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March 2, 2005 12:00 am

Translating Cuban Performance

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Clay Davenport

Most Cuban players coming to the major leagues have been disappointments. Now, we may know why.

What did we have to say about him? Scouting reports said he had power to all fields, and he hit .391 in Cuba one year. Pretty much everything we knew about him was in the Baseball America article announcing his signing.

As much as I love reading BA, though, that was a pretty unsatisfying answer. We're performance analysts, dangit, and we didn't have a performance record to analyze, because Cuban baseball has always been this gaping black hole. Players came out every once in a while, the scouting reports raved over them, and George Steinbrenner or some other sap wrote out the big checks for them, but no one really knew how they would perform. While the Brothers Hernandez did fine, it seemed that the greatest talent of Cuban players was to be little Barnums, making suckers of the U.S. baseball establishment. Fidel may have been upset at losing the players, but the sight of so many capitalists losing so much money to Cubans had to bring him at least a small chuckle.

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February 24, 2005 12:00 am

Prospectus Roundtable: Kendry Morales

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Baseball Prospectus

Listed in the "Honorable Mention" section of the Top 50 Prospects list, Kendry Morales was the subject of an interesting discussion as that list was being assembled.

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September 25, 2000 12:00 am

Olympic Prospectus

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Derek Zumsteg

Olympic Prospectus series

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September 22, 2000 12:00 am

Olympic Prospectus

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Derek Zumsteg

Olympic Prospectus series

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September 21, 2000 12:00 am

Olympic Prospectus

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Derek Zumsteg

Olympic Prospectus series

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August 31, 2000 12:00 am

Olympic Prospectus

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Derek Zumsteg

One of the things that I heard the Olympic Committee really wanted to get was "foot speed". I read that over and over, and it made me think that maybe they were going to go out of their way to get former major leaguers, like Vince Coleman, so they could steal some bases.

They didn't. I'm happy about that. The big speed threat is Brent Abernathy, who was 21-for-36 in steal attempts when I pulled his stats on selection day. Foot speed, apparently, has run out.

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