPL / R6' 4"19505/30/19901608/17/2009
Tommy JosephCR / R6' 1"22507/16/199125508/17/2009
Chris Dominguez3BR / R6' 4"23511/22/198638606/23/2009
Jason StoffelPR / R6' 1"23509/15/1988411707/18/2009
Brandon Belt1BL / L6' 5"22004/20/19885147Unsigned
Matthew GrahamPR / R6' 4"22505/01/19906177Unsigned
Nick Liles2BR / R6' 1"18507/23/1987720706/21/2009
Gus BenusaCFL / L6' 1"19001/30/1991823706/19/2009
Evan CrawfordCFR / R6' 2"16508/05/1988926706/29/2009
Jeremy ToolePR / R6' 4"23506/17/19881029706/18/2009
John EshlemanSSR / R6' 0"18504/08/19891132706/18/2009
Chris HestonPR / R6' 3"19504/10/19881235707/02/2009
Shawn SanfordPR / R6' 0"21008/28/19881338706/24/2009
Bryan SalsburyPR / R6' 2"18510/22/19891441706/19/2009
Kyle VazquezPR / R6' 3"17506/29/19881544706/18/2009
Ryan CavanSSS / R5' 11"18006/28/19871647706/18/2009
Chris GloorPL / L6' 6"25503/07/19871750706/18/2009
Jonathan WalshOFS / R6' 2"20811/14/199018537Unsigned
Jason WallsPR / R6' 5"20502/22/198819567Unsigned
Mitchell MormannPR / R6' 6"22003/17/198920597Unsigned
Zak Wasserman1BL / L6' 6"22508/30/199021627Unsigned
Drew Biery3BR / R6' 2"21505/14/19862265706/18/2009
Adam ChampionPL / L6' 7"23009/22/198723687Unsigned
Alex BurgCR / R6' 0"19008/09/198724717Unsigned
Taylor RogersPR / R6' 4"20006/05/19872574706/18/2009
Luis MunozCFR / R6' 0"16510/10/19912677706/19/2009
Kyle Mach3BR / R5' 10"19011/08/19862780706/21/2009
Jamaine CottonPR / R6' 1"20509/27/199028837Unsigned
Luke DemkoPR / R6' 7"26006/26/198629867Unsigned
Craig WestcottPL / R6' 4"21503/01/19863089706/15/2009
Diego SeastrunkCS / R5' 9"21001/11/198831927Unsigned
Luke Anders1BL / L6' 6"22510/02/19863295706/18/2009
Jake DunningPR / R6' 4"19008/12/198833987Unsigned
Brandon KirbyCFR / R6' 0"18512/10/1990341017Unsigned
Brandon GravesPL / L6' 1"19008/07/198635104706/18/2009
Ryan ScomaRFL / R6' 2"18009/12/198736107706/19/2009
Ryan LollisRFL / L6' 2"18512/16/198637110706/18/2009
Addison ProszekPR / R6' 5"26004/17/198738113706/19/2009
Kyle HensonCR / R5' 11"18512/07/198639116706/18/2009
Jonathan WhiteLFL / L6' 2"20006/16/198640119706/19/2009
Gary MoranPR / R6' 8"26505/21/198541122706/18/2009
Nicholas Schwaner3BL / R6' 1"21502/27/1988421257Unsigned
Matthew JansenPL / L6' 2"21005/25/1987431287Unsigned
Joseph Lewis1BL / R6' 5"20509/17/1990441317Unsigned
Kyle KrampPR / R6' 4"19512/23/1990451347Unsigned
Juan MartinezSSR / R5' 10"19012/26/198646137706/18/2009
Michael NessPR / R6' 4"21010/20/1987471407Unsigned
Randolph OduberLFR / L6' 3"19003/18/1989481437Unsigned
Austin GoolsbyCR / R6' 2"18504/28/1988491467Unsigned
Kaohi DowningPR / R5' 11"18005/07/198650149706/19/2009


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Tommy Joseph may end up continuing a recent trend in this organization of failed HS hitters, albeit still a small sample. And maybe that is what my gripe may be in the future, not that the Giants cannot develop hitters per se, but that they may have have an inability to either scout and project the younger HS hitters or develop the ones they do select. They have had better luck with the supposed, lower ceiling WYSIWYG ( What you see is what you get ) college hitters like Posey Belt and Crwaford and their International signings.

