Friday, March 25, 2011

Weekend Open Thread: Affiliate Twitter Leaders

As always, you pick the topic. In about a week we should have the full-season affiliates' opening day rosters, so there should be lots of transactions news in the next few days.

I'll start the OT: Speaking of the affiliates, which Rays minor league affiliate is the most popular on Twitter?

Here they are, ranked by number of followers:

1. Durham Bulls (@DurhamBulls): 4,122 followers.

2. Hudson Valley Renegades (@HVRenegades): 1,747 followers.

3. Bowling Green Hot Rods (@BGHotRods): 1,073 followers.

4. Charlotte Stone Crabs (@StoneCrabs): 752 followers.

5. Montgomery Biscuits (@BiscuitBaseball): 731 followers.

6. Princeton Rays (@PrincetonRays): 191 followers.

Come on everyone, help out the P-Rays! And don't feel bad Princeton, we (@RaysProspects) only have 596 followers ourselves.

Even if you aren't into "tweeting" your deepest thoughts in 140 characters or less, you can create a free Twitter account and follow all of the affiliates. It's the easiest way to receive all of the latest team news, game stories, info on game promotions, links to pictures and videos, and contests to win free tickets and merchandise.


  1. Here's an amateur scouting report for you guys....

    Hak-Ju Lee - no doubt one of the top prospects in all of baseball imho. Left-handed hitting, lead-off type, power potential, excellent fielder, smooth actions... also one heck of a teammate. Speaks good English and is very likable. Sticks out immediately even to the casual observer.

    Luke Bailey - perhaps unlimited potential. Seen him crush the ball this week against high A pitching. Hit two homeruns with ease. Barreling the ball. Looks like a great athlete. Extremely strong arm. He stood out to me all week.

    Todd Glaesman - didn't see him hit a lot but this kid has athletic potential. Very tall kid. Looks like he is 6-7 or 6-8 out on the field. Looks like an outstanding athlete. I can see the potential there.

    I like what the Rays have accumulated in the minor leagues. They have very good athletes. I am also impressed with the Rays minor league coaching and development. Nobody is working harder in the minor leagues than the Rays coaches or players imho.

    Sorry to say this but the weather has been spectacular :-)

  2. DO you guys think Kevin Kiermaier makes BG this year? He hit well last year for Princeton, and was ranked in the BA top 30 even though he was a drafted in the
    31st(I think?) round of the recent draft.

    And nice reports Daniel, thanks.

  3. Thanks Daniel. You don't have to answer this, but has there been anyone unimpressive? BTW, we are all amateurs. ;)

  4. Doug. I have photos from the Biscuits and Bulls games in Ft Myers. If you would like contact me and I will forward them to you for posting

  5. Kevin Kiermaier actually played in the Rays' game yesterday and scored a run in the 9th, I believe knocked in by Diogenes Luis.

  6. Looks like the Renegades are well represented at ST...several parents here, as well as several Renegades' host families. Gotta love ST! :-)

  7. Looks like the Renegades are well represented at ST...several parents here, as well as several Renegades' host families. Gotta love ST! :-)

  8. Daniel, great stuff, I was hoping some ST fans might have some updates. Best part was that they were all position players, esp on Bailey.

    Anon, on Kiermaier, he was #26 on BA's list, and I think he also was named by them as one of the better lower-round picks by performance. It's really a numbers game for him, lots of OFs at Princeton and HV (and maybe a repeat or 2 from BG) ready for full-season ball (and don't forget DJ Jones is back too). Since he's still young (will be 21 this year), they may put him at HV and older guys at BG. Lot's to like about him though, only worry was strikeouts - 54 in 218 ABs.

    Renegades Host, I don't know how to contact you. You can email me at I don't know how to do fancy slideshows, so I may have to forward them to Jim, or I could just post a couple at a time. Make sure to let me know how you would like to be credited (name, website, or not at all if you prefer). Looking forward to seeing them!

    There are a lot of HVR fans everywhere. Look at their attendance numbers, Twitter and facebook followers, etc. Really amazing for a short-season affiliate. Speaks well of the fans and the team, owned by the Goldklang Group.

    Keep the updates coming!