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Thursday, August 23, 2007

THT- The 2007 Draft Awards

The draft’s winners and losers plus awards such as “best mechanics” and “best swing.” Who were this year’s worst picks? Here’s the link

“What else can I say? Excellent arm action, very good tempo, smooth yet aggressive. Firms up the front side very well. TINSTAPP and all, but Porcello’s mechanics are just phenomenal.”

ChadBradfordWannabe Posted: August 23, 2007 at 05:36 AM | 20 comment(s)
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   1. ChadBradfordWannabe Posted: August 23, 2007 at 05:32 PM (#2496734)
A Jarrod Parker (9th overall to D-Backs) quote:

"I think I've tried to model myself after Tim Lincecum this year," said the 18-year-old. "He's another supposedly undersized righty."

I like him even more.
   2. AROM Posted: August 23, 2007 at 05:36 PM (#2496738)
I'm a big fan of Lincecum, but if I tried to model myself after him, I would certainly break or tear something.
   3. Los Angeles Waterloo of Black Hawk Posted: August 23, 2007 at 05:47 PM (#2496749)
Carlos, Scot Shields needs your help.
   4. aleskel Posted: August 23, 2007 at 05:56 PM (#2496764)
hey CBW, great work as always. I just have a general question for you, based on the Parker quote above: what would you consider "undersized"? I was watching the Padres/Mets game last night, and the Mets announcers more than once referred to Jake Peavy as "undersized" (or "not all that big," or something). And I thought, huh? I can understand thinking of Lincecum or Pedro as "undersized", but Peavy? What does that make Mussina, or even Maddux? I was just wondering if there was some kind of standard you in the biz like to use. Obviously you would prefer big, lean, athletic guys, but where do you draw the line?
   5. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: August 23, 2007 at 06:11 PM (#2496795)
CBW -- Great stuff. One question: do you know anything about T. Bascom?
   6. ChadBradfordWannabe Posted: August 23, 2007 at 06:31 PM (#2496825)
aleskel--

Ya know, I never thought of Peavy as "undersized." I guess he is listed at 6'1", but undersized? I don't even know how to even approach that question cuz, yeah, like you said, you prefer the leaner, bigger guy (all other things being equal.....I just don't discriminate if the dude can throw the shyt out of it I guess.

Yearrrrggghhhh--

no, I don't. Should I?
   7. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: August 23, 2007 at 06:32 PM (#2496826)
Since everybody else is lining up with Qs: Is there anybody at all that you like from the Pirates' draft?
   8. ChadBradfordWannabe Posted: August 23, 2007 at 06:32 PM (#2496830)
BTW, I'm actually just about to start writing a Jake Peavy article (finally, right?), so maybe I should drop an "undersized" in there....
   9. ChadBradfordWannabe Posted: August 23, 2007 at 06:40 PM (#2496843)
Is there anybody at all that you like from the Pirates' draft?

RHP Welker hides the ball pretty well and has a short, efficient arm action along with a 92-93mph fastball and decent slider. I don't see why he couldn't be at least a good middle reliever, maybe more.
   10. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 23, 2007 at 06:57 PM (#2496872)
Nice work CBW. I think Heyward and Parker could be the steals of the early first round.
   11. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: August 23, 2007 at 07:00 PM (#2496876)
Welker was just shut down for the year with forearm pain, BTW.
   12. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: August 23, 2007 at 07:05 PM (#2496884)
Bascom was the Orioles 4th round pick from the Univ. of Central Fl. Supposed to have a good arm, but he didn't play last year because of an injury.
   13. James Darnell's #1 Fan Posted: August 23, 2007 at 07:33 PM (#2496935)
8. ChadBradfordWannabe Posted: August 23, 2007 at 02:32 PM (#2496830)
BTW, I'm actually just about to start writing a Jake Peavy article (finally, right?), so maybe I should drop an "undersized" in there....


This makes me all tingly in the non-sexual sort of way.
   14. Mike Emeigh Posted: August 23, 2007 at 07:42 PM (#2496946)
RHP Welker hides the ball pretty well and has a short, efficient arm action along with a 92-93mph fastball and decent slider.


...so of course, now he's been hurt, too.

-- MWE
   15. ChadBradfordWannabe Posted: August 23, 2007 at 08:07 PM (#2496992)
Welker was just shut down for the year with forearm pain, BTW.

Geez, they'll eventually catch a break...maybe
   16. Keith Law Posted: August 23, 2007 at 08:08 PM (#2496994)
Bascom has a knee problem that led the Padres to void his contract after they took him in the '06 draft. Average fastball with sink, other stuff is fringy. Because he'd signed, he couldn't play for UCF again (gotta love the NCAA). I'm glad he got a second shot.
   17. Mike Emeigh Posted: August 23, 2007 at 08:11 PM (#2496999)
Geez, they'll eventually catch a break...maybe


"Luck is the residue of design" - B. Rickey

-- MWE
   18. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: August 23, 2007 at 08:14 PM (#2497003)
thanks
   19. ChadBradfordWannabe Posted: August 27, 2007 at 08:21 PM (#2501183)
This from friend of the blog Will Carroll in today's Under The Knife column:

http://baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=6635

"Finally, the "win now" pick of Daniel Moskos last June is looking rough. He's been shut down due to fatigue and for mechanical work. It seems odd to hear that he'll be working with his pitching coach, Wilson Alvarez, on slowing down his delivery. "


I think you guys know what I have to say about that one....I don't want to pile on and make the Pirates situation worse, but it;s hard not to. Not only is this the wrong selection, but this is the wrong diagnosis.

Gomez: [Throws a ball hard againts the net at work and screams fuuuuuuuuucckkk at the top of his lungs] I'm fine now
   20. ChadBradfordWannabe Posted: August 27, 2007 at 08:21 PM (#2501186)
Edit, not only WAS Moskos the wrong selection.....

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