Saturday, August 23rd: Former 1st-Rounder Deck McGuire Pitches Cats to Victory while Ryan Mathews Homers Twice in Snappers Loss

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats Pitcher Deck McGuire (6 2/3 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 2 K / Win)   PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A) Sacramento River Cats  6 Memphis Redbirds             3 WP – McGuire 2-3 / 7.16 HR – Martinez (6) Farmhand Of The Game: Pitcher Deck McGuire (6 2/3 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 2 K / Win) After having lost his last three starts...
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August 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Sunday, August 17th: Dillon Overton Impresses Again for Vermont while Deck McGuire Takes the Loss for Sacramento

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Vermont Lake Monsters Pitcher Dillon Overton (3 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 5 K)   NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE  (Class-A Short-Season) Brooklyn Cyclones               7 Vermont Lake Monsters  3 LP – Graves 3-2 / 6.75 Farmhand Of The Game: Pitcher Dillon Overton (3 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 5 K) One of the best stories in the A’s system in the second...
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August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Thursday, July 31st: Hounds Win with the Help of another Kent Matthes Grand Slam while Deck McGuire Pitches Cats to Victory and Billy Burns Is Sent to Sacramento

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Outfielder Kent Matthes (Grand Slam)   TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A) Corpus Christi Hooks      1 Midland RockHounds  6 WP – Long 10-6 / 3.16 HR – Matthes (11) Farmhand Of The Game: Outfielder Kent Matthes (Grand Slam) Midland outfielder Kent Matthes hit his third grand slam in the last three weeks, which was also his sixth home...
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August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Friday, July 25th: Chad Pinder & Matt Olson Homer to Help Ports Win while A’s Acquire Former 1st-Rounder Deck McGuire for Sacramento

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Second Baseman Chad Pinder (3 for 4 / Home Run / 2 RBIs)   CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A) Lancaster JetHawks  5 Stockton Ports         7 WP – Sanchez 5-1 / 3.64 HR- Olson (29), Pinder (12) Farmhand Of The Game: Second Baseman Chad Pinder (3 for 4 / Home Run / 2 RBIs) Stockton jumped out to an early lead on Friday when second baseman...
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July 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Deck McGuire may have to wait for major league debut

When the Toronto Blue Jays drafted Deck McGuire 11th overall in the 2010 draft, the Georgia Tech ace was suddenly the future of the organization. The very first draft pick under the reign of Alex Anthopoulos as General Manager, McGuire was heralded as a fixture of the starting rotation for years to come. The college junior would settle and rise through the farm-system quickly, with...
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June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets Minor League Starting Pitchers: August 30th

As of 9:00am EST today, here are today’s Mets minor league starting pitchers: Tucson Padres @ Las Vegas 51s, 10:05pm EST TBD vs. Rafael Montero (5-4, 3.28 ERA) PCL League Scoreboard Montero took his fourth loss in Triple-A on August 25th in Fresno, but he pitched well enough to get the win. He allowed two runs on six hits, one walk, and five strikeouts in 5.1 innings pitched....
August 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Aeros sweep Fisher Cats with 7-2 win

AKRON- On a cloudy, dreary night in Akron, and after a thirty-minute rain delay, the Aeros took on the Fisher Cats, getting the brooms out to sweep New Hampshire out of town with a 7-2 win. Aeros starter Toru Murata got into trouble right away when Fisher Cats second baseman Ryan Schimpf lined a single to right field with one out in the inning. Shortstop Kevin Nolan took no...
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June 06, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Top 50 Prospect List

After almost a month of delay, it's finally here! The  Southpaw Top 50 Prospect list has arrived. This list is coming over two months later in the off season than last year, but given all of Alex's dealings, it's probably a good thing. In 2011 I listed 60 "names to know" in order to include not just prospects in the normal sense (given that no team has remotely...
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January 12, 2013  |  Discuss

2012 Positional Rankings: RH Starters

Nearing the end of the ranking process, I'm looking forward to being able to post my Top prospect master list the week of Christmas. This position is clearly the strength of the organization, with not only really good talent at the top but reasonably high grade prospects further down the list. 1. Aaron Sanchez (7/1/92) - Sanchez is no secret to anyone, electric stuff and a need...
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December 12, 2012  |  Discuss

So... What Now?

It sure was an exciting week last week, between the blockbuster trade and the signing of Melky Cabrera. You've seen already two different responses to the blockbuster trade, and I do also share the positive feelings about the Melky signing (although I have to respectfully disagree with the lineup configuration described in the previous post and the idea that Kinsler might be...
Via The Southpaw
November 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Arizona Fall League Breakdown: Salt River Rafters

Tentative rosters for the Arizona Fall League were released on Aug. 29. The fall developmental league is designed to help prospects received extra seasoning and coaching at the conclusion of the minor league season. Each organization contributes players to the six-team league. The league typically shifts in favor of the hitters because teams are generally reluctant to assign top...
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September 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Life, the Universe, and Everything

One of the meme's of prospect focused baseball blogs is the progression to rank more and more prospects, just to be the one who listed the most names. I'm very guilty of that, having once mentioned as many as 70 (which is at least ten times as many as will ever actually be an impact major leaguer, on average). I've always wondered what would be the ideal number to rank...
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July 08, 2012  |  Discuss

McGuire Learning To Control His Emotions

MANCHESTER, NH - After sixteen starts in 2012 for the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats, it is safe to say that Deck McGuire has not lived up to the expectations of a first round draft pick. His coaches say that he knows it, and that knowledge that he carries has often crept into his psyche when trying to bounce back from bad innings.
June 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Perchance to dream . . .

