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I don't think that works unless the corresponding 'pitcher must deliver the ball within 12 seconds' is enforced.
Standing still, waiting for a pitch that may or may not come, requires some concentration, no blinking, etc. I often think batters step out just to blink.
Re: White Sox and Royals, with so many players underperforming expectations, at what point does a hitting coach catch some heat?
I've been rocking the Chris Davis experience at 3B in my AL only all year - he's been a godsend for given I waited waaaay too long to fill 3B in the draft.
Really sad that my 10 team AL-only squad is beating the snot out of my 12 team mixed team.
Let's all be thankful that Billy Hamilton is not a Cubs' prospect.
Ortiz also had a successful SB last year. He's 11/19 in his major league career!
Does CBS tend to have more keeper/dynasty leagues than ESPN/Yahoo? Just tend to find the %owned discrepancies interesting.
How much can we read into GCL stats (re: Dante Bichette, Jr.), given that above slot draftees haven't signed yet?
You can't mention CC's trade without noting that several of those starts were on 3 days rest!
Dan Haren for Mark Mulder :shakes head:
If you've ever followed the Cards' you'd know this isn't the first time a player has had issues with TLR.
If the Cardinals trade Rasmus for 3 months of a 3rd starter plus a reliever, they are dead to me until TLR retires.
"Grade-B prospect and a few million dollars" sounds like Carlos Beltran to me - what would be needed to make a deal like Beltran work? Starling Marte sounds like too much, no? Would Gorkys Hernandez be enough?
(Oh, and count me as a Cards' fan rooting for the Pirates to put together a winning season (a close 2nd place finish ;-)))
Too bad BP only runs one article a day.
Any word on how Chien-Ming Wang looked last night? Box score seemed mediocre.
Do you agree with the Nationals' plan of slowly promoting Harper? I don't know anything about his defense, but if he keeps hitting like this, I just don't understand keeping him in AA all year.
The Yankees mishanding of Chamberlain has to be one of the worst moves by a franchise in recent memory. On par with the Angels taking on Vernon Wells.
Any word on Wang's velocity?
Man, this is a solid topic for my fantasy team. 1st in ERA, 2nd in WHIP, 8th in Ws??
"so why did the Yankees have to scramble to pick up Brian Gordon again?"
Because Gordon+Warren > Warren.
But, but, but, I was told that Mark Cuban would be "bad for baseball".
Is there any way a similar analysis could be undertaken to find the point at which stats stabilize to produce an r-squared of .75, .90, .95, etc.? Would that even be interesting?
I'd rather have Mike Adams.
Thank you. More writers need to publicly lambast the Yankees front office for their ridiculous mishandling of Joba's talent. Here's hoping (although not expecting) that he recovers from TJ surgery and is stretched out to be a starter.
I'd rather have a lottery ticket that could turn into Justin Verlander than a Bobby Jenks.
If the rules were enforced properly, there would be no issues.
1) If the catcher does not have the ball, and he blocks the plate, interference and the run automatically scores.
2) If the catcher has the ball and the runner intentionally collides with him, automatic out.
Granderson's HRs are a bit interesting in an 'even' way. 8 at home, 8 on the road, 8 vs. lefties, 8 vs. righties.
I wish I could 'like' your posts.
Btw - Kevin Long has stated that Gardner has a mechanical flaw in his swing, which leads me to believe his struggles are correctable, and not just due to pitchers changing their approach to him.
Two HRs already, really?
However, I do note that most of the leaders are in lower levels of the minors.
Wow. Was surprised Montero's 0.348/0.422/0.646 wasn't good enough for the list... but... it isn't.
Btw, Manny Banuelos (Yankees) was clocked touching 97 mph last night by Frankie Piliere (http://twitter.com/FrankiePiliere/status/21527952572) and Cito Culver and Gary Sanchez have been promoted to Staten Island.
Give me 9 Gary Sheffields, and I'll give you an amazing offensive club. 'Makeup' is overrated.
wtf is this? who the fook is cttigers?
I'm offended by this comment. Please stop being offensive in the future. Thanks!
Get over yourself. Please.
Um... the Yankees didn't package Melky to get Granderson.
Oh lookie, the union and MLB conspiring against amateurs. Color me shocked.
Let teams pay players what they want to pay players. Don't restrict them out of some misguided belief that 'that other guy' getting paid more makes you get paid less.
The Yankees are trading for a reliever shortly - Marte has started rehabbing.
I can't be the only person who thinks the Dodgers would go below .500 if they had to face the Yankees, Red Sox, and Rays in 3 consecutive series.
And yes, that's Brad Thompson, the current Cardinal. Nothing special about him, heh.
57 innings. 2 innings shy of Orel Hershiser's MLB record.
Player A: Career batting line of .272/.397/.451
Player B: Career batting line of .277/.379/.478
Both around .850 OPS. Player A = 1B. Player B = C. Player B = immensely more valuable.
(Nick Johnson and Jorge Posada)
And I'm actually more interested in the defensive stuff. The batting line speaks for itself.
Have you heard anything recently from scouts about Jesus Montero?
