Friday, March 27, 2015

Prospects Plus: Hagen Danner

Name: Hagen  Danner
Team: Huntington Beach HS (California)
Position: Pitcher
Organization Rank: One of the top prospects for the 2017 Draft (UCLA commit)
Thursday vs. Puyallup (Wash.) High School at NHSI: 13 strikeouts, 3 hits  in complete game shutout.

Positives: touched 90/91 with his fastball during his outing but can be has high as 93/94. For only being a sophomore he looked incredibly polished. Danner is no stranger to pitching in big games. Danner played and won the Little League World Series. Hagen's curveball is presently a soft hammer with projection, breaking late vertically at 79-80 mph with shape and depth. Danner even showed some feel throwing a pair of 81-82 mph changeups. His curveball was dominant as he locked up hitter after hitter. If his arm hold up he is going to be a top five pick. Looked the part of an ace despite being so young. 

Negatives: Like any players this young, you worry about his delivery and his arm holding up. 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Prospects Plus: Carlos Rodon

A new baseball season  is here and so is the return of Prospects Plus. During the course of the season ,  I will deliver scouting reports on some baseball's up and  coming stars that I have the pleasure to watch on TV or see in person. I have a tickets package to the  Lakewood BlueClaws, so you will see reports about prospects in the South Atlantic League as well as college games I watch on TV. So here is our first report on White Sox prospect Carlos Rodon, who pitched against the Royals last night on MLB Network. 

Name: Carlos Rodon
Position: pitcher 
Organization: White Sox 
Organizational rank: top ranked player in the White Sox system, according to Baseball America.
Wednesday night vs. Royals: 4 innings, 4 hits, 0 earned runs, 9 strikeouts.

Positives: Rodon struck out the side on 12 pitches in the first inning. Looked so polished even against the regular lineup of the American League Champions. Touched 96 with his fastball at one point. The Sox have not yet announced whether Rodon, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft, will start the season with the major-league club or will go to Triple-A Charlotte for more minor-league seasoning.

Negatives:  Rodon is still trying to harness his  fastball and could use some time in the minors to smooth that out. While Rodon does repeat his delivery well, he did have a tendency last year to lose command with his fastball and secondary offerings, putting too many men on base via walk for a frontline starting pitcher.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Bring back WWE King of the Ring

One of the best wrestling events of the year is PWG's Battle of LA. This single eliminate three night event features great wrestling action. Tournament type wrestling is something that is sorely lacking the WWE.

Why can't/won't the WWE bring back the King of the Ring tournament to file some of the down time in the wrestling calendar, like the time between WrestleMania and Summer Slam. The Crockett Cup used to  be a staple of the wrestling calendar. Now these type of events have been limited to just independent promotions.

Wrestling tournaments like the NJPW Cup and Best of Super Juniors, I know those two are over a couple of weeks but the semifinals and finals are the same night, have been praised. In addition to providing great action the event would allow the WWE to develop another great star similar to what they did with Steve Austin when he won the 1996 King of the Ring. This event set in motion Austin 3:16 and the company made a ton of money.

Why not bring that back to the WWE.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A tale of two brackets

This year I allowed my 5-year old son to fill out his first bracket for March Madness. He went with SMU, he has a thing for Larry Brown.

While I went with the Big Blue Nation capping a perfect season. 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

What a week

The last 10 days have been a theater of the absurd for the Philadelphia Eagles. Maclin and McCoy are both gone. Now Murray and Matthews are birds. The best part of the week has been the classic front and back pages turned out by the Philly Daily News. Here is a look back at them including a shot at the governor of New Jersey and Cowboys fan Chris Christie.  

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Could NXT house shows spell the end for ROH

Last weekend NXT took their indy inspired show on the road for the first time.

The developmental arm of the WWE held shows in Cleveland and Columbus as part of the Arnold Sports Festival. The shows were greeted with much fan fare and seemed to be hit. 

For years Ring of Honor has been the standard in traveling independent wrestling shows. Over the years the their roster has been filled with current WWE superstars. 

Over the last couple of years, the WWE has signed many of ROH stars from Kevin Steen to Sami Zayn and weakened ROH's product.  With the loss of talent in ROH and NXT continued growth, things could be changing. 

With NXT now starting to go on the road this could have a huge impact on ROH. Would you rather see a watered down ROH product or a high tempo NXT show. 

While I'm not saying that it will put ROH out of business it could impact their shows and their bottom line. If ROH's bottom line drops then their ability to bring in stars will suffer. It's something to watch out for the next year. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015


Chip Kelly moves have given the Philly Daily News tons headlines idea and  I say is not different. 

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

This is sums up being a fan perfectly

Today the New York Times did a great profile on Borussia Dortmund difficult season in Germany. In the story a season ticket holder summed up being a fan perfectly.

“It is like my girlfriend,” said Jan-Henrik Gruszecki, a longtime season-ticket holder. “I have a big fight with her; I am disappointed with her; I am gutted by her. But then, always, I realize that I love her and I want to be with her and I can’t imagine anything else.”

No words have been truer about being a fan,  no matter what the sport. 

A different type of Bird

Chip Kellys has wasted no time flexing his newly found player personal power. The Eagles traded Shady McCoy to the Bills yesterday and here is how the Philly Daily News covered it.