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Who’s Next: The Catchers

Be sure to check out the story on the Top 10 catching prospects or you can just go right to the list on Prospect Watch.

Coming up with an 11-15 is easier for some position lists than others. Right-handed pitchers? A piece of cake. When the outfielders run the beginning of next week, that’ll be an easy assignment. But not all positions are as deep and there’s a drop-off the further you go down. There’s a reason why good catching is always in high demand — there isn’t enough supply to go around. So keep that in mind when looking at the 11-15 catchers.

Sebastian Valle, Phillies – He can really defend and has some pop, but plate discipline is holding him back.

Rob Brantly, Marlins – Quietly has made his way to the big leagues, chance to play every day for Marlins after Anibal Sanchez trade

Michael Perez, Diamondbacks — A 2011 draftee from Puerto Rico, Perez had a very solid Pioneer League season and is a solid defender.

Wyatt Mathieson, Pirates — A solid debut for the 2012 draftee, making the GCL All-Star team. Whether he catches long-term remains to be seen.

Tim Federowicz, Dodgers — The former UNC standout doesn’t have a huge ceiling, but he can defend and can hit a bit.

Playoff previews — MiLB style

Hey all. It’s playoff time in the Minors as most of the leagues get their postseason underway (or have in the last day or two). With that in mind, we’ve efforted to provide some features on key players who are getting the chance to play for a ring. And you can ask anyone, playing for a ring is huge, no matter what level it’s at.

Some of the stories have gone up already, others will arrive in the coming days. But here are links to each of the features currently up on Some were written by yours truly, some by reporter Bailey Stephens. I’ve also linked to the playoff previews done by the fine staff.

Northwest League: First-rounder Michael Choice (A’s) gets taste of playoffs
(Sadly, Vancouver and Choice have already been eliminated

NY-Penn League: Cory Vaughn (Mets) hopes to power Brooklyn to title
(Vaughn doubled and tripled in Brooklyn’s 7-6 Game 1 loss).

South Atlantic League: Jonathan Singleton (Phillies) leads Lakewood in search of second straight

Florida State League: Former No. 1 pick Tim Beckham (Rays) continues climb
(Beckham went 1-for-4 in a Game 1 loss to Bradenton)

Eastern League: Yankees’ prospect Andrew Brackman continues comeback

Still to come:

Texas League: Royals lefty John Lamb joins elite staff in NW Arkansas

And hopefully a couple more when all is said and done.

First round-tripper goes to…

Syracuse shortstop Seth Bynum, a two-run shot off of Brian Mazone in the bottom of the second. Pitcher J.D. Martin tripled in a run in the inning  as well to give the Chiefs a 3-1 lead. 

Has it been that long?

Day 1 of my three-week journey through the West Coast of Florida today. I was looking at my blog and I gasped audibly (seriously, the folks in the press box thought I was having a stroke). Has it really been that long since I’ve posted???

Don’t think I’ve been slacking or been lazy. Quite the contrary, it’s been busier than all get out inP1000002.JPG B3 land. Just to give you an idea, I’m providing a visual aid to give you an idea of what life has been like.

In case you haven’t noticed, we started up the Draft Reports a couple of weeks ago. Sixteen reports in total to date. They get posted every Thursday, so keep checking it out as we let everyone know about the best the 2009 draft class has to offer. In case you were curious, Stephen Strasburg is pretty good. Another 14 K’s on Friday — gives him 59 K’s in 27 1/3 IP for the year.

We’ve also been busy helping others with their blogs. We here at B3 are nothing if not selfless. We’re shooting for 30 Minor League blogs — one for each organization — by the time the season gets started. We’ve been off and running, with many set up to date. As I try to gtet my blogging act together and get on here more frequently, I’ll try to update you all when someone new enters the fold.

As for my duties here in Florida, they will be largely big-league related. Of course, one of the benefits of Spring Training is that you still get to see some of the young kids get playing time. I’m going to try to throw out a daily Prospect Impression (sorry, I don’t do impressions. My training is in pyschology… hope you get that movie reference) if I can.

Today, I’ve gotten to see some good names, including Phillies’ infielder Jason Donald and Cardinals outfielder Colby Rasmus. Also seeing time were Tyler Greene and Brad Harman for each team. No one did anything special particularly in this game, but we’ll give the nod to Rasmus, who laid down a nearly perfect bunt down the third-base line that just rolled foul before getting to the base. Nice little wrinkle in his game if he can throw that out there from tie to time just to keep the infield honest.

Wrote a feature on Brendan Ryan (look for it over on later today). Always love it when the guy you write about hits an RBI single to tie the game! Way to make me look, smart Brendan.

The most buzz — literally and figuratively — came from a swarm of bees that sat overhead at Bright House Field. It hovered right around the press box for a long time (and you thought reporters swarmed) before moving down and around and eventually out. Rather than provide my own commentary of it, here are a few people who have weighed in on the killer bees. First,’s Todd Zolecki talked about it in his blog, The Zo Zone. Then, St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Derick Goold blogged on it here.

Look closely at the photo caption there. That’s right. The insect photo came from the iphone of none other than MSNBC commentator Keith Olbermann. You never know who you’ll see at a Spring Training game.


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