The Boston Red Sox are on the periphery of a David Price trade, but have the good to enter the running. Marred in last place six games below .500, the Red Sox do not appear to be a logical destination for the Tampa Bay Rays’ ace hurler. Throw in the ongoing feud between the left hander and David Ortiz and a match seems ridiculous. However, the 2013 World Champions are in retool mode. Feuds diminish when championships are at stake. It’s exciting to envision a Jon Lester-Price one-two punch in the Sox’ rotation if able to retain Lester’s services. If not, the Red Sox system is a strong example of what the Rays need to acquire.
Heaping expectations on an 18-year old infielder at a short season affiliate is a fool’s errand. After seeing the Blue Jays’ Franklin Barreto though, it’s easy to be carried away. With an impressive array of tools and plenty of athleticism, Barreto was a gem of the 2012 international class. Signed for $1.45 million, Toronto can afford to let the Venezuelan determine his own pace. For now, he’ll play shortstop, but what do the Blue Jays have in Franklin Barreto?
When catching unfamiliar arms, a signal caller generally works “book” and falls back on a pitcher’s best pitch in strikeout situations. It’s a common practice as battery mates learn the tendencies and preferences of their respective partners. Whether high school, college, or professional baseball, it’s a common occurrence played out on diamonds around the world. Was the Masahiro Tanaka injury a bi product of Brian McCann having to learn a new pitching staff?
Top Blue Jays prospect Aaron Sanchez has been called up after making eight appearances with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons. While in upstate New York on a family trip, he was a must see prospect and well worth the trip to visit the Syracuse Skychiefs. Blessed with an ideal pitcher’s frame and power fastball/curveball combination, the right-handed pitcher has been ranked highly on top-100 prospect lists. About to debut, is Sanchez Toronto’s closer of the future? Or is he the frontline starter multiple scouting contacts have loosely compared to Justin Verlander?
Few players possess the raw power potential of Texas Rangers prospect Nomar Mazara. The Rangers inked the Dominican outfielder to a record breaking $4.95-Million signing bonus as a July international bonus baby in 2011. The signing of Mazara and Hickory teammate Ronald Guzman (Scouting Report) started the influx of explosive power prospects into Texas’ farm system that now includes Joey Gallo (Scouting Report) and Jairo Beras. While Gallo power potential translated in game action immediately upon his professional debut, Mazara has taken longer to develop. Since June 1st, he has hit ten home runs, slugged .546 and hit 20 extra base hits. Has Nomar Mazara finally emerged after more than a season of struggles in the South Atlantic League?
Ian Clarkin’s delivery is reminiscent of Dodgers superstar Clayton Kershaw. And while imitation is the highest form of flattery, does the Yankees first round pick have the stuff to match? Earlier in the 2014 season, the now promoted Luis Severino and left-handed Clarkin formed a formidable 1-2 punch. With a 64/19 strikeout-to-walk ratio and less hits than innings pitched, will Clarkin force his way to Tampa by seasons end?
Will a David Price trade happen? It’s the million dollar question right now in MLB with no rumor greater than a deal to the Mariners for a package including Taijuan Walker and D.J. Peterson. On the surface, Seattle has the pieces to empty the cupboard and make a deal happen. However, does it make sense for the Rays to pursue a David Price trade with a team whose best trade chip is a pitcher considering their ability to develop and acquire young pitching?
The Solo Home Run situations study has featured pitchers who have undergone Tommy John surgery or have missed time due to injury. This week, the focus is a pitcher who’s avoided the knife and thrown more Major League innings than all of the previous subjects combined: Mariners ace Felix Hernandez. Hernandez is having his best statistical campaign, already accumulating 5.4 WAR in his age-28 season. Still, Hernandez has been a reliable workhorse since entering the league in 2005. How do King Felix’s Solo Home Run ratios stack up against the young guns felled by elbow issues?
As the 18-wheeler drifted into the left lane and our minivan, my thoughts were, “hit the truck and we all die, or veer into the median and take our chances.” And as life flashed before my eyes during this near death experience (literally, not a cliche), thoughts turned to, “how can I take the brunt of what’s coming and spare my wife and four children any pain?” I veered into the grass. The car rumbled through the muddy terrain. My wife screamed. The kids sobbed uncontrollably out of fear. Our Dodge Caravan quieted to a halt and we all sat in shock.
When managing a group of freelance baseball writers with families and careers outside of the sport, one has to expect turnover. In recent weeks, team ROTOscouting has lost a couple of weekly contributors to life events and need to restock the farm system so to speak. Do you have a passion for quality writing and an in depth knowledge of professional baseball from MILB affiliates to MLB depth charts? If so, then we’d love to hear from you. The ability to scout baseball talent is a plus, but not required.
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Top-100 Scouting Reports
- Alex Meyer Is he a rotation savior for the Twins?
- Andrew Heaney Is he the future #2 starter in Miami?
- Braden Shipley How quickly will he reach Arizona?
- David Dahl Is he Colorado’s center fielder of the future?
- Domingo Santana Is he the next in line to be called up by the Astros?
- Dominic Smith Is he the Mets answer at first base?
- Gregory Polanco Is he the best prospect in baseball?
- J.P. Crawford Is he the heir apparent to Jimmy Rollins in Philly?
- Jimmy Nelson Is he ready to replace Marco Estrada in Milwaukee?
- Joey Gallo Is he a future 40 home run slugger?
- Jorge Alfaro Is he the Rangers catcher of the future?
- Kris Bryant Is he the best power hitting prospect in baseball?
- Lucas Giolito Is he the future ace of Washington’s staff?
- Maikel Franco Is he ready to step in as the team’s third baseman?
- Mike Foltynewicz Is he an impact starter for Houston?
- Nick Kingham Is he a future anchor of the Pirates rotation?
- Oscar Taveras Is he really a hitting machine?
- Pierce Johnson Is he in the next wave of Cubs starting pitchers?
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