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Zach ... thanks for the Baez clarification, but I'm still missing the crux of the issue. Where does "want" intersect "effort". Is he distracted by off-the-field issues? Does his "cockiness" (which has been somewhat well-documented) get in the way of his ability? It sounds a lot like a guy who knows his skills are well above the average player and tries hard to be perfect and show the world what he can do between the lines, but maybe I'm reaching. I guess what I'm asking is, can his gifts overcome his head getting in the way and make him a star?
Mondesi could have a higher ceiling than Lindor. He's definitely one of the top 50 fantasy prospects in the minors.
In Michael Sokolove's "The Ticket Out: Darryl Strawberry and the Boys of Crenshaw", Chris Brown contends that the diagnosis of "slept on his eye funny" was, typical of Larry Bowa, a case of the manager ripping his player to the media. Brown actually had an eye infection.
This Daily Hit list is showing (for me) as the same one as for Sept. 27.
I meant to day, Erick Aybar was ranked 21st after 2003.
Not only was Erick Aybar unranked in the Angels' system, but I believe Mike Napoli was unranked despite playing with the same players (Mathis, Kotchman, Aybar) on the way up the ladder.
Guillermo Moscoso does not fit the definition of home-grown.
There's been a lively, long-time debate regarding whether organizations are better off with high ceiling talent or extensive depth in their minor league system. To me, any list leading off with Andrew McCutchen is going to be hard to beat... and the 2012 Pirates' top 10/20 certainly can't top it. (Walker is pretty underrated as the #2 prospect also... particularly taking into account how many times the org. forced him to change positions.)
Very cool when a BP writer comes at an article with a premise of humility. I remember thinking of those two players with opposite impressions (not to be smug!). Every time it seemed Mike Morse got a few MLB at bats, he would hit like crazy (.718, .884, 1.066). Each successive season he'd be provided fewer chances, even though to me, it seemed Morse's opportunities should be increasing.
The article gets into some important ideas regarding player evaluation, and I really appreciate the perspective.
Anyone who has followed Jonny Gomes' career knows he's one of the most intense players in baseball. I've been to just a handful of Reds' games, but it seems like I've seen Gomes beat out an infield hit in 1/2 of them. He's a true "maximum effort" player.
So you're saying Lindor's 5 (unintentional) BB in a game is not very impressive? Yeah, I know. You were saying that tongue-in-cheek. Any chance the shortstop jumps to high-A before the end of 2012?
Brosnan's book was like reading your sister's diary. Bouton's was like eavesdropping on your parents' key party once the liquor had nearly run out.
Does the fact Tabata is actually married to a 45-year-old woman and tends to get injured like a 40-year-old man help at all? If you surveyed all of the people in the Pirates' pressbox, you could count those media who believe he is his current age on one hand.
Advisory Board? Man, it used to be about the baseball.
Yeah, but is the rookie card worth big bucks in mint condition?
Hard to believe neither Reggie Jackson or Bill Mazeroski made this list.
Good thing we don't see Nossek "enter the pitcher". Hey-o!
That's not true. Jeff King hit 30 in 1996.
Kevin, you may say the purely "pessimistic" first reaction. But, based on how Moss, LaRoche, Morton, Alderson, Clement, and Milledge have played since acquisition, I think "realistic" evaluation is much more appropriate designation.
Anyone can tear apart an organization- selling off everything of value. But, it's obvious Huntingdon and Coonelly desperately lack talent evaluation skills and are therefore helpless at rebuilding this franchise.
This system seems largely rooted in the realm of make-believe.
Doughty (2 winning seasons), Simmons (1 of each), and Bonifay (8 straight losing seasons and his worst record yet in the final year of his last 5-year plan- 2001, 62-100, which opened PNC Park). Which one of these GMs was not like the other 2?
BPro shouldn't make proofreading jokes. :P
This isn't MLB.com video, but may well prove helpful.
Lest we forget, The Padres had a nice little run from 04 to 07.
As part of the vast right wing conspiracy, I would bet that the Padres' promption of Kouz as a GG candidate is a ploy to drive up his trade value. I think Headley is the long term organizational favorite at the hot corner. Plus, Big Kyle Blanks needs a place to play if they keep A-Gon.
Agreed. And, ditto for the Pirates!
Thank goodness we have Mr. Carroll to serve as the vanguard to something interesting.
Here's our predictions of the Pirates' lineup in 2011.
3. McCutchen CF
4. Alvarez 1B
9. Ohlendorf SP
Milledge will have been traded as he will likely be arbitration eligible in 2 more years. Duke and Maholm will also be dealt to fill Nutting's wallet further. It's easy to put question marks throughout the lineup because it's obvious the current leadership has no qualms about turning over any spot at any time. It's far more likely that 7 of the 9 spots will be held by individuals not currently in Pittsburgh's system.
Some may say this is a pessimistic view of the situation. After 3 ownership groups, 4 GMs, 5 managers, and at least 5 rebuilding efforts, only one thing has become crystal clear. The Pirates organization consistently lacks the consistency to see any plan through to fruition - with the obvious exceptions of the construction of PNC Park and the subsequent profit-making by ownership.
If Mr. Carroll didn't have manufactured outrage, he'd be missing most of his columns.
Does anyone still believe Zambrano is 28? That would be kind of like believing El Duque's listed age, wouldn't it?
The Pirates' downfall can legitimately be traced further back to the hiring of President Mark Sauer. The slimy executive not only fired two fine GMs (Larry Doughty and Ted Simmons) within 2 years, but subsequently turned the reigns over to the self-serving and inept Bonifay prior to bolting. It was the combination of Sauer and Bonifay that greased the skids for what has happened since then.
Some of us remember the Pirates having the best record in baseball, the train belching smoke on the scoreboard, Wake flipping his knuckler, and a multitude of players enjoying their time in the 'Burgh (despite a bleak and bland home stadium). We remain hopeful that we live long enough to experience that level of excitement again.
Thanks for an excellent article, John.
One more Ranger player question.. What about Max Ramirez? Will he play AAA? Is he still in the mix with Teagarden and Salty? Are they thinking more of 1B for Ramirez?
Did\'nt Fred Lewis have a big ol\' bunion removed recently? Wouldn\'t there be some potential side effects to deal with with that?
That was my first thought also- that he was speaking of a different \"end.\"
Is it really a \"fake\" in LF to put Delwyn Young there and see how his bat plays? Given he\'s not a gazelle out there, but he\'s got more pop in his bat than anyone else in the system that hasn\'t had a decent chance yet and he\'s shown the ability to hit and get on base in the bigs.
Never mind, that was not a 3-1 deficit. Sorry about that.
I believe you forgot the 1971 World Series which made Roberto Clemente loved and more fully recognized outside of Pittsburgh finally.
The article now lists Bumgarner as a \"southpaw.\" Thanks for the correction.
Madison Bumgarner throws lefthanded. This makes him even more highly regarded by some in the game.
It\'s never a bad thing to buy low on a formerly highly-touted prospect. Cincinnati did well with Brandon Phillips, and Tampa Bay was wise to avoid giving away B.J. Upton at a time when his infield fielding woes were adversely effecting his hitting at AAA.
Even though the Pirates front office has been very arrogant about their own meager achievements in 2008, this is one move that should be applauded. There\'s no way the Pirates would\'ve acquired Tabata one year ago. It\'s to Pittsburgh\'s credit they acquired him this summer.