A lot of people are wondering why in the heck the Rangers haven't called up Jason Botts to replace the injured Mark Teixeira. Now that Botts has grabbed the #2 spot on the Lone Star Dugout Prospect Hot List, expect to see him in the Rangers' everyday lineup shortly.
DiehardMagazine.com interviewed Red Sox director of amateur scouting Jason McLeod, and asked him about Boston's predilection towards high school players in part one of their Post-Draft Q&A.
With two Cubs catchers struggling to hit their weight, and Henry Blanco an unlikely candidate to do so once he returns from the DL, many Cubs fans are looking towards Geovany Soto to help the big league club in the near future. Steve Holley of InsideTheIvy.com tells us that Soto Is Only Focused on the Present.
After impressing as the most dominant hitter in baseball over a 30-game stretch, Casey Kotchman suffered a mild concussion, and hasn't been the same hitter since. FutureHalos.com gets word from Angels manager Mike Scioscia and Kotchman himself on What's Wrong with Kotchman's Stroke.
The Pittsburgh Pirates entered the All-Star break a manageable 9.5 games out of first place. PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko regales us with an audio interview of the Bucs' skipper, Jim Tracy, who evaluates Pittsburgh's first half and remains Hopeful of a Strong Finish.
Scout.com's Cardinals site has easily the most in-depth coverage of their short season affiliate available on the web. Get a game-by-game log, an update on the roster moves, and a look at the hottest prospects there in this week's Johnson City Cardinals Report.
And here on FutureBacks.com, we cajoled Director of Player Development A.J. Hinch into giving us the Lowdown on the Quentin/Salazar Maneuver, including a quick scouting report on the recently promoted Jeff Salazar, an analysis of the demoted Carlos Quentin's plate approach, and his opinion on whether phenom Justin Upton could contribute at the big league level this year.
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