If you tell me they are "developing" hitters in the mold of Pablo Sandoval I'm just going to scream, but there again, comparing apples and oranges.

And please don't anybody turn this post into a reprisal of the mush headed Domincan statement from way back because if I was in the player development department and you brought me a young Hunter Pence, I would probably try to change almost everything about him as a hitter as well, except the results.

Some guys you just have to throw the book away.

The Incredible Hunter Pence:

http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/heat-index/2014/09/11/hunter-pence-throws-his-bat-for-rbi-single-against-diamondbacks/15469467/


https://v.cdn.vine.co/r/videos/AFD22D83EB1121946756767162368_2ab547f9b8a.2.1.3531984034730179881.mp4?versionId=nsKEysG5Ymt0qXFdsRx875OcHYXhqDSj




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. Tyler Beede 6-4, 215 RHP from Vanderbilt projects as top of the rotation starter
  • 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. Ty Blach 6-1, 210 LHP Glavine comps will give him a chance to rise fast.
  • 5. Daniel Carbonell 6-2, 215 Cuban signee, speedy, switch-hitting CF with power potential. Could be a five-tool player if he hits.
  • 6. 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.
  • 7. Mac Williamson 6-4, 240 OF Wake Forest grad with five-tool potential if he hits advanced pitching.
  • 8. Derek Law 6-2, 210 RHP power arm with some deceptiveness in his delivery, copuld be a dark horse to contribute in 2014
  • 9. Adalberto 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.
  • _10. Kendry Flores 6-2, 175 RHP very efficient pitcher, could also move fast
  • _11. Matt Duffy 6-2, 170 SS from Long Beach State is turning heads with quick bat, good command of strike zone, gap power hitter at best, good base runner with average speed.
  • _12. Steven Okert 6-3, 210 LHP Oklahoma product, another power lefty prospect.
  • _13. Keury Mella 6-2, 200 RHP Dominican signee is really opening eyes with a nice power arm
  • _14. Joan Gregorio 6-7, 180 RHP potential closer material
  • _15. Aramis Garcia 6-2, 220 C from Florida INTL projects as a good bat behind the dish with enough defensive skill to play there long-term
  • _16. Luis Ysla 6-1, 185 LHP from Venezeula cruises at 92-94MPH snd touches 97 on occasion, max effort delivery concerns, iffy slider, projects as reliever.
  • _17. Gustavo Cabrera 6-0, 190 OF INTL signee, 16 year-old compared to Justin Upton.
  • _18. Martin Agosta 6-1, 180 RHP FB up to 94 mph with some sink. Plus secondary stuff, shows ability to mix pitches.
  • _19. Christian Arroyo 6-1, 180 SS very efficient with the bat, good hitting approach, test will be how he handles advanced pitching
  • _20 Ryder Jones 6-2, 200 3B polished bat with some pop. Good athleticism for the corner IF

2014 Top MLB College Draft Prospects

  • 1. Michael Matuella 6-6, 225 RHP Duke Nice four pitch mix, mid 90's FB and 12-6 CB. Potential top of first rounder.
  • 2. Nathan Kirby LHP Virginia Dominant starter, 92-93 MPH FB and power curve ball. Added an effective change-up.
  • 3. Carson Fullmer 6-0 RHP Vanderbilt Mid 90's FB compliments effective breaking ball and change-up for effective three pitch mix.
  • 4. Riley Ferrell 6-1, 200 RHP TCU closer for TCU upper 90's FB touches 98-99. Nasty high 80's slider makes him virtually unhittable as closer, can transition to starter
  • 5. Alex Bregman SS LSU BS Freshman of Year in 2013 has all the tools, instinctive player.
  • 6. Kyle Funkhouser 6-3, 205 RHP Louisville FB cruises at 92-94 and touches 97.
  • 7. Walker Buehler 6-1, 170 RHP Vanderbilt Low 90's FB and competitive streak, will compliment Fullmer at top of rotation for defending champs.