(yes, I've been very quiet here lately. I've started a new job and my schedule is unsettled, posting may be irregular for some time to come)Yes, i was the one saying, at the beginning of the year, that the Jays had enough pitching to begin the season. I reached that conclusion, which I still find valid, because you had to have turns to give the guys you had or give up on...
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June 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Did Mets Give White Sox Another Star In The Making?

Last week in the MMO Lets Talk Mets chat room, Myself and Met Maniac were discussing the recent amatuer draft and how we were both disappointed that the Mets bypassed the opportunity to select slugging High School OF Courtney Hawkins or High School sensation RHP Lucas Giolito with the number 12 pick. With Alberto Almora and David Dahl already off the board, 2 of the 4 players I...
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June 15, 2012  |  Discuss

About First Base

Here's a quick and dirty bit of rosterbation - involving what seems to me to be a prime but overlooked candidate to help fix the 1B situation if;/when the Jays resign themselves to the idea that Lind isn't the answer.There's a guy out there who, while aging and expensive, has the skill-set to be everything Lind was not. He's the ideal short term acquisition, but he...
Via The Southpaw
May 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Regression to the frakin' mean

Oy! Let's get back to some sanity please.first, let me just note in passing the recent unfortunate money-driven content. I thought the views expressed were, regrettable, but the finances which made it necessary are much more regrettable. So we shall hopefully let the unpleasant memory fade from our attention, no?Speaking of unpleasantness, the last ten Blue Jays games...
Via The Southpaw
May 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Farm Report: Bingo And St. Lucie Win With Offensive Explosions

Charlotte 3, Buffalo 2 By Pete Shapiro The Herd battled it out with the Charlotte Knights with never any more than one run separating the two combatants, for ten tense innings before succumbing to Charlotte by a score of 3-2. Buffalo would come back to tie the score, both in the seventh and ninth innings, only to see the game slip away from them in the bottom-of-the-tenth. LHP Garrett...
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May 12, 2012  |  Discuss

McGuire Needs To Stay On Top

Manchester, N.H- Deck McGuire has only pitched in two games this season for New Hampshire, but this Wednesday night’s start needs to be a turning point for the young right-hander. With an 0-2 record and an ERA soaring at 9.90, McGuire has to start performing at a higher level if he wants to prove to the Blue Jays that he is worth the 11th overall draft pick they spent on him in 2010.
April 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Braves 5, Blue Jays 3

Brandon Beachy allowed two hits while striking out six over four innings and Dan Uggla homered as the Atlanta Braves beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 in a split-squad game Saturday. Uggla, who didn't play Friday, homered in his third straight game. He connected with a man on in the sixth inning off Blue Jays prospect Deck McGuire and is batting .310 with four homers and nine RBIs...
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March 17, 2012  |  Discuss

2012 Top 20 Prospects – Toronto Blue Jays

It’s prospect season again. I’ve had my rankings listed on team pages, but have been horrible about keeping those up to date. As I mentioned on the pages, I’m looking at other rankings when I make mine (along with scouting reports and my own opinion). We head north to the Blue Jays. For the top 20, I’ve listed them according to my ranking. I’ve also listed the rankings...
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March 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Pirates bring out boom sticks in loss to Jays

Final: Blue Jays 8, Pirates 6 WP: Deck McGuire (1-0, 0.00 ERA) LP: Jeff Locke (0-1, 13.50 ERA) SV: Robert Coello (1, 9.00 ERA) This game is a perfect example why winning or losing Spring Training games do not matter. The Bucs lost this one, but there are a lot of really good things to take out of it. Pedro Alvarez, after starting off the spring 0 for 5, went 2 for 3 with an opposite...
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March 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Baseball. Ready for Prime Time

Deck McGuire did it. So did Jed Bradley. So did Mark Pope. What is it they all have in common?If you're thinking all three were star pitchers at Georgia Tech who got drafted and are now playing professionally, you'd be right, but they share something else.
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February 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Ready for Prime Time

Deck McGuire did it. So did Jed Bradley. So did Mark Pope. What is it they all have in common?If you're thinking all three were star pitchers at Georgia Tech who got drafted and are now playing professionally, you'd be right, but they share something else.
Via Georgia Tech Athletics
February 16, 2012  |  Discuss

First Look: Minor League Rosters, Part 1

So, having come to a reasonable consensus about who the best prospects are, where will they be playing in 2012? to answer that question we have to look at what players are still in the system from last year, who's been added, and which players earned promotions. In the case of actual prospects, the team resists the temptation to "push" a prospect (which is directly...
Via The Southpaw
February 14, 2012  |  Discuss
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