News and notes from around the league for May 30, 2013.
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As it turns out, there are more prospects in the minors than just Eric Hosmer and Julio Teheran. Here are the weekend highlights from some bright bulbs on the farm.
Matt Adams, 1B, Cardinals (Double-A Springfield) A virtually unknown 23rd-round pick in 2009, Adams was the first player since 2000 to be selected out of Slippery Rock University, a school that has yet to have a drafted player reach the big leagues. He gained some attention with a .310/.355/.541 mark at Low-A Quad Cities last year in a season shortened by elbow problems, but as an older, bat-only prospect, he earned little true fanfare. Double-jumped to the Texas League for 2011, Adams keeps on raking, going 5-for-11 with three home runs over the weekend to lift his season mark to .322/.358/.643 in 29 games. At least 30 pounds more than his listed weight of 230 pounds—and that might be kind—Adams’ body will always be a concern, but he's continuing to prove that his bat deserves to be taken seriously.
The ACC gives us a tremendous trio of matchups, and can Tulane rise to the occasion and earn a tourney berth?
At the end of this weekend, just five teams in the 12-school ACC will have conference records above .500. It's an astounding development for a loaded conference that, while usually containing a few bottom feeders, has been known for its parity. However, when Georgia Tech held Clemson to just two runs over the first two games in last weekend's series, the Yellow Jackets assured the ACC just six spots in the post-season tournament. Six spots, and it's not as if Virginia has the strongest resume in the world. I last wrote about the Cavaliers in March, when Virginia had the nation's most impressive numbers and a perfect 10-0 record. The ACC looked like it could be theirs for the taking, though it also seemed like Virginia really wasn't that good. Now, let's trace Virginia's weekends since the ACC slate opened:
Delivering up the second batch of the league's best, Bryan gives you names you'll remember when the next draft rolls around.
The tone for every June draft is set the previous summer, when showcase leagues pit the nation's best high school players against each other on the same field, and the college players show scouts their abilities while playing every day with wooden bats. Next spring will be the final opportunity for players to show where their skills have progressed to, but for many, this summer has already determined their draft position. No summer league offers more high-end talent than the Cape Cod League, and while the league didn't offer as many blue-chip prospects as previous years, the league's managers universally lauded its depth.