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epic failure

Posted in baseball, Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 16, 2008 by AccountKiller

Well the Major League Baseball Amatuer Draft signing deadline has officially passed, and only three 1st rounders went unsigned:  Aaron Crow (Missouri), Josh Fields (Georgia), and Gerrit Cole (Lutheran HS – pictured above).

Seattle has until a week before the 2009 Draft to come to terms with Josh Fields because he was a college senior, and there’s a 90% chance that he signs on the dotted line in the next few days. However, the Nationals failure to sign Aaron Crow over a gap of less than an extra $1 million in bonus demands is inexcusable.

It is equally as bad for the New York Yankees to have lost Gerrit Cole, although no one saw this coming. The tall right-handed pitcher from California evidently had a change in heart and was unwilling to sign for any amount of money, as he wanted to attend UCLA this fall. Unfortunately for the Yankees, Cole made this decision just days before the signing deadline, rather than in early June.

In the next couple of days I’ll sort through the names and see what team had the best draft, and what team had the worst.

why don’t you use terry crowley as a DH all the time?

Posted in baseball, random, Sports with tags , , , , on August 14, 2008 by AccountKiller

Earl Weaver.. classic.  Apologies for the language.

harden trade update

Posted in baseball, Sports with tags , , , , on July 27, 2008 by AccountKiller

Remember the young catcher, Josh Donaldson, who I remarked could be a gem in the Rich Harden deal? Well, small sample size aside, he’s been absolutely raking in High-A Stockton of the CAL. All he’s done over there is hit .362/.429/.638/1.077 with 5 HRs and 8 walks versus 13 strikeouts in 58 ABs.

Even though Rich Harden has been mowing down batters in the NL, Billy Beane may have done it again. Stay tuned.

why don’t you and i

Posted in baseball, Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 26, 2008 by AccountKiller

Mark Shapiro continues to amaze me. He is as smart as Ned Colletti is dumb. While Cleveland hoped to be in a pennant race, they are not, but that doesn’t mean their front office is just going to stand-pat. Having already obtained one of the best bats in all of the minor leagues in Matt LaPorta, Mark Shapiro went at it again this weekend.

The Indians shipped off Casey Blake and Luis Perdoma, a minor league relief pitcher. Perdoma brought Anthony Reyes over from the Cardinals, who was once a top pitching prospect but never quite put it all together in St Louis. A change in scenery may be all he needs. However, the real coup was the deal involving Casey Blake.

Blake went to the Dodgers in exchange for Carlos Santana (explaining my obscure post title) and Jonathan Meloan. Carlos Santana is a young catching prospect signed as an IFA back in ’04. He has the arm strength to remain at the all important catcher position, just needs to improve his receiving skills. If he can remain a catcher, this is a great acquisition because he can absolutely rake. He currently sports a .323/.431/.563/.993 line at Advanced Single-A.

Then there’s Mr. Meloan. He’s been the single best reliever in the minors over the last couple seasons, however his interest is in a starting role. His control has been suspect, so many have doubts about his ability to be a starting pitcher at the major league level. It remains to be seen how the Indians will want to use him, but if they wanted to he could end up with the 9th inning role as early as September this year. Meloan sports an electric fastball, with two above average breaking pitches: a mid 80s slider and a pitch I’d classify as a knuckle-curve of sorts that sits in the high 70s. An absolute gem of an arm, providing further evidence of Ned Colletti’s stupidity.

Mark Shapiro on the other hand, is nothing short of brilliant.

Indian fans, you have a lot to look forward to.

action reaction

Posted in baseball, Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 8, 2008 by AccountKiller

The Chicago Cubs recently acquired Rich Harden and Chad Gaudin from the Oakland Athletics. This is quite the coup for the Cubs, acquiring Harden who is just 26 years old, and has a $7 million dollar club option for ’09. However, Harden is oft-injured and already spent time on the shelf this year and is reportedly experiencing dead arm and decreased velocity lately.

