Friday, December 10, 2010

Mason Tobin chatter

Here is a video of Mason Tobin's lone Cactus League appearance (.1 innings!) 4/3/09 (via Lone Star Dugout). He starts at the 1 minute mark. Note that the breaking ball that he strikes out Headley appears to be a 75mph slurve and not an 85mph slider. This would be consistent with Pavlidis' analysis of the pitch f/x from his exhibition game vs the LAD on 4/2/09. How will that slow breaking ball play against big league hitters? Time will tell. Pavlidis seemed to like it, and it struck out Headley, but he noted it was not the characteristically hard breaking ball one expects to see from a flamethrowing late inning arm.

BA also has a brief chat about the Rule 5 draft (ht/ LSB) in which they have this startling news about Tobin. Not only did he have TJ surgery in 2009, but also shoulder surgery in 2008, and a cleanup procedure on his elbow in 2010!!!! The kid has been injured every year that he has been in the minors (sore shoulder 2007). Seems like a pretty questionable pickup in light of that info, as it isn't even clear that TX has access to his medical records before the selected him for the draft. The most recent scouting info is from early April 2009 - 20 months and 2 surgeries ago! The hope must be that they can get him through waivers at the end of spring training, trade for his rights, and send him to AA.

I've come across some sources that say he missed most of 2008 due to a strained shoulder while others suggest he had shoulder surgery, so I'm not sure if he had surgery that year or not.

Here is an additional note on the kid from BA March 09:

Righthander Mason Tobin, whose 2008 season was cut short last June 6 because of a strained shoulder, will be the closer this year at high Class A Rancho Cucamonga.
The Angels, who signed him for $125,000 as a 16th-round pick from Everett (Wash.) CC in 2007, are banking on Tobin developing a better slider to compliment a fastball that touched 97 mph last year. Tobin spent last season at low Class A Cedar Rapids but was 2-3, 3.13 with the same number of strikeouts and walks (18) in 37 innings.
“If he does what I think he can do, I see him moving fast,” Angels pitching coordinator Kernan Ronan said. “His fastball was 94-95 mph the other day in a big league game. It’s explosive. When he’s down, he’s really got some heavy sink. And when he gets under it, it has some run. But he’s fun to watch.”


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