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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Want to play in the Minor Leagues? Here’s how | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

See even teams read Baseball America.

Independent league teams are not affiliated with MLB or Minor League Baseball, but they can often be a good venue for players to get experience and potentially get noticed by a big league scout. Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava became a memorable success story when he joined an indy club, hit .371 and was ranked by Baseball America as the best prospect in the independent leagues. The Red Sox saw his name on the list and purchased his contract in 2008, leading ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 19, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Zack Wheeler’s agent: Pitcher wasn’t mishandled by New York Mets - ESPN New York

Despite the external criticism, Abbott clearly stated he has no qualms with the Mets’ handling of Wheeler. He told the Record later Wednesday that Wheeler had been diagnosed with a bone spur, but there was no indication from medical professionals that the UCL would be impacted by continuing to pitch.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 19, 2015 at 06:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tommy john surgery, zack wheeler

White Sox trim roster by 13; 6 top prospects reassigned | whitesox.com

Some expected White Sox roster moves. Matt Davidson’s career arc is clearly headed in the wrong direction.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 19, 2015 at 06:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: white sox

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Source: Marlins, Yelich close on 7-year deal | MLB.com

The Marlins on Wednesday reached an agreement with left fielder Christian Yelich on a seven-year contract extension worth $49.570 million, a source has told MLB.com.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 18, 2015 at 07:37 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: christian yelich, marlins

Wieters shut down from catching due to elbow tendinitis | MLB.com

“He took infield. He had ups, downs, he had throws between innings. That was challenging and it was at a different speed,” Showalter said. “I don’t care what you do on back fields, where there’s just a different adrenaline flow, a different arm speed. There’s throwing the ball down between innings. He said he felt a little .. achy-ness, with a couple, maybe two out of seven throws. I think we don’t want it—and Matt doesn’t want it—to mushroom into something bigger than hopefully it is.”

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 18, 2015 at 04:54 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: matt wieters, orioles

Bryant responds to talk of starting in Minors | MLB.com

Bryant plays this perfectly.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 18, 2015 at 04:52 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant

Some NL exec would start a team with Adam Jones over Mike Trout

The story: asking various executives which player they would choose to build a team around. Most execs chose Mike Trout or Clayton Kershaw, which makes sense. Some chose Andrew McCutchen, which, sure, why not? Others went with young prospects or decided that it was most important to build around certain positions like shortstop or catcher…

But there is one exec — a general manager no less! — who made a choice and a justification therefor which is impossible to get one’s head around:

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PreservedFish Posted: March 18, 2015 at 11:55 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, general managers, mike trout

No Pitcher Has Thrown As Many Pitches Over as Few Innings as Zack Wheeler This Millenium

I found only 8 pitcher-seasons where a pitcher in his 20’s has thrown more than 3,200 pitches in less than 190 innings ... No pitcher has gotten less from more pitches than Zack Wheeler in the last decade. No pitcher, not one, has been pushed to throw as many pitches over as few innings as Zack Wheeler over the last decade (expanding the sample to 2005 includes Gil Meche, who retired early, Scott Kazmir, who fell apart and lost velocity, and Brad Penny). Here’s the decade-long list:

thetailor Posted: March 18, 2015 at 11:46 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: tommy john surgery, zack wheeler

Don’t underestimate Ryan Howard’s value. | SportsonEarth.com : Anthony Castrovince Article

Howard is not, will not be and arguably never was the guy worthy of a $125 million extension in 2010, and the Phillies acknowledged as much in trade talks this winter, telling (uninterested) teams they’re willing to swallow a significant sum of the $60 million still owed to Howard over the next two years. Word is, the team would be willing to take on somewhere in the neighborhood of $50 million.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 18, 2015 at 09:59 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, ryan howard

Geldbal? Dutch club AZ Alkmaar hires ‘Moneyball’ executive Billy Beane

We’re not selling clogs here.

Pardon us, Netherlands readers, but how do you say Moneyball in Dutch? Besides ‘Moneyball’, of course.

AZ Alkmaar has hired Oakland Athletics executive Billy Beane, one of the most celebrated advanced statistics gurus in the world and the subject of the film “Moneyball”, in an advisory capacity.

The AZ site says he’ll be helping the club in the areas of “high performance and innovation”.

The club’s general director, Robert Eenhoorn, played four ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 18, 2015 at 09:48 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, billy beane, netherlands, scocer

Commissioner Rob Manfred wants international draft

New Commissioner Rob Manfred, who visited Indians players Tuesday morning, said the situation has convinced him for the need of a worldwide draft. Manfred talked about that and several other subjects Tuesday.

Manfred believes MLB leveled the playing field regarding the amateur draft in the last negotiations with the players association when a slotting system was introduced for the first 10 rounds of the draft.

“It re-established the principal purpose of the draft, in that the weakest team had ...

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Top 175 MLB prospects for 2015 - Minor League Ball

John Sickels released a Top 175 list this year. He also is close to releasing his book, which you can get in pdf form.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 18, 2015 at 09:04 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, prospects reports

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-18-2015

Pittsburgh Press, March 18, 1915:

Ty Cobb is right-handed, but plays golf left-handed because that is the way he bats and he doesn’t want to risk his form.

