Minnesota Twins Blogger Seth Stohs Spends A Weekend With The Midwest League Beloit Snappers

Seth Stohs who runs the outstanding Minnesota Twins blog SethSpeaks.net and is a must follow on twitter @SethTweets recently spent a weekend behind the scenes with the Twins Class-A affiliate the Beloit Snappers. Stohs writes about his experience with the club and offers an inside look at the preparation that goes on for both the players and front office staff of a minor league baseball franchise, as well as provides his scouting report on a number of the Twins young prospects.

A Weekend In Beloit — StarTribune.com

Former Texas Longhorns Catcher Taylor Teagarden Enjoys Playing Minutes From Austin For Triple-A Round Rock

It’s been a homecoming of sorts for Texas Rangers catcher Taylor Teagarden. When the Rangers switched Triple-A affiliates moving from Oklahoma City to Round Rock, it meant that Teagarden, who has been up and down with the franchise since his major league debut in 2008, would be playing minutes from Austin, where he spent his college days. Teagarden caught the final out of the Texas Longhorns 2005 College World Series championship. In the story, Teagarden talks about his return to the Austin area, and the support that he still receives from Longhorns fans.

Former UT catcher bringing winning ways to Round Rock — Daily Texan Online

Huntsville Stars Running 2nd Annual Car Survivor Contest: Five People Enter Last One Standing Wins The Car

The Huntsville Stars the Double-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers and Jerry Damson Honda are running their second annual Car Survivor contest. On July 20th during the Stars game against the Chattanooga Lookouts, five fans entered the 2007 Honda Accord parked outside the main gate at Joe Davis Stadium. When they leave is up to them. By rule they get a 15 minute break every 6 hours. So that means 23 of their 24 hours each day will be spent in the vehicle. The last one out wins the car. Last year’s contest went eight days before the final contestant folded. There is no air conditioning in the vehicle so they will only have the luxury of having the windows rolled down to circulate air. The five day forecast in Huntsville shows high of at least 87 degrees for the next five days with a couple of days over 90. I have posted the contestants into videos below. Contestant Susan is tweeting from the vehicle and you can follow her @BayouBabe1210 the Stars are also tweeting updates from the contest @CarSurvivor. In addition they are running 24 Hour per day U-Stream coverage, which you can watch below the contestant intros.

UPDATE #1: After 20 Hours, none of the five contestants have left the 2007 Honda Accord.

UPDATE #2: 7:38 p.m. Central: Deborah has just left the car. She’s the first one to leave. Down to the final four.

UPDATE #3: Susan bowed out after 26 Hours. Down to 3 left in the car.

UPDATE #4: Jan has left the car. Down to the final two.

UPDATE #5: As of 11:00pm EST on Sunday both Shawn and Nathan still remain in the car. Going on their 5th day in the vehicle.

UPDATE #6: No sign of either contestant leaving the car as the contest nears the end of its 6th day.

UPDATE #7: Car Survivor is in it’s 8th day with no sign of stopping.

UPDATE #8: Car Survivor is over. Shawn wins in the 9th day.

Meet The Contestants:

Susan: Eliminated After 26 Hours


Deboorah: ELIMINATED After 21 Hours


Shawn: WINNER


Jan: Eliminated After Just Over 48 Hours


Nathan Eliminated After 9 Days


Watch the 24 Hour Live Streams from inside the vehicle at CarSurvivor.com

Former Tampa Bay Devil Rays Prospect Kenny Kelly Back After Violent Collision With Outfield Wall

Jason Bristol, a must follow on twitter @JasonBristol, sits down with former Tampa Bay Devil Rays prospect & Miami Hurricanes quarterback Kenny Kelly who talks about his full on crash into a concrete wall during an Independent Atlantic League game against the York Revolution. The crash seen in the video below is incredibly violent. Kelly was taken by ambulance from the field following the collision. Kelly, who plays for the Road Warriors sits down with Bristol and talks about that night, his comeback from the injury, and being thankful to not be more seriously hurt.

