Washington Nationals Top 10 Prospects

by on December 18, 2010   3 Comments

Notorious for being one of the worst teams in Major League Baseball since moving to Washington, the Nationals have had several top draft picks to build their system from the ground up. They  have a deep, talented system; though their top ten may be deceiving due to Stephen Strasburg, Drew Storen, and Ian Desmond loosing prospect status last season. Although this list is far from the most impressive prospect list this season, the Nationals likely have the most exciting stock of players under 25. Additionally, Bryce Harper picks up any and all hype that Strasburg left behind. There are several top talents in this system that tend to get lost in the excitement surrounding Strasburg and Harper.

Strasburg Sparkles, K’s 14 in Debut

by on June 9, 2010   2 Comments

The expectations were sky high before the major league debut of Stephen Strasburg, the most highly-touted pitching prospect in recent years.  Strasburg saw those high expectations, and he raised them one.

Making his professional debut against the Pittsburgh Pirates in front of a sellout crowd in the nation’s capital, Strasburg lived up to the hype – at least in his first game.  Strasburg needed just 94 pitches (65 thrown for strikes) to blow through seven innings while recording an astounding 14 strikeouts.

Strasburg’s first pitch, a fastball obviously inside to Andrew McCutchen, was booed by the crowd as it was called a ball.  Of course, the crowd can’t be blamed too much, as many of them had likely never attended a Nationals game before the hype surrounding Strasburg took hold.  Strasburg started several hitters 2-0, but didn’t walk a single batter, showing good command.

Open Mouth, Insert Foot – starring Torii Hunter

by on March 15, 2010   No Comments

Angels center fielder Torii Hunter had a mic in his face at the wrong time this past week when he was quoted as saying that black latino players were “imposters” and inferred that Major League baseball signed black Latinos as an alternative to black Americans.  Hunter’s comments, while remarkably misinformed, had a positive side effect of sparking up debate over an international draft.  Hunter’s quote:

“People see dark faces out there, and the perception is that they’re African American.  They’re not us. They’re impostors… As African-American players, we have a theory that baseball can go get an imitator and pass them off as us.  It’s like they had to get some kind of dark faces, so they go to the Dominican or Venezuela because you can get them cheaper. It’s like, ‘Why should I get this kid from the South Side of Chicago and have Scott Boras represent him and pay him $5 million when you can get a Dominican guy for a bag of chips?’

ALL MLB TEAM (Pre-Season 2010)

by on March 8, 2010   9 Comments

Imagine another planet like Earth that also played baseball (or something along those lines, it won’t work for countries because I’m choosing the best of the best for an all MLB team which consists of players from many countries).  Who would you choose to be on your 25 man roster?   Would you choose the best overall player, the young and upcoming prospect that might save your franchise (e.g. “Jesus” Strasburg, I mean Stephen), the big game playoff performers, or your favorites from your team?  Who would you want to manage these superstars?  This is a list of those players and that coach.  However this list does not include your typical bullpen because I am doing this as more of an All-Star of All-Star’s team (or how players are chosen come All-Star time).  There are thousands of players to choose from with the options and possibilities being almost infinite.

Paging Dr. Hype – Jason Heyward Line 1

by on February 24, 2010   No Comments

My friends over at www.dictionary.com offer the following definition of hype – “Excessive publicity and the ensuing commotion.”  Such is the case with Braves 20-year old outfielder Jason Heyward, who has a chance to be the opening day starter in LF for the Braves.

In case you don’t follow minor league baseball or the MLB draft, Heyward was recently tabbed as the #1 prospect in MLB by MLB.com.  To give you an idea of how highly people think of him, the #2 prospect by MLB.com is a 6’4″, 220-pound, 22-year old named Stephen Strasburg, who throws 103 miles per hour and has Olympic experience under his belt, pitching for Team USA in the 2008 Bejing Games.

Fellow Braves had a chance to add their sound byte to the Jason Heyward prospect profile – keep in mind while reading these that he has 11 at-bats above triple-A.

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).