I am now working on the New York Yankees prospect list. The next team in line is the Los Angeles Dodgers, to be followed by the Texas Rangers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Tampa Bay Rays, San Diego Padres, Detroit Tigers, and the St. Louis Cardinals.
Use this thread to discuss the future of the Dodgers farm system. Possible items for consideration include:
***The Dodgers have thrown money at unconventional but successful international free agent signings such as Yasiel Puig and Hyun-Jin Ryu and are taking another gamble on Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero this year. Obviously it is important to be right about such players, but what about "normal" prospects acquired through the draft and international free agent process for 16 year olds? Are you happy with their efforts in this area?
***So, how do we evaluate Julio Urias, the Mexican lefty who was successful against Low-A hitters at age sixteen? Is it possible that he is the best left-handed pitching prospect not named Andrew Heaney in baseball right now?
***Do you buy into Joc Pederson as a future regular outfielder, or is he more of a fourth man? And can you think of a way to fit him into the lineup that doesn't involve a trade?
***Would you be comfortable using Chris Withrow as a closer?
***As always, feel free to discuss sleeper prospects or anything else Dodger-oriented in the discussion thread.
My first run through the New York Yankees farm system revealed 50 names worthy of further examination. I have cut that down to 46 (listed below) and need to cut at least 10 more names.
New York Yankees 46 players
Zoilo Almonte OF
Miguel Andujar 3B
Dean Anna 2B
Tyler Austin OF
Abiatal Avelino SS
Manny Banuelos LHP
Dellin Betances RHP
Greg Bird 1B
Cesar Cabral LHP
Jose Campos RHP
Jake Cave OF
Ian Clarkin LHP
Jordan Cote RHP
Cito Culver SS
Rookie Davis RHP
Rafael De Paula RHP
Dietrich Enns LHP
Thairo Estrada SS
Ramon Flores OF
Shane Greene RHP
Slade Heathcott OF
Ty Hensley RHP
Eric Jagielo 3B
Aaron Judge OF
Gosuke Katoh 2B
Bryan Mitchell RHP
Mark Montgomery RHP
J.R. Murphy C
Vidal Nuno LHP
Pete O’Brien C
Michael O’Neill OF
David Palladino RHP
Jose Pirela 2B
Robert Refsnyder OF
Nick Rumbelow RHP
Gary Sanchez C
Luis Severino RHP
Caleb Smith LHP
Masahiro Tanaka RHP
Luis Torrens C
Nik Turley LHP
Tyler Wade SS
Phil Walby RHP
Tyler Webb LHP
Mason Williams OF
Despite the problems on the big league roster last year, this farm system has some depth to it, at least in C+ types.
In considering cuts, players on the 40-man roster or close to the majors would have an edge over similar prospects at the lower levels.
Anthony Boyer at Crawfish Boxes, SB Nation's Houston Astros community, wrote a fascinating article yesterday asking of major league baseball teams deploy their scouts efficiently. You need to read the article, but his basic conclusion is that the heavy scouting emphasis on Texas, California, and Florida may be somewhat misguided, in the sense that Northern states on a population basis are actually more productive than some of the Southern ones that get a lot of attention.
Boyer has three maps accompanying his article: one map showing were scouts are currently deployed, a second map showing which states are actually most productive in producing big leaguers per draftee (Missouri, Nebraska, Virginia, and Ohio rank very well), and a third map with his suggestions regarding where scouts perhaps could be more efficiently deployed.
Essentially, California, Texas, and Florida should still be heavily scouted, but some of the Northern states merit more attention than they get. Anyway, you need to read the article and I'd be interested in your ideas about it.
Checking in from Phillies camp in Clearwater, here are interviews with Braves, Phillies, and Jays players, plus an updated progress report on pitchers Kyle Drabek and Marcus Stroman from Jays pitching coach Pete Walker.
Joey Terdoslavich Embracing Every Opportunity
The Braves decision to give Joey Terdoslavich some catching experience wasn't based on much data.
The outfielder/infielder increases his versatility with this experiment, but he's never been behind the plate in his professional career.
"My senior year of high school I caught. So it's relatively new. But I appreciate the team having me add this so that I can better help them and help myself."
Terdoslavich played for Triple-A Gwinnett for most of 2013, before the Braves called him up. He made his major league debut on the fourth of July, and in 79 at-bats hit .215. He has a lot going on trying to make a good impression in camp, so adding catching would seem to only add more work. He's not complaining. Instead, he's capitalizing.
"There's no extra pressure. I'm focused on getting better and just letting everything work out. I'm just trying to be the best I can be and put myself in position to succeed."
Last season was an opportunity to learn, as much as it was to achieve the ultimate goal. Terdoslavich was very aware of the moment. He wasn't about to take the experience for granted.
"It was special. You work your whole life to get to the big leagues. Brian McCann was great to be around and learn from. I had things to learn from everyone."
He initially skipped Double-A, with the Braves starting him in Triple-A in 2012. As time went on, however, the organization realized Terdoslavich simply wasn't ready. He was re-assigned to Double-A Mississippi and went from hitting .180 in Triple-A to finishing the season hitting .318 with 58 RBI in 85 games with Gwinnett.
"I went to Double-A and I played hard and decided to do my job. And that helped me succeed. I got a fresh start and fixed a hitch in my swing. I knew I was a great baseball player, so I just kept working."
