Player Spotlight

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...

America The Beautiful

Manzanillo, Cuba – The date is November 8, 2016. A 15-inch tube television is perched on a desk in a small local home, and a national US news reporter is discussing the incoming results for the United States Presidential Election. A 16-year-old Cuban eagerly watches with his parents. “As you can see, Bret, Bernie Sanders is cruising to the electoral college majority against Donald Trump this evening,” the reporter says. “We are set to announce that Sanders is the projected winner with 299 electoral votes, and he will be the next president of the United States.” The family watching erupts in cheers. After decades of poor relations with the United States, former President Barack Obama tried to mend the divide between the two countries, which allowed the US news ...

Altoona Curve Player Spotlight: Kurt Olson

Fresh off Altoona Curve’s young 23 year old First Basemen’s Cycle on May 27th against Mahooning Valley we sat down with Kurt Olson and discussed what he thinks has contributed to his recent CBL success and what his hopes are for his future with the organization. Kurt Olson in 21 games and 93 at bats has posted a .333/.364/.645 slash line while swiping 7 bags. We sat down with Olson to talk about what he believes his keys to success are. “I’m seeing the ball well and doing everything I can to produce for Altoona. Getting on base and seeing pitches is important for a lead off man and I take that role very seriously. I’ve always been a gap to gap hitter and I’ve been doing a great job at letting the ball travel through the zone and hitting it where it’...

Jim Clarridge Gets the Call

Following a 7-4 loss to the Regina Red Sox, the Kanab Miners manager Jeff Ware had received a phone call from the big league club’s GM, Brandon. “We’re going to be releasing Fister tomorrow and promoting Clarridge from AAA to replace him,” Brandon told Ware. “Give the kid the good news.” Ware was happy for the young man. As difficult as being a minor league manager could be, nothing beat the joy Ware got from telling a kid he was getting his first shot in the big leagues. Nobody deserved it more than Jim Clarridge, with the difficult past he had endured. ————————————————— Clarridge’s Timeline: June 23, 2018 Just five days after signing with the Col...

A Giant’s Heart: Brit Cunningham

East Los Angeles, CA – The bleachers are scattered with eager college coaches and several pro scouts. East LA high school is taking on Torrance high this evening, and with the high school season winding down, this might be the last game starting pitcher Brit Cunningham pitches in all season. Scouts remain divided on Cunningham’s future. As a junior last season, Cunningham was the nation’s top high school pitcher, winning the Golden Arm award. He went 4-1 with a 1.62 ERA, striking out 58 batters and walking just 6. Those are very good numbers for any high school pitcher, but the exciting part about Cunningham is that it was his first year playing organized baseball. Standing 6’10, Cunningham is used to having all eyes on him when he enters a room. Always the tallest ...

Altoona Curve Player Spotlight: Jimmy Small

Altoona Curve top prospect Jimmy Small has certainly been making a name for himself in the organization that acquired him this offseason. Jimmy Small was recently ranked the 5th highest prospect in the CBL and for good reason. The 21 year old former third basemen now turned first basemen, has been tearing the cover off the ball lately. In the winter league this year Small slashed 388/498/688 with 13 Hrs and 41 RBI. It’s obvious the Altoona organization  sees something they like in Jimmy Small as he played often in Spring training sitting in the middle of there order. Altoona GM talked with us about Small this afternoon. “That kid isn’t only extremely powerful but he’s extremely intelligent. He’s a young guy who’s never done studying the game and the comp...

Dayton Exec Calls Clarridge “Best Pitching Prospect”

Earlier today Mike McAvoy released an audio clip predicting the 2020 CBL season. While he did not have an optimistic prediction for the Gold Sox he did say that Colorado “has the best starting pitcher as far as prospects go in the whole league. I don’t know if that’s debatable or not. That guy is going to be a freaking stud!” For those who don’t know the player he is talking about is 23 year old left hander Jim Clarridge.  Clarridge pitched last year for AA Donora and AAA Kanab.  In AA he had an ERA of 2.29, a 0.91 WHIP, and a 1.15 k/9.  In his 3 AAA appearances he had a 0.66 ERA with a 0.51 WHIP and 12 strikeouts in 13.2 innings.  McAvoy pitched last  he ended his segment on Colorado by saying “it’s going to be a long couple years for ColoradoR...

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