Must Read: Young players who impressed the most this spring.
Peter Gammons is one of my gods, along with Dick Enberg and Chuck Swirsky. Everything they say is gold to me. Gammons has all the inside information in baseball because he is so well connected. Everybody loves Peter.
In his most recent peice at ESPN.com, he writes about which MLB prospects impressed him this spring. It is a great peice, in which he gives scouts’ views and mixes it in with his own expert opinion.
The guy that impressed him the most, Mike Stanton, a teenager in the Marlins’ system, surprised me a little bit because I have never heard of the guy. Now that Ole Pete has mentioned him to me, I will follow young Stanton’s progression this season.
1. The top three names on this list dominated the questionnaire, but 19-year-old Marlins outfielder Mike Stanton got the most votes. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Stanton — for whom the Red Sox offered Manny Ramirez (minus his entire salary) for even-up last July — has tremendous power, speed, athleticism and studies the game like Greg Maddux …
Of the players I am most excited to see sometime this upcoming season in Gordon Beckham. Like Gammons, I think he has a Major League swaggar to him. He was born to play baseball like Mantle or DiMaggio. He just has that look to him. Plus he has a hilrious Youtube video, where he shows you what he does to warm up for games.