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Each year USA Today publishes their 100 names to know. These are the newcomers they predict will make an impact on MLB baseball for the upcoming season. I am going to list the ones available in my Dynasty keeper league.

26. Rob Brantly
33. David Holmberg
37. AJ Pollock
45. Adeiny Hechavarria
50. Jonathan Pettibone
53. Edwar Cabrera
54. Darin Ruf
58. Donn Roach
67. Alex Castellanos
69. Travis d’Arnaud
73. Didi Gregorius
76. Ryan Jackson
80. Tommy Joseph
85. Jerry Sands
90. Nick Noonan
95. Tony Cingrani
96. Justin Wilson
97. JJ Hoover

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Unless your name is John Orelud, each baseball player has to go down to the minor leagues, and work his way up the food chain.   It is not an easy journey for a player trying to force his way onto a major league roster.  Every step along the way, the minor league players performance  is analyzed and scrutinized. The players  results are compared to the their peers in the current season, and historically to any player who has come through a similar path.

The game of projecting a player’s career based on minor league numbers is not an easy one. For every success case such as an Evan Longoria, there is another player on the other side of the spectrum that fools the critics. Anyone remember when third baseman Andy Marte was rated as a better prospect than David Wright? There are tons of examples out their of players who lived up to the hype, and those who were utter failures:

Jesse Foppert, Joel Guzman, Andy Marte, Sean Burroughs, Greg Miller

Todd Van Poppel, Brien Taylor, Darren Driefort

However, each year we pay attention to these players known as a prospects, phenom, young talent, the future, what ever name you want to give these guys.    Some of these players make it, some do not. Another factor in all of this is opportunity.  There are some players who did not shows up on the big time prospect lists and go on to have wonderful careers as late bloomers. Matt Holiday is one guy in this mold.  Jason Bay is another. How can we forget Big Papi started his career out as with Twins? Johan Santana certainly didn’t start with the Twins organization either.

Now, one last thing that you can’t put a number to (at least yet) is a player make up.  The player who has a good head on his shoulders and can get over the failures from previous day, and move on and get past the bad day is better equipped to be successful.  The game of baseball is one of always making adjustments and dealing with failure.

With this mind, when you think prospects, think about the combination of talent, opportunity, and makeup.  These three together give you an indication of what kind a player you have.

CBS Sports Top 100

BP Future Shock 2011

Baseball Digest Prospect Sandwich

Call To Pen

Braves Top

MLB Prospects

Prospect Watch Starters

Top Prospect Alert (by team)

Baseball America

Rays Prospect Guide

Jim Bowden Top 50

Project Prospect

Keith Law’s rankings

MLB Prospects

Prospect Junkies

Scoutingbook.com Prospect Matrix

Prospect Portal

Top NL Only Prospects

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Each year, USA Today comes out with their 100 names you need to know for the upcoming season. This is a good resource of getting to know some of the minor league players that are usually at that point of their career where they are ready make a big impact at the major league level.

Here are a few of the players making the 2011 top ten of the “100 Names You Need to Know:

#1 Aroldis Chapman

Bullpen is the answer to the first big question about the Cuban flamethrower for this season. That’s where he’ll pitch, though the Reds aren’t ruling out a future role in their rotation. The next question revolves around when and if he could take over for closer Francisco Cordero, who is entering the final guaranteed year of his contract ($12 million option for 2012) and allowed baserunners last season at the highest rate of his career.

#2 Craig Kimbrel

Kimbrel, 22, got a taste of key late-inning situations late last season and in the playoffs. His 14.4 strikeouts-per-nine-innings rate through three minor league seasons was impressive enough, but he boosted that to 16.9 in his 25 combined regular season and playoff innings in the majors last year.

#3 Freddy Freeman

Freeman will show up this spring with the first base job and expectations he can be as impactful as Heyward. A lefty like his close friend Heyward, Freeman’s best attribute might be his defense, though he finished in the Class AAA International League’s top 10 in batting before turning 21 in September. His 18 homers last year dispelled concerns the 6-5, 225-pounder might not develop big-time power.

