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Chris Blessing
Chris Blessing
About Chris Blessing

Chris has been writing about baseball prospects for 3 years now, getting his start writing Journal entries at Metsgeek and providing content at Mike Newman's Scouting the Sally. Chris resides in Dalton, GA and is Bullpen Banter's main correspondent for the Appalachian, South Atlantic and Southern League. In his free time, Chris plays softball, travels a bunch and acts in community theater.

Buttering Up Biscuits’ Pitcher Romero

Buttering Up Biscuits’ Pitcher Romero
Over the past five seasons, the Tampa Bay Rays have averaged 92 wins a season. While some superstitious people attribute this streak of excellence to something as silly as dropping the “Devil” from the Rays name, the cost-efficient ballclub has been able to continually contend because of the organization’s ability to find and develop young
Articles,Features,Prospect Video,Scouting

Arismendy Alcantara: The Cubs Other Shortstop Prospect

Arismendy Alcantara:  The Cubs Other Shortstop Prospect
The Cubs have a plethora of young shortstops in their organization. From their Major League shortstop, the 23-year-old Starlin Castro, to their 20-year-old slugging Florida State League shortstop, Javier Baez, the Cubs have an embarrassment of riches at the position. But wait, there’s more. The sudden emergence of Southern League shortstop Arismendy Alcantara has brought
Articles,Prospect Video,Scouting

BB Roundtable Discussion: Controversy, Futures, and Non-Pitchers Pitching

You may recall that we used to do roundtable discussions on a regular basis, and that we hadn’t really done one in a while before the prospect list roundtable you saw last week. Now we’re going to be getting back to them on a regular basis, along with another exciting new feature we hope to
Articles,Roundtable

Roundtable Discussion: Midseason Top 75 Prospect List

Roundtable Discussion: Midseason Top 75 Prospect List
To go along with our Midseason Prospect List, our authors sat down and talked about the rankings. Well, they sat down and talked as much as seven people scattered all around the country could, but the end result is the same. They shared their thoughts on what they liked on the list, what they wished
2013 Top 100 Prospects,Articles,Rankings

The Other Guy

The Other Guy
The headlines out of Chattanooga this spring centered around recently promoted Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig. While the Puig storyline was newsworthy, intriguing, exciting and even zany, the most fascinating story for me has been the rapid improvement of Puig’s former (and future) teammate, outfielder Joc Pederson. After completing the 2012 season with the Dodgers’ High-A
Articles,Features,Prospect Video,Scouting

An Education Of Stratton

An Education Of Stratton
In my four seasons of covering minor league prospects, it’s a rarity for two potential top 100 pitchers to oppose each other on the pitching rubber. So when the opportunity to see Giants prospect Chris Stratton face off against Braves prospect Mauricio Cabrera presented itself, it was easy to ignore the blistering Georgia heat, the
Articles,Features,Prospect Video,Scouting

Fort Wayne Unplugged

Fort Wayne Unplugged
Fort Wayne’s rotation is arguably the most projectable staff in baseball.  According to our preseason Padres prospect rankings, four of the Padres top ten prospects currently reside in the Fort Wayne rotation, including three 2012 first round picks.  Max Fried and Joe Ross anchors Fort Wayne’s six man rotation that also includes Zach Eflin and
Articles,Features,Prospect Video,Scouting

Braves Diversify Investment Strategy With Sims

Braves Diversify Investment Strategy With Sims
Just like me on the dating scene, the Braves have a type. Since Frank Wren took over as General Manager, the Atlanta Braves’ drafts have been heavy on college pitchers,   especially pitchers with finish that can be accelerated towards the Major Leagues.  It’s been a successful strategy for the Braves. Mike Minor, the Braves
Articles,Features,Prospect Video,Scouting