Former Minor League Outfielder Makes Indy Move To Mound
Ben Klafczynski's unexpected velocity is giving him a second baseball career.
Which farm system will make the biggest jump in BA's Prospect Handbook rankings from 2012 to 2013? How many prospects combine contact and power like Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras? Who's the best of the first baseman from the first round of the 2008 draft?
Prospect Hot Sheet Chat With Jim Shonerd
Jim Shonerd talked about J.O. Berrios and Jesse Biddle among others on Aug. 24
Prospect Hot Sheet Aug. 24
Phillies LHP Jesse Biddle leads off this week's Prospect Hot Sheet.
Prospects Chat With Jim Callis
Jim Callis answered your questions on Aug. 22.
Giants Lefty Kickham Responds To Early Challenges
The Giants could not be more pleased with lefthander Mike Kickham's ability to respond to challenges. He overcame early control issues this season with Double-A Richmond to rank as one of the Eastern League's most effective starters.
Mariners Pitchers Know How To Hold ‘Em
Some teams make limiting the running game a point of emphasis for pitchers from the day they sign. Others let them worry about throwing strikes and refining their secondary stuff before working on slide steps and pickoff moves at a higher level of the minors. The Mariners are one of the clubs that emphasizes holding runners, and the results are obvious. Their high Class A High Desert club leads the minors in caught stealing percentage, while low Class A Clinton ranks third overall.
White Sox’s Josh Phegley Bounces Back From Blood Disorder
Josh Phegley of Triple-A Charlotte has played baseball since age 5, so the White Sox prospect knows all about RBIs. But until it nearly derailed his career, he'd never heard of ITP—idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura.
Fulmer Continues To Flourish Outside Spotlight
The Mets pushed righthander Michael Fulmer to low Class A Savannah in his first full â€¨season, and his performance indicates they made the right call.
Roger Clemens Is Returning To Baseball
Almost five years after he threw his last big league pitch, 50-year-old Roger Clemens is donning a pro baseball uniform again.
Which shortstop has the higher ceiling and brighter future: Javier Baez (Cubs) or Francisco Lindor (Indians)? How does the Red Sox' crowded third-base picture figure to shake out in the future? How good are NCAA Division III products Bruce Maxwell (Athletics) and Tim Saunders (Cubs)?
Eaton Provides Spark For Reno
Since his college days at Miami (Ohio), Adam Eaton has been written off by most as a fourth outfielder due in part to his short stature. The Diamondbacks' 19th-round pick in 2010, Eaton is waiting in the wings at Triple-A Reno, where he leads the minor leagues in hits, runs and doubles as the Aces' leadoff man and center fielder.
Lindsey Excels Beyond His Years For Angels
As Taylor Lindsey and his family gathered for the 2010 draft, Lindsey had an idea about when he might go. The Angels may have been the only team that deemed Lindsey worthy of being a supplemental first-round pick. But one is all you need.
Prospect Hot Sheet Chat With Matt Eddy
This week's chat focused on top pitching prospects.
Vermont’s Renaissance Gains Steam With A’s
After nearly losing its franchise, the Vermont Lake Monsters appear to be on the rise with a new lease and a dedicated affiliate.
Prospect Hot Sheet: Aug. 17
Last year's No. 1 draft pick is No. 1 on this week's Prospect Hot Sheet.
Art Of The Steal
When Alexander Cartwright—or whoever first laid out a baseball diamond—put the bases 90 feet apart, he put them at an ideal distance to make the battle between basestealers and batteries a fair fight. In general, it takes a baserunner about as much time to get from first to second as it does for the ball to take the trip from the mound to home to second. But every now and then, a guy like Billy Hamilton comes along and screws up the symmetry.
When Coleman Set Record, Few Noticed
As Billy Hamilton approaches Vince Coleman's professional baseball record of 145 steals this year, he has been featured in media around the country. Thanks to the Futures Game he has played on ESPN, and he also has been discussed on "Pardon the Interruption" and featured in Sports Illustrated. When Coleman set the record for steals in a season in 1983, though, few people gave it any thought at all. As Coleman ran wild for the Class A Macon Redbirds in the South Atlantic League, the minor league baseball renaissance was still a "Bull Durham" movie and ballpark building boom away from blossoming.
John Manuel Chat: Aug. 15
John Manuel pinch-hit for Jim Callis for the Aug. 15 edition of our weekly Wednesday chats.