Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Matt Harrison

Harrison optioned to OKC to make room for Omar Beltre.



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Jake Skole

Skole promoted to Spokane (per Pignataro via Cole). JD said that he expected both Skole and Deglan to play in Spokane. Deglan's next unless they don't have enough pt.

UPDATE:

Jake Skole HAS NOT BEEN PROMOTED to Spokane. Not sure how this Pignataro dude got it so wrong.



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Braden Tullis start, 6/30

FIRST (missed)
1. GO PITCHER
2. GO 3B
3. GO SS

SECOND
1. FB CS ISC, CB CS, CB low outside, FB low, CB SOS
2. FB CS ISC, FB low, FB low outside, FB low, FB LD single RF
3. FB AO RF
4. THROW TO 1B, FB INSIDE, FB AO OR IFF

THIRD
1. FB FOUL, FB FOUL, CB CSO OSC
2. BOUNCES, CK SWING STRIKE BALL OUTSIDE, FB OUTSIDE, CB CS OSC, CB CK SWING BALL OUTSIDE, CB CK SWING CSO
3. BALL, FOUL, LD SINGLE PAST 3B
4. FB LOW, CHANGEUP RBI DOUBLE OFF THE WALL
5. BALL, CHANGEUP AO OR IFF

NOTE: HIS CB IS NASTY TONIGHT, LOCKING UP HITTERS, AND HE IS COMMANDING IT TO BOTH THE ISC AND OSC. HE IS ALSO WORKING THE FB INSIDE AND KEEPING IT LOW IN THE ZONE.

FOURTH
1. FB HBP
2. FB INSIDE, OFF SPEED OUTSIDE, FB CS, BALL LOW, LD SINGLE (HIT AND RUN, RUNNERS ON 1ST AND 3RD)
3. RBI SINGLE LF
4. FOUL, GO TO 3B, WEST GETS LEAD RUNNER
5. CK SWING STRIKE, CB IN DIRT BY ZANESKI BOTH RUNNERS ADVANCE, BALL, FOUL, BALL LOW OUTSIDE IN DIRT, CB SHARP GROUNDER TO WEST OFF GLOVE INTO LF, RUN SCORES, VELAZQUEZ BOBBLES IT AS SECOND RUN SCORES AS WELL, ERROR ON WEST, TULLIS DONE.


TULLIS' FINAL LINE:
3.1/5/4ER/0BB/3SO; 4-3
HBP, WP
45 PITCHES 2ND-4TH, SO PROBABLY THREW ABOUT 60 PITCHES (LIKELY HIS PITCH LIMIT)



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Minor Moves, Major Notes

Texas
Jason Churchill over at Prospect Insider:
"PI has learned Wednesday that the clubs scouting Cliff Lee at Yankees Stadium Tuesday were the New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers and the New York Yankees themselves."

I'm excited to watch Omar Beltre pitch tonight. When he is on, he sits 90-94 and commands the bottom of the zone well. However, don't expect him to go more than 5innings or 80pitches. His longest outing of the season has been a 6 inning/81pitch outing on June 2. His other 4 longest outings: 6/22, 3.2ip/52p; 5/28, 3ip/54p; 6/19, 3ip/61p; 6/24, 5ip/56p. If you were a betting man, you'd say he might not get past 60 pitches. Let's hope that is 60 over 5 and not 60 over 3.


OKC
According to the OKC paper, Scheppers will skip his next start to get some rest before his pitch limit is raised to 5ip or 75pitches. He got a similar break before he was bumped up to 4ip/60pitches.

In BA's latest power index for AAA players, June 1-28 (min 70pa/19ip), 2 Redhawks make an appearance: Chad Tracy 13th in ISOP% at .302; Michael Kirkman 7th in SO% at 24%.


AA
UPDATE: Scott Lucas is reporting that Michael Main has been promoted to Frisco from Bak. Hopefully the balls won't start flying out of the stadium at an even higher rate! Prolly takes Tatusko's spot.

UPDATE: Some Late Roster moves per Jason Cole: Marcus Lemon to the DL; Emerson Frostad activated. James Tomlin to the DL, Endy Chavez activated from rehab stint in AZL. I pray that Chavez replaces Arias on the Texas 25. Chavez has an opt out date of 7/1 in his minor league contract should he choose to exercise it. He might take another week of at bats in AAA to try to shake the rust off if TX promised him a spot on the 25.


Hickory
Leury Garcia to the DL; Guillermo Pimentel promoted from Spokane. Braden Tullis to the rotation. I guess Brigham goes to the pen to work on his mechanical issues. Or maybe NeRa. Keeping Trevor Hurley in the bullpen is a waste.


Draft
Jim Callis liked Jr OF Josh Richmond (TX, 12th round) enough to take him 10th in his shadow draft. He says that he could have gone as early as the third round if not for a chronic injury to his left hand that shelved him much of the season. Hope TX makes him a tempting offer.



