AA Dish: DeJesus, Gamel, LaPorta Among Yesterday’s Standouts
Matt LaPorta, Mat Gamel and Cole Gillespie had big nights at Jake McGee’s expense, Royals righthander Carlos Rosa continued his quiet dominance, Wilkin Ramirez had another big night and Dodgers [...]
If all goes according to plan—though that rarely happens in baseball—Tampa Bay's 2004 draft could go down as one of the best drafts of the decade. The Rays used the fourth overall pick that year on Jeff Niemann, a 6-foot-9 righthander from Rice with a mid-90s fastball and a power curve. Niemann made his debut on April 13 for the Rays, allowing one run in six innings on five strikeouts and one walk. In the second round, the Rays grabbed Louisiana high school shortstop Reid Brignac, who was No. 39 on Baseball America's Top 100 Prospects list coming into the season.
Making The Pieces Fit
For a farm director, putting together his organization's minor league rosters is a bit like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. Once the general manager narrows the major league roster down to 25 players, each farm director has to allocate 24 players to his Triple-A team, 24 to his Double-A squad, 25 to high Class A and 25 to low Class A. It's up to the general manager and the scouting department to acquire the pieces; it's the farm director's job to put that 98-piece puzzle together. And sometimes the pieces need to be forced into spots where they don't quite seem to fit.
Prospect Hot Sheet Chat: April 11
Ben Badler chatted about the Hot Sheet on April 11.