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Monday, June 08, 2015

Draft Evolves, Grows In Spite Of Little Fanfare - BaseballAmerica.com

A great look at the history of the draft by Allan Simpson.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 08, 2015 at 09:52 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

On eve of draft, Astros say they’ve moved on from Brady Aiken debacle - Ultimate Astros

A review of the Brady Aiken/Astros issues last year.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 08, 2015 at 09:46 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, astros

Red Sox stun A’s with 7-run 8th to cap sweep | redsox.com

This was a good win for the Red Sox. It’s good to see some life for the team.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 08, 2015 at 09:44 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, red sox

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-8-2015

Pittsburgh Press, June 8, 1915:

Marty Kavanaugh [sic] has a way all his own of catching thrown balls. He brings his hands together like a pair of cymbals, but as the ball stays within the peculiarity of his technic is of trifling consequence.

If I’ve learned anything at all from Eric B. and Rakim, it’s that you shouldn’t sweat the technique.

Kavanagh played first base in 1915, but most of the rest of his career at second. I hope he didn’t do the cymbal thing while he was trying to pivot on a ...

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Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: June 08, 2015 at 08:01 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, marty kavanagh

Rays feel no extra pressure with higher-than-usual draft pick | Tampa Bay Times

The pressure comes AFTER the draft, if the players you picked don’t produce.

“I’ve never felt pressure in this job in that regard. If you start looking at it in that regard, you start making decisions for the wrong reasons. And we’ve never done that here in the 10 years I’ve been in this position with this group.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 08, 2015 at 07:18 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: rays


Angels, scouts rave about suddenly ‘great’ Yankees | New York Post

The whole league is a jumble this year.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 08, 2015 at 06:59 AM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, yankees

Shortstops remain headliners of latest mock Draft | MLB.com

The top of the mock drafts has changed a bit over the last month. No more mock drafts after today, though.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 08, 2015 at 06:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

I-Cubs’ Javier Baez fractures finger in Sunday’s win

Bad news Chicago Cubs fans: Iowa Cubs infielder Javier Baez’s road back to the major leagues hit a snag when he suffered a non-displaced fracture in his left ring finger during Sunday’s game.

A Chicago spokesperson who confirmed the news added that the team had no timetable on how long Baez would be out and that he would be evaluated further the next couple of days. ESPN Chicago’s Jesse Rogers reported Sunday that Baez will be out 4-to-8 weeks

Jim Furtado Posted: June 08, 2015 at 06:27 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, javier baez

Astros Call Up Top Prospect Carlos Correa

...the Astros finally promoted shortstop prodigy Carlos Correa from Class AAA Fresno on Sunday evening.

Correa, who is ranked as the top prospect in baseball by ESPN.com, will join the club in Chicago for the start of a three-game series against the White Sox on Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field. At 20, he’ll be the youngest player in the majors…He is the third member of the Astros’ 2012 draft class to reach the majors in a little over a month. He joins fellow 2012 draft picks Preston ...

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GrumpyFan Posted: June 08, 2015 at 12:15 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Do Puerto Rican ballplayers belong in a stateside or potential international MLB draft?

“The biggest problem in Puerto Rico is lack of dedication,” Posada said. “In Puerto Rico there is less of a need to play baseball. But the draft also makes it tough. You have kids here who are 16 and 17 competing against kids in the states who are already in junior college. So we just try our best to give them a good start, help them develop the tools, bodies, arms and the rest will come.”

But what about the big elephant-in-the-room question? Isn’t asking Caribbean scouts to find ...

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Why Yankees have failed in the draft — and why that may change | New York Post

Joel Sherman writes about the Yankees drafts.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2015 at 09:17 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, yankees

Nick Cafardo | Sunday Baseball Notes: Some real characters can be one key to MLB success - Sports - The Boston Globe

Among other notes…

5. Rafael Soriano, RHP, free agent — New agent Alan Nero said on Friday that the Cardinals, Cubs, and Blue Jays have shown the most interest in Soriano and he would not be surprised to see the veteran reliever sign before Thursday’s workout for interested teams. Soriano dropped agent Scott Boras after growing impatient for a deal to be struck. Soriano wants to be a closer. He would have a chance to be that with the Cubs and Blue Jays.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2015 at 08:57 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: sunday notes

Sunday Notes: Venditte, Scheppers, Perkins, Gerber, more | FanGraphs Baseball

Some interesting tidbits from David Lauria.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2015 at 08:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sunday notes

Attendance Update and the Angels’ Latest PR Mess | FanGraphs Baseball

That same search also revealed many cheap tickets, some as low as five dollars, for an upcoming Saturday night game. The Angels have not priced out fans from lower socioeconomic classes from entering the game, but they apparently do want their well-off fans to know that the club is marketing to the rich and trying to prevent their less well-off fans from intermingling.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2015 at 08:39 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, attendance

Mets hint at call-up time for stud lefty Steven Matz | New York Post

Back to a five-man rotation with another young gun coming up in a few weeks.

Manager Terry Collins on Saturday scrapped the team’s new six-man rotation — sending Gee to the bullpen — that had been implemented to help ensure Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard won’t need shutdowns or layoffs during the season.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2015 at 07:25 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, steven matz

For MLB draftees, college-or-pro decision still not easy | TribLIVE

During the two years before the Phillies again drafted him — in the third round rather than the 20th — Worley played at Long Beach State and learned about a drawback of college athletics: self-financed health care.