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Rangers' unofficial beat writer: Jamey Newberg

OMG, I can't believe I missed this. The ballclub was forced to release expenses for the last year during the most recent bankruptcy hearing. In that disclosure, it was revealed that insipid Rangers fanboy blogger Jamey Newberg was on the TX payroll to the tune of about $28K from January through April!! And here I thought that his blissfully uncritical prose about all things majors/minors was just a character defect when in fact he's paid to do it: The Newberg, fanboy shill! If you know how much I just love The Newberg, you'll know how giddy this makes me. Gotta love those "Top 10" lists Jamey; keep'em com'in! Here is the excerpt from the ST:


That and other tightly held confidential information was released by the ballclub, including president Nolan Ryan's $1.5 million annual salary through May as well as thousands paid out this year to a Dallas attorney who writes what has been generally considered an independent website about the team.

Jamison "Jamey" Newberg, who operates a popular website, The Newberg Report, was paid $27,125 by the team from February through April, according to the court document filed late Monday. Newberg said the payments likely were for books he sold to the club. And while he received no money for his website, the Rangers did finance his family's trip to spring training in Surprise, Ariz.

A lengthy 2004 Dallas Observer article described Newberg's website a as must-read for fans and even baseball beat writers and team officials who, it said, were initially suspicious of Newberg.

There is no disclaimer on his website that Newberg has been paid for services to the Rangers. Near the end of the Observer piece, the weekly said: "Perhaps one day Newberg will finally get what he wants -- a shot at working for a big-league club."




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J2 Notes

Ben Badler (BA) is reporting that as many as 20 (1/2!) of the top Domincan J2 prospects failed their drug test, mainly testing postive for a steroid variation. 40 prospects regarded as the creme of the Dom crop who were asked to go through a more centralized pre-J2 screening process (initiated by Sandy Alderson, MLB's Dominican point man this year) that included drug, medical and age testing.

these players can't be suspended now as they have yet to sign, but must take a second drug test after they sign, a positive test for which would require the standard 50g suspension.

Trainer Victor Baez's prospects seem most adversely affects: possible 7-figure sign OF Edwin Moreno; 3b Hector Veloz; LHP Emmanuel DeJesus; LHP Eduardo Ramos. None of the othet ~15 names have been sleuthed out yet.

In other news, "Rafael DePaula Figuero", err, Jose Rafael DePaula, has submitted documents attesting to his real name and age. It turns out that he is a year older, as many suspected, turning 19 right at the beginning of the Ma/Milg seasons, 3/24/91. Once thought to be a 7-figure guy, his lack of proessional training the last 2 years coupled with his new age will probably make him a 600k -900k guy now. TX, NYY and Seattle have always expressed interest in the kid, who has a nice frame, a low90s FB (that flashed 95, at least a couple yrs ago), and a nice breaking ball.



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2010 TX signing bonuses

1(15). Skole, 1.6m
1(22). Deglan, 1m
1s(45). Jackson, (unsigned, ~est 1.3m)
1s(49). Olt, 717.3k
2. Buckel, (unsigned, ~est 900k)
3. Akins, 350k
4. Robinson, 198k
5. Grimm, (unsigned, est ~600k)
6. Nichols, 125k
7. Reyes, 125k
8. Roof, 125k
9. Ozborne, 20k
10. Hoying, 85k
11. Hanna, ~est 175k


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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Minor Moves

OKC
Craig Gentry to the DL; Matt Brown activated from rehab stint in AZL.

AA
Marcus Lemon selected as player of the week.

HighA
Joe Wieland and Hector Nelo promoted from Hickory. Tim Murphy activated from the DL

Hickory
Jake Brigham demoted from Bak. Johnny Gunter activated from AZL rehab.

AZL
Kyle Ocampo demoted from Hickory.



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Minor Moves

AAA
Omar Beltre will make a spot start on Wednesday for Texas. His last start was a very good one but his command out of the bullpen has been inconsistent and there are still lingering question marks about the long-term health of his shoulder and elbow which he injured back in winter ball 2008. He missed most of 2009, missed part of winter ball 2009, missed most of spring training and has been on and off the OKC DL over the course of the season. the kid might have a limited shelf life. A corresponding move must be made on the 25-man roster.

Frisco
coolaid over at LSB charted Martin Perez's impressive outing on Monday. check it out.

Bak
Justin Miller to the DL. Tim Murphy to the DL.

Spokane
I thought that Ovispo de los Santos topped out at 97 during his relief appearance a couple days ago when I saw a tweet from the Spokane trainer that he actually flashed 100. The last older 2-pitch reliever with command and pitchability issues who blew away short season hitters with his 100mph fastball is now looking for work: Reiner Bermudez. Velo ain't everything.


