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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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By Frankie PiliereScott Green

University of Kentucky right-handed pitcher, Scott Green, reportedly turn down a high six figure bonus from the Boston Red Sox this summer and it truly appears now that he made the right move.

After an impressive showing in the Cape over the summer and a solid spring thus far, Green is firmly in the first round picture. I became a huge Scott Green believer when I saw him in the Cape. There were pitchers that had better stuff, but I see Green, who stands at 6-foot-8, as a really safe big league bet. Check out his scouting report and video after the jump…

(Scott Green phot credit: University of Kentucky Athletics)

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By Kiley McDaniel

The Florida State League was loaded last year,Carlos Carrasco especially with top-end pitching and I saw most of the top prospects that came through the league. I’ll be going to the Rays home opener tonight, but before I leave, I wanted to give a look at another high-profile prospect from the 2007 FSL.

Carlos Carrasco is atop many prospect lists for the Phillies organization and has been for a few years. He shows a wide repertoire, some feel for his craft, and an ability to win without his best stuff. Pitching in nearby Clearwater, I was able to see him multiple times and got a pretty good impression. The full report is after the jump…

(Carlos Carrasco photo credit: Jamie Squire, Getty Images)

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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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By Frankie Piliere

Ah, yes, the question that just about every Yankee fan would like an answer to. There’s probably a lot wrong with the Japanese southpaw that the Yankees wish they could fix. But, there are also other things that seem to be more obvious, at least to me, that appear to be more correctable. All players, though, cannot correct all their flaws, and hence, that is where players are weeded out. So, whether Igawa can sort out his problems remains to be seen, but issues there are a plenty.

I went to see the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees opener on Thursday specifically to examine Igawa up close and personal to see what I could discover about “what is wrong with him.” Of course, he didn’t make it easy on me by proceeding to toss six perfect innings against Lehigh Valley before being subsequently being lifted in favor of Scott Patterson. So, yes, the task I had laid out was to break down what is wrong with a pitcher who had just steamrolled through six frames with 7 strikeouts and no walks. Most would be deterred, but not me. Find out more after the jump…

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Rick PorcelloBy Kiley McDaniel

I was able to make it out to see arguably the top pitching prospect in baseball last night on minor league opening day. The Lakeland Flying Tigers (why they’re flying, nobody knows) opened their Florida State League season versus the Tampa Yankees at Legends Field and I was able to get a good look at RHP Rick Porcello.

Porcello was considered the top prep arm in the 2007 Draft and the best prep arm since Josh Beckett–and he was paid as such, receiving a $7 million dollar big league deal with a $3.5 million bonus. Since he signed, the buzz has been significant, with every writer you can imagine fawning over the early returns and putting him in the top 10-15 prospects in baseball despite not throwing a pitch. Last night, he threw his first pitches and Saber-Scouting was there.

(Rick Porcello photo credit: Rich Morris of Seton Hall Prep)

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harold-martinez-batting-picture.jpgBy Kiley McDaniel

Harold Martinez of Miami’s Braddock High School was the first prospect I saw at the Sarasota Classic and you can find my preliminary thoughts here. His stock is slipping from being in the top 5 among high school players before the season and now he is more of a projection 3B prospect lacking some polish.

Find out the whole story with a full scouting report and video after the jump…

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