Crowe Gets His Chance
Trevor Crowe heads to spring training with a lot of pressure and a lot of opportunities.
Houston Astros: Top 10 Prospects Chat With Kary Booher
Kary Booher chatted about the Astros farm system.
Houston Astros: Top 10 Prospects With Scouting Reports
Scouting reports for Houston's best prospects.
Houston Astros: Top 10 Prospects
A rundown of the top prospects in Houston's farm system.
Relying On Guts
Not long ago, give or take 18 months, any conversation discussing a safe projection of Cardinals righthander P.J. Walters always centered around one phrase: In the majors, he's probably a reliever. Now, after a mostly encouraging run through the high minors in 2008 and a dominating performance in the Puerto Rican League, look who's running with a full head of steam entering a season that could end with a precious 40-man roster spot. Even better, the majors are in reach.
Used to be, Justin Maxwell lost a lot of sleep at night as he worried about this and that, the replay of that evening's game running through his mind over and over again. Now the Nationals prospect patrols the outfields of the Puerto Rican League, where he tries to make up for lost time after yet another season marred by injuries. His 2008 campaign was abbreviated to just 43 games.
AFL Top 20 Prospects Chat
Kary Booher chatted about the Arizona Fall League.
Arizona Fall League Top 20 Prospects
Scouting reports on the standouts from the AFL.
Los Angeles Angels: Top 10 Prospects Chat With Kary Booher
Kary Booher chatted about the Angels farm system.
Worth A Look
The buzz of the offseason likely will stay on the heels of others, of bigger names, of more talented prospects, even though he created quite the ruckus this year in winning the Texas League batting title. But just when it seemed safe to assume the winter would quiet down around third baseman Jesus Guzman comes this line next to his name out of the Venezuelan League: .400/.500/.696.
Los Angels Angels: Top 10 Prospects With Scouting Reports
Scouting reports for the Angels' best prospects.
Los Angeles Angels: Top 10 Prospects
A rundown of who are the Angels' top 10 prospects.
Quick, think back to your early days as a freshman in high school—when the upperclassmen couldn't resist tripping you on the way to class, loved to shove you into a wall every so often or, gulp, would swipe the miniature-sized milk carton off the lunch tray. So when it comes to the young Carlos Triunfel playing in the Arizona Fall League, would it be much of a surprise if the Mariners' infield prospect got caught looking over his shoulder, if not cautiously approaching his locker stall for the latest prank?
Trying To Recharge
Scan any winter league roster—the Dominican, Venezuela, Mexico and Puerto Rico—and his name is nowhere to be found. And don't bother Google-searching lists for the Arizona Fall League, or even Hawaii Winter Baseball. Colby Rasmus, the Cardinals' top prospect despite a mostly forgettable 2008 season, is sitting this one out.