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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

2014 Baseball America Top 100 Prospects

The definitive list of baseball’s up and coming talent celebrates its 25th edition this year.

1. Byron Buxton
2. Xander Bogaerts
3. Oscar Taveras
4. Masahiro Tanaka
5. Javier Baez

JJ1986 Posted: February 19, 2014 at 11:09 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: byron buxton, cubs, minors, prospects, twins

Thursday, December 12, 2013

2014 Rome Braves Field Staff Announced

It seems like just yesterday that the Braves were wasting a 37th round draft pick on Schuerholz.

The 2014 Rome Braves field staff has been announced and Jonathan Schuerholz becomes the team’s new manager. Schuerholz, who will be entering his fourth season as a minor league manager, returns after playing in Rome in 2003 and six minor league seasons. He managed the Danville Braves for three seasons as well as the Gulf Coast League Braves. Previously, Schuerholz spent two seasons (2009-2010) as the Braves roving infield instructor. After retiring from professional baseball, Schuerholz returned to Auburn University to complete his bachelor’s degree in business administration. He played infield for the Tigers from 2000-2002.

Gaylord Perry the Platypus (oi!) Posted: December 12, 2013 at 05:33 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, minor league baseball, minors, nepotism

Monday, November 18, 2013

John Sickels’ Concussion Chronicle

As just about everyone who reads this website knows, I suffered a concussion in October due to a home accident: I was hit in the head with a metal sculpture. It did not seem like a big deal at first, but let me tell you, it turned out to be damned serious. I’m not just talking about having problems working at my writing job. It has impacted every phase of my life in a negative way.

So I’ve decided to write about it while it happens. Part of this is selfish: I need to prove to myself that I still can write, plus I want a chronicle of this experience for my own reasons. Part of it is practical: concussions and brain injuries are an ongoing story in the sports world, and I hope that my story will illustrate exactly how much of a problem these injuries are.

Der-K: Hipster doofus Posted: November 18, 2013 at 11:49 PM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: concussions, minors

Friday, November 08, 2013

StL Today (Goold): Cards name Leveque minor-league pitching coordinator

This is the bit in the article that led me to post it:

Johnny Rodriguez, the Cardinals’ High-A Palm Beach manager this past season, will move to rookie-level Johnson City. His pitching coach there will be Paul Davis, who will also assist Leveque as the team’s “Minor League Pitching Coach and Coordinator of Pitching Analytics.”

Davis has an interesting background. He was a college pitcher at Creighton in the mid-80s, later a successful HS and college coach, but he’s also been an adjunct professor at Nebraska and a PhD candidate in leadership studies there. Johnson City is a short-season team, and it’s not unusual for someone who acts as a coach at that level to perform other duties in the organization, but I don’t think this particular combination of roles has ever been tried before. It will be interesting to see how it plays out.

Mike Emeigh Posted: November 08, 2013 at 02:03 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, minors, sabermetrics

 

 

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