When he looks back now, he expresses a kind of grateful attitude, humbled and not at all regretful, Terdoslavich doesn't see that time as anything but necessary to improve.
"I needed to learn the game more. The demotion was good for me. I had never failed before and I learned how to. People say it was a lost year, but I don't look at it that way. You gotta forget the struggles."
Phillies prospect Cord Sandberg Reflects On Choosing Between Passions
Cord Sandberg passed up a four-year scholarship offer to play football for Mississippi State, but he had no reservations about moving forward into a baseball career.
"I have a passion for both so that wasn't a deciding factor. I felt based on the money I could put away, it was a pretty easy decision. Plus, there's better longevity. Physically it's less of a toll over the longterm. I'm going to give it all I got."
Once that was squared away, the Bradenton, Florida native had to face the reality every young player does upon entering pro ball: he experienced an adjustment period. He learned quickly that what he was able to do in the past was going to take extended effort.
"Getting drafted was this great opportunity, but now you're getting paid to play. It's the same game, but the level of competition is greater. In high school, you can hit .400 easier, but here you might be hitting .200 and you can't lose focus," he said.
The lefty-hitting outfielder played all of 2013 in the Gulf Coast League (Rookie), hitting .207 with 14 runs knocked in, 24 walks, and 23 runs scored.
Once he began to trust his ability and increased his production, he gained momentum. With every at-bat, his self-trust grew.
"It wasn't very difficult, just very different. I knew I wasn't going to just go up and hit 20 home runs and hit .400. Once I had some success it was like, 'Ok, you figured it out those two times, now do it again' It gives you confidence. And then you just have to be consistent."
His approach isn't to have a specific goal in mind once camp breaks. He's focused solely on what he's doing at the plate. The rest isn't up to him and he's not concerned about it.
"Wherever I wind up, I just want to have quality at-bats. You want results, but it's also just about hitting the ball hard, reduce strikeouts, and putting the ball in play more consistently."
Pete Walker Talks High Hopes For Drabek, Stroman
Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker gave his take on two important parts of the team's future: right-hander Kyle Drabek and top righty pitching prospect Marcus Stroman.
Drabek underwent Tommy John surgery for the second time in his career in 2012, after having the procedure in 2004. He'd made 13 starts in 2012 going 4-7 with a 4.67 ERA before his season ending injury in June.
Stroman, the number 3 ranked Jays prospect by MLB.com, was named an MiLB Organizational All-Star to cap off an oustanding 2013 season with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. The righty went 9-5, striking out 129 batters in 111.2 innings for the Double-A affiliate. He has a minor league K/9 of 10.4 in the minor league and his chances of making the Jays rotation are getting stronger.
"He's come a long way. It's been a long road and he's just been working his tail off. He came into camp in great shape.
"He's put himself in the picture for a spot in the rotation."
"He wants it to be now. But he just needs to pitch. He's felt good after each outing. And we just need to see where we're at once Spring Training is over."
"I was made aware of his work ethic, his pitchability, and so far from what I've seen the reports are accurate."
"He's competing for a spot. He's got to get innings, build his innings up and face more hitters."
[ When asked if Stroman merely has an outside shot for a spot in the rotation] "I won't say that. He's one we're definitely looking at."
For Shane Watson Self-Assurance Is Still Key
Every young player faces day-to-day challenges. But for Phillies prospect Shane Watson, living with diabetes forced him to face one more.
One more than his healthier teammates who could go about their business without thoughts of sugar dropping. That one more thing created a period of emotional struggle for the pitcher.
"I used to get depressed and really discouraged. I didn't want to be weird or different," Watson said.
As time went on, he learned to reset his attitude. Even when he can't avoid being "different", he's no longer deeply affected by the difference.
"Sometimes I'm aware of it with my teammates like if I have to check my sugar. I can't just do what they're doing. But I can still play. None of that has changed. It could've been worse."
After debuting in the GCL in 2012 and getting five starts, he played the entirety of 2013 with the Class-A Lakewood Blue Claws. He made 16 starts, finishing 4-6 with a 4.75 ERA and struck out 53 over 72 innings of work. With each month, he lowered his ERA. Then the wheels fell off. Watson was shut down after a start in July revealed he'd need shoulder surgery.
There's more to overcome now.
"It was a big thing last year, a big workload," he said. "It was a rough season at first. But I knew what the Phillies wanted from me and I knew I could do it. I just tried to develop each start. Looking ahead to recovering, I just want to come back and pitch aggressively."
Despite this setback, there's no longer any perceived limits. Whatever shock or uncertainty he went through after his diagnosis is gone. Perhaps the experience is helping him keep a completely positive attitude.
"I came to realize I can reach my full potential."
Jays Deck McGuire Feeling Renewed After Fall League, Being Added To 40-Man
McGuire, the Jays 2010 first round pick (11th overall) has adjusted his approach over the past three seasons. His perspective shifted after reassessing what he could improve in 2013, and the Jays protected him from the Rule Five Draft.
After what he's gone through, struggling in parts of 2011 and 2012, that was an important signal from the big club. He went 9-10 in 2013, ending the campaign with a 4.86 ERA and 143 strikeouts in 157 innings pitched.
"I've felt great coming back. I went to Fall League and that helped build even more confidence. There's not been any one thing that's helped me, but I understand there's going to be the low moments and the bright spots. It was about getting better start to start."
The ups and downs for a prospect so highly regarded upon being drafted were difficult mentally, but McGuire turned his thinking around by simplifying.
