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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Marlins prospects: Jorge Guzman, Brian Miller, and Joe Dunand

I've gotten to see quite a bit of the Jupiter Hammerheads in the past month. The Marlins High A affiliate was led by Jorge Guzman, Brian Miller, and Joe Dunand. Guzman is the highest rated of the three. Acquired from the Yankees in the Stanton deal, Guzman throws three pitches.  FB, SL, CH.  His FB …

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I Am the Highway: 3 games/3 days/1500 miles

The first of 4 out-of-state trips started in Myrtle Beach, SC followed by Rome, GA and then back home to Tampa, FL. Carolina Mudcats v Myrtle Beach Pelicans Neither the Brewers or Cubs train in Florida so this was an invaluable trip to see prospects that I will never get the experience to see otherwise. …

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Field Notes 6/1/18: Daytona Tortugas at Lakeland Flying Tigers

June 1 - Cininnati Reds' affiliate in High A Daytona Tortugas v Lakeland Flying Tigers (Detroit) in a double-header. The Arms Tony Santillan, RHP - 2nd look Nice projectable body, thick frame.  FB sits 93-95, touched 98.  CH at 88.  Throws over the top, repeats his delivery but is a bit stiff. Has a SL …

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Player Profile: Steven Jennings, RHP Pittsburgh Pirates

I get to see a lot of pitchers.  Most throw two pitches.  Even if both those pitches are plus, they are still destined for a bullpen role.  A lot of the starters I see throw three pitches but that 3rd pitch is fringe and the biggest developmental need facing the player is refining that third …

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Thursday in the Therapy Room: New York State of Mind

Greg Bird looks healthy.  Saw 4 at bats in Extended Spring Training.  He faced 20-year-old RH Albinson Volquez 3x and LH Chase Johnson-Mullins in his final AB.  Volquez got Bird to hit two weak grounders to second in his first 2 ABs before Bird was able to drive a pitch up and away from him …

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