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Minors Monday Madness

OK, not really madness, but I like the alliteration. When you take the initials, you can say, “mmm…” And who doesn’t think that when contemplating Minor League baseball?

Anyway, a couple things I wanted to point out to you. As most of you know, we’ve got a bunch of Minor Leaguers blogging for us this year, 23 in total. We’ve created a nifty (and when I say we, I can’t take any credit whatsoever for it) landing page for one-stop shopping. So go often to see who’s checking in from down on the farm.

It was a small transaction, a blip for most people:

New York Yankees released RHP Humberto Sanchez.

The Yankees needed room on the 40-man roster and, frankly, Sanchez couldn’t stay healthy. He missed a year with Tommy John surgery, then had shoulder problems. He pitched in the Arizona Fall League and even blogged for us. He’s a great guy. Here’s hoping he lands on his feet, gets healthy and gets up on the mound again soon.

Game of the day: I’m going to try to do this as often as I’m able. For today (Monday), it’s a fairly easy pick — Omaha at Oklahoma City in the first game of a doubleheader. At 6:05 p.m. ET, you’ve got Luke Hochevar vs. Neftali Feliz. You can listen to the game on Gameday Audio and you have a choice: Oklahoma City’s broadcasters or the voices of the Omaha Royals. Hochevar has been outstanding back down in Triple-A, while Feliz has been erratic. Still, an electric arm like that isn’t one you should pass up following and a good pitching matchup like this at the upper levels isn’t all that common. So call home and tell the family you’ve got a late meeting (for those of you on the east coast… you west coasters have nothing to worry about) and tune in.

Last thing. This week’s Futures Exchange is now up for your viewing pleasure. Read it now so you’re smarter than everyone else in your fantasy league. Seriously. Guaranteed or your money back.

Scouting the Top 50: 9-5

Getting down to the good stuff here, into single digits…

9. Neftali Feliz, RHP, Rangers
neftali_feliz.jpgSeen: June (Midwest League)

Fastball: 93-99 mph
Curveball: 74-82 mph
Slider: 86-88 mph
Changeup: 82-87 mph

Plus arm speed helps him throw 96 mph consistently. Throws strikes with fastball, sometimes gets too much of plate. Breaking pitches are developing, didn’t throw them with confidence in this outing. Changeup is outstanding, falls of table. Small mechanical flaw when he flies open and shows the ball too soon. Can be corrected. Franchise-type arm with plenty in there for starting role.

8. Alcides Escobar, SS, Brewers
alcides_escobar.jpgSeen: May (Southern League)

Good understanding of strike zone, battler at the plate, a tough out. More strength to come than you’d think as he matures. Glove will get him there, sets him apart. Easy arm strength with plus accuracy. Good reads in field, gets in position. Future major contributor as every-day shortstop in Major Leagues.

7. Travis Snider, OF, Blue Jays
travis_snider.jpgSeen: June (Eastern League)

Thick frame, but surprising agility and quickness for his size. Bat with plenty of pull power. Begins and remains open. Very patient at plate, waits for strike. Upper-cut on swing, swings hard. Makes consistent hard contact with home run pop. Steady in outfield, with decent jumps and routes. Profiles as Major League power bat.

6. Madison Bumgarner, LHP, Giants
madison_bumgarner.jpgSeen: May (South Atlantic League)

Fastball: 89-94 mph
Slider: 77-82 mph
Changeup: 77-78 mph

Fastball consistently 91-93 mph with tail. Can cut it as additional weapon. Good location, not afraid to go upstairs with it. Smooth delivery, fastball gets on hitter in a hurry. Slider is hard and down, almost a  power curve action to it. Didn’t need changeup much, it’s a work in progress. Some small mechanical flaws, but nothing major to worry about.

5. Cameron Maybin, OF, Marlins
cameron_maybin.jpgSeen: May (Southern League)

Lengthy approach when making contact. Very strong wrists, shows power to all fields. Aggressive looking for fastballs, prone to chasing and pullling off contact. Will have to adjust to reach potential. Gets out of box quickly. Effortless in outfield. Regular, every-day center fielder in future.

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