I’ve been following prospects since 2003, when the Florida Marlins won the World Series with players like Josh Beckett, Miguel Cabrera, and Dontrelle Willis. I’ve seen MVPs, Cy Young Winners, and All-Stars before they ever played in the majors. I’m an avid college baseball fan who enjoys watching the SEC and ACC in the spring when often times the cold, wet weather of the Midwest allows me to follow some of the top players in both conferences. I also enjoy following/covering the Midwest League which is often times a players first full-season level. It’s great that I get to watch some of the top amateur talent that comes through Chicago and the Midwest like the annual Under Armour All-America Game at Wrigley Field which features some of the top incoming seniors for the following year as well as the Team USA 17U squad which features some of the top Juniors in the country.
I currently reside in McHenry, Illinois which is located within an hour from the Beloit Snappers and Kane County Cougars minor league teams. This gives me the opportunity to see four or more organizations’ Low-A teams in a week at times. A White Sox fan growing up, one of my favorite moments was watching them win the World Series in 2005. A few of my all-time favorite players to watch were/are Frank Thomas, Albert Pujols, Derek Jeter, Ryan Howard, Clayton Kershaw, Barry Bonds, Mike Trout, and Ken Griffey Jr.
I first started writing for offthebenchbaseball.com and I’m proud to call Jim Callis a mentor and friend. I look forward to providing some amateur/collegiate coverage later in the spring as a get closer to June’s MLB Draft.