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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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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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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Random thoughts

I submitted my organizational top 30 for South Side Sox today and I always feel overwhelmed when trying to undertake a “problem” like that. Although there are certainly no right answers, I don’t like that I don’t even have a process to use when putting together my list. One thing is for sure, no one’s list is going to be right and no one’s is going to

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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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