Introducing Jesse Burkhart; Manny Machado
PnRScouting.com is proud to introduce an addition to our staff. Jesse Burkhart
joins as a contributing writer and will be providing first-hand scouting and crosschecking in the southeast region. His writing
credentials include a little over a year working as an intern with Baseball America and he currently covers amateur baseball
and the MLB Rule 4 Draft for Examiner.com.
As his first contribution
to PnR, Jesse files a scouting report on Miami prepster Manny Machado.
Next Article: Aflac All-American Game
Next Rankings: Top 10: Aflac All-American Game
Scouting Reports: Bobby Wahl, Nick Castellanos and Kevin Ziomek
Perfect Game Sunshine Northeast Showcase
Back to posting after a long week-and-a-half. Thanks for your emails, and your
patience. The good news is that it looks like I'm bringing aboard another writer or two, which should help to keep content
coming out even when situations like this arise at the office.
to the reason we all log on here -- the baseball. Back in June I attended my first showcase of the 2009 summer circuit, a
combined event out here on Long Island consisting of the Northeast Uncommitted (uncommitted 2009 grads) and the Sunshine Northeast
Showcase (2010, 2011 and some 2012 draft eligible high schoolers).
now is my Top 5 from the event. I could have comfortably gone as deep as a Top 10 or 15 -- the games were played on one clover
leaf with only six teams in game action at the same time. But the current crop of pro prospects was somewhat limited, and we'll dig into a handful
of the players that look college bound through our scouting reports section over the next six months. Two arms took the top
spots on my list. Cathedral HS (MA) 2011 draft-eligible righty Robert DeCosmo (pictured right) slotted in at number one, while
2010 Half Hollow Hills West HS (MA) righty TJ Pecoraro (pictured left) flashed the best velocity of the group and slotted
in at number two. You can see the full Top 5, as well as some brief notes on each, here.
As many of you are probably aware, Perfect Game tends to note some
of their top performers from their events, as well. That can be found here. Rosters are posted at perfectgame.org -- roster link here.
Next Article: 2009 Aflac All-American Game
Next Rankings: Top 10 - Aflac All-American Game
Next Scouting Reports: Bobby Wahl, Nick Castellanos and Kevin Ziomek
Shift to the Weekend
Due to a work-related emergency, I'll have to push the remainder of this
week's content. Hopefully, I clear-up by the weekend and we'll be able to stay on schedule by posting some this weekend
and doubling-up on posts to start next week. Sorry to have to do this so early on, but it's an unfortunate side-effect
of putting this site together while continuing a demanding legal career. If I can push through stuff at the office quicker
than expected, I'll get some stuff up here. So feel free to check-in if you're bored. Content will definitely be back
on by Monday.
In the meantime, if you haven't already, you
might check out www.DraftAmerica.com. It's a well-done collection of articles and info from various sources -- definitely
a site to add to your bookmarks. As an aside, Greg Pappas asked me to provide some content over there, and I agreed. So I'll
be giving a quick take on each of his top 50 players (the players I've seen) and putting up a blog post every week or
so. Greg and I met through our mutual Baltimore Orioles fandom, and he has a terrific passion for amateur baseball, and I
have no doubt he'll do interesting things with Draft America.
again for my delay -- looking forward to getting back to it shortly.
Dylan Covey Scouting Report
Dylan Covey's scouting report is up -- click here. Tomorrow we'll look at a player that hasn't yet gotten the hype of Cole/Taillon/Whitson/Covey, but has the tool
set I look for in trying to identify a breakout candidate. We'll also do a quick recap of the PG Sunshine NE Showcase,
which was my first event attended this summer. Thanks!
Event Recap: Under Armour All-America Game
The Under Armour All-America Game (powered by Baseball Factory) showcases thirty-six of the top draft-eligible high shoolers
in the country. Baseball Factory works with young athletes to develop them as ballplayers and to find a college that best
fits each player's academic and athletic needs (click here for more information). Team One Baseball is the tournament and
showcase division of Baseball Factory. For more information on tournament schedules and other Team One Baseball events, click here. Under Armour is the official sponsor of Baseball Factory's
showcase events and tournaments.I was fortunate enough
to find the time to attend the Under Armour All-America Game for the second straight year, carving out just enough time to
catch the Saturday festivities, including infield/outfield, the homerun derby (including first round hopeful Yordy Cabrera,
pictured) and the game itself. My write-up of the event can be found here, and my Top 10 Rankings for the event here.
In addition to the links above, Baseball Factory's recap of the
event can be found here.
ESPN's Scouts, Inc. writer/evaluator Keith Law provided a two-part
write-up available to those subscribing to ESPN Insider (Part 1; Part 2).
Baseball America provided capsules on each of the participants, and subscribers can read Nathan Rode's write-up.
