At Home With The Marklunds-Part Two

It should be noted at this point that Marklund wasn’t exactly a mystery as a prospect; coming out of St Thomas Aquinas HS in Vancouver in the Class of 2014, he had been scouted during his appearance in the 2013 Northwest Showcase. Among these notes, scouts mentioned that his fastball peaked at 85, and that…

At Home With The Marklunds-Part One

(This is part one of a two-part interview with Brandon and Joe Marklund, recorded at their home in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, as Brandon had just recently returned from the Premier-12 Tournament in Japan.) Twenty-seven kilometers east of Vancouver, on the north bank of the Fraser River in British Columbia, sits Port Coquitlam, a town…

Amid Struggles, Vallot Continues to Push Forward-Part Two

(This is Part Two of a three-part series on former Top-30 Royals prospect Chase Vallot, documenting his time with the Wilmington Blue Rocks and his 2019 return to the Lexington Legends.) When Vallot advanced to Wilmington for 2017, he continued to follow his familiar pattern at the plate: lots of strikeouts (127), but an .818…

Prospect Watch: Eric Cole, OF

A 4th-round pick out of the University of Arkansas in last year’s MLB Draft, Eric Cole‘s 2019 season so far has been an ice-cold start followed by a red-hot run. And he’s still running. The 22-year-old switch-hitter got his start in rookie-level Burlington in 2018, where his traditional stats and peripherals showed true promise. Over…

Prospect Watch: Jeison Guzman, SS

Signed as an international free agent for $1.5 million in July 2015, SS Jeison Guzman has certainly had his share of both supporters and detractors when it comes to his potential and his ability to fulfill it. However, while he’s been a pro since age 17, he’s also been well below the average age at…