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Bernie Pleskoff is a former professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners.

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Short Hops Podcast: Episode 67: Winter Meetings Recap

DVR & Bernie recap a very active 2014 Winter Meetings in San Diego -- including several trades and big free agent signings.

Short Hops Podcast: Episode 66: Free Agent Frenzy

DVR & Bernie discuss the Red Sox's big free-agent acquisitions, a blockbuster between the Blue Jays and A's, and the D-backs' addition of Yasmany Tomas.

Short Hops Podcast: Episode 65: Stanton Gets Paid

DVR & Bernie discuss Giancarlo Stanton's new contract with the Marlins, V-Mart's return to Detroit, a blockbuster trade between the Cards and Braves, and much more!

Short Hops Podcast: Episode 64: Free Agency Begins

Bernie & DVR analyze the hitters from the Arizona Fall League, discuss the Rookie of the Year and Manager of the Year awards, and break down the start of free agency by looking at the top free agents and their likely destinations.

Short Hops Podcast: Fall Stars Recap

Bernie & DVR recap the 2014 Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game, the start of free agency with the extension of qualifying offers, and new managers for the Cubs and Twins.

Short Hops Podcast: A Short Hop Before Game 7

How much will the Giants use Madison Bumgarner on Wednesday? With Game 7 on the slate, Derek & Bernie discuss their expectations for the final installment of the Giants-Royals World Series.

Short Hops Podcast: Episode 61: The Fall Classic Begins

DVR & Bernie discuss the first two games of the World Series, more Arizona Fall League prospects, and offseason surgery for Brandon Moss.

Short Hops Podcast: RotoWire Short Hops Episode 60: Royal Flush

DVR & Bernie recap the ALCS, discuss the Dodgers' changes in the front office, a new manager in Arizona, and the first two weeks of Arizona Fall League Action.

Short Hops Podcast: Episode 59: October is Here!

DVR & Bernie recap the AL Wild Card game, break down the Divisional Series matchups, consider the next step for the A's, and much more!

Short Hops Podcast: Episode 58: A Look Back

DVR & Bernie look back at the surprises and disappointments of 2014, consider various changes for their leagues in 2015, and begin to look at players to target and avoid for next season.

Short Hops Podcast: Episode: 57: Wild Cards in Flux

Can the Brewers stop their free fall and earn a postseason berth? DVR & Bernie discuss Milwaukee, the changes in Arizona and Texas, and look ahead at their preliminary second-base rankings for 2015.

Short Hops Podcast: Episode 56: September Callups

DVR & Bernie discuss the prospects on the receiving end of a September callup, toss-ups for 2015, the shifting playoff picture, and more!

Short Hops Podcast: Episode 55: AFL Rosters Revealed

DVR & Bernie get ready for the waiver trade deadline, discuss the prospects that they are most excited to see in the Arizona Fall League, and more!

Short Hops Podcast: Episode 54: Top of the Mountain

DVR and Bernie discuss the season-ending surgeries for Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki, look ahead to begin forming their 2015 third-base rankings, consider the value of Corey Kluber with respect to elite starting pitchers, and more!

Short Hops Podcast: Episode 53: Year 2 Begins

DVR and Bernie begin Year 2 of Short Hops by looking at the injuries mounting for the Tigers, discussing the arrival of Michael Taylor and Rymer Liriano, and much more!

Short Hops Podcast: Episode 52: Deadline Fallout

DVR and Bernie discuss the fallout from the trade deadline, the struggles of Mike Minor, the callup of Javier Baez, the breakout of Corey Kluber, and much more!

Short Hops Podcast: Swap Meet

Can the Cards fix Justin Masterson? DVR and Bernie get ready for the non-waiver trade deadline, discuss the deals that have already gone down, and much more!

Short Hops Podcast: Episode 50: The Big Five-O

DVR and Bernie hit the 50th episode mark and discuss Chase Headley in pinstripes, the Angels' acquisition of Huston Street, the ongoing struggles of Dustin Pedroia, and much more!

Short Hops Podcast: Second Half Primer

DVR and Bernie discuss the Futures Game, Home Run Derby, and All-Star Game, while sharing their expectations for the second half of the season.

Short Hops Podcast: The A's Go All-In

DVR and Bernie discuss the additions to the Oakland rotation, the Marlins' quick hook for Andrew Heaney, and their All-Star Team selections on the eve of All-Star week in Minneapolis.

Short Hops Podcast: Another No-No For Timmy

DVR & Bernie discuss Tim Lincecum's second career no-hitter, the prospect targets of the trade deadline sellers, players to acquire for the second half of the season, and more!