Short Season moves/notes
Johnny Gunter now on rehab assignment in th AZL.
Eddie Martinez, Danniel Rodriguez, Taylor Vail released.
Riley Cooper and Justin Gutsie (degenerative hip condition) placed on the restricted list.
Justin Jamison placed on the suspended list.
11th rd HS LHP Chris Hanna assigned to AZL.
Tim Stegall should go on a rehab assignment in the next 10 days or so per his blog.
Endy Chavez- currently rehabbing in AZL - has an opt out date of 7/1. I can't think of an argument for keeping Arias on the roster over Chavez, a terrific defensive outfielder, can you?




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Monday, June 28, 2010

System Rosters

Just wanted to note that I update the system rosters on a daily basis even though I might not report each affiliate's transactions in a separate post. So if you are looking for a player's status, that is where to find it. Bakersfield usually does not officially report its player transactions but I can normally figure out who is on the DL.



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More pitch charts

Firebat over at LSB charted the Saturday games for Robbie Ross and Michael Main as well as the Sunday game for Robbie Erlin so go check them out.

I like the way Ross pitches: he throws strikes, likes to pitch inside and break some bats, likes to pitch to contact with his FB and whiff'em with his slider. Over his last 2 starts, the Hickory announcer has yet to call a single changeup in his play by play and I don't think that is possible. It is his third pitch and he has likely been tasked by the coaching staff to throw a minimum amount of them per game. I think it must simply be a matter of whether or not the velo is displayed on the board or on a gun, otherwise, it is hard to differentiate them from a FB unless the pitched is tipped or the hitter is wildly out front. No velo info from his last 2 starts but last year in Spokane he was generally 90-94 and regularly touched 95.

Some weeks ago Robbie Erlin pitched 5 no-hit innings before reaching his pitch limit, while on Sunday Erlin pitched 6 no-hit innings with 8 strikeouts before reaching his pitch limit (to the relief of the opposition). He struck out seven in a row in one stretch. While Erlin only flashed 88-90 in Instructs and Spring training, he is now likely pitching in the low 90's (his range during his SR yr was 90-93 during the second half, with a 40-inning scoreless streak) but the pitch gets so many whiffs that he must have more deception than a LH normally has and also a good bit of late life on it as well. He throws all three of his pitches (4s, CB, CU) for strikes(in and out, low in the zone) and all three can be swing and miss pitches. Combine his stuff, command, and pitchability with his left- handedness and you just have to thank the baseball gods that TX is the only team that likes slight pitchers. Just a great prospect at age 19 in his first year of full season ball.

Michael Schlact threw 5 no hit innings on Sunday for Bak, before giving up a lead-off homer to begin the sixth. Chad Bell pitched well for Spokane, collecting 8 strikeouts over 5 innings. Bell has all the tools to be a mid-rotation LH workhorse: big strong frame, FB 88-92 (sits 90-91), plus changeup, and a promising CB that is at least average right now if not better, and could project as a plus offering down the line according to some. He didn't have to use the pitch much in college.

Cody Eppley continues to dominate (AA). His arm slot doesn't seem as low as O'Day's but he appears to be just as unhittable vs RHH. He flashed 88 in this outing.

the Spokane announcer was impressed with 15th rd JR sign Ryan Rodenbaugh. The kid worked fast, threw strikes and was really effective with his fb/slider combo (he thought the FB might be a sinker). R&R struck out 4 over 2 perfect innings. Pitchers drafted in the 10-15 area (for the Rangers) are legit bullpen prospects so we'll see how he does over the course of the season.

Bakersfield crushed the opposing pitcher for 12 hits over the first 3.1 innings (18 over 8) so I wouldn't be too impressed with all of the impressive hitting lines you'll see in the morning box score. When Jared Bolden goes 3-3 you know the pitcher truly sucked.

Michael Main put in a solid 7.1 innings for Bak with 7 strikeouts on Saturday, though when they hit him, they hit him hard, likely stuff up in the zone: 6 of 7 hits XBH - 4 doubles, 2 HR. He was in a real groove in the 4th-6th innings, throwing all three pitches for strikes, while both his FB/CB were swing and miss offerings. However, both of his homeruns came vs LHH, which suggests that he is not yet ready for a promotion: he gave up his 8th and 9th homeruns vs LHH in less than 40 innings!! His changeup seems like a below average pitch right now and he probably isn't commanding his fastball effectively down and in to them either.

I hope they let him work on that area of his game in HighA for another 6 weeks before they give him a taste of AA the last 3-4 weeks. He has been pretty effective vs RHH this year but he needs to find more consistency working his FB down in the zone as his HR rate is still high (and his ability to get groundball outs appears to be lacking - his go/ao ration is about .65). The interesting thing about Main is that, while people argued that he sucked last year because of his illness, his "stuff" hasn't really improved much this year (FB 88-92, CB inconsistent, CU below average) rather his FB command vs RHH is what has improved the most. He just needed more innings.



