Scout.com's Around the Horn

Josh Blevins came to the A's for Jason Kendall

With the trade deadline just around the corner, this is perhaps the most important time of the year to keep track of the hottest prospects around baseball, because you never know which of them will wind up in your favorite team's organization. As always, Scout.com has you covered. This week's Around the Horn provides just a sampling of our comprehensive baseball content.

When your father and your brother have combined for more than 3,000 hits, 350 homers, 1,700 RBI, and 400 stolen bases at the major league level, you're going to have high expectations placed upon your career.  New York Mets second baseman Enrique Cruz therefore has Big Shoes to Fill.

Wondering just what the Athletics got in return for Jason Kendall?  The Cubs and A's sites collaborated on a profile of reliever Jerry Blevins that includes Quotes from the Cubs' Coaching Staff.

Brian Bogusevic was drafted nearly 60 spots higher than Tulane teammate Micah Owings in the 2005 amateur draft. While Owings flew through the minors and has already made a name for himself in the majors, "Bogie" is only now beginning to Show His Promise, according to HoustonHardball.com publisher Max Schneider.

Everyone thought that the Philadelphia Phillies would have one of the National League's deepest rotations this season.  As it stands now, The Phillies Need a Miracle from their Starting Pitchers just to make the playoffs.

A recent edition of Syracuse Chiefs Fieldview from InsideTheDome.com examines Adam Lind working on his plate discipline, Curtis Thigpen once again donning his catcher's gear, and the velocity of Brandon League's two-seam fastball.

Earlier this year, Brandon Watson set a new International League record with a 43-game hitting streak.  CapitolDugout.com dazzles us with an interview with the scrappy leadoff hitter, in which he Credits Hard Work for his recent success.   

The folks at TwinCitiesDougout.com weren't dismayed by Kevin Slowey's poor showing with the Twins earlier this season.  That's why Slowey ranks atop the TCD Prospect Rankings for this week.

MadFriars.com ranked five-tool prospect Cedric Hunter as the third best prospect in the Padres' system this winter.  Learn more about him in this excellent Padres Prospect Interview.


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