Wednesday’s Notable Minor League Home Runs

AAA
Yonder Alonso Cincinnati Reds – Home Run #12

Stefan Gartrell Atlanta Braves – Home Run #22

Mauro Gomez Atlanta Braves – Home Run #17

Russ Canzler Tampa Bay Rays – Home Run #11

Jason Kubel Minnesota Twins – Home Run #1

Chris Davis Texas Rangers – Home Run #23 & 24

Michael Taylor Oakland Athletics – Home Run #10

Collin Cowgill Arizona Diamondbacks – Home Run #13

AA
Matt Den Dekker New York Mets – Home Run #3 & #4

Will Middlebrooks Boston Red Sox – Home Run #12

Austin Romine New York Yankees – Home Run #5

Ryan Wheeler Arizona Diamondbacks – Home Run #12

Neftali Soto Cincinnati Reds – Home Run #17 & #18

Shane Robinson St. Louis Cardinals – Home Run #2 & #3

Zack Cox St. Louis Cardinals – Home Run #4

High-A
Denny Almonte Seattle Mariners – Home Run #17

Gary Brown San Francisco Giants – Home Run #8

Jeudy Valdez San Diego Padres – Home Run #8

Whit Merrifield Kansas City Royals – Home Run #4

Low-A
Michael Walker Milwaukee Brewers – Home Run #15

Derek Dietrich Tampa Bay Rays – Home Run #12

Ryan Fisher Florida Marlins – Home Run #14

Wednesday’s Notable Minor League Starting Pitchers

List compiled by our prospect ranker J.P. Schwartz. Follow JP on twitter @Jaypers413

Tyler Matzek Colorado Rockies – Low-A

Tyler Thornburg Milwaukee Brewers – High-A

Carlos Martinez St. Louis Cardinals – High-A

Jacob Turner Detroit Tigers – Double-A

Brad Lincoln Pittsburgh Pirates – Triple-A

Dan Corcino Cincinnati Reds – Low-A

Drew Smyly Detroit Tigers – High-A

Mike Foltynewicz Houston Astros – Low-A

Adrian Salcedo Minnesota Twins – Low-A

Randall Delgado Atlanta Braves – Double-A

Henderson Alvarez Toronto Blue Jays – Double-A

Anthony Ranaudo Boston Red Sox – High-A

Chris Archer Tampa Bay Rays – Double-A

James Paxton Seattle Mariners – Double-A

Tyler Skaggs Arizona Diamondbacks – Double-A

Shelby Miller St Louis Cardinals – Double-A

Jeremy Jeffress Kansas City Royals – Double-A

Garrett Richards Los Angeles Angels – Double-A

Chad Bettis Colorado Rockies – High-A

Note: List is gathered at MILB.com, is tentative, and all of the day’s starting pitchers may not have been revealed at post time.

Weekly Baseball Card Market Report: Top 10 Highest Priced Modern Cards On The Market

Each week we will take a look at the Top 10 Highest priced active items on Ebay’s auction format from the modern baseball card era.

#1 Manny Pacquiao 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter Red Autograph # 7/10
— Ends in 9 Days

#2 Bryce Harper 2010 Bowman Chrome Wrapper Redemption Buy Back Autograph Graded BGS 9
— Ends In 6 Days

#3 Mike Trout 2009 Bowman Chrome Orange Refractor Autograph # 1/25 BGS 9.5
— Ends In 2 Days

#4 Bryce Harper 2008 Upper Deck Team USA National Team Patch Autograph 26/50
— Ends In 2 Days

#5 Ichiro 2001 SPX Jersey Autograph
— Ends In 3 Days

#6 Bryce Harper 2011 Bowman Autograph BGS 9.5/10
— ENDS TODAY

#7 Willie Mays 2001 Topps Archives Autograph
— ENDS TODAY

#8 Mother Teresa 2009 Razor Cut Signature Edition Autograph
— 5 Days Left

#9 Bryce Harper 2010 Bowman Aflac All American Autograph # 199/230 BGS 8.5
— ENDS TODAY

