Royals fans, demanding all of the TL list! Of the position players who missed the 20, I would say Derrick Robinson probably came closest to making the list, and people generally like him better than Clint among Northwest Arkansas Robinsons. He obviously gets noticed for his speed, but he showed better aptitude for the game this year and could be a top of the order threat if he walks more. He looks like he could be at least a fourth outfielder, though. He's almost two years younger than Orlando, who is a similar player but also started to figure it out this year. Both can be game changers on the bases and in the outfield, so it's just a question of how much they'll hit. Giavotella, on the other hand, you can be pretty sure he'll hit but the question is whether his game will play at higher levels. It's effort over skill in most aspects for Giavotella, and his swing can get big at times though he rarely has a bad at-bat. He's aggressive at the plate and in the field and hits a lot of balls in the air but doesn't have the power to get away with that approach. Wouldn't be surprised to see him reach the big leagues, but I would expect it to be as a bench player.Will Lingo Baseball America Texas League Chat
The Mets will begin interviewing candidates to be their next general manager early next week. The team announced Thursday that it had received permission to interview Rick Hahn, the White Sox’ assistant general manager, and Allard Baird, the Red Sox’ director of professional scouting. They have also scheduled an interview with the former Diamondbacks general manager Josh Byrnes.Mets move forward with GM search Imagine Allard as GM of the Mets!
I'll probably write this up later today, but I saw Jason Adam on Tuesday for 3 innings, and if he'd thrown like that in front of some scouting directors this spring he would probably have been a first-rounder.Keith Law
Aviles also thrived hitting in the No. 2 hole later in the season, especially behind speedy leadoff man Jarrod Dyson - that combination at the top of the order certainly will give manager Ned Yost and general manager Dayton Moore something to consider all off-season. "Having Dyson in the leadoff spot is incredible," Aviles said. "He makes pitchers so worried. They're constantly looking over at him if he's on first. You're going to get good pitches because of that. It's dynamic. They're more worried about getting him off the bases rather than pitching to me. "I love hitting No. 2, too. It's my favorite spot in the order, hands down. I hit there the first time in Triple-A in 2007. I loved it. I feel the most comfortable there."Fox Sports KC -- A good sign: Aviles looks like his former self Jason Kendall, you're on notice, Mike Aviles wants the #2 hole!
Matt (KC): Kind of surprised to see Shelby ahead of Myers. Was that a tough choice? Will Myers get some top 5 love in Carolina League as well? Jim Callis: It was a tough choice, another one you could easily argue for either side. If people thought Myers would catch in the big leagues, I think it would have been very easy to put him at No. 2. But that sounds doubtful, so I went with Miller, who was spectacular down the stretch. I'll take the potential No. 1 starter over the stud corner outfielder.Jim Callis
After the game Zack Greinke told me he’s gone back to trying to strike people out. That plan worked nine times in this game. That’s three innings with no pressure on the defense and this defense could use no pressure. Zack said most of the season he’d been trying to get ground balls. Pitching to contact (letting the other guy hit it) put less stress on him physically and allowed him to go deeper into games. On the other hand, someone’s got to catch those groundballs and the Royals defense has made the most errors in the league. (I said that, he wouldn’t … the guy’s trying to be a good teammate.) As I’ve said before: this is a dilemma. Does Greinke strike people out and turn the ball over to the bullpen sooner? Or pitch to contact and turn the ball over to his defense? He’s finished in 2010 and couldn’t say what approach he’d use in 2011. It might depend on who his teammates are. I’ll say this: The guy isn’t just up there chucking it. He’s smart, articulate (which he doesn’t always show on camera) and he’s given this some thought.Judging the Royals Sept. 30 Recap Lines up pretty well with the numbers, I thought it had to be intentional how much his GB% jumped up after the first two months of the season were "normal" 40% GB Zack.
Though the throwing error went to Quiroz, rendering the decisive run unearned, the loss went to Dan Cortes, and it's hard to say he didn't deserve it. Cortes inherited a three-run lead in the eighth and promptly threw nine consecutive balls, walking two, allowing a single, and giving the lead away before escaping the inning. He then returned for the ninth and, while he got the first two guys out, he walked Mitch Moreland and struck out Cruz on a pitch that was essentially uncatchable. The curve dropped at least a good foot in front of home plate before bouncing off, away from everybody. Cortes' final line reads 42 pitches - 18 strikes - 24 balls - and he was exactly as wild as that seems, if not moreso.via Lookout Landing - Cortes earns first loss in amazing walkoff strikeout (emphasis mine).
I just performed a rather rudimentary study. According to Baseball Reference's wins above replacement, since 2001, 53% of the Twins' total WAR has come from homegrown players. 47% of their total WAR has come from players acquired outside of the organization. During that timespan, Minnesota have averaged a 162-game record of 87-75 in which homegrown players comprise a greater amount of their total team WAR. Their average, 162-game record over a season in which players acquired outside the organization comprise the greater total team WAR is 92-70. A couple notes: - BBRef WAR isn't perfect, I'll admit...in fact, it's far from it. However, it is at least consistent. - Only in 3 seasons was the team WAR particularly close between homegrown & outside acquisitions. Interpret the second note above as a grain of salt. So... Total MIN WAR from homegrown players since 2001: 53% Total MIN WAR from outside acquisitions since 2001: 47% What conclusions can and should we draw from this matter?
Moore is also open to dealing prospects for the right long-term fit. "Always," he said, "if something makes good sense. We’ve got five pretty good left-handed pitchers right now. I’d just as soon hold onto them for a few years and, if we have to deal one or two of them, do so when their value is really high. "To make a deal, we’d have to get someone in return who is going to be here for a while."Finding impact right-handed bat heads KC's off-season priorities Says they're thinking of picking up an RHB OF for long-term to balance out all the lefties. Wouldn't be surprised if one of the minor league pitchers gets traded (IT IS the currency of baseball).