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Sunday, June 27, 2010

BLAKE BEAVAN START, 6/27

MISSED FIRST (12-9; 2-1) SINGLE
NOTE: STREAM IS TERRIBLE QUALITY AND THE CF ANGLE A BIT FAR AWAY WITH THE UMP AND BATTER IN SHADOWS

SECOND (27-20; 3-2)
FOUL, SINGLE LF
FB CS OSC, FB FOUL, FB HIGH FOUL, SLURVE OUTSIDE IN DIRT, FB SINGLE RF, 2 ON
BUNT FOUL, SF BUNT, PITCHER TO 1B
GO TO SHORT, RBI
SLURVE IN DIRT, FB CS OSC, SLURVE AO TO CF

NOTE: BREAK ON THE SLURVE IS NOT SHARP, LOOKS LIKE A CB; NOT COMMANDING PITCH WELL BUT HE APPEARS TO BE INTENT ON WORKING ON THE FB/CB COMBO EARLY

THIRD (45-34; 5-3)
FOUL, FOUL, FB CS OSC, SOS (LOOKED LIKE A CU)
FB CS, FB CS OSC, FB JUST MISSED OSC (LOOKED LIKE A STRIKE), SLURVE HIGH MID-PLATE, SINGLE TO CF
(LH) FOUL, FB LOW INSIDE, FB FOUL, SLURVE, FC TO SHORT, 2 OUT
FB SLASHED FOR RBI TRIPLE TO LF, LEMON MISPLAYS IT IN THE CORNER
FOUL, SS, FOUL, FB IN DIRT, IFF TO 3B

FOURTH (53-41; 8-3)
MISSED INNING, 3 GO

FIFTH (64-47; 8-4)
FB CS, SLURVE CS, BLOOP SINGLE TO SHALLOW RF, RUNNER SAFE AT 1B
(LH) FB INSIDE, FB AO DEEP LF, LEMON BARELY SNAGS IT OVER HIS HEAD RUNNING TOWARD WALL
FB LOW, SLURVE SS (BATTER SWINGS TO PROTECT RUNNER), CS, FB BALL (91), LINE OUT TO 2B

SIXTH (78-58; 10-4)
BB CS, BB CK SWING STRIKE, FB FOUL, FB FOUL, GO PITCHER TO 1B, NICE SNAG BY BEAVAN
FB HIGH OUTSIDE, FB OUTSIDE CORNER FOUL (90), FB JAMMED HIM INSIDE, SOS
FB FOUL, FB LOW OUTSIDE (HE REALLY LIKES WORKING THE OUTSIDE CORNER TO RHH), FB (?) SS, FB BOUNCES TO BACKSTOP, FB LOW GO TO SHORT

SEVENTH (89-66; 11-4)
LEADOFF DOUBLE INTO THE LF CORNER BOUNCING OVER 3B
SAC BUNT ATTEMPT, BEAVAN GETS LEAD RUNNER at 3b, RUNNER SAFE AT 1B
CB FOUL, FB OUTSIDE, FB CS OSC, Beavan SNAP THROW TO 1B, FB LOW OSC - caught stealing, 2 OUT, PERFECT THROW FROM SALTY RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE BAG - FOUL, FOUL, FB INSIDE, FOUL, FB SOS (91)


FINAL LINE:
7/7/2ER/0/3/0HR
89-66; 11-4

Couple of observations:
Commanded his fastball pretty well, but seemed to like setting up on the outside corner too often and he wasn't hitting that spot enough to overcome his inconsistent slurve so hitters were sitting on it and fouling off a lot of pitches. Right now, his changeup is his second pitch but he didn't use it like that in this start. He appeared intent on using the slurve in the first 3-4 innings even though he couldn't throw it for strikes ( many were in the dirt). Maybe that is the plan in every start right now, to throw the breaking ball a lot so that it can get better (you must always assume this in the minors: players are always working on their weaknesses in game action), but I was kinda hoping to see him break out the changeup vs RHH. Failing this, he didn't have an out pitch in this outing, and got into some long counts with lots of balls fouled off; he just couldn't put the guy away with 2 strikes. I was also wondering why he didn't pitch inside more. With no putaway pitch, it might have helped keep batters off-balance more as they merely sat on the outside FB time after time. So, though this was a good start for Beavan, it didn't seem like one of his best, and he has thrown quit a few in the last month. The three velo readings that I got were 90-91 on the FB (5th-7th).