Karsten Whitson Scouting Report and Schedule for First Two Weeks
A late departure from the office last night delayed the publishing of the Karsten
Whitson scouting report, but it is now up -- you can view it here or by clicking the link at the 2010 Scouting Reports page. Here's the publishing list for the rest of the week and for next week:
Tue (11/10) - Dylan Covey (Scouting Report); Under Armour AA Game Review
Wed (11/11) - Bobby Wahl (Scouting
Report); PG Sunshine NE Showcase Review
Thu (11/12) - Nick Castellanos (Scouting Report); WWBA Nat'l C'ship Review
Fri (11/13) - Yordy Cabrera (Scouting Report); WWBA Nat'l C'ship Review (part 2)
- Drew Pomeranz (Scouting Report); Team USA (Collegiate) Review
Tue (11/17) - Anthony Ranaudo (Scouting Report); Cape
Cod League Review (part 1)
Wed (11/18) - LeVon Washington (Scouting Report); Cape Cod League Review (part 2)
(11/19) - Michael Choice (Scouting Report); Aflac AA Game Review
Fri (11/20) - Austin Wilson (Scouting Report); Area
Code Games Review
This is the general form we'll be following,
with one scouting report and one "topic" post each day. It's aggressive but, I think, manageable. If not, we'll
shuffle things up. Thanks again for all of the early interest and feedback -- it really makes it easy to keep motivated.
Finally, I have been asked if I'll be charging for any of the content down the line.
There is no plan to create any premium content and there is likewise no plan to add advertising to the site. This site, along
with my limited but hopefully expanding scouting work, is a hobby and a passion. It's not meant to be a revenue generator.
To that point, I'll make an effort to get content up at the "About Us" page at some point this weekend to more
fully describe the aims of the site.
Again, thanks for stopping
by. I'll see you later today with some Under Armour links and this evening with the Covey Scouting Report.
AJ Cole Scouting Report Up
Thanks to reader Evan for alerting me to the incorrect link on the AJ Cole
scouting report. The correct report is now up -- you can access it here or at the 2010 Scouting Reports page.
Apologies for the delay on Whitson; I was delayed at
the office and am just now in a position to publish. The report will be up this evening, as will the full schedule for this
week and next.
Hi Everyone. Today PnRScouting will "go live". The real effect is that regular content will be churned out starting
today. I'll also do my best to lay out a 2-week posting schedule, so you can see what is planned for the coming weeks.
It would be impossible for me to overstate how excited I am to get going, and I can't thank you all enough
for all of your interest already. Please keep the questions and suggestions coming using the "Contact Us" tab. I'll
do my best to cover what you would like to read -- indeed, the interaction with you all is the driving force behind this whole
Tonight we'll post scouting reports for AJ Cole and Karsten Whitson (pictured). Tomorrow and through
the rest of the week I'll devote a daily post to each of the high school events I attended in person dating back to June:
Tuesday - Perfect Game Sunshine NE Showcase
Wendesday - Under Armour All-America Game
Thursday - World Wood
Bat Association National Championship Part 1
Friday - World Wood Bat Association National Championship Part 2
Each post will have links to my take on the event, as well as the coverage offered up by the usual collection of industry
As always, thanks for checking-in. I'll be back this evening with the scouting reports referenced
WWBA World Championship (Jupiter, Florida) Part 3
Just a brief note -- Part 3 of the WWBA Corld Championship series is up. Links
to the all three articles are below. The plan is still to go live on Monday. We'll begin on Monday with some Team USA
Baseball links and a review of our coverage this summer.
Series: Part 1 | Part 2| Part 3
Have a great weekend.
WWBA World Championship (Jupiter, Florida) Part 2
Today Part 2 of my three-part series covering the WWBA World Championship posts here at PnRScouting.com. In Part 1, I gave a rundown of eight players I considered potential selections around Rounds 1 - 4 in the MLB Rule 4 Draft. Part 2
runs through eight more players, this time in Rounds 5 - 8. One such player is Bobby Wahl (pictured), a projectable righty
from Springfield, Virginia. One of the more interesting arms in the prep ranks, Wahl hasn't quite broken out yet. But
the potential is there for a solid Major League producer, and perhaps more depending on just how much velocity eventually
A brief scouting report on Wahl and seven of his 2010 Draft
Classmates is included here in Part 2 -- I hope you enjoy the read.
Thanks for checking in; the three-part
series concludes tomorrow!
WWBA World Championship (Jupiter, FL)
if you're checking-in right now it's because you marked November as the "go live" month for PnRScouting.com.
We look to be in good shape and will start next Monday with our coverage of the MLB Draft, specifically, and amateur baseball,
more generally. This week I'm going to post a three part series covering my time down in Jupiter, Florida for the World
Wood Bat Association World Championship, which took place the second to last weekend in October. This series covers 25 players
in total from the event, and discusses them in the form of a hypothetical draft wherein my picks are limited to the kids I
saw over the course of the tournament.
Part 1 goes through Rounds 1 through 4, and undoubtedly touches on some draft eligible players you're familiar with if you've
been following the high school summer showcase circuit. I'll be back tomorrow posting Part 2.
Thanks for checking-in; I'm looking forward to next week when we officially kick off our coverage.