- John Parker of MiLB.com recently did a Q & A with the second overall pick in the 2009 draft, Jameson Taillon. Ranked by MLB.com as the #18 prospect in baseball – and yet to appear on the Sombrero’s list – the 6-foot-6, 225-pound right-hander provides a colorful interview in which he discusses his baseball upbringing, rise to prominence, and lifestyle. Taillon also mentions that Shelby Miller is a “really good” golfer.
- Although Bruce Bochy has stated that 1B Brandon Belt has a shot to make the club out of Spring Training, Crazy Crabbers still believes that it is highly unlikely. By delaying Belt’s arrival until late April or early May – provided that he’s still mashing – the Giants retain control of his contract through the 2018 season, as opposed to 2017 if he were to make the team out of Spring Training. Considering that the two rookies, Buster Posey and Madison Bumgarner, were arguably the main reason that the team made the playoffs and went on to win the World Series, perhaps this could be the year that Brain Sabean mixes things up.
- Florida International University has not made an announcement regarding the eligibility of Garrett Wittels, who enters the 2011 season with a 56-game hit streak and an assortment of legal trouble. According to the Hall of Very Good, FIU has scheduled a press conference for next week where Wittels will field questions about his hit streak and nothing else. Seriously, nothing else.
- As part of their ongoing College Preview, Jim Shonerd of Baseball America wrote an interesting article on Oklahoma’s Garrett Buechele. You may best remember his father, Steve, for his 11 years of big league service with the Rangers, Cubs, and Pirates, and of course, for his WWF-inspired mane. In addition to profiling their respective careers, Shonerd also assembles a team consisting of the best Division I players with Major League genes.
- Based upon the comments made by Ozzie Guillen this week on a Chicago radio station, it looks like Chris Sale will remain in the White Sox bullpen. Sale – #18 on our prospect list – will be one of several left-handed options for Ozzie this season; the others are Matt Thornton and Will Ohman (who I hope never enters a game). Throughout the winter, the White Sox maintained that Sale was a candidate to enter the rotation if Jake Peavy wasn’t ready by opening day. Now it appears that they will go with a four man rotation and use both Thornton and Sale to close games. While I’m thrilled that his role for the upcoming season is now defined (knock on wood), I dread having to worry about this again in a year.
- Rays Colored Glasses considers whether Desmond Jennings fly ball percentage (FB%) might hurt his case to make the opening day roster. In 2010, he had FB% of 41.2 following a September call-up, which is way, way too high for someone as fast as Jennings. Wait a second, this reminds me of something…
Prospect Buzz is the new, prospect-related link drop of The Golden Sombrero. 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.