Short Hops Podcast: Remembering Mr. Padre

DVR & Bernie discuss the legacy of Tony Gwynn, the continued struggles of Justin Verlander, Bernie's trip to the Southern League All-Star Game, and more!

Short Hops Podcast: Polanco Gets the Call

DVR & Bernie discuss Gregory Polanco's promotion, the Twins' surprising addition of Kendrys Morales, Lonnie Chisenhall's breakout, and more!

Short Hops Podcast: Cargo on the Shelf (Again)

DVR & Bernie discuss another injury for Carlos Gonzalez, Jonathan Singleton's contract with the Astros, Scott Kazmir's new approach, and more!

Short Hops Podcast: Live From Miller Park

DVR & Bernie discuss the ongoing neck issues of Yu Darvish, the increasing use of elite hitters in the No. 2 role, the Braves' decision to call up Tommy La Stella, and much more!

Short Hops Podcast: Episode 41: Warm the Grill Up

Who is the best team in baseball as we near the end of May? DVR & Bernie weigh in. Also, Stephen Drew returns to a familiar place, Justin Verlander is struggling, and Trevor Bauer is back in the big leagues.

Short Hops Podcast: An Ace Goes Down

DVR & Bernie discuss Jose Fernandez, the increase in Tommy John surgeries, the struggles of Shelby Miller, whether the Rays should move David Price, and much more!

Short Hops Podcast: GM Pants

Gregory Polanco turned down a long-term contract offer from the Pirates before taking his first at-bat in the big leagues. How soon could we see him in Pittsburgh?

Short Hops Podcast: The Sell Button

Charlie Blackmon's fast start has led many owners to consider an attempt to sell him for a more proven commodity. DVR & Bernie discuss April's standouts and much more in the latest episode of Short Hops.

Short Hops Podcast: On Brawls and Pine Tar

DVR & Bernie discuss the melee between the Brewers and Pirates, Michael Pineda's audacious use of pine tar, and their early-season movers through the second half of April.

Short Hops Podcast: A Farewell to More Arms

DVR & Bernie discuss Jackie Robinson Day, the latest wrinkle in the Ryan Braun Problem, the importance of early-season velocity, and more!

Short Hops Podcast: Widespread Panic

DVR & Bernie discuss owners’ tendencies to panic, the latest pitching causalities, their failed attempt to work out a Ryan Braun-Yasiel Puig trade in the Steak League, and more!

Short Hops Podcast: Open for Business

DVR & Bernie discuss their post-draft regrets, recap the injuries of the past week, and discuss their spring and early-season surprises.

Short Hops Podcast: Rangers in Danger?

Yu Darvish's neck injury is just the latest in a growing list of ailments that have depleted the Rangers' roster this spring.

Short Hops Podcast: Ready to Start

DVR & Bernie get ready for the opening series in Australia, discuss the injury woes of the A's and Tigers, and break down the prospects they landed in the staff keeper auction.

Short Hops Podcast: Return of the King

DVR & Bernie recap the final week of Bernie's trip to Florida, share more sleepers, and talk about Yu Darvish's new approach.

Short Hops Podcast: The Sleeper Episode, Pt. 2

Zack Wheeler is hardly a secret, but why is he failing to crack the top-200 in NFBC ADP? DVR & Bernie discuss in the latest episode of Short Hops.

Short Hops Podcast: The Sleeper Episode, Pt. 1

Christian Yelich has hit at every level as a pro, but he seems to be flying under the radar in many drafts this spring. DVR and Bernie begin to share their sleepers and undervalued targets in the latest episode of Short Hops.

Short Hops Podcast: Ubaldo Finds a Home

After turning things around in Cleveland last season, Ubaldo Jimenez has landed with the Orioles. DVR & Bernie weigh in on the move in the latest episode of Short Hops.

Short Hops Podcast: Closing the Door

DVR & Bernie finish up their positional rankings and take a look at relievers, discuss the benefits and drawbacks of spring training in Arizona vs. Florida, and run through a number of toss-up scenarios.

Short Hops Podcast: Behind the Dish

DVR & Bernie share their catcher rankings, discuss the Dodgers' lineup construction, consider the most impactful young players in the game and more.

Baseball Draft Kit: Scouting Last Season's Surprises

Can B.J. Upton recover from a dismal 2013 season? Bernie Pleskoff scouts the surprises -- good and bad -- from 2013 and shares his expectations for those players in the upcoming season.

Short Hops Podcast: The Keystone Cops

Jedd Gyorko was a very pleasant surprise in his rookie campaign, but where does he fall on DVR and Bernie's second base rankings?

