Remember the name Mason Martin

During the 2019 season, one of the highlights for the Pittsburgh Pirates player development system was the emergence of first base prospect Mason Martin. In addition to being named an organizational All-Star, he was honored as the Pirates Minor League Player of the Year and nominated for a MiLBY (Minor League Baseball Yearly) award as Offensive Player of the Year. Not too shabby at all for a kid taken in the 17th round of

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Old take on Justin Yurchak

This article originally appeared on the Notes From The Sally website (April 2018) it has been updated to reflect Yurchak’s current performance. Kannapolis Intimidator’s first baseman Justin Yurchak is a baseball player I am very excited about this season.  Taken in the 12th round of the 2017 MLB draft, Yurchak signed for an over slot bonus of $150K and Proceeded to Great Falls (Advanced rookie ball) where

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Player Profile: Sam Huff

Although this year’s crop of South Atlantic League prospects may lack some of the star power of the previous two seasons, one particular player is turning plenty of heads. Sam Huff, the catcher for the Hickory Crawdads is putting up video-game statistics; with cheat codes enabled nonetheless.  He had 14 home runs in his team’s first 27 games, including an 11 game stretch in which he homered in

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MLB Roster Construction

I have always accepted the conventional wisdom that cracking a major league roster was exponentially more difficult for a late round pick than for an early round pick.  I decided to do a deep dive into the construction of the current major league rosters and see just how tough it might be for a kid drafted after the tenth round. Please accept this disclaimer that there is nothing scientific

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Boycott

I was thinking that as a White Sox fan it might be time to boycott the team. Although the Sox fan base has NEVER truly backed the team (if you don’t believe me look at attendance figures from 2005 when they won the World Series). I think Reinsdorf and company deserve a clear message from the fans that, “We’re mad as hell and we’re not going to

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Dumb things I’ve read today

Yoan Moncada who I have pegged for baseball stardom since 2016 has started out spring training with five hits in his first eight at bats. The Twitterverse is now abuzz, as the couch scouts have identified that “he looks so much more comfortable at the plate.” I wonder what they would be saying if he was two for eight with the other six outs being scorched line

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Prospect profile: Alex Call

Selected out of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana in the third round of the 2016 draft, Kannapolis outfielder Alex Call has been nothing short of spectacular during his introduction to professional baseball. At Ball State, Call led the Cardinals in hitting during his freshman, sophomore, and junior seasons. He capped off his collegiate career by being chosen as the MAC conference Baseball Player of the year

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Prospect profile: Alec Hansen

The other night in Kannapolis I was fortunate to be on hand as Alec Hansen made his Class A debut against the Columbia Fireflies.  A little background research on Hansen will tell you he is a premier prospect who battled issues with command and control while pitching at Oklahoma and his draft stock fell when he was relegated to the bullpen during his junior year.  Once thought

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Luis Curbelo: Looking forward to 2019

“Hey Luis, will you sign my ball?” a young fan calls out to Intimidators starting shortstop Luis Curbelo as he makes his way toward the locker room following a game. “Sure, no problem,” Curbelo responds flashing a smile. Another fan follows and Luis continues signing autographs and chatting it up with the Kannapolis faithful. As he signs he talks to the Intimidators boosters. One of the autograph-seeker’s parent calls

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Prospect profile: Pedro Castellanos

One of the players I had the most interest in seeing during their most recent series against the Kannapolis Intimidators was Greenville first baseman Pedro Castellanos.  Coming into the season, Castellanos was an unranked prospect in Boston’s system by Baseball America.  However, he is currently listed 18th in the organization by MLB.com.  Castellanos is a tall right handed hitter listed at 6’3” 195.  Although he does possess a lanky

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