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He's #5 (by merit I am guessing.)
I guess part of me wonders about the mentality of a person who sees an article about a hyped pitcher which ends with "I wish him well in his future endeavors" and immediately thinks "yeah well the best response to that is to point out that some people think his shoulder is going to be messed up."
Good explanation on the inverted "W", Brent, but I still think that depending on the font you use that non-inverted "M" could be just as appropriate.
Gee I wasn't meaning to be nasty or malicious just gently mocking a pecular brand of certainty (not at all unique to jemiller sadly) which seems to permeate the online world of amateur pitch mechanic analysis.
I, for one, am really glad that we have serious people with such excellent qualifications as Dr. Jemiller doing these kinds of strict scientific comparisons of similar pitchers whose mechanics are similar. If there is one thing that we can thank youtube and flickr for it is providing these serious professionals with all the tools they need to make these kinds of cold exacting judgments about the completely screwed up looking arm slots of prospective draftees.
Now Dr. Jemiller, being such an illustrious expert in the field of pitch mechanics, I'm hoping you can answer a question that's always confused me. Can you explain why it is called an inverted "W"? Why don't they just call it an "M"?
They were actually courtroom-style sketches with really frenetic looking lines around the shoulder area. It looked kind of scary. As a medical pitch mechanic sketch professional, I can definitely attest that if I was thinking about signing Strasburg for $50M seeing these pictures would make me very nervous.
For what it's worth, the pictures I've seen point to facial hair embarrassment down the road. It might affect his ability (I'm not a facial hair specialist though I just pretend I'm one on the web).
"Am I the only one who feels as if triple-slash stats can never again be truly jaw-dropping after the Barry Bonds Era?"
So gun to your head, Kevin: A's system or the Rangers system?
You don\'t think he shouldn\'t? So he should! And he does! Yay!
I just realized no one has mentioned Donaldson. This is a crazy deep system.
Where would Brett Hunter fall on this list?
Kevin can you explain the terms of the contract? This what I think I\'ve gleaned from the article you cited a while back:
$3M year one
$3M year two
$88,750 for every year in the minors
Once in the majors
$400K year one
$500K year two
$550K year three
$700K year four
(all in addition to base salary—I’m not sure if those are actually right if it’s year one or it’s based on the actual year 2010 = $500K, 2011=$550K, etc.)
So theoretically the maximum Alvarez could make over the next four years (if he skipped the minors entirely) would be $8.15M. The bare minimum he can make is $6.355.