Yesterday the lineups for the World Baseball Classic were officially announced. We knew already that Nolan Arenado and Carlos González were set to participate, as well as farmhands Scott Burcham and Robbie Perkins, and new Hartford Yard Goats manager Jerry Weinstein. We also found out yesterday that Jake McGee will pitch for the USA, Arizona Fall League participant Rayan Gonzalez will pitch for Puerto Rico, and Troy Neiman will pitch for Israel.
Nolan is excited to represent the USA in the WBC. He told Thomas Harding, “I've never been to the playoffs, so I can't really speak on it. But when you're representing your country it's a big thing, as close to the playoffs as you can get. It's going to help me in the long run.” That’s what I want to hear from my star third baseman.
If you’re not familiar with 2080 Baseball, you’re forgiven; it’s a fairly new outlet from former Baseball Prospectus editor Joe Hamrahi. That said, this is probably the most comprehensive rundown of the Rockies organization I’ve seen from a national outlet. Most of the review is focused on the top prospects in the system, but they also offer scouting reports on players not usually scouted. Here’s their “elevator pitch” for the system:
An intriguing system that boasts some high-upside talent in the lower levels, and a handful of prospects that are close to major league ready, could help push the Rockies back into contention over the next couple of seasons. The system skews toward pitching, but that’s not a bad thing when considering the attrition rate at Coors Field.
There is a TON here worth checking out but be sure to look for scouting reports for Pedro Gonzalez (No. 16 PuRP), Colton Welker (No. 19 PuRP), Sam Howard (No. 20 PuRP), Daniel Montano (No. 21 PuRP), Tyler Nevin (No. 23 PuRP), and newest prospect James Farris.
Final call for everyone to submit their rankings for the FanPost poll. Results will be tabulated and posted tomorrow, so get those in today!