#6 Logan Morrison

Florida has plenty to chirp about with its trio of young studs on offense. Twitter-happy Morrison – and not Mike Stanton or Gaby Sanchez – remains eligible for our list thanks to his late-July 2010 call-up. Morrison moved to the outfield last year after older Sanchez beat him out for the Marlins’ first base job.

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I can remember that miracle rookie season of 1988, Mark McGwire hitting home runs at a mammoth pace.  Its hard to recall someone coming on the scene and being a slugger like we were witnessing that year.  With his Bash Brother counterpart Jose Canseco, these guys were the talk of baseball.

We have heard the Jose Canseco claims that McGwire participated in steriods as they were slugging home runs together in Oakland. I don’t really believe McGwire saying he did not discuss steroids with any other players, as I believe it was Jose Canseco that introduced McGwire to the steroid lifestyle.

Sure, McGwire had been blessed with the ability to crush a baseball. However, steroids do help you. In the steroid era, the record setting numbers were enhanced like never before. I am puzzled why he took this long to come clean. I believe he did go on an exile, refusing to speak to reporters. Additionally, it’s hard to  believe that  reporters failed to approach him to tell his story.

As McGwire gets ready to start a job in baseball, I find it hard to believe he will not become a distraction to the St Louis Cardinals. It will be a traveling roadshow in every town he enters. Instead of the players on the field being the focus when the Cardinals come to town,  the local press will replay the steroid story.

I wonder at what point McGwire fessed up to LaRussa on the steroids. Was it after he accepted the job as the hitting coach, or is it something that McGwire wanted to get off his chest before starting his new job. In a way, he did prevent alot of the negativity that was sure to come his way, as the last image we have of him is his claiming to congress that ‘We are not here to talk about the past’.

I am sure as a man, its freeing to get this out of his system and to turn the page. We’ll see how this plays out, but he sure has a lot more explaining to do.

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The Dodger’s finally ran out of room on the roster for Delwyn Young. In the minors as an infielder he crushed the ball, but his defense made him into an outfielder. His  bat is intriquing, but as he turns 27 this years old, he is running out of chances. In the right situation, it would be interesting  to see what he might be able to do.

We lost Harry Kalas yesterday.  Here are some of the memories of him:

World Series Calls

Its Outa Here

Philliadelphia long time writer Jayson Stark

Mark “The Bird” Fidrych is gone too. I was just watching a feature they had on him over the weekend on MLB network. I’ll never forget him as he was someone I grew up watching his first year in the league.

MLB.tv q&a

Tom is still Terrific

David Wells is now miked

Zach Duke – is he back?

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This is the fourth AL voting period after six seven in the books. The MLB Blog Poll votes on the MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of Year candidates in each league throughout the regular baseball season. In doing so, you get a cumulative snapshot of the award winners, instead of the single vote. That way we get constant feedback as the year goes on.

American League Most Valuable Player Vote Week #7

  1. Josh Hamilton – 285 points
  2. Kevin Youkilis – 167 points
  3. Carlos Quentin – 160 points

The player ranked first on a ballot is assigned 14 points, the player ranked second is assigned 9 points, and the player ranked third is assigned 8 points. Click to see the actual votes.


American League Cy Young Vote Week #7

  1. Cliff Lee – 122 points
  2. Daisuke Matsuzaka – 48 points
  3. Zach Grienke – 29 points

The player ranked first on a ballot is assigned 5 points, the player ranked second is assigned 3 points, and the player ranked third is assigned 1 point. Click to see the actual votes.

American League Rookie of the Year Vote Week #7

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury – 89 points
  2. David Murphy – 70 points
  3. Greg Smith- 46 points

The player ranked first on a ballot is assigned 5 points, the player ranked second is assigned 3 points, and the player ranked third is assigned 1 point. Click to see the actual votes.

