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Brooklyn, gunning for their eleventh win of the season tonight do so with their number eight hitter batting only .195. That number eight hitter isn't just any old prospect, he's Brandon Nimmo. I've received several emails and questions on Twitter regarding the 19-year old's slow start to the season, as... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2012 at Penn League Report
5'11, 185 lb starters are rare, but if they can maintain their stuff and gets hitters whiffing enough they have a shot at surviving in the big leagues. Hansel Robles is that guy for the Cyclones, and he definitely showed starter stuff tonight against the Staten Island Yankees. Although he... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2012 at Penn League Report
Gabriel Encinas, arguably the biggest prospect amongst the young Staten Island pitching staff took the mound yesterday and hurled two innings of work. I sat in the scout section last night and has my gun, notepad & stopwatch on hand and wasn't really scouting the Brooklyn hitters. I spent all... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2012 at Penn League Report
Every year I compile the Penn League's top prospects before and after the season is through. The idea is that the rankings will be drastically different over the span of a few months, similar to last year. Here are the start-of-season top 12 prospects in the league: 1) Luis Heredia... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2012 at Penn League Report
Update: Ravel Santana will start the year with the Staten Island Yankees as well. Although it has not yet been released to the public, I have confirmed that the roster listed below is in fact the official Staten Island Yankees roster for the upcoming season. Subject to change, of course,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2012 at Penn League Report
For fans of the Eastern League, last year would be hard to top. In a given week you could see some of the best prospects baseball had to offer. Bryce Harper. Anthony Gose. Brad Peacok. Travis d'Arnaud. These are only a handful of the player you would have been able... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2012 at Penn League Report
Not too long ago, I opened iPhoto and couldn't believe how much prospect video I had dating back to the season. I guess I might as well post it on the site, eh? There will be lots more where this is coming from, but I thought I'd start things off... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2012 at Penn League Report
Brooklyn has notoriously been considered to be the Wyoming of talent -- there's usually nothing there. Whether the prospects competing for Brooklyn are old for Penn leaguers or simply bland as far as talent goes, year after year the Cyclones sell out their oceanside ballpark with a rather disappointing team... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2011 at Penn League Report
Friend of Penn League Report, Will Privette, covers the Reds system independently and has been doing so for a number of years. So, it's my pleasure to once again post an article of his (with his consent) on PLR. Every word below is courtesy of Will. The Cincinnati Reds have... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2011 at Penn League Report
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It's important for me to, more than simply reporting, continue my scouting reports. Not only that, but also touch upon teams and players I've failed to cover. And the Brooklyn Cyclones, a team I've seen nearly fifteen times this season, definitely fall under that category. One of the Cyclones' players... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2011 at Penn League Report
First and foremost, I'd like to apologize for the lack of posts over the past week or so. The previous week has been extremely busy for me, and likely my busiest week of the year. Anyway, I'm back and ready to get back to work, so here's an interview I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2011 at Penn League Report
Friend of Penn League Report and Batavia Muckdogs attendee Will Cleveland provided his usual fantastic coverage as he just a few days ago took some video of a few Spikes and Muckdogs players. Sure enough, Will was kind enough to supply PLR with the video of said prospects, and here... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2011 at Penn League Report
Before we go on, let's review the already ranked twenty-five prospects who help occupy my the top 30. So let's start from the bottom and work our way up... 30. Tyler Vail (Athletics) 29. Sammy Gonzalez (Pirates) 28. Evan DeLuca (Yankees) 27. Javier Rodriguez(Mets) 26. Blake Brewer (Marlins) 25. Lino... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2011 at Penn League Report
Tonight in Manchester, New Hampshire, under a crowd just short of 5,000, former big-leaguer Shairon Martis tossed a no-hitter helping his Harrisburg Senators down the Fisher Cats 3-0. On 86 pitches, Martis dominated a fantastic offense in that of the Fisher Cats. Martis and I spoke post-game. The post-game interview... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2011 at Penn League Report
Personal favorite and Marlins highly regarded pitching prospect Blake Brewer (who is currently with the Jammers) stopped by to chat. Brewer recently changed from a 3/4 arm slot to an over the top one, which, according to him, has him now sitting 94-95 rather than 89-91. Check out the interview.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2011 at Penn League Report
Former Major Leaguer and current Williamsport Crosscutters manager Mickey Morandini and I sat down and discussed a number of topics. Those topics include the exciting players on his team, his goals as a manager and what he brings to the table as a manager as well. Mickey Morandini Interview Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2011 at Penn League Report
We've now got less than a dozen prospects left on the list. On to numbers 10-6. 10. Jeff Malm: 1B -- Hudson Valley Renegades (Rays) Malm might have the most power in the entire league, but he's all bat. He isn't that athletic and doesn't play a good 1B, but... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2011 at Penn League Report
Friend of Penn League Report and Upstate New York native Will Cleveland took in a Batavia Muckdogs/Mahoning Valley Scrappers game last night. I told him to keep an eye on several prospects and two of which he came back with footage of. Isn't Will the best? I know, I know.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2011 at Penn League Report
Lately, I've been trying to stock up on as many interviews as possible. This one thanks to Aaron Altherr is just one of what should be many more interviews to come. Enjoy. Interview with Phillies Prospect Aaron Altherr Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2011 at Penn League Report
15. Cito Culver: INF -- Staten Island Yankees (Yankees) Culver is a streaky hitter who is the exact definition of a NASDAQ guy. Not only has he been up and down all year, but when he's playing well he's on fire and when he's not, he's dreadful. Culver has made... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2011 at Penn League Report
Nationals 2011 draft pick and brother of former Rangers first rounder Jake Skole, Matt Skole, sat down with me to discuss a variety of topics. Those topics include his success in his first season of pro ball, potentially playing against or alongside his brother and his expectations for the remainder... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2011 at Penn League Report
On to numbers 20-16... 20. Austin Wright: P – Williamsport Crosscutters (Phillies) Wright doesn’t have as much upside as others on this list, but the 2011 draft pick has already made an impact in the Phillies system. A lefty, Wright features a three-pitch mix with deception and some good life... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2011 at Penn League Report
Only a few weeks ago, the Auburn Doubledays and Lowell Spinners squared off in Lowell in a series that consisted of two of the better teams in the league. Since then, the Spinners have only one five games while continuing to lose their better players to injury. Why are they... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2011 at Penn League Report
On to numbers 25-21 of our mid-season top 30 NYPL prospects. Without further ado... Must have minimum of 95 PA's or 20 IP to qualify. 25. Lino Martinez: P - Williamsport Crosscutters (Phillies) Martinez isn't going to blow anyone away, but is the exact definition of pitchability and is advanced... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2011 at Penn League Report