Always good to see the scouts picking up more left handed pitching for the Reds.
Originally posted on The AustralianBaseballDigest:
There would be those who would say that it was only a matter of time before lefty Travis McDonald was signed to a pro contract. He has been in the sights of the scouts since his first appearance at the MLBAAP academy as a 16yr old. He’s tall and throws from the left and has a good variety of pitches. As one prominent scout in Australia once said “if they are left handed and they have a pulse then we are interested in them” so it stands to reason that he was heavily scouted.Despite generating considerable interest from MLB clubs as a junior with NSW and as a member of the Australian Team that won a silver medal in 2010 Travis went the college route playing in 2010 & 2011 for Central Arizona [Josh Spence's old…
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Cincinnati Reds are looking for RHP Mat Latos to come up big in the game vs. Pittsburgh Pirates tonight. Reds have been suffering from even more injuries lately and really need a push of good luck before the All-Star break.
Pirates vs Reds
Mat Latos 55 | P
2 – 1 ERA 2.41
Jeff Locke 49 | P
2 – 1 ERA 3.08
Reds fall on walk-off walk to end marathon series
Tony Cingrani walked Russell Martin with the bases loaded in the 12th inning as the Reds lost, 4-3, to the Pirates on Thursday afternoon at PNC Park.
Martin’s walk-off walk caps extra-inning battle
Three innings after Jason Grilli surrendered a game-tying ninth-inning homer, Russell Martin walked with two outs and the bases loaded to give the Bucs a 4-3 win over the Reds on Thursday afternoon at PNC Park. Source
Patiently waiting: Martin takes for team
In the 12th inning of a game delayed by rain and kept alive by Devin Mesoraco’s homer in the ninth, Russell Martin drew a bases-loaded walk to send the Pirates home winners. Jeff Locke is still winless despite a quality start, and Gregory Polanco extended his hit streak to nine. Source
Hughes starts a rundown
CIN@PIT: Hughes starts a 1-4-3 inning-ending rundown
Sanchez advances to second
CIN@PIT: Sanchez advancement by balk leads to run
Barmes scores on a balk
CIN@PIT: Barmes crosses dish on a balk for first run
Hamilton steals third
CIN@PIT: Hamilton steals his 29th base of the season
Barmes’ nice play
CIN@PIT: Barmes charges grounder and fires for out
Bruce’s sac fly
CIN@PIT: Bruce knocks in Votto on a sacrifice fly
Polanco extends streak with Bucs
CIN@PIT: Polanco extends hitting streak to nine games
Mesoraco’s fine defense
CIN@PIT: Mesoraco fields a bunt and fires to second
Marte’s RBI single
CIN@PIT: Marte hits an RBI single to tie the game
McCutchen’s RBI single
CIN@PIT: McCutchen smacks an RBI single for 3-2 lead
Marte’s heads-up throw
CIN@PIT: Marte throws out Frazier trying for second
Frazier’s nice play
CIN@PIT: Frazier makes nice play on grounder to third
Phillips’ leaping catch
CIN@PIT: Phillips makes a leaping grab to get the out
LeCure works out of a jam
CIN@PIT: LeCure gets Reds out of bases-loaded jam
Harrison’s barehanded play
CIN@PIT: Harrison makes a barehanded grab on grounder
Hamilton’s sliding catch
CIN@PIT: Hamilton slides to make an outstanding catch
Mesoraco picks off Barmes
CIN@PIT: Mesoraco picks off Barmes at second base
Mesoraco’s game-tying homer
CIN@PIT: Mesoraco hammers game-tying homer in the 9th
Hamilton’s outstanding catch
CIN@PIT: Hamilton makes leaping grab against the wall
Martin’s walk-off walk
CIN@PIT: Martin walks off Bucs with bases-loaded walk
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More on the Puerto Rico Summer League.
Originally posted on MLBFeed.us:
Now there’s yet another way to find baseball talent in the Caribbean. Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced the creation of a brand new Puerto Rico Summer League, which began its inaugural season June 3.
Should be interesting.
Originally posted on HardballTalk:
As far as the development of amateur baseball talent goes, Puerto Rico is caught in a weird no-man’s land.
Players from Puerto Rico are subject to the Major League draft, which, kills the incentive for teams and scouts to go there and develop teenage talent like they do in the Dominican Republic or Venezuela. I mean, why develop a kid if some other team can draft them? At the same time, there is not enough wealth in Puerto Rico to support the sort of talent development which now rules in the United States and Canada (i.e. expensive youth leagues). Since the imposition of the draft in Puerto Rico in 1990, the once rich vein of talent heading from there to the big leagues has all but dried up.
Major League Baseball has been working on this problem for a while now. Chucking the draft there would help solve it, of…
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