Baseball America

Baseball America

October 2020

Baseball America has been bringing you the best baseball information in the game for more than 30 years, a must-have resource for fans as well as people who work in the game. Every issue features coverage of the majors, minors, college and high school baseball as well as prospects, prospects and more prospects. Whether you’re looking to win your fantasy league or stay on top of the game at all levels, Baseball America puts it all in your hands.

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12 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
knight recalls improbable cws run via ba cover

The eight participants in the 1983 College World Series adorned the cover of our June 15 issue that year. Seven of those teams needed no introduction. In the first round of that year’s draft, Oklahoma State catcher Robbie Wine went eighth overall to the Astros. Texas righthander Roger Clemens was the 19th overall pick by the Red Sox. Alabama third baseman Dave Magadan and Michigan third baseman Chris Sabo were selected in the second round by the Mets and Reds, respectively. Stanford first baseman Mike Aldrete went in the seventh round to the Giants. In 1984, Maine righthander Billy Swift went second overall to the Mariners. Arizona State outfielder Oddibe McDowell went 12th to the Rangers. Clemens won 354 big league games and Magadan hit .288 over 16 seasons. Swift pitched 13 years…

3 min.
lessons learned in the purest ways

As the country has tried to return to some sort of normalcy—and we have a long way to go before things are anywhere close to normal again—sports have played an integral role. Baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer and now football have resumed at the highest levels, but it is at the roots of youth sports where the largest impact has been felt. This has been a summer like no other, and while it was a welcome sign to be able to turn on a ballgame and watch breakout stars like Fernando Tatis Jr. and Luis Robert, seeing kids on fields across the country honing their skills, laughing with their friends and simply having fun has been a much-needed respite for players and families alike. I have seen this firsthand with the 10U travel…

5 min.
major stars we never saw coming

Baseball America has ranked the top 10 prospects in every minor league from our first year in print. Each fall from 1981 to 2019, BA presented rankings of the most talented prospects in each minor league—a total of 626 individual leagues over 39 seasons. We think we’re good at identifying and ranking future talent. We trust our sources, in this case managers, coaches and scouts. We trust our instincts. We trust our process. But we’re not clairvoyant—as the following examples indicate. One can build a formidable major league all-star team of players who never appeared in a Minor League Top 10 Prospects ranking. JORGE POSADA, C, YANKEES Posada is one of the hardest-hitting catchers since integration—his 121 OPS+ ranks seventh at the position—even though he entered pro ball as a shortstop. He tended to…

5 min.
improve your fantasy forecast

It’s 82 degrees with a healthy breeze as the sun sets behind the third-base line at Coors Field. It is without a doubt a perfect day for baseball in Denver. At the same time, roughly 500 miles east in Kansas City, Mo., the Royals are still waiting to play a game that was scheduled to start two hours ago. The rain is falling in sheets over the soaked tarp. It’s a bad day for baseball. Since the 1870s, weather and baseball have been tied together by rainouts, snowouts and coldouts. Games have been played entirely in the rain, while others were not played because of forecasted rain that never came. I have spent most of the past decade studying baseball weather, looking at the perfect weather in Denver and the storms in Kansas…

17 min.
back to basics

Last fall, following his club’s third last-place finish in five years, Padres general manager A.J. Preller and his staff gathered in a freezing, sub-level meeting room beneath Petco Park. The Padres normally hold their end-of-season staff meetings in a spacious auditorium on the upper floors of the ballpark. But this time, for reasons no one can quite remember, the auditorium was unavailable. Instead, members of the Padres front office, pro scouting department and research and development group put on their winter wear, walked down a ramp to below field level and took their seats in a frigid room with no direct sunlight. There, they plotted the course for the 2020 season. “It started in the basement of Petco and went from there,” Preller said, laughing. “It was about 30 degrees when we were…

4 min.
just what they needed

The trades to acquire Trent Grisham and Jake Cronenworth were consummated in late November and early December, respectively, but the process began much earlier. The Padres sent lefthander Eric Lauer and middle infielder Luis Urias to the Brewers for Grisham and righthander Zach Davies on Nov. 27. While Davies was already an established major league starter, Grisham was only beginning to show hints of his potential after a breakout season that began in Double-A Biloxi and finished as a part of Milwaukee’s playoff roster. Grisham didn’t exactly come out of nowhere—he was the Brewers’ first-round pick in 2015—but little about his minor league production before 2019 pointed to his sudden surge. Still, the Padres saw something in Grisham and made acquiring him a priority. “Grisham was one of those guys who, really dating…