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Bernie On The Scene: NL Notebook

In the final edition of On The Scene, Bernie features a number of National League prospects that have caught his eye, including recent Mets promotion Travis d'Arnaud.

Bernie On The Scene: AL Notebook

Chia-Jen Lo has always impressed our resident scout Bernie Pleskoff. Could he emerge as the closer in Houston for 2014? In this week's column, Bernie cleans out the AL half of his notebook.

Bernie On The Scene: Eastern League Round-Up

Recently promoted to Double-A, Francisco Lindor is holding his own thus far in the Eastern League as a 19-year-old. Bernie Pleskoff looks at the top performers around the league to this point.

Bernie On The Scene: Stuck in Neutral

Ike Davis has been one of the biggest disappointments in the National League this season. RotoWire's Man on the Scene Bernie Pleskoff reveals his top-10 underachievers and overachievers from the NL to this point.

Bernie On The Scene: AL Disappointments & Surprises

Falling short of expectations as a top-three starting pitcher on draft day, Justin Verlander makes Bernie Pleskoff's list of underachievers to this point.

Bernie On The Scene: On the Road Again

Bernie's latest trip took him from the Futures Game in New York to the Triple-A All-Star Game in Reno and included another look at Jarred Cosart.

Bernie On The Scene: The Future Is Bright

With the Futures Game now in the books, Bernie Pleskoff takes stock of the talent he saw at Citi Field on Sunday afternoon including the Twins' Miguel Sano.

Bernie On The Scene: What Should They Do - AL?

With Francisco Lindor moving up the ladder, should the Indians trade Asdrubal Cabrera to address their other organizational needs? RotoWire's Man on the Scene Bernie Pleskoff takes a look around the American League.

Bernie On The Scene: What Should They Do - NL?

The Cubs have already traded Scott Feldman, but they have a number of moves upcoming, most notably dealing Matt Garza. Bernie Pleskoff breaks down the needs and resources of each NL team.

Bernie On The Scene: Players I Like - NL Edition

RotoWire's Bernie Pleskoff is a buyer on Milwaukee's Jean Segura. This week, he highlights players he likes around the National League.

Bernie On The Scene: Players I Like - AL Edition

While Jurickson Profar gets a lot of attention as a potential elite shortstop of the future, RotoWire's resident scout Bernie Pleskoff has a prospect in Cleveland that he likes even more.

Bernie On The Scene: A Look At Right-Handed Pitching Prospects

Miami's Jose Fernandez may have the highest ceiling of the current crop of young right-handed pitchers in or approaching the big leagues.

Bernie On The Scene: A Look At Left-Handed Pitching Prospects

Along with an examination of pitching in general, RotoWire's Man on the Scene Bernie Pleskoff breaks down the current crop of left-handed pitching prospects.

Bernie On The Scene: A Look At Outfield Prospects

Yasiel Puig is one of many outfield prospects on the brink of making an impact in the big leagues. RotoWire's resident scout Bernie Pleskoff takes a closer look.

Bernie On The Scene: A Look At Third Base Prospects

Miguel Sano leads the current crop of prospects at third base, according to our man on the scene Bernie Pleskoff.

Bernie On The Scene: A Look At Shortstop Prospects

Indians farmhand Francisco Lindor is one of many talented young shortstops progressing through the minor leagues this season. Bernie Pleskoff evaluates the current crop of talent at the position primed to make an impact in the coming seasons.

Bernie On The Scene: A Look At Second Base Prospects

Delino DeShields Jr. has plenty of speed, but will he get on base enough to use it? Bernie Pleskoff takes a look at the future crop of options at the keystone.

Bernie On The Scene: A Look At First Base Prospects

If the Dodgers are unable to move Andre Ethier, could Yasiel Puig become an option at first base? Bernie Pleskoff takes a look at the short supply of first base prospects currently in the minor leagues.

Bernie On The Scene: Wil Power

Rays fans and fantasy owners are awaiting the callup of Wil Myers, but fresh off his scouting trip to Durham, RotoWire's Bernie Pleskoff believes that we may not see him in Tampa Bay until after the All-Star break.

Bernie On The Scene: Catching Prospects to Watch

Seattle's Mike Zunino tops Bernie Pleskoff's list of impact catching prospects.

Bernie On The Scene: Random AL Thoughts

RotoWire's Bernie Pleskoff sees Seattle's Mike Zunino as a star in the making.

