First off, I want to thank you for visiting our page. It’s been a long time in the making. Not only have my blog partner Jim Brown and I been writing together for Jason Martinez over at MLBDepthCharts for the last 6 years, we’ve been friends for over 30. Baseball has always been a common bond between us. Endless nights playing APBA, constantly arguing over all those hapless Pirate teams of the past (well, not so distant past actually) and going back to a 1990 wager at work over whether Tigers first baseman Cecil Fielder would hit 50 home runs or not. Jim still reminds me to this day that Cecil hit his 50th and 51st on the last day of the season. I like to believe all of those times lead us to this blog.
Tracking the lower depths of the minor leagues has always been our passion. It started out as a mandatory measure to help keep pace in the highly competitive “Pennsylvania Furnace League; an NL-only fantasy baseball league that’s been in existence since 1991. Being a member of the PFL, the smartest group of fantasy owners I’ve ever been around, forces you to dig deep, stay competitive searching for players that exist long past the Top 10′s, 20′s and Top 30 prospect lists one generally sees gracing the internet every winter and early spring. This primarily planted the “Under the Radar” seed.
Over the years using select criteria, both Jim and I have created, developed, revised and employed our own stat formulas to help choose our players. We chart positions using age, minor league levels, and genuine gut instinct. Most importantly, we aren’t scouts and we’ll never ever claim to be. Is our criteria perfect? No. No one can 100% predict the rise (or fall) of any prospect really. All Jim and I are? Fans. Two fans that have a simple knack for doing what we do. And we want to try to promote minor league kids no one is talking about yet, right here. Raising awareness of the lesser known prospects is our goal.
Jim is the pitcher guy, while I track hitters. Our job: try to predict minor league players’ rise to the top before being fully noticed by the baseball pundits. No more, no less.
Stay tuned. The content is coming.