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GUILLERMO MOSCOSO START, 6/27

FIRST (15-9; 2-0)
(SH)fb low, fb single up the middle
(LH)fb missed, throw over, fb high, throw over, fb cs osc, throw over, sf bunt, moscoso throwing error to 1b, runners on corners
(LH)fb low inside, fb foul, fb cs isc, SOS (took a little off FB or a changeup)
(LH) fb ss inside, throws over, cb high, cb just missed inside, fb fouled straight back, Gidp

Note:
deliberate, long pause at set position, often leading umps granting time to hitters

SECOND (32-19: 17-10; 1-1)
(LH) (GROUND OUT 1B TO P)
(POP OUT TO 3B)
FB HIGH INSIDE, FB SS, FB HIGH INSIDE, FB SS (94), FB SOS (94)

THIRD (52-32: 20-13; 1-2)
FB LOW OUTSIDE, FB LOW INSIDE, FB CS (92), FB SS, POP UP TO SHORT
FB (STRIKE), FB CS, FB FOUL, FB FOUL, FB BALL, CB FOUL POP UP
(LH) (BALL), CB HIGH, FB LOW (93), FB CS, FB FOUL, GB TO SS, ERROR ON PETIT
(LH)BALK ON SB ATTEMPT, FB FOUL, HBP, MOSCOSO FRUSTRATED WITH HIMSELF AND PETIT, LOSING HIS COMPOSURE A BIT
(LH) GO, 1B TO P

NOTE: FB IS ON TODAY WITH DECEPTION AND VELO GETTING SWINGS AND MISSES, SITTING 93(92-94) THROUGH THREE, WORKING LOW IN THE ZONE, THOUGH HE'S MISSING LOW MORE OFTEN THAN ONE WOULD LIKE; UNABLE TO LOCATE HIS CURVEBALL DOWN IN THE ZONE; CHANGEUP (AND CUTTER?) SEEMS TO BE EFFECTIVE VS A LH LADEN LINEUP (TOP 5 OF THE ORDER)

FOURTH (73-44: 21-12; 1-1)
(LH) (CU OR FB) SS, FB CS, FB LOW, FB LOW, HARD GO TO 2B
(LH) CU HIGH, FB SS, FB OUTSIDE (96), LINE DRIVE SINGLE RF
FOUL, CUTTER(?) CS OSC (92), FB SOS
STRIKE, FB LOW, CB OUTSIDE, FB SS (93), FB OUTSIDE, FB LOW (WALK)
FB FOUL STRAIGHT BACK, CB HIGH, FB SHALLOW AO RF

NOTE: CHAD TRACY WITH HIS SECOND HR TO LF, 3RBI

FIFTH (93-59: 20-15;2-1)
FB OUTSIDE, FB FOUL, GO 2B
GO 1B TO P
NOTE: SALTY VISITS MOUND AFTER HE SET UP OUTSIDE AND THE PITCH RAN WAY INSIDE AND HIGH
FB CS, FB IN DIRT, FB HIGH (UPSET WITH HIS COMMAND HERE), SINGLE TO RF
FB IN DIRT, FB RBI DOUBLE OFF THE MIDDLE OF THE WALL
NOTE: MOSCOSO STRUGGLING WITH HIS FB COMMAND HERE WHICH IS ESPECIALLY PROBLEMATIC SINCE HE HAS NO FEEL FOR HIS CB TONIGHT
(LH) CB CS, FB INSIDE FOUL, TOWERING UPPER DECK 2-R HR TO RF ON AN O-2 PITCH MIDDLE IN
CB STRIKE, FB FOUL, BALL, CB HIGH SINGLE LF
NOTE: TERRY CLARK VISITS MOUND
FB CS, CB IN DIRT, AO RT CENTER

NOTE: CHAD TRACY WITH HIS THIRD HOMER OFF OF GABY HERNANDEZ, ANOTHER LD SHOT TO LEFT FIELD, 2 RBI. THIS IS TRACY'S THIRD MULTI-HOMER GAME, EACH COMING OFF AN INDIVIDUAL (RATHER THAN MULTIPLE) PITCHER. MOSCOSO IS NOW ABLE TO THROW HIS CB FOR STRIKES IN THE LATE INNINGS.

SIXTH
CB CS, FB SS, FB SOS (93)
BALL, AO DEEP RT CENTER, 377 MARK
FB HIGH FOUL, (X), (X), AO TO DEEP CF WARNING TRACK


SEVENTH (117-76; 9-8)
FOUL, GO 2B (NICE PLAY BY GERMAN)
HIGH AO, SHALLOW RF
(LH) CB HIGH OS, CB FOUL, FB LOW, CHANGEUP CS (84), BALL INSIDE, FB FOUL, FOUL (AS RUN-CUTTER?), FOUL (TAILING FB OR CU), FOUL, GO 1B TO PITCHER


FINAL LINE:
7/6/3ER/1/4/1HR
117-76


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Monday, June 21, 2010

Engle Beltre notes: One lucky fell'ah

Beltre is on a 30 game tear that has seen him batting about .380. However, there are some warning signs:


First ~30 games: 9 walks (5 came in 2 games)
Next ~30 games: 2 walks

Breakdown of his May/June totals:
BABIP: .407
IF/F rate: 23%
Line Drive rate: 16.6%


This seems to be a case where the kid's terrific bat speed coupled with his aggressiveness bust the bell curve as he's getting lots of groundball hits without squaring balls well enough to sustain his run for the rest of the season. I don't think the run has been precipitated by an gargantuan (I so rarely get to use that word) improvement in pitch recognition. I'm not a believer in the kid but I'd be happy to be wrong.



