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What's the percentage breakdown of scouts, GMs, etc. who might be described as scared or concerned by Bauer's workload and conditioning routine vs. those who figure, hey, it works for him?
Any word on how Mejia's secondary stuff has looked? Chance for a second plus pitch?
Re: Top 10 Talents 25 And Under --
Chris Tillman off the list entirely. Kind of shocking he could fall so far so fast in an underwhelming organization like this. Seems like a pretty sizable talent/upside gap between Nos. 1-5 and 6-10 (or perhaps 1-7 and 8-10, if one prefers). That he doesn't even make the tail-end seems quite an indictment of his stuff and (lack of) progress.
I'm assuming you simply forgot to mention this along with the other changes, but 5-star status will be more difficult to attain this time around, yes? Talent will dictate a player's star rating, not simply the fact that he falls in the top 40-50? I think everyone is excited about this change.
RE: no teams doing biomechanical analysis -- I know you mention this often, and you juxtapose the cost of maybe learning something useful vs. the money lost to injury every year, and maybe you've answered this before and I'm not remembering, but...
Why don't teams do it?
Laziness? Skepticism about the technology? Players and/or agents don't want to submit to the tests fearing it might haunt them in contract negotiations? Knowing next to nothing about it, it still boggles my mind that it's ignored.
KG, what do you expect from Gordon whenever he finally resurfaces in the big leagues? I know you've said there's some part of you that still believes in him, but to what extent? 280/350/500?
Volquez comment: brilliant.
What's the word on Tim Collins? K/9 over 12.0 in the early going at AA. How's his stuff? Think he's a big leaguer?
You're right. Editing oversight.
Why in the hell has this comment been "negatived" into being hidden? Jesus. If you disagree, write a dissenting opinion, don't just click "-."
Any chance you could slip in an "Age" column next to the "Year" column on the 10-year forecasts?
I have to second all of these concerns.
This is the first I've heard of the "off-day throw schedule" that might have caused fatigue last season.
Is this new information you got from conversations this winter that you didn't have last fall when everyone was speculating and worrying about injury?
Oy. I mean, I get it. But didn't you also get what he was saying about the player? Will this further a discussion about Domonic Brown in any way?
Agreed. The number 50 means the same thing day to day and year to year (fortunately, for the universe).
But I'd like to see the number of 5-star, 4-star, etc. prospects vary as much as necessary in the interest of those ratings saying something definitive about talent as it relates specifically to the players, rather than how it relates to the overall talent cycle.
If one year there are 50 5-star guys, so be it. If another year there are 28, no big deal. To me, 5-star should just mean "elite," not "elite at this point in time."
Top 11s already. Goodness gracious, happy Monday.
Not baseball related, but the title of Desmond Jennings' update made me laugh out loud. The extra four or five words compared to other update captions makes poor Desmond sound like a desperate high school trying to prove himself to the chick he's got a crush on. Just notice me already!
Anyway, I said it wasn't baseball related. Love the updates, and hope to see more captions like this in the future.
Kevin, this is off topic from today's update, but I was wondering how Bumgarner's velocity has been since you reported him topping out at 89 a couple weeks ago. Has it come back at all?
I think in a recent chat someone asked you if you preferred Stanton or Heyward. Your reply, if I recall correctly, was "Stanton by a little," or something to that effect. I believe the question preceded Heyward's promotion to AA. Now that they're both there, does that answer stand, or does Heyward's better contact skills give him the edge now that they're at the same level?
Kevin, on Bumgarner, obviously the ERA is sterling, but is there any talk among scouts about the drop in his strikeout rate? I know he's absurdly young to be dominating AA, but the strikeout rate has come down significantly, and his walk rate has nearly doubled from High-A. Some other numbers (BABIP, strand rate) show that he's had pretty good luck. I'm not questioning that he's the best pitching prospect in the game, just wondering what's being said about these peripheral numbers. Thanks, as always. These updates are great.
Agreed. I thought he\'d get four stars. He maintained his K-rate at AA, and his BB rate only diminished from \"stellar\" to \"very good.\" He was more hittable, but I think I agree that, for a guy who\'s always around the plate like he is, he stands a reasonable chance of being able to adjust his approach enough to not be so predictably in the zone.
Since I don\'t think he was signed in time for Top 100 consideration, would Fields have made the back end of the list if he\'d been eligible?
Dodgers, 6/156, 12/10