"I needed to do the opposite of what I was doing before," he said.
Perhaps due to the struggles, he realized that he had nothing to hold back on the mound. There may have been some hesitancy, but that's behind him.
"I need to attack the same every year. I've learned it's ok to trust myself."
Phillies Notes and Quotes:
For shortstop Roman Quinn, this spring is partially focused on giving himself more chances with the bat. "Since coming out of the Draft I've made a lot of progress as a switch hitter. I'm working on making a little progress everyday." He's also focused on improving defensively. He made 27 errors last season with Lakewood. "I'm trying to limit my errors, which I could've made less of in the past. I need to be more consistent.".... Third baseman Cody Overbeck will be a free agent this year and knows that a big change could be coming. "[The Phillies] have seen me play a ton. They know what I'm capable of." Overbeck, 28, spent the past two seasons with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, hitting .255 with 19 home runs in 122 games for the Iron Pigs in 2013. That looming free agency question hangs over this spring training, and he's fully aware of it. "Yeah, I mean I kind of can't help it. I'm just going to play and see where it takes me."
TOP 20 BASEBALL PROSPECTS FOR 2014 BY ORGANIZATION
AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST
Baltimore Orioles (January 26, 2014)
Boston Red Sox (January 1,2014)
Toronto Blue Jays (January 18, 2014)
AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL
(March 1, 2014)
Kansas City Royals (December 16, 2013)
Minnesota Twins (October 15, 2013)
AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST
(February 18, 2014)
Los Angeles Angels (January 11, 2014)
NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST
Atlanta Braves (December 4, 2013)
(March 7, 2014)
New York Mets (January 13, 2014)
NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL
Chicago Cubs (January 8, 2014)
Cincinnati Reds (January 22, 2014)
(January 30, 2014)
NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST
(February 24, 2014)
San Francisco Giants (December 28, 2014)
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Pitching depth highlights the Miami Marlins farm system.
Miami Marlins Top 20 Prospects for 2014
The list and grades are a blending of present performance and long-term potential. Comments are welcome, but in the end all analysis and responsibility is mine. Full reports on all of players can be found in the 2014 Baseball Prospect Book. The book has been delayed by my head injury, but it will come out eventually. Thank you for your patience and we still need pre-orders!
All of these grades are preliminary and subject to change.
QUICK PRIMER ON GRADE MEANINGS:
Grade A prospects are the elite. They have a reasonable chance of becoming stars or superstars. In theory, most Grade A prospects develop into major league regulars, if injuries or unanticipated problems don't intervene. Note that is a major "if" in some cases.
Grade B prospects have a good chance to enjoy successful careers. Some will develop into stars, some will not. Most end up spending several years in the majors, at the very least in a marginal role.
Grade C prospects are the most common type. These are guys who have something positive going for them, but who may have a question mark or three, or who are just too far away from the majors to get an accurate feel for. A few Grade C guys, especially at the lower levels, do develop into stars. Some end up as role players or bench guys. Many don't make it at all.
Also note that there is diversity within each category. I'm a tough grader; Grade C+ is actually good praise, and some C+ prospects (especially at lower levels) turn out very well indeed.
Finally, keep in mind that all grades are shorthand. You have to read the full comment in the book for my full opinion about a player, the letter grade only tells you so much. A Grade C prospect in rookie ball could end up being very impressive, while a Grade C prospect in Triple-A is likely just a future role player.
1) Andrew Heaney, LHP, Grade A-: Borderline B+. Is it just me, or does this guy not get enough attention? He’s one of the top pitching prospects in baseball with three quality pitches and a great performance record. He’s not going to be a superstar but I would be surprised if he doesn’t have a long and successful career.
2) Colin Moran, 3B, Grade B+: Good things: disciplined approach, track record in college at North Carolina, baseball bloodlines as B.J. Surhoff’s nephew and Brian Moran’s brother, should hit for average with sound OBP. Questions: how much home run power? And will his glovework be more than average? The arm is sound but his range is just average, which will be fine if he hits enough.
3) Justin Nicolino, LHP, Grade B-: Borderline B. His component ratios slipped last year with a reduced strikeout rate in Low-A and Double-A, and his projection is as more of mid-rotation guy than an ace. His stock is down a little although I think that the bigger problem is that I overrated him as a B+ last year when he should have been a straight B. I still like him more than I perhaps should; we’ll see how he adapts this year.
4) Brian Flynn, LHP, Grade B-. Huge 6-8 lefty led Pacific Coast League in ERA due to improved slider and changeup to go with 88-95 MPH fastball. He got hit hard in 18 big league innings due to command troubles which hadn’t bothered him during the minor league season, but he will get more chances. Relief work is fallback option but he could become a solid fourth starter.
5) Adam Conley, LHP, Grade B-: Successful season in Double-A (3.25, 129/37 K/BB in 139 innings) on strength of low-90s fastball, strong change, improving slider, and deceptive delivery. Some scouts still see him as a reliever down the line but he’s done enough to merit consideration as a fourth starter.
6) Anthony DeSclafani, RHP, Grade B-: Control-oriented inning-eater type, posted 115/33 K/BB in 129 innings between High-A and Double-A, using 90-95 MPH fastball, good slider and occasional curves and changeups. Like Flynn, Conley, and Nicolino, he projects as a competent starting pitcher.
