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Prospect Watch: #13 Dave Land

It’s that time of week again, where we look at the top prospects for the Colorado Gold Sox. Today we take at a look at LF Dave Land ranked 12th overall and 8th ranked batter. Current Team: AAA Kanab MinersAcquired Via: Trade with Fargo Nordiques (06/08/2034)2034 Stats: AA (JAX) 24G 67AB .284/.402/.612 6HR 21RBI / AAA (KAN) 66G 227AB .238/.380/.463 12HR 51RBI Rating: OSA 1.5/2.5 Scout: 1.5/3.0Player Above On Depth Chart:  Gyoo-jae Guem  (CBL Colorado Gold Sox)Player Above On Depth Chart:  Bob Piccolo (AAA  Kanab Miners) Player Below On Depth Chart:   Jesús Gabriel (AA Donora Ducks) Career Highlights:Land played his college ball at the University of Connecticut Huskies from 2029-2031. Land was signed as a undrafted free agent to a minor league co...

Prospect Watch: Kevin Boarman

With the trade deadline come and gone for the Gold Sox & with no movement by GM Jeffrey Everroad, it looks like this team will finish as your 2034 Colorado Gold Sox. So we figured it’s time to look towards the future. We will do a weekly piece each week on the top 15 prospects. #15: CL Kevin Boarman Current Team: AAA Kanab Miners Acquired Via: Trade with MIN (6/13/2034)2034 Stats: 3W 4L 11SV 6.20ERARating: OSA 2.5/4.5 Scout: 2.5/4.0Player Above On Depth Chart: Juan Cordova (CBL Colorado Gold Sox)Player Below On Depth Chart: Bobby Berdejo (AA Donora Ducks) Boarman played his college ball at Louisville University and was drafted in 2032 first year player draft (Round 2, pick 14, 38th overall) by the Fargo Nordiques. Boarman was traded in 2034 from Nordiques to Minneapolis Millers i...

The Future in Fargo

The future is now for reigning Champion Fargo’s young prospect, Alfredo Tirre. Since being plucked out of the Dominican Republic at the age of 16, the talented second baseman has risen through the minors at a rapid pace. After spending a couple of years in rookie ball, he split time between A and AA last year, combining to hit .313/.388/.571 16 HR 61 RBI, ending the season with the SL Champion Jacksonville Suns. According to General Manager Andy Nemecek, he was to get a taste of the bigs during spring training, then be shipped back to AAA until he was ready to stay in the CBL permanently, later this year, or maybe next. A few injuries to infielders this spring has necessitated his rise to the top league earlier than expected, and to be honest, wanted, by the Nordiques’s. Having just turned...

Ve Ri Tas: Two Ivy Leaguers Search For Truth (Part IV)

[Editor’s Note: This is the final part (IV) of a IV part series. Read Part I, Part II and Part III.] The two players were as motivated as they’d ever been heading into the off-season. The improvements they’d made in just two short seasons gave them a real shot at one day making a major league roster. And Hudzik was genuinely curious about changing the way pitching was developed, because the old way of doing things hadn’t worked in quite some time. Hitters were dominating the league and had been for awhile now. The players spent the off-season throwing every single day. They followed a strict weight lifting regimen that was designed to maximize the pliability of their arms and shoulders. They played long-toss all the time. They threw with weighted balls. They had a s...

Ve Ri Tas: Two Ivy Leaguers Search for Truth (Part III)

[Editor’s Note: This is Part III of a IV part series. Read Part I and Part II.] The first thing Kevin Hudzik did when he arrived home for the off-season was begin his research. He had decided a few weeks ago that he would spend as much time and energy as he possibly could to understand the scientific reasons behind his pitches and throwing motions. It was a daunting task, to be sure. Especially with a Fiancee eagerly planning a 2034 fall wedding. Even she understood how important the next two seasons were, delaying the wedding more than a year. Sean Douglas, on the other hand, had a bachelor party to plan. They decided on Columbus, Ohio. Most people were coming from the Boston area or Indianapolis area (Hudzik’s hometown), and Columbus was sort of neutral ground. But Hudzik and...

Ve Ri Tas: Two Ivy Leaguers Search for Truth (Part II)

[Editor’s Note: This is Part II of a IV part series. Part I can be found here.] It had been an eventful first month of professional baseball for Kevin Hudzik. After the whirlwind month of June saw him graduate from Harvard and sign his first professional contract, July became even crazier. Hudzik had been used out of the bullpen for the Lake County Captains exclusively, with the organzation telling Hudzik to stop using his well below average changeup in games. “The staff in Lake County was really into the sabermetrics of pitching,” Hudzik tells me. “As a biomedical engineering major I certainly appreciated the attention to detail. They showed me that my changeup was getting rocked, even back to my Harvard days, among other things.” Joe Coleman and Corey Domel ...

