A week-long review of my time at the fields in Lakeland last week, including looks at 2016 first-rounder Matt Manning, Christin Stewart, and Spencer Turnbull.
The Cubs are poised to turn Cease loose for his first full season of pro ball at Class A South Bend, where he can start unloading his double-plus heater, knee-buckling plus curveball, and developing changeup in earnest.
Even following big trades for MLB talent the Astros are loaded from top to bottom with quality talent in one of the more impressive systems in the game. Dave DeFreitas and Nick J. Faleris provide thoughts on the top 15 prospects and many more.
The Giants may have found yet another big league contributor during the second day of the MLB Draft in former Clemson Tiger Steven Duggar.
The Marlins have a monster prospect at the top of the system and some lotto tickets at the lower levels. But there’s little else to speak of, making for one of the thinnest systems in baseball.
In Episode 12 of 2080 Baseball’s Defensive Indifference Podcast Dave DeFreitas and Nick Faleris break down a massively talented Houston Astros system with lots of impact up top and impressive depth throughout.
Episode 11 of the Defensive Indifference Podcast features Dave DeFreitas and Nick Faleris breaking down the Marlins and Royals systems, including a big time 2016 draftee ready to debut.
Dates Seen: 8/8, 8/14, & 8/29/2016
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