Bernie On The Scene: Random NL Thoughts

After trading away Jose Reyes this offseason, the Marlins loaded up with young talent capable of making an impact in the near future.

Bernie On The Scene: Closer Rankings

Bernie Pleskoff believes in the turnaround of Fernando Rodney. Check out where he ranks in Bernie's closer rankings.

Bernie On The Scene: Starting Pitcher Rankings

Clayton Kershaw is the king of the hill in Bernie Pleskoff's starting pitcher rankings for 2013.

Bernie On The Scene: Outfield Rankings

Ryan Braun remains at the top of the outfield ranks for Bernie Pleskoff, but you don't have to look far down the list to see a big surprise.

Bernie On The Scene: Shortstop Rankings

Starlin Castro continues to inch his way toward the elite at his position. RotoWire's Man on the Scene Bernie Pleskoff shares his shortstop rankings for 2013.

Bernie On The Scene: 3B Rankings

Fresh off of his Triple Crown performance, it should come as little surprise that Miguel Cabrera is on top of Bernie Pleskoff's list at third base. Check out the rest of the list here.

Bernie On The Scene: 1B & 2B Rankings

Ian Kinsler is quietly sliding down the second-base ranks. Bernie Pleskoff shares his lists at first and second base for the 2013 season.

Bernie On The Scene: Catcher Rankings

Bernie Pleskoff is Back on the Scene to break down the catchers for 2013. Buster Posey tops the list of our scout...

Bernie On The Scene: NL Non-Stars I Like for 2013

Domonic Brown seems to have a clearer path to playing time in 2013, but is he on Bernie Pleskoff's watch list for next season?

Bernie On The Scene: AL Non-Stars I Like for 2013

Now in Baltimore, is Nate McLouth trending back toward the relevance he maintained during his first stint with the Pirates?

Bernie On The Scene: NL Youngsters to Watch

Even though his big league opportunity resulted in disappointment, Trevor Bauer should remain on the radar heading into 2013.

Bernie On The Scene: Young Guys to Watch For in 2013

Although he's seeing limited work as a reliever, Dylan Bundy should be on the Orioles' radar for a rotation spot in 2013.

Bernie On The Scene: Reviewing the Appalachian League

RotoWire's Resident Scout Bernie Pleskoff recaps the key performances in the Appalachian League.

Bernie On The Scene: Summer League Standouts

RotoWire's Bernie Pleskoff is back on the scene highlighting standout prospects from the Arizona Summer League.

Bernie On The Scene: Grading the Catchers

While elite power is difficult to find behind the plate, there a plenty of catchers with pop around the league right now.

Bernie On The Scene: Grading the Middle Infielders

An increasing number of middle infielders are showing power akin to Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler. Bernie Pleskoff takes a closer look.

Bernie On The Scene: Grading the Outfielders

Although he's on the DL, Jose Bautista is an increasingly rare commodity as an elite power bat in Toronto.

Bernie On The Scene: Grading the Corners

Fewer teams than ever have an elite option at first base like the Reds' Joey Votto. RotoWire's resident scout Bernie Pleskoff grades the corner infielders -- present and future -- for all 30 MLB teams.

Bernie On The Scene: Four Pack in Milwaukee

Jed Bradley was the second pitcher selected by the Brewers during the 2011 draft, but he's struggling in his first professional season at Brevard County.

Bernie On The Scene: A Closer Look at Tacoma

Bernie Pleskoff's recent scouting trip provided a front-row view of the Mariners' Triple-A affiliate.

Bernie On The Scene: Curtains for Manny?

Los Angeles is likely to be remembered as the last productive home for Manny Ramirez, who requested his release from the A's after struggling at Triple-A.

Bernie On The Scene: Hamilton Running to Cincinnati

Mike Trout's impressive speed was on display when Bernie Pleskoff was in Colorado over the weekend, but Reds prospect Billy Hamilton has even more blazing speed.

Bernie On The Scene: Carbon Copy?

The Indians may have landed the next Rafael Furcal with the selection of Francisco Lindor in the first round of the 2011 draft.

Bernie On The Scene: Right Bauer

Following his recent promotion to Triple-A Reno, Trevor Bauer is closing in on a rotation spot with the D-Backs.

Bernie On The Scene: Draft Impact, Part VI

The Rangers turned Justin Smoak into Cliff Lee, and may have avoided being first-hand witnesses to a first-round bust in the process.