Short Hops Podcast: Tanaka Signs

Masahiro Tanaka lands with the Yankees and Clayton Kershaw gets a contract extension with the Dodgers. Plus, DVR & Bernie share their starting pitcher rankings, consider Carlos Santana at third base, and discuss the Brewers' plans at first base.

Short Hops Podcast: It's FSTA Time!

DVR & Bernie discuss the injuries to CarGo, Verlander and Derek Holland, share their top-20 (actually, 21) outfielders, and consider the distribution of auction dollars between hitters and pitchers.

Short Hops Podcast: The Hall of Fame Ballot Episode

DVR & Bernie share their Hall of Fame ballots, set the table with their corner-infield rankings, and discuss where owners should be comfortable selecting Ryan Braun on draft day.

Short Hops Podcast: Happy New Year!

In the first episode of 2014, DVR & Bernie discuss the make-up of Yasiel Puig, consider the idea of Chris Davis as an early first-round pick, dive into the top-10 shortstop rankings and much more!

Short Hops Podcast: I Choo-Choo-Choose You

DVR & Bernie discuss Shin-Soo Choo landing in Texas, the impending arrival of Masahiro Tanaka, the Reds' plans for Billy Hamilton and more!

Short Hops Podcast: Let There Be Music

DVR & Bernie break down the White Sox-Diamondbacks trade, recap the recent signings around the league, and consider potential landing places for some of the top remaining free agents.

Short Hops Podcast: The Chips Are Falling

It's Winter Meetings time in Orlando! Bernie and DVR catch up on the biggest signings and trades that have made this offseason one of the most fast-paced winters in recent memory.

Short Hops Podcast: Trades, Signings, and Gravy

The past week has brought a smorgasbord of moves including blockbuster trades and big free agent signings, but there are plenty of chips still to fall. Put on your Thanksgiving sweatpants!

Short Hops Podcast: The Hot Stove Heats Up

DVR & Bernie discuss The Hot Stove, whether Paul Goldschmidt should have won the NL MVP award, Bernie reconsiders Yasiel Puig at No. 1 overall in 2014, and shares his best from the Arizona Fall League.

Short Hops Podcast: Louder Now

Now coming through the left and right speaker simultaneously, DVR and Bernie discuss the Rookie of the Year results, whether the Tigers should move a starting pitcher this winter, free agent catchers and more!

Short Hops Podcast: We're Back!

Now that David Ortiz and the Red Sox are World Series Champions again, DVR and Bernie are starting to look ahead to 2014 in the latest episode of Short Hops.

Short Hops Podcast: Shipping Up to Boston

In the latest episode of Short Hops, DVR and Bernie preview the World Series, talk about a few players that have caught Bernie's eye in the Arizona Fall League, share their top-five closers for 2014, and more.

Short Hops Podcast: And Then There Were Four

In addition to checking in on the four League Championship Series matchups, DVR & Bernie discuss the merits of Javier Baez against Carlos Correa in the latest episode of Short Hops.

Short Hops Podcast: Divisional Series Grab Bag

DVR & Bernie discuss the decisive Game 5's on tap, and begin to place Jose Fernandez on the draft board for 2014 in the latest edition of Short Hops.

Short Hops Podcast: It's Playoff Time!

If Justin Upton gets hot, can the Braves find a way to knock out the Dodgers the NLDS?

Short Hops Podcast: O-No!

In this week's episode, DVR and Bernie discuss Manny Machado's injury, the AL Wild Card race, Andy Pettitte's case for a place in the Hall of Fame, and more.

Short Hops Podcast: Setting the Table

How much will a lost 2013 season lower Matt Kemp's stock? In the latest episode of Short Hops, DVR and Bernie discuss the Rangers' slide, Todd Helton's case for the Hall of Fame, and more players that have surprised and disappointed them this season.

Short Hops Podcast: Surprises & Disappointments

Starlin Castro made Bernie and DVR's lists as one of the biggest disappointments in 2013.

Short Hops Podcast: The Hot Seat

What should the Tigers do with Miguel Cabrera battling injury and chasing a Triple Crown down the stretch? Which managers are on the hot seat? DVR & Bernie discuss those topics and more in the latest episode of Short Hops.

Short Hops Podcast: The Elbow Strikes Back

Despite the Mets' efforts with a closely monitored workload, Matt Harvey has suffered a partially torn UCL. DVR & Bernie discuss that and more in the latest episode of Short Hops.

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.

Short Hops Podcast: Weathering the Storm

Do the Dodgers have the best rotation in baseball? Bernie and DVR discuss that and a number of other topics in the latest episode of Short Hops.

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.

