Due to the scouting reports of our great bloggers, like yourself, this spring I'd like to request a change in my adoptees..
Unfortunately I'd like to drop Keanu Carmichael, who apparently has a long ways to go before he sniffs the upper minors, to adopt the rising star and sleeper who is Jose Vicente Campos
Adopted Mariner Minor Leaguers
Marcus "Not So" Littlewood
SS 19 years old DOB: 3/18/92 6'3" 200lbs Bats: B Throws: R School: Pineview HS Acquired: 2010 Rule IV #67 overall
Latest Scouting Report via Jason Churchill (Prospect Insider): "Marcus Littlewood looked a bit uncomfortable in his first at-bat, which was right-handed against southpaw Edlando Seco. But he worked a walk as a lefty later in the game and showed a better swing than in the past from that side of the plate. Word is he's having problems with good breaking balls in camp, but he's facing a lot of 20-23 year olds with 3-5 years of pro experience. I only saw one play at shortstop, a routine roller to the left of the mound that Littlewood gobbled up like an Oreck."
Taijuan "Air" Walker
RHP 18 years old DOB: 8/13/92 6'5" 200lbs Throws: R School: Yucaipa HS Acquired: 2010 Rule IV # 43 overall
Latest Scouting Report via Jason Churchill (Prospect Insider): "Right-hander Taijuan Walker, the club's No. 5 prospect and the No. 43 overall pick in last June's draft, hit 98 mph on the gun, according to a teammate. And he didn't just do it once. "At least three or four times," the player said.
Walker's fastball has some sink to it when he stays on top and the word is his delivery is a little bit smoother than last summer."
Jose Vicente Campos
RHP 18 years old DOB: 7/27/92 6'4" 195lbs Throws: R From: La Guaira, Venezuela Acquired: 2009 International Free Agent
Latest Scouting Report via Jason Churchill (Prospect Insider): "Jose Campos, formerly known as Vicente -- that's his middle name -- ranked at No. 30 this offseason and hit 99 mph Thursday, also showing one or two power curveballs that got a 'wow' out of catching coordinator Roger Hansen. Campos, 18, is a big, strong kid at 6-foot-4 and just over 200 pounds, and offers tons of projection.
The Venezuelan could be the next big find by International Scouting Director Bob Engle and his scouting staff."
"The under-appreciated sport lacking fans of colored youth. Bringing it back, so people go to Safeco for the game, not the park experience.."