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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Craig Dedelow taking his hacks for the Intimidators

Prospect profile: Craig Dedelow

His teammates call him “Deeds”. But unlike the Adam Sandler character in the movie Mr. Deeds, when Craig Dedelow comes up to hit, his opponents aren’t laughing. The Kannapolis Intimidators left fielder is using his blue-collar work ethic to establish himself as a legitimate prospect in the White Sox system. He currently leads the South Atlantic League in doubles (19) and outfield assists (9) while also leading his

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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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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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