Prospect profile: Tyler Glasnow from 6/17/2016

Let me preface this article by letting everyone understand, I believe Tyler Glasnow is an immensely talented pitcher and his fastball-curveball combination flash thoughts of a right-handed Clayton Kershaw in my head.  Right now, I am sure Twitter is abuzz with hash tags like #freetylerglasnow, #glas-NOW, or similar, but quite frankly…  The Pirates are handling him well.   Let us take a look at the flashy numbers that scream in favor

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Prospect profile: Gleyber Torres from 7/16/2016

Last night in Winston Salem I was able to put my eyes on Chicago Cubs shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres.  Torres signed out of Venezuela in 2013 when he was listed as the #2 international prospect.   Since he began playing minor league ball in 2014, he has done nothing but solidify his prospect status.  This season he started as Baseball America’s #1 Cubs prospect and has played in the Hi-A Carolina

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How come your articles are so positive?

I was recently asked why (in their opinion) I wrote all of my articles as if every player I was profiling was Barry Bonds. Hmmm??? I thought before answering, but it’s a very simple and very honest answer. It’s because I don’t write about guys that I don’t think have a legitimate shot to make the big leagues. Will they all be all-stars? Absolutely not, but if

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Man of Steele and dog’s best friend

Steele Walker is a name Chicago White Sox fans need to have familiarity with, and the reasons are multiple.  First, in just two short months, his sweet, left-handed swing is likely to be spraying rockets all over the minor league fields of the South Atlantic League as a member of the Kannapolis Intimidators.  Second, the name. In “Steele Walker,” you have two baseball terms side-by-side, and a

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Bryce Bush and Alex Destino are both expected to be major contributors on this year's Kannapolis squad

2019 Kannapolis Intimidators preview: The new blood

Some high-profile prospects that have a chance to spend time with the 2019 Kannapolis Intimidators include: Amado Nunez-Nunez was signed as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2014 for $900,000.  The 21-year-old infielder should get a crack at full season baseball after hitting .357 with a .962 OPS with 6 HR and 52 RBI at Great Falls in 2018.  Defensively he is a work in

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Prospect profile: Jhailyn Ortiz

Sometimes when we get our first looks at a player there is so much hype surrounding them that the expectations are off the charts.  One such player that I had the opportunity to see earlier this week was Phillies prospect Jhailyn Ortiz.  Ortiz is a big bodied man-child listed on Milb.com at 6’3” 215 but he is much closer to Baseball America’s listing of 6’3” 250.  Professional scouts grade his power

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Prospect Profile: Jose Pujols

Recently I was able to get a look at the Lakewood Blueclaws when they visited the Kannapolis Intimidators.  The player I was most excited about seeing was Blueclaws outfielder Jose Pujols.  Pujols is a long (6’4”) lean (185 pound) homerun hitting machine.  I was in attendance on Aug. 12, when the 20 year old took Luis Martinez deep for his 22nd home run, putting him in a

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Prospect profile: Charles Leblanc

I spent yesterday in Hickory checking out the Crawdads as they battled the Lexington Legends.  I came away in absolute awe of Crawdads third baseman Charles Leblanc.  It’s easy to become short sighted when you get one look at a player either when you catch them on an off day or on a great one.  Today I happened to catch Leblanc on an epic day, but we

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My first prospect profile: Seby Zavala 2016

Unlike some of the other teams in the SALLY league, the Kannapolis Intimidators aren’t sitting on a dearth of fast movers and potential major league impact players. However, having had the opportunity to watch them several times this season there are some intriguing prospects to tag and follow. One such player is catcher Seby Zavala. Zavala was a 12th round pick in the 2015 draft out of San Diego State University

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