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Pair of tickets ordered. Really looking forward to this!
Parks and Rec reference - nice!
I remember seeing a video clip of Carlos Martinez from last summer and it seemed to my (untrained) eye that the finish to his delivery was a little less out of control than i remember seeing. I remember thinking that in the previous season he had a much more pronounced odd-looking leg kick after he released the ball. Have you heard of or seen any evidence that his "violent" mechanics are improving?
Excellent. Baseball Prospectus is doing a great job adding quality content. Good time to be a subscriber!
One of my favorite outfields to watch was the 2003 Mariners, which featured three CF-capable players in Ichiro Suzuki, Mike Cameron and Randy Winn. I given the success of that team, I thought we'd see more teams use the 3-CF lineup, especially in parks with big outfields. I suppose the reality is that it's hard to corner the market on decent-hitting center fielders and most teams have a corner OF type on their roster that needs a place to play. Perhaps we will see this type of OF with the Twins (if Sano sticks to the infield). The Twins seem to like to collect athletic, defensively-capable outfielders.
Congrats. I am happy for you - I wouldn't pass up a chance to work with Jose Altuve either. You and Jason Parks were the initial reason I subscribed and I will miss your writing and podcast. You are leaving BP in good hands - there are plenty of reasons for me to renew my subscription. Have fun in the AL West!
Yeah, and Marc Krauss picked the wrong week to go .423/.500/1.077 with 5 HRs, 15 RBI and only 4 Ks with his new team.
That said, thanks for the fun article, KG. I saw your tweet last night that suggested this could be an all-Wood edition and was glad to see you follow through with that concept.
On Tuesday's Minor League Update, Kevin Goldstein commented that Gyorko's move to second could Get him to the majors quicker. Seems to me that learning a new position at this point in his career, particularly one that requires some athleticism that he reportedly doesn't possess, might delay his ascent to the majors. What do you think?
Perhaps a bit of wishcasting here but could Yasmani Grandal be a dark horse candidate? Could a .300/.400/.500 season with 20 home runs be too much to hope for in Tuscon? Seems that those numbers out of a switch hitting catcher (who has no appreciable splits, iirc) could make him one of the more valuable minor leaguers. Maybe those numbers wouldn't be overly gawdy but certainly valuable when position is taken into consideration.
I feel I should throw in my two cents so the naysayers don't win the day. I appreciate all varieties of your articles. No reason to limit yourself.
Great read, Jason. Any word where Bubba will start the season? An immediate jump to Kane County or will he spend some extra time in instructs? I keep reading reminders about how raw he is but don't really know how to put that in context.
East Coast Bias! That's just the jealousy in me talking.
I don't suppose you want to hear that Aaron Hicks is the Twins best pitching prospect? ;-)
Hi, Jason. Good stuff. You say you're still a "big believer in (Cuthbert's) defensive profile." Is that scout talk for "he can stick at third base" or just that he's "not incompetent with the glove and arm"? Your description of him as slow and a thick lower half reminds me of reports on Moustakas, who might grow himself out of 3B, based on what I've read. Do you see that happening with Cuthbert?
Man, the Padres are loading up on solid prospects. Question for Kevin Goldstein: Since you've already done the Padres Top 11, will we get to see a Top 11 writeup for the players traded to the Padres? I assume that Grandal and Alonso would have made their top 11, yes? Boxberger? I'm really interested in hearing your "Top 11-style" thoughts on these players, particularly Grandal. Would he be a 5-star? #1 in the Padres system now?
Always entertaining and informative, Jason. Question about Jonathan Schoop. You didn't mention him in your 2B writeup a few weeks back but now it looks like you have a positive outlook on him. Has something caught your eye recently to put him in the top three or so second basemen? I know more than a few of the 2B listed in your earlier article have graduated to the majors but I'm wondering if your new ranking of him is based more on 2B MiLB attrition or if he's played his way into that list over the last month or so?
So, with Szczur's recent success, has he changed his swing? In a podcast, Jason Parks and Kevin Goldstein were both really down on Szczur's swing about a month or so ago and soon thereafter, he started hitting doubles and home runs. Small sample size luck or a sign that he's figured out how to use his lower body in his swing?