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|Transaction Analysis: November 17-21||Christina Kahrl||2006-11-22|
|2008-02-25 12:00:00 (link to chat)||I watched a decent number of Michigan games last year and came to the conclusion that Maloney must be recruiting sinkerballers specifically. They really seemed to focus on having strong defense up the middle and taking advantage of the fact that getting the ball up in the air in the Big Ten is a difficult feat. Any thoughts?
Also, it was my estimation that Putnam is a much better pitching prospect than hitting. Do I have it about right? Where would he go in the draft if he were just a hitter? And how about Recknagel?|
(colintj from ann arbor)
|My thought is that is a very astute observation, Colin. I was privy to some batted ball numbers from the Wolverines last year, and the numbers (and scouting reports) certainly back up what you're saying. Putnam has one of the best sinkers in the nation. Mike Wilson and Michael Powers and even Chris Fetter all show GB-FB numbers well over one. I had a call into Michigan today and I'm hoping to talk to Rich Maloney this week about his first weekend and upcoming trip to Tempe, and I'll absolutely ask him that and report back. I will say that if sinkers are their preference on the recruiting trail, they'll also need to keep getting players like Justin Christian for infield defense. (Bryan Smith)|
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