Prospect profile: Tyler Johnson

In a system populated with pitching mega-prospects like Michael Kopech, Alec Hansen, Dane Dunning and Dylan Cease, it’s sometimes difficult to turn heads and make people take notice. However, in the sleepy little minor league town of Kannapolis, Tyler Johnson is doing just that. You see, Tyler Johnson is a very special pitcher. He is one of those guys with the ability to make radar guns read triple digits. But it’s not just the

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Prospect profile: Spencer Howard

In the third game of the Kannapolis-Lakewood series I was treated to a three-inning virtuoso pitching performance from Lakewood’s young gun Spencer Howard.  Plucked by the Phillies in the second round of the 2017 MLB draft, Howard has already exceeded expectations.  He nearly chose volleyball over baseball in high school and then walked on and dominated at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo In his draft season at Williamsport, Howard

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Prospect profile: Chad Spanberger

Chad Spanberger is a very interesting prospect in the Colorado Rockies organization.  He played college for the D-1 Arkansas Razorbacks for two years before breaking out during his junior season.  As a freshman catcher he hit no home runs, while compiling a .252 AVG .336 OBP and a 29% strikeout rate.  During his sophomore season, he regressed, hitting 6 home runs with a .225 with a .325 OBP while striking

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Prospect profile: Ryan Vilade

Out of all of the prospects beginning their seasons in the SAL, one of the players I have been most excited about getting my eyes on is Ryan Vilade.  As a 19 year old getting his first taste of full season professional baseball, his reputation precedes him.  Vilade was literally born with a bat in his hands.  His father is an assistant baseball coach for Oklahoma State.  He was once a

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Frost gives chills to opposing teams

Photo by Tiffany Wintz @tiffw96 on Twitter If you’ve been watching baseball for a long enough time, you’ve probably heard the term “dirt-bag.” Dirt-bag is a complimentary term used to describe a player who does more with less. The dirt bag hustles on every play, he stays mentally engaged, he leaves it all out on the field, and when the game is over, he walks off with

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2019 Kannapolis Intimidators preview: some notable holdovers

[wpvideo bb59E7zb] The 2017 and 2018 baseball seasons saw many quality White Sox prospects pass through the SAL by way of the Kannapolis Intimidators.  Intimidators fans and baseball prospectors were treated to visits of varying length from Nick Madrigal, Luis Robert, Jake Burger, Gavin Sheets, Blake Rutherford, Dylan Cease and many others.  The 2019 version of the Intimidators may not hold the same upside appeal, but that

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A little information and perhaps a mild rant

The minor leagues are a racket.  “Racket” you say… please expound.  Well, as an avid baseball fan I would truly be lost without the minor leagues.  I live for the game and take great pleasure in watching these kids evolve as they chase their big-league dreams.  However, being drafted by a major league team means virtually nothing about a player’s professional potential.  Being signed into the minor leagues is in essence, the equivalent

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Prospect profile: Luis Gonzalez

The White Sox farm system is currently ripe with top prospects, and much of that organizational strength is the product of exceptional outfield and pitching talent.  For that reason, Luis Gonzalez often falls victim to a numbers crunch when he is ranked on organizational top-prospect lists.  While there are others in the system with tools that scream, Gonzalez doesn’t have that one eye-popping tool. Instead, he has to settle… settle

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My wife and I wearing our "Sebyliever" shirts with the man himself

My interview with Seby Zavala

In 2016 a young catcher in the Chicago White Sox organization inspired me with his hard work, grit and determination.  That catcher Bernardo Sebastion Zavala (Seby) has gone from being a 12th round pick to becoming a four-time minor league all-star and now as the Charlotte Knights starting catcher, he is on the Sox 40 man roster and on the brink of a major league call up.

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The Journey Begins

“The next time someone whines that baseball doesn’t have enough action, you can do two things: first, explain the planning, strategizing, calculating, and deception that place before every pitch. Then quote Hall-of-Fame announcer Red Barber: “Baseball is dull only to dull minds.”Zack Hample

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