Winning back-to-back Triple-A championships does not mean that a dynasty of sub major league talent is coagulating in Omaha. All it means, in addition to it being a great achievement, is that the Kansas City Royals have supreme organizational depth. While the Royals are on the brink of a playoff berth, something rare for the major league club, the farm system has been flourishing for years. The Omaha Storm Chasers won another Triple-A Championship last night.
The key to determining what a future may hold for a top prospect with high hopes such as Joey Gallo, is the players ability to make adjustments and improve in areas of his game where he lacks. Joey Gallo can hit the ball to Saturn… or at least into the windshield of a Saturn at the 2014 Future’s Game 440 feet away. In Rookie and A Ball in 2013, Gallo’s OBP was .338. That number was far too low for a highly touted player in low level ball. However, Gallo’s approach at the plate has matured in 2014. His OBP has increased by 62 percentage points to an even .400. This is a good adjustment made by the young power hitter showing an ability to change.
The MLB has recently announced the lineups for 2014 Futures All-Star Game. This is a great opportunity for the future stars of baseball to get a taste of what a sold out stadium feels like in the middle of the summer. Last year, Kansas City’s Kaufman Stadium put on a perfect presentation of great talent. The players on this years roster are the top prospects in baseball. Of course, they are all prospects, and future success is never guaranteed. However, these are the closest players to guaranteed success at the Major League level. The full World and US Team rosters can be seen here.
Last Thursday, The Cleat Sheet ventured to Reading, PA to check out an MLB Scouting Bureau hosted tryout. This event was open to everyone and, therefore, the range of talent was vast. Most players dressed like the next Willy Mays Hayes, trying to not only look cooler, but also better than the next player. That obviously doesn’t matter because the Scouting Bureau has a quick way of weeding out the weak: The 60-yard dash. Every position player runs. That is the first thing they do. Before throwing, hitting, and fielding, a second baseman, short stop, and outfielder must shine in the 180 feet or he may as well pack up his stuff and go home.
Sub 7 seconds is the time to post to get any recognition from the scouting bureau. Brad Fidler is the Mid Atlantic Scout for The Bureau, and his stopwatch reigns supreme during the dash. Of the 500 players who ran, three dozen posted a time that grabbed Fidler’s attention. Only one was asked to run again to make sure the 6.36 time he posted was in fact correct. Among those 36 players, a few would have a chance to gain recognition further through fielding and throwing. Only 25 players were asked to hit at the very end of the tryout. From observing the hitting, only one or two appeared to have strong line drive consistency to all parts of the field. Continue reading A Day at an MLB Tryout→
Today, The Cleat Sheet is going to take a look at the top three shortstop prospects in baseball. Since we want to understand the impact on MLB franchises these star prospects can have, our commentary is based on a combination of prospective talent and MLB readiness. Continue reading The Cleat Sheet Scouts Top Shortstops→