Random Prospect Sunday – Kevin Josephina

The 2013 Signing Period for international players was not heralded by publications. Of the Top 30 Prospects that Baseball America profiled, none signed with the Braves – though they’d add #27, Ricardo Sanchez, later. It was a quiet collection of talent in which two of the highest paid players were a right-hander out of Panama named Frank Gil (released last July) and a smallish shortstop from Curacao named Ozzie Albies. Both Gil and Albies received…

Random Prospect Sunday – Jacob Webb

GoSportsCards.com Born on August 15, 1993, Jacob Webb was a high school outfielder in Southern Cal who didn’t receive much interest coming out of the prep ranks. So, with few options, he spent a year at the community college level before transferring to Tabor College, a Christian school in Kansas that had fewer than 600 students during the 2014 fall semester. Possibly their most famous sports alumni is Rolland Lawrence, a cornerback who appeared in one…

Random Prospect Sunday – Tanner Murphy

TannerMurphy.com Sometimes, you just have to be in the right place at the right time. For Tanner Murphy, that right time happened on a baseball diamond during his sophomore year of high school. The catcher on his travel team broke his thumb, prompting the coach to ask for a volunteer to put on the tools of ignorance. Murphy, a shortstop, went behind home plate and immediately threw out a greedy base runner trying to take…

Random Prospect Sunday – Omar Obregon

Switch-hitting middle infielders with a good hit tool are always worth an extended look – even in a system that has both Ozzie Albies and Dansby Swanson. While Omar Obregon isn’t close to reaching their prospect status, he has done enough to warrant some attention as we head into the summer of the 2016. (For some pictures of Obregon, click here.) Born April 18, 1994 in Nicaragua, Obregon comes from a nation that has rarely…

Random Prospect Sunday – Steve Janas

Pitch to contact. It can be a dangerous path to the majors as it puts the pitcher in the unenviable position of relying on his fielders to step up and make plays. Further, it puts a manager in an uncomfortable position of knowing that when there is less-and-two outs and a runner on third, the chance that runner scores is increased simply by the pitcher on the mound not having the capability of putting the…

Random Prospect Sunday – Luke Dykstra

It cannot be easy to be Lenny Dykstra‘s son. The casual fan won’t spend much time seeking out other comparisons for you. “Oh, must play like Nails did.” And even when an article is supposedly about you, the focus quickly shifts to your more famous father. A preemptive apology for that. But that’s not fair to Luke Dykstra, the second baseman for the Rome Braves. The problem for Luke goes well beyond who is father…

Random Prospect Sunday – Lucas Sims

(A little note on this series. On Sundays throughout the season, a player will be chosen at random using the helpful website, random.org. The goal of this series is to talk about both big prospects and organizational filler rather than focus completely on the Top 20 prospects in the system. I alternate pitchers and hitters and this week, I focus on a pitcher with a high ceiling. Here’s the rest of this series.) Rob Carr/Getty…