The following blogs contributed to the Blog Poll results:

Baseball Digest Daily
Baseball Happenings
Baseball Musings
Seth Speaks
Fire Brand of American League
Brock For Broglio
Brew Crew Ball
Beyond The Boxscore
Fake Teams
RotoRob
Over the Monster
No Bias Baseball
Outs Per Swing
Bugs & Cranks
Talking Chop
Roto Junkie
Baseball Time In Arlington
CardinalsDiaspora
Tiger Tales
Kranepool Society
Cubs F/X
Roto Advice
Chicago Cubs Online
Baseball Legends
Roto Professor
DRays Bay
DisabledListInformer

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This is not the first, nor the second second NL Voting period, but the third NL voting period after six weeks in the books. The MLB Blog Poll votes on the MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of Year candidates in each league throughout the regular baseball season. In doing so, you get a cumulative snapshot of the award winners, instead of the single vote.  That way we get constant feedback as the year goes on. Whereas, from Fox News is the Dayn Perry’s 25% awards.

National League Most Valuable Player Vote Week #6

  1. Lance Berkman – 277 points
  2. Chase Utley – 196 points
  3. Chipper Jones – 161 points

The player ranked first on a ballot is assigned 14 points, the player ranked second is assigned 9 points, and the player ranked third is assigned 8 points. Click to see the actual votes.

Berkman is just so locked in with a mind boggling 1.256 OPS that has put the Astros right in the thick of the NL Central race. Same for Ramirez 8 HR’s has 13 stolen bases as well as leading the Marlins (The Marlins?) to first place in the NL East. Joe Morgan is a lousy announcer but is a Hall of Fame player and if he says Chase Utley is the best 2nd baseman he has ever seen that is very high praise. Tough to leave Alber Puljos off this list and how about an honorable mention for Nate McLouth and Xavier Nady for making baseball worth watching in the Steel City once again” — Steve, Kranepool Society

National League Cy Young Vote Week #6

  1. Brandon Webb – 90 points
  2. Tim Lincecum – 49 points
  3. Edinson Volquez – 40 points

The player ranked first on a ballot is assigned 5 points, the player ranked second is assigned 3 points, and the player ranked third is assigned 1 point. Click to see the actual votes.

There is no way Webb doesn’t have a stranglehold on this award now: 8-0, 2.41 ERA. Wow! Edison Volquez: An obscenely low 1.06 ERA, Volquez has done a great job keeping the ball in the park, but needs to firm his command up. Aaron Cook :Any time a Rockies pitcher has a 2.26 ERA through eight starts, you’re recommended to sit up and take notice.
” — Evan , Fire Brand of American League

National League Rookie of the Year Vote Week #6

  1. Geovany Soto – 116 points
  2. Jair Jurrjens – 48 points
  3. Kosuke Fukudome- 47 points

The player ranked first on a ballot is assigned 5 points, the player ranked second is assigned 3 points, and the player ranked third is assigned 1 point. Click to see the actual votes.

Chicago Cubs’ catcher Geovanny Soto takes over the top spot with a 1.003 OPS. Teammate Kosuke Fukudome falls to second because Soto’s postion and SLG outpace Kosuke’s excellent .481 OBP. Reds’ 1B joey Votto noses out Braves’ SP Jair Jurjjens thanks to history-making 3HR/1Sb day. He is also drawing some walks which should serve to keep his OBP respectable. In a weaker field, Dodgers’ 3B Blake DeWitt would get more props with a slash stat line of 323/398/479 – after doing worse between Hi A & AA last season!” — Eric, Fake Teams

The following blogs contributed to the Blog Poll results:

    Baseball Digest Daily
    Baseball Happenings
    Baseball Musings
    Seth Speaks
    Fire Brand of American League
    Brock For Broglio
    Brew Crew Ball
    Beyond The Boxscore
    Greener On Other Side
    Fake Teams
    RotoRob
    Over the Monster
    No Bias Baseball
    Outs Per Swing
    Bugs & Cranks
    Talking Chop
    Roto Junkie
    Baseball Time In Arlington
    CardinalsDiaspora
    Statistically Speaking
    Tiger Tales
    Kranepool Society
    Cubs F/X
    Roto Advice
    Chicago Cubs Online
    Baseball Legends
    Roto Professor

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