7) Jake Marisnick, OF, Grade B-: Borderline C+. I respect Marisnick’s tools and he’s developed into a valuable defensive outfielder, but his over-aggressive offensive approach cuts into his production. Jeff Francoeur with less power but better defense and speed? That’s the outcome if he doesn’t get a better grasp of the strike zone.
8) Avery Romero, 2B, Grade C+: Borderline B-. Hit .297/.357/.411 in the New York-Penn League, which was quite good for the context, with improving defense at second base. More power may come in the future. Turns 21 in May, so he’s older than a typical 2012 high school draftee (third round, St. Augustine, FL). Could get into the B-range once we see him in full-season ball.
9) Jose Urena, RHP, Grade C+: Borderline B-. Another potential mid-rotation starter, posted 3.73 ERA with 107/29 K/BB in 150 innings in High-A. Good control of fastball/changeup combo, breaking stuff still under development.
10) Nick Wittgren, RHP, Grade C+: Exceptional performance record for this relief prospect, 0.77 ERA with 63/10 K/BB in 58 innings, just 42 hits, 26 saves between High-A and Double-A. Punctuated this with 0.66 ERA and 19/2 K/BB in 14 innings in Arizona Fall League. Throws reasonably hard and very deceptive. Ninth-round pick out of Purdue in 2012 continues to exceed expectations. I think he could close eventually.
11) Arquimedes Caminero, RHP, Grade C+: Gets an 80 for his name alone, but he’s got plenty of stuff and was successful in minors and big league trial (3.48 , 69/21 K/BB in 54 innings in Double-A/Triple-A, 2.77 ERA with 12/3 K/BB in 13 innings for Marlins.) Already 26 and ready to help in bullpen now.
12) J.T. Realmuto, C, Grade C+: Sound defender should have long career based on his glove, but will be relegated to reserve role unless he shows more with the bat. Hit just .239/.310/.353 in Double-A and hasn’t hit well since leaving Greensboro bandbox in ’11.
13) Austin Barnes, C-2B, Grade C+: With the giant pitching staffs and tiny benches of modern rosters, someone like Barnes looks valuable: he’s competent as both an infielder and a catcher and he’s got some contact hitting skills as well as good plate discipline. Lacks power but makes contact and will take a walk.
14) Jesus Solorzano, OF, Grade C+: Could rank as high as ninth due to broad tool base, hit .285/.325/.450 with 15 homers and 33 steals in Low-A. However, his plate discipline is substandard (24 walks, 111 strikeouts) and it remains to be seen if he can handle advanced pitching. Already 23 so the clock is ticking.
15) Sam Dyson, RHP, Grade C+: Power sinker stands out with this one. Posted 2.67 ERA with 62/36 K/BB in 111 innings between three levels, with 2.26 GO/AO and one homer allowed, but was hit hard in 11 big league innings. Could be inning-eating starter or a useful relief arm if the command is ther.
16) Colby Suggs, RHP, Grade C+: University of Arkansas product provides another power relief arm, posted 3.29 ERA with 38/18 K/BB in 27 innings in pro debut at three levels. Main issue here will be control but fastball/curve combination can be overpowering.
17) Jarlin Garcia, LHP, Grade C+: Multiple sources praising this guy as breakthrough candidate, posted 3.10 ERA with 74/18 K/BB in 70 innings in New York-Penn League. Smooth delivery, low-90s fastball and a good curve, just turned 21. Mid-rotation potential if it comes together in full-season ball.
18) Grant Dayton, LHP, Grade C+: Borderline C. This guy always gets people out and did it again in Double-A, 2.37 ERA with 56/12 K/BB in 38 innings. Low-90s fastball with a breaking ball and changeup, always posts excellent strikeout rates but seldom mentioned as a prospect despite success record and workable stuff.
19) Trevor Williams, RHP, Grade C: Arizona State product is another groundballer, posted 2.38 ERA with 24/8 K/BB in 34 innings in pro debut with 2.24 GO/AO. Strikeout rates were low in college but will grounders compensate?
20) Ryan Newell, RHP, Grade C: Sleeper prospect dominated New York-Penn League, 2.09 ERA with 75/21 K/BB, 2.40 GO/AO in 82 innings just 60 hits allowed, fastball clocked as high as 95. Seventh round pick in 2012 from Shorter University in Georgia. We need to see him at higher levels but he made progress last year.
OTHERS: Michael Brady, RHP; Austin Brice, RHP; Austin Dean, OF; Domingo German, RHP; Tyler Higgins, RHP; Mason Hope, RHP; Kyle Jensen, OF; Brent Keys, OF; Javier Lopez, SS; Edgar Olmos, LHP; J.T. Riddle, INF; Angel Sanchez, RHP; Sean Townsley, LHP
The Marlins are very reliant on young players and prospects given their business model. As it currently stands, the organization has reasonable depth in pitching prospects. Heaney is the best of the lot still in the minor leagues, and he should be a fine rotation asset behind graduated Jose Fernandez perhaps as soon as the second half of 2014.
Behind him there is a large group of potential number three/four starters, the inning-eater types. They won’t all pan out, of course, but there’s some depth to work with. The raw material for a solid big league bullpen is present as well with guys like Caminero, Wittgren, Dayton, and others ready soon.
The position player side is much thinner. Moran is the best bet and he may be more solid regular than star. Graduated Christian Yelich should have a long and successful career, but Marisnick has to get the strike zone under control. Avery Romero has some breakout potential, but the other hitters look more like bench contributors from here.
