Random Prospect Sunday – Steve Rodriguez

(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, we get both a hitter and the bread-and-butter of this series, a catcher. Here’s the rest of…

Random Prospect Sunday – Braxton Davidson

Keith Law said he had one of the best swings in the 2014 draft class. John Manual of Baseball America named him the best pure hitter and best power hitter that the Braves drafted last year. SB Nation’s Matt Garrioch said that in this player, you find the rare “middle of the order impact bat.” Certainly, Braxton Davidson is an intriguing prospect. Despite being given a mid-first round grade, he slipped all the way to…

Random Prospect Sunday – Kyle Kinman

One of five All-Stars this season for the Rome Braves, Kyle Kinman quickly earned a promotion and then another one and in his second season, Kinman is with the Mississippi Braves. It pays to throw left-handed with skill. I like to point out what happened with the Braves on the day these prospects were born because I’m a wee bit of a nerd that way. On September 25, 1990, Kinman joined the world in Omaha,…

Random Prospect Sunday – Mallex Smith

When I reviewed the trade that sent outfielder Justin Upton to San Diego, I wrote this about outfielder Mallex Smith. “There are some who love him, some who aren’t super impressed. I’m part of the latter group. I acknowledge he’s a decent enough prospect and might be a better player than I right now feel he’s capable of.” Stacy Revere | Getty Images Sport I later came around on him a little to rank him…

Random Prospect Sunday – Fernando Miranda

It’s still kind of amazing that in today’s age of information that is so readily available to find out a professional player can largely fall through the cracks, but as I prepared for this week’s player, that is exactly what I got, With that in mind, I expect this to be pretty short. Also, it kind of sucks when players are known by both their first and middle names depending on the source. Consistency. That’s…

Random Prospect Sunday: Stephen Gaylor

How cool is playing in front of your home-town fans as a professional? That’s what Stephen Gaylor is doing right now with the Rome Braves. The speedy outfielder is as big of a longshot as you might find in the system, but that also helps to make him one of those guys that it is impossible not to root for. Gaylor was born in Rome on a pretty exciting day. Just southeast at Atlanta-Fulton County…

Random Prospect Sunday – Tyrell Jenkins

In January of 2010, 17 year-old Tyrell Jenkins made the kind of decision that, for many of us, is one of the most important decisions of his life. The Henderson, Texas native decided that he would pursue higher education at Baylor, accepting a scholarship to play both baseball and football. A quarterback who could run and throw, Jenkins had a shot to stick at the position in a post Robert Griffin III world at Baylor.…