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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Friday, June 18, 2010

Robbie Ross Start, 6/18

1st inning
fb ball, fb osc, slider low, fb ao to warning track
fb strike, fb strike, fb high outside, GB to West - reaches on error
fb osc, foul, just outside, GB under West's glove - West's second error!
fb foul, BB SS, GB to 2nd, reaches on error by Edwin Garcia, flip to Leury scoots into LF, run scores!
GIDP, 3 out. WOW.

2nd inning
fb foul, fb strike, fb low, single
Shallow AO
SS high slider, fb low in dirt, foul, FB SOS
FB low os, GO to 3b.

Ross effectively attacking hitters, working both inside and outside corner with his FB, getting ahead, working quickly, keeping the ball low, getting groundballs, not a lot of pitches per inning - he do what he do. Despite at least one blogger's criticism of his strikeout rate (6.1), it is clear that this is, in part, a function of his attacking style and the maintenance of his impressively high GO rate from 2009. I guess if you stare too long at the SO rate you might miss what he has done in his last 9 games: 3.1 go/ao rate; 5.5 SO rate; 1.0 walk rate; .209 BAA; 6.1+ innings per start (58 innings); 8 quality starts; 1 hr (60 innings); 0 ER vs LHH on the season (15 innings).

3rd inning
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foul, slider low, low (Zaneski throws out runner), GO
(42 pitches, 26 strikes: 62%; 1 hit through 3)

4th inning
fb low, slider cs osc, foul, fb low, SOS on a nasty slider
fb cs osc, fb inside, foul, slider GO
fb low, chopper to 3b, 3 out
(53 pitches, 33 strikes, through 4)

5th inning
shallow fly to CF
fb cs, fb ball, slider ss, slider ball, fb just inside, GO to short
go to 1b
(61 pitches/38 strikes through 5) - I'm thinking complete game maybe, surely 8 innings?

6th inning
fb low, fb high, fb foul, slider just inside, double off LF wall
fb high outside (Zaneski out), RBI line drive double into LF past 3b, game tied 2-2
slider cs, high chopper past 1b into RF, runner scores from 2b; Ortiz error, game 2-3
high chopper to 2B, force out, 1 out
slider CS, fb outside, Slider low in dirt, slider SS, FB SOS
FB CS, foul, slider low inside, FB SOS
(~21 pitches in sixth; 82/47, 9-4 go/ao); 4 Hickory errors in the game

7th inning
fb low outside, fb low skips to backstop, chopper to shortstop, 1 out
fb SS, hits batter
strike, fb low outside, high chopper, Easy Eddie snags it, tags runner, throws to 1b for the DP
(~90 pitches/51 strikes, 12-4 go/ao, probably done)


Just a comment about the announcer. there is no way that Ross didn't throw a single changeup tonight. NO CHANCE.


8th inning
strike, FB low outside, SS, FB low outside in dirt, SOS high FB
Ross pulled 95 pitches/55 strikes (announcer says 89 pitches/56 strikes), 7.1ip




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Minor Moves, Notes

AAA
McCarthy activated from the DL and will join the starting rotation per TRS. Cruz will begin his 2-3 game rehab assignment tonight. Evan Reed sent back to Frisco.

AA
MiLB TV will be broadcasting Perez's start tonight! They normally broadcast OKC, while I can't get the Frisco broadcasts on TV21 here in Austin so I'm seeing him for the first time: I'm a Perez virgin. I need to pay someone to tape those Frisco broadcasts on TV21 for me....

HighA
Fredo Boscan activated.

Hickory
DGut is sidelined by a sore throwing shoulder per the pxp guy. Unless he is re-injured, one would expect hard-throwing reliever Johnny Gunter to be sent to LowA in the next week or so. If not, he might start off in Spokane for a few weeks before getting bumped up.

Spokane
Season starts tonight and Randol Rojas should be kicking things off. Rojas is a nice prospect who dominated last year in his debut and won the DSL co-pitcher of the year award. That's a nice honor as there are about 25 teams and 125-150 starting pitchers who would've have been under consideration for that award. So, check out the radio feed tonight. I liked the radio guy last year - not sure if it is the same guy - and they have the longest pregame of all the clubs.