#10 Derek Jeter 3000th Hit Kevin John Stetch Card 1/1 Beckett Encased
— Ends in 4 Days

Royals Organization Gets Second No Hitter In As Many Nights As Will Smith And Kelvin Herrera No Hit Arkansas

One night after Luis Mendoza fired a controversial No Hitter in Triple-A against the Memphis Redbirds, the combo of Will Smith and Kelvin Herrera combined for a No Hitter of their own for the Double-A Northwest Arkansas Naturals against the Arkansas Travelers. Smith went 7 innings allowing no hits, a pair of walks, and striking out five. Herrera closed it out with two perfect innings in the eighth and ninth to close out the no hitter. In addition the Naturals turned a Triple Play after Smith walked the first two batters in the 6th inning. Travelers pitcher Matt Shoemaker was a very tough luck loser as he went 9IP, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 8K’s and got the loss.

Tuesday’s Notable Minor League Home Runs

AAA:
Ryan Lavarnway Boston Red Sox – Home Run #11

Devin Mesoraco Cincinnati Reds – Home Run #10

Stefan Gartrell Atlanta Braves – Home Run #21

Mauro Gomaez Atlanta Braves – Home Run #16

Jason Kipnis Cleveland Indians – Home Run #12

Ryan Strieby Detroit Tigers – Home Run #15

Alex Liddi Seattle Mariners – Home Run #20

Bryan LaHair Chicago Cubs – Home Run #28

Trayvon Robinson Los Angeles Dodgers – Home Run #25

Matt Dominguez Florida Marlins – Home Run #8

Chris Davis Texas Rangers – Home Run #22

AA:
Tim Wheeler Colorado Rockies – Home Run #28

Ben Paulsen Colorado Rockies – Home Run #12

Tyler Moore Washington Nationals – Home Run #21

Beau Mills Cleveland Indians – Home Run #10

Grant Green Oakland Atheltics – Home Run #5

Wilin Rosario Colorado Rockies – Home Run #16

High-A:
Ian Gac Chicago White Sox – Home Run #25 & #26

Matt Szczur Chicago Cubs – Home Run #1

Kyle Jensen Florida Marlins – Home Run #20

Chase Austin Florida Marlins – Home Run #4 & #5

Rockies Prospect Tyler Matzek Returns To The Mound Wednesday With A Mike Marshall Hybrid Pitching Style

The folks at InsideTheRockies.com have put up a phenomenal piece chronicling Tyler Matzek‘s return to Low-A Asheville following nearly a month long return to California to work with his youth pitching coach Lon Fullmer, and return to the hybrid version of the Dr. Mike Marshall pitching style that he had grown up with. See below for the differences in Matzek’s delivery between high school in 2009 and now as a pro in 2011. The pitching techniques taught by Dr. Marshall, the 1974 National League Cy Young Award Winner and a Ph.D. in Kinesiology, are all but blackballed by major and minor league pitching coaches. Among the drills that are part of the program is pitching with 20 pound wrist weights and using an iron ball (see video below). The Inside the Rockies article goes in-depth with Fullmer who describes returning Matzek to the style of pitching he grew up with. The drastic action of sending Matzek home came about after the lefty got off to a 0-5 start with an ERA of 10.71, and 61 walks in 42 combined innings between High-A Modesto and Low-A Asheville. It will be interesting to see what kind of a difference the change in approach makes for Matzek, who was the 11th overall pick in the 2009 draft. Again the Inside the Rockies piece is a must read.

Matzek set to start for Asheville on Wednesday — InsideTheRockies.com

UPDATE: Matzek went 4IP, 0ER, 2H, 5BB, 6K in his return to Asheville on Wednesday.

UPDATE #2: Matzek went 5IP, 2ER, 4H, 3BB, 8K, WIN in his second start back.

Tyler Matzek throwing for Capistrano Valley High School in 2009:


Tyler Matzek throwing for High-A Modesto on April 30th:


Mike Marshall wrist weight & iron ball pitching drills:





Mike Marshall breaks down his pitching motion: