Saturday, December 29, 2012
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Monday, July 2, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Friday, June 22, 2012
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Maracay.- (Rafael Cadenas). Fue visto por la organización de los Rangers de Texas desde que fue presentado por la Academia Carlos Guillén, posteriormente el novel receptor Carlos Garay fue llevado a la tierra del tio Sam para ser evaluado por los ejecutivos de los vigilantes en Arizona y luego de meses de preparacion, llegaron a un acuerdo con el careta criollo para estampar su firma e iniciar su etapa como pelotero profesional.
El nativo de Maracay, cuenta con 16 años y entre sus atributos ha demostrado buen contacto, velocidad para lanzar a las bases y excelentes reflejos. “Es un momento importante para mí, estoy agradecido con el Sr. Clemente Álvarez, siempre ha estado pendiente de nosotros para que seamos mejores en todos los aspectos del juego. Ahora inicio otra etapa en mi vida y se que no será nada facil, pero como mi familia sabe, voy a dar lo mejor de mí para llegar a las mayores”, dijo emocionado Garay, quien estuvo acompañado de su familia.
Clemente Álvarez, director de la Academia manifestó. “Estamos contento porque se ha cumplido otra etapa, es nuestro objetivo, prepararlo para que logre su firma, gracias a Dios, lo consiguió y ahora depende de su trabajo en las menores para llegar lejos”.
En relación sobre las posibilidad de firmar con un equipo en la pelota venezolana, comentó que hay varios equipos interesados, pero que va a evaluar la situación con su familia, por lo pronto senalo que se reportará a la Academia de Texas.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
Miggie de los Santos injured yet again as is Ryan Rodebaugh with Chad Bell getting the bump to AA. I thought Bell would begin the year in the AA roto given his nice HighA #s last year. Well, he's there now (hopefully in the roto).
What is the league breakdown for Texas affiliates? The runs per 9 innings break down like this:
Monday, April 16, 2012
Helsin Martinez, RF, DO: Appears to be negotiating with Seattle, a possible 7 cifra deal. Martinez is an intriguing RF but has very bad hitting mechanics to go with plus power and bat speed; seems like boom/bust type. Given that Seattle seems to be on him for more than 1.5m, I don't think hes' in the budget, and Mazarro might already be that high risk guy for Texas.
Friday, April 13, 2012
"I was just using good pitch sequences, seeing the reaction time of the hitter, seeing what they're doing in the box," said Buckel. "It was just one of those nights where I was throwing all my pitches for strikes. The changeup was huge. I had the cutter going, the slider going and a curveball going all on top of good fastball command." The 6-foot-1 right-hander credited his workouts with Bauer for his improved ability to throw harder this season later into games."We just worked on my arm strength, mechanical stuff, getting more athletic movements in my motion," he said. "My velocity has spiked up from last year and my arm doesn't feel fatigued around the sixth inning. I'm still up at 92, not dropping down to 89."
Neil Ramirez is on a pitch count to begin the year, presumably to baby his shoulder, which cut short his 2011 AFL stint, and which was also likely the reason he was not stretched out to begin the year, coupled with some mechanical issues that he appeared to be dealing with during his mediocre camp. His first 2 outings: 66 pitches; 77 pitches. It likely increases to 85 and 95 during his next 2 starts before his restrictions are loosed. His velo is still down - as it was during the spring - compared to where he sat during the first half of 2011. I'm still think there is a better than average likelihood that NeRa ends up in the bullpen due to his durability issues: he was very inefficient in 2011 and was more than likely to exit in the 4th last year with 100 pitches than make it into the 6th.
Sunday, April 8, 2012
The three relievers proper are Greg Williams, Phil Klein, and Jose Mavare, but even Mavare has some starting experience on his resume. Despite the depth, only three of those guys have high ceilings - Jackson, Payano, Eickhoff - while the rest are back roto or bullpen arms over the long term. Eickhoff is a bit of a wild card while some like Lamb but the likelihood that he emerges as a mid roto starter seems as slim for him as it was for Tim Murphy or Evan Reed.
Friday, March 30, 2012
Round Rock Express
Sort of: Eppley's spot might be in jeopardy as Texas needs to open up a spot on the 40 to make room for Robbie Ross and one position player might start out on the DL or be released.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The M&M 2012 System rosters have been updated including projections for the short season clubs.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
As I noted in my 2011 j2 coverage, Sosa was tied to Texas. He is a smallish righty (~6.0) who was described in some message boards by those who saw him at VZ showcases as raw with inconsistent command/mechanics at 86-87 and by BA with better regard as having "fixable" mechanics with a loose quick arm, high 3/4, good plane, 85-89, and a feel for both secs. I have speculated that his bonus is in the 100-200k range.
I don't believe he is in ST so he is raw enough that he will spend 2012 with the DSL squad.
Also check out Badler's piece on Mazara and the continued skepticism of rival international scouts/officials who think his payday was crazy, asserting that any assumptions about his hit tool were extremely speculative based on Mazara's limited game action. To date, his hit tool seems pretty unrefined with fundamental mechanical issues that must be addressed but I'm willing to withhold judgement until he finishes up his 2012 AZL stint (and thru instructs too). Also see my report on the signing, which echoes many of Badler's key points. Daly comes out looking like a bit of a naif in Badler's article but I suspect (hope) that hese quotes reflect Badler's own tendentiousness.
For my money, I'd rather have Sanchez and Hernandez for that money. Both are much better bets and would have only run you 5.6m. Sanchez is touching mid-90's this spring and Hernandez has elite tools beside his elite power projection, in addition to postion flexibility. But, hey, I don't have 5 million so there's that.
Other M&M 2011 j2 posts:
Friday, March 23, 2012
Rafael DePaula's 4 year visa odyssey is over: He finally gets his visa.
Why Texas didn't make a run at Carlos Martinez (aka Carlos Matias) remains a mystery.
Jeff Wilson has a nice piece on the Jairo Beras situation. He converses with Beras' dad about the issues surrounding his kid's age. The fact that he resides in Richardson means that he was readily accessible to Ranger's officials. If he would have still been in Nicarauga or some other Central American country, speaking with him might have been much more problematic. The more we learn about the situation the more it becomes clear that Texas did its due diligence and seems to have effectively made the case that Beras is indeed 17.
The only issue in the matter that MLB has to adjudicate is when the agent came to that conclusion. If it came before the early February Dominican showcase, then MLB could argue that all teams did not have an equal opportunity to sign him based on the revised information. If the realization came after the showcase then Texas is on much more solid ground. In the end, MLB owns all the cards in the matter. Given the evidence, it seems that misrepresentation of the kids age isn't a critical issue. At best MLB could approve the deal. At worst, one would hope that MLB won't suspend the kid, allowing him instead to sign on July 2nd like all the other eligibles, albeit at a much reduced bonus amount.
I bet Evan Grant wish he had thought of the piece, or any other notable theme, Colby Lewis' degenerative hip for example...
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
A regulation published last month requires sports teams to give the government details of their contracts with staff and corporate sponsors...The sports law requires government approval of any contract with athletes aged between 16 and 18. America’s Major League Baseball (MLB) clubs routinely sign Venezuelan prospects at 16. Miguel Bermúdez, the director of the National Sports Institute, says the government merely wants to ensure the contracts provide for schooling (which only one of the 30 MLB teams requires) and compensation in case of injury (which none offers). That is reasonable enough. But if the law chokes off the flow of Venezuelans to MLB, the biggest stage for the country’s national game, in the eyes of fans that might undermine the sporting gains under Mr Chávez.
Friday, March 16, 2012
Also came across a nice feature on Joe Wieland.
Ming came across an ESPN Deportes update on the Beras signing:
El jueves terminamos de someter a la oficina de Grandes Ligas todos los documentos que avalan la edad e identidad de Beras, incluyendo una prueba de ADN con su padre biológico", dijo Angel Santana, uno de los agentes del jugador.
Scott Lucas has some of his very nice annual ST pics up over at his site. Direct link is here.
Monday, March 5, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
Going into the Spring, he's continued with his quixotic quest to assert that Neftali Feliz is not good enough to start. Last year, his mission was to claim that Ogando and Kirkman were the frontrunners for the 5th roto spot. Feliz wasn't good enough because he was a one pitch pitcher. As a 2 pitch pitcher with zero MiL starts, Ogando was said to be a better bet, as was Kirkman, whose walk rate vs RHH was about 8 per 9.
This year, after Feliz's first BP session, Grant tweets that he looked bad. A few hours later, after the other beat writers posted positive pieces about the session, including positive spin by players and coaches, Grant retracts his tweet, saying, he looked good.
Evan Grant. Man on the job.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
"I don't know if he was tired or what when he got to Triple-A," Round Rock manager Bobby Jones said. "He just started out struggling with the bat, slapping and punching at the ball. But when I saw him in Arlington in September, I couldn't believe what I saw. I watched him in batting practice and he was pulling the ball, putting the ball in the seats. He had a spring in his legs again.
"He was so-so in Round Rock, but I saw him in Arlington and said, 'This kid can play.' I'm anxious to see him in Spring Training, when he is fresh and ready to go."
And not the top reason to ignore him, just one of them.
Why would one consider a guy with a utility ceiling a prospect? You shouldn't. He's fungible if he makes it at all. Prospects are future starters or half time players. Define your terms first so there is no confusion. At best you have a 25th man on the AAA express who might play in 30games a year, every other year.
Greg Miclat, Kyle Hudson, Craig Gentry, Leury Garcia, Andres Blanco - there are always those 4A, 6-fyr FA, (unprotected) rule 5, out of option guys sniffing for work every spring training. 25th men don't matter much as "prospects" as you can always find those guys on the fringes for cheap. They're not even the low leverage bullpen arms of any lineup and don't have much real or imagined value as a result especially for upper division teams. They're floaters (I'm watching The Wire...).
Garcia can't hit and his glove is inconsistent for a utility guy. The 'he needs to slow the game down' and 'most of his errors are because he's so good' memes are nonsense (now) . I'ma say AA numbers of: .599 OPS, 15bb, 120so, 45 errors, 100games. NAP, AMiRITe?
For those with a longer memory, this bit will be similar to the NAP (Not A Prospect) bit (series of one) that I trotted out in The Newberg's honor couple years a go, that is to say, a one off. Though I could bring out my 'Prospecting' bit again (in honor of The Newberg, Hindman) to pop the helium balloons for some overhyped prospects (see Kiker, Thompson, Main, Grullon, Blackwell, Gomez, Whittleman, Abreu, Tullis, Murphy).
Friday, February 10, 2012
Thursday, January 26, 2012
UPDATE: It doesn't seem that many US kids are heading to the DR for pre-ST work, probably only a handful, and it is likely optional.
***I think Jake Skole was there as well.
Friday, January 6, 2012
RHP Jake Brigham, LHP Miguel De Los Santos, RHP Wilmer Font, RHP Justin Grimm, RHP Mark Hamburger, LHP Michael Kirkman, RHP Roman Mendez, RHP Justin Miller, LHP Martin Perez, RHP Neil Ramirez, LHP Robbie Ross, RHP Tanner Scheppers, RHP Matt West.