New Mexico beats up on #1 Texas

by on February 22, 2010   No Comments

Baseball is an amazing game.  College baseball doubly so.  Two years after Fresno State became the lowest seeded team to ever win a National Championship, New Mexico shocked the college baseball world by taking two of three from the #1 team in the country – University of Texas.  The Lobos, who didn’t get a sniff in the Top 25 of any poll prior to this past weekend, suddenly jumped into the picture in several polls, going as high as 19th.

Highly touted prospect Brandon Workman (pictured) gave up 9 hits in 6 innings in a no-decision start.

Are you on board the U of Texas band wagon?  Will they bounce back or is this a sign of things to come for an over-talented, under-performing group?

Damon Makes Tigers AL Central Favorites

by on February 22, 2010   4 Comments

Pitchers and catchers are busy in MLB camps in Florida and Arizona, but a few high-impact players are still looking to sign on the dotted line.  That crowd decreased by one yesterday as Johnny Damon inked a one-year, $8 million dollar deal with the Detroit Tigers.  The left-handed hitting veteran isn’t your prototypical lead-off hitter, but he will be the first one to the plate on Opening Day for the Tigers in 2010.  His presence in the lineup, and left-field, will take the pressure off of rookies Austin Jackson and Scott Sizemore at the top of the lineup and continue to set the stage for GM Dave Dombroski to throw his weight around in the 2011 off-season when $50+ million, including Damon, comes off the books.

40 ex-Indy Players in MLB Camps

by on February 22, 2010   No Comments

As Director of Baseball Operations for an independent baseball team, my job description involves recruiting players who are sometimes just hours past hearing the news of their release from an MLB organization.  These conversations have a vast range in both depth and duration according to the fragility of the player’s current mental mindset, but my ability to help turn around their attitude relies on such evidence as provided by independent blogger Bob Wirz, who recently reported that over 40 players with independent experience are currently participating in Major League spring training camps.  Of course, not all of those 40 players will break camp with their Major League club at the end of March, but times are changing, and independent baseball can often provide a backdoor to the big leagues when the front door is shut in your face.  Pictured is the Pittsburgh Pirates RHP Chris Jakubauskas, claimed off waivers this off-season from the Seattle Mariners.  He spent a full season in the big leagues in 2009, including significant time in the Mariners starting rotation – his first professional baseball experience?  Getting drafted at the Frontier League Tryout Camp in 2003 by the Florence Freedom, who, get this, released him in 2004.  He spent three more seasons in Indy ball before being picked up by the Mariners in 2007, making his big league debut in 2009.  Read more for more information on the ex-Indy players in camp with MLB teams.

Play Professional Baseball in 2010

by on February 21, 2010   No Comments

Think you have what it takes to play baseball at a professional level?  Five Tool Prospects is your source for professional baseball tryouts from across the country (both independent and MLB).  Our list of pro tryouts can be viewed under the “Events” tab.

New events listed today include pro tryout dates and schedule for the Pensacola Pelicans, El Paso Diablos, and Fort Worth Cats of the American Association, the Brockton Rox of the CanAm League, and the Orange County Flyers of the Golden League.  Information has also been posted on the Arizona Summer League (ASL) run by the Golden Baseball League, which is a pay-to-play summer league for professional hopefuls.  Note: this is Premium content and can be accessed for only $9.99/year.

Additionally, if you are an ex-college or ex-professional player searching for a team for 2010, send us an e-mail at support@fivetoolprospects.com with your information and we will list you in our “Free Agent” prospect rankings for no charge.

College Prospect Watch – 1/20/10

by on February 20, 2010   No Comments

Opening day was a good first day for some of college baseball’s top prospects.  Here is a sample of how they faired and where they are rated in our top prospects:

#2 Anthony Ranaudo – JR, RHP – LSU – 5 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 6 K against a tough Centenary team, which Five Tool Prospects favored to with the Summit League.

#5 Deck McGuire (pictured) – JR, RHP – Georgia Tech – 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 10 K

#12 Alex Wimmers – JR, RHP – Ohio State – Wimmers will be climbing our draft prospect list quickley if he keeps putting together performances like this against North Flordia – 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K

Best Walk-up Song in Baseball?

by on February 18, 2010   4 Comments

In an era when everyone has a theme song, the baseball world is no different.  Nowadays, not matter what kind of game you attend – from MLB to college and even some high schools – use walk-up songs for each hitter and intro songs for their pitchers.  Leave a comment here and let us know what the best walk-up song you’ve heard at a game.

Senior Swingers

by on February 17, 2010   2 Comments

Not to be confused with geriatric women in poodle skirts, the list of candidates for the Lowe’s Senior Class Award has been released.  An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School™, the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

NCAA DI Pre-Season Top 20 Rankings

by on February 17, 2010   No Comments

Most baseball publications have Texas as the team to beat in 2010, but LSU has the best prospect in college baseball not named Bryce Harper – 6’7″ RHP Anthony Ranaudo.  He was 12-3 with 159 Ks in 124.1 IP last spring and will only get better in 2010.

Let the Bryce Harper Watch Begin

by on February 17, 2010   No Comments

In case you’ve been living in a hole the past couple of years, the projected #1 pick in the 2010 draft is a catcher named Bryce Harper, a freshman at Southern Nevada Junior College.

Harper has been considered a top prospects for a long time, but made waves last year when he earned his GED as a sophomore in high school in order to enter junior college in what would be his junior year.  This maneuver helps him enter the MLB draft a year early and not delay his multi-million dollar payday any second longer than it needed to be.

So far so good for Harper, who through today is hitting .349 (15-43) with six doubles, a triple, three home runs, and 15 RBI in just 11 games.  He also boasts a .420 OBP, .744 SLG and three stolen bases.  The only place he has struggled so far is controlling the running game, only catching one of the first eight runners attempting to steal off of him.

“Big Hurt” Announces Retirement

by on February 16, 2010   5 Comments

Frank “Big Hurt” Thomas announced on Friday that his career has come to an end. Thomas played 19 Big League seasons, 16 of which were with the Chicago White Sox. He hit 521 home runs, good for 18th all-time. With one more long-ball he would have passed both Ted Williams and Willie McCovey. Not only did he hit home runs, he had an On Base Percentage of .417(20th all-time). He won 2 American League MVP honors and was elected to the all-star team 5 times. He also won the silver slugger award 4 times. Thomas could get it done at the plate and was one of the best hitters of all time.