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Which baseball player measures up to the Linsanity sweeping the nation?

Football season is over. Spring training is still a few days away. That means, for multi-sport fans like me, there is little choice but to get immersed in college basketball and the NBA. And doing so during the past week meant going Linsane.

Point guard Jeremy Lin emerged as the New York Knicks’ savior, reviving a team that was struggling to stay afloat in the absence of stars like Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire. A Harvard graduate who went undrafted and was rejected by two teams, Lin certainly did not take the beaten path to fame, but that only adds to the intrigue of his timely breakout. Hoops Analyst writer Ed Weiland is one of the few who can claim he saw this coming.

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September 21, 2010 8:00 am

Prospectus Q&A: Frank Herrmann


David Laurila

The Indians' rookie reliever discusses the media, Harvard, and staying true to yourself.

When the Indians signed Frank Herrmann as a non-drafted free agent in 2005, they may or may not have been smart enough to know that the Ivy League product would one day be throwing valuable innings out of their bullpen. The 26-year-old right-hander made his big-league debut in early June and since that time has gone 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA in 42 innings over 37 appearances. Prior to his call-up, he posted a microscopic 0.31 ERA in 19 games for Triple-A Columbus.

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A first-year coach talks priorities and affiliate agendas.

John Birtwell is seeing the minor leagues from a different perspective this summer. The 30-year-old Harvard grad spent six seasons as a pitcher in the Detroit and Oakland organizations, plus two more in independent ball, and now he is a first-year coach in the Marlins system. As he has come to learn, the economics, politics and priorities of life on the farm look different from the bench than they do from the mound.

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The Rockies' center fielder showed a lot this year, but forecasts say he'll get even better.

Now that the Colorado Rockies have locked up a playoff spot, it's time to turn our attention toward some of the players that they will depend upon if they want to keep playing baseball. The switch-hitting Dexter Fowler is one of these players, thanks to a rookie season that got stronger as the year went on. Today we'll take a look at what we can expect from Fowler in the future, both for the rest of 2009 and beyond.

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There are a lot of unhappy prospects in Durham, the Yankees take on even more payroll, and a toilet that caught Roger Clemens could be yours.

"There was a willingness to absorb the contract if the right players were involved."
--Yankees GM Brian Cashman on acquiring Bobby Abreu and Cory Lidle from the Phillies for prospects (Baseball Tonight).

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June 18, 2004 12:00 am

A Look at the California League


Michael Wolverton

Brad Sullivan, RHP, Age 22; A's 1st round pick in 2003 out of the University of Houston 2004 Stats: 64 IP, 39 SO, 23 BB, 4.92 RA Sullivan was a strikeout machine in college, but he's been anything but in his brief pro career. His velocity is reportedly down from his days in Houston--he topped out at 91 the night I saw him--and he's striking out a mere 14% of California League batters this season, an abysmal percentage for any pitcher, let alone a power guy. The Matt Cain/Sullivan matchup I saw was an interesting contrast in pitching motions. As I wrote Wednesday, Cain's motion was smooth and easy, with lots of leg drive. Sullivan's delivery seemed much more effortful, with a lower arm slot and a very heavy whip of the arm as he throws. It's a similar delivery to fellow ex-Cougar Ryan Wagner (although not at Wagner's level on the painful-just-to-watch scale). It's too early to give up on Sullivan--he's in the perfect organization for developing minor league pitchers--but at the moment he looks like the latest casualty of college overuse.

Modesto A's (Oakland affiliate)

  • Brad Sullivan, RHP, Age 22; A's 1st round pick in 2003 out of the University of Houston
    2004 Stats: 64 IP, 39 SO, 23 BB, 4.92 RA
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