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Prospect Buzz: Madison Bumgarner, Brandon Belt, All-America Team, and Kyle Drabek

  • Our friends over at Splashing Pumpkins were lucky (not in the sense that they were undeserving!) enough to attend Giants Media Day this week, and capture a candid video interview with Madison Bumgarner.  Among the topics discussed in this must-watch interview: the Verducci effect, the Giants’ new Showtime series, and his hitting prowess.
  • At the beginning of the week, MiLB.com sat down for an interview with San Francisco Giants’ prospect – a fan favorite here at the Sombrero – Brandon Belt.  After just one year in the Minor Leagues, Belt was recently named the #26 prospect in baseball by MLB.com.  Considering how careful the Giants were with their development of Buster Posey, I really don’t know what to think of GM Brian Sabean’s claim that Belt could break camp with the parent club.

  • Baseball America has released their 2011 Preseason All-America Team as voted upon by MLB Scouting Directors.  The First Team is comprised of many of the names that we would expect to see on the list: Anthony Rendon (Rice), Alex Dickerson (Indiana), Gerrit Cole (UCLA), and Matt Purke (TCU).  One interesting note: incoming Stanford freshman Austin Wilson managed to sneak on to their Third Team.  This makes me wonder how good this kid has to be to receive such a prestigious recognition without having had a single collegiate at-bat…
  • Earlier this week, Blue Jays manager John Farrell mentioned that Kyle Drabek could crack the starting rotation out of Spring Training, and possibly log more than 200 innings in his rookie season.  After coming over from Philadelphia in the Roy Halladay trade, Blue Jays’ fans – as well as all of baseball – were offered a glimpse of Drabek’s potential thanks to a September call-up.  This winter, Drabek was named the Blue Jays’ #1 prospect, as well as the 12th-best prospect in all of baseball.  Here at the Sombrero, we ranked Drabek as the 33rd-best prospect in baseball.
  • Today I will be at Prep Baseball Report’s Super 60 – a showcase that features the best high school players from Illinois, Missouri and Indiana, and is attended by over 40+ Major League scouts.  The players I’m most looking forward to see include New Trier (IL) OF Charlie Tilson, Oak Forest (IL) OF Tim Barry, Warsaw (MO) SS Johnny Elerman, McCluer (MO) outfielder Lance Jeffries, and Vianney (MO) 3B Matt Brown.  The event is being held at the Max-McCook Athletic & Exposition Center, which might be the largest and most impressive indoor facility on this planet.

Prospect Buzz is the new, prospect-related link drop of The Golden Sombrero that will appear every Wednesday and Sunday.  As you may already know, we love prospects here at the Sombrero.  So if you have an article or link that you would like us consider for this segment, feel free to either email us or send it our way on Twitter.

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