Professional Baseball Tryout Mistakes Part 1

by on April 18, 2012   No Comments

If you’re interested in playing independent professional baseball (indy ball), there are some classic pitfalls to avoid before you even show up at the tryout.  Mistake #1) not contacting the team(s) before you go to their tryout.  It’s ultra-important you send a short e-mail to let the tryout “decision-maker” (field manager, director of baseball operations and/or player procurement) know you’ll be attending; if you’re preregistered, you give that person/organization a chance to do some research on you.  However, in the process of contacting teams, I see many players make potentially career-crippling mistakes that are easy to avoid:

Possible Gonzalez Trade to Nationals – A Fan’s Dream

by on December 21, 2011   2 Comments

Gio Gonzalez is on the trade block and, as if Billy Beane was divinely inspired by Brad Pitt’s performance in Moneyball, he’s trying to trade like it’s 1999 (or whenever that book came out, cue “Lazy Song” music).

And while anyone with eyes and a high school level grasp of statistics can tell you that Gonzalez’s career 4.4 BB/9 is an enormous red flag, teams are still begging Beane to take their top prospects in exchange for the 26-year old left-hander.

In true bizzaro-world fashion, the Washington National have stepped up as a possible suitor for Gio’s services.  Here’s why trading Gonzalez to the NL East power(less)house would be a MLB fan’s dream.

New Professional Baseball Tryouts Added to Events

by on April 20, 2011   No Comments

All content on the Five Tool Prospects is now free, including the “Events” section of the site, listing all of the professional baseball tryouts in the United States. We’ve recently updated this section, adding over a dozen new tryouts. If you’re an ex-college or pro player sitting around wishing you could have one last crack at your dream, this is the place to start.

Win Fantasy Baseball in Five Easy Steps

by on March 5, 2011   2 Comments

Fantasy Baseball is fast approaching, so it’s time for my annual article for the fantasy-challenged.  Fantasy Baseball is only difficult to those who choose to ignore the basic, fundamental laws of probability.  Which is why the #1 rule is – draft Albert Pujols.  For the record, these rules helped me to a 2nd place finish in the 20-member Battle of the Blogs fantasy league last season (I got totally hosed in the championship, damn you Chone Figgins!).

New Professional Baseball Tryouts

by on January 25, 2011   No Comments

The Traverse City Beach Bums (www.tcbeachbums.com) of the Frontier League will be hosting a tryout at the Indiana Baseball Academy (www.indyiba.com) on Saturday, March 26th starting at 1 P.M.  For more information on 2011 professional baseball tryouts as they are announced, become a premium member of Five Tool Prospects.

Top 10 Pitchers in MLB doesn’t include Cliff Lee

by on December 19, 2010   10 Comments

Cliff Lee is the envy of his teammates these days, particularly those on his own pitching staff; two of which are better pitchers with smaller salaries.  Actually, the signing of his new 5-year, $120mm contract with the Phillies is the envy of the entire baseball world since he doesn’t even crack the top 10 starting pitchers in MLB, and he wouldn’t even be in the conversation if he wasn’t left-handed (he didn’t even crack the top-10 in WAR in the AL last year, let alone MLB, and the Rangers made the playoffs in spite of his average performance down the stretch, not because of it). Controversial statement?  Read my list of the top 10 pitchers in baseball and you decide where he should be.

Padres trade Gonzalez; Loot Red Sox Farm System

by on December 6, 2010   No Comments

The San Diego Padres have made it official – Adrian Gonzalez will move East to play for the Red Sox next season.  Most in baseball point to this deal as another glaring reason why salary reform needs to done, and I’m not in opposition, however, don’t be too fast to cry for San Diego.  They might have given up a premier Major League first-basemen, but they got three of the top minor league prospects in all of Minor League Baseball in return in 1B Anthony Rizzo (pictured), RHP Casey Kelly, and CF Reymond Fuentes.

American Association Continues to Gobble United, Northern League Markets

by on November 10, 2010   No Comments

It’s Thanksgiving come early for the world of independent baseball, but the gobbling is not being done by a turkey, but the American Association.

Baseball Blogger Opening

by on October 29, 2010   No Comments

Five Tool Prospects is looking for freelance bloggers to write about baseball!  Topics include MLB, MiLB, Independent, MLB Draft (Amateur – High School & College), and OpEd.  Looking for bloggers willing to commit to writing weekly blogs of 500+ words, every week, all year – for compensation information write to jason@fivetoolprospects.com.

The Best Team in Baseball – Tampa Bay Rays

by on April 30, 2010   One Comment

Who leads the MLB in runs scored, the AL in ERA, and has a team fielding percentage of .984?

That would be the best team in baseball, the Tampa Bay Rays.

In case you haven’t noticed, the Rays are near the top in almost every statistical category both offensively and defensively.  With the pick-up of Rafael Soriano, the Rays patched their achilles heel over the past couple of seasons – the back-end of the bullpen.  The only problem so far is, they haven’t needed him.  The Rays have scored 142 runs this year and only allowed 72, so Soriano hasn’t had a ton of important innings yet, only locking down 5 saves.