Logos used to rate are here.
12.St. Lucie Mets
11.Palm Bach Cardinals
10.Dunedin Blue Jays
8.Fort Meyers Miracle
7.Charlotte Stone Crabs
6.Lakeland Flying Tigers
Check out the logos here.
9.Buies Creek Astros
8.Salem Red Sox
7. Frederick Keys
6.Winston Salem Dash
4. Myrtle Beach Pelicans
3.Down East Wood Ducks
2.Wilmington Blue Rocks
1. Carolina Mudcats
Here are the logos used to make the picks.
8.San Jose Giants
6.Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
4. Lake Elsinore Storm
2.Inland Empire 66ers
1. Lancaster Jethawks
Selections based on these logos.
16. South Bend Cubs
15.Bowling Green Hot Rods
14.Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
11. Kane County Cougars
9.Lake County Captains
8.Cedar Rapids Kernals
6.Western Michigan Whitecaps
5.Great Lakes Loons
4.Quad City River Bandits
2.Fort Wayne Tincaps
Minor league logos very from the crazy to the classic. We start in the low a level South Atlantic League in out quest for the minor’s best logo. Note these are based on the primary logos found on the league website here.
14. Greenville Drive
13. Rome Braves
12. West Virginia Power
11. Hagerstown Suns
10 Delmarva Shorebirds
8. Charleston Riverdogs
4.Lakewood Blue Claws
Last year we talked about Tim Tebow trying to become a professional baseball player.
Tebow’s quest is still going on. This season he is with the double-a Binghamton Rumble Ponies.
This is even after a season in which he did not fare well statistically. He hit .26 overall at two levels of a ball last year. He hit .220 at the low a level. He did hit eight home runs and drove in 52 runs during the year though, but still the numbers don’t really stand out.
Tebow isn’t listed in the Mets top 30 prospect list. Now while this may not mean much, it does mean that he isn’t someone to watch for preforming well. He isn’t even among the top 30 in a system with a couple hundred prospects. Making Tebow at best number 31. That wouldn’t get him a roster spot on the standard 25 man roster.
He maybe at best a slot on the extended 40-man roster. Yet he remains absent on the current edition of that.
Age isn’t on Tebow’s side either. He’s 30, which is old for double –a. It’s old to be still considered a prospect. Maybe not if he was being stored at triple-a for depth as a veteran player, but Tebow’s never even reached the majors. Making it just another waste of roster space the Mets are using with Tebow.
It is about attendance numbers though. Tebow had teams marking their calendars for his appearances. Fans flocked to the gates to see him. This trend should continue this season.
I still think Tebow needs to quit. Go be an analyst or something. Give another hard working young kid a chance to make it to the majors.
Starting in 2018 Minor League baseball will have some changes to pace of play. The goal to make games shorter.
Games going into extra innings will start with a runner on second base. Mound visits will be limited as well with the number going down as you increase in level. There will also be a 15 second pitch timer.
I like the pitch timer and mound visit change. Let the pitchers pitch and see if they can get out of jams themselves. Especially at the higher levels, which is something they need to work on before reaching the show. Mound visits do take a while and cutting down on them should help.
I do hope the clock also cuts down on throws to first looking for pickoffs. Those are annoying if done so many times in a row.
Now I’m not a fan of the starting with a runner on base. It feels like a little league rule. If you want to get on base you have to earn it. That’s the point of the game. This kind of feels like each team touches the ball in college football overtime rule. I just don’t really like it. Makes it easier to score and if both teams start with the runner they can both score just as easily and keep extending the game.
Though it does increase the chances for walk off wins if the home team stops the visitors from scoring in the top of the inning. People love walk-offs so that could be cool.
I understand baseball is a long game and people don’t like the length.
Yet its what baseball has that’s different from other sports. Some games are longer, some shorter as there is no clock. Extra innings means more baseball. More baseball is good for the fans You get more for your money and people like that.
It’s an interesting set of rules. I’ll have to keep updated if they actually make games shorter.