Bernie On The Scene: Draft Impact, Part V

As far as living up to expectations as a first-round pick, the jury is still out on Atlanta's Jason Heyward.

Bernie On The Scene: Draft Impact, Part IV

After failing to see eye-to-eye with the front office in Milwaukee, former first-round pick Brett Lawrie got on the right track in Toronto.

Bernie On The Scene: Draft Impact, Part III

Mike Trout has already joined the Angels for a regular place in their lineup, but is he ready? Bernie Pleskoff breaks it down and looks at recent drafts of the Angels, Pirates, Tigers, Cards and Phillies.

Bernie On The Scene: Draft Impact, Part II

Scouts debated Tim Lincecum's ability to avoid injury in 2006, enabling the Giants to reap the benefits of landing the two-time Cy Young award winner at No. 10 overall.

Bernie On The Scene: The Impact of Poor Drafts

While Gordon Beckham appeared worthy of a first-round pick upon arrival, his rapid decline has placed him on the growing list of recent draft failures on the South Side of Chicago.

Bernie On The Scene: Two I Really Like

Bernie On The Scene: Cactus League Recap

RotoWire's Resident Scout Bernie Pleskoff is bullish on Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt. Check out his thoughts from all 15 Cactus League squads from this spring.

Bernie On The Scene: Rising Royals

Although the young pitching hasn't arrived yet, the Royals are clearly on the rise with a very good nucleus of talent.

Bernie On The Scene: Sox Leaning Too Much On Rebound Candidates

Alex Rios continues to look lost at the plate this spring, and he's one of many 2011 disappointments that the White Sox are depending on in 2012.

Bernie On The Scene: Angels Focused This Spring

Kendrys Morales is one of the few question marks in a very focused Angels camp this spring.

Bernie On The Scene: From Mannywood to Oaktown

How does Manny Ramirez look on the latest stop of his MLB tour? RotoWire's Resident Scout Bernie Pleskoff is in Arizona providing a firsthand account from the Cactus League.

Bernie On The Scene: A Scout's Take

Bernie On The Scene: NL Watchlist

Bernie's 2012 NL Prospect watch list includes an outfielder in Colorado that has been overshadowed by the likes of Mike Trout and Bryce Harper.

Bernie On The Scene: AL Watchlist

In this week's column, Bernie shares his list of AL prospects on the radar for big league roles in 2012.

Bernie On The Scene: Red Sox Future Third Baseman?

The Red Sox have more homegrown talent on the way and it may not be long before Will Middlebrooks gets into the mix at third base.

Bernie On The Scene: Wanted: At-Bats

Bernie On The Scene: Mirror Image

The Rays' Matt Moore reminds our resident scout Bernie Pleskoff of a left-handed Justin Verlander. Excited yet?

Bernie On The Scene: Rox Drew the Right Name

The Indians' offer led by Drew Pomeranz and Alex White netted Ubaldo Jimenez. How did Colorado do in that trade?

Bernie On The Scene: Short Hops

Now that we're moving deeper into the second half of the season, Bernie looks back at many of the prospects he's profiled over the past year.

Bernie On The Scene: Futures Game Hitters

Bernie Pleskoff breaks down the hitters he saw at this year's Futures Game.

Bernie On The Scene: Future Stars Light Up the Night

Michael Pineda's excellent rookie season is a sign of things to come. This week, Bernie breaks down the arms from the MLB Futures Game.

Bernie On The Scene: Zack Has a Knack

The Reds may have solved their woes at shorstop with their decision to promote Zach Cozart from Triple-A Louisville.

Bernie On The Scene: Taking Aim At The Green Monster

The Red Sox may have their next catcher working his way through their system with Triple-A Pawtucket.

Bernie On The Scene: Catch This - Devin Is Heating Up

The Reds' organizational depth behind the plate should afford them flexibility at the trade deadline. Prospect Devin Mesoraco could be a factor later this season.

Bernie On The Scene: This Chap Should Stick

Andres Torres has been a pleasant surprise for the Giants, but they may have a home-grown replacement in their system ready to take over in late 2012.

Bernie On The Scene: Jacob's Turn Will Come

With Brad Penny currently pitching on a one-year deal, Jacob Turner could be a part of the Tigers' rotation for good in 2012.

Bernie On The Scene: He's In the Mix

The Dan Haren trade left the D-Backs' farm system thin, but Arizona has reloaded and outfielder Collin Cowgill may be ready to make an impact.

