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I'm a bit late to the party here, but this was incredible Chris. You conveyed Colt's story beautifully with a mix of the scouting we've come to love from BP and the heartwarming story. Thank you for passing it along.
The struggles of Appel and Gray, in contrast to what Bryant has done so far, has made Hoyerstein's pick of Bryant look that much better.
Love, Peace, and chicken grease my man (old southern colloquialism). Unintentionally, you've allowed us access to the inner workings of how an agent does his job. For that, I am very grateful. Agents and agencies are one of the last frontiers in baseball to be explored in depth, and you sir are the Lewis or Clark.
I'm not much of a prayer kinda guy, but I will definitely have you in my thoughts even though we've never met. I wish you the best of luck on your upcoming procedure and hope you bounce back faster than you even though possible. Not because I want to read another piece from you, but because throughout the year, you come across as a great man who puts others light years ahead of yourself, and there is a severe lack of that in this world these days.
Much love Josh. Take it easy man.
Really surprised Hursh didn't crack the top 10 and was only mentioned in the Factors on the Farm section.
Let me take a stab at this.
Edwards struck out three while walking one and allowing a hit in three innings. He done good for a skinny little feller.
Well deserved Professor Parks. Good luck with the Cubbies.
I was just about to ask Jeff his thoughts on him but you beat me to it.
I know he's got plus raw and a minimum 55 arm but that's about it.
Bravo Joshua. Excellent read and I love getting to hear the "living room" stories if you will.
I certainly don't want you to name names, but have you ever come across a guy that no matter what you do, you just can't seem to reel him in as a client? What is the craziest thing you've done in order to lock down a deal with representing a player?
Elizalde has impressed me more than Ervin.
Adam Dunn vs Jose Altuve
Lookin sharp. I dig the new layout.
I also thought it was odd he was tabbed almost unanimously as a #3 after so much hype.
Chris - Any truth to the rumors that Urias is hitting 97 with the cheese?
Excellent stuff, as always. One of my favorite features of Spring Training.
I have an idea for you, Professor - ranking the minor league teams with the most prospect star power.
For example, the Tennessee Smokies will be stacked with high end prospects like the names you listed and would probably be number one based on star power. I would like to see how Lansing, Pensacola, Lakewood, Stockton, and Lake Elsinore would stack up.
Now I'm intrigued...
Thanks Mark, just got around to reading this.
Thanks JP, just saw your response.
Good to see someone else high on Wittgren. He was absolutely untouchable practically all year. Have you heard anything on 2013 draftee Josh Easley?
Sounds like that Lindor kid doesn't suck too much.
Not buying Zach Petrick?
Any word out there on "Calvin and" Hobbs Johnson? 14th rounder from UNC Chapel Hill dominated in his pro debut, finishing the year in Low A.
Another fantastic piece, Joshua. I love reading this series. I can't blame a guy for taking a year or two to explore the world and get paid significantly better for it. There are also a few success stories of players going overseas and getting another shot at the big time here (see: Lewis, Colby).
Any interest coming down south to Atlanta?
I like the aggressive placement of Tapia. I also like the mention of Raul Fernandez who could certainly move through the system fast, maybe even hit Denver late in the year.
One small thing though - Jordan Patterson is listed as a RHP instead of RF in the On The Rise section.
I'd throw Alex Cabrera in the throwback section as well. Demolishing the league at the ripe ole age of 42.
Excellent piece Joshua. I enjoy getting these behind-the-scenes looks at the business side. I agree with robustyoungsoul that its a unique perspective to look at both sides of the baseball card; the high's, accolades and awards then the low's of a .220 season average or getting cut. Thank you for bringing us such a different viewpoint.
It seems like just about everyone in sports has a similar story of how Michael Weiner did something for them that dramatically changed their careers in baseball, and he never asked for anything in return. I'm disappointed I never had the opportunity to meet such a gracious soul that wanted to selflessly help anyone he met.
One of your fellow agents, Matt Sosnick of the Sosnick Cobbe agency, partnered with Jerry Crasnick to put out a book about being an agent that was a fantastic read. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about baseball agents (http://books.google.com/books/about/License_to_Deal.html?id=T4iFCgSyDX4C).
Sounds like a split contract, which Joshua went over in his first piece. While Player X is in AAA he will receive the $18K/month, then when he gets the call to the parent club he receives the $91.5K/month deal.
Is this the first time you've finished an article with the word penis?
Rosell did his work in the South Atlantic this year, not the Carolina League.
I also really enjoy this series. I would love to see more of the lesser names in the prospecting circles get a little more light. Less top 50/100 guys and more sleepers.
Just a personal preference honestly. If you didn't change a thing I'd still read everything you guys put out. Thanks!
Its gotta be Memphis or Hickory. It kinda sounds like I'm talking about BBQ, but its kinda similar. It depends on what you like better. Do you like the dry-rubbed "seasoned" AAA squad of St. Louis or the smoky, "mysterious" flavored low-A squad from Texas. Both have high-end talent in my view.