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More Excerpts from 2011 Baseball Prospect Book

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A couple of obscure ones for you....

Sorry about the bad cut-and-paste job on Shirley, but check out the improvement in his numbers at Xavier between '09 and '10.

Tommy Shirley, LHP, Houston Astros
Bats: L Throws: L HT: 6-5 WT: 220 DOB: November 11, 1988

Year Team League G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO W L SV ERA
2009 Xavier NCAA 17 6 44.0 57 40 37 8 21 46 1 4 0 7.57
2010 Xavier NCAA 15 15 96.0 100 48 43 10 25 98 4 3 0 4.03
Tri City A- 5 5 17.0 9 1 0 0 10 28 0 0 0 0.00
1 Minor League Season 5 5 17.0 9 1 0 0 10 28 0 0 0 0.00

‘Don't call me' Shirley was drafted in the ninth round out of Xavier last June. He's somewhat obscure, but there are things to like here. He's big and throws a powerful 88-93 MPH sinker, resulting in a 3.00 GO/AO last year in his brief New York-Penn League trial. The strong ground ball/strikeout combination from the fastball is intriguing, and I like the way his performance improved dramatically last year. On the other hand, his control still needs work, his slider and changeup are inconsistent, and he has a delivery that turns scouts off. He's raw compared to most 22-year-old college pitchers, but lefties with power sinkers like his draw my attention. Grade C.

Steve Singleton, INF, Minnesota Twins
Bats: S Throws: R HT: 6-0 WT: 185 DOB: September 12, 1985

Singleton was an 11th round pick in 2006 from the University of San Diego. He's not a hot prospect by any means; his tools are average at best, but I've had my eye on him since he was in college as a potential sleeper. I don't have much objective data to back this up, but he strikes me as one of those scrappy middle infielder types who can come out of nowhere, have a surprisingly good season at age 26 or 27, then hang around forever as a utility infielder. He has some pop to the gaps and doesn't strike out much, two markers such players often have. Grade C.