Player Spotlight

Draft Day in Pasadena

Pasadena, CA – A glance down the dimly lit high school hallway shows the light bouncing off plaques hanging near the baseball trophy case. The Pasadena Revolution logo painted on the adjacent wall is fading. Upon closer examination, it’s easy to understand why these stood out. SP Alfredo Hogan, Class of 2018. SS Ken Hill, Class of 2022. 1B Duane Kowing, Class of 2024. Hogan was one of the league’s best up and coming young starters, but after tearing his labrum he’s been moved to the bullpen for Manchester. At 26 years old there’s always a chance he could build his arm back up, but at this point he’s one of the league’s best young relievers which has plenty of value in itself. He’s the gem of the Pasadena Revolution baseball program. Ken Hill ...

High Rise Bubbles Rising High

On first glance Reginald “Bubbles” Cousins seems innocent and carefree. The young switch hitting secondbasemen on the Texas Tech ball club is highly regarded by many scouts among the league but his history is troublesome to many who have personally heard this young 19 year olds story… Reginald Cousins grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. His was raised by a single mother on a fixed unemployment income. The inner city of Baltimore can often times be dangerous and drug ridden. Reginald grew up in a well known drug apartment building called the “High Rise.” For much of Reginald’s youth his mother let the hard times get to her. She would leave Bubbles home while making money anyway she could on the streets of Baltimore. Bubbles was left to raise himself on his ow...

Norberto Roman Continues Improvement

Aiea, HI – CBL Winter League baseball is a big draw in the small town. The Aiea Angels, who are affiliated with the CBL’s Minneapolis Millers, draw an average of just over 5,000 fans a game. That of course is nothing compared to the large CBL crowds back in the continental US, but once you realize that the population of Aiea is just under 10,000, it’s much more impressive. The CBL Winter League has emerged as a Cape-Cod version league, but in the most tropical place the US can offer. Most players jump at the opportunity to spend the winter in Hawaii. Right handed starting pitcher Norberto Roman is no different. The 6’4, 190 pound Dominican has been turning heads here in Hawaii, thanks in large part to a fastball that has been clocked as high as 100 MPH this winter. ...

The Development of a Gigolo

Dallas, TX – The silhouette of an old baseball stadium is visible as you approach Dallas from Interstate 20, and immediately it’s clear that’s where Sterling Heights high school once stood. A long-time power in Texas high school sports, Sterling Heights boasted some of the state’s best collegiate prospects year after year in dozens of sports. However, as rough financial times hit the area in 2015, the school was forced to announce they’d be shutting down following the 2016 school year. Entering the school parking lot, the school is desolate and poorly kept up. Graffiti covers the brick structure nearly from head to toe, and the grass has grown so long it’s hard to believe anyone once played baseball here. Approaching from the north side of the school is ...

Future All-Stars of the CBL

Everyone knows the superstars in the CBL now, from the likes of older stars like the recently retired (and turned politician) Evan Longoria and Stephen Strasburg to the new stars like Oscar Cherry and Mason Templet. But, eventually these players will no longer be the players they are now. Injuries will hit them, political aspirations will outweigh their desire to continue playing and sometimes they were just a flash in the pan. When they move out, new players will have to take over as the faces of the CBL. Nothing is for sure, but these players have the best chance to pan out into the superstars of the future. C Pablo Garcia | Vallejo Admirals | Bats: Switch | Age: 26 | 5’10” – 190 lbs | Signing with the Miami Marlins (a team in the MLB for those of you too young to remem...

Chasing History – Edward Salcedo

“Home Runs are one of the many reason fans come out to the diamond, and I am just happy that I can put a smile on the fans faces as we try to improve here in STL.” words from Edward Salcedo when interviewed after his 3 home run game. “I tell you what, I was so shocked because I didn’t think the last ball had enough to get out,” he told BNN reporters in the clubhouse following the game. “I thought it was just going to be a long out.” Salcedo is tearing the cover off the ball this year and the Sultans love every ounce of his game and leadership on their very young offence. looking at the CBL history, Salcedo needs 10 more home runs to break the record for single season home runs, and current career home runs leader Miguel Sano, of the Richardson City...

