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I think this matches up pretty well with what Giants fans would like to see. Only question is how expensive Uribe would get on the open market. If the bidding on him gets into the $9M+/yr range, I'd duck out of that, take the sandwich pick for his Type B free agency, and look at lower level guys.
The team caught lightning in a bottle with Huff during the year and with Ross in the playoffs. I think the key again will be to find pieces on the cheap during the season to increase Bochy's odds of finding that hot player at the right time. There should be plenty of Burrells and Ross's out there in the bargain bin.
But I agree that Carl Crawford is the perfect fit at the perfect time for this team. You think 5 years/$100M does the job? If so, it should be an easy choice.
Padres???? Giants!!!! Crawford would be the perfect fit for the World Champs.
Well, Brian Sabean defended keeping Buster Posey in the minors because of alleged defensive problems. So when you ask, "Who really cares?" I answer, "Brian Sabean does, Kevin. Brian Sabean does."
I think the Giants took their time with Belt this year after promoting Crawford prematurely last year. I hate Sabean as much as the next Giants fan, but I don't think "15 games too long" is really that much to get worked up about. Sabean has made far bigger mistakes.
We should need to ask the question, "What should the Giants do with Molina?" The answer to that questions should have been, "Wish him luck in the offseason and help him make sure he didn't leave his wallet in the locker room."
Whenever the Giants say they can't afford a star player, I just think about how much money they are wasting on players who just aren't very good.
That's cool, I was probably going to he11 anyways.
But I think 10.4 K/9 vs. 7.1 tells you everything you need to know about hittability. I think guys only felt like they were doing better because they expected so little from themselves. Maybe BP has done a good job convincing people that strikeouts aren't such a bad thing and that these hitters thought they were helping their teams as they were walking back to the dugout after strike 3.
So when Brian Sabean spends tons of money on over-the-hill veterans, you're saying that's not a good idea? Darn.
The way the Giants are(n't) hitting, Kieschnick and Neal can't come soon enough. Here's hoping they're both scheduled for Connecticut next season, and maybe get their first looks in the majors by early to mid 2011. If Brandon Crawford is also ready by then, even better!
Hate to see Alderson get traded, but if Dunn and Johnson are the prize, I think it's a risk you take. They would make the lineup respectable again. I want to see the Giants hold onto Thomas Neal, as well.
oops, gotta read other comments first. duh.
Is Bumgarner working on secondary pitches? I've noticed his K rate is significantly down this year. Since I saw him pitch early in the year, I can say with certainty that his stuff is nothing short of absolutely filthy. I've heard of other pitchers, say, not throwing curveballs in order to make sure other pitches develop. Have you heard of anything like this with MadBum?
Thanks for the update on Neal! I've been to a few SJ Giants games to watch Bumgarner, Posey, Villalona and the crew (I saw Bumgarner's first start of the year), and Neal is a guy who I saw really good things from, but since he wasn't on any prospect lists (despite being only 21 years old), I figured I was just seeing a fluke. Glad to see the cat is out of the bag, as I was going to e-mail you and ask you about why he wasn't more highly thought of... Question answered! Again, LOVE this column.
Kiley, don't ever think "man, this article is too long." I can't get enough of this stuff.
I think that's because There's Still No Such Thing as a Pitching Prospect.
Tate is far from a sure thing, but Ackley and Green seem to project as fairly safe picks. I hope one of those three falls to the Giants, who need position players in the system.
Amazing that one start could carry so much weight. I suppose if teams thought White had lost it and are now soothed by a strong start, I could see what you mean.
So if Montero is "one of the best" teenage hitters in the world, who is better?
Vitters? Villalona? T. Beckham?
I'm running out of names here, and I hate the Yankees. The FSL is full of pitchers parks, right? If so, those are some really impressive numbers. Villalona is a year younger, but he isn't raking like that!
Saw Crawford his hit first HR in San Jose. Best of luck to him! The Giants need him!
Is Tate potentially one of those guys like Adam Jones who could come up and make a splash at age 20-21?
Maybe it's time Henry Sosa gets a shout out on this page. Bumgarner and Alderson get all the press, but Sosa's ERA so far at Connecticut is 1.85!
I think Grant Green would be a better pick for the Giants. I know they love high school arms and they've actually had good luck recently, with Cain, Bumgarner, and Alderson, but they really, really, really need some offensive prospects in that system. Unless a pitcher like Turner is hands down a better prospect than Green, I think the Giants need to go offense. I guess there's no chance that Tate falls to the Giants at 6?
Someone needs to send this article to Brian Sabean. I just know that clown is going to re-sign Molina and stall Buster Posey's development.
He should be accepting trade offers for Molina as we speak. But no. He thinks the Giants are in contention.
I think the fact that there is no remotely defensible #2 at this point will steer the Nationals in the right direction despite their propensity to pinch pennies.
And if the Nationals somehow pass on Strasburg, I don't think there's any way he gets past #2, let alone falling all the way to the Yankees. I think there is some evidence that teams learned from their mistake on Porcello. Last yera, Buster Posey, who is a great prospect, but was by no means as clear a #1 pick as Strasburg is, only fell to #5, and every pick ahead of him was defensible. Additionally, a lot of teams will probably notice that he signed for half his original asking price.
Hi Kevin, do you see Ackley, Green and Alex White as pretty good bets to be in the top 5? You say that guys 10 through 50 might be about the same, but that implies there is a pretty solid top 10. In chat, you didn't sound confident of that. If you had to name a top 5 or 10 as of this point, who would be on the list?
And this article doesn\'t even mention the fact that, since it\'s the Yankees, if they\'d gotten the draft picks, they could have drafted guys with higher salary demands and brought far more talent into their organization.
For Pettitte and Abreu, the team could have had 4 \"above slot\" guys added to their system. Sure, lately the Yankees have been drafting guys like Brackman, but this move is just so shortsighted.
This is something the Giants would have done 5 years ago.
I don\'t know, Will. \"John\'s Mill\" just doesn\'t have the same ring to it.
Yeah, but if they hadn\'t traded LaRoche, no one would care about what the Dodgers did right now because they wouldn\'t have gotten Manny and they wouldn\'t have made the playoffs. If they get two picks for losing Manny, the Dodgers will be just fine.