Bernie On The Scene: Blue Jays Got Their Man

It cost Toronto Shaun Marcum this winter, but the Blue Jays have coveted Brett Lawrie since the 2008 draft.

Bernie On The Scene: Yankees Insurance Policy

Now that Juan Miranda is in Arizona, the Yankees have a new insurance policy at first base. Meet, El Chato.

Bernie On The Scene: A Bronx Mess

While the Jorge Posada saga appears to have passed in New York, the Yankees still don't have a clear path for top prospect Jesus Montero.

Bernie On The Scene: Gold In the D-Backs' Future

Paul Goldschmidt's impressive start at Double-A Mobile could ultimately slay the three-headed monster (Juan Branyanady) manning first base in Arizona.

Bernie On The Scene: Trade Provides Opportunity

Adrian Gonzalez's trade to Boston has paved the way for prospect Anthony Rizzo to make his MLB debut later this season.

Bernie On The Scene: Darwin's Theory

The Cubs entered spring training with an unsettled situation at second base, but Darwin Barney has seized the opportunity for an expanded role..

Bernie On The Scene: Jerry Sands Gets Dodgers' Attention

The Dodgers' power outage to begin the season put Jerry Sands in a big league uniform sooner than expected.

Bernie On The Scene: This Is His Time

Juan Miranda is no longer blocked by Mark Teixeira after the D-Backs acquired him to be their primary first baseman during the offseason.

Bernie On The Scene: Nobody Walks on this Beach

After earning the No. 5 starter spot over Mike Minor this spring, undrafted Brandon Beachy looks like a steal for the Braves as he's established his place in the Atlanta rotation.

Bernie On The Scene: Michael Takes the Fifth

RotoWire's Bernie Pleskoff believes that Michael Pineda belongs in the conversation with the likes of Neftali Feliz when discussing the league's best young pitchers.

Bernie On The Scene: Matt Still Working On His Bat

Offensive struggles will lead Matt Dominguez to open the season with Triple-A New Orleans. What type of player will he become once he's ready for full-time duty in Florida?

Bernie On The Scene: Morel of the Story

With the arrival of Brent Morel, the White Sox may be looking to deal Mark Teahen as spring training winds down.

Bernie On The Scene: Mark It Down - Don't Forget Mr. Trumbo

With Kendry Morales' Opening Day status in question, Mark Trumbo becomes an interesting piece of the Angels' puzzle.

Bernie On The Scene: KC Farm System - A Royal Feast

Bernie On The Scene: Keeper Spotlight: ETA 2012

RotoWire's Bernie Pleskoff looks at keeper league prospects expected to arrive in 2012.

Bernie On The Scene: National League Rookie Roll Call

Domonic Brown is one of many NL rookies on the brink of making a big league impact.

Bernie On The Scene: American League Rookie Roll Call

Regardless of his role, our Bernie Pleskoff believes that Chris Sale has the tools to be successful in 2011.

Bernie On The Scene: Picks and Pans

Matt Thornton should inherit the closer’s role with Bobby Jenks now pitching in Boston

Bernie On The Scene: Future Giants Power Source?

Bernie On The Scene: Another Juan Pierre?

Luis Durango's plus speed and lack of power remind our resident scout Bernie Pleskoff of Juan Pierre.

Bernie On The Scene: Part of a New Brewers Platoon?

The Brewers' acquistion of Carlos Gomez during the winter wasn't enough to replace Mike Cameron in center field. Is Lorenzo Cain part of the long-term solution?

Bernie On The Scene: Domonic Brown - A Work in Progress

Domonic Brown has gotten the call after a fantastic minor league campaign, but Bernie Pleskoff believes that Brown still needs work.

Bernie On The Scene: Putting the Ball in Play

Bernie On The Scene: Major League Ready

Bernie On The Scene: Free Swinger with Game-Changing Power

Bernie On The Scene: When Will Todd Get The Nod?

Bernie On The Scene: Looking Over Yonder

The Reds are facing an interesting question with prospect Yonder Alonso since first base clearly belongs to Joey Votto.

Bernie On The Scene: Matt Joyce Gets His Chance

Bernie On The Scene: Freddie's On the Fast Track

Bernie On The Scene: The Moose Is Heating Up

Bernie On The Scene: 2B-OF-1B: Where Are You?

Bernie On The Scene: Another Power Arm for the Reds