Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Around the Bases - June 30, 2009

Kent Matthes is already making a push for full-season ball

I just returned from a mini-vacation and we will resume our daily Around the Bases feature on Thursday morning. In the meantime, keep an eye out for our breakdown of the International signing period later tonight, and our weekly Hots and Nots column on Wednesday.

As to Mr. Matthes, as the regular readers of this space are aware, we kind of stuck are neck out there a few weeks ago, when prior to the draft we told everyone that Matthes was a better talent than the traditional 'experts' were giving credit. In fact, while we listed Matthes as a Top 50 talent available for the draft, we know of no other source that had him better than the upper 60's, with many not even considering him a Top 100 talent.

The Rockies tabbed Matthes with the 121st overall pick, and assigned him to the Northwest (NWL) League, where, through 9 games, he has posted a .459/.523/.622 line, and he looks to be positioned for a promotion to Asheville before too much longer. As a relative unkown in this industry, we have to 'call our shots' a little more frequently in order to draw the attention to our unique approach to Minor League talent evaluation. Matthes is just the first of many that we find before the rest.

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