This offseason I will be working on a series that examines the strengths and weaknesses of each of the 30 farm systems in Major League Baseball. The series will be broken up into 6 parts, with each section focusing on one division at a time. These are not prospect rankings, but rather a general outlook and a diagnosis on the overall health of the organization. I will also shed some light on some of the top prospects in each organization who...Full Story By Rob Balboni | December 29th, 2014 | Seattle Mariners
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Primer: The College World Series pits the eight surviving teams in the NCAA tournament (64 teams) against each other in a double-elimination tournament. The teams are divided into two brackets and the winners of each bracket square off in a best of three series. The city of Omaha, Nebraska has hosted the tournament since 1950 and until 2010, it was played at the beloved Rosenblatt Stadium, a colorful bandbox that had a 335-foot power alley in left field. The tournament...Full Story By Rob Balboni | June 13th, 2014 | Seattle Mariners
Corvallis: Oregon State, UNLV, UC Irvine, North Dakota State The top-ranked Beavers were rewarded with a pretty soft field of competition, and getting to the Super Regionals should be a cakewalk for them. Michael Conforto is the clear top prospect in this pool, and arguably the best pure hitter in all of college baseball, although he cooled off a bit at the end of the season. If UNLV’s Eric Fedde had not gone down with Tommy John this...Full Story By Rob Balboni | May 29th, 2014 | 2014 MLB Draft, College Baseball
This weekend many of the top high school seniors from the Sunshine State will be assembled in Sebring (Fl.) for the annual Florida Athletic Coaches Association Classic. There will be numerous draft prospects on display, however the two top prepsters from Flordia, Touki Toussaint and Nick Gordon, will be absent from the event. The players will be divided into an East, West, South, and North squads and each team will have the opportunity to play two exhibition games. Furthermore, the players...Full Story By Rob Balboni | May 22nd, 2014 | 2014 MLB Draft, College Baseball
When I first laid eyes on Derek Fisher he was an awkwardly muscular, acne ridden high-schooler wearing a jersey that was two sizes too big. This past weekend, I saw a body-beautiful outfielder who’s as tooled-up as any position player in college baseball. The physically striking Fisher currently patrols left field for the Cavaliers, not because his skill set relegates him to a corner, but rather because Virginia has superior options at other positions. A pro club will...Full Story By PI Staff | February 25th, 2014 | 2014 MLB Draft