2021 CBL Mock Draft

Round 1, Pick 1 (Connecticut Colonials): CF Ernesto Encarnación (Texas Tech University) If you took a caveman and put them at a field with all of the draft picks and had them watch them all play for 20 minutes, even he would know that Ernesto would go first overall. A 6’3″ 190 lb. centerfielder with terrific speed, great reads and a top notch arm. Even without considering his bat, he would be considered a top player in the league. But his strong wrists, leading to good bat speed profiles him as a potential perennial .330+ hitter, with the ability to get upwards of 30 or more homeruns. His one weakness is he does have the potential to be a high strikeout guy, chasing many off-speed pitches when behind in the count. Because of his unique skillset of elite defense combined with th...

A Boy Named Okay

a long-bladed hand tool with a beveled cutting edge and a plain handle that is struck with a hammer or mallet, used to cut or shape wood, stone, metal, or a baseball diamond. The nickname given to Okay Turk seems fitting as he looks to start his large journey to the pros after being called to join the Fork River Lumberjacks for the upcoming season. Scout Steve Miller discovered Turk in Bochum, Germany and believes that he can someday produce in a big way.

Antonio Gutierrez’s Rise From Nothing

Fantino, Dominican Republic – A CBL scout, Kevin Fagg, has no idea why he’s here. After spending a week scouting some of the Dominican Republic’s top prospects, Fagg finds himself in a small, remote town scouting a player nobody’s ever heard of. Fagg had heard a few of the players talking about “some kid from Fantino” that could do it all. He’d only played a few pick-up games with them recently, but these kids were in awe of his ability. After asking the right people and hearing a little bit more about this kid from Fantino, Fagg headed to the small town. After arriving at the baseball “field”, Fagg wonders why the hell he made this trip in the first place. The field is literally a field; not in the baseball sense, but in the farming se...

Altoona Curve Player Spotlight: Collin Yelich

Fresh off a game in which the 26 year old right fielder went 2-4 with a HR we’ve decided to dive into the Altoona Curve RBI leader and talk to him about making the most of his chances and why he seems to get better whenever a man is in scoring position. We’ll also get manager Ron Gardenhire’s take on the young Right Fielder and we’ll talk to GM Justin Zima about where he sees Yelich fitting in for the future of the Altoona Curve. We Sat down with Colin Yelich following Altoona’s 9-7 loss to the Dayton Sting. We asked Yelich what playing in the CBL means to him and if he always envisioned being called up to the big leagues. “Well I think almost all the players in the CBL will tell you they dream of the day they step foot on the diamond at the big league l...

Prospects to Watch

[Author’s Note: This is not a list of who I think the defacto best prospects are, but rather players who are worth keeping an eye on for the remainder of the season.] Young players in today’s game are the equivalent of Gold, consistently gaining value as the rest of the market continues to be out of whack. Getting six cost-controlled years of team control is a huge advantage for a team, and as such most teams are always working to develop their own young talent. Today, we’ll take a look at two interesting prospects to get a better glimpse of the future of the CBL. Others may be profiled in the future. 1B Griffin Keller, Vancouver Canadians Organization (AAA level) Originally drafted in the first round by the Syracuse Orange, Keller was traded to the Vancouver Canadians on...

3 for 3 Tyler Kolek

3 for 3 is a look at players from around the league and their stories that we never hear. -PART I (Order Of Holy Kolek) – January 10th 2016   Tyler in the offseason works out 6 days a week about 2 miles away from his home in Shepherd,Tx. He is known to love a little place on the corner of Walbash and Chester, a diner called ”Stacks”. We talked to the owner of Stacks, Mark Webber about the hard throwing righty.   “He is a hometown superstar, every Monday and Friday he stops in after his workouts and orders 2 dozen of his favorite wings, the Holy Kolek.  We named them after him cause for the longest time, even before his career in CBL started, he always asked for this custom flavor. A fiery mix of flavors that stings the tongue and makes any unknowing person who orders them t...

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