Welcome to DC: Futures Game Field Notes

Luis Basabe, OF CWS: Slender, athletic player, good speed. Battles at the plate, swing has natural loft that should translate to game power. Plus bat speed. Hit 102 for long HR. Leodys Tavares, OF TEX: Slender, athletic build. Tall frame, long legs. Strong wrists in BP. Indecisive at plate, in between FB and off-speed. Good …

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Welcome to DC: The Highschool HR Derby

I arrived midway through the 1st of two rounds but was able to get video of the participants. Every kid put on a show and easily reached the LF concourse or RF upper deck. This isn't really the time or place for projections but to appreciate the raw power of these kids. https://twitter.com/JasonAtTheGame/status/1018522839807348737 The thing …

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The Road to DC: 3rd stop. Michael Kopech dominates

Durham, NC - Michael Kopech's 2018 hasn't quite gone as expected. Last season, despite walking 5 hitters per 9, Kopech was one the highest risers in prospect rankings. In 2018, walking 6 per 9, Kopech has become the most volatile SP prospect in baseball. I got a first look at Kopech Saturday night against the …

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The Road to DC: 2nd stop. Rooting for the little guy

After striking out 58 hitters in 35 IP in his first taste of pro ball, Eli Morgan became a guy that I quickly took notice of. The 2017 8th round pick out of Gonzaga has continued to dominate A ball hitters into 2018. Despite the gaudy numbers, Morgan lacks the one number that excites industry …

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The Road to DC: First stop. The Southern League Toolshed

Being in Tampa is great for covering prospects. I get to see loaded college teams, some of the top highschool talent, spring training, FSL, extended, GCL,  and instructs. However, unlike Phoenix where all the complexes are within a half hour of each other, I am basically confined to seeing Yankees, Jays, Tigers, and Phillies prospects …

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