Youngest AA players:
1) Carlos Triunfel DOB 2-27-90, West Tenn/Seattle Mariners
2) Jesus Montero DOB 11-28-89, Trenton/NY Yankees
3) Michael Stanton DOB 11-8-89, Jacksonville/FLA Marlins
4) Jenrry Mejia DOB 11-11-89, Binghamton/NY Mets
5) Ruben Tejada DOB 9-1-89, Binghamton/NY Mets
6) Madison Bumgarner DOB 8-1-89 Connecticut/SF Giants
Also, one of those bombs was an opposite field blast, which is certainly promising.
Is there really any reason to not put Bailey in the ML rotation and just give him at least 5 starts? The "go to the majors, get one start, stink, go back to the minors" back and forth can't be good for anybody.
I believe the Brien Taylor capsule is incorrect. Here's the story of the fight that destroyed a career: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2006/jul/14/tracking_down_brien_taylor/
Aha (sorry for the repeat posts), he dominated the playoffs, with 7 IP, 15 SO, 0 H, 0 BB.
His regular season outings were more pedestrian (at least, through the first three box scores I checked).
Yeah, that's definitely incorrect, as he allowed 3 hits and a run in his first outing: http://www.capecodbaseball.org/archives/Arc2006/Stats/BoxScoreDetail.asp?FileName=YRD6160.HTM
The Yankees drafted David Robertson in 2006 in the 17th round as a draft and follow, and signed him after he dominated the Cape Cod league (and earned Playoffs MVP).
I can't find official stats, but one source said he pitched 15 innings, didn't allow a hit or walk, and struck out 15, including his final 6.
What causes the UCL to 'blow'? Is it simply one, bad, fluky pitch? Or is it a weakening due to the long-term effect of pitching for 10+ years? A combination of the two?
I have to laugh at Brad Penny. He was as blatant as can be about the HBP.
Disagreed. It's a solid pitching draft.
I'd be really interested in seeing if he can do it, and if Holland, Feliz, and the like put up solid careers, or if they're guaranteed to have arm injuries in the future.
The Blue Jays don't baby their young pitchers. We've seen what that's led to...
I enjoyed the article, as it's something I have absolutely no prior knowledge of (collegiate summer leagues).
This was my final article, and I gave 5 thumbs ups (the most of any week). Much better articles, on the whole, guys!
I just wish there had been one independent league article. Amazing how many of those guys are 29 year old former non-prospects, and still going at it.
Having just gone to an independent league game (Somerset Patriots) last night, with over 7000 in attendance, I'm not surprised that population matters.
It was also a VERY pleasant Saturday evening, and fireworks night, so that probably affects things!
I have to agree with the judges on this - while I'm actually a fan of the deal for both sides, and think the haul was a fair value, this analysis is very superficial in discussing Huntington's VERY difficult task - to take one of the worst franchises in baseball, with a bare bones farm system, and turn it into a winning franchise is a monumental task, that takes difficult decisions.
The most amazing part of this trade was NOT that the Pirates traded a viable major league outfielder (though he should be in RF, not CF), but that they traded one of the few fan favorites.
I'm leaving work early on Wednesday to see it, lol!
News is that Wang starts tomorrow, and Hughes moves to the bullpen temporarily.
I'd love a good article on the independent leagues.
FYI - Jesus Montero appears to be on his way to AA today or tomorrow. I believe he'll be the youngest player in AA, with Bumgarner at #2.
The only problem with that is, what if it's "his day" to pitch and CC has 70 pitches through 6 innings?
Yeah, this would be big news.
Assuming these kids MAKE the majors.
What, exactly, is the average major league career?
Any idea on a Montero ETA? Is it purely dependent on the catcher experiment?
Huh? Where would you read anything like that in his post?
Price > Buchholz > Bowden > Davis, in my opinion.
"Perhaps this means players with lower TGF lack the "square-jawed confidence" to take a less hittable pitch for a strike because they’re worried they won’t see a more hittable pitch later. Perhaps they swing out of fear, not aggression. Or perhaps I’m just talking out of my … heinder, tuchas, whatever."
I believe Robinson Cano has admitted that a large part of his problems in 2008 stemmed from his being afraid of batting with two strikes on him. Not that he's now a PATIENT hitter (P/PA increased to a whopping 3.55 so far this year).
Any chance the bullpens' failures are correlated with the starters' inability to work deep into games?
Andrew Brackman had his best professional outing yesterday.
Also, what are your thoughts on Jorge Vazquez? 27 years old, straight out of the Mexican leagues, and hammering deep homeruns in AA.
Any thoughts on Jorge Vazquez? Straight out of Mexico, and at 27, he's not sexy as prospects go, but I hear he's been hitting absolute bombs in AA.
And Pujols has been one of the elite defenders in baseball over the past couple of seasons.
Regardless of comparing Albert Pujols to Bonds' chemically enhanced seasons, Pujols has to be a much better well-rounded player - elite defense, solid, smart baserunning (despite not having basestealer speed), and overall good baseball smarts (see: jogging between Utley and the ball, causing an error).
I'd take a Pujols on my team any day over a Bonds.