They could use more power-oriented starting pitchers and more impact hitters, but the organization isn’t empty despite recent graduations. verall I’d say this is an average system.
The two biggest names to sign from the international market made waves yesterday, and A's wunderkind Addison Russell also picked up a pair of extra base hits. Jose Abreu put his first home run on the board and Masahiro Tanaka was taken deep by Freddy Galvis.
Hello everyone and welcome back. Unfortunately, some rain tore through Florida and wiped out all but three Grapefruit League games. On the other side of the country however, play was uninterrupted in the Cactus League. Before we get to the highlights of the day I do want to mention the passing of Dr. Frank Jobe. Dr. Jobe was the man to pioneer UCL replacement surgery and was the doctor who performed the surgery on Tommy John. Our thoughts and condolences to the friends and family of a man who changed the game of baseball for the better without ever picking up a baseball.
The most notable hitting performance came from first baseman Jose Abreu who hit his first American home run, a two-run shot off Brad Penny, in a split squad affair against the Royals. In the traditional rookie division, first baseman CJ Cron's pinch hit three-run shot in the ninth inning for the Angels and short stop Addison Russell's extra base hit binge are equally as deserving of the honor.. Russell, the short stop of the future for Oakland, hit a double and triple along with a run scored in just two at bats. Third baseman Garin Cecchini of the Red Sox had a day to forget, securing the first Golden Sombrero of the spring.
Masahiro Tanaka made his second appearance of the spring, allowing two hits and one earned run on a home run to Phillies utility man Freddy Galvis in three innings. He struck out one without issuing a free pass. Red Sox righty Allen "Kid Carl" Webster was the only other Top 100 pitcher making an appearance. He threw three scoreless frames with only one hit allowed and one strikeout with no walks.
|Rank (Ovr)||Name, Pos||Team||AB||R||H||RBI||HR||SB||Notes|
|7 (8)||Kris Bryant, 3B||CHC||2||0||0||0||0||0||2 K|
|10 (14)||Addison Russell, SS||OAK||2||1||2||0||0||0||2B, 3B|
|11 (17)||Maikel Franco, 3B||PHI||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|15 (29)||Jose Abreu, 1B||CWS||3||1||1||2||1||0||HR (1)|
|16 (34)||Joc Pederson, CF||LAD||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|17 (35)||Gary Sanchez, C||NYY||2||1||1||0||0||0||K|
|18 (36)||Albert Almora, CF||CHC||3||0||1||0||0||0||K|
|21 (41)||Jorge Soler, RF||CHC||0||0||0||0||0||0||CS, BB|
|22 (42)||Rougned Odor, 2B||TEX||2||1||0||0||0||0||BB, K|
|27 (50)||Jackie Bradley, CF||BOS||3||0||1||0||0||0||BB|
|Rank (Ovr)||Name, Pos||Team||AB||R||H||RBI||HR||SB||Notes|
|32 (66)||Chris Owings, SS||AZ||4||1||1||0||0||0|
|35 (72)||Matt Davidson, 3B||CWS||3||0||0||0||0||0|
|36 (73)||Blake Swihart, C||BOS||1||0||1||0||0||1||SB (1)|
|37 (74)||Garin Cecchini, 3B||BOS||4||0||0||0||0||0||Golden Sombrero Alert!|
|38 (75)||Mookie Betts, 2B||BOS||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|46 (85)||DJ Peterson, 3B/1B||SEA||2||1||1||1||0||0|
|49 (91)||Marcus Semien, SS/2B/3B||CWS||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|54 (98)||Michael Choice, CF/LF||TEX||4||1||2||0||0||0|
|55 (100)||Arismendy Alcantara, 2B/SS||CHC||2||0||0||0||0||0||BB, K|
|Rank (Ovr)||Name, Pos||Team||IP||H||R||ER||BB||K||Notes|
|1 (4)||Masahiro Tanaka, RHP||NYY||3||2||1||1||0||1||HR (F. Galvis)|
|41 (88)||Allen Webster, RHP||BOS||3||1||0||0||0||1|
|Name, Pos||Team||Top 10 Rank||AB||R||H||RBI||HR||SB||Notes|
|Matt Skole, 1B||WAS||4||2||0||1||0||0||0||2B, K|
|Michael Taylor, CF||WAS||6||2||0||1||1||0||0|
|Braeden Schlehuber, C||ATL||-||2||0||1||1||0||0|
|Edward Salcedo, 3B||ATL||-||2||1||1||0||0||0|
|Alex Hassan, LF||BOS||-||4||0||1||0||0||0||2B|
|Deven Marrero, SS||BOS||-||4||0||2||0||0||0|
|Ramon Flores, RF||NYY||-||3||1||1||2||1||0||HR (1), SF|
|Jose Pirela, 2B||NYY||-||1||1||1||1||0||0||2B|
|Scott Schebler, LF||LAD||-||2||0||1||0||0||0||3B|
|CJ Cron, 1B||LAA||2||1||1||1||3||1||0||HR (1)|
|Name, Pos||Team||Top 10 Rank||AB||R||H||RBI||HR||SB||Notes|
|Stefen Romero, LF||SEA||-||5||1||1||1||0||1||3B, SB (1), K|
|James Jones, CF||SEA||-||1||2||1||0||0||1||SB (1)|
|Jesus Montero, 1B||SEA||-||4||1||2||1||0||0||BB, K|
|Leury Garcia, 2B/SS||CWS||-||2||0||1||0||0||0||K|
|Carlos Sanchez, SS/2B||CWS||-||4||0||2||2||0||1||SB (2)|
|Mike Olt, 1B||CHC||-||3||0||1||0||0||0||K|
|Micah Johnson, 2B||CWS||6||5||2||3||0||0||1||K, SB (1), PO|
|Christian Colon, 2B||KC||-||2||0||1||0||0||0|
|Matt Argyropoulos, 3B||COL||-||1||1||1||0||0||0||E|
|Kyle Parker, 1B||COL||4||2||0||1||1||0||0||2B, E|
|Name, Pos||Team||Top 10 Rank||AB||R||H||RBI||HR||SB||Notes|