Ve Ri Tas: Two Ivy Leaguers Search for Truth

How two former Harvard baseball players have started a pitching revolution [Editor’s Note: This is Part I of a IV part series. Part II, Part III and Part IV will be linked here when finished.] Fort Myers, FL – As spring training nears for the CBL’s 21st season, the Minneapolis Millers training complex is basically silent. Staff members will arrive over the next week or two to begin preparing for the spring season, but today, the complex has just two Millers minor league pitchers and a few personal trainers the Millers have granted access to the facility over the last few seasons. One of those minor league pitchers is Kevin Hudzik, a 6’3, 190 pound, 23-year-old biomedical engineering graduate from Harvard University. He also played a little baseball, too, throwing 15...

Bell the New Kingpin at 1B in Cambridge

Well it came down to “the wire” but the Pilgrims were able to sign first basemen “Stringer” Bell to a major three-year deal, adding a dose of high powered offense to their 2034 lineup. The negotiations with Bell were difficult as Stringer decided to represent himself, having recently brushed up with some economics classes at Baltimore City Community College. Quoting Adam Smith, Bell explained, point by point, why adding to his wealth would benefit the team. As the negotiations came to a head, some observers said that Bell had started using cheap throw-away cell phones for fear of being bugged, but Bell called those rumors “bunk.” With Bell installed at first base to replace the injured Don Smith, the Pilgrims certainly have more punch in their order than...

3 For 3 The Lost Magic

After a long time off we are bringing back 3 for 3, a small peak into players of the CBL. 3 For 3 -River “Presto” Fuller- Act 1 – The Star From Alexandria. It was a cool crisp day in April, the stands are half full, local and national media that once dominated the stands are missing. Local star Steve Carlton left for the draft a year before and none of the underclass men were in the national spotlight but that all changed very quickly. River had this rare ability at a young age to lead a team, but not only did he demand it of others he also did it him self.  His stat line was impressive, .406 AVG with a .444 OBP and walk as many times as he struck out (9) in 142 plate appearances. He lead the team to a National Federation High School State Championship with a walk off hom...

An Underrated Career: Trace Loehr

Few CBL players are as polarizing on the field as Minneapolis Millers long-time shortstop Trace Loehr. A career .233 hitter with a .720 OPS is, some argue, worthy of being a first ballot Hall-of-Famer when he retires, and that drives some fans crazy. Offense is what seems to drive popularity, but Loehr’s body of work is impressive for it’s overall value and even more so for it’s uniqueness. Loehr has won four gold glove awards and likely had a few stolen away as well. After being given the starting shortstop job for good as a 26-year-old, Loehr played in more than 150 games for 8 straight seasons, constantly putting up league leading ZR as a SS. Combining outstanding defense with surprising power and a patient eye made Loehr one of the league’s most valuable players...

The Importance Of June 8th

This date is an important one for every CBL team, but more important is to understand the importance of rounds 2 – 7. Round 1 gets all the hype and glory but championships and teams are built in rounds 2 – 7.  There are hidden gems, long term projects and valuable trade pieces that come out of the later rounds. Most trades always involve a main piece, whether its a superstar, a future superstar or a talented player on one team that fills a valuable spot on another. These trades rarely happen on a 1 for 1 situation, most are filled with role players or future projects. These extra players are key to any successful team, whether used in a trade or grown through the farm system and most of these players are picked in rounds 2  to 7. Taking a look we can see what the power of havin...

Down on the Farm: Checking in on the Rest

For part three of our Down on the Farm series, we will be reviewing some of the elite seasons from rookie league to the A level, the Midwest League, the Arizona Summer League and the Florida State League. Part one covered the AAA level and can be read here, while part two covered the AA level and can be read here. Anibal Cardenas, Shortstop, San Diego Surf Dawgs Organization Originally signed out of Cuba in July of 2026, Anibal Cardenas has been a scouts favorite since. At 6’1, 170 pounds, his nickname “Chubby” seems odd, but he insists he was an incredibly fat baby and the nickname has just stuck. Cardenas began the season at the Low A level, where he put the league on notice that he was going to be a force in the future. In 50 games, the infielder hit .384/.421/.664 wit...

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