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One area that stuck with me when watching a spring training game this year, was when Orioles broadcast interviewed O's pitching coach Rick Adair. This was just after a start of Gausman.
Adair went on to mention the raw talent. But was candid about how little Gausman comes to prepare. Of course, this is probably the case with a lot of young pitchers. Just the fine details of throwing your bullpen between starts, coming with a game plan. Of course, Wieters (and staff) will be calling the game. But I expect Gausman to struggle some, maybe as the game goes on and experienced big league hitters to expose his youth and inexperience.
Interested to hear what maturity issues Henry Owens has that could affect his progress. Doesn't work hard at his craft? Attitude issues? Hopefully those can work out with age. I'm worried about the depth of high ceiling arms (#2s or #3s).
Does Billy Hamilton even have an average arm to play CF? The few times I've seen, not sure how well the arm plays there.
Someone like Joey Devine who doesn't have a Bradford or Quisenberry delivery, but is sidearm, would probably be classifed.
I guess someone like Donavan Tate has even further to go than the 3 OFers you mention?
Lavarnway is an interesting situation. If traded, probably best suited for an AL team long term. Red Sox have a month to decide if they are buyers. Still too early to say..only being 4 games back from a wild card.
Anything from scouts about whether Teheran is working on FB command, pitching to contact?
This detailed explanation of Bauer, Bradley, Skaggs are just tremendous. Something that I'll look forward to seeing once they reach the majors.
Jason, you think bartender in Delaware was thinking he could have hit the ball of want?
Jason, I agree. I saw the same thing. Example, Derek Jeter 0-1 pitch on his last AB. 94 mph with crazy movement in. Jeter swinging strike and the look on his fast toward Darvish was classic. A WTF moment.
Sounds like you think (from what you have heard) Swihart is mentally and physically ready to handle a full season behind the plate? Obviously, it's a case-by-case situation with HS catchers. My expectations are low, so to give him time to make adjustments during a long season. I wouldn't be against some more instructional time, but I don't know the kid.
Thanks for the informative read. Is there something with Middlebrooks' setup or hands that can help with good fastballs in? Or should he just focus on improving pitch recognition and how a pitcher may use his pitch sequence?
I'm going to try and guess 'your guy'. Williams Jerez. Parks, well there are not many Texas and he did choose Workman last year. If the name has to be on this top 20, I'll guess Cody Kukuk. If not, Kendrick Perkins.
I'm still holding out hope for Aaron Hicks. Kevin, has there been any discussions with scouts about Hicks only batting right-handed? Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the numbers show him as a much better right-handed hitter?
Really interesting read, as usual. Learned a lot, especially with Varitek as I watch him more often than other catchers.
If Trout plays as well of a CF than Bourjos, then they have 2 gold glove CFs? I haven't seen a better defensive CF than Bourjos in the AL this year, including Franklin Gutiérrez.
Red Sox may not have El Guapo's uniform, but they could have Dennys Reyes'. Baseball Reference really needs to update their height/weight for Bengie.
Unless Moustakas mashes, I don’t see a callup anytime soon. The difference with Hosmer and Moustakas is Hosmer was coming in and filling in a position with very little production (Ka'aihue). I actually think Wilson Betemit is still somewhat useful and possibly outperforms Moustakas in every category than HRs. Those 29% of people who own him minus keeper/AL only may be wasting a spot on their roster.
Just a guess, but Bauer is probably not giving max effort on every pitch. But I can't imagine there is much of a difference between batters. Scouts would see that with his stuff/delivery. I would think he would dial up rather than dial down to save energy.
Though, someone like Livan Hernandez, you see times when he conserves energy etc..
Also, the warmup pitches aren't counted. I don't know how many warmup pitches he takes but that adds to the end result.
That's some velocity fastball range for Familia. Assume he loses velocity as his outing progresses?
So depressing to see Bauer and that pitch count. Obvious statement here, but you'd think they might want to give some experience to other pitchers that may need to help them as the tourney arrives. Not to mention for next year.
Really enjoyed reading this article. Thanks Mike.
Kevin, I think you write exactly what will get Bumgarner to the majors. Learning to pitch at a velocity that will consistently get hitters out and miss bats. The consistent low-90s should be just fine for a promotion, rather than having to prove he can get to mid-90s.
Hicks and the 10 Ks in 25 ABs? Anxious to hear what the scouts say about his early season struggles.
Intrigued by Kyle Russell, mashing RHP. 37.5% K rate each of the last 2 years and 24 years old this June? Yet tools. I wonder if they should test him in AA?
Another concern about Clement is whether he can play every day or is a strict platoon? The 2 HRs Friday came off a LHP, though I looked at the pitcher (Troy Patton) and saw his results (small sample) vs. left-handed hitters in AAA. Ouch. Promising start for Clement, though.