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Monday, June 8, 2009

Update for the week on June 8th...
Had great meetings over the weekend with Robert Mosebach (Angels), Cedric Hunter and Evan Scribner (Padres), and Jai.

Mosebach continues to pace the Travs bullpen, with a 0.00 ERA, 1 Win and 3 Saves.  We still have a couple of items available from "Moose" and expect more items in a couple of weeks, including two jerseys worn during the Spring stint with the Phillies after he was selected in the 2008 Rule 5 Draft... wonder if the Phils would like to have his 97 MPH fastball in their 'pen right now?!?

Cedric and Evan continue to perform well at the AA level.  Cedric made a phenomenal diving grab in center Saturday night, robbing a multi-base hit and saving at least two runs...full layout and a snow cone catch...easily an ESPN Web Gem (if ESPN covered the AA Texas League that is)!

Jai continues to struggle after coming off a month-long DL stint, but is starting to see the ball better and make solid contact.  I had the chance to sit with a couple of scouts during Sunday's game who were impressed with Jai's approach and the tools he has in the field and at the plate.  He was credited with two errors (doubling his total for the season), but the first came on a long fly ball that both scouts said 99% of the centerfielders they have seen would have never caught up to, let alone had a chance for the out (the ball popped out of the glove after Jai hit the outfield wall).  The second was a short-hopped throw to first base to try and double off a runner on a long fly ball...a throw which left both scouts impressed with the strength of the throw...off his back foot going the opposite direction from deep Centerfield!  With the logjam of outfield prospects in the Marlins organization, don't be surprised to see Jai's name frequently mentioned as the trade deadline approaches.

As far as new items go, check out the newest item from Angels' 2006 1st Round Pick Hank Conger...his game used catchers gear from the first half of this year.  Hank has provided and signed his road-game chest protector and leg guards.  Great pieces from the Angels' future catcher!

Go Beyond!

Matt
11:25 am cdt 

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Our Starting Lineup continues to grow...
Had a great meeting over the weekend with Cubs' clients Justin Berg and J.R. Mathes.  Both guys are having a great season, with J.R. leading the Pacific Coast League in wins and Justin picking up with some strong relief innings after a brief rehab of his shoulder in Arizona.  We should be getting new game-used items from both guys within the next couple of weeks.

We are also pleased to welcome Mitch Moreland and Evan Scribner to our Starting Lineup.  Both guys are currently playing in the Double-A Texas League, with Mitch batting a combined .346 with 8 HR and 29 RBI between Adv.-A Bakersfield and AA-Frisco and Evan compiling a 3-1 record with a 2.38 ERA, 8 Saves, and 24 strikeouts in 22.2 innings.  Both guys are highly rated within their own organizations and should continue to move quickly based on their stellar performances to date.

New items from Mitch and Evan should be available by mid-July.  As with all of our clients, if you would like to request an item we do not currently have available, submit your offer to Orders@beyondthedugout.net and we will work to get the items you are looking for.

Go Beyond!

Matt
12:55 pm cdt 


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