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By Kiley McDaniel

I’ve been inconsistent posting lately in part due to all the games I’ve been to. So, the good news for you is that a new site re-design is on the way shortly (the other reason I haven’t posted much) and that a bunch of piping-hot new reports, video, and draft content is on the way.

First up is a recap of my weekend of baseball action that took me to see Jays rehabbing relievers, Travis Snider, Deolis Guerra, Rick Porcello, Adrian Cardenas, Joe Savery, Michael Dunn, and a late-rising 2008 draft prospect, among others. Catch the full rundown after the jump…

(Pictured: Ft. Myers Miracle (Twins) RHP Deolis Guerra)

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Pedro AlvarezBy Kiley McDaniel

Scott Boras is without a doubt the highest profile agent in sports history and many of his methods are heavily debated. A few teams deal with him with no fear, some allow him to out-leverage them, others just don’t deal with him at all. That being said, until recently, he seemed to always get his clients the best deal they could have gotten.

One tactic Boras utilizes for his top-shelf talents in the draft is float a seemingly ridiculous bonus demand early. We have the rumors of the early number Boras has put on two of his top clients for the June draft and a breakdown of said methods, all after the jump…

(Pedro Alvarez photo credit: Vanderbilt University)

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By Kiley McDaniel

As Frankie referenced earlier with his Chris Dominguez scouting report, not only can we not see every top prospect, but we obviously won’t see only top prospects. On any given field, there’s a bunch of guys that aren’t Rick Porcello. Extend that a bit, and even being in a hotbed for baseball like Tampa, you’re going to get a lot of games without an elite talent, but usually with some notable guys involved.Bright House Network Stadium

The night after the Porcello game for the Florida State League/minor league opener, I went to Clearwater to partake in the finest ballpark experience in the state (no joke) to see the Clearwater Threshers (Phillies) host the Dunedin Blue Jays (Toronto). Best of all, this game wasn’t the experience I talked about in the first paragraph—there was still some sweet prospectyness.

Inside: Travis Snider, Adrian Cardenas, J.P. Arencibia, and another prospect the Yankees traded with nary a thought, all after the jump…

(Bright House Field photo credit: Baseball Pilgrimages)

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A couple notes from last night’s game before I post the Porcello scouting report in a few minutes…

Inside: what really happened with Mark Melancon last night, how each pitcher looked, and a few interesting Tiger relievers, after the jump…

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casey-kelly-batting-picture.jpgBy Kiley McDaniel

This second Sarasota Classic update will cover the balance of the prospects I saw during my time at the tournament. Harold Martinez was the highest profile guy and hijacked that first update that was meant to cover a few players, so I’ll go rapid fire on the thumbnail sketch of the remaining prospects and have the full scouting reports coming up as soon as I can.

Inside this News & Notes: a scorching hot ’09 prospect, and possibly the best prep catcher since Joe Mauer. Find out more after the jump…

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By Kiley McDaniel

First off, I’d like to apologize for the infrequent posting the last few days. Frankie and I have made some big plans for players to see and report on, various rankings, and story ideas, and we’re moving in that direction. When it comes to laying the groundwork and going to see players, sometimes the posts will be less frequent, but it should pick back up now.

Yesterday, I headed south to Sarasota to see some of the premium ’08 and ’09 draft prospects at the Sarasota Classic. The first day was canceled in the middle of the second wave of games due to rain, but I still got a good look at some top prospects. This post will focus on top ’08 prospect Braddock (Miami) High SS Harold Martinez. I’ll be back to Sarasota later this week to see the end of the tournament, but will be catching another matchup of top ’08 lefties in the Tampa-area tonight. Check the first dispatch from Sarasota after the jump…

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