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I saw P.S. Eliot in Gainesville a couple of years back, really fun live. You guys usually feature artists on Don Giovanni records, is there some kind of an affiliation that you have with them?
Sorry to pry, I just think it's really neat
Former P.S. Eliot on the BP podcast? Worlds I never thought would collide, this is so bizarre.
Great stuff. In addition to Molina's subtle framing, he has a great rapport with umpires which i'm sure has aided in many borderline calls.
Any reason Locke is posting pedestrian ground ball numbers with his good sinker?
He isn't on the DSL roster so he should be stateside playing for the GCL Blue Jays
I'll take d'Arnaud over Mesoraco
So Michael Crouse still not taken seriously?
well there was also a double there and 2 SB to bring his total up to 14 on the year. I understand he probably won't be a burner in the majors because of his size. Still seems significant to me
Nothing on Michael Crouse's big day? Figured for sure his line would get a mention.
Dang, nothing on the Lansing guys?
No Lansing? When Aaron Sanchez gets there, that team is going to be PACKED with prospects. Hutchison, Perez, Pierre, Marisnick, Hobson, Knecht, Crouse.
Just to add on, this format is exactly what's lacking on baseball prospect websites. Not to force your hand in the future but this is exactly the kind of content that will keep me reading these scouting reports.
Again, great job!
I LOVE that you used the 20-80 scale to break down the repertoires, hoping that continue this format for other 2011 draft talents. Great work!
Luis Perez and Robert Ray really aren't interesting.
Gah, I was really hoping that Jerry would get his due on this list, it's a joy to listen to Blue Jays games on the radio and I don't think many people know that.
No love for Brian Jeroleman's 4 walk game?
Hey Kevin, where do you find minor league caught stealing numbers for catchers?
Hey Kevin, AJ Jimenez continues to swing a hot bat, any word from scouts on him yet?
wow, wrong post to reply to, sorry.
Don't forget Jeroloman, he may be 25 but he's one of the best defensive catcher in the minors and putting up ridiculous numbers in the eastern league.
Hey Kevin, do you have updated scouting information on Nathan Adcock or Justin Wilson, both are doing pretty well this year.
Ahhh nevermind, should have kept reading.
Wait, i'm confused, if Ackley was supposed to help as soon as this year, doesn't a Double A start make sense?
Hey Kevin, speaking of organizational catchers having break out years, have you heard anything new on Brian Jeroloman. Pretty impressive slash line at 322/464/506
Hey Kevin, how does Rudy Owens compare to Shaun Marcum?
I have such a hard time wrapping my head around Baltimore taking Taillon when they wouldn't take Matzek last year.
Surprised you didn't mention Aaron Hill's affordable team options, very doubtful he hits the market.
Hey Kevin, how interesting is Joel Carreno?
Well...that's about as rude as it comes.
I wouldn't look too much into Snider's lineup placement, it's consistent with Cito's handling of Lind in 2008.
Agreed on the point of the article but man did Julio Borbon look bad in that toronto series, then again, never really been a big fan myself.
Hey Christina, all signs are pointing to the jays going with Mike McCoy instead of Reed and Gathright, he can play the outfield and the infield. He also has a high walk rate.
Good work out the Toronto 25 man roster, my only changes would be McCoy instead of Reed, there have been quite a few reports that he is ahead of Reed and Gathright for the bench spot.
Yeah these links are great, please don't stop.
I'm a relatively new reader of Baseball Prospectus and of your work in general so my suggestion probably isn't all that helpful. With that said, I really enjoyed your piece on the pittsburgh pirates rebuild. Can't wait to get my hands on your book when it's completed, best of luck on the process!
561 slugging for freeman in the future? Seems extremely doubtful to me regardless of projection
Yeah I would have thought that Stewart was a 4 star prospect, regardless, i'm in agreeance with the your views on the three lefties, definitely like rzep the best, cecil needs to get his stuff down in the zone if he wants to stick around for more than three innings and romero's stuff really fell off a cliff after the all star break.
In addition to Joe's pieces i'm also gonna miss the chats, he was the best at sticking around and getting to almost all the questions. Will be missed.
Any word on Donald Veal, seems like in a league full of top offensive prospects, a pitcher shutting them all down would be a story.
What's the word on owens' fastball? I've heard that his change is great but i've heard nothing on any other pitch with the exception of very good control.