According to Jason Cole, the rotation will be Rojas, McBride, Osborne, and Miggie, with the last spot open. Denny Peralta is a likely candidate for the last spot though there could be some guys coming up from the DSL who could get the call: Leo Gil, Jose Mavare, Anyenil Mendoza, Juan Grullon. I would expect that Miggie was sent to Spokane from Hickory and placed in the rotation to get more innings so that he can work on his secs and his command before being bumped back to hickory (or even Bak); his command was BA in 2008 (4.7 walks as a starter in spokane, 1st yr back from TJ) and horrible in 2009 (as a closer in the DSL, around 6.2 walks per nine to 17yo hitters who have BA plate discipline as a whole).

UPDATE: Mike Olt, 1st supp pick, signs for 717.3K per Andro, assigned to Spokane as expected.

AZl
The season opens on Monday. There should be a few DSL players reassigned state-side sometime in the first 2 weeks of the season: Ruben Sierra, Jose Alfaro, and Andres Frias.

DSL
There should be a few more activations of players not currently on the active roster when most of the guys moving on to the AZL are reassigned: Ramirez, de la Torre, Mateo, Reyes, and Torres.

UPDATE: Couple of updates from Jason Cole: de la Torre is rehabbing an arm injury at the AZ complex. Light-hitting 2nd-yr CF Luis Cabrera has moved to the mound. Chris Garia signed for about 100k as a fleet-footed but very inexperienced CF (former track guy on Curacao's national team). SS Luis Mendez signed for a surprisingly large bonus of 500K - yet another VZ shortstop to keep an eye on! His signing was announced, so I had assumed that he got between 100-150 or so. Knowing that he signed for much more is very encouraging as it implies a high-ceiling guy (500k is about the third tier in j2 signing bonuses and implies a substantial ceiling). Keep an eye on him.




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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Minor Moves

Hickory
Carlos Melo assigned to the Hickory Crawdads today. Looking forward to this. Danny "meat head" Gutierrez to the DL.

Spokane
Brett Weibley (19th rd, Jr, RHP) assigned to Spokane.

AZL
Jonathan Roof (SS/OF, 8th rd) to extended from Spokane due to a rib injury per Jason Cole.



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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Minor Moves, Major Notes

Per various local sources, Rich Harden to the DL, Alexi Ogando called up from AAA, Evan Reed to AAA, Andrew Laughter to AA.

Don't be overly impressed with Reed's #s this year. He has inconsistent command, iffy secs, a straight fastball, and throws too many pitches. He won't get away with that stuff in AAA or the bigs. Fringy middle relief prospect.

UPDATE: Taylor Vail to Bak from EST. Lucas reports that Omar Beltre was sent to the DL again today. Kids been chronically injured since Fall of 2008.



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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Minor Moves

AAA
Warner Madrigal promoted to OKC; commensurate move pending.

UPDATE: The other shoe falls, McCarthy to the DL again.


HighA
Tim Murphy off the DL; not sure who else replaced him.

UPDATE: Cole reports that Boscan is headed to the DL.


Hickory
Big news I guess. Tony Doyle has been placed on the suspended list per BA. A week or so ago, he was sent to extended without explanation.

UPDATE: Miggie DLS sent to extended with the activation of "Meat Head", err, DGut, err, Danny Gutierrez. On the eve of his activation, he apparently forgot to take his ADHD meds (but at least his paperwork is now in order 50 games later) unable to control himself from posting a naively anti-semitic post in addition to other foul-mouthed outbursts on facebook - DGut, case study in what not to do with your life when presented with the opportunity to earn millions (unless your only goal in life is to be reunited with your inebriated blog buddy, Beau Vaughan).



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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Minor Moves and Notes

OKC
Brandon McCarthy will be activated today and used as a bullpen arm to see if that helps him stay healthy.

Tommy Hunter is with the Rangers at present but will not be activated until his start on Saturday in place of Holland. As I noted previously, Hunter has had a couple of rough outings in 2 of his last 3 starts, struggling vs RHH.


FRISCO
Ben Snyder replacing Martin Perez in the rotation for at least a turn. Lucas and Cole speculate that he will be working on mechanical issues on the side.


Bakersfield
Lucas tweets that Mitch Hillogoss is being promoted to AA while Whittleman is being activated from the DL and demoted to Bak.


Hickory
Danny "meat head" Gutierrez's 50 game suspension expired on Saturday and he was eligible to be activated on 5/30. Jason Cole mentions that he will be sent to Hickory to get stretched out and will be activated today. He will eventually end up in the Frisco rotation when it is all said and done. As a 23yo, with lots of time missed due to suspensions and injuries, he has played exactly one game above HighA. His makeup issues and lost development time mean that his ceiling is likely a setup guy.


Extended
Their are a few guys that are in extended that have yet to appear in a full-season game yet: Jason Ogata, Clark Murphy, Edwin Martinez, Johnny Gunter, Ben Henry, Ovispo DLS, and Sam Brown. Per jason Cole, Jason Ogata is recovering from shoulder surgery, while everyone else is currently healthy, though Murphy and Gunter might have be dealing with some minor injuries to begin the season.