Short Hops Podcast: Rangers Get Rios

How much will the addition of Alex Rios help the Rangers? DVR and Bernie discuss that, and much more in the latest episode of Short Hops.

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.

Short Hops Podcast: Suspension Fallout

In the second episode of Short Hops, DVR and Bernie talk about the impact of the Biogenesis suspensions on the contenders, weigh the Indians' chances of competing with the Tigers down the stretch, and sort out where Javier Baez will eventually fit into th

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...

Last Year's Breakouts and Bums: A Scout's Take

Chase Headley surprised many with his 2012 breakout, but can he repeat? Bernie Pleskoff takes a closer look.

Pleskoff's AFL Notebook: Fall League Recap

RotoWire's Bernie Pleskoff checks in with his final notebook recapping the action from the Arizona Fall League.

Pleskoff's AFL Notebook: Week 5 Recap

Rotowire's Bernie Pleskoff checks in with his latest notebook from the Arizona Fall League.

Pleskoff's AFL Notebook: Recapping Week 4

Rotowire's Bernie Pleskoff checks in with his latest notebook from the Arizona Fall League.

Pleskoff's AFL Notebook: Tigers' Castellanos Warming Up

Rotowire's Bernie Pleskoff checks in with his latest notebook from the Arizona Fall League.

Pleskoff's AFL Notebook: Week 2 Standouts

RotoWire's Man on the Scene Bernie Pleskoff sees another Rangers shortstop prospect making noise in the AFL.

Pleskoff's AFL Notebook: Under the Radar

The Rangers' Chris McGuiness is among the early surprises in the Arizona Fall League. RotoWire's Resident Scout Bernie Pleskoff takes a closer look.

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.

Top 200 Prospects: Bauer Power

Trevor Bauer's domination of Triple-A hitters continues to move up him our prospect rankings. Jason Collette and Jesse Siegel share their latest top-100 lists.

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.

Top 100 Prospects: March Update: Harper No. 2

Fantasy 101: Scouting Fantasy Players: Becoming a Scout for Your Fantasy Team

Mechanics -- for pitchers and hitters -- are one of many crucial elements in scouting. Our resident scout Bernie Pleskoff breaks it all down.

Bernie On The Scene: A Scout's Take

Pleskoff's AFL Notebook: 2011: The Summary

With the conclusion of the Arizona Fall League, RotoWire's Bernie Pleskoff provides profiles of the key players he saw over the past two months.

Pleskoff's AFL Notebook: Down the Stretch They Come

It should come as little surprise that Bryce Harper has hit the longest home run in the AFL this season.

Pleskoff's AFL Notebook: Rising Stars Recap

Don't be discouraged by Mike Trout's poor AFL numbers as he's been slowed by a shoulder injury in Arizona.

Pleskoff's AFL Notebook: Dialed In

After a slow start in Arizona, top prospect Bryce Harper is punishing opposing pitchers in the Fall League.

Pleskoff's AFL Notebook: Three In the Books

Mike Trout's slow start in the AFL is one of many surprising performances thus far.

Pleskoff's AFL Notebook: Two Weeks In the Books

Pleskoff's AFL Notebook: AFL Off and Running

Bryce Harper is back in the Arizona Fall League, where he's aiming to improve against left-handed pitching.

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

Pleskoff's AFL Notebook: Ready for Prime Time?

Jose Tabata hit the ground running in Pittsburgh after a successful AFL stint in 2009. Bernie Pleskoff looks at the 2010 AFL players on the verge of making a big league impact.

Pleskoff's AFL Notebook: The Cream Is Rising To The Top

The Yankees' plans to limit Jorge Posada's workload behind the plate could open the door for Jesus Montero and Austin Romine.

Pleskoff's AFL Notebook: Sparkling Rising Stars Game

Domonic Brown was one of many AFL Rising Stars to reach the big leagues in 2010. Bernie Pleskoff recaps the fourth week of AFL action.

Pleskoff's AFL Notebook: Smacking the Ball Around

Pleskoff's AFL Notebook: Bernie's Notes From Week 2 of the AFL

Pleskoff's AFL Notebook: Harper Already Turning Heads in BP

No. 1 overall pick Bryce Harper is already getting his feet wet in the Arizona Fall League.

Bernie Pleskoff's Minor League Report: 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 Pleskoff's Prospect Column: 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 Pleskoff's Minor League Report: Putting the Ball in Play

Bernie Pleskoff's Minor League Report: Major League Ready

Bernie Pleskoff's Minor League Report: Free Swinger with Game-Changing Power

Bernie Pleskoff's Minor League Report: 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 Pleskoff's Column: Matt Joyce Gets His Chance

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

Bernie Pleskoff's Column: The Moose Is Heating Up