Getting back into the swing of things

By now, I’m hoping most of you realize that when I say “I’ll be back tomorrow with draft-related stuff,” I’m speaking figuratively.

I’m down in Ft. Myers currently and will spend the next 10 days covering Spring Training, giving our hard-working beat writers a chance to catch their breaths. But while I’m technically on big-league duty, rest assured that we’ll be on full-fledged prospect watch. I’m sure I’ll mix in some stories on Minor Leaguers along the way. I’m going to do my best to link to ’em on here and also throw up a “prospect of the day” based on players I’ll see.

But back to that earlier promise about Draft-related stuff. In case you haven’t seen it yet, we’ve started up our coverage of the 2010 Draft. We’ve posted 21 Draft Reports (thanks to UnderArmour for their support) to date, all with information gathered from talking to scouts, complete with video. You can check them out here. Check back weekly as we’ll be updating it weekly.

This year, I’m doing weekly features to accompany them. There’ve been two so far: SoCal HS outfielder Austin Wilson and Virginia Tech RHP Jesse Hahn. So be sure to check them out.

I did promise some Bryce Harper info last time. Well, to be honest, there’s not a whole lot to report. His College of Southern Nevada team has just started conference play and last I checked, it was the top-rated junior college squad in the nation (OK, I just checked now). He started off slow, but has settled in a bit. He’s leading his team in homers, RBIs and slugging. To be fair, he’s feasted some off some of the lesser lights pitching-wise on the junior college scene. And I’ve had scouts tell me he’s still having some issues with his approach at the plate, getting out front too quickly. Still, keep in mind how young he is and how much pressure there is (yes, I know, he put much of it on himself, but that doesn’t make it easier). I’m taking a wait-and-see approach to see how he continues to make adjustments and show improvement. As always, I’ll update on him and other top Draft prospects right here as the spring unfolds.

For now, if you’ve got questions for prospects I might be seeing, leave them in comments and I’ll try to get answers. Tomorrow, I’ve got the Yankees @ Twins, so ask away.

1 Comment

Glad you have started on the draft. Always look forward to any insight you have on prospects and the draft. You and Lisa do a great job!

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