Garnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5313 posts, RR: 53 Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1136 times:
Well "my" organization is the Pirates, but up until last season, Columbia was home to the low-A affiliate of the Mets, the Capital City Bombers (now the Greenville Bombers). Based on players I saw there, I'd have to give a "future star" title to OF Lastings Milledge - good hitter and a natural center-fielder and to P Yusmerio Petit who simply dominated the South Atlantic League last season.
As for the Pirates, our top pick from last draft, Catcher Neil Walker is currently playing for the low-A Hickory Crawdads and I'll head up to Asheville this weekend to see him in action. As for AAA prospects, a good stable of starting pitchers with Zach Duke, Ian Snell, and Bryan Bullington.
South Carolina - too small to be its own country, too big to be a mental asylum.
Texan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4241 posts, RR: 53 Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1101 times:
Josh Rupe, Ryan Snare, Ian Kinsler, John Hudgins, and Adrian Gonzalez are all looking like they could be very good major league material for the Rangers. The only problem we have is where to put them: Soriano is set at 2nd right now and Young at short, so Kinsler has no place to go; Texeira is a beast at first and Dellucci has a high OBP at DH, so Gonzalez has no place to go; and the Rangers starting pitching is doing surprisingly well (Rogers 9-2, Young 6-3, Park 7-1, Ricardo Rodriguez 2-0), so there is no place for Hudgins, Rupe, or Snare. John Danks, at AA Frisco right now, also looks like a good pitcher for us in the future (#1 pick a couple years back). The prospect I am most eager to see is Bakersfield Blaze (high A) pitcher Thomas Diamond, who is 8-0 with a 1.99 ERA and 101 K's vs. 31 BBs in 14 starts and 81.1 innings so far this year.
There have been too many busts in the Rangers drafts to count, so I won't even attempt to list them right now
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