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Dan Straily | RHP, Athletics | Born:  12/1/1988

Dan Straily hype was virtually nonexistent during the preseason.  It wasn’t yet a thing.  It’s definitely a thing now, but back in the off-season, Baseball America didn’t feature him as a top 30 Oakland prospect, and Kevin Goldstein didn’t include him in his top 20 A’s prospects over at Baseball Prospectus.  Please, blog, may I have some more?

Please, blog, may I have some more?

George Springer | OF, Astros | Born:  9/19/1989

Drafted 11th overall a year ago out of UConn, George Springer wasn’t the typical, well-polished collegiate product we’re used to seeing go in the first couple rounds.  No, Springer’s skill set more closely resembled that of a high-ceiling high school prospect — strong, athletic, toolsy, but still raw.  Please, blog, may I have some more?

Please, blog, may I have some more?

Transparency isn’t a strong suit of Major League front offices, nor should it be.  Nowhere is this fact more glaring than in the case of the Kansas City Royals and the immediate future of top hitting prospect Wil Myers.  The Royals have insisted that they’ll practice patience with Myers and let him marinate in Omaha for the duration of the season.  Please, blog, may I have some more?

Please, blog, may I have some more?

By the numbers, Manny Machado struggled through his first two months of Double-A baseball.  It seemed like most nights I looked at Bowie’s box, Machado’s line was 0-fer.  But then I’d read something from the O’s about how his current production was of no concern, that he was tweaking his approach, that scouts are still encouraged.  Please, blog, may I have some more?

Please, blog, may I have some more?

Carlos Martinez | RHP, Cardinals | Born:  9/21/1991

The Cardinals entered 2012 with a couple of aces-in-the-making within their minor league ranks.  Both Shelby Miller and Carlos Martinez were viewed as five-star-type pitching prospects, very near to the can’t-miss variety.  Well, we know now that Triple-A has been quite the learning experience for Miller — his struggles have been so severe of recent that the Cards are skipping his turn in the Memphis rotation so he can work on mechanical issues.  Please, blog, may I have some more?

Please, blog, may I have some more?