Prospects: Prospect Q & A

Prospect Q&A: Mariners Shortstop Nick Franklin
Jun. 1, 2010
Taken in context, the accomplishments of Mariners low Class A shortstop Nick Franklin have been just as impressive as some higher profile Midwest Leaguers. We recently caught up with the 2009 first-round pick to discuss his fine play for the surging Clinton LumberKings. [...] Continue Reading »

Prospect Q&A: Padres Shortstop Drew Cumberland
Jun. 1, 2010
Padres shortstop prospect Drew Cumberland keys the explosive high Class A Lake Elsinore offense. The evidence: He hit .381 for the month of May and leads the minors with 46 runs scored. We recently talked with Cumberland to get his thoughts on the Cal League, on playing shortstop and about life on the run. [...] Continue Reading »

Prospect Q&A: Dodgers First Baseman Jerry Sands
May. 19, 2010
You'll find the name of Dodgers first baseman Jerry Sands peppered all over the leaderboards for the low Class A Midwest League. We caught up with Sands Tuesday afternoon, getting his thoughts on the path he's traveled and the adjustments he's made to produce his amazing start. [...] Continue Reading »

Prospect Q&A: Padres First Baseman Nate Freiman Premium
May. 4, 2010
We caught up with low Class A Fort Wayne's Nate Freiman last week after he and the rest of the Midwest League enjoyed a rare breather. The MWL opened with 16 games in 16 days. [...] Continue Reading »

All-Day Prospect Handbook Chat
Jan. 30, 2010
To celebrate the release of the 2010 Prospect Handbook, we held an all-day chat on Friday, January 29. In addition to having your burning questions answered by the editors at Baseball America, we hosted four chats with prospects, including Tim Alderson, Ryan Westmoreland, Logan Morrison and Casey Crosby. [...] Continue Reading »

Price vs. Wieters
Apr. 10, 2009
We caught up with uber-prospects David Price and Matt Wieters before their first minor league confrontation to ask them their thoughts on the game and other assorted tidbits. [...] Continue Reading »

Prospect Q&A: Stephen Strasburg
Mar. 27, 2009
Catching up with Stephen Strasburg [...] Continue Reading »

Prospect Q&A: Matt Wieters
Feb. 24, 2009
This installment features catcher Matt Wieters, the top prospect in the Orioles organization and the top prospect in the game. Wieters was the fifth overall pick in the 2007 draft, and he batted a combined .355/.454/.600 between high Class A and Double-A in his professional debut last season, winning Baseball America's Minor League Player of the Year award. The Orioles have cleared a path to the big leagues for him but may not call him up until midseason. He discusses what he has accomplished so far and what lies ahead after spring training. [...] Continue Reading »

Prospect Q&A: David Price
Feb. 24, 2009
This installment features lefthander David Price, the top prospect in the Rays organization and the best pitching prospect in the game. Price was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 draft, then made his professional debut last year and jetted all the way from high Class A to the World Series by season's end. He was a key pitcher in the Rays bullpen in the postseason, and he reflects on those experiences as he looks ahead to this year. [...] Continue Reading »

Prospect Q&A: Tommy Hanson
Feb. 12, 2009
Sitting down with Braves righthander Tommy Hanson, the organization's top prospect, and getting his outlook for his first big league spring training and the 2009 season. [...] Continue Reading »

Prospect Q&A: Jordan Schafer
Aug. 21, 2008
For the first time since Major League Baseball handed Jordan Schafer a 50-game suspension, Schafer candidly spoke in depth about the suspension, his season, his mental struggles and public misconceptions about him and his situation. [...] Continue Reading »

Prospect Q&A: Stephen Fife
Aug. 13, 2008
Stephen Fife, the Red Sox' third-round pick in 2008, talks about pitching on a big league stage in the Futures at Fenway event, about his ride through the draft this spring and his basic repertoire. [...] Continue Reading »

