Thoughts on Eddie Gamboa's First Knuckleball Outing

Eddie Gamboa made his first start of the 2013 season for AA Bowie this afternoon.  Ordinarily, this would not exactly be news except for the fact that Gamboa is attempting to reinvent himself as a knuckleball pitcher.  I watched Eddie's six-inning, no-hit start at Harrisburg today on MiLB.TV and my observations are inside.

Interesting Henry Urrutia Video

This is an interesting interview with Henry Urrutia conducted in the Dominican Republic a few weeks before the Cuban defector made his way to the United States.  We had previously heard bits and pieces of Urrutia's story but it is very interesting – to me at least – to hear about his journey in greater detail directly from the source.  The 26-year old has already been through a lot to even get to this point – as detailed in the above video – and still has some obstacles to overcome to reach his goal of playing the in Major Leagues.

Prospect Round Up

Baseball Prospectus released their Top 10 Orioles Prospect list today which basically ends the "prospect list season".  Below I have gathered the Top 10 Orioles Prospects from seven different sources: Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus, Fangraphs, Keith Law (ESPN),, Orioles Hangout, and John Sickels (Minor League Ball).  At the end of the chart, I compiled composite rankings by assigning a score of 10 for every #1 ranking, 9 for every #2 ranking, and so on. Overall, the top 5 were relatively consistent among all of the lists.  There is a bit of a drop off between Delmonico at #5 and Hoes at #6, but the big drop comes after that.  There were very few consensus picks among #7 through #10 but it is hard to argue with any of the placements.