News of the Irrelevant – Royals Sign Ankiel

by on January 22, 2010   6 Comments

The game of baseball, of all of its great traditions, has one black eye worse than performance-enhancing drugs:  the worst competitive balance in all of professional sports.  There are at least twelve teams with no shot to win the World Series before pitchers and catchers even lace up their cleats.  Anything that happens with these twelve teams, including the uber-mediocre free agents they sign, is what I like to call the, “News of the Irrelevant.”

Is it time to let Pete Rose back in baseball?

by on January 22, 2010   2 Comments

August 2, 1992.  Nearly 17 1/2 years ago, it was supposed to be Pete Rose’s big day.  The day Charlie Hustle, the Major League Baseball Hit King, would have been inducted in to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.  A day where Rose would have overshadowed everyone else at the ceremony, because that’s who he was.  But it never happened.

Eastern League Haiti Relief Efforts

by on January 22, 2010   One Comment

As a new Eastern League blogger to FiveToolProspects.com, my first thought was what my first blog would be about.  In doing some perusing around the team websites, facebook, twitter, etc., I came across a rather amazing success orchestrated by the Bowie Baysox to do their part in the Haiti relief efforts.

St.Louis Cardinals Off-Season Pt.1

by on January 21, 2010   No Comments

The off season in St.Louis so far has been calm, yet tumultuous. Fans and players alike were primed and hoping for the return of left fielder Matt Holliday who did end up back with the ‘Birds, signing a a 7 year deal for $120 million. Though the price may seem steep to some (okay, most), it does guarantee a potent middle of the order.

Have Bat, Can Hit – Free Agent Sluggers

by on January 21, 2010   No Comments

Free Agent slugger Jermaine Dye (left) is among a group of free agents with impact bats that MLB clubs can currently pick up for rock-bottom prices.  The only question is, what’s the hold up?  Here is one theory.

Baseball Bloggers Needed

by on January 21, 2010   No Comments

Five Tool Prospects is looking for passionate baseball fans from across the county to come together to help contribute their writing skill and knowledge of the game. We will be assigning writers to every league, conference, and state in amateur and professional baseball in order to provide our readers with the most in-depth and first-hand information on teams, prospects, and stories of interest. Please note: these positions are unpaid, and Five Tool Prospects is not responsible for your safety driving to and scouting at any game or event. Areas include:

Major League Baseball (National League & American League)

Minor League Baseball (every league, every level)

Independent Baseball (every league)

College Baseball (every conference, all NCAA, NAIA, and JUCO levels)

Summer Collegiate Baseball (every league)

High School Baseball (every state)

Independent Leagues, Teams, and Tryout Information

by on January 19, 2010   No Comments

Looking to play professional baseball?  Check out our detailed preview and review of independent leagues, teams, and tryouts below.  If you think you can play professional baseball, everything you need to know is here.

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by on January 19, 2010   No Comments

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Top 35 MiLB Prospects Ranked

by on January 19, 2010   No Comments

Five Tool Prospects has completed their initial list of the top 35 prospects in the minor leagues.  In order to be eligible for the list, players must still be eligible for the Rookie of the Year Award (less than 130 MLB at-bats, 50 innings pitched, or 45 days the active roster).  We will continue to expand the list and rank the top prospects in each organization, as well.  Premium membership is required to see the complete list and scouting reports on these players (Top Prospects -> Minor League).

Judge: Kentucky LHP Paxton Must Answer to NCAA

by on January 16, 2010   No Comments

James Paxton, a senior left-handed pitcher from the University of Kentucky, was drafted 37th overall in the 2009 Major League Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays, but chose not to sign by the August 17th, opting to return to Kentucky for his senior season.  The only problem – mega-agent Scott Boras, who was “advising” Paxton prior to the draft, apparently stepped in to negotiate on an agent level as the deadline approached.  Naturally, the NCAA wanted to ask Paxton a few questions.  He refused.  Judge and jury enter stage left.