Q&A: Princeton Manager Joe Szekely
Aug. 12, 2008
Princeton manager Joe Szekely talks with Ben Badler about what he has seen so far from 18-year-old shortstop Tim Beckham, the top overall pick in the 2008 draft. [...] Continue Reading »

Prospect Q&A: Michael Taylor
Aug. 7, 2008
Phillies high Class A outfielder Michael Taylor talk about his first full season in professional baseball. [...] Continue Reading »

Prospect Q&A: Daryl Thompson
May. 13, 2008
Ben Badler sat down with Reds righthander Daryl Thompson, who spoke candidly on his time with the Nationals, recovering from labrum surgery and his own development as a pitching prospect. [...] Continue Reading »

Prospect Q&A: Bobby Brownlie
Aug. 31, 2007
Bobby Brownlie explains what it's like to go from top prospect to indy leaguer and back to affiliate ball. [...] Continue Reading »

Prospect Q&A: Matt Whitney
Aug. 29, 2007
Matt Whitney has resurrected his career with a strong 2007 season. Whitney tries to explain his turnaround in a new Prospect Q&A. [...] Continue Reading »

Prospect Q&A: Clayton Kershaw
Jul. 25, 2007
Clayton Kershaw talks with Baseball America about his first full pro season. [...] Continue Reading »

Prospect Q&A: Clayton Mortensen
Jul. 18, 2007
A Q&A with Cardinals righthander Clayton Mortensen. [...] Continue Reading »

Prospect Q&A: Ty Weeden
Jun. 29, 2007
New Lowell Spinner catcher Ty Weeden sits down for a Q&A with Baseball America. [...] Continue Reading »

Prospect Q&A: Matt Antonelli
Jun. 5, 2007
Baseball America talks with Padres prospect Matt Antonelli. [...] Continue Reading »

Prospect Q&A: Gio Gonzalez
May. 31, 2007
Gio Gonzalez has already been traded for two big leaguers in his brief career, but the 21-year-old White Sox lefthander is about as loose and laid back as it gets. [...] Continue Reading »

Prospect Q&A: Preston Mattingly
May. 22, 2007
David Laurila talks with Dodgers prospect Preston Mattingly. [...] Continue Reading »

Prospect Q&A: Eddy Martinez-Esteve
May. 16, 2007
Q&A with Giants minor league slugger Eddy Martinez-Esteve. [...] Continue Reading »

Prospect Q&A: Rick Vanden Hurk
May. 10, 2007
Marlins righthander Rick Vanden Hurk fully expected to start the season at Double-A Carolina. He rode the bus from Jupiter, Fla., with the Mudcats. He made the first road trip of the year to Birmingham, when he received a suspicious phone call from the Marlins' brass. [...] Continue Reading »

Prospect Q&A: Chase Wright
May. 3, 2007
David Laurila talks with Chase Wright about becoming a name in the record books in only his second major league start. [...] Continue Reading »

Prospect Q&A: Brian Barton
May. 1, 2007
Coming into last season, Brian Barton was an unknown commodity. Every club passed on Barton in 2004, figuring the brilliant student with an aerospace engineering degree wasn't committed to the game and would eventually go to work for Boeing—a company he once interned for. [...] Continue Reading »

Prospect Q&A: Drew Stubbs
Mar. 22, 2007
Drew Stubbs explains what he's working on as a hitter, how his speed is ahead of his power, and his hidden talent. [...] Continue Reading »

Prospect Q&A: Jair Jurrjens
Mar. 21, 2007
Jair Jurrjens can pitch in four languages. A 21-year-old righthander from Curacao, in the Netherlands Antilles, he can also spot up a fastball that tops out at 97 mph. He sat down with David Laurila in spring training to talk about his career and pitching philosophy. [...] Continue Reading »

Prospect Q&A: Michael Bowden
Mar. 6, 2007
Michael Bowden talks baseball, Clay Buchholz and Bears. [...] Continue Reading »