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Matt Moore | LHP – SP | Tampa Bay Rays | DoB: 6-18-1989 | 6’2” | 200 lbs | B/T: L/L | 8th rd, 2008 from H.S | TB #4 ranked prospect according to Baseball America (2010) | MiLB Player Page

Currently considered a steal in the eight round, Moore has dominated the lower minors with his 90 to 94 MPH fastball with sinking action, a sick-nasty curve, and an above average circle changeup with screwball-like action. Please, blog, may I have some more?

Please, blog, may I have some more?

If you didn’t notice, last week there was an announcement for my Top 50 Fantasy Baseball Prospects. Drop a comment or two here regarding it, if there’s questions, omissions and the like. Now onto this week’s Scouting the Unknown.

Kyle Gibson | RHP – SP | Minnesota Twins | DOB: 10-23-87 | 6’6” | 208 lbs | B/T: R/R | 1st rd, pk #22, 2009 (College) | MIN #3 ranked prospected according to Baseball America | MiLB Player Page

He fell in the 2009 draft because of a stress fracture he suffered while pitching at Missouri; Keith Law saw him as a top 10 to 12 pick talent before the injury. Please, blog, may I have some more?

Please, blog, may I have some more?

Christian Friedrich | LHP – SP | Colorado Rockies | DOB: 7-8-87 | 6’4” | 218 lbs | B/T: R/L | 1st rd pk #25, 2008 from College | COL #2 ranked prospect according to Baseball America (2010) | MiLB Player Page

After thoroughly dominating Class High-A (California League) in 2009, Friedrich has fallen on hard times at Class Double-A (Texas League). Please, blog, may I have some more?

Please, blog, may I have some more?

Mike Montgomery | LHP-SP | Kansas City Royals | DOB: 7-1-89 | 6’5” | 180 lbs | B/T: L/L | 2008 1st rd pk #36 | KC #1 ranked prospect according to Baseball America (2010) | MiLB Player Page

In the Kansas City Royals 2009 Minor League Review that I wrote this past off-season, here is what I mentioned about Montgomery:

His curveball is considered his best pitch, his 89 to 93 mph fastball has more potential to develop velocity and movement, also throws an average changeup and the rare palmball.

Please, blog, may I have some more?

Please, blog, may I have some more?

Lonnie Chisenhall | 3B | Cleveland Indians | DOB: 10-4-88 | 6’1” | 200 lbs | B/T: L/R | 1st rd, #29 in 2008 | CLE #2 prospect according to Baseball America (2010) | MiLB Player Page

How many times can “best swing in the minors” be repeated before a prospect catches the eyes of the mainstream media? Please, blog, may I have some more?

Please, blog, may I have some more?

Minor League Players of the Week (ending July 11). Names like Peter Bourjos (LAA), Paul Goldschmidt (ARI)), Kirk Nieuwenhuis (NYM), and Clint Robinson (KC) should start becoming familiar to your lexicon, well at least the first three for sure.  I’m nearly a week late and several [million] dollars short, but, as we all now know, fCliff Lee and Mark Lowe were traded to the Rangers for Justin Smoak, Blake Beavan, Josh Lueke, and Matthew Lawson. Please, blog, may I have some more?

Please, blog, may I have some more?

In the BP-esque All-Star game snubs op-ed’s, I’ve selected three – yes, three and not two like normal – minor league All-Stars who actually deserved that title. I couldn’t sleep at night knowing that I lied to commenter GopherDay when he asked if I would do a write up on Brett Jackson to which I replied, “I’d do a write up of him, but I did a Cubs player recently. Please, blog, may I have some more?

Please, blog, may I have some more?