Articles by Joseph Werner

After serving as a video scout/analyst for Baseball Info Solutions, Joe Werner began writing at his original site, ReleasePoints.com. He’s since transitioned into his current niche, prospect analysis, at ProspectDigest.com. He has been fortunate — and incredibly blessed — to have some of his work published and mentioned by several major media outlets, including: ESPN, Cleveland.com and the Baseball Research Journal. He can be reached at: JosephMWerner@yahoo.com.


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Indians Acquire Jay Bruce for Wild Card Prospect

The Indians and injury-ravaged Mets got together for a rather big trade – with likely minimal regular season impact – in the wee hours of Thursday morning. Cleveland acquired three-time All-Star – and impending free agent – Jay Bruce for former UNC two-way player Ryder Ryan, a move precipitated by Michael Brantley’s return to the…

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Tigers Raise the White Flag, Not Enough Comes Back

Like writing on a graffiti-tagged freight car, the time finally came for the Tigers to throw up the proverbial white flag and start dealing away some of their costly, aging veterans. Detroit agreed to ship All-Star outfielder J.D. Martinez, a free agent at the conclusion of the season, to the resurgent Diamondbacks for a trio…

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2017 College Draft Profile: Daulton Varsho

School: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Class: Junior Position: C; B/T: L/R Height: 5-10; Weight: 200 Previously Drafted: N/A   Background: Fun Fact Part I: Daulton’s dad, Gary Varsho, was a fifth round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates all the way back in 1982. Fun Fact Part II: The elder Varsho’s best big league showing came in 1991 when he batted .273/.344/.417 in part-time action for the…

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2017 College Draft Profile: J.J. Matijevic

School: University of Arizona; Class: Junior Position: IF/OF; B/T: L/R Height: 6-0; Weight: 199 Previously Drafted: Boston Red Sox, 22nd round, 2014   Background: The Red Sox took a late round flier on Matijevic coming out of Norwin High School three years ago, drafting him in the 22nd round, 674th overall. And Matijevic proved that he could hold his own against elite collegiate competition. The…

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2017 College Draft Profile: Gavin Sheets

School: Wake Forest; Class: Junior Position: 1B; B/T: L/L Height: 6-5; Weight: 235 Previously Drafted: Atlanta Braves, 37th round, 2014   Background: Fun Fact Part I: Sheets’ old man, Larry, was drafted in the second round by the Baltimore Orioles out of Lee High School all the way back in 1978. Fun Fact Part II: The elder Sheets paced the 1987 Orioles in long balls…

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2017 College Draft Profile: Tanner Houck

School: University of Missouri; Class: Junior Position: RHP; B/T: R/R Height: 6-5; Weight: 218 Previously Drafted:  Toronto Blue Jays, 12th round, 2014   Background: According to an article by Tod Palmer for the Kansas City Star, Houck said the following: “No matter what [I] did, I wanted it to be motivation, whether I signed or went to college. I wanted it to be motivation,…

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2017 College Draft Profile: J.J. Schwarz

School: University of Florida; Class: Junior Position: C/; B/T: R/R Height: 6-2; Weight: 215 Previously Drafted: Milwaukee Brewers, 17th round, 2014   Background: Just one of a surprising number of collegiate hitters to struggle during their junior seasons, Schwarz was originally drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 17th round coming out of Palm Beach Gardens High School three years ago. Instead of signing, he…

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2017 College Draft Profile: Evan Skoug

School: Texas Christian; Class: Junior Position: C; B/T: L/R Height: 5-11; Weight: 200 Previously Drafted: Washington Nationals, 34th round, 2014   Background: A mainstay in the middle of the Horned Frogs’ lineup throughout the duration of his career, Skoug, a 34th round pick by the Washington Nationals coming out of high school, is poised to be one of the first – if not the first…

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2017 College Draft Profile: J.P. Sears

School: The Citadel; Class: Junior Position: LHP; B/T: L/L Height: 5-11; Weight: 178 Previously Drafted: N/A   Background: One of the most intriguing collegiate prospects in this year’s draft class. Sears, an underwhelming physical specimen that stands generously at 5-foot-11 and 178 pounds, quietly turned in two solid – and overlooked – seasons at The Citadel between 2015 and 2016. As a true freshman, the…

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2017 College Draft Profile: Colton Hock

School: Stanford University; Class: Junior Position: RHP; B/T: R/R Height: 6-5; Weight: 220 Previously Drafted: N/A   Background: One of the top collegiate relievers available in this draft class, Hock, a native of Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, has been a mainstay at the backend of the Cardinal bullpen during his three-year tenure. As a true freshman, the 6-foot-5, 220-pound right-hander made 23 appearances for the school in…

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2017 College Draft Profile: Wil Crowe

School: University of South Carolina; Class: Junior Position: RHP; B/T: R/R Height: 6-2; Weight: 245 Previously Drafted: Cleveland Indians, 21st round, 2014   Background: A late round flier by the Cleveland Indians coming out of Pigeon Forge High School three years ago, Crowe, who was the 632nd pick that year, opted to ply his trade for Head Coach Chad Holbrook instead. Crowe immediately made waves…

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2017 College Draft Profile: Kevin Smith

School: Maryland; Class: Junior Position: SS; B/T: R/R Height: 6-0; Weight: 188 Previously Drafted: N/A   Background: A three-year starter for Head Coach John Szefc at the University of Maryland, Smith, who was bypassed by every MLB club coming out of high school, has developed into a solid second or third round pick. As a true freshman, the 6-foot, 188-pound shortstop established himself as a…

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2017 College Draft Profile: Wyatt Marks

School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette; Class: Junior Position: RHP; B/T: R/R Height: 6-3; Weight: 205 Previously Drafted: N/A   Background: After two impressive stints in the Cajuns’ rotation – both of which were marred a touch of poor luck – Head Coach Tony Robichaux pushed the hard-throwing right-hander into a fulltime relief role this season. And he’s simply been unhittable. Marks, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound…

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2017 College Draft Profile: Taylor Walls

School: Florida State; Class: Junior Position: SS; B/T: R/R Height: 5-10; Weight: 180 Previously Drafted: N/A   Background: After looking overwhelmed for the majority of his true freshman season three years ago, Walls, who batted a lowly .220/.373/.247 with just five extra-base hits in 65 games, came out swinging in 2016. And when the dust settled, the 5-foot-10, 180-pound middle infielder was sporting a .355/.479/.516…

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2017 College Draft Profile: Greg Deichmann

School: LSU; Class: Junior Position: 1B/OF; B/T: L/R Height: 6-2; Weight: 209 Previously Drafted: Minnesota Twins, 26th round, 2016   Background: After appearing in just 10 games – and earning just 11 trips to the plate – as a true freshman, Deichmann was a pleasant surprise for LSU Head Coach Paul Mainieri during his follow-up season two years ago. In 64 games for the Tigers,…