|Tom Murphy, C||COL||7||3||0||1||1||0||0||2B, BB, 2 K|
|Tommy Medica, 1B||SD||-||2||1||1||3||1||0||HR (2)|
|Yorman Rodriguez, CF||CIN||5||2||0||1||1||0||0||2B, K|
|Tucker Barnhart, C||CIN||10||2||1||1||0||0||0||2B|
|Jake Lamb, 3B||AZ||9||2||1||1||1||1||0||HR (1), K|
|Alfredo Marte, LF||AZ||-||2||1||1||2||1||0||HR (1), K|
|Nick Ahmed, 2B/SS||AZ||-||4||0||1||0||0||0||CS|
|Name, Pos||Team||Top 10 Rank||IP||H||R||ER||BB||K||Notes|
|Felipe Rivero, LHP||WAS||-||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|Mario Hollands, LHP||PHI||-||2||1||0||0||0||2|
|Chris Anderson, RHP||LAD||5||1.1||1||2||2||2||0||HBP|
|Mike Morin, RHP||LAA||-||1||1||0||0||1||1|
|Wei-Chung Wang, LHP||MIL||-||2||1||0||0||0||2|
|Jesse Hahn, RHP||SD||-||1||1||0||0||0||1|
|Zeke Spruill, RHP||AZ||-||1||0||0||0||0||1|
|Jake Barrett, RHP||AZ||-||1||1||1||1||0||2|
- Twins 3B Miguel Sano (season; elbow)
- Mariners RHP Taijuan Walker (1 week; shoulder inflammation)
It will be the first time since the All-Star Game's inception in 1988 that Omaha has served as host.
The Omaha Storm Chasers will host the 2015 Triple-A All-Star Game at Werner Park during the week of July 12-15, 2015. The club made the announcement public Thursday morning in downtown Omaha at First National Bank of Omaha (the title sponsor for the event).
"We have been working to land the 2015 Triple-A Baseball All-Star Game for three years," said Martie Cordaro, president and general manager of the Storm Chasers. "We knew we had the organization and facilities that were second-to-none and we wanted the opportunity to show all of Triple-A Minor League Baseball just what Omaha, Werner Park and the Storm Chasers could offer."
The Pacific Coast League (PCL) and International League (IL) take turns hosting the All-Star Game, with the PCL hosting it on odd years and the IL hosting it on even years. The Durham Bulls of the IL will host the 2014 event.
A number of MiLB dignitaries were present for the announcement, including Pacific Coast League president Branch Rickey, International League president Randy Mobley and MiLB president and CEO Pat O'Connor.
"Baseball, by and large, enjoys [a] privileged position in the American spectrum," said Rickey at the press conference. "But the All-Star Game is our step above." He went on to say the game is a place to see potential future MLB stars.
"We do this to show off Triple-A baseball," Rickey continued. "This game is played on the day after the MLB All-Star Game, which means we've got the chance for national television [exposure]."
Cordaro pointed out that 86 Triple-A All-Stars have gone on to become MLB All-Stars.
The game has been played since 1988, but back then it pitted American League Triple-A All-Stars against National League Triple-A All-Stars. The current format pits the PCL against the IL and has been in place since 1998.
This isn't the first time Omaha has attempted to attract the Triple-A All-Star Game. Cordaro says Omaha tried to get the game before Rosenblatt Stadium closed in 2010.
"Unfortunately that window was not open because the sites had already been selected," Cordaro said. "It would have been a great, historic event had it worked out, but we're honored to have it in the Omaha metro now."
The game will be broadcast on MLB Network.
With an estimated 40,000 sports-related eye injuries each year, it’s no wonder more and more athletes are becoming interested in sports eyewear. Sports eyewear can now be seen on professional athletes, children, and everyone in between, and for good reason: injuries in sports extend beyond broken bones. An errant ball, careless elbow, or extended finger can cause serious damage to your eyes.
The safety benefits of sports eyewear have been enjoyed for years in games like racquet ball and squash, but only recently has an increased awareness of eye safety brought them to major sports like basketball, baseball, football, and hockey. What’s more, with a variety of styles to choose from, your eye doctor can fit you with a pair that’s both functional and trendy.
Sports That Don’t Need a Helmet
Baseballs, tennis balls, and golf balls can move at an alarming speed. If these balls make contact with an unprotected eye, the damages can be catastrophic. In these sports, an impact with your eye is considered a medical emergency and even if there is no immediate bruising or swelling, you should see an ophthalmologist right away. The long term consequences of these types of injuries can be diminished eye sight and even blindness. Sports like basketball, where the ball is not moving as quickly, pose just as much of a risk, and injuries to unprotected eyes should be treated in exactly the same manner as those involving balls that travel at higher speeds.
