Browse Articles

Making An Impression

Matt Blood and John Manuel -Premium Content

According to the Major League Scouting Bureau, the first three things a scout looks for when evaluating a pitching prospect are strength, stamina and aggression in the strike zone. On a Friday night in early March, top third base and hitting prospect Ethan Martin took the mound against highly ranked American Heritage High and forced scouts to also consider him a pitching prospect.

Draft | #2008#Draft Dish

Calvert Hall Remains Winless

Nathan Rode -

FULLERTON, Calif.—The A-list wasn’t as long as Gerrit Cole’s outing, but Jupiter (Fla.) righthander Jack Armstrong, attracted close to 40 scouts, crosscheckers and directors in his start against Bishop Amat […]

Draft

Mater Dei takes Lions title

Nathan Rode -

ANAHEIM—Santa Ana, Calif.’s Mater Dei High was on its fifth game and three days and out of pitchers when Wednesday’s Anaheim Lions tournament championship came around. So, the Monarchs started […]

Draft

Cole Dominates At Nat Classic

Nathan Rode -

FULLERTON, Calif.—Anticipation was building all day at the National Classic, as everyone was ready for Gerrit Cole’s start against Yucaipa (Calif.) HS, set for Tuesday night at Cal State Fullerton. […]

Draft

Jarvis Becomes Eligible

John Manuel -

Former Arizona State righthander Jason Jarvis will be eligible for the 2008 draft, according to his agent. Oscar Suarez, who also represents big leaguers such as Oscar Villareal and Joakim […]

Draft

High School Injury Update

Nathan Rode -

A few prospects have come up on the injury radar recently, while others are returning to hopefully help their team boost their rankings. Outfielder/lefthander Aaron Hicks (Wilson HS, Long Beach) […]

Draft

SoCal Trio Dominates Hitters

Nathan Rode -

By Dave Perkin In the past week, three Southern California area high school pitchers, each of whom has the ability to be selected in the first two rounds of this […]

Draft

Jarvis Could Enter 2008 Draft

John Manuel -

Arizona State righthander Jason Jarvis was the top prep pitcher in Arizona in the draft class of 2006, and now he hopes to be one of the state’s top draftees […]

College

Perkin Breaks Down Hicks

John Manuel -

BA’s Dave Perkin, our scout for Prospects Plus, took in SoCal prep two-way star Aaron Hicks last Thursday, and after seeing him for several outings previously, he sees improvement for […]

Draft

Hosmer, Martin Shine In LaGrange

Matt Blood -

BA's Matt Blood makes his first road trip to see 2008 draft prospects, heading down to LaGrange, Ga., for a high school tournament, with American Heritage High out of Florida […]

Draft

New Position For Dykstra?

Matt Blood -

In an attempt to make its lineup more versatile, Wake Forest recently has experimented with playing slugger Allan Dykstra at third base. Typically a first baseman, Dykstra worked at third […]

College

Skipworth Impresses With The Leather

Matt Blood -

Baseball America’s Dave Perkin attended yesterday’s high school baseball game between Patriot High and Newport Harbor High in California to check in on Kyle Skipworth. Defense is rarely the primary […]

Draft

Opening Weekend Tidbits

John Manuel -

The first weekend of Division I college baseball produced some news regarding top draft prospects. A quick rundown: • Preseason All-American Pedro Alvarez, the consensus (but not unanimous) top prospect […]

College

Decker Shines Early

Nathan Rode -

The annual high school preview edition hadn’t even finished going to press before a prospect made headlines. Jaff Decker, an outfielder/lefthander from Sunrise Mountain High in Peoria, Ariz. took the […]

Draft