He beats up disabled fans with both hands.



Lefty David Rollins quietly making case for M’s bullpen spot | The Seattle Times

Some Mariners camp news.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 18, 2015 at 08:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Baseball America: Top 20 Rookies for 2015

I’ve been watching a ton of games this spring. (Thanks MLB.TV!) I’ve seen most of these guys multiple times. Although more than a few of them have been impressive, Russell is the guy who impressed me the most. Syndergaard is the guy who left me with the biggest question marks.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 18, 2015 at 08:18 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: rookies

Jeff Wiser: Spring Notes From D-backs MLB Camp

Good stuff from a good blog.

shoewizard Posted: March 18, 2015 at 06:27 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, scouting, spring training, video

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

MLB is eliminating paper All-Star ballots and our childhood weeps | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports

When the news broke Tuesday that MLB would be getting rid of its paper All-Star ballots starting with the 2015 season, I was momentarily transported to being a 10-year-old kid sitting inside Oakland Coliseum with a pencil in my hand.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 17, 2015 at 09:56 PM | 152 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game


Boras vs. Cubs? Agent pushes team to keep Kris Bryant in bigs; Theo pushes back | FOX Sports

Cubs president Theo Epstein countered, “Kris Bryant’s development path has absolutely nothing to do with ownership, period. As with all our baseball decisions, I will determine where Kris begins the 2015 season after consulting with members of our baseball operations staff. Comments from agents, media members and anybody outside our organization will be ignored.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 17, 2015 at 07:22 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant, scott boras, theo epstein

Neyer: Three reasons to watch the Yankees in 2015

I do hope you’€™ll give me just a few minutes to convince you that as much as you might hate them, the Yankees will be tremendously interesting in 2015, and well worth the occasional check-in. Why?

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 17, 2015 at 05:19 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Neyer - On DIBS and the Future of Batting Statistics

We’€™ve all been cognizant of DIPS for ... gosh, it’s been nearly 15 years now. But for whatever reasons, we don’€™t usually pay nearly as much attention to DIBS. Maybe because there’s not a single baseline for DIBS, as there is for DIPS.

What Jedlovec has done, though, is drill about as deeply into hitters’ performances as possible, and come up with something that’s more useful, more predictive, than even the more sophisticated numbers we usually reference.

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TDF, situational idiot Posted: March 17, 2015 at 02:10 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics

Lindbergh: Baseball’s Secret Scandal: The Player Who Hits Popups on Purpose

Molitor to Nuñez: “Every time I see you hit one in the air, you owe me 20 push-ups.”

How did Nunez go from being Derek Jeter’s heir apparent to fighting for a part-time role on a likely last-place team, while still in his physical prime? On the surface, Nunez’s story might sound like those of countless other disappointing players. Nunez, however, has picked up a habit that no one else has. He’s hooked on homers-in-silos, addicted to easy outs, going through life with a bad batted ball on ...

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JE (Jason) Posted: March 17, 2015 at 01:24 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: eduardo nuñez

Padres have a gem in Middlebrooks | padres.com

Richard Justice is bullish on Will Middlebrooks. I haven’t really watched him this spring but I’ve always believed the guy has a lot of talent.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 17, 2015 at 09:16 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, will middlebrooks

Matt Harvey excels in third spring start - Newsday

Some good news for Mets fans.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 17, 2015 at 09:10 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Is Obama proposal the end of taxpayer-subsidized sports stadiums?

I’ve railed against government-financing of stadiums for years and years. I learned a long time ago what terrible waste of tax-payer money it is. I would love to see the practice ended. I’ve also learned that, if there is a way for our elected officials to screw up a good idea, they will find it.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 17, 2015 at 09:03 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: stadium deals, stadium financing

Say hey, baseball: These Tommy John surgeries aren’t going away - SBNation.com

Sadly, I agree.

MLB is buying used cars, and paying for them and driving them like they’re new. They don’t have much choice, either, as there just aren’t that many pristine models released each year—as Keri and Dr. Fleisig suggest, MLB teams need to find that natural talent from Vermont who doesn’t play year round and hasn’t developed the same kind of injuries if they want to beat the system. Guess how many of those there are each summer? MLB has tried to slow this trend, but that’s mostly a PR ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 17, 2015 at 09:00 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: tommy john surgery

Black Ball, Part 2 « Our Game

Second in a series by Jules Tygiel.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 17, 2015 at 08:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: history, negro leagues

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-17-2015

Pittsburgh Press, March 17, 1915:

Almost all of the Phils are camera fiends and never go to the park without black boxes and films. Eddie Burns and Joe Oeschger get good results from vest-pocket kodaks.
...
Jack Ryan of Washington, having been hit so often on the toes by wild pitchers, has rigged up a device in the shape of a half portion of rubber fire hose, which arches over the toe of each shoe. “Let ‘em peg away now—they can’t hurt me,” Jack says.
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Manager Robinson of the Dodgers was ...

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Several players jockeying to win roster spots | braves.com

The Braves position battles, such as they are.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 17, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: alberto callaspo, braves, eric young jr., jace peterson, phil gosselin

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