Sunday, October 25, 2009

Arizona Dispatches

DISPATCHES:

Kevin Goldstein (BP):
(subscriber) "Tanner Scheppers: As good of reviews as his 95-98 mph fastball obviously generate, his breaking ball is earning nearly equal raves. It's a true power curveball with heavy top-to-bottom action that he delivers at 80-84 mph, the kind of velocity some pitchers have on their slider. Few pitchers in the game need the ol' 'if he can stay healthy' mantra in front of any projection, but if he can stay healthy, he could be elite."

Jason Grey
Tweet: "Tanner Scheppers = Nasty McFilthy "

Tweet: Matt Harrison must be feeling healthy again - touching 94 in short AFL stint


AFL NOTES:
Ben Badler and a Project Prospect dude (who, he says, is renting a 4-br house for the occasion), will be in AZ around November 8th.

MLB Network will televise the "AFL Rising Stars" game on 11/7 - hopefully we get a chance to see DGut, Schepp and Moe - as wll as the AFL title game on 11/21. Hopefully, they might also televise some actual games after the WS...

Jason Grey tweets: League ERA is over six; League slugging close to .500 at the Arizona Fall League (a/o 10/22)

Project Prospect:
The AFL is more hitter-friendly than any full-season professional baseball league. From 2005-2008, the average AFL hitter had an .816 OPS. The average PCL hitter, for comparison, had a .796 OPS in 2008 -- the PCL is easily the most hitter-friendly full-season minor league.

AFL 2005-2008 average triple-slash line: .288/.363/.453
Pacific Coast League 2008 average line: .279/.349/.447



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