While bouncing back and forth between the starting rotation and bullpen as a sophomore, he missed time with an elbow injury.

“You always go see a specialist,” Worley said. “But at least with Major League Baseball and the minors, you’re getting covered by the team. In ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2015 at 07:17 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, prospects

Bill Shaikin: MLB needs to protect fans from injury at ballparks - LA Times

If they played in a bubble, nobody would get hurt.

It is past time for an industry that takes in $9 billion a year to buy a few more nets.

The league mandates protective netting behind home plate. If netting had been extended to the end of each dugout, where plenty of line drives and broken bats land, neither Rhodes nor the woman at Fenway Park would have been injured.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2015 at 07:12 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: fan injuries

Handicapping No. 1 Draft pick candidates | MLB.com

Jonathan Mayo throws out two new Tyler “darkhorses” for the Diamondback’s first pick, Tyler Stephenson and Tyler Jay.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2015 at 06:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, diamondbacks

OMNICHATTER 6-7-15

In the OMNICHATTER, nobody ever enters, and nobody ever leaves.

Gamingboy Posted: June 07, 2015 at 12:27 AM | 116 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Hahn stresses “arrow’s pointing up” for White Sox

There is still a lot of time left in the season.

Of course, much of the talk with a last-place team centers around what it’ll do before the July 31 trade deadline. The Sox are no different, and even though Hahn said “let’s see what the next 30 days have to hold for us, because right now we feel guys are starting to come around” he also stressed “there’s no magic date” when they have to say whether they’re in or out.

“Obviously as you get closer to July 31 you have some ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2015 at 08:39 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: white sox

Wieters back in a big way after injury | MLB.com

It will be interesting to see how well Wieters plays the rest of this season.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2015 at 08:36 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: matt wieters, orioles

Fan injured by broken bat, taken out on stretcher at Fenway - Sports - The Boston Globe

A woman suffered serious injuries after she was struck in the face by the shard from a broken bat that flew into the stands in front of horrified fans during the Red Sox game at Fenway Park on Friday night, officials said.

With the fans enjoying the game on a cool evening, and their team leading 1-0 in the second inning, Oakland Athletics batter Brett Lawrie hit a ball and shattered his bat, leaving only the handle in his hands while the barrel of it went screaming into the crowd. It struck ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2015 at 08:10 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries

Skunks nest found in Cardinals dugout at Dodger Stadium

Four skunks, reportedly two adults and two children, were trapped by Dodger Stadium workers under a photographer’s well inside of the visitor’s dugout Friday night. After a “skunk whisperer” (who identified as a bee wrangler) and local animal control failed to wrangle the critters away, it was decided to leave them trapped in the dugout during the game, and to capture them afterward using fresh salmon as bait. Not the canned stuff. And not Tim Salmon, either.

Looks like the road woes followed ...

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Angels attendance is way down, Arte doesn’t care

Per game attendance is down at Angel Stadium by 4,300 fans. That’s compared to their numbers last year, but if you want to compare it to the height of Red October days, then that number is closer to 8,000. The benchmark for every season since 2002 was 3 million Angels fans passing through the turnstiles every year, and from these early estimates, they are not going to be hitting that mark. Are the Angels worried? Well, if Robert Alvarado, the VP of marketing and ticket sales is to believe, ...

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Halofan Posted: June 06, 2015 at 01:35 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, attendance, tickets

OMNICHATTER 6-6-15

The Brotherhood of OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 06, 2015 at 12:18 AM | 125 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Friday, June 05, 2015

Switch-Pitcher Pat Venditte makes Major League debut

Lord take me now, because I will never see anything more awesome than this.

Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte made his big-league debut tonight at Fenway, and pitched a nearly perfect sixth inning—retiring Brock Holt with his left arm, seen above, and then after allowing a single inducing a Mike Napoli double play with his right (which you can watch below).

Three videos at the link, including one of the switch-hitting Blake Swihart having to run back to the dugout to grab his lefty batting ...

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Statcast: Eovaldi’s fascinating low-spin splitter | MLB.com

If my memory isn’t faulty, I also remember some commentary about Eovaldi’s lack of deception in his motion, which means hitters get a better view.

Just look at how poorly Eovaldi has fared on getting swinging strikes on his blazing fastball over the last two seasons, compared to all pitchers who threw at least 200 pitches:

2014—5.44 percent swinging strikes—80th overall
2015—4.66 percent swinging strikes—115th overall

Why is such a hard fastball so unimposing? In part because Eovaldi’s spin ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2015 at 02:48 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: nathan eovaldi, yankees

Inside Baseball: Emerging Astros seek star starter; would Hamels OK them? - CBSSports.com

Jon Heyman’s Sunday notes column on Friday.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2015 at 02:22 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cole hamels, phillies, sunday notes

WaPo: Nationals Victims of 2 Bad Umpire Calls, Replay No Help

Because the Nationals lost the challenge, they couldn’t ask for any more reviews until the seventh inning, when the rules allow them to as the umpiring crew chief to look at a play and determine if a review is needed. But their next close call came in the sixth.

After the play, Harper lingered at first base thinking Williams would emerge from the dugout to challenge the play. But he couldn’t.

“I think [umpire reviews] should be from the fifth on probably,” Harper said. “There are so ...

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boteman asks Where's My Ring? Posted: June 05, 2015 at 02:03 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, replay sucks, umpiring

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