Bernie Pleskoff has been a professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners.
|For Giants right-hander Hunter Strickland, 2014 has been a tale of two Major League seasons. One part of his season has been a dream. The other part has been more a nightmare.
More» Strickland retires Hosmer to finish win|
|Self-confidence. Not cockiness, but self-confidence. That's what the good pitchers bring to the mound. They believe they can get hitters out. They believe the guy with the bat in his hand is trying to take food off their table. Self-confidence is what I've observed so far in Kansas City Royals rookie pitcher Brandon Finnegan.
More» Finnegan enters in relief, strands runner|
|Giants utility infielder Matt Duffy came through with the biggest hit of his young career on Saturday night in Game 4 of the World Series, which may have swung the momentum of the Fall Classic back in favor of San Francisco.
More» Duffy tallies first career postseason hit|
|The Giants have enough faith in the right-handed hitting Andrew Susac, 24, to have placed the young rookie on the World Series roster. With only 95 Major League plate appearances in 35 regular-season games, Susac is capable of assisting behind the plate if needed.
More» Susac cuts down Venable to finish up the 9th|
|Following his selection by the San Francisco Giants in the first round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, I saw second baseman Joe Panik playing in the Arizona Fall League. What an autumn he had.
More» Panik triples past Aoki, Blanco scores|
|Pirates catching prospect Elias Diaz has all the tools of a major big league contributor behind the plate.
More» Elias Diaz, C, Pirates|
|After converting from pitcher to infielder, Rays prospect Patrick Leonard could prove to be a major part of the James Shields trade from 2012 if he continues to develop his power.
|Even the normally unflappable Yordano Ventura may feel the heat of the pressure cooker raise a notch tonight. He takes the ball in Game 2 of the World Series with his Kansas City Royals down 1-0 to the San Francisco Giants.
More» Ventura on maintaining focus, Game 2 nod|
|Kansas City Royals speedsters Jarrod Dyson and Terrance Gore may well be the final components that convince front-office executives that the game of baseball has changed.
More» Dyson discusses club's ability to run|
|Based upon his brief 37-game history with the parent Arizona Diamondbacks, 24-year-old Jake Lamb played well enough to gain consideration to open the 2015 season as the team's starting third baseman.
More» Lamb talks about his 2014 season|
|Many people would say right-handed-hitting outfielder Steven Souza Jr. was the top player in the Washington Nationals' farm system this season. He was named the MVP and Rookie of the Year playing for Triple-A Syracuse in the International League.
More» Souza saves Zimmermann's no-hitter|
|Yankees first-base prospect Greg Bird has raised eyebrows with his left-handed power, earning the team's Minor League Player of the Year honor in 2013 and posting strong numbers in '14.
More»Bird on expectations in the Arizona Fall League|
|Matt den Dekker's offensive contribution will be important to him and the Mets going forward, but his outstanding Gold Glove Award-caliber defense and above-average speed can be the most useful tools on a roster balanced with outfielders who hit for more power.
More» den Dekker makes a nice running grab in left|
|After his big league debut in August, Trevor May continued to take the ball as part of the Twins' rotation. He finished the season with nine starts in 10 appearances. With some mechanical adjustments, the 25-year-old righty could be headed toward great things.
More»Twins' May could fill spot at back of rotation|
|At the age of 25, the lanky 6-foot-3, 200-pound Kyle Lobstein made his debut for the Tigers on Aug. 23. He pitched in some important games for the club during its successful drive for the American League Central title.
More»Lobstein can provide depth in Tigers' rotation|
|At the young age of 23, left-handed pitcher David Holmberg is currently pitching for his third organization. The Chicago White Sox selected him in the second round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. He was chosen directly from Port Charlotte (Fla.) High School. As a senior, he threw 132 strikeouts with a 0.22 ERA.
More»Lefty Holmberg could fill spot at back of rotation|
|Jorge Soler handled his transition to the Cubs extremely well. He hit .271 with a homer and six doubles among his 23 fall hits. Playing a very solid right field, Soler played in 20 games and went to the plate 85 times.
More»Cubs propsect Soler is a five-tool player|
|Rymer Liriano was at the San Diego Padres' Dominican Republic baseball academy when the facility opened in 2008. Now, after battling back from Tommy John surgery, he is the first player from the academy to make the Major League club. Liriano made his big league debut on Aug. 11.
More»A look at Liriano's track to the Majors in 2014|
|Righty John Holdzkom was drafted in 2006, but his road to pitching for the Pirates was long and winding. Now, he dispatches hitters with ease. In fact, in Holdzkom's first five Major League innings pitched over five late-game appearances, he yielded one hit and struck out nine. He walked one. He's a force.
More»Pirates have potential future closer in Holdzkom|
|The Mets are a club fortunate to have two young catchers with solid Major League tools. WithTravis d'Arnaud assuming the everyday catching role for the parent club, Kevin Plawecki is continuing his development in the Mets' pipeline as a promising offensive and defensive catcher.
More»Mets fans could see Kevin Plawecki in 2015|