Scout.com's Around The Horn
Jeff Marquez with Tampa Yankees 2006
FutureBacks.com
Posted Jun 20, 2007


The Major League Baseball First Year Player draft is done, but with as many as 50 picks for each team, the process of finding out who will sign and who will not is on the minds of many teams, fans, players and, of course, agents.  It’s also on the minds of many of the publishers of the Scout.com baseball network as you will see in this week’s Around the Horn.

Over at OaklandClubhouse.com the Minor League Notebook is chock full of the good stuff.  Not only do you get the inside scoop on the latest addition to the big league club’s bullpen, but Senior Editor Melissa Lockard breaks down the four newest members of the organization, including the lefty starter some believe could be the next Barry Zito.

Tyler Clippard has been sent back down, and Phil Hughes is on the DL, but the cupboard isn’t bare, as PinstripesPlus.com editor Patrick Teale found out in his Q&A with Scott Aldred the pitching coach for the Yanks Double-A club, the Trenton Thunder.

The Diamondbacks loved him, the Phillies had him, and then it seemed nobody wanted him.  Over on our Cubs site, InsideTheIvy.com, find out why Josh Kroeger Makes A Lasting Impression in an exclusive interview with the talented outfielder. 

There has never been any secret about the Minnesota Twins farm system.  They produce players, and they believe in depth.  That’s why the Twin Cities Dugout Player of the Week is such a tough call each and every week. 

Of course the Cleveland Indians have done alright with the youngsters, so every year baseball fans take a look at the Indians draft picks and wonder who the next Victor Martinez or Grady Sizemore is.  Could it be outfielder Adam White?  Lefty hurler Garrett Rieck?  Or could it be one of the three others among Five Mid-Range Draft Picks IndiansInk.com profiles.

Detroit is hot, and one has to figure that Andrew Miller will go ahead and trade his top spot on the weekly Power Rankings for a spot on the big league roster.  None the less that does leave a spot open, find out who took over the #1 slot, as well as the rest of the top 15 in the Tigers organization.

At 25 years old Bob McCrory may be a little behind the curve, but his electrifying arm has the editors of our Baltimore site, InsidetheWarehouse.com hyped up now that he’s Happy and Healthy.  This right hander has overcome injury, rumor, and come through with his talent, drive, and future intact.  An intimate chat with the Mississippi native sheds some light on what has kept him going.

Finally we end where we began, with the draft.  Over at MadFriars.com the staff doesn’t wait until the prospect is signed.  He won’t turn 19 until December, and he’s not even sure if he’ll be pitching for the Padres or the Florida Gators next season, but righthander Tommy Toledo is already talking to the staff of our San Diego site, giving fans a taste of what might be to come.

 

Is that all?  Of course not, head to The Scout.com MiLB Homepage to find your favorite team, player, or just to get the latest inside news from Scout.com, and be sure to come back next week for Around the Horn.

 



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