It's a slow news day but there's some interesting stuff around the web starting with Baseball America's look ahead to the MLB Draft...
- Baseball America has the same top 4 players we've been talking about with NC State LHP Carlos Rodon, East Carolina RHP Jeff Hoffman, Texas prep RHP Tyler Kolek, and SS Trea Turner being the top 4 in that order. The 5th player is also intriguing, SS/3B power hitter Jacob Gatewood. C/OF prospect Alex Jackson comes in at #6. You can see the rest of the order here and below is Kevin Gallo's scouting report on Alex Jackson.
Players Name: Alex JacksonPosition: C/OF/3BHometown: Escondido, Ca,School/When draft Eligible: Rancho Bernardo HS/ 2014.HT: 6’2WT: 220lbsBats/ Throws: R/RBody: Has a stocky muscular frame with a board chest, shoulders and thick very strong legs. His body is already pretty much matured not much room to grow.Swing: He has a slightly open stance with high hands. Jackson has a combination middle leg kick with a slight hand draw. He shows a shoulder rotation and excellent torque in his upper in lower halves. Jackson also shows plus bat speed and also shows great lift which translates to plus power. He does have some adjust with his swing path but he has a good change to have an above average hit tool.Base running: Jackson shows above average instincts on the bases. He has been documented at 6.82 in the 60 yrds and that would place him at the low end of the above average range.Defense: There is no doubt about Jackson’s arm it is a plus and may be a plus plus grade. The question is if he can stay at the catcher position to the Major League level. He shows good lateral movement behind the plate and the in the field. He also shows very good blocking ability and a good quick release on his throws to the bases. If you just look at this thing you would say he could stick behind the plate but is hands and receiving skills aren’t great. Does that mean he can’t stay behind the plate no but it may take him a little longer than most. He is athletic even to play the OF and has quick enough to at least give him a shot 3B.Summary: If Jackson can’t stick at catcher does it drop his stock? Yes but not much he goes from a top 5 pick to a top 10 pick, if that tell you anything it shows you how good his bat is. When the ball comes off the bat it sounds like being shot out of a cannon. It is so loud that you don’t even have to be watching to know he is taking BP you can hear it. It really doesn’t matter where he plays his Bat will carry him to the MLB.
- I asked an industry source about Suk-Min Yoon, a pitcher the Cubs are reportedly pursuing and among the favorites to sign. His response was,
Never really impressed me when he pitched for team Korea, never saw him in KBO, so the amount of views are limited to me.
- Encouraging article from Carrie Muskat on Mike Olt, who has been battling eye issues and appears to be doing well with his vision. He's working out in Arizona but not playing baseball. He's doing eye exercises to rebuild strength and using eye drops to help flush out allergens. Olt will be battling for the 3B job next spring.
- Patrick Mooney has an interesting article on Dave Martinez, who was the latest candidate to interview. Mooney thinks Martinez would be the outside-the-box choice.
- Bruce Levine has been covering the coaching situation of late. Earlier he said that the Cubs would bring in 2 and probably 3 bilingual coaches. Today he tweets that the front office will suggest that the next manager bring in Alex Cora as a coach because of his verbal skills and baseball IQ.
- Brett from Bleacher Nation does an outstanding job following the Wrigley Renovation saga (among other things, of course). Here's his latest.
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