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College Baseball Top 25 Rankings – Week 8

TAMPA, Fla. After posting a 4-0 record on the week that included a three-game sweep of Notre Dame over the weekend, the Florida Seminoles move into the No. 1 slot as the top ranked team in College Baseball Central’s Top 25 rankings for Week 8.

The Virginia Cavaliers moved from No. 3 to the No. 2 slot after posting a 4-1 record and taking their weekend series at Pittsburgh, whereas the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns come in at No. 3 after posting a perfect 4-0 week.

South Carolina previously held the top spot in our rankings since Week 3, but after a 2-2 performance on the week that included a weekend series loss at Arkansas, the Gamecocks slip to No. 4 in the college baseball top 25 rankings, just ahead of No. 5 Cal Poly, as the Mustangs took their weekend series against UC Santa Barbara to maintain their position within the Top 5.

The biggest forward mover this week is Ole Miss, who moved six spots to No. 12 after grabbing a three-game sweep of Auburn. As for the biggest backward mover, the Mississippi State Bulldogs slip nine spots to the No. 19 slot after suffering a three-game sweep at the hands of the LSU Tigers. Continue reading

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Cubs Minor League Prospect Update

The Chicago Cubs farm system is one of the best, if not the best, farm system in baseball. They have star prospects such as Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Albert Almora, C.J. Edwards, and Jorge Soler who all are key to the Cubs future. The fate of the Cubs ultimately lies with these five top prospects.  So, I thought I would give an update once a week on how these and other top prospects in the Cubs organization are doing throughout the year.

  1. Javier Baez is starting the 2014 season with the Triple A Iowa Cubs and in this young season he’s struggled a little bit going 1 for 11 with 1 homerun and actually ended up getting ejected on Saturday’s 11-1 loss (April 5th) against Memphis on an argued called third strike. I wouldn’t worry about this slow start for Baez he is the best prospect in the organization and should be in the big leagues before the September call-ups.
  2. Kris Bryant is starting the year with the Double A Tennessee Smokies and didn’t shy away from his hype by hitting a homerun in his first at bat of the season on a 3-0 count against pitcher Mat Latos. On his second at bat he ended up getting hit by a pitch intentionally by Latos because Latos was unhappy about Bryant hitting a homerun off of him. Continue reading
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MLB Teams & Economic Prospect Waiting Game

The last couple of years more so than ever Major League teams have been playing the waiting game with their strong prospects in terms of when they are called up to the show. It’s understandable when you consider the economics especially with the rising salaries in baseball, thanks to the rising revenues for MLB teams. Major League Baseball might hit 9 billion (that’s Billion with a B) in revenues this year for the first time in the history of the sport.
But the economics for teams in terms of waiting to call up their top young players to the majors is a two fold impact. First off if the player starts the year in the minors and gets called up during the season even if it’s in April the MLB team gains an advantage in terms of team control of that player with service time. It takes 6 full years to hit free agency so if a players rookie year starts May 1st versus Opening Day then the club has an extra year of team control. The other major consideration is if a player is called up before early to mid June they are qualified with Super 2 status. Super 2 status means the player will be able to enter arbitration a year earlier which means a lot higher salary a year early. So the reasons are obvious on why teams are playing the waiting game.