The Pirates certainly don't look like the next coming of the rays or the rangers but the most encouraging part of the rebuild so far has to be their last couple of drafts, to me, teams not spending big money on the draft has to be the biggest money ball deficiency going in baseball today. Look what the red sox do every year by throwing an extra 500,000 at a two sport athlete in the later rounds, sure they don't all turn out but it's a much better plan than unloading 40 million dollars on a free agent that is anything but a sure thing.
The fact that in the MLB, teams get three years of pre arbitration for their young players at league minimum, has not been taken advantage of by most major league baseball teams. It's simply a luxury not afforded to any of the other major sports.
Blue jays homer is me is gonna shine but I figured that Tim Collins striking out 7 or 8 batters would get a mention.
If Jeter and Sabathia take home the mvp and cy awards respectively, I might throw up in my mouth a little bit.
Aaron hill's contract isn't that hard to live up to and it currently looks like an absolutely bargain.
Hey Kevin, are you hearing anything about Carlos Perez the catcher for the gcl blue jays? The numbers are very good and the 3 triples in limited ab's are intriguing.
Scott Rolen has been sub par defensively? Really? He's been absolutely incredible from my vantage point.
I appreciate that someone wrote this article, it had to be done.
Do you have a link to historical splits for minor leaguers? I just saw that stats are very good this year against righties and lefties, that combined with the successful jump to double a has to be very encouraging.
What would you do with Dopirak, is there much of a point sending him to the friendly hitting confines of the PCL? Or do you just let him finish up the year in New Hampshire and fight for a roster spot next year?
Kevin, does Brian Dopirak have anything left to prove in the minors?
dang, thought for sure brad mills outing yesterday would get a mention.
Great article Kevin, how do the bats of brett lawrie and bobby borchering compare?
Don't want to sound like a homer here but Richmond is a really interesting case that I don't think is easily measured in statistics. When he was starting for the jays last season he looked completely and totally mediocre and after a rocky first start his stuff and location has become gradually better almost with every passing game, what looked like a show me curveball now looks plus at times, what once was a 88-90 straight fastball, now sits 90-93 with sink.
An incredibly odd case considering that he is 29 or 30 years old but it might have something to do with never having professional instruction on pitching in the independent leagues.
In that first cleveland game, it was like lefties were taking batting practice off of him and just destroying the ball but ever since them i've felt more and more confident with him against lefties, even if he is still not terribly effective and even with the yankees blow up. His curveball has at times been a swing and miss pitch against lefties.
woops, just to add to that, I know you said going forward and not just right now, but I think my point still stands.
Halladay just consideration but peavy a good candidate?
I think you are underrating Halladay a tad.
Nothing? I'm not saying the guy is pedroia or kinsler but I think it's a touch insulting to throw him in with guys like branyan and bartlett.
Eeeeeep, I think you are really really really off base on Aaron Hill, he still doesn't walk much but the contact, power, and defense are for real. The guy hit 47 doubles and 17 homers in his last full season and is coming into his prime.
Way too early mock draft? Three weeks before seems about the right time for the first mock draft.
"Neftali Soto's bat garners raves from scouts, and he could get there with enough defensive improvement to convince them that he can stay at first base."
OH WOW, I hope this is a typo!
Just seems kind of weird to not list him when there are teams up top with 5-8 guys listed, I didn't think that cooper was really on another le\/el than cecil.
Really? No Brett Cecil mention?
bj ryan might ha\/e had a \/ery lucky year but gi\/e me downs, carlson, league, tallet, frasor, and camp o\/er what 70% of baseball will field in their respecti\/e pens.
I\'m assuming that Anderson being ahead of Hosmer is because he\'s much farther ahead, cause all I keep hearing is that Hosmer is a once in a decade kind of hitter.
Actually, that came off as a little rude so i\'m sorry for that.
Eeesh, I don\'t know, maybe there should be a six star rating or something because the difference between prospects like Tommy Hanson and Bowden feels pretty significant.
very good third starter I can buy as a five star prospect, I think that was Carrasco? But a solid third starter, aye I don\'t know.
I can\'t wrap my head around Carlos being a five star prospect, I think he fits perfectly in as a four star prospect, however.
Have you watched Shaun Marcum and Jesse Litsch pitch? Saying that these guys are complete products of their defense is very offensive.