My prediction? While it’s unlikely this will backfire on the clubs, it probably won’t help them this year when Harden finds himself hurt yet again. However, it must be noted that the Cubs didn’t trade any player that they may really regret giving up. Matt Murton is serviceable, but not an outstanding player. Sean Gallagher is alright, but nothing special. Eric Patterson has a nice combination of power and speed for an infielder, but he is probably behind where the Cubs had hoped he’d be development wise at 25 years old.

The only real intriguing prospect the Cubs gave up, in my opinion, is their young catcher Josh Donaldson. Drafted in the 1st round in 2007, Donaldson had a phenomenal showing at the Cubs low Single-A affiliate Boise last year, where he led the Northwest League in OBP. That is likely what caught Beane’s eye, along with the scarce and important position he plays, but Josh has been struggling in Single-A Peoria this year where he’s shown very little competence at the plate. However the talent is there, and he should hit for both power and average with some more development. He also has a good release from behind the plate, so he should be able to stay at catcher as long as he improves upon his receiving skills.

So with the MLB Hot Stove heating up, who is next? The St Louis Cardinals find themselves only 3.5 games behind the Cubbies in the NL Central, and leading the NL Wild Card, so you’ve got to think their front office is working overtime now.

mlb trade value: a ray is number one

Posted in baseball, Sports with tags , , , , , , , on July 8, 2008 by AccountKiller

Dave Cameron over at fangraphs.com just did a phenomenal job ranking the Top 50 major league baseball players in terms of trade value. Evan Longoria took the top spot, and anyone who has seen him play (and checks out the contract he signed just over a month ago) would be hard-pressed to argue for him to be placed anywhere outside of the Top 3.

The way Dave handles this ranking exercise is much the same way Bill Simmons does his annual piece on ESPN.com for the NBA. As you move down the list, you must ask yourself “would you trade him, straight up, for any of the players listed ahead of him?” He takes into account the player’s ability, projectability of skills, age, and contract.

It’s a great piece and very well done. See players #11-50 here: MLB Trade Value ‘08: #11-#50 Recap.

Dave just finished his Top 10, which is as follows:

10. Troy Tulowitzki

9. Tim Lincecum

8. Felix Hernandez

7. Chase Utley

6. Brian McCann

5. Albert Pujols

4. David Wright

3. Grady Sizmore

2. Hanley Ramirez

1. Evan Longoria

Highly suggest you head over to fangraphs.com to check out the rest of the Top 50 and read through all the analysis. Very well done.

the new captain intangibles?

Posted in baseball, Sports with tags , , , , , , on July 7, 2008 by AccountKiller

Ladies and Gentleman, your AL All-Star Reserve Catcher… JASON VARITEK! Despite the fact that Tek can’t hit anything in the last month plus, as shown by his recent 15 for his last 114 with only 3 of those hits going for extra bases (2 doubles and 1 homer), he also has to be one of the worst all-stars ever selected.

Varitek currently sports a line of 218/.300/.358. Yes that’s right, he is slugging .358. For point of reference, Neifi Perez has a career slugging percentage of .375. To go along with that, in a very good offensive line-up, Varitek has managed to score only 18 runs and collect only 27 RBIs. His VORP (Value Over Replacement) stands at -2.4, which means you could replace him with virtually any player and add wins to your team. Words and stats cannot describe how bad a season Varitek is having. Stats cannot cover his intangibles though, which he must be chock full of!

Francona did not even select him. Varitek made it to the team due to the players vote, in which he finished a distant second to Joe Mauer. However, due to an awful rule, because Mauer was already selected by the fans, Varitek had to go because he in essence was selected by the players. Maybe we can have the top fantasy baseball writers in the country vote in the All-Stars, as I’m sure they wouldn’t cause this much controversy.

What a disgrace. Somewhere in the South Side of Chicago, AJ Pierzynski is crying, and the MLB players don’t seem to care.

 

UPDATE: Varitek went 0-3 with a strikeout tonight to bring his average down to .215 on the season. He now has just 12 hits in his last 117 at-bats. He should withdraw from the All-Star festivities out of embarrassment at this point.