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  1. Scouting Cuban defector Dayron Varona

    Keith Law

    Cuban defector Dayron Varona worked out in front of about 70 scouts from almost all MLB clubs on Tuesday morning in Delray Beach, Florida, the first time these scouts had seen him live except for a few who saw him play one game against Team USA in 20...

    Blog | January 22, 2015
  2. Scouting 'other guys' in Samardzija deal

    Keith Law

    Oakland's teardown of their 2014 wild-card team continues unabated with the Monday trade of Jeff Samardzija for a package that seems to emphasize quantity (especially in terms of total years of control remaining) over quality, the inverse of how they...

    Blog | December 09, 2014
  3. Milwaukee Brewers scouting director Bruce Seid, 53, dies

    Keith Law

    Milwaukee Brewers scouting director Bruce Seid died suddenly Tuesday night. He was 53.

    Story | Conversation | September 03, 2014
  4. Scouting the Under Armour All-Americans

    Keith Law

    The Under Armour All-American Game took place Saturday at Wrigley Field, featuring many of the top high school prospects for the 2015 draft, with Bill Ripken and Sean Casey serving as managers. It was dominated by pitchers, as these showcase games us...

    Blog | August 17, 2014
  5. Scouting a pair of all-star games

    Keith Law

    Here are some notes on a number of players I saw over the weekend. Lefty Kolby Allard of San Clemente (California) High School was the breakout star of this year's Perfect Game All-American Classic, played once again at Petco Park in San Diego. T...

    Blog | August 12, 2014
  6. Scouting Royals, White Sox prospects

    Keith Law

    Some notes from a pair of Class A games I attended in the past week, beginning with a matchup between the Royals' and White Sox's high-A affiliates: • The Wilmington Blue Rocks' lineup is down two bats of note following last month's promotio...

    Blog | July 29, 2014
  7. More Futures Game scouting notes

    Keith Law

    Here are a some stray notes and observations from Sunday's 16th annual MLB Futures Game. If you missed my first batch, here they are. • Pirates outfield prospect Josh Bell, the team's second-round pick in 2011 and the recipient of a $5 milli...

    Blog | July 14, 2014
  8. Scouting Hunter Harvey, Pirates prospects

    Keith Law

    SALISBURY, Md. -- Baltimore Orioles prospect Hunter Harvey threw for the Class A Delmarva Shorebirds on Monday night, and it was another outstanding effort from the 19-year-old who learned on Tuesday that he'll represent the Orioles in this year's ML...

    Blog | June 25, 2014
  9. Complete NL draft breakdown

    Keith Law

    Following up on my American League recaps from Saturday, here is my team-by-team draft breakdown for every National League club. Note: We often use the 20-80 scouting scale when discussing prospects. Arizona Diamondbacks I liked the D-ba...

    Blog | June 09, 2014
  10. The 'misses' of the 2004 first round

    Keith Law

    The draft is a time of hope and promise, and after it's all over, a scout sits with his scouting staff and marvels over all the players the team just picked. Well, sometimes they don't work out as planned, as is the case for these 20 first-rounders w...

    Blog | May 20, 2014
  11. Bukauskus rising up draft boards

    Keith Law

    ASHBURN, Va. -- Right-hander Jake Bukauskus redefines the scouting term "pop-up guy," which normally just refers to a draft prospect who wasn't on the radar for the top few rounds until something changed the spring of his draft year -- better velocit...

    Blog | April 23, 2014
  12. Scouting Yankees and Phillies prospects

    Keith Law

    LAKEWOOD, N.J. -- The New York Yankees' low Class A affiliate, the Charleston Riverdogs, are currently making their one visit to play the Lakewood BlueClaws, the Philadelphia Phillies' farm club in the South Atlantic League. I was there Monday night,...

    Blog | April 22, 2014
  13. Scouting Yankees and Jays prospects

    Keith Law

    Happy baseball! Thursday night was Opening Day in Trenton, New Jersey, for the Thunder (the Yankees' Class AA affiliate) and the New Hampshire Weasels ... er, Fisher Cats (the Blue Jays' AA affiliate), with both teams throwing their best starting...

    Blog | April 04, 2014
  14. Scouting Zastryzny, other Cubs prospects

    Keith Law

    Two days watching Chicago Cubs prospects beyond the Big Four -- Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler and Albert Almora -- didn't yield a ton of positive observations, but here are my thoughts on three of the most notable names: • The Cubs' ...

    Blog | March 22, 2014
  15. The good and bad of Alex Jackson

    Keith Law

    SAN DIEGO -- Rancho Bernardo HS catcher Alex Jackson first burst on the scouting map at the 2012 New Balance Area Code Games, where he was one of the best players on any team even though he was only a rising junior at an event that comprises mostly r...

    Blog | March 17, 2014
  16. Scouting Stroman, plus Rays and Nats

    Keith Law

    DUNEDIN, Fla. -- The Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays rolled out a number of young arms Friday, led by Toronto's No. 2 overall prospect Marcus Stroman, who is in the running for a rotation spot. Stroman showed his full four-pitch repertoire and h...

    Blog | March 08, 2014