Oh, I didn't think he was a prospect. I just keep seeing ERAs in the mid-1s in his Baseball Cube page. Didn't know that about RHBs hammering him.
Just checked milb.com: RHBs have a .353 BA against him this year so far. Ouch.
I'd love to see what Pat Venditte could do at a higher level.
I have to wonder what Jonathan Hovis has to do to be promoted. He's old for his level (25 years old, in his second year of High-A), and probably has mediocre stuff, but if a sub-2.00 ERA doesn't get you promoted, I don't know what can.
Due to Sunday's rainout, Yankees vs. Red Sox will be Jon Lester vs. Phil Hughes and Josh Beckett vs. Joba Chamberlain, as per Pete Abraham at yankees.lhblogs.com.
Re: Jesus Montero - any chance he could put up Manny Ramirez-eque defense in LF?
If he moves off of C, there's no room for him as a 1B/3B on the Yankees.
Great idea - totally in favor.
And Jesus Montero's 2 HR better get a mention!! ;-)
My infield of Soto + Votto + Phillips + Rollins + Aramis Ramirez is killing me (other than Votto).
Average fastball: 95.51, touched 99.6. That 99.6 came in the 7th inning.
OTOH, I finally had a chance to visit the new Yankee Stadium, and it was MUCH better than all of the ultra-negative reviews made it out to be. Terrace section, behind home plate, $35 on StubHub the day of the game.
Any idea who the top players are who might fall (Rick Porcello types) due to potential bonus demands (or Gerritt Cole types who can't be bought out of their college commitments)?
Some analyses via pitch f/x:
I'll try to dig up some more video for comparisons.
Re: Chien-Ming Wang:
Video comparing 2008 and 2009 Wang - it's mechanical: http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=4208179&c_id=mlb
Assuming (huge assumption) Montero and Romine both work out, any chance of Romine being the Yankees' catcher of the future, and Montero spelling him as a C/1B/DH in the Victor Martinez mold? Not sure at what point the 'Montero as a straight catcher' dream goes away.
If you assume his success to date is due to pure random probability, and he's been the biggest fluke in baseball for 3+ years, I can see that.
I think we have enough information, however, to show that his success wasn't flukish.
His problem is mechanical, and possibly physical (thus causing the mechanical issues).
Everyone who wants to know 'What's Wrong with Wang' should watch this from the MLB Network: http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=4208179&c_id=mlb
It's purely mechanical. There's no reason to believe he won't get fixed (and it will be of the 'everything just clicks' variety of fixes not a gradual process).
The two theories outstanding are 1) His core muscles aren't in game shape and 2) he's subconsciously afraid of re-damaging his foot.
Yeah, I'd rather compare Cliff Lee in 2008 to Cliff Lee in 2005 and 2006, rather than 2007 (his awful year).
I'm not a Rangers' fan, but I wonder how they'd look different if the projections for Feliz and Holland weren't so pessimistic (35 innings and 45 innings of 6.5 ERAs). It's possible they're ready by midseason, and put up better ERAs than that, IMO.
Of course, their pitching is still awful, all told.
I think too many people are assuming a 42 year old Smoltz comes back from shoulder surgery as vintage Smoltz.
We'll see at the end of the season, but I stand by my comment that I would take the under on 102 wins for the Red Sox ANY day.
Boston fan? It's fairly clear.
I love Smoltz, he's definitely the best of the bunch, but don't forget that he's 42 years old. He'll still post an ERA under 4, though.
However, your homerism comes out very clear in the Buchholz vs. Hughes argument. Anyone saying Buchholz is on a different planet (as in better) than Hughes is being an absolute homer.
Relevant dates: 08/14/84 and 06/24/86. They're both long term studs, and yes, I bet I could find several ML GMs that'd prefer Hughes.
Penny absolutely can not be considered 'depth', he of the 2008 5.90 ERA?
Dan Giese? Ignore him, he's filler.
Try adding Mark Melancon and David Robertson, who would be in bullpens on other teams already, and there are more RPs who could find their way up with good years.
Tampa's also got solid depth.
Let's be real, these are the three best teams in the Majors as of today. Any argument as to why one is better or worse than the other is going to end up being nitpicky. But to pretend one team is amazingly deep, and can withstand devastating injuries is rather disingenuous. Two of Beckett, Matsuzaka, and Lester go down? The Sox are done. Ditto two of Sabathia, Burnett, Wang, Chamberlain for the Yankees. Ditto two of Kazmir, Shields, Garza. I think all three could deal with one injury, however.
I'd love to see the Daisuke projection used, btw. No way he continues his strand rates.
I'd bet $1000 on the under for the Sox.
Sorry, I don't see how the Red Sox's depth is all that much more amazing than the Yankees or Rays. No way are the Rays at #9 - three best teams in the majors, IMO.
I think every team needs a beat writer like Peter Abraham (Yankees: http://yankees.lhblogs.com/). I don't read the paper he works at, but I check his blog regularly. He updates several times a day, and has a live blog during the games (maybe 5 updates at key moments - though he disappears in the 9th, as he has to go do his job).