Also - and I can't remember the source for this - Toby Hall is playing about 6 innings but not in full games yet as he is still building up arm strength. Endy Chavez doesn't appear to be playing in consecutive games yet, as he is still dealing with soreness in his knee. I would say that 7/1 would be a realistic date for them to be assigned to a full season club. Chavez has an opt out date then but he will almost certainly have to waive it.

Looking over Cole's EST box scores, Johnny Whittleman is batting every inning as a DH to attempt to overcome the problems with his swing that have led to the worst start of his career.


DSL
My top-ranked DSL prospects, Jose Mavare and Leo Gil, both shined in their 2010 debuts. Each had dominant seasons in their 2009 rookie years and both could have easily handled a promotion to the AZL. It seems that both have starter ceilings but they are being used out of the pen to start the year. Last year they both started and pitched out of the pen, accumulating enough innings to be used as starters in 2010. It isn't yet clear what they throw or if the club views them as starters or not. I believe they will both be promoted to a short-season club once those seasons begin and are in the DSL right now just to get more innings over the first 3 weeks of June.

I will likely do a weekly DSL review starting this weekend, once the rotation has pitched one time through.



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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

DSL NOTES

What follows is a list of confirmed cuts in addition to a reserve/inactive list and a list of those projected to be reassigned to a short-season club once their respective seasons begin. There are about 7 players who should be promoted to a short-season club at some point. The long list of players on the reserve/inactive list will likely compete to take their spots on the DSL roster once they are promoted. After this the team may elect to keep any remaining players on the reserve/inactive squad for depth or simply release them.


DSL Moves
2nd yr RHP Roberto Perez was activated/re-signed today. He missed most of last year due to injury, appearing in only 1g/3ip.


RELEASE CONFIRMED
Johan BARBOZA RP 18.6
Melvin BryanX (unprotected) 23.5
Jose UrbinaX 21.6
Reynaldo Alvarez X 22.1
Frank Garces, LH 20.2
Ender ROSENDO (AZL) Injured 20.5
Kelvin de leon (R5E 10) Injured? or Visa 21.3
Keury AriasX (2B) injured 21.7
Gilberto GuarucanoX SH 18.9
Miguel Montes de Oca cf 19.7
Moreno 1b/3b (c) 20.2
Jairo ValdezX (OF/1B) RESTR/Visa (Hickory?) 21.4

LIKELY REASSIGNED TO SHORT SEASON
Emmanuel Solis (not on ext roster) 20.8
Anyenil Mendoza (R5E 10) Injured? or Visa 20.3
Juan Grullon (LH) (DR) (27) 20
Jose Mavare 20.1
Leonel Gil (LH) 19.1
Andres Frias, LF (Udfa, 09- US/DR), INJ 09? 20.1
Ruben Sierra CF/LH (PR) 19.1

RESERVE/INACTIVE LIST
POSTION
Jose Mateo, OF /1B (LH) 19.8
Luis Cedeno Reyes (C) 17.8
C. Torres, C (3B to C)# 18.1
Ramon Mota Lf (cf) (active) 19.7
Jose Arias SS (2B/3B) (assigned to new team level) 19.8
Julio GonzalezX (1B/SS) injured (Restr?) (Active) 22.3
(If I had to guess, Gonzo will likely become or already is a DSL coach. He has been kept on the active roster for the last 2 years without playing. As a player he has experience both in the DSL and AZL with TX.)

STARTER CANDIDATES
Anyenil Mendoza (R5E 10) Injured? or Visa 20.3
Carlos Ramirez 18.9

RELIEVERS
Emmanuel Solis (not on ext roster) 20.8
Luis Daniel de la Torre (LH) (MX 09J2, ~75k) ~17
Luis Indriago X INJ (active) 21.9
Ramon Taveras (LH) RP (RTM) 18.9
Kelvin Gomez (reassigned to minors) 21.2
Pepe Sibid RP (active)
Luis Simeoli (active)
Domingo Agusvivas (RTM)
Gerson Cuevas (RTM)



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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Minor Moves

AAA
Pedro Strop recalled. There has been some speculation that Strop will be sent down and that Hunter will be called up in his stead to pitch in Holland's spot. However, I think Strop's time has come. He has had a dominating season and recent stretch and I think he will replace someone on the current 25, maybe Ray or Nippert. It is also worth noting that Hunter has been hit hard in 2 of his last 3 outings, having lots of trouble vs RHH.

AA
Jenkins to OKC.

Bakersfield
Tyler Tufts demoted to Hickory.

Hickory
Andy Doyle assigned to extended. I hope he isn't injured. The optimistic take would be that he will be stretched out for a starting role with Bakersfield. We'll see.


DSL
signed Panamanian SS Belamino Campos. I think this is the first Panamanian signing in some years.




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