2014 MLB Draft - Top National HS Players

  • Ashe Russell 6-4, 200 RHP Cathedral Catholis HS (IN) FB that sits at 92-94 and tops at 95 with average potential breaking ball. Could rise fast.
  • Austin Riley 6-3, 220 RHP/INF DeSoto Central HS (MS) Two-way player and FB prospect as QB, FB touches 92-94 has power potential with bat from right side.
  • Beau Burrows 6-1, 200 Weatherford HS (TX) RHP FB workable breaking ball and change. FB sits at 94, tops at 96 with tilt. Texas A&M commit.
  • Brendan Rogers 6-0, 195 SS Lake Mary HS (FL) Good spped and power, amooth, athletic IF. Florida State commit.
  • Chris Betts 6-2, 220 C Wilson HS (CA) Plus pure arm strength, arm stroke gets long for a catcher. needs work receiving, above average raw power from left side. Tennessee commit.
  • Cole McKay 6-5, 215 RHP Smithson Valley HS (TX) Strong frame, power pitcher with some feel for pitching. 92-94 FB with late stuff. Curve and change are both above-average with sink to the change. Louisiana State commit.
  • Corey Zangari 6-4, 230 RHP Carl Albert HS (OK) Also a catcher, his FB cruise at mid 90's and tops at 97. Breaking ball has potential but lacks consistency. Oklahoma State commit.
  • Daz Cameron 6-1, 185 OF Eagles Landing HS (GA) Athletic and toolsy player with power and speed. Son of Mike Cameron.
  • Devin Davis 6-2, 210 1B/OF Valencia HS (CA) Two-way player who leads with the power bat. Hitting ability is advanced with natural power leverage in his stroke. Loyola Marymount commit.
  • Hunter Bowling 6-7, 215 LHP American Heritage HS (FL) Great pitcher's build, projectible body. FB touches 93 MPH wit downward tilt. Slider is average, Florida commit.
  • Justin Hooper 6-7, 230 LHP De La Salle HS (CA) 6-6 athletic lefty with mid-90's FB.
  • Kyle Tucker 6-3,190 OF Plant HS (FL) Solid CF who can hit. Florida commit.
  • Luken Baker 6-4, 245 RHP/OF Oak Ridge HS (TX) Big, strong, physical two-way player. 94 MPH FB with extreme power bat. TCU commit.
  • Mike Nikoriak 6-4, 205 RHP Stroudsburg HS (PA) FB sits at 94-96 with sionk. CB is inconsistent. QB prospect with Alabama commit.
  • Nick Plummer 5-10, 200 OF Bloomington Brother Rice (MI) Physical, athletic lefty hitter with good bat speed.
  • Ryan Johnson 6-3, 200 OF College Station HS (TX) Good bat speed and power bat. TCU commit.
  • Sati Santa Cruz 6-3, 230 RHP Sahaurita HS (AZ) Physical, power pitcher challenges hitters with a heavy FB that sits low 90's and touches 95. Secondary stuff needs work. Arizona commit.
  • Thomas Szapucki 6-2,185 LHP Dwyer HS (FL) Three pitch arsenal with deceptive delivery. FB is low 90's with 93 top. Slider can show above average, with a workable change.
  • Wyatt Cross 6-3, 190 C Legacy HS (CO) One of the stronger arms behind the plate, plus pop time. Good strength and athleticism. North Carolina commit.

2015 Top Tampa Bay Area High School Baseball Players

  • Jake Woodford RHP Plant HS Florida commit.
  • Kyke Tucker 6-3, 175 OF Plant HS Good pure hitter and defensive OF. Solid skills across the board. Florida commit.

2015 Top MLB HS Draft Prospects (NW Suburban Chicago Area)

  • Bradley Parchute RHP Marengo HS
  • Brandon Krennrich C Johnsburg HS Kentucky commit.
  • Jake Esp RHP Marmion Academy