Dinesh Patel’s Back In India, But He Got To Party With Barry Bonds

Mar 28, 2012 by

Remember Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel? They’re the kids from India that signed minor league deals with the Pirates three years ago after winning a reality show contest.

For a while, the move was seen as publicity stunt and essentially a circus act. One guy even said it “inevitably set the stage for a baseball comedy starring Rob Schneider and that dude from Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle.”

Throw in a few “shouldn’t they be playing javelin and cricket” jokes for good measure, and that was pretty much all we heard.

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MLB Organizational Rankings 10-1

Mar 22, 2012 by

For most of the top ten organizations, high-ceiling players at single-A or double-A carry their weight. For others, it’s the high-floor guys that are close to reaching the majors. Again, the criteria is based solely on minor league players yet to qualify for their rookie seasons.

The list is made from the average rankings of Keith Law (ESPN), Kevin Goldstein (Baseball Propsectus) and Marc Hulet (FanGraphs).

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Arodys Vizcaino’s Injury Has Long-Term Effects For Atlanta

Mar 20, 2012 by

The Atlanta Braves were dealt a blow when they learned Arodys Vizcaino would miss the entire 2012 season due to Tommy John surgery. The 21-year-old Dominican is regarded as one of the organization’s top three pitching prospects, along with Julio Teheran and Randall Delgado.

Though the Braves are loaded with pitching depth right now (perhaps more than any other organization in baseball), Vizcaino’s injury could have long-term negative consequences that go beyond health.

Considering Vizcaino’s previous arm issues (he missed a significant portion of the 2010 season due to a partially torn ligament), the need for Tommy John isn’t all that surprising.

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MLB Organizational Rankings 20-12

Mar 19, 2012 by

Here’s the middle tier of MLB teams based solely on minor league players yet to qualify for their rookie seasons.

The list is made from the average rankings of Keith Law (ESPN), Kevin Goldstein (Baseball Propsectus) and Marc Hulet (FanGraphs). The lower the number, the better the system:

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MLB Organizational Rankings 30-21

Mar 16, 2012 by

Keith Law (ESPN), Kevin Goldstein (Baseball Propsectus) and Marc Hulet (FanGraphs) have spent countless hours along with blood, sweat and tears making their annual organizational rankings of minor league teams.

The rankings are based solely on minor league players that haven’t qualified for their rookie seasons in the big leagues.

I’ve compiled a list of each team’s average ranking based on their lists, along with some commentary. Again, these rankings aren’t an entire reflection of young talent for a franchise—just the guys that are still on the farm.

The bottom ten teams:

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Expectations For Yoenis Cespedes

Mar 14, 2012 by

Though it seems the Oakland Athletics aren’t moving to San Jose anytime soon, they at least have something to be hopeful about: Yoenis Cespedes.

The 26-year-old athletic freak of an outfielder, who surprised most by signing with the low budget A’s, is competing for playing time in Oakland’s crowded outfield. Judging by his contract—four years and $36M (the highest ever for a Cuban defector)—he’s in excellent shape to man center or left field on an everyday basis sometime in 2012.

Though his play in Cuba was certainly impressive, his reputation has also been fueled by a 20-minute promotional video put out by his handlers, showcasing his power and defense….along with Cespedes’ 45-inch vertical box jump, 6.3-second speed in the 60-yard dash and 1,300-pound leg press.

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