Sports That Do Need a Helmet
A helmet is designed to provide protection against concussion and other head injuries and may only provide minimal protection for your eyes.
Fingers, elbows, even turf or ice can make contact with your eyes causing irritation, temporary blindness, and scratches to your cornea. In some extreme cases, you may even lose your eye.
Your eye doctor is able to fit you with protective sports goggles that fit inside a helmet, maximizing your protection against such dangers. These goggles can even be fitted with your current prescription, enhancing vision as well as providing additional protection. Made from scratch resistant and super durable plastics, many sports goggles are also UV resistant, increasing protection for your eyes against sun damage in outdoor sports.
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Hunting Laser Range Finders let hunters to aim their targets speedily and unfailingly. Presently, you can find a variety of choices among laser range finders starting from $ 200 to $ 3000. Always remember that sports and consumer units give the equal laser output and this output can be controlled for safety reasons. But the difference can be observed in the field performance which can be very much astonishing.
Some of the Hunting Laser Range Finders advertised with 1500 yard range cannot range the deer accurately past 600 yards. The difference is caused due to the optics and error correction softwares. Following is a brief review about the most leading Hunting Laser Range Finders with 1000 yard+ capability for sharp shooters and hunters.
Swarovski Laser-Guide: It offers a great affordable price that is $ 889, and it can make objects visible up to 1500 yards and even beyond that. It features the most popular 8×30 monocular, which ranges the deer and other man sized targets better than any other at the distance of even 1000 yards. Below $ 3000 it shows that maximum reach for reflective objects and provides an unbelievable reach. Due to these features it beats its competitors, another shortcoming products is the Swaro which would be offering variety of settings for variable aiming circle.
Leica LRF 1200: With a price of only $ 469, Leica LRF 1200 wins out when you really consider the value for a dollar. Among all the other Hunting Laser Range Finders this one can be compared with Swaros performance but cannot be compared with the extreme ranges. Though you can buy it half of the cost of the Swarovski but when it comes to quality it gives up very little to the Swaro out to approximately 900 yards. All in all it will not range far but it can prove out to be user friendly and high quality unit. It also has some important features which minimizes the probability of the false returns.
Leica CRF 1200: It was introduced in 2006: Its price is $ 599, optical and laser performance is matchless and it is small enough to be fitted in a shirt pocket, due to its unique circuitry it offers a great battery life as compare to other rangefinders. It can be held vertically as the monocular is on the top. Its weight is less than Swarovski and one can easily hold it in hand, this model works greatly when held in a binocular style.
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French Ring Sport is a protection dog sport, not unlike Schutzhund or KNPV exercises, but unique in it’s own right. The sport involves a number of trials intended to test both the dog and it’s handler. Exercises include jumps, palisades, retrieval and tests of obedience, as well as bite-work using a decoy outfitted in a special French Ring bite suit. The decoy is considered an active adversary to the dog and will do his best to confuse, enrage or otherwise undermine the training and character of the dog. The German Shepherd, Belgian Malinois, Doberman Pinscher and Rottweiler are the most common breeds used in French Ring.
However, a list of other mid-sized to large breeds are permitted to participate, provided they’re up to the challenge. After earning the title of Brevet, which deems a dog fit to participate in the sport, the titles Ring I, Ring II and Ring III may be awarded to dogs who perform admirably. Each title provides increasingly challenging exercises with Ring III being the most difficult to obtain. Dogs who have obtained the title of Ring III must work hard to score consistently high to avoid being demoted back to Ring II.
The history of French Ring shares close ties to Belgian Ring Sport. Both originated in the late 1800′s as a way to determine a dog’s suitability for breeding. Edmond Moecheron, a Belgian Shepherd dog breeder, is credited by some as being the father of ring sport. His demonstrations throughout Belgium, France and Holland undoubtedly helped inspire French and Belgian Ring Sport as well as K.N.P.V. exercises. In 1907, the first ring sport was conducted in Mechelen, Belgium. The establishment of separate rules for French and Belgian Ring would grow from here.
The Bouvier des Flandres is the breed most noted for it’s shepherding, and later, protection work in France.
The Bouvier des Flandres and Belgian Malinois breeds have shared intense competition in sporting events. However, many people now regard the Belgian Malinois as being the breed best suited for Ring Sport.
In 1986, French Ring was introduced to North America, and the North American Ringsport Association (N.A.R.A.) was formed under guidance from the Societe Centrale Canine (S.C.C.) in France. In 1987, Mondioring Sport was formed in Tournai, Belgium. Mondioring combines what it considers to be the best elements of Belgian Ring, French Ring, K.N.P.V. and Schutzhund. Changes in rules and exercises over the years, as well as similarities between various Dog Sports have lead to the use of the term International Ring Sport in recent history.
Whether you call it French Ring or International Ring Sport, French and Belgian traditions have maintained one of the toughest and most exciting dog sports in the world.
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But it is now Go time for the Dodgers. If the Angels have bad player deals, it is because their shiny new Fox Sports contract enabled them to spend stupidly and big. The Dodgers decided they needed to one-up the Angels, and in an effort to do so, launched their own cable TV network. In this, they followed the Yankees, who created YES Network in 1999. But, as happened in San Diego (also this), and to a lesser degree, Houston, the Dodgers now find their own greed locking them away from the fans they claimed they wanted to reach.
The cable operator is optimistic that it will have wide distribution by the time the Dodgers' regular season starts March 22.I will not be surprised to learn there is a considerable amount of pushback among the cable operators, who weary of downside cable-cutting should prices escalate too high. And there are signs that we have reached the moment of collapse.
"We're coming off a tremendous season and interest in Dodger baseball is at an all-time high," Time Warner Cable Sports President David Rone said.
But that may be wishful thinking.
Many distributors are upset about being pressured to carry a new sports network in a region that already has several similar channels, including not only Prime Ticket but also Fox Sports West, Pac-12 Los Angeles and Time Warner Cable's SportsNet and Deportes.
"It is really hard to understand why everyone needs their own channel when they didn't need one before," said Andy Albert, senior vice president of content acquisition for Cox Communications.
Those channels, along with ESPN, cost customers as much as $20 a month whether they watch them or not. The Dodgers channel threatens to dramatically increase that figure.
Joe Kennedy, the bootlegger and patriarch of that political family, famously got out of the stock market when even cabbies and shoeshine boys started giving him stock tips. So we begin to suspect the jig is up on cable TV networks when the likes of icon YES Network sells itself to Fox. Why might they do such a thing?
One of the next things on the YES Network's to-do list is to negotiate a new carriage contract with Time Warner Cable, one of the largest cable operators in the New York metro region. Time Warner Cable has said the channel's distribution agreement is about to expire.In other words, the Yankees still get the benefits of operating a RSN without the headaches of having to extract revenue from cable operators. This, to me, is the rats leaving the sinking ship -- with the Dodgers viewing such a ship as their salvation. One expects one of those views will prevail, and it isn't the Dodgers'. Well, it wouldn't be the first time the Bombers proved better than the Bums.
Some have speculated that the negotiation process could be ticklish because Fox and Time Warner Cable have clashed in the past. Fox lost the rights to televise L.A. Lakers and Dodgers games after Time Warner Cable agreed to pay the teams substantially more than Fox had been paying.
Here is where the LA Times and the others go very wrong – they reason that $30 of the $40 charged is due to sports so each person is paying $7.50 for football ($7.50*4=$30) and $2.50 for Top Chef ($2.50*4=$10) and, therefore, the Top Chef viewer is being ripped off because 3/4 of their bill is going to support programming they never watch!Yet this does not change the underlying truth that the bill is still what it is! More of a sports fan's bill goes toward the things they prefer to watch, while less of someone who likes "Top Chef", say. The LAT article can be found here:
Conceptually it’s much clearer to say that each person is being charged $10 for the programming that they most want to watch.
So far, people seem willing to pay. But the escalating costs are triggering worries that, at some point, consumers will begin ditching their cable and satellite subscriptions.As much as Taberrok might like to elide this, he can't ignore what's happening in San Diego with the Padres, which is a precursor to the whole house of cards falling down.
"We've got runaway sports rights, runaway sports salaries and what is essentially a high tax on a lot of households that don't have a lot of interest in sports," said John Malone, the cable industry pioneer and chairman of Liberty Media. "The consumer is really getting squeezed, as is the cable operator."
A key concern is that the higher bills driven by sports are being shouldered by subscribers whether they watch sports or not. National and local sports networks typically require cable and satellite companies to make their channels available to all customers.
"I pay $98 a month for cable and half of that is for sports?" said Vincent Castellanos, 51, a fashion stylist who lives in Los Feliz. "I've never once gone to a single sports channel. I wasn't even aware I was paying for it. I want my money back. Who do I call?"
During winter season namely in geographical areas where it acquires extraordinarily cold,Most males find it very important to fray an additional warm overlaying over their garments so as to efficiently counteract the chilly. Resultantly, men’s overcoats, later their inception,have bent into very hot because they’re presented in various varieties ranging from informal, semi formal to formal.They are extraordinarily efficient in chilly weather and might continue warmth as also providing safety towards climatic prerequisites such as rainfall.
Men overcoats are basically constituted of various supplies mainly leathers and wool.In principle,coats made from both substances supply the same degree of warmth. Since the utility educed from both outwear merchandise is the identical, consequently,the sort of cloth primarily depends on the preferences of a selected purchaser. On the opposite hand, one additionally has the choice of buying a cashmere founded overcoats which are basically another selection of wool coats though they have numerous advantages over the latter choice. Cashmere, a by-product of regular wool, is a particularly mild fabric therefore overcoats produced utilizing cashmere is lighter than wool ones, supplies the identical quantity of warmth and may offer identical stylistic choices. Basically, outerwear is on hand in two important kinds namely informal and formal (dress overcoats). Insouciant outerwear is basically either crafted from normal superiority wool or inferior leather and may be worn in drizzly climate as well.On the opposite hand, gown overcoats provide a similar quantity of safety and heat retention as compare to casual ones, nevertheless; in addition they have the added benefit of sporting kinds that enable males to wear them for formal conferences, presentations and other such reputable expeditions.
Dress coats are presented in either a double breasted or single breasted structure.The double breasted coat contains conventional button style closure choices as also a belt to lock the coat by rights thereby projecting a ‘neat and proper’ picture.Likewise,single breasted coats have traditional buttons so as to shut the coat. Leather coats, on the opposite hand, provide buyers with the choice of a belted coat so as to lock it correctly. All of these coats are priced in another way because of the cloth that’s utilized in bring forth them as also features such as provision of favor and heat retention.
Consequently, it would be naturally seen that males overcoats are extraordinarily useful in nature and may supply enough utility as also a sense of fashion.
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