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Thursday, April 13, 2006
Reid Brignac's off to one hell of a start

In 6 games for high Class A Visalia, Brignac is batting .435, with a .519 OBP, .913 SLG, 1.423 OPS, with 3 HR and 11 RBI.

...Brignac could finally be poising for that breakout year that Rays' fans have been waiting for...

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Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Scouting Report: Carlos Quentin
By special request, I give you the Baseball of Tomorrow scouting report on Carlos Quentin.

Carlos Quentin, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Arizona Diamondbacks took Carlos Quentin, a Stanford product, in the first round of the 2003 draft.

Quentin, who put up a .396 AVG, .494 OBP, .630 SLG, and 1.124 OPS in his final season at Stanford, missed the 2003 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He came back strong in 2004, playing at two levels: Class A Lancaster and Class AA El Paso. In 65 games at Lancaster, Quentin posted a .310 AVG, .428 OBP, .562 SLG, and .990 OPS. In 60 games at El Paso, he batted .357 with a .443 OBP, .533 SLG, and a .976 OPS. Following a successful comeback season, Quentin started the 2005 season at Class AAA Tuscon, picking up right where he left off in 2004 at El Paso. In 136 games at Tucson, Quentin hit 21 HR and drove in 81 runs while batting .301 with a .422 OBP, .520 SLG, and a .942 OPS.

As evident from those numbers, Quentin is an all-around threat at the plate. He has good power with plate patience and discipline to match. Defensively, Quentin is a solid outfielder. Although he's spent time in centerfield, he's a better fit as a corner outfielder, as he doesn't have the speed or range to play in centerfield. On the basepaths, Quentin's neither a threat nor a liability.

With Luis Gonzalez and Shawn Green already occupying the corner spots, the Diamondbacks' have no room for Quentin. Quentin's ready for the bigs, but, with no room for him, the Diamondbacks sent him back to Tucson, where, on his second go-round, he should pick apart the Pacific Coast League pitching.

...The requester asked and suggested that I give ETA's and major league comparisons on my scouting reports. I don't really care for major league comparisons, but if that's what the fans want...

ETA: 2006
Major League Comparison: Magglio Ordonez

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Sunday, April 09, 2006
Some new affiliates
Be sure to check out Reds Minor Leagues for anything you need to know about the Reds' minor leagues, Mariner Minors for anything you need to know about the Mariners' minor leagues, and Cubs Minor League Report for anything you need to know about the Cubs' minor leagues!

by Chris @ 5:57 PM | Permalink | 0 Comment(s) |
Mailbag: Brett Harper Lite, injury-prone prospects, and more...
Along with the scouting reports, I've also fallen behind with mailbags. So, here's my first mailbag in a few weeks. I'll get it started with a question from Chad from Long Beach, CA:
What are your thoughts on Mets' prospect Mike Carp?
The Mets drafted Mike Carp out of high school in the ninth round 2004 draft. Following a solid 2004 campaign, Carp started the 2005 season playing for low Class A Hagerstown in the Sally League, where he started the season with a bang, hitting something like 10 home runs in 25 games. The Sally League pitchers quickly figured him out and he fell into a bad slump up until August, when he injured his wrist and missed the rest of the season. He's only 19 years old and has already shown power. Carp has a lot of adjustments to make. At this point, he's Brett Harper Lite in a system that already has Brett Harper. He's got a long way to go and a lot to prove.

Next question. theoneandonly asks:
What do you think will happen to Stephen Drew and Justin Upton when they are both ready? Will one of them get traded or will one of them switch positions?
It was pretty much assumed that, with Stephen Drew already ahead of him, Justin Upton would be moving from shortstop to the outfield, where his speed and arm are a better fit anyway. Upton's hurt right now (it's nothing serious) and will be missing another week or so. When he comes back, he will be playing in the outfield.

Moving on. Sam from the Bay Area asks:
What's your opinion of the Nationals' Justin Maxwell? This kid seems to be incredible gifted and smart, and have all the tools in the world, but he just can't stay healthy.
Smart's an understatement. Justin Maxwell could have went to Harvard but opted with Maryland instead. Best of all, he's just as good a ballplayer as he is smart. The latter end of Maxwell's collegiate career was riddled with injuries. The talent and potential is all there for Maxwell. If he can stay healthy, he can leapfrog to the forefront of the Nationals' weak system.

From one injury-plagued prospect to another, Justin from Kansas City asks:
Will Matt Campbell be a major league pitcher anytime soon?
That depends on what your definition of soon is. He's now 24 years old and he's not going to be getting any younger. The real question is what shape is his shoulder in? Will it hold up? Will he still have the same stuff that he did back at South Carolina? If Campbell returns to his college form, I'd say that we'll see him in the bigs sometime soon. If not, Campbell's always got hope as a left-handed specialist.

The last question is from Zach from Akron, Ohio:
Ryan Garko: Indians' future starting first baseman?
Ryan Garko's stuck behind a logjam right now. His defensive inadequacies limit him to first base or designated hitter, where the Indians already have Ben Broussard, Travis Hafner, and, likely at some point in the future, Victor Martinez. I don't know if Garko will be the Indians' future starting first baseman, but, with his bat, he will be someone's starting something, that's for sure. Garko's a lot like Josh Phelps, as they are both bats without a position.

That does it for this week's mailbag. If you have a question you'd like answered on next week's mailbag, use the link on the bottom right of the page to e-mail me and I'll do my best to get your question answered.

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Saturday, April 08, 2006
Scouting Report: Justin Verlander
When I started Baseball of Tomorrow, I originally intended to do one scouting report a week, but as you can see, I haven't done one in almost a month now. Hopefully, with this scouting report, I'll be getting back on track.

Justin Verlander is going to be making his season debut tonight for the (so far) undefeated Detroit Tigers in Ameriquest Field/The Ballpark at Arlington.

So, without further ado, here's your scouting report on Justin Verlander:

Justin Verlander, P, Detroit Tigers.

In 2001, fresh out of high school, Justin Verlander entered the draft, but made it through unpicked. Three years later, with a dominating collegiate career at Old Dominion under his belt, Verlander entered the draft for the second time. Picked second overall by the Detroit Tigers, the 6'5" 200 lbs. hard-throwing righty didn't last very long in the draft.

Verlander signed too late to see any action in 2004. For Verlander, the 2005 season began in high Class A Lakeland, where, in 86 innings pitched, he allowed only 19 runs off of 70 hits, while striking out 104 batters. His impressive performance in Lakeland prompted the Tigers front office to call him up to the bigs. Verlander only appeared in two games for Detroit, starting and losing them both, before being sent down to Class AA Erie. At Erie, Verlander picked up right where he left off in Lakeland. Verlander toyed with batters in the Eastern League, giving up only 1 run off of 11 hits and 32 strikeouts in 33 innings pitched.

Verlander is a dominating force on the mound. When he's on, he's able to throw his pitches with command, movement, and especially velocity. Verlander's repetoire consists primarily of three pitches: a live fastball, which clocks in the 90 MPH range, a sharp, biting power curveball, and an impressive changeup.

In the past, Verlander has had the tendency to overthrow in tight spots. While he didn't have this problem in his time spent in the minors last year, it was evident in his short stint in the majors that he was overthrowing. With some more experience, overthrowing shouldn't be a problem for Verlander.

Verlander will be making his season debut tonight. If all goes according to plan, Verlander will be a part of the Tigers' rotation for the 2006 season. With veteran Kenny Rogers giving them some guidance, Justin Verlander and Jeremy Bonderman can be a championship-caliber 1-2 punch.

by Chris @